Skip to main content

Posts

Blog Year Retrospective #14

If I'd had a kid on the day I started this blog, that kid would be in high school now. Fourteen years! WOW! I'm celebrating this milestone with a whole new look here at my blog. I've implemented a new template that adapts to different screen sizes. I've also decided to go with a dark theme. Hope you enjoy it.

This past year has included some major expenses, accomplishments, and experiences, plus the weirdest heartache we've endured.
We saved up for over a year in order to get our house painted this spring. There are so many other ways we would have rather spent those thousands of dollars, but the house looks incredible with fresh paint. At least that's checked off our to-do list for another twelve years.
We also worked hard to pay off my car a couple years early. On the day we made my last car payment, The Man had me out looking at new cars for him. He test drove a sports car, a luxury car, and lived out a few fantasies... for a moment. Then the reality of no…
Recent posts

This Happened On January 03, 2020 at 12:39PM

Here's a roundup of what I watched in 2019 on TV. First, some quick statistics:
πŸ”Ή️709 episodes of TV in total
πŸ”Ή️31,196 minutes in total
πŸ”Ή️519.9 hours in total
πŸ”Ή️22.7 straight days of TV
πŸ”Ή️1.43 hours per day on average
πŸ”Ή️1.9 episodes per day on average

I watched or caught up on these shows that aired in 2019:
πŸ”Έ️Alaska: The Last Frontier S8-9
πŸ”Έ️The Blacklist S6-7
πŸ”Έ️Madam Secretary S5-6
πŸ”Έ️9-1-1 S2-3
πŸ”Έ️Scientology and the Aftermath S3
πŸ”Έ️New Amsterdam S1-2
πŸ”Έ️Young Sheldon S2-3
πŸ”Έ️Big Bang Theory S12
πŸ”Έ️The Orville S2
πŸ”Έ️Last Man Standing S7
πŸ”Έ️Ray Donovan S6
πŸ”Έ️Fuller House S4
πŸ”Έ️Deadliest Catch S15
πŸ”Έ️Chrisley Knows Best S7
πŸ”Έ️Frontier S3
πŸ”Έ️Warren S1
πŸ”Έ️Doc Martin S9
πŸ”Έ️Jack Ryan S2
πŸ”Έ️Victoria S2-3
πŸ”Έ️Gentleman Jack
πŸ”Έ️Chernobyl
πŸ”Έ️The Loudest Voice
πŸ”Έ️Catch-22

I also binge-watched these older shows:
πŸ”Ή️The Practice (2004) S8
πŸ”Ή️Boston Legal (2004) S1-5
πŸ”Ή️The Forsyte Saga (2002) S1-2
πŸ”Ή️The Americans (2013) S1-5
πŸ”Ή️North and South Trilogy (1985)
πŸ”Ή️The Family (2016)
?…

This Happened On January 01, 2020 at 02:39PM

Week 52 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I'm finally feeling a bit better! I had a lovely Christmas with lots of family time and gift exchanging. The house is already undecorated, and I'm looking forward to a less stressful winter. Goodbye 2019! . Some interesting stats from my journal this year: πŸ”Ή️I made The Man's lunch 218 times, an average of 4.19 times per week. πŸ”Ή️I slept about 2722 hours, or about 31% of the year. πŸ”Ή️I did 369 loads of laundry. That's one load per day plus 4 extra loads. I blame the cat for the extra ones. πŸ”Ή️I volunteered almost 50 hours! Yay for helping others without leaving the house! πŸ”Ή️I crafted on 64 separate days. That means I average at least one day each week doing what I love. πŸ‘ . Nativity scene from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #christmasplannerspread via Instagram http…

