house hunting, trouble concentrating, and other random Monday missives

I wish I could get it together, to get it together on Mondays. Lately I just can't seem to though. Its a week from the official start of Autumn, and it feels 100% like Autumn already, and that is making me happy. But our house search is leaving me frustrated, and work is overwhelming. So Mondays lately, are too much for me.

Our weekend was nice, though busy, and too fast. Saturday we went to visit 7 houses! Gwen was great until the last place, it had just been too much for her at that point. We found one we like, but don't think we can swing it pricewise (its out of our range, and our realtor had added it at the last minute because it just came on the market). Even that house wasn't perfect, it was a ranch, which isn't my favorite and the kitchen was small, the bathroom needed a little TLC too. But the finished basement was AMAZING, and the bedrooms were a great size.  ::sigh::  I was feeling pretty discouraged about the whole house hunting thing after that. It feels like we're never going to find something that both fits our needs, and doesn't need big work, within our price range. Bahh.

We looked at probably 40 houses before we found the one we're in now, so I understand that it takes time. We were just hoping it would be a little easier this go around. We've already looked at a dozen.

Anyway, the rest of the day we spent getting ready for the yard sale.

Sunday was Yard Sale day. We started moving everything out and getting it all organized about an hour beforehand, and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I wish I had taken a picture of how much stuff was out there! Or before/after pictures of our basement, because the difference is astounding. Gwen and I headed off to a birthday party for one of her best school friends, while Trav manned the sale. We got back in time to help him finish it off. We had on the signs that it ended at 2, and Trav posted a message to freecycle that people could come by and take what they wanted for free at 3:30. So we basically just let it run until 3, then pulled the few things we didn't just want to give away, and put up a giant sign that said FREE. We didn't make a ton, but enough to feel good about it, and got rid of most of the stuff, which was amazing! Our basement is so much emptier!!! I'm really glad we did it.

We used some of our earnings to get some Thai for dinner. Decluttering never tasted so good.

This morning came way too fast and we are all tired. I did find another house yesterday that apparently just came on the market, so we are going to go see that this weekend. Fingers crossed that this is a good one. Or that I win the lottery this week so that money isn't an issue anymore!

Other random things:

- I kind of want to set the NFL on fire lately (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Don't worry, just figuratively...  no combating violence with more violence.  ::sigh::

- I didn't write about 9/11, 13 years later. There are so many beautiful posts about it out there, stunning memorials, and it still gets to me just as strongly how people's lives were impacted by it. Personally, I just can't keep hashing it out every year though. I will always remember. How in the hell could I forget. I'm just not going to write about it.

- Between Ebola, Enterovirus, ISIS, and the above... I pretty much can't handle the news lately.

So that's my Monday post. Sorry it isn't more upbeat!!


dispatches from home

21.5 weeks and ready for my mat!
I'm working from home today and heading to the yoga studio tonight. I haven't been to this studio in about a month (because of how weird my August was with days off), and I'm so excited to see everyone.

I'm interested too, to see how my practice will have changed in the past week. Already now, my savasana is either spent on my side, or propped on bolsters; my floor work on my stomach is still okay with two carefully spaced thick folded blankets (one under my chest/shoulders, one under my hips/thighs, leaving room in the middle for the belly to hang!), but I'm not sure for how much longer; floor work on my back is okay, as long as I'm not laying flat. I'll have more time for yoga at home now that my Lactation Counselor Educator class is ending, but for the past month its been an interesting exercise in adaptability each week when I hit my mat in class. I'm still loving it though.

I'm 21.5 weeks and feeling good. I'm noticeably pregnant now, but not so big that its getting in my way. A good place to be. My nausea is gone, but the heartburn has started in earnest. Not everyday yet, but often enough. I've been sleeping pretty well, and am not so tired anymore. I'm using the body pillow full-time, I absolutely need it to get and stay comfortable. I miss laying on my back to sleep! The baby is good, and moving all the time. That's one of my favorite parts, is feeling the movement. We told Gwen about the pregnancy/surrogacy and she took it so well. I'll write more about that another time though, because it feel like it deserves its own post.

