Friday, September 12, 2014

September: summer month or fall month???

Summer stuff and. . .
. . . fall stuff!!  On the same day!  (Last year)
When I first started blogging three years ago it seems like everyone was like "OMG FALL!!!"  And now people are all "Long live summah!"  and I'm saying this:

September.  It can be what you want it to be.

If you lurve summer, you can still enjoy summer activities, especially hiking and going to the park.  It's wonderful that it's cooled down enough to enjoy these things a little bit more.  I need 100 degrees to swim, so I don't think I'd be down with a trip to the pool, but if you don't mind 75 degree swims, go for it!

If you're a fall person like me (I am a summer person too!  But I'm so done after July 24th.  Summer is just soooo busy and I'm a relaxed kind of person) do your fall stuff!  Apples are especially wonderful in fall.  Make homemade apple sauce, maybe an apple pie.  Drive up the mountains to see the leaves change and wear boots on rainy days.  Oh, and of course, decorate your house with pumpkins!  I'm taking Olivia to the pumpkin patch next week just to pick out a few for the house.

So I just want to say it again, September can be what you want it to be!!!!

The end.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What would you do with $20 of school supplies!?!?!

It's time for September's What Would You Do link up!! Brought to you by Aubrey and myself.
Guys, I've been blogging so much lately, but I just haven't gotten around to finishing many posts, so someday you'll get just a flood of them.  Until then, you know I'll at least be cranking out my scheduled posts, like today's!  Today we're talking "What would you do with $20 to spend on school supplies?" 

I would send you a bouquet of sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.  Huh?  You've heard that one before?  Well shoot, looks like I have to come up with something else. . .

Speaking of sharpened pencils, I did need a pencil sharpener, so I grabbed this little guy at Target last week.  It filled the criteria of being small (I don't have an office so I just need it to fit in a probably already crowded cupboard) and inexpensive (on sale for four dollars!).  It did not fill the criteria of being great, but it gets the job done for now.  We'll see how often I actual use it, and then maybe I'll trade up.
Also, drafting patterns for my etsy shop has turned out to be easier and more fun than I thought it would be.  And to think I stayed away from the Pattern Making class at BYU because it scared me!  Well, I really could have used some help, so dang it I should have taken it.  Aside from that though, I needed a place to keep all my patterns I was drafting, so I grabbed some Up and Up (miss you, old Target brand!  Up and up will never replace you!) manila 6"x9" envelopes for 2.19 a pack (x3) 

So where we at now? 10.57 before tax. Tax will be less than a dollar, so let's just say I have 19 dollars to spend. I obviously am throwing this post together at the last minute.  I have about 8.50 remaining.

I'm babysitting my niece and nephews this week, so I can't run to the store (oops, I really did wait too long this month!) but I know I would blow the rest of that money on Crayola goodness.  How about two packs of markers (one for Olivia and one for me!) and the big box of crayons?  I once wrote a letter to Olivia about Crayola crayons you can read here. 

Do you just love school supplies in September???  It's one of my most favorite things!

(ALSO, in an unrelated note, I am giving away $35 dollars to my etsy shop, along with some gorgeous other prizes @oilostudio on instagram.  You just gotta enter!!)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Five Little Confessions: My phone

Once a month Aubrey, Carrie, Jacquelyn and I team up to bring you the 5 Little Confessions link up!  You can confess anything your little heart desires.  And link up!

I think that I am going to be the LITERAL last person on earth to own a smart phone.  I've got to be getting close.  It seems like every day a facebook friend is announcing their first smart phone.  Not this girl. . .

1. I don't have a smart phone, just a little flip phone.

2. I hate getting stuck in group texts because they don't make any sense to me on my phone.  They each come as an individual text and so I don't know who is talking to who.

3. If you send me a link, I'll try and text it to my email.  If that doesn't work I'll ask you to email me the link :)

4. I instagram from my iPad.  I would say that ghetto, but I don't think you'll see that many iPads in the ghetto. 
Photo credit: @ericstonestreet on instagram
5. Even though I would love an iPhone (or Adam says he would only let me have a droid) I figure what's the point since I'm mostly home all the time.  My iPad and laptop can do everything I need them to do, I just need my phone to be a phone.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Missing school?

After some searching, I think this is one of the only pictures I have of me as a "teacher"!  At lunch with some students after a competition.
Do you know that if I didn't quit teaching, I would be about to start my EIGHTH YEAR???  That is crazy to me. 

When it comes to teaching, it's funny what I miss.  And what I don't miss.

