Long time, no blog

Hello friends!

It’s been a while, huh? Sorry about that, life has gotten CRAZY!

The short version: started and ended new job, got gallbladder removed, didn’t move into new place, in-law’s came back from Florida, and still trying to get the crafting business off the ground.

Longer version:

Started the new job in July, and it was going really well. Made it through training and into “nesting” (where we take live calls but have people walking around to help us/more hands on help than regular calls). Within the first hour of the 3rd day of nesting (Monday), my gallbladder freaked out, I had a restroom episode and went home, scared that’d I’d a) have to use the restroom while on the phone and couldn’t get to the rest room and possibly b) not get to the restroom and then have an issue at my desk and in my pants. Neither of which would have been good. I had an appointment with the surgeon later that week (Friday) to schedule the gallbladder removal, but I was able to call and have them move it up to the next day (Tuesday). So I went in on Tuesday and they said that the surgeon only does removals on Thursdays and the Thursday that week was probably full. I begged the PA to see what she could do as I was in a lot of pain, had been dealing with this gallbladder issue since February and wanted to be done with it!

The surgeon came in, told me about the procedure and the risks, and I told him I’d heard the risks and didn’t care, I just wanted the gallbladder OUT. He left and the PA came back in, taking me to the scheduling lady. She told me “this Thursday is full… *insert me groaning here* but we can get you in tomorrow.” To which I told her and the scheduling lady that if I ever won the lottery, I’d give them some. That’s how happy I was about it! They laughed and got me scheduled.

I went home that night and called the HR people from work, and started my leave process paperwork so that I wouldn’t rack up absentee hours while out recovering (if you were absent 80 + hours in 13 weeks, they’d fire you) and I had missed some time during training, getting some of the tests done to justify the surgeon taking my gallbladder out.

Wednesday the hubbs took me to the surgery center, and his aunts met us there, and stayed with him while I was in surgery. We updated the in-laws (who were still in Florida) as the day progressed and the longest wait was the surgeon getting there and being ready to do the surgery. I remember going into the surgery room at about 12:30, talked to the nurses a little, got some special stuff to breathe and then woke up and saw a clock at about 2:30. They say the procedure only took 30 minutes or so, but I guess it just took me a bit to come out of my sleep. The pain was a bit rough at the beginning, but 2 doses of pain meds helped with that, enough that I was able to get up and walk to the car and go home. I had a cut & stitch in my belly button, a cut & stitch under my boob, and then 2 band-aids over some little hole spot things in my lower-side abdomen. The hubbs took me home, got my pain meds and then I slept. A lot. Then spent time walking around (trying to let the gas out as they did the laproscopic removal) and trying to figure out what I could and could not eat.

Fortunately, for the first few days, I didn’t really have issues with foods, but after that first bowel movement, my system would tell me when it didn’t like what I ate. At my one week follow-up, the PA said that sometimes I’ll eat something and it’ll be bad, then I might eat it again, and it’ll be ok, so it’s just been a giant experiment. In addition, any foods with fat will probably go right through me, but I’m allowed to use immodium to help with that. Fortunately, the immodium helps prevent using the rest room after EVERY meal, and so far it seems like the overly greasy food items are the ones that affect me most.

Meanwhile, I find out that I hadn’t been at my job long enough to qualify for a leave of absence, so I could either rack up the missed hours (and eventually get fired) or resign, so I resigned to keep me eligible for rehire in the future when they hire for seasonal positions again. Its been a bit rough, but the hubbs has encouraged me to focus on my crafting business, and so that’s what I’m doing.

The crafting business has been alright so far. I’ve been making a lot of product but trying to figure out a niche to sell to. Just cause I make it, doesn’t mean I’m going to sell it, and I have to find the right medium to sell what I make. But I’ve been having fun making purses, crocheted stuffed animals, and most recently a Halloween table runner and some dice bags for my husband and his gaming friends. Every once in a while I’ll get a commission for a specific item, but hopefully I can start to get more of those soon.

2 weekends ago, the hubbs and I drove to South Carolina to meet the in-laws and drive them back to Kentucky. They’ve been settling in alright, but Mom gets tired more easily than we’re used to, because of the surgery and the infections she dealt with in Florida. So its been a bit chill at the Disney household. The in-laws were nice enough to let us keep Jack (they didn’t want us to get a dog, we got him with the intention of moving out, when we weren’t going to move out, we had to make sure they were ok with him, they were, thank goodness) and they light up when he’s around. Jack will climb onto Dad’s scooter and let dad scratch on him and be very content. It’s quite cute.