And I guess that is where I am today, on this random Thursday!


pregnancy and "nothing new"

I haven't written about nothing new in a while, and I'm not going to lie, that's because my nothing new project took a hit as my pregnancy has progressed.

There are parts that I've been really good about: other then some seasons of Scrubs that I bought myself with birthday money, I haven't been buying "stuff." But I realized quickly that the combination of being a month ahead of last pregnancy, plus it being my second and showing a lot quicker, meant that I really needed some summer maternity items that I was able to completely go without last time, as well as some transitional items for these in between summer/fall days. Plus I'm doing yoga now, which I wasn't then, so I've just hit the point where I need to retire my regular yoga clothes so I don't stretch them out and ruin them. So there has been some clothes buying. I tried to get some items that I could keep afterwards for the transitional period back to my "normal body," and possibly beyond. Things with great stretch, and longer/looser cuts, that could work as non-maternity clothes. I bought 2 long sun dresses, 1 skirt, 2 pairs of yoga pants and a yoga top, 3 tank type shirts, and 2 short sleeved shirts. I also bought a nicer dress for our biggest work event of the year, during which I will be, well, big. Hopefully I'm done with that buying now, though we'll see how big I get at the end!

The other place of deficiency is food. I mentioned before that my first trimester was so so much easier this time then last, but I still had some nausea issues and had some food aversions. I consciously decided to lift my ban on eating out. If there was something I wanted, and it was all I wanted, I would get it rather then struggle to eat some of something else. Now that I'm in my second trimester, I'm working to cut down on that and only allowing myself to buy food once or twice a week. While I'm pregnant though, I'm letting myself have some leeway on this one.

Still, things are still better then before I started this project. Even Gwen is learning from my experiences. When we went to Cape Cod we walked around Hyannis more then once. The shops were a gold mine "I want this!," but she was happy to "add things to her list" and at the end of the week picked one item that she wanted as a special vacation treat (a wolverine mask). And for something extra special, we each picked out 10 pieces of candy from the penny candy store. When she discovers new things that she wants, we talk about asking for them for Christmas, and she is fine with waiting. We've also started clearing out space for these new items, but going through her toys and sorting out items that she no longer plays with, which she is happy to donate.

Overall, my consumption habits are still so much improved from before I started all of this, and my plan is to continue it more strictly once this pregnancy is over (and in its modified form in the interim). The rewards of more money in my savings account, and less clutter and junk in my house, is infinitely better then the temporary joy of a new purchase. And the few things I do allow myself to get (like my birthday money Scrubs purchase) are so much more exciting now!

Has anyone else cut down on their consumption habits?  What are your strategies?



September is upon us and we are back in the swing of the school year schedule, but frankly my mind is still somewhere else:

It took me all of the days this week so far to remember how we used to make the mornings work with having to get Gwen and Trav out the door so early, but we are finally there. Today went pretty smoothly.

I miss the extra sleep for all of us (well really 2 of us, since Trav still got up with the dog, then logged into work before the rest of us were up), and extra time with Gwen in the morning, and the fact that I wasn't responsible for closing up the house everyday. That said, I am so so happy to have back my quiet morning time back! They leave between 7:00 and 7:15, and I don't leave until 8:00 -- and while now I am the one running around checking that all the windows and doors are closed and locked, and taking the dog out, turning on the A/C for her, etc. -- it is so nice to be able to sit down with my breakfast, flip on the weather channel, and just chill for a few minutes.

I think I'll need that especially in these next few busy months at work. Right now I just can't imagine how I'm going to get everything done, as I'm having trouble focusing to get anything done! But get done it will.

As will a yard sale, more house hunting, the Celtic Classic, the start of Autumn (18 days!), a hair trip to my parents, and of course, continuing to gestate a baby! Because September is busy!

Happy last quarter of the year!