My Life Rebooted

On May 28, 2012, in It's a All About me, When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

Life gets in the way. Seriously.

Between my course load and working full time, updating this blog became less important. Lots of things fell by the wayside over the past year. The year of forty has had it challenges. Its been a slow process but imagining a life with out children of my own has been heartbreaking. I’ve also realized that I am not like most people my age. I’m still a bit immature and my life is still disorganized. I go through phases, around family events I agonize over my inability to get pregnant, yet when we were thinking about going to Coachella I was thrilled to not be hindered by kids. Its a vicious cycle.

Next is the house. We live in the house that Courtney grew up in and while I love it, it was built in 1955 thus it comes with a bit of maintenance. Over the past three years we tackle one big expensive project each spring. This year was to get the ventilation reworked to make the house a bit cooler in the summer. Just as we were starting this happened:

We had always planned to remodel the kitchen but the plumbing pulled the trigger for us. The remodel has two phases. Phase one, new plumbing, remodel bathrooms, replace kitchen ceiling and lighting. All that has been completed. We decided to try to get the mortgage refinanced to a lower rate and that is what is holding up the next phase. We’re learning a lot about home remodeling through this process, so far it’s not too horrible.

More pictures to come.


Eve of 40

On August 25, 2011, in It's a All About me, When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

Its be a while I know. I say this a lot but things just don’t seem like they’re going to slow down anytime soon. Uggggh!

Today is day one of a much needed vacation from work. I love the direction of where I’m going at work but I really needed a break. Time to recharge. I’m taking on more technical work at the office which has its good and bad to it. The good, I’m learning a TON and I’m being exposed to so many new opportunities. It’s all really exciting for a nerd like me. The bad, I work long hours and not that anyone asks that of me, I do it all on my own. My OCD kicks into gear and I have to have things perfect before I can leave. I hate that part.

School started this week. I started out with just seven credit hours, two classes, but I added one more at the last minute. I’m going to be fifty before I finish my degree. I just want it over already. So far it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be too rough, lots of reading though. I think Biology is going to be a bit rough but the other two classes are a bit easier. I say this now, watch I’ll be crying over it in two weeks.

So tomorrow is the big day. 4 – 0. I think I’m gonna sleep all day.

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The final stretch

On April 23, 2011, in It's a All About me, When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

So I’m down to the last two weeks of this semester. I am so happy for all the madness to end. Seriously, I feel like I have been running non-stop since January and last month has just been insanely busy. I don’t have anything crafty to share because I haven’t been able to make anything. This is how my days have been going:

4:00am: First alarm goes off, fumble for the snooze bar
4:15am: Alarm goes off again, nudge Courtney to get up; go back to sleep
5:30am: CRAP! Push Courtney out of bed and into the shower
5:45am: Time for me to actually get my ass out of bed
6:30am: Mumble to myself that I wanted to leave the house by now but I barely have myself put together at this point
7:00am: Run around the house; plug iphone, ipad, headphones, etc to sync and charge
7:06am: All the dogs scurry around me as I get their breakfast ready
7:10am: Make sure Phoebe didn’t bully Winston into giving up his food; checkout garden, water plants, and bitch about how the tomato seeds aren’t sprouting yet
7:15am: WTF! My podcasts didn’t sync yet!
7:30am: Yes, that’s how long it took for everything to sync; curse Qwest DSL
7:32am: Finally out the door
In my beige cube getting ready for a crazy day
9:00am: Finished first scan of new emails; Already pissed and wishing I could kick people in the teeth.
11:00am: IM work friend for lunch; I want salad, she wants Taco Hell, we go our separate ways for lunch
1:00pm: Thankful that I had salad for lunch; No afternoon ‘I ate the whole thing’ food coma
3:23pm: The PM that I was to have a meeting with at 2pm wants to meet now when I have 7 minutes before I need to leave for school; Meeting DECLINED sucker!
4:00pm: School; Wonders why all the teachers sound like the adults from a Charlie Brown episode
8:45pm: Scrounge around for something semi-healthy for dinner but wishing I had stopped at Jack in the Box on the
10:30pm: way home
10:35pm: Start watching Conan monalogue
10:36pm: I’m out

And then it’s the same crap all over again. I think my problem is that I have all these things that I need to do like work, school and house cleaning and all the fun stuff gets put off until the weekend. By that point I am dead tired and have no motivation to do anything that involves me moving more than a foot away from the couch.