Here’s a Jack picture from the other day, he’s just so stinking cute!

Jack

And I think that’s just about everything that’s been going on lately.

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day, and a great week!

~N

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There’s a fly on the wall!

Hello friends! Its been a while, but I’ve been just so darn busy or having mental issues, sorry!

But its time for another fly on the wall post, some brief glimpses into what’s been going on this last month. Take a read and then check out the other lovely ladies also participatingūüôā

~Last week of May, I got laid off. Too many people hired, and since I was in the last batch of new hires, I got the boot. Cue a very frustrating new job search. It started with going back to GDIT (where I worked last year during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, and ended up leaving because I missed so much time due to my gallbladder freaking out and trying to figure all that stuff out) for a new job fair they were having. I did the interview, and was ONE word (yes) from getting the job but then I was informed that the company changed the re-hire policy and they had to wait a YEAR before rehiring me, instead of the traditional 90 days. And this policy changed 3 days before I got there. Urg. So I kept looking but kept hearing NOTHING. It got really frustrating. I was feeling very down, and very inadequate, but then I got a call from GDIT last week. They said the policy changed AGAIN and I could come in for my offer letter and schedule. So the almost 2 weeks of stress and hearing nothing worked out, but I could have really done without that stressūüôā

~Around the time that was going on, my birth control rx ran out and now I’ve been dealing with the Dr office and the Pharmacy in order to get it filled. Meanwhile, the longer I’m off it, the more crazy my hormones are making me. Seriously, the smallest thing will get me down and sad, when normally it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. So wish me luck that I get this resolved soon.

~Garrett and I have figured out that now that I have a job again, we have the money to move out of his parent’s house and into a house with some friends. Yes, we’re moving from one set of roommates to another, but at least our friends won’t yell at me and make me feel incompetent. Its a huge house (4 beds, 2 baths, 2 living rooms, 3 car garage) and everyone is cool with me setting up a craft area so that I can still do all my sewing.

~I’ve been sewing up a storm lately in order to get my online shop up and running. We originally thought I’d need it for regular income, but now that I’ve got the job at GDIT, I can use this as extra income and for fun. I really do enjoy being able to spend time in my craft room every day, especially since I don’t start training at GDIT till 7/6.

~The Shop has been opened!!! Check out¬†Icarus a la Mode¬†to see the etsy shop I’ve started and have stuff for sale. More things will be added soon!

~Garrett’s parents went to Florida last week. They’ll be down there for his mom to have some cancer treatments at the Mayo clinic that’s close to where my sister-in-law lives. Its a MUCH better hospital than UK (the closest good one to us) for the type of cancer she has, so we’ll probably see them again in late July/early August when they get back. She still works for the school district and school starts August 6th and she wants to be back for that, so we’ll see what happens. But do us a favor and keep her in your prayers!

~Garrett’s job switched him to night shift (10pm-7am) which he loves but was weird at first for me. But since I’m not working right now, my sleep schedule has been getting closer to his. Like last night, I laid down about 2:30 and was reading my book for a bit. Well, I ended up finishing the book, and when I went to pee one more time before going to sleep, Garrett’s first statement was “what are you still doing up?” to which I reply “I just finished my book. Why, what time is it?” and he tells me “Almost 6.” I didn’t feel that tired, but I haven’t stayed up that late (early?) I think ever, so that was new. But training at GDIT will be 7am-3:30pm and my shift will be 6:30am-3pm so I need to work on getting used to waking up early again. Good thing I have a week or 2 to do it!

~Happy Father’s day to all the fathers, father figures and awesome dudes in our lives. I know its a tad early, but I don’t want to forgetūüôā

I think that’s all that’s been going on here. But take a gander at what’s going on in these other homes:

Baking in a Tornado

Spatulas on Parade

Follow Me Home

Menopausal Mom

Stacy Sews and Schools

Battered Hope

Just a Little Nutty

The Momisodes

Someone Else’s Genius

Juicebox Confession

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Sanity Waiting to Happen

Southern Belle Charm

The Sadder but Wiser Girl

Searching for Sanity

Go Mama O

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

People Don’t eat enough fudge

Thanks for reading! Till next time…

~N

Fly, fly on by

Hello friends!

Its that time again for the monthly Fly on the Wall post.

~I’ve been crocheting a bunch of critters lately. After the bunny for the husband, I made 2 pigs that have been requested from friends (and will be paid for !!), a graduation gift for our cousin (pictures to come after she gets it) and a late birthday gift for a friend. Here’s what the pigs look like:

Pig!

Pig!

