Saturday, January 11, 2014

TToT7: Still Plodding

I have felt blah for most of this new year. There have been highlights, but I feel like my baseline has just been...blah.

I'm gonna go searching for thankfulness and see if that perks me up.

1. I bought a set of king-size flannel sheets and a king-size blanket for less than $50 at Target. That's a deal! And we were finally warm in bed towards the end of the polar vortex.

2. Now that it's not so cold, I find our bed stiflingly hot. BUT, too hot is better than too cold. And I can always take the blanket off.

3. Articles of clothing with sentimental value. I have owned this sweatshirt for 25 years. Seriously. And I was able to put it on this week on the anniversary of the discovery of Spindletop, an event any SE Texan learns about in school.


4. We picked up our first CSA box this week. I love that its contents are a surprise. Brings out all my inventiveness as I research ways to prepare, say, the most enormous head of cabbage you've ever seen.

5. I found a way to make brussel sprouts edible. I may post about it.

6. I finished cleaning and reorganizing the storage room in our basement. It now looks so neat! And I even swept the concrete floor. Check it out!


7. The Dude and I condensed our teaching stuff down to these two boxes (plus all my language therapy stuff and the filing cabinet in the office). Still, we were ruthless, and other teachers will benefit from our lack of ruth.

8. The Dude knocked down our baby gate that used to be at the top of the stairs. I am excited to no longer have to struggle through it holding a large basket of laundry. Our baby gate days may be winding down! Or, I may have spoken too soon.

9. My heavy-duty iPhone case arrived, and I only dropped my new phone twice before nestling it safe inside its new home. My goal is to keep this phone in working order for two full years. A heavy-duty case is necessary to achieve this goal, I believe. At least it's pink.

10. Surprising moments of levity, like finding your husband in bed, wearing his hat, and watching New Girl reruns on his phone.


Yes, that cheered me up somewhat. Off to check on your thankful lists!


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37 comments :

  1. Is there a way to use lighting and camera angles to make someone's arm look hairier than it is? What has happened to my left arm? I hope Nick, Winston, and Schmidt don't make fun of me.

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    1. I think it migrated from your head. :)

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    2. I love when husbands comment. :)

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  2. I hope that Spindletop sweatshirt lives on forever! I'll never grow tired of it!

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    1. Yay, Spindletop! Can you believe it's 25 years old?

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  3. For the uneducated - what's spindeltop?

    Your garage looks AWESOME! Well done you. And congrats on the warm bedsheets. And a husband with such awesome taste in hats :D

    I hope your blah gets zapped away by sparkly loveliness very soon, my friend.

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    1. Not uneducated outside of SE TX, Lizzi. Go check the link.
      Glad you liked The Dude's hat. He will be pleased with the compliment.

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    2. Ohhhhh the green bit is a LINK! Thanks.

      And hey, AWESOME to see you on VidChat.

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  4. Too hot is always better than too cold. Or maybe it's not. You can always put more clothing on. When you're hot, you reach a point where you have to stop before people start calling the cops.

    CSA deliveries are wonderful - I did it a long time ago, but I was too dumb about the stuff in it and too chicken to try anything. This summer we did one and it was fabulous. Brussels sprouts are a favorite here - at least for me and Kidzilla. The Hub won't touch them. I have done them lots of ways - do that post and tell me how you did yours and I'll share some of our tricks!

    Kidzilla is five. We still have baby gates at the top of each of our terribly long and steep staircases. Call it a hunch, but even though she is far from "baby" stage and can open the damn things herself, we just don't feel ready to go gateless. She's a bit of a whirling dervish and all too often spins too close to the stairs or loses balance. Yeah, we'll keep those for a while.

    Fun list - love The Dude's photo. Looks like something the Hub would do. Maybe minus the hat, though. Oh, yeah, and instead of watching on his phone, my guy brings his whole stupid laptop to the bed. :/

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    1. Blogger has eaten my reply to you TWICE now. Let's hope this one shows up.
      OK, you took my hot/cold thankfulness in an entirely new, Beth Tehilo sort of direction. Wouldn't she be proud?
      I have to say I'm with your Hub on Brussel sprouts. But I think I've found a trick, just an annoyingly time-consuming one.
      The Dude's the biggest fan of baby gates around here. I have one very nervous child and one who just seems to be pretty good about ascending and descending stairs so I hope to get rid of this gate once and for all. I hate it.

