Saturday, April 28, 2012

almost after

Since it's been over a month since we painted the bedroom and almost two weeks since the carpet was installed, it's time for some "after" pictures.

Here's the van full of the nasty old carpet and pad. Good bye and good riddance!

The gray-blue walls and new carpet. We really wanted just plain gray, but it turned out to be really difficult to find, at least with our lighting... eventually we gave in to the closest sample we had. (It was spring break, and we knew we had limited time to paint.) It's not a great picture of the carpet, but we love it! It's a light tan with darker browns in it. Of course, considering that the old carpet didn't feel much softer than our hardwood, it didn't take much for an improvement. It's just nice to finally not have stains everywhere.

The room right now. We haven't put much back up on the walls. Part of the reason we repainted was to have a color that would work with different bedding, if we ever wanted to switch it out, so it's hard to know what to put back up. We don't have nightstands; we never have. Our bed has drawers on each side, so we would have to go with the custom nightstands that are built specifically to accommodate that, and we just don't think we'd use them enough to justify the expense. So, the only furniture in our room is the bed and my dresser. I actually really like it that way; it's by far the most simplified space in our home.

My dresser and the two pictures we've rehung. I saw a blog post on some random blog once where a woman wrote about how she "styled" the top of her husband's dresser. Seriously? I had no idea that tops of dressers had style. I have my jewelry, a change jar, some foot lotion, and the alarm clock. Function wins in my house. 

There's the almost after. We'll see how much longer it takes to decide what else to put on the walls, if anything - we'll keep you posted.

Monday, April 23, 2012

librarians vs google

Librarians are there:

To help, aid, assist. To teach, collate, enthuse. To catalogue, index, arrange, organise. To find, discover, promote, display. To interest, intrigue, amuse and amaze. To instill wonder. To help children, adults, old people, the underprivileged, the rich, the poor, those with voices and those without. To protect resources, to archive them, to store them, to save them for the future. To provide differing viewpoints, to engender thought, conversation, research, fun. To provide the best answer possible, to match the answer to the enquirer, to provide just enough information without overwhelming the user, but enough to always help. To better a local community, a company, a school, a college, an organisation, a country, the world.

Google is there:

To make money.

-Phil Bradley


Friday, April 20, 2012

reality check

Sometimes I struggle (internally) with what to post on this blog. I don't want to whine or complain. I don't want to sound ungrateful for my blessings (as corny as that sounds). I don't want people to stop reading my blog because it's depressing.

But sometimes real life isn't great. And that's okay.

"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." - Steven Furtick

A few weeks ago, I ran across the quotation above on Pinterest. I really, really like it. I printed it out and hung it in my craft room. I also started to think about it. I don't know if this blog is just a highlight reel, but I don't really intend for it to be.

I am very hard on myself. Seriously, unreasonably so some days. (I think part of the reason I don't post much about my shortcomings is because some secret part of me realizes that my self-image is distorted.)

There have been several mornings this year when I wake up at 4:30 and spend the next 45 minutes lying in bed, agonizing over whether to get up and run. If I ultimately decide not to, I lie in bed until my adjusted alarm goes off at 6:02, beating myself up about how lazy I was being, instead of going back to sleep (the whole reason I decide not to run) or getting up for a shorter run.

Earlier this year, I got my hopes up about being back at my old/original school. They were dashed, and I've called myself stupid more times than I can count for allowing myself to even entertain the earlier thoughts. I get mad at myself when we don't save as much as we could in a given month. I'm frustrated when I don't get things done in the time frame I set for myself (whether it's realistic or not), when I eat more candy than I should, when the dishes aren't done.

This list could go on. And on. And on.

It won't, though.

I finally realized this morning that I'm not very good at giving myself a break. It only took 26 years. I'm not perfect; I've always known that. But somehow, being okay with not being perfect escapes me. Maybe because I have always felt like I have a lot to "live up to." Maybe it's because I have unrealistic expectations of myself.

Regardless, I'm going to stop the list. Some days, I will fail. I will suck at life.

And that's going to have to be okay. Starting now.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

pictureless randomness

I'm here, but once again I'm pictureless for the mid-week update.