This Happened On January 01, 2020 at 02:18PM

Week 51 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Oh what a turn of events! I felt dreadful this week with complications from my gallbladder removal last month. The surgeon was on vacation, so I ended up back in the ER. They were all too happy to give me pain meds, 14.7mSv of radiation via CT (that's a LOT), and zero answers. πŸ™„ I finally got in to see a gastroenterologist who, after getting the full story, checking my chart, and performing the most basic physical exam, also shrugged and proclaimed he had no idea what was going on. 🀷‍♀️ I was on bowel rest for 3 full days, meaning clear liquids only. That did little to help, although I lost 7 pounds and reached my final end-goal weight. Yay for that, but what a miserable way to get there! 🀦‍♀️ As I sit here two weeks later, I still don't have any definitive answers. The best these [very expensive!] doctors can figure is that the surgeon didn't check my bile duct for any leftover gallstones when he yank…

This Happened On January 01, 2020 at 01:58PM

Week 50 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I checked off more holiday to-do items by getting the shopping done, mailing our Christmas cards, and writing our annual life story. The Man and I spent many hours refining our irreverant, sarcastic, funny letter this week before emailing it to family and friends. Nobody seemed offended this time... we'll try harder next year. πŸ˜‰ . Santa artwork from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #christmasplannerspread via Instagram https://ift.tt/35l17Ad

This Happened On January 01, 2020 at 01:34PM

Week 49 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Felt mostly back to normal this week after my surgery last month. Got some projects wrapped up, crafted a ton, and spent lots of time with my sister since she visited from out of state. Couldn't have asked for a better week. πŸ‘ . Cute gnomes from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #christmasplannerspread via Instagram https://ift.tt/2QAXUad

This Happened On December 05, 2019 at 02:23PM

Week 48 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. After discovering a tiny bit of black mold in my front-loading washing machine this week, I decided to replace the entire rubber gasket myself. There's a special tool that one should use to get the tension rings off a washing machine, but I'm cheap. $30 on a tool I'm doing to use for twenty seconds? Nah, I'd rather spend four hours struggling with ropes, zip ties, and sharp washing machine edges! The Man drew blood on himself twice. I almost lost a finger. Many, many, many swear words were said. But we got the job done! No more mold in the washing machine! . Had a lovely week otherwise. Thanksgiving was wonderful, and we got our Black Friday shopping done by Wednesday, so we didn't have to deal with any crowds. πŸ‘ . Cornucopia image from #freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #plannerad…

This Happened On December 04, 2019 at 10:12AM

Week 47 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I mostly spent this week recovering from surgery. Thankfully I had some small crafts that I could do in my recliner or from the couch. The Man did a great job helping me with chores too. I was well enough to go to see John Tesh perform live, a belated birthday gift to myself. The concert was absolutely incredible! I'm beyond thankful that I could go. πŸŽ΅πŸ’œ . Fall tree painting from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/34Q28Rf

This Happened On November 21, 2019 at 06:56PM

Week 46 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I went to the ER this week and ended up having surgery the next day to get my gallbladder taken out. Thankfully I'm healing quickly and doing surprisingly well. Goodbye pain and suffering! πŸ‘‹ . I'm happy to share the whole story via DM or text/email/phone, just ask. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Xymyvg

This Happened On November 20, 2019 at 03:17PM

Week 45 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. It was a big week! I turned 36! πŸŽ‰ I hit a major weight loss milestone! πŸ† And I went to the dentist twice, got 2 onlays (half-crowns), and hurt for the rest of the week. 🦷 ...So it was a bit of a downhill slide really. πŸ˜‚ . Gift image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict via Instagram https://ift.tt/2KUY5eD

This Happened On November 19, 2019 at 01:30PM

Week 44 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I spent several hours revamping my blog this week. I recently celebrated 14 years there, and I was in need of a remodel. Link in bio. Had a lovely, quiet week otherwise. . Image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Xu5OFd

This Happened On October 31, 2019 at 04:33PM

I don't have to wear a Halloween costume this year: I died of dysentery! ☠⚰ Our neighborhood gets hundreds of trick-or-treaters each year, and not all of them respect the "no light, no candy" rule. I made this tombstone sign to curb the temptation to knock or ring our bell. Hopefully we don't get egged... πŸŽƒ . In case you are not an "old millennial" and have no idea what is going on here, there was a wildly popular computer game in the early 1990s called "The Oregon Trail." One of the most common ways to lose the game was to die of dysentery. Naturally, being an Oregonian with pioneer ancestors, this game was HUGE in my house. . #idiedofdysentery #halloween #imold #nocandy #oregontrailgame via Instagram https://ift.tt/334SbOX