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  5. I love produce boxes, and you're right--they do inspire creativity. Not too many surprises in our box today--daikon radishes and spaghetti squash being the most unusual items.

    Your basement looks very organized! I hope I can get my attic that tidy.

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    1. I don't believe I've ever done anything with a daikon radish. Except maybe eaten one that someone else prepared. I can't imagine cooking a radish, though. What do you do?

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  6. King size for $50? Score! I remember the days of living up north and flannel sheets...toasty when you need the extra heat:)
    So 2014 is the year to organize? I'll sign up for that. Awesome job in the basement. Doesn't it feel good:)

    What is the 365 word blog thing?

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    1. Yes, ma'am! White sale at Target! Yes, the basement feels great. Wish I had before pictures of the mess that was our teaching stuff.
      Go check it out: oneword365.org. It's an alternative to a new year's resolution, and links you up with other people who chose the same word. I found about about it from Lisa@The Meaning of Me.

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  7. Let's try this again! My first comment got eaten by the comment dragon!
    Sorry to hear you've got the blahs. Hopefully they'll leave you soon! But what a score at Target! I totally agree with hot over cold any day (says the girl who lives in Florida).
    You should definitely post that brussels sprouts recipe. I eat them steamed with butter but another way to prepare them would be nice to have to mix it up a little!
    Great organizing job! It's always nice to get something like that accomplished.
    I'm glad that I'm not the only one with a sentimental attachment to clothing! I keep thinking I'll make a quilt from all of the vintage tee shirts I have. But first I need to learn how to do that :)

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    1. I feel ya, Sandy. I can't seem to respond to Lisa up there without my reply getting eaten.
      Well, isn't anything better with butter? I have a similar magical ingredient in my recipe.
      As for the quilt, that's on my list, too, and I also have no idea how to make a quilt. Well, I have some idea. It's the quilting part I don't know about. But now that I remember that plan, and I've cleaned up the basement, where are all my old Tshirts?

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  8. I guess your husband's head was cold even in bed! Love New Girl! And definitely share the brussel sprouts recipe.

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    1. I guess that's what losing your hair does for your head. Poor thing. New Girl is so funny! I love Winston.

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  9. The sheets your husband is on....I HAVE THOSE SAME ONES!!! I bought them from target for our guest bed, they're so pretty!

    Okay, what is spindeltop? I'm in Texas, but the north central area. Never heard of it...is it just a SE thing? I feel so left out...lol

    Love the organizing....awesome! I feel so cleansed after a good dung out.

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    1. Love me some Tar-jay! But are you talking about the pillowcase or the sheet? I like to mix and match things up.
      There's a Spindletop link, but basically, it was the oil gusher that begat SE TX's greatest commodity. Studied that and toured refineries in elementary school. And then my middle school swim team was named for the gusher.
      "Dung out"! Love it!

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  10. I would definitely like to see that brussel sprouts recipe! The best way I've seen to make them when buying them fresh is to cut them so they cook through and are tender but not mushy. I also love the idea of adding garlic, onion and BACON! So cool you can say you've had a sweatshirt for that long. I remember having a tshirt from so many things for high school and college that they have gotten thrown away over time because it seemed like I had a tshirt for everything and that was just way too many! :)

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    1. Yep, I think it's bacon that's key. I have a hard time believing I can even say, "25 years ago..." Can you imagine how enormous it was on me in 7th grade? But we were all wearing enormous clothes at that time.

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  11. The hat in bed is the best and New Girl is therapy around here.

    As to brussel sprouts, I use to feel the same way, then a friend taught me hot to cook them: saute a clove of crushed garlic in butter/olive oil. Take the garlic out. Cut brussel sprouts in half and lay them flat side down. Put a lid over the top and simmer for about 5-10 minutes, until they are bright green and fork tender. Variations: toss in olive oil, put on a cookie sheet and broil until they are bright green. A sprinkle of coarse salt. They are my favorite veggie now.

