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10 Aug

Some good things from my Google Reader and real life…

If I were shoes, I would be these shoes

Yet another thing that I am going to attempt to sew

I am super excited to be signing up for a membership here

One day soon I’ll be a student here (if they ever get around to transferring my credits)


The Things That I Do Not Recall

9 Aug

I drive 35 to 40 minutes every morning and every evening to and from work.  So, I’ve got a little over an hour of me time every day.  I usually just sing along to the radio and think about what ever crosses my mind.  I make lists in my head of 1) things I want to do when I get home, 2) places I want to visit, 3) things I want to buy, 4) things I need to buy, 5) people I should call or email, (this is where you care) 6) blog posts I want to write, and 7) things to research for blog posts.  And then I pull into my parking space, open my car door, and forget everything that I just thought about for the past 35 to 40 minutes.  It’s like magic.

I seem to remember hearing a Brad Paisley song that made me want to write a post.  But I forget about what or which song.  Sometimes it is beyond me why I blog.  But blog I will!!  Or maybe I’ll just show you a picture.

This is the stretch of I-81 I drive Monday through Friday.  It’s a very nice drive.

Life, it is calming down

9 Aug

Thank you to those of you that reassured me that all would be well again.  You were right.  I knew you were right, but it’s hard to agree with logic when you’re in the middle of crazy land. 

The unpacking is coming along  quite nicely.  Dan has been doing stuff during the day and I did some stuff this weekend so I could say I helped, too.  We can finally walk through the front room.  The kitchen is done, unless I find yet another surprise box of kitchen items.  Bookshelves and media stuff are where they’ll go.  Couches and dressers and beds are where they will go.  Dan ordered a new desk for his office (to go with the snazzy new desk chair he purchased recently) the other day with a Tuesday delivery date.  I just got an excited text from him that it’s in Louisville.  All of my craft/office nook stuff is in the correct area I just need to spend a couple of hours sorting out where it all fits.  Our new mattress got delivered this morning.  (Oh to sleep on a real bed.  I can hardly wait.)  The only thing left is a dining room table.  Neither of us had one and we now have the space for one.  We’re exploring our options, but we probably won’t buy one until next month.  I think both of our bank accounts need a little time to recover from the shock they are in. 

Not much, but some stuff has been going on besides “moving stuff.”  Saturday we got out of the house and went to Blacksburg’s Steppin’ Out.  It was fun and crowded and we got some sun.  Next weekend we’re going to head down to Floyd.  There’s a fabric shop I want to check out.  Also, I’ve heard so much about Floyd that I have to go see it for myself.  I told you not much, but it’s stuff that gets us out and about so that’s worth something.

A Grateful Plateful

4 Aug

Years ago, I purchased a platter from the Hallmark store.  It was on clearance and had cherries on it and I couldn’t resist.  (If you knew me years ago, you know that cherries were my thing.  They still are kind of, I just have too much cherry stuff so I tend not to purchase any more.) 

The platter is round and white and has a pretty kind of lime/sage green mix line circling it and it says “A Grateful Plateful.”  This morning, I was thinking that “ugh, I really don’t want to be at work, I want to be home doing stuff and unpacking!!”  I then stomped my feet and held my breath like I was 5 years old.  Not so much that last part, but you get my point. 

I am busy, busy at work which I am loving because 1) I am all about making a list of things to be done, and 2) knocking out said list.  And I am busy, busy at home… or at least I will be when I’m not there to just shower and sleep. 

Dan is holding down the fort and handling stuff that needs handling.   I’m at work, working.  I feel like a bad partner.  Also, in some ways, I am jealous of his time at home.  Not in a “I wish I didn’t have to work” way, just in a “is it the weekend yet so I can spend some uninterrupted time unpacking and sorting stuff out?!” 

So where does the cherry platter come into this?  Here:  I was thinking all these things and then “A Grateful Plateful” popped into my head.  That’s exactly it.  I am grateful I have so much to do at work and I enjoy doing it and I am grateful that I have a home that needs unpacking and sorting.  A grateful plateful.  So, no more tantrums, just gratefulness that I have things to do at home and work.  Also, grateful that I have someone to help with the home stuff.  Bonus!!  A grateful plateful. 

That platter is in one of those boxes to be unpacked.  Once I find it, I’m finding a home for it in our home. 

{This probably doesn’t make sense to anyone else, I know.  Welcome to Nicole Land!}

Pay no attention to the boxes behind that curtain over there

3 Aug

All the moving drama is over and done, and all our stuff has been moved into the townhouse. 

{a picture of the box madness}

Now beings the unpacking.  More on that later.

I went to my neighborhood Target my first night as a new resident of Christiansburg.  I had to pick up bottled water (the Target brand was on sale for $2.99 for 24 bottles!!) and milk (which I forgot to get) and stuff.  One of the things I picked up while looking around the store was this nighshirt.  I have since fallen in love with it and need more.  It’s as comfy as it looks and I don’t feel sloppy in it like I do t-shirts.  It’s sold out on the internets, but totally in stores.

{picture of a slender chick modeling the best nightshirt ever}