 

With a cute Tail!

With a cute Tail!

And here’s the giraffe:

Green Giraffe

Green Giraffe

 

~I’ve also been working on my crafty stuff, like a dress for a friend’s wedding. I wasn’t able to find anything that I liked or wasn’t super expensive, so I just decided to take matters into my own hands:

Hooray for making your own clothing!

Hooray for making your own clothing!

 

~I’m excited for the wedding this weekend. We’ll be able to see a bunch of friends we haven’t seen since moving to London, as the wedding is in Lexington and that’s where most of our friends still are. My goals¬†are to get a nice picture of me and the husband, all dressed up for the wedding and actually dance with him (we didn’t have dancing at our reception, and we’ve never had the opportunity to dance).

~On Mother’s day I joined friends Sarah, Matthew and their kids at Church as their twins were being baptized that day. It was really sweet that the kids decorated flower pots for their moms, made cards, and read 3 things that they love about their moms. This is the littlest kid reading her reasons, with her big brother and sister, watching:

They love their Mom!

They love their Mom!

And then after the sermon, the twins were baptized. It was very cool to watch, and I did tear up a bit, and was just touched that they asked me to come and support them. It really means a lot to me, not just that Sarah and I are close, but I’m close with her kids too. I simply adore themūüôā

Anastasia's Baptism

Anastasia’s Baptism

Sebastian's Baptism

Sebastian’s Baptism

~After church, we went to Williamsburg for Mother’s day lunch and it was pretty great. The food was good, the restaurant was beautiful, and we had a good time with the family. I had never been to Williamsburg before, and I really enjoy seeing new places in Kentucky, especially pretty ones like thisūüôā

Cumberland Inn and Patriot Steakhouse

Cumberland Inn and Patriot Steakhouse

Inside the Inn

Inside the Inn

~I’ve been in training for my new job since April 1, and this week we ended it, and started taking calls on Wednesday. That was scary! We were lucky to have a coach with us to hold our hand with the first few, but on Friday, in Transition, we didn’t have as much hand holding. It isn’t too bad once I’m on the call, but waiting for them to come in is nerve wracking! At least there’s some time between calls, so we have time to¬†fill out and document the notes we’re required to do.

~Last week, Garrett and I made an investment in ourselves: we bought new pillows! We’ve had some sorry pillows for quite a bit (as Garrett has said, he’s never bought himself a pillow, and I’ve had mine since college) so we got some new ones, and its awesome! They are very comfy and soft and delightful and I’m kind of sad we didn’t do this sooner.ūüôā

~At a soccer game of Sebastian’s a few weeks ago, Sarah mentioned that Anastasia wanted to see Pitch Perfect 2, but she was NOT going to take her. I immediately told her that I wanted to see it too but didn’t want to drag Garrett, so I’d take Anastasia! So this past Sunday, after church, Anastasia and I went to the movies and had a girl afternoon. She got to play in the arcade before the movie started and we had a great time.

~Sebastian’s soccer team was #1 going¬†into the championship, and so they got to play to defend their title. The game Thursday was apparently rescheduled at the last minute, but the coach didn’t tell anyone, so Team Wave was there at 6, when the game started at 7. And she had them running around and working on drills for the hour before the game started, so they were exhausted by the time the game started. And unfortunately lost 5 to 6ūüė¶

~We’re trying to get together with friends for Memorial day, so we can break out the grill for the first time this season. Garrett has decided, whether or not friends come by, we’re eating steak! These friends have kids though, so it’ll be a late afternoon get together as school is in session for Memorial day, due to the high number of snow days they had this year.

~Can I just say that I don’t understand the school system down here? The kids have to be in school for Memorial Day (cause of snow days) but are off on Election day. I get that the schools are election centers, but when I was a kid and they used schools for election centers, they did elections in the gym and we just didn’t have gym that day. Personally, I’d rather have my kid in school for election day (learn about the process!) and not Memorial day, but I don’t have control over that. From a child care point of view, being off on election day makes it harder for working parents to make sure their kids are being watched. At least almost everyone is off on Memorial day.

~It was also time for Garrett and I to sign up for insurance through work. It was a bit of a pain, but necessary. I just wish that it was easier to compare prices. Was it cheaper for us to each have a plan through our own works? Or cheaper to do a joint plan via my work or his? Oy. And since I’ve sold insurance before and helped people sign up for insurance, Garrett lets me do all the comparison work. After all the research, it seemed like Garrett’s plan for both of us would be cheapest, so I signed us up for that, and then had to wait for approval! I guess they wanted to make sure we were actually married, and I submitted a scan of our marriage license for that purpose. Found out yesterday that they approved coverage for both of us, so that’s one less thing for us to worry about. Yay! Plan goes into effect July 1, so that’ll be good, cause Garrett has no insurance right now. Thankfully we have a discount plan for his meds, and he’s pretty healthy, but I’ll be glad when he’s covered again.

