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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving before I forget. I would like to address what I'm thankful for, but I'm not in a good mood today so I'll save that for another day. >:/

Anyway, I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving. We have a lot of work to do to get the house spic and span. Here's my little to-do list.

* Clean the kitchen - Done!

* pick up bedroom - started today by hanging the huge pile of clothes that were on top of the dresser.

* Vacuum and steam clean Lily pee stains on carpet in the office.

* sweep and mop tile/wood floors

* clean guest bath

* PURCHASE THANKSGIVING FOOD! Yes, I do things at the last minute. So what?

* (optional/if there is time) put up xmas tree - i usually do this the day after Thanksgiving, but since we're hosting I think it'd feel more festive if I went ahead and decorated.

So as you can see, I have a lot to acomplish in, um, one day. Yikes.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Just Checking In

Things are still around these parts. The Hubs has been working 7 days a week again, and will continue until after Christmas. :( I mean, it's a good thing that he has all this work in this economy, but at the same time I miss him so much.

Anyway, it's FINALLY cooled off here. Woo hoo! No more A/C = lower electric bills! Although it did go back up to the high 80's again this week. Boo! I have been taking advantage of the cooler weather and taking Gizzy hiking. Here are some pics of our last trip.

Other than that... hmmm... Oh! We got new blinds for the living room. So that was why my mom was bugging the shit out of me about blind measurements. I thought she just really wanted us to buy some from her. Turns out she bought us some for our anniversary present!

Before: Ugly old broken tin blinds

After: New pretty faux wood blinds!

Speaking of our anniversary, we finally remembered to defrost and eat our top layer of our cake! I could've sworn it was supposed to be carrot cake, but it was strawberry... either way it was good. Didn't taste like cardboard at all. ;P

Lily is growing so fast! I notice a difference in size each week! We're going for her third shot tomorrow. Only one more after that! Can't wait. She needs daily walks and I'm too paranoid to do that until she is fully vaccinated. Girl has so much energy she doesn't know what to do with it! She's a total diva too. Such a brat! But at the same time she's so sweet and cuddly. She's already crate trained, except it's been getting too cold in her crate at night. She'll start whining and crying until I take her out and put her in bed with us. Then she just goes right underneath the covers and passes out. I think i need a heated blanket or heating pad for her crate.

So today's my Friday. Yay! Another busy weekend for me. Tomorrow I'm waking up early to get some free stuff from Federicks of Hollywood. Apparently they have an annual thing where the first how ever many people there get a free bra and a free $25 gift certificate. Awesome! I could use a new bra and I'll take free anything! Then I am taking Lily to get her shot, then I'm going to hang out until the hubs gets home. Saturday I have another wedding, and I've been invited to stay at this one. It's going to be awesome and I can't wait to see how it all turns out! What are your weekend plans?

Hope everyone has a good one. Thanksgiving is officially ONE WEEK AWAY! Yikes!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I'm joining the challenge! Er... a little late.

The cleaning challenge that is! The Hyper Homemaker has a Fall Cleaning Challenge going on. If you know me, you are probably thinking, yeah right. I hate cleaning, why would I want to take up a challenge? Well, all the ladies have motivated me. My husband will love you for it! I think he's falling in love with me all over. I started late and slowly. I don't have a whole lot of time to do ALL this cleaning, but I'm doing bits at a time. The challenge started at the heart of the home... the kitchen. Here's the to-do list from The Hyper Homemaker:

Day 1 - Conquering the Kitchen

Make sure daily is done:- Clear off all counter tops
- Load dishwasher
- Handwash any dishes needed
- Wipe down sink
- Wipe down stovetop
- Wipe down all the counters
- Swiffer the floor

Pantry- Take everything out of the pantry.
- Wipe down shelves.
- Toss old items and donate unused good items.
- Repackage all messy items into nice containers.
- Place all items back into the pantry in an organized fashion.

- Take everything out of the fridge and freezer (placing items in a cooler with all the remaining ice.
- Scrub down the inside and outside of the fridge, shelves, doors, ice maker and freezer.
- Replace water filter if you have one.
- Clean fridge condenser coil.
- Toss old or useless food.
- Place everything back into fridge in an organized fashion.

