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Five Things Friday

  1. The architect had an interview this morning. Fingers crossed that they hire him! An employed architect is a happy architect.
  2. However, a house-husband architect is responsible for some pretty great meals this week. We’ve been eating well.
  3. My brain is nearly broken. Work has been hard lately, yo. Hopefully good things will come of it. When I get too busy, I have trouble focusing on the things I need to get done, and spiral into a black hole of panic and procrastination.
  4. I have been lazylately. I haven’t been working out during the week and I haven’t been getting up to write. Instead, I’ve been staying up to read all the books.
  5. Speaking of all the books, my online book group (#ranreadrummed) has a drink of the month, and lo! It was amazing. I made it last night. Mine wasn’t as pretty as the original, but it sure was good.

    The Dark & Stormy

    The Dark & Stormy

May 2014 Goals

Once again, I’m a few days in to May. I really like to let the month percolate a bit before committing to anything.

April in Review

April 2014 Goals

  1. Make it to Rivendell on my “Walking to Mordor” adventure – almost success! I am SO CLOSE! I will be there this week.
  2. Have fun 2-year-old birthday shenanigans with Alvie Bean. – SUCCESS! The Bean turned two and we had fun. And somewhere there are pictures. I haven’t seen them yet – either the pics from school OR from present opening at home, but they exist!
  3. Hit the gym for strength training 2 days/week. – 100% FAIL! I didn’t go to the gym once in April.
  4. Go to all marathon training long runs. All. – 75% SUCCESS! I missed one due to illness.
  5. 30K new words. – 63% SUCCESS! I wrote 19,000 words.
  6. Continue to eschew sugar. – complete and utter failure. It was almost like I tried to make up for sugar-free March AND any future plans to go sugar free just in case. Oops!
  7. Get the budget done. Make it good. Celebrate. – ARGHHH! IT WILL NEVER BE DONE! I did finish what I thought was a final draft, but then it came back! It’s like the zombie budget that will not die. I’m gonna call it a success because it’s not my fault. I totally double-tapped that bastard and it still came back.
  8. Garden prep! At least 50% – Nope.
  9. 11 flights of stairs/day at work. – 100% SUCCESS! At work, we had stair-climbing teams, and the first team of 7 to climb 2,900 flights of stairs won. You could only count 20 flights/day. My team TOTALLY won. Because we are awesome.
  10. Keep up with my #100happydays – 100% SUCCESS! I have found something that made me happy every day!

May 2014 Goals

  1. Get to Rivendell!
  2. Strength Training five times (1 down!)
  3. Have a good (read go to it and finish) race on 5/10
  4. 25K new words
  5. Plant some stuff in the garden
  6. Keep on keeping on with #100happydays
  7. Run more than 50 miles
  8. Take Alvie Bean to the Zoo
  9. Figure out a schedule that allows me to accomplish near-daily workouts, writing, and daily going to work for 9 hours. I am a morning person, and I get up and write most mornings at about 5 am, but then when I’ve planned my post-work workouts, I don’t do them because I’m lazy and tired. Right now, I am supposed to be running, but I am not.
  10. Get the architect a kick-ass and as-yet undetermined birthday gift.

Exciting notes! In the first four months of this year, I surpassed my 2013 & 2012 total miles run, and I should pass 2011 sometime in June and 2010 sometime in July, and 2008 by the end of August.

The strongman - my weight-lifting inspiration

The strongman – my weight-lifting inspiration

So many sads!

Halloween is over for another year. 🙁

We had a lovely time – the Bean didn’t really get trick-or-treating, and since I wasn’t going to let him eat any candy anyway, we only hit two houses + the ex-nanny’s. I had a great time, but ended up donating all the candy we got back to the trick-or-treaters that came to our place. (Which was probably for the best.)

And now – it’s November. I’m 4/4 on writing days for NaNoWriMo, and am sitting at 7,060 words as of 7 AM this morning (I need to average 1,667/day to hit 50K by the end of the month, so I’m not quite as far ahead as I’d like, but I’m still ahead.)

I started painting the Bean’s new room yesterday, and it’s going to look amazing. I did the first coat of the bolder color, and will do a second coat tonight or tomorrow night. The architect does all the edge work, because he’s awesome that way.

Next weekend I’ll do the other color (a coat Sat & one Sun), and then clean, clean, clean!