-What I miss MOST is writing the subjects of the lessons in my weekly lesson planner.  This is so funny to me!  What a weird thing to miss. 
-I miss my students!  I loved them.  Before Olivia was born they were my whole world.  After Olivia, it's true, I couldn't give them as much as I felt they needed.  This helped soften the blow when I quit.
-I miss lecturing.  And if you think that sounds boring, well then you should have been in my lectures!  The other day I told my sister all about Christian Dior's "New Look" and how it was a rebound from the masculine style of the 1940's during WWII.  I just love interior design and fashion!
-Grading papers while watching Hulu.  While grading papers isn't my most favorite thing, catching up on Once Upon a Time while I do it was kinda nice.  Obviously I could only do design papers.  If it was anything I had to read, I needed quiet.
-Awards and recognition.  Yeah, I got a lot ;)
I guess here's another picture of me as a teacher.  I look kind of chubby, and I certainly was.  But I also like to think it's because I was pregnant and didn't know it yet.  This is Jordan Shumway presenting me with an award for Teacher All Star Team.  Best award I ever got.
What I DON'T miss
-Meetings.  When you get 100+ people in a group there is no such thing as short meeting.
-Hoops. One year we all had to work in PLCs (something learning community) with other teachers that taught our subject.  Guess how many interior design teachers there were at Bingham?  Just me.  Also we had to fill out these giant portfolios and get evaluated twice a year, but basically were told "Don't worry, it's really hard to get fired". 
-Expectations to work long hours with out pay.  Someone once said "FACS teachers are the first to arrive and the last to leave" and I was like "HECK no.  When 3pm hits, I'm peacing out of this place." 
-Freezing.  Absolutely FREEZING.  My fingers would get numb while typing on my computer during my prep period.  I wanted to wear cute pencil skirts to work, but mostly I wore as much clothing as possible.  I was always cold.  Except that one year when the heat would turn on at noon and my last period class would all get fevers.

Happy back to school tomorrow!  (Or last week, or the week before, because I swear school starts earlier every year)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toddler Falls Out of Second Story Window: The True Story

Yesterday was Olivia's first day of preschool.

It was cool when the kids woke up so I lifted the blinds and opened the windows wide.  Not just to save money on AC, but because I hate the feeling that we as a human race are constantly stuffed up in artificial heat or cool and never connect with nature and the fresh air.

Later that day, I put my kids down for a nap.  I didn't close her window because (can I be honest here?) honestly, it didn't even cross my mind.  If it had, of course I would have.  Of couse!

 Olivia came down stairs twice, and I sent her back up.

Finally hoping that she was asleep, I settled into watch Project Runway.  At about 2:40 (sometime I know thanks to the time stamp on the phone call I made moments later) I heard a crash and a scream.  I realize immediately that she had fallen through her screen.  I don't know why, but I ran to her bedroom.  Maybe I was hoping she was still hanging on?  No she wasn't.

I ran down stairs and opened the front door.  Olivia was standing up and we ran together and I held her close.  I pulled her away to survey the damage and realized she was bleeding from her chin.  I set her down on the step and ran to get a towel for her deep gash. 

Once that was in place I started searching for my phone.  Who to call???  When ever I was unsure of anything about my child's health, her pediatrician's office had always been there for me.  So that's who I called.  We don't have a lot of money, and I've had to pay for an ambulance ride before.  There were clearly no broken bones and from the way she had stood up and walked to me, I knew there wasn't any OBVIOUS injuries, other than her chin.  I knew her Dr could stitch up her chin and check for other injuries.  If they told me to call 911 instead, I would have.

I called and they told me to come right in.  So we drove as fast as legally possible.  They saw us very quickly and cleaned her wound.  The doctor checked for injuries and gave her a few tests with her hand eye coordination.  She was passing them all.
She had stopped crying and was acting totally normal until they put this thing on, and she was NOT HAPPY!
Just to be safe we wanted some xrays and a CT scan.  She was stable, but obviously needed to be checked out further.  The hospital nearest me?  Doesn't take my insurance.  So we decide on Primary Children's.  Probably as far from my house as you can get in the Salt Lake Valley.  I'll drive her over and meet Adam there.

Just to be safe, they want her in an ambulance.
This is less than HALF of the paramedics that showed up to take Olivia.
Just because of rush hour, they want her in a helicopter.

Three police cars, two ambulances, one fire truck and one helicopter later, Olivia is safely off to the ER.  Axel and I are to drive SLOWLY to the hospital.  Adam is already there.  She was crying pretty hard when she left on the helicopter.  Do you know why?  The neck brace was bugging her and she didn't want to lay flat.