Cabinets- Take ALLL your items out of all your cabinets and drawers. Yes... ALL!
- Wipe down the inside of all cabinets and drawers.
- Wipe down the inside of all containers such as utensil holders.
- Store items not used in over 6 months, or summer seasonal items.
- Thinking logically (ie - potholders next to stove, towels next to sink), try to put everything back in a more useful and purposeful place, and in an organized fashion.
- Scrub down the cupboard exteriors, from to of the kitchen to bottom.

Yikes. That's a lot of work. I got the first two done today. The basic kitchen cleaning chores. Dishes, clearing the counters, emtying and loading the dishwasher, whiping down the counters etc. Then I decided to tackle the pantry. When we moved in I was the worse packer and even worse at unpacking. Our kitchen is so small that I just didn't know where to put stuff, so instead of organizing everything, I kind of just threw stuff in the pantry. Here's what it looked like.

Dun dun DUN! Scary!

All of this was on the very top too. I started removing stuff then remembered to take a before picture.

Eeek! The last of the blue carpet! Let's just pretend you didn't see that. (Note to self: get the hubs to install that tile soon)

We don't have a medicine cabinet. You know how most people have a cabinet over their stoves? We have an ugly spice rack. So the medicines have to go in the pantry with everything else. Cool thing, is I found this little basket in the pantry filled with random stuff, half of which I threw away. It fit our medicines perfectly!

And here are my AFTERS:

I put our jars that hold our flours and sugars in the pantry. Our kitchen is SMALL, and they take up way too much needed counter space. I like them much better in here.

I put all the cleaning supplies in the laundry room. We have extra cabinets in there and it's a huge room. We should utilize it more.

I also cleaned the top of the trash can and vacuumed that ugly carpet.

I would say this looks much better. Look at all that space I have! Almost a full shelf! I really wanted to clean out the fridge but I didn't have time. Doing all that took me about an hour (meaning the regular kitchen cleaning and the pantry cleaning/organinzation). Not bad! But I did have to go to work. I will tackle the fridge tomorrow.

What do you think? Did I do good?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

LOLZ Zeeba

Okay, so I have two cats. I don't post about them much cause I really don't like them that much. There. I said it. I don't like them. I love them, but I don't like them. I don't really like cats anymore. Funny, because my friends used to call me "crazy cat lady", because I loooooooved kitties! I wanted all of them! I think the thing is, is that I loved(and still do) kittens. You know, they're like puppies, except they're easy! And when you're 19/20 years old you want easy pets. :/

Now that I'm done sounding like a totally horrible pet mommy, I'd like to show off my Zeeba. Now Zeeba is not any ordinary cat. He LOVES attention. He's VERY vocal. Dude won't shut up. It's non-stop meowing at my house. Always has been. And if you ignor him, it only gets louder. He's also very curious and adventurous. He used to play fetch w/me before we got Gizmo. You know how that goes when you have a dog and a cat who hate eachother... You throw the ball, and the dog wins. He also likes to hunt. He's a major hunter. It isn't too bad anymore now that we moved, but at our rental it was BAD! He brought us a ton of presents. I mean, birds, lizards, bugs, BUNNIES! Poor bunnies.

Anyhooters, the other night we were lounging (when I say "we" I mean, me, two dogs and Zeeba). I look over and saw Zeebs on the chair looking really cute. Thought it'd be a good one to send to So I quietly got up and grabbed the camera. I snapped this photo and sent it in to Now, I doubt I'll make it on the home page. It's cute, but not very original. But it's still funny to me. :)

Go vote for him!

Happy Halloween!

I know I'm a couple days late, but I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! We laid low. Just stayed in and handed out candy. I was a little disappointed that there weren't many trick-or-treaters. We only had a handful of them. Our neighborhood is very family friendly, so we figured there would be a ton of kids. I think everyone went out of town. I know our next door neighbors did. Anyway, we still have a full bag of candy left, and we only bought two bags! That tells you right there how many kids we got.

We sat outside with the dogs and handed out candy of the few kids we did get. Drank our pumpkin beer and relaxed. It was fun.

Gizzy and Lily had a good time!

Pooped after "trick-or-treating"
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Oh. And here are some crappy camera phone photos of our jack-o-lanterns. Unfortunately our digital camera sucks and doesn't take pics w/out a flash(well, it does but then it's really blury) so we had to resort to the camera phone.
I carved the pirate skull and Brian did the spider web.