We’re planning on switching the rooms about – the office space is becoming the Bean’s + guest room, and the nursery is going to be the new, extra-cozy shared office space – Thanksgiving Day, so that we can be home with the Bean for four days in a row while he adjusts to his new digs. The room is bigger than the nursery, so we can put up the guest bed (which is currently in pieces stashed all over the upstairs) AND the Bean bed at the same time until he’s potty trained and ready to move to the big bed. I anticipate that will be at least another year. (I’d be delighted if it were sooner, obviously; he’s not real interested in the potty right now, unless someone else is using it. Then he’s fascinated by the whole thing).

He’s becoming such a big boy, it’s crazy. He’s talking up a storm now, and I even get what he’s saying about half the time. He’s started issuing commands (“take this!” “car go!”) and is altogether displeased when we don’t immediately acquiesce.

I haven’t yet run this month, and that gives me a sad. Since I didn’t get ‘er done today, that means it will be Wednesday now, unless I forgo tomorrow’s writing for pre-dawn running (which isn’t happening).

The architect and I had a lovely time out Saturday night, thanks to our neighbor of awesomeness who came over & watched Alvie for the evening. We even managed to talk about things that weren’t our son from time to time!




Overall, a very satisfactory weekend.


Happy November!


Attitude of Gratitude

Today, I am grateful that I have a job. No, really. (Repeat as necessary.)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love today. There is nothing about Hallowe’en that I don’t enjoy, except that it should be a federal holiday and I should get to stay home. Although, I am having a Hallowe’en party at work today, with a costume contest! And punch! And cupcakes! I might not want to miss that.


Today, in addition to being the most awesome holiday known to humankind, is also my anniversary! The architect and I have been married for seven years now (and together just over 11). Yay!


Wedding Photo!

I woke up early this morning and then went into Alvie’s room to stare at him until he woke up. I could not wait to be-costume him. So much awesome!

Number 11

Number 11


I couldn’t, of course, leave the house without getting a pic of the small guy with his transportation:

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Happy best day of the year, everyone!

I hope you appreciate the best Hallowe'en centerpiece crafted by a toddler anywhere.

I hope you appreciate the best Hallowe’en centerpiece crafted by a toddler anywhere.

So many things!


Internets! I have been so busy!

Friday, we drove down to Eugene (and strangely away from all the heat). We had a cheap (but nice) motel for the night. There was a pool. So we did this:

Alvie Bean’s first swim


He loved it, and I loved that he loved it.


Saturday was graduation – so first there was this:



And then, there was this:

My speech about my capstone project for which I won the capstone award!




Alvie Bean did not enjoy my speech, and cried through the whole thing. Also, I talked too fast and it was a pretty boring speech, but it didn’t matter, because I’d already won and it was not a speech contest.


When I got home, I was able to collect my graduation presents from the architect!

He got me a “graduate” sash that I wore all day on Sunday, as well as a diploma frame AND the most awesome gift of all:

I totally drank my champagne out of that glass…

Saturday evening, the architect & I headed to the train station to fetch my friend Brian, who also recently graduated and is soon headed off to Cambridge (UK not MA) to do his M.Phil.

Sunday was my graduation party. I have zero pictures of this.

It was great though! My mom made little sandwiches, Brian made hummus for the veg tray (and it was delicious), I made lemonade, and friends brought fruit (thanks Ambitious One and Mr. Pi!), cheese (thanks L & A!) and a very delicious cake (thanks Jen & Zach!). Also, there were a ton of babies! And I’m hoping someone will send me pictures of those babies. BABY PILE!

Sunday night was pretty mellow, and then, all too soon, it was Monday morning and time for my mother & uncle to start their trip back to South Dakota.

one last cuddle


My mom will be back for Thanksgiving, and Alvie Bean will be so much bigger by then! Grandma taught him so many things, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to teach him to drive next time. He’s growing up so fast!

And now – back to work and regular life. I am so appreciative of all the people who helped me celebrate my MS, and I love all my house guests, but Monday evening, when it was just Alvie, the architect, and me was really, really nice. Alvie is back in his own room after almost 3 weeks in ours (the heatwave started it all – his room heats up about 10 degrees hotter than ours; and his room is also our guest room) and it is so quiet in the night!

There was, however, some sad news over the weekend. My great Uncle Bob, who celebrated his 100th birthday in July, died Sunday morning. He was healthy up through Friday, so it went very quickly and I am grateful for that. Plus, 100 years! That is amazing! I’m also pleased that I got to see him in May and got to take this picture:

Uncle Bob – b. 1912
Alvie Bean – b. 2012