Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Glad tidings, peeps!

How's it going?

Good, here.  Yesterday I felt like a ZOMBIE, major slump day, but today feels more like normal.  I worked yesterday and am today, too.  Just wanted to procrastinate pop in to say hi.  :)

I found black heels!  Thrifted, of course.  :)  They are Born Concept and pretty cute.  I don't LOVE them but they are like new and were 3.99.  My sister said I could try some of hers, too.  The booties are not off the table yet but it's good to have other options.

I am almost done painting a dresser and my old hope chest for Ruby's room and am so happy I actually did this!  I think the key for me was having Patrick help me get these two items into the garage.  They were there, so I did them.  Huh.  The hope chest might need one more coat but I should be able to do it today and then move the stuff into her room tomorrow while she's at school.  Then James' dresser is next on the list.  It's kind of fun.  The warmish weather helps, too.

I had crazy ebay sales on Sunday...10 of them!  My average is 3/day so that was a lot.  Then yesterday, nothing.  booooo.  I hate days like that but they are common, too.  Hopefully I'll get a little action today.  I am listing all this random stuff that has the best chance of selling now, for the holidays, but it's the stuff that I like listing the least.  It will feel sooooo good to have it done, though. 

Better get to it.  This vintage Furby Baby is FIRST.  I need to get this little thing to sleep so I don't kill it.  :)


Friday, October 25, 2013

thank you!!

So, quick morning update to say thanks!!  I really appreciate all the feedback!

I love that green dress!  I, like Sybil, am drawn to black and gray...they are my favorites, but I wanted something colorful and was so happy to find it.

The problem?  Patrick doesn't like it.  gah!  I'm going to show him again with the jewlery and tights, etc, and see if that helps.  I hate to wear something he doesn't like but I also want to look good, you know?  :)

I think #2 will look better once I take it in a bit, which shouldn't be hard.  Thanks for meowing at my butt, Cousintine.  :)  xoxo  I was kind of surprised when I saw that photo.  heehehehehee.

I might start taking butt shots daily and base my wardrobe around them. 

KIDDING.  But photos make some things really clear.  gtk.

You seem divided on the booties, as am I.  BUT, I think I am wearing them!!  They are super comfy and I am too cheap to buy new shoes right now that I will rarely wear.  I have quite a few pairs of nice black shoes, just none that are good for a wedding.

It is early now but I was so happy to hear from you guys that I wanted to say thanks before the day got away from me.  Time to get the kids up!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

help/thrift scores

Hi guys.  I'm going to put myself out there a little today and I would LOVE your honest opinions.  I am going to a wedding next weekend and am not sure what to wear!  I've asked my mom & sister so I know what they think, I've heard Patrick's opinion on one of them (not good!), and I am pretty much stuck between two of them.  help??

Also, all of these but one were thrifted and I just thrifted the boots, too! 

1.  INC dress, goodwill $6.99, American Eagle booties $5.99:

Also, wearing booties with a dress is OUT THERE for me.  Are you down with this look or no way?

 2.  Gap dress, $7.72, Fossil locket $13 (bought broken on ebay and Patrick fixed it...I LOVE it...but is necklace and scarf too much?), Scarf I already had:
 Okay, this is awkward but (haha) I love the buttons on the back of this dress.  It is supposed to have a dolman sleeve but it might benefit from being taken in just a tad.:
 3.  I wore this to my brother's wedding last winter.  The sleeves have slits on them, which I really like.  I bought it new at JC Penney.  I like it but A) I already wore it! and B) I don't think it's as flattering as I once suspected.
 4.  J. Crew dress, $5.99.  Okay, I love this dress but it was hard to photograph.  I had to lighten the image...the dress is a true black.  It's a heavier knit and warm and comfy but it doesn't look so good here!  To me this dress says church or something...just kind of boring.  Not that church is boring but you know...
 Okay, no number because not really a choice.  I like this in the mirror but this picture looks awful.  It's short and baggy.  It is a European brand, Fenn Wright Manson, and I thrifted it for $2.  blech. 
 OH, and here are my black booties that I've wanted since last year but could never find anywhere, new or used.  Then I found some for $5.99!  (to be honest I only looked at the mall and DSW a couple of times but seriously found nothing as I had something like these in my head...and then here they are!)

This was kind of fun.  I think I have a better idea of what length/style looks good on me.  Okay, what do you think??  :)  I'm all ears!!!!  Thank you.


Monday, October 21, 2013

I'm supposed to be working but it's not working

I have chicken stock simmering for another hour or two so I told myself that I might as well get some listings done.  HA!  I have no desire to work right now.  I'd rather be in bed reading.  I could always take the chicken stock off of the heat and finish it tomorrow, right??  right.  But I will see how I feel after a quick post.