This Happened On October 28, 2019 at 02:45PM

Week 43 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I have 90% of my Christmas cards done, and my family calendars are almost finished, all before November! HOORAY for being ahead of schedule! Just when I thought I'd have an easy end to my year, The Man asked if I could make a model plane for him. πŸ™„ There is no such thing as an end to the list of things that "need" to be done around here... . Fall painting from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2MTEI6Z

This Happened On October 25, 2019 at 02:13PM

Week 42 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. This week we celebrated ten years of marriage with a Lego date night and dinner out. I also made a huge dent in my Christmas card making. An easy-ish week, and also a good one. πŸ₯° . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/31KSDAn

This Happened On October 16, 2019 at 11:32AM

Week 41 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I pretended to be a responsible adult this week and did exciting things like getting my flu shot, making important appointments, and fighting with utility companies about why I owe less than I should. Because apparently I feel guilty paying too little. πŸ™„ Can I go outside and play now? . Watercolor scene from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2IUog44

This Happened On October 15, 2019 at 11:28PM

Week 40 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. The best chores are the ones that do themselves. πŸ‘ We have had a moss issue on half of our roof, and no amount of spraying or dusting it would kill it. We finally decided to pay someone else to go up there and scrub it off by hand. The guy was worth every penny! I'm all about saving our nickels and dimes, but seriously, he was efficient, worked cleanly, and only charged us 3/4 of what he could have. I even gave him some freshly baked muffins to take when he left. Yay for less moss! . Have I mentioned how much I despise moss? We had it alive and thriving in our yard in the middle of August. πŸ™„ . Vines from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/35BkuWQ

This Happened On October 04, 2019 at 09:37AM

Week 39 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I spent most of my week repainting my mom's porch ornaments. She has a small gnome and a larger frog critter that were quite faded, so I broke out some paint and gave them a fresh look. It was pretty fun actually. I really like the final product. An easy week otherwise. Can't complain. . Map painting from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2IqjbA5

This Happened On September 27, 2019 at 04:29PM

Week 38 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I installed a new hard drive all by myself (under supervision, and with no lack of snide commentary πŸ™„), got my operating system reinstalled, and troubleshooted the new issues I had. It's almost like I knew what I was doing after owning a computer for 20 years! πŸ˜‚ I also got to spend a day in the big city with my parents, and we stopped at the @stashtea store where I got the new ginger fire chai. It burns! It burns so good! ☕πŸ‘ . Cacti painting from @freepik. 🌡 . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #cactusplanner #cacti #cactus #succulents via Instagram https://ift.tt/2nZnlrn

This Happened On September 26, 2019 at 12:27PM

Week 37 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I did a happy dance for the rain returning this week! Hooray! And then we had to drive over the mountains in the dreary, cold, wet weather... The Man and I both remarked on the beauty of misty mountains. Call us crazy, but we love foggy, drippy, cozy forests when life hibernates. The grey weather never gets us down. #oregonnative #rainislife . πŸ‹ Lemons for the last few days of summer. 🍹 Image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2lqjDGl

This Happened On September 12, 2019 at 02:16PM

Week 36 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. It's September, but I'm already planning my holiday crafting. I have to make at least 60 Christmas cards (preferably 75 as a cushion in case I don't like a few... it happens). In preparation for that challenge, I got 20 birthday, get well, and thank you cards done this week so I won't have to stress if I need a quick card. I also ordered the supplies for my Christmas cards, and I'm working through some to do lists trying to clear space for the upcoming craftathon. I'm so excited! 🎨✂️✒πŸ–πŸ–Œ✉πŸ’Έ . School image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/34FxGtl