    SCOAR!! on the flannel sheets. I am with the cold over hot preference. Add an extra blanket is cozy. Nude is just, well, sweaty and gross.

    Congrats on the basement. We did that last weekend with the garage and somehow I magically can think better. Don't have to worry about something attacking me from the black hole of box mess.

    Well done!

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    1. My favorite character is Winston. How about you? That whole exchange with that odd woman a few weeks about pudding in a cup had me rolling.
      Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it if we get more Brussel sprouts in our next box.
      I completely agree with the being able to "think better" once a mess is cleaned up. I feel so free!

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  12. King sheet and blanket for less than $50 is a bargain!
    Your sentence "Still, we were ruthless, and other teachers will benefit from our lack of ruth." cracked me up.
    We have six kids and never, ever used a baby gate. I can't stand them. I'd rather just teach the kids how to go up and down them when they show interest in the stairs.
    My phone never would have lasted without the heavy duty case. It looks odd and feels awkward at first, but man, it protects that phone!
    Your husband seems to be a good sport and good for plenty of laughs.
    I hope this new year brings less blah and lots more yippee!


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    1. I know. I really hated the gate, too. But when we moved into this house last April with a crawler and two set of steep stairs, we thought it best. Now I really think I can trust my little one. He's remarkably careful and always has been.

      Thanks for the good wishes!

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  13. Wow. You did a number with that basement. So wonderful. Now I went to SMU but never learned of Spindletop. Sounds most intriguing. It is funny when I realized my red coat that I love was 25 years old.

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    1. I am still not used to the idea of being able to say, "25 years ago..." and I'm nearly 38 so there's plenty of cognizant time beyond 25 years. Where is SMU? Tyler? Think farther south: oil gusher in Beaumont. The one that started it all.

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  14. Well, you said your blah, but you didn't sound blah! You sounded happy and content :-) I love that picture of your husband it is priceless. And I love that he is watching New Girl, I love that show! And rock on with your organized basement!

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    1. I love New Girl too, but my husband is just now catching up. I'm glad we can watch it together now.

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  15. Total storage room envy here! I could say I am totally motivated looking at your picture but that would be an outright lie. I think I'll start with the 15 minutes a day of decluttering that Lisa @ The Meaning of Life is doing. ;P

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    1. I like Lisa's plan, too, but it's purpose for me would be to slow me down and spend more time being "present" with my children. That's something I'm working on.

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  16. Sorry to see you have been feeling blah, and good that doing the list cheered you up. I've noticed the same effect sometimes. Loved the photo of your husband in bed with his hat and phone. I'm guessing your hubby a lot like mine!
    I'm guessing that a CSA box is veggies delivered, and good for you for doing it. We used to when the girls were little, but my husband works shifts and some week's we'd end up with food going off because he'd been away that I stopped. But we are lucky to have an organic store in easy walking distance.
    If you would like another recipe for brussel sprouts I have one on HubPages that I think is easy and tasty. (I adapted it from a more complicated recipe.) I won't leave a link in case it gets this comment marked as spam, but if you google "Zesty Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Leeks and Mustard" you should get it as the top hit.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. An organic store in walking distance! How wonderful! I miss our easy-access to organic produce we had in NC.
      I'll definitely look into that recipe. Leeks and mustard are ingredients I love. Let's see if I get more Brussel sprouts.

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  17. You MUST share the Brussel sprouts recipe!!! And ya know I think so many people, including me- have that crash after the holidays- we are all depleted and facing a long winter ahead. I hear ya...

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    1. I think you're right about that. Winter is just so dreary, and I hate having to bundle--myself and two others. And no hope of warm weather until April, at the earliest. But I am feeling cheerier today anyway. Took a walk in just a sweatshirt! That cheers me up.

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  18. I bought a set of king-size flannel sheets and a king-size blanket for less than $50 at Target. That's a deal! And we were finally warm in bed ... flannelkingsize.blogspot.com

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