I am kind of sick to my stomach from candy corn.  Do you love candy corn?  I sure do, but it really needs to be enjoyed in moderation.  My sister gave us half a bag last night and I CURSE her!  :)  Just kidding, of course. 

We all went to Trader Joe's last night (seester, mom, ruby & I) and it was fun!  We had been in the house all day (Ruby & I) so it was really good to get out.  My sister and I felt strange being outside after dark.  :)  We really need to do that more often.  Also, I got some of those awesome pretzel croissants.  yuuuum.

I just finished Stephen King's Joyland and I really liked it.  It felt like slipping into an old sweater...his voice is so familiar to me.  It's a fairly quick read, I read it in one day, and I was sad when it was over.  I remember lying in bed under a pile of blankets for most of two snow days in junior high, plowing through Cujo and another of his books.  :)  That's a good memory.

Ruby had her cheerleading premier last Friday night and had a good time.  It was pretty cold but James and I kept warm snuggled up next to Wendy.  :)  We also had hot chocolate and some of us wished we had some Bailey's.  They had offered a short cheerleading camp to any girl K-8 who wanted to try.  They had 3 practices and then cheered at that game and now they're done.  The cheerleading coach said he would try to get them together again soon, though.  Ruby is pretty shy about trying new things so I was SO happy that she wanted to try this.

Patrick was home again today.  He took a vacation day to unpack my mom's stuff (him & Ronan went to Duluth last weekend and loaded up her house with the help of Thomas & Erin) (and my mom, of course) but they finished on Sunday so he just got to hang out with Nick & I again today.  It was a nice day.  I went for 3 short walks.

I should wrap this up.  Here are a few pictures:

 James' first time mowing the lawn...he was seriously grinning from ear to ear, he was so proud of himself.  :)  Loved that.
 Going into the tunnel:
 coming out:

 cheerleading practice (Ruby's in the green tee):
 She has had 3 of these this year if you can believe that.  ugh.  Makes my stomach hurt a little.  :)


p.s.  I'm going to bed now.  :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

happy thursday

This has been the first week since school started that has felt super BUSY.  I am so glad we had lice last week!!  We would have missed out on a lot this week.  Ruby and James both had scouts, last night was our town's Fall Festival, tonight Ruby has cheerleading practice, tomorrow night she cheers at the football game (!!), Saturday is another scouting event, Nicky & I went to a birthday party yesterday, our van is in the shop, I baked for the bake sale, conferences tonight, I'm babysitting tomorrow and we are supposed to get our new dishwasher.  PHEW.  Oh, and two days of work.  :)  I cancelled a dr. appt.  Priorities!  :)  (it was only a well child check and it's been rescheduled.)

Good gravy!  I'm glad we live in this small town so I can walk practically everywhere with the kids for all of this stuff.  I'm also glad we had a quiet day on Monday with Patrick.  I'm also glad that this is an anomaly for me this year.

I want to say how happy I am to be working again.  I am pleasantly surprised every time I sell something and feel so blessed that I can do this and make the money I do.  I love what I do and I think I'm pretty good at it.  It's fun to think about where I can take it in a couple of years when all my babies are at school all day.

I'm not quite back to where I was, ebay listing-wise, pre-lice but this week has been, like I said, crazy and I had to get back to my cleaning schedule, too.  Last week was all lice, all the time.  Laundry and hair and vacuuming and that's about it.  I didn't dust or clean the bathroom or put laundry away...UGH.  That messy house was really a factor in my mood on Saturday, I think.  I hate waking up, on the weekend especially, to a messy house.

I am writing too many sentences with too many commas today.  I have been alone in my house all day and might have a lot running through my head.  :)  Time for lunch.


Monday, October 14, 2013

monday night on the home front

Hi peeps!  I started writing one day last week (Friday?) but the day got away from me and I never got to finish.

We are optimistically, hopefully, doing good on the lice front.  As in, we haven't seen anything in a while.  Holding my breath and still combing heads, but so far, so much better. 

Last week was rough.  There were high points and low points but overall, I think it could have been a lot worse.  On Saturday I got upset with Patrick over a relatively small thing so that kind of stunk but what can you do?  I was just wore out.  I took Ruby to a cheerleading thing she is doing (so cute) that afternoon and then brought her, Nicky and a friend back to the apple orchard to see the kittens.  On Saturday night I went to the mall by myself and Sunday was church and then home for lunch with my mom.  After she left, James mowed the lawn for the first time (he was SO excited!) and we had a fire and grilled dinner.  We practiced spelling by firelight and it was kind of perfect. 

Today Patrick had off of work and we had such a nice day, the three of us.  The weather was beautiful and we took Nicky for a hike & picnic lunch on a nearby trail that I've been wanting to check out.  I've been trying to enjoy the warmer temps but waiting for sweatshirt weather and I think it's finally here!  :)

I have pictures but they will have to wait until tomorrow.  Our kids are going ape shit and we need to get them to bed. 