~That’s about all that’s going on here, wish me luck as I continue to take calls at work with less help! And check out what’s going on in these other houses:

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                               Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                         Spatulas on Parade

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                             Follow me Home

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                                 Menopausal Mother

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                    Stacy Sews and Schools

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                                    Battered Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                      Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                                  The Momisodes

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                              Someone Else’s Genius

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                           Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                                Juicebox Confession

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/                Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                         Searching for Sanity

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                              Southern Belle Charm

http://www.angelaweight.com                                          Sanity Waiting to Happen

http://peopledonteatenoughfudge.blogspot.co.uk        People Don’t Eat Enough Fudge

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~N

 

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Using your words

Hi friends! I’m doing something a little different today, its another challenge from BakingInATornado, where we get a list of 4-6 words and have to use them all in the post.

The words I got are: hot, garden, humidity, breeze, rain and basketball. They were submitted by http://www.southernbellcharm.com

Garrett and I have been doing well lately. Since becoming friends with Sarah and an “aunt” to her kids, I’ve started to tag along to her son’s soccer games. Its fun to watch, and definitely reminds me of when I used to watch my little brother’s soccer and baseball games. It also made me sad I’ve been missing¬†all my cousin’s basketball games. The only issue? I get sunburn when I go:/ The first week I went, it was a beautiful day. Sarah and I prepared to be cold, cause the soccer field is in this weird vortex where it’s always 20 degrees colder than everywhere les, but that day it got HOT! Both Sarah and¬†I got a lil sweaty, and when I got home, I discovered a little pink on my arm, nose, and forehead. And because of the angle to the sun, it as all on the left side of me.

Fast forward to this past weekend, when I decided to go to another game, but the weather was saying it was going to be 89 degrees that day. So I prepped by wearing capris, sandals and a comfy shirt so if it got ridiculously hot again, I wouldn’t feel too bad. Boy was I wrong. Not only did we sweat, the sun¬†roasted me. By the end of the day, I looked like a lobster. For the most part, I was able to ease the pain with cool washcloths, but there’s a spot on my shoulder that has been irritated by any and all pieces of fabric this week.

Saturday night we went to dinner with the family, for my mother-in-law’s birthday, and pre-prom dinner for our cousin. It was a nice dinner, but apparently no one told us the correct time, despite several checks beforehand. As Garrett and I like to be a tad early to things, and the family tends to be late, for a¬† it, we just thought they were really late. Not this time. We were told dinner was at 5:3, so we got there about 5:20. Apparently the real dinner time was for 6, but the whole family wasn’t there till about 6:20. After waiting about an hour for everyone to show up, ¬†Garrett wanted to leave (totally understandable) but we stayed, and it was nice.

On Sunday, for Mother’s day, we went to Williamsburg to the Cumberland Inn¬†and Patriot¬†Restaurant.¬†It was a very nice place, good food, and¬†Garrett drove me around the town afterwards, as he knows I like to check out places I haven’t been to before. We drove around the campus of The University of the Cumberlands, and I got to admire their¬†buildings, fountains and gardens. We were fortunate too, that there was a good breeze going on, as our car’s air conditioning is broke and it was about 90 degrees that day. There was high humidity that day too, but we were fortunate that rain on Monday got rid of most of that.

That was our weekend, now take some time to read the other bloggers and see what words they used!

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                        Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                  Spatulas on Parade

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com                 The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://themomisodes.com                                          The Momisodes

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/            Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                             Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com          Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                           Battered Hope

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                     Southern Belle Charm

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                     Someone Else’s Genius

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch                          Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                     Climaxed

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                 Searching for Sanity

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com              Evil Joy Speaks

 

Till next time,

~N

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May Secret Subject Swap

Hello friends!

This week, 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My¬†subject is “Have you ever made a mountain out of a molehill? Did everything end up as disastrous as you thought it would?” submitted by Searching for Sanity. Here goes!

According to my Husband, and I must agree, I tend to make a habit of turning mountains into molehills. Some mountains are more hill-like than mountainous but needless, I tend to make a big deal of things, especially if my hormones are raging.