The carpet is in and amazing. I'll take pictures soon. But I kind of want to actually make the bed that day, get all the clothes put away, pick up, maybe put some things back up on the walls... Soon.

Last night we had a track meet in Hutchinson. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to get there from my school. The four-team meet that started at 3:30 wrapped up about 9:00 p.m.

When I was at the track meet, Brad took apart our clogged dishwasher and declared it not worth fixing. Upon my arrival home, I seconded the motion. I knew that as soon as we splurged on carpet, something else would need to be fixed or replaced! Oh well - that's what my leftover sick days will be for this year, I guess.

I just "splurged" on an e-textbook for one of this summer's classes. It was a little more expensive than the paper edition, but it's less physical clutter in my life. And, I love to read on my Kindle Fire, so maybe I will actually read this textbook. Um.... I mean, enjoy reading it. I obviously read all my textbooks. Cover to cover. *wink, wink*

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for the spring semester of my MLS. I have a couple of discussion board replies to write and a paper to finish up. The official end of the semester is May 4, but my self-imposed deadline is Sunday (although the discussion board posts may go on for a bit because they sort of depend on others, too).

On Monday, when I stayed home to let the carpet guys in, I started my list of things to do this summer. So far I have refinish the deck, repaint the nightstand from my childhood room (yes, mom, I'm taking that with the bed!), and complete a Pinterest project every other week. What else should be on it? (criteria: inexpensive, stress-free, and easily completable by me)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Home Sweet Home, currently...

This is what my house looks like right now.

We started moving things out of the bedrooms on Friday night, to the basement and the dining room.

 ...added a few more things today.

 Then we ran out of room and had to move things into the living room.


We've emptied three rooms of our house, because, tomorrow this: 
is going away!

We're so excited to get rid of the stained carpet! Stay tuned for some "afters!"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

long time, no write

Yes, it's been a while. 10 days, if you're counting. But who has time to count? I've been busy - which I'm sure you assumed was the case, since that's my excuse every time my posting drops off a bit... Here's the random, picture-less update.

I've been sick for seven days. It's getting old. Thankfully, my kids were awesome yesterday when I couldn't talk, and my fellow track coaches forced me to leave the home meet last night at 7:30. I was in bed by 8:30 (and the meet wasn't over until after 9). I think I'm on the tail end of things.

The Warrior Dash is three weeks from Saturday. I'm getting a little worried, since I usually only run 2.5 miles before school and I haven't run since Monday and, even then, I turned around early since my lungs were on fire (see paragraph 2). I'm sure I'll be fine.

The spring semester is starting to wind down. I have about five more books to read and annotate (need to find some multicultural advanced beginner books), a couple of Blackboard discussions to reply to, and a program plan to write. I'm planning to knock a lot of it out this weekend, especially since I'm staying home on Monday while our carpet is installed... although I think it will be a little bit awkward to be hanging out in my living room full of random furniture while strangers pull out and replace the nasty carpet. Oh well... it's a much-needed day off.

My job is changing again next year. (Apparently I'm not capable of doing the same thing for more than 2 years at a time.) I'm not going to be traveling anymore. But I'm also not going to be in the school that's "home." I do get to work for my favorite administrator (the one I'm most comfortable with, for sure) still, since she's moving, too. It's going to take some getting used to. I think it'll be okay. Just different... I'm definitely nervous about losing the awesome friendships I have in the building I won't get to be in anymore.

Brad officially resigned as head girls basketball coach. He's taking some time off to finish his master's. Hooray!

I have another track meet tomorrow. The MCC Sale is this weekend. And that's about all that's going on around here...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rock Chalk

In case you spent the weekend under a rock.... the Jayhawks are headed to the national championship tomorrow night! Things can get pretty intense when we watch the Hawks play...

We usually start out optimistic and excited yet nervous.

Then we start to get a little anxious.

Sometimes we worry.

But, eventually, excitement takes over.

And we end up celebrating! (At least, so far!)

Rock... Chalk... Jayhawk... KU!

*note: none of these pictures are staged. They are all from KU's Elite Eight game last Sunday.