Good night, xoxo.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

news from the front lice lines

Good news today, friends!  James is back and school and Nicky is at Sarah's.  That's right.  My boys got an all clear and got double checked at Great Clips before they buzzed their little bug-free heads.  Yay!  I am still going to be checking and spraying them (their hair is too short to comb now!) but my fingers are crossed, you know?

My little red head wasn't so lucky but I have not given up hope.  Maybe tomorrow will be her day??

I keep reading reports (horror stories) of lice that won't go away but I also see lots of ones saying whatever solution they tried, that it actually works.  That is where I'm laying my beliefs until proven otherwise.  :)  We are definitely still heating the bedding every day and keeping all extra cozy stuff put away for a long time, though.  Like, maybe forever. 

Years from now someone will ask my kids about their childhoods and they will describe it as super cozy and warm and fun UNTIL WE GOT LICE.  Then they will describe a cold, sterile environment where their mom kept spraying them with different shit and wouldn't give them more than one blanket at a time.

How sad.  :)

Thank you so much for your comments, texts & emails.  :)  Having lice can be a lonely road, filled with lots of laundry and google searches...it's so good to hear from others who have been through it.  :)  xoxo

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

creepy update

Here we all are again, home together.  :)  Today is going better.  Everyone has been combed through and we only found one live guy and 2 nits on James and 3 egg sacs on Ruby.  Nicky was totally clear.  I seem to be clear today.  That the live guy was in James' hair makes sense to me as he has the thickest and coarsest hair.  I used the licefreeee spray last night on all of us but he put up the biggest fight and maybe his didn't get saturated all the way?  The comb works the best on Nicky, James & I, and my eyes and scissors work the best on Ruby...her hair is so light and fine...it slips right through the special comb. 


I've heard that you might see a resurgence after a few days if some missed eggs manage to hatch.  We've all been treated twice, though.  (once with chemical killer, once with a natural killer, licefreeee!) I'm going to give us another dose of the licefreeee! tonight if we have enough.  (note:  always get two or more bottles!)

Funny story.  I ordered the licefreee from WalMart.com and they get it to the store the same day for pick up.  Well, I didn't read the fine print and didn't bring my ID when I went to pick it up.  The kid said he wouldn't give it to me...since it was paid for, he needed proof that I was the right buyer.  I had my phone with the email confirmation but that wasn't good enough.  I looked right at him, narrowed my eyes, and said, "I need to talk to your manager.  I have 3 kids with lice behind me and we are not leaving without that spray."  He was like, okaaaaaay, and slowly backed into the back room.  His manager came out, took one look at me, and said I could have it.  :)  She has 5 kids and had lice the year before...she knew not to mess with me.  haha.  It was pretty funny.

Some day I will tell you the horror story of our Best Buy appliance shopping experience.  Okay, maybe not.  All that you need to know is we now have 2 out of 3 new appliances and it's only taken us 3 delivery dates to get those 2.  We've also had $350 taken off of our bill and are praying we get our new dishwasher, undamaged, on the 18th.  ugh. 

Hmmmmm.  What else?  I think I can stop comforting myself with food today.  :)  Oh, that reminds me!  Nicky's babysitter brought over some homemade soup for us yesterday.  Wasn't that sweet???  It was the best thing to have it be dinner time and not have to make dinner after combing and vacuuming and laundry-ing all day.  So nice.  God bless her.

It's gorgeous out and we are leaving for a walk soon.  Picnic Point is beautiful right now and the woods cannot get lice from us.


Monday, October 07, 2013

super creepy

It's 8:30 on Monday morning and I'm drinking coffee and blogging.  All 3 of my healthy kids are on the couch behind me watching Space Buddies.  What is wrong with this picture?  Have I lost my mind??

Or did we get lice?

HUGE SIGH.  We did.  Our first time and it is a nightmare, like everyone says.  I almost broke down crying a couple times yesterday but my husband agreed it was as overwhelming as I was thinking it was and that helped. 

So, first.  The thankfuls.

Thankful that...

Ruby's been in preschool and school for 4 years and this is the first time we've had it.  (and James has been in school for 7 years!  but boys are a lot less likely.)

That we didn't get it when Nicky was an infant like I was terrified of.

That I found out early on a Sunday morning when Patrick was home and we had the whole day to do nothing but laundry and vacuum and pick through heads.

That Patrick combed through my whole head for me.  (yep, I've got it, too.)

For friends that have been through it and don't sound like you're diseased when you tell them.  (even though you kind of are.)

For a washer and dryer and movies on demand.

For offers of a strong cocktail once we're out of the woods.


The bad parts are obvious.  Bugs on our heads.  My mom slept over the night before I found it.  (praying she'll be okay)  Phone calls to friends to tell them, even though they've all be so sweet.  A mountain of things to wash or run through the dryer.  I'm not kidding, a mountain.