I did manage to get tickets to see Mumford & Sons in Tempe tomorrow. So excited about that show! We didn’t go to Coachella this year and part of me was sad about that but the pushing 40 yr old me is happy to not have rub icy hot on my legs because I spent the entire weekend standing.

Two more weeks. I can make it. Then I’m totally scheduling a couple of late night scrapbooking crops and/or quilting classes.

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This is what I know

On September 17, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

I know how to temper chocolate and how to keep eggs from scrambling in my creme anglaise. I know how to change a flat tire and push start my car if the clutch is going out. I know how to make a quilt and do all sorts of crafty things. I know that I can be dark and twisty but listening to music always lifts the gloom. I know that I love my family and friends.

After thirty-nine years and countless years of school I haven’t figured out that I suck at taking tests. The past week I have been beating myself silly to learn linux in preparation for the RHCT exam. I didn’t even want to take the course with the exam but the guys a work urged me to do it. All week I’ve been stressing over the test this morning, confidence has never been a strong trait. I get into the test, completely nervous and guess what happens?? All this anxiety takes over and I completely forgot everything I learned this past week. After stumbling around for an hour I gave up and walked out. I’m a total failure. Great, I just got the email telling me that I suck. I hate when this happens, my ego gets so bruised and I’m completely embarrassed for months. This sucks. I don’t use linux everyday at work like most people in my class but I know that if I had more time to practice all the commands and labs I would have no problem taking the test. GRRR!

On to more happy thoughts…

Something that has been bringing me much joy and laughter this week has been the discovery of this, hyperboleandahalf. The recent entry, The Party, is something that Reilly would totally come up with when he has his surgery next week (I’ll go into that in a minute). Whole site is riot and totally worth a read.

Next week my five year old nephew, Reilly, will undergo heart surgery to fix a narrow aortic valve. Apparently he’s had it since birth and no one knew. It wasn’t until his mom took him to urgent care to get some antibiotics for a staff infection that they discovered something wasn’t quite right. The nurse took his blood pressure and it was sky high, even for an adult it was high. Cathy got him into the pediatrician the next day, same thing, but since he wasn’t showing any symptoms they suggested that he see a cardiologist. The cardiologist took his blood pressure in the leg and it was almost nonexistent. Next was the MRI which showed the narrowed valve. We’re all completely floored, something we totally never thought of. I guess it’s pretty common though, from what they tell us, typically its found in newborns a few days after birth. I’m confident that the surgery will go well but I’m still a little freaked that it’s all happening. Reilly is a ball of energy now, what will he be like after the surgery and has full blood flow?? I think we may be in for trouble.

On the craft front, this is where I am at with the second quilt:

Not too bad. I’m redoing some of the squares because my seams were way off but overall I’m pretty happy about it.

My sis and niece Maggie are arriving today for a nice ten day visit. I can’t wait to show Maggie the quilt, hopefully she will want to learn to sew while she’s here. Have a good weekend!

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Being a homeowner sucks

On May 22, 2010, in When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

I come home from work hoping to enjoy a cool tasty treat on this 100 degree day, but instead my refrigerator is craping out. It’s barely five years old! It’s not a fancy model, white, simple, one would think that it should last longer. So now I’m freaking out. How much is it going to cost to fix, is it even fixable and how much will a new one cost? Then this has me thinking about the whole baby thing. If we can barely afford a new fridge how could we afford a kid? If we buy a fridge at full retail price that pretty much wipes out any saving we have. Savings that I have been hoarding away for the last few months in the hopes to have some sort of cushion should a car crap out. It’s things like this that make me think that having a kid isn’t in our cards. I know that you’re never ready to have kids but I feel like one needs to be more prepared than we are. I suppose I need to roll with the punches and cross my fingers that we win the lottery.

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