A series of xrays, a CT scan and six stitches and Olivia is completely good to go.  We get home and Adam sleeps in her room just to be sure.
Loving the attention.  Singing everyone her favorite songs.
Naked because they cut all her clothes off!  But having a good time painting while we wait for a CT scan.
We're so blessed and so lucky and so thrilled that she's okay.  I just can't even let myself think "What if" because that is a dangerous game.  It's debilitating.  My father-in-law told me not to look back, and I was glad because I had already decided not to.

It was too hard to ignore the negative comments on all the facebook news reports.  But honestly?  Reading negative blog comments has prepared me for this.  I know exactly the kind of person that posts them, so it really (not kidding!) hasn't bothered me.  I just wanted to set the record straight. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

The End of Summer: A free write

4th of July, just cruisin' looking for the ladies.
Look at this, a blog post on a Monday morning.  How very structured of me.  Maybe things will be like this again when Olivia is in preschool and I get my life back in order. 

I had to hurry and open blogger when I started thinking about this post, because blogging inspiration is hard to come by these days.  Actually, that's not true.  Blogging inspiration + time is hard to come by.  It always seems I have one or the other. 

Summer is nearly over.  There is just one week left.  Six days actually, if you don't count next Sunday.  I have a hard time with summer.  All these expectations.  We'll go to the water park once a week!  We'll walk to Matt and Stephanie's all the time!  Friends over, cook outs, swimming all the live long day!!  But what on earth is filling up my days, so that there is hardly room for this????  I honestly couldn't tell you.  We went to the water park twice.  Which I guess is still a savings, since I paid $25 for our season passes and it costs $25 for just one day.  So go twice and you pay for it. 

I just don't know how my life fell apart last week.  And that sounds incredibly dramatic and it doesn't need to.  But I had everything so under control.  Clutter was disappearing, laundry was getting done, bathrooms were getting scrubbed.  I thought I finally had this house thing down.  Vacations hit and I didn't recover well.  Not that I tried very hard, I read a trilogy in three days.  (The Selection, very fun if you're a Bachelor fan)  By the time I was done we had two days before our next trip, so I washed laundry like a fool and we were packed by Friday afternoon.  I have higher hopes for next time we return from vacation. 

I'm worried about fall, because I'm so hopeful, just like I am at the start of summer.  So much promise, so much time!  But all the things you keep meaning to do always get stuck in the last two weeks of August so you're trying to squeeze in time with too many friends before you move to college or fit in too many activities during your last week of vacation.  It always happens this way. 

Well my body says it's almost midnight on a Sunday.  My family will be shocked!  I go to bed at 9pm every night!  Well, that's what they think.  But I don't work anymore, family.  I go to bed at 11pm.  There.  I said it.  I feel like I betray myself every time I stay up past 9:30, but I sleep until 7, so I just can't go to bed as early as I used to. 

Anyway, I'm tired.  Happy Monday, go make the most of your summer!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What would you do with. . . Zucchini!

It's the second Wednesday of the month so it's time for Aubrey and I to tell you what we would do with. . . zucchini!!
Growing up with a garden I feel like we always had more zucchini than we knew what to do with.  One year you plant two plants, and the next year you don't plant any but some how you have 20 plants.  My parents used to fry it up with butter and salt, but once I ate it too many times in a row and it kind of ruined it for me.  I avoided it for a looong time until my grandma steamed some zucchini for dinner when I was visiting her in Jordan (the country in the middle east, yep, I've been there) and I was hooked again.  Still can't fry it in butter though.

So, what did I do with my zucchini??  First I made Preethi's Panzanella.  It is amazing food.  If you love olives and feta and garlic bread. . . make this stuff.

Then I googled "clean zucchini bread" (Can I get an aside here?  I've heard nutritionists don't like the word "clean" when referring to food, because it brings up that comparison of good foods vs. bad foods, but it's SO convenient to know that I can google any recipe with the word "clean" in front and find a recipe that doesn't use any sugar, white flour or processed ingredients.  Anyway, just my two cents.)  This recipe was really good!  Since I avoid dairy, I used almond milk and vinegar instead of greek yogurt (just a T of vinegar per cup of milk I think. . .) and it still turned out great!  Oh and I added chocolate chips instead of nuts.  Maybe cut down a little on the honey if you do that, it was kinda sweet.  Don't use your good honey for baking if you can help it.  Buy some cheaper stuff.  No need to use raw honey if it's just going to get cooked during the baking process, am I right?
Can you see the tiny flecks of zucchini?  No?  That's because this is banana bread, but I assure you it looked almost identical.  I forgot to take a picture, so sue me.
So there you have it!!!  Let me tell you, I am so FREAKING excited for fall, and so next month we're spending $20 on school/office supplies.  I don't know what I'm going to buy yet. . . maybe a bouquet of sharpened pencils.