I think I've talked before about how Patrick likes to create cozy nests on everyone's beds for them?  On James' bed alone there was one foam mattress pad, one cloth mattress pad, a sheet, one huge king size shabby chic blanket, 3 twin comforters, a fleece blanket, his special blanket, two standard bed pillows, one king size bed pillow and 4 throw pillows.  Oh, and 2 stuffed animals.  Ruby's bed was about the same.  Nicky's, just a smaller version.  Our bed had 3 comforters on it and multiple pillows.  Every room has rugs.  Ruby has bags of stuffed animals.  There were pillows and blankets on the couch and they had pulled up a big sleeping bag the night before while watching a movie.  Our couches had covers on them.  N E V E R E N D I N G.

Patrick and I talked last night about how this will be the coldest/most minimalistic winter on our families' record.  :)

I got chemical killer and an organic system  and a chemical spray and a preventative spray and ordered another natural killer spray.  I spent an hour and a half on Ruby's head and Patrick did the boys and mine.  They say you can go overboard, and we might be, but this is our first time.  It's creepy.

So, that's where my head is at.  (HA!)

How are you?  :)  Have you ever had lice?  What worked for you?  What didn't?  Please share if you've got the time.  I could use a virtual hug. 

Oh, and our new dishwasher and range are getting delivered this morning.  Patrick got up early and already emptied out under the sink took everything out of our oven storage drawer.  What would I do without him??  I want to comb through the kids now but will probably wait until the installation team is gone.  :)

Oh, but you know what?  Patrick almost didn't believe me yesterday morning when I first told him.  And I kind of knew he wouldn't and I told him calmly that I knew I was right and he could support me or leave for the day.  :)  Thank God that I found CLEAR proof shortly thereafter and now we don't have to get divorced over lice.


Thursday, October 03, 2013


My blog was 7 years old last week!  I just burned a half an hour looking through September of 2010.  Nicky was 5 months old and school was starting and I was so tired.  Makes me a little teary.  I love being so tired.  ;)

It was in October of 2010 that I vowed to wear an accessory out of the house every day.  :)  I bought my first scarf at Old Navy.  3 years later and I am kind of obsessed with accessories (love them!) (might have a slight problem with buying Fossil necklaces on ebay!) and clothes in general.  I got so many compliments from my family when I saw them all this past summer.  They loaded me down with encouraging comments on my body (Sarah said it was TONED!  ahhahahaha...but it made me feel good!) and my style.  STYLE.  Who ever said I had style?  My sister told me that last winter but I just thought she was being, well, my sweet sister.  :)

I was obviously interested in looking nicer before I lost weight but losing weight definitely helped a ton.  It is just a lot more fun to get dressed when a lot more clothes fit you.  I also love the dig because I will try pretty much anything at $1/lb.  :)  Even if it's not my "style"...for .50, I'm bringing it home to see.

I do try to look nice most times when I leave the house.  My friends and I (and my sister) always tell each other when we look particularly cute but it meant so much for me to hear it from the rest of my family.  I know how much they love me and that was just another very sweet way for them to show me.  It meant a lot.  sniff.  I have some super cute aunties (on both sides) and my aunt Kristy and I have texted each other our outfits a few times.  :)  She is the accessory QUEEN and I have a lot to learn from her.

Today is a work day and I have to work now but I just had to share that.  The compliments they gave me were very encouraging and have stayed with me.

I know I've said it before, but my family is awesome.

Also, encouraging others is awesome.  Let's all encourage someone we love today.  (or maybe someone we don't??)


p.s.  I have to edit this to include my mother.  My mom always, ALWAYS, tells me when I look good and gives me encouragement.  Also, she tells me when I look bad.  Which is just as important.  :) 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

1 oct

I am super unmotivated this morning. James and I got pissy with each other before school and it just bums me out.  He left on a good note but that is always such a bummer.  :( 

Also, I think I am in one of my less-motivated weeks of the month.  Are you like that?  I am pretty high energy and get-er-done for 2 weeks, a bit slower the next week and pretty sluggish the next.  :)  It's unfortunate that today is OCTOBER 1st & I am supposed to create a Halloween wonderland by the time the kids get home from school.  Okay, maybe not a wonderland but something cute, you know?  I hope spilling my guts for a while will clear my head space. 

Here are a few pics from last Sunday.  We went to church and then Peck's with Annie and her kids and Gramma.  It was a gorgeous day and the apple cider donuts were sooooo good.  I want to make some so James can taste.  I think I've made them before...will have to look.  (Oh, and he wanted a Mt. Dew so he was fine with us having a donut if he got a can of pop.  :)  )


It is hours later.  I got all my decorating done, thanks to my sister calling and wanting me to meet her.  :)

I hope you had a good day!  I need to stay away from the candy corn.



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