Saturday, November 07, 2015

Blog Year Retrospective #10

Happy Blogiversary to me! I've been writing this blog for ten years. It's a stunning number as I don't think I've done anything this long.

Here's what ten years worth of statistics look like:
Total posts: 2,025
Total (approved) comments: 2,295
Total visitors: over 1,470,000
Average visitors per day: 402

Ten years ago, I was in my senior year of college, single, barely making it as a young adult, and about six months from moving back home. Since then, I've been a bit more successful. I've lived in two apartments and bought a house. I've dated and married. I've adopted two cats. I've changed jobs three times, been on vacations, celebrated milestones, discovered more of my true self, and chronicled it here on the blog.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Six months of housewifery: a review

I've officially been a housewife for almost six months. The time has absolutely whistled by, and I couldn't be happier with this new life. Not a single complaint. The Man is equally enjoying the fact that I'm not saying "I just need a day off!" anymore, nor has he had to endure my monologues about how terrible my day was or how a few of my coworkers are the Most Annoying People Ever. I have accomplished a ton, have plans for so much more, and can't wait to get out of bed every morning to work on whatever is before me.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My New Computer: From Laptop Back to Desktop

I've had my own computer since 2002. In that time, I've been through three computers in thirteen years, so I feel like I'm doing pretty good buying machines that last four to five years before becoming outdated.

My most recent computer was a laptop. We purchased it in 2011. At the time, we were living in an apartment with our desks facing each other. We needed the ability for one of us--me--to leave the room if the other one wanted to work. While the laptop certainly performed well in various rooms of our apartment or house, it had one significant flaw: gaming. The laptop would run hot while playing a movie on Netflix, which was fine. It would be scorching if I tried to play Minecraft for more than fifteen minutes. Not fine.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Notions on Lotions and Potions

I. hate. lotion.

I hate the greasy, slimy, nasty feeling of lotions on my skin. I hate the smells, the itches, the sheens they create. I hate buying them, hoping that I will magically stumble on The One, the miracle lotion that I don't hate, but then reality crashes down and I am, yet again, a disappointed, greasy, slimy, nasty-feeling person. I even tried making my own homemade potion out of shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, but it was horrible and greasy.

My dermatologist, however, doesn't seem to care. I went to visit him recently for a minor skin condition on an arm, and he proceeded with a full exam (my arm is fine). He started asking questions about so-called dry patches, itchiness, and redness. He stared at my face and hands with seriousness. He pointed to my thumbs like they were diseased, "You have eczema!"

Saturday, October 03, 2015

On Lawn Mowers

The Man and I are not fans of yard work. When we bought our house, we were actually happy that the yard was considered "small" and "easily managed" by most of our friends and family. Less to maintain, less to worry about, less expensive.

Except it isn't. Coming from apartment living, any increase is a big increase, and we bought a house with about 1,000 square feet of grass. We were so unprepared.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Crud That Fights Back

Wouldn't you know it: we both got sick the day after we got home from our camping trip. The Man was about twelve hours ahead of me, and he went down fast. I knew I'd get it too, so I got as many things done in my short window as possible. When it hit me, I was ready.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Camping 2015: River Bend Campground

The Man, his parents, his brother, and I went camping for five days at River Bend County Park in Foster, Oregon, this week. We left on Sunday and returned on Thursday. We stayed in a cabin right on the South Santiam River. While we didn't actually do anything on or in the river, it was super peaceful and picturesque to have the river right there.

Despite the incredibly dry summer this year, the powers that be started allowing campfires in the fire pits only a couple weeks before we left. Camping without a campfire is just... not right.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Night the Gas Leaked

After one of the longest, warmest, driest years we can remember for Oregon--and now quite used to fans running throughout the house at full speed--the late August nights were finally cool enough that we could turn the fans off. The Man and I went to bed around midnight, as usual. I awoke around 4:00am with a terrible sense that something was not right. Smoke. I smell smoke. No. Not smoke. Gas. Gas?! Oh $#@! My eyes snapped open, and I was on my feet in a second.

Friday, August 28, 2015

U.S. Flag: To Wash or Not To Wash

The Man and I elected to establish an American Flag--the U.S. Flag, which ever you prefer--on the front of our house within a month of purchasing it several years ago. We have flown it nearly every day since, only removing it for days with high winds. The all-weather flag is also lit by a dedicated solar spotlight during the dark hours. We both know the Flag Code and take the responsibility of flying the flag seriously.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Wasp Invasion

The Man and I are living through a home invasion. Our master bathroom vents (not the heat vents, the suction vents) have a wasp nest somewhere between the vent cover hanging in the ceiling and the pipe sticking out the roof.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Great Chicken Roasting Redux

After my disastrous attempt at roasting a chicken a few weeks ago, I thought I'd try again with a few changes. Like not setting off the smoke alarm. Who's with me?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

My Kitchen is a Deathtrap

Remember how we all learned that fat is evil and sugar gives us energy? Turns out that is completely backward. Sugar is horrible for us, and non-trans-fats keep us feeling full and moving all day. Our brains are actually made of fat and water, and sugar makes our brain run slower.

I did some investigating in my pantry this week to see where the hidden sugars are hiding.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Which I Roast a Bird

I'm not sure I'd call myself a great chef, but I'm fairly confident in the kitchen. I know my sauces, am comfortable with a knife, and have an idea what all of the spices in my cabinet can do to a dish. If I'm given a recipe and some basic instructions, then I'm almost always successful (unless the recipe is bad, in which case it's not my fault).

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I Can Haz... a Bidet?!

I'm just going to start by apologizing for this entire post. Sorry.

But now that you know things are about to get, erm, dirty, we can all put on our grownup pants and behave like adults. Right? Right? *sigh

The Man and I bought a bidet.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

He is not Me

I'll admit, sometimes I just don't know the answer. And I am terrible at explaining how I feel. But I've had it being told what to think and how to feel.

You see, I'm married to a wonderful man that has strong opinions on many subjects, and he has no problem explaining why he feels and thinks things, and he stands on a soapbox making statements that are loud and proud and stop talking already! I love that my husband has convictions, and I know his beliefs are well researched and supported. He isn't crazy. He isn't even too far off the mainstream.

But I can't compete.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Social Stigma of a Childless Housewife

After my first month as a housewife, I am taking the opportunity to reflect on what has been the most challenging part of my new job: social stigmas of childless housewives including resentment, confusion, and judgment.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Cost Comparing Safeway, Fred Meyer and WinCo

With my new role as housewife, one of my biggest jobs is managing household finances. That isn't to say that The Man doesn't also manage money, but that without my additional income, I now contribute real value by decreasing costs or using money even more wisely. We've cut corners wherever we can in the rest of our budget, so looking to food to save money is the next step.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I'm officially a housewife.

I can't sit here and write to you without acknowledging the six month gap between blog posts. Despite my love of writing, I have been unable to put thought to words for a long time. Life has thrown me several curve balls lately, all at work. Since I don't blog about my professional life, I can't go into many details. The short of it is that my wonderful manager left a year ago, and she was replaced by someone not up to the task in several ways. I struggled to make things work, then suffered through many months of bullying. Sitting down to write at the end of long, painful days wasn't even close to happening, and I haven't had much to say otherwise.

Two weeks ago, The Man and I reached our breaking point with my job. We sat down and adjusted our finances, paid my last student loan payment (hooray!), and realized we could live on his income alone. We both agreed that being on a strict budget and living within our means were better than having stress and health issues. I gave my notice, and I left the following week.