Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The last new clothes for a while

I am pretty excited about my clearance finds at Target today. A new color of my favorite t-shirt for $2 and a blouse-type shirt for $5. Plus another non-clearance favorite t-shirt for $4.25. But those are the last new clothes for a while.

In the past three or so months I have bought a lot of new clothes. Like probably more than I bought in the past year. Maybe. But I'm done. And I'm out of my budgeted money. I declare March as the month of not buying things. Of course, I'll have to buy a few groceries. And we'll spend money on a date or two. And I need to buy three more skeins of yarn for my granny square blanket in case they don't have the same kind of yarn in Connecticut. But that is it. I shouldn't need to buy many groceries since we need to use up our food before we move. And really, I don't need more new clothes. And the less shopping I do, the more time I'll have to get ready to move. So there you have it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The plan for April

Just to let you all know, we are moving to Connecticut in April. It will be a busy month for us. Evan will probably be defending his thesis the last week of March or the first week of April. Then we are driving to my sister's wedding in Portland. We'll have a week after that to pack up and Evan will do final edits to his thesis. Then we'll rent a moving truck on April 16 and drive it and our car across the country from the 17th to the 20th. Evan's parents are coming with us, which will be very helpful. I may fly over there on the 17th while they are driving and start looking for an apartment in hopes that we can move in before we have to return the truck on Wednesday the 25th. Evan's first day of work is April 30th.

We are hoping to get an apartment/townhome/duplex/condo/house that is within 7 miles or so of Evan's work so he can bike there and I can have the car during the day. But we'll see what we come up with.

Hopefully our plan will work!

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I just finished reading (well, listening to) A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was AMAZING. Best book I've read in a long time, and I've read quite a few good books recently. The author is a masterful story teller. It is set in Afganistan over the past 40 or so years and tells the story of two women. I won't give away the whole plot, but the story really makes you feel the thing that happen. You feel like you know the characters when you read the book and you feel so good and so bad for them at certain points in the story. There is also a beautiful love story.

It made me feel so grateful for the easy life I've had. And that I love my husband. And I'm not in constant fear that I or someone close to me will die as a casualty of war.

So go read it! (Disclaimer: there are a few love scenes that, though not super lengthy or detailed, you may want to skip over)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Here's what I want in an apartment/house. Now find me one.

Listed in order of importance. One through 3 are essential. Everything else would be nice.

1. Safe neighborhood
2. 2 bedrooms
3. Washer and dryer in the apartment
4. Within 10 minutes of Evan's job
5. Open floor plan so I can see Calvin from the kitchen
6. Ground floor so Calvin can jump all he wants without bugging anyone
7. Within walking distance of a playground
8. Spot for a vegetable garden
9. Exercise room we can use in the complex

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today is four weeks since the miscarriage but it should have been almost 14 in the pregnancy. I wish I never had to start over counting. I was pretty much better until, all of a sudden, surprise!-I'm not anymore. Physically and emotionally. What's up with that? I mean, how long is this going to take?

Really, most of the time I'm fine. So don't feel that bad for me. This is just my first time losing a person close to me. But is a one inch person really a person? I dunno. And were we really even close? We never actually met. But is feels like a loss anyway.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

This week

I just realized that if I had gotten pregnant when we first tried to, I'd be two days past my due date right now. Weird. And we only waited that long since we were going to be moving in December. But we are still here and  I'm not pregnant again. But whatever. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise because Calvin very possibly would kill a newborn right now. Probably not on purpose. But who knows?  He kicks people during prayers since he knows their eyes are shut. Plus, I don't even like newborns. I only tolerate them since I know that they will turn into awesome 2 year olds who make me laugh during prayers. Give me a 5 month old next time. Or I'll take a newborn. Guess I'm in no position to be picky.

And potty training isn't going as well as I thought, in case you were wondering. But maybe he's improving? Maybe not too. Let's just say we are going to need our carpets cleaned. And I don't know how all you cloth diaper people can do it. Cleaning poop off training pants grosses me out.

And we are sick. But at least I don't have a stuffy nose. Just lots of coughing. I'd rather have coughing than a constantly stuffy nose. I've been boiling water constantly in the absence of a humidifier. I don't know if it is helping or not. Sick Calvin is super whiny, but he makes up for it by being super cuddly and taking extra long naps. On Tuesday he even told me he wanted to take a second nap and then did it.

Also, my sister in law Amanda made a cheesecake and saved me a bite to try and it was DELICIOUS so I am going to make it for Valentine's day. After I buy all the stuff it is going to cost me at least $15. Maybe I should have just bought one since there is a really good chance I'll mess it up. But no. I WILL TRY!

And I am attempting to make this skirt in yellow without a pattern. Wish me luck, since things made without patterns rarely turn out well in my situation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam!

In nursery the kids get to hold little paper suns stuck on popsicle sticks when they sing Jesus wants me for a sunbeam. Here's Calvin's at-home version.