Most recently though, I was CONVINCED that my gallbladder had finally burst. Back in February I had been having some abdominal pain and doctors figured out my gallbladder was giving me issues. After an ultrasound to confirm no stones, and then a HYDA scan to see how well/not well it was working, my doctor said my gallbladder was working at 41% but that wasn’t bad enough to remove it.

Fast forward to the end of March. Its a lovely Saturday night, Husband and I needed dinner. We went to Arby’s and enjoyed our sammiches. A few hours later, I wake up to pain and cramping. After some time in the bathroom, my body rejected the food and the pain subsided. I went back to bed. What I did not know, was that while I was sleeping, my husband’s body also rejected his food. When I woke up later, I still felt AWFUL. Lots of cramping, back aches, and just the smell of food made my stomach roll. Husband, that lucky duck, was fine. I tried to stay hydrated but it was hard, and then my body decided to reject the food I had eaten Saturday for lunch!

I was convinced that since most of the food wasn’t digested well, and the pain wouldn’t go away my gallbladder had ruptured (never mind the fact that I had no fever or other traditional signs of a rupture). After about 12 hours of constant pain, Husband took me to the ER. We were fortunate to get in right away, be in a room within 5 minutes and saw a doctor in another 10. He scheduled all sorts of blood work, and x-rays. The x-rays showed nothing, and the blood work showed nothing major (besides a bit of dehydration). So I got some fluids, lovely pain meds, and anti-nausea meds and finally started to feel better. Doctor’s prognosis: Food poisoning or 24 hour stomach flu that was aggravated by my pre-existing gallbladder issues. Since the pain meds were helping, he sent me home with instructions to come back if it got worse.

Fortunately, I got better. Went home and slept off the worse of it and was able to eat mild food the next day.

But before we went to the ER and before we got the test results, I was CONVINCED that I’d be having to get my gallbladder removed that night. I thought about how I wished I had strength to shower before leaving the house, and feeling bad that my husband might miss work the next day. Did it go that far? No. Am I surprised? No. Was my internal freak out necessary? No. The mountain I had made was clearly a simple molehill, but it took a Doctor to tell me that (after enough pain meds were in me to help me think clearly). I will probably need to have my gallbladder removed some day, but I guess I’ll cross that mountain when I get there.ūüôā

 

Here are the links to the other Secret Subject Posts. See if you can find the topic I submitted!

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                  Baking In A Tornado

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com             The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com                Spatulas on Parade

http://dinoheromommy.com/                               Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://themomisodes.com                                      The Momisodes

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/        Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                         Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

https://gndisney.wordpress.com                             Disneyland in Kentucky

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                  Southern Belle Charm

http://thelieberfamily.com                                     The Lieber Family

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                 Someone Else’s Genius

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch                      Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                 Climaxed

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                       Battered Hope

http://www.smalltalkmama.com                         Small Talk Mama

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com            Searching for Sanity

 

Thanks for reading, hope you have a good weekend!

~N

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May Craftiness

Hello friends!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’m finding it hard to have interesting things to write about when all I feel like I do is work all the time.

But, there’s been some fun stuff going on so I’ll share that!

While working (aka sitting in training and listening to people ask the same questions 10 times even though we’ve been over the info 15 times) I’ve been crocheting to keep my sanity. I’ve seen all sorts of patterns for Amigurumi or crochet critters as I’ve been calling them and I started my first pattern, a bunny.

Springtime Bunny

Springtime Bunny

I was in the process of making him over a few days, and when I first showed him to Garrett with just a head, ears, and body, he decided to claim and make the bunny his, once he was finished. Garrett’s only request was a blue tail instead of purple:

Blue bunny tail!

Blue bunny tail!

So he got a blue tail and this little guy has sat with Garrett at his desk ever sinceūüôā

Over the weekend, Garrett and I hung out with some friends, Bryan and Kim. Kim was the one who Sarah and I threw a baby shower for, and it was nice to see them and all their boys. We went to lunch on Saturday for Bryan’s Birthday and then hung out at our house since the weather was so nice! Plus, I got to hold Baby Sam and I was in heaven!

Me and Sam, hanging out at the restaurant

Me and Sam, hanging out at the restaurant

Not the greatest picture, but holding babies are more important than selfieūüôā

And then later Bryan, Kim and the boys came over to our house and we all sat outside, chatted and watched the older boys go through our game collection and run around the yard.

After dinner and a diaper change, I got to snuggle with Baby Sam some more:

Cuddle monkey!

Cuddle monkey!

I was thrilled and in complete heaven, just sitting with Baby Sam in my arms and chatting with everyone.

On Sunday, I took a trip down to JoAnn fabrics as they started a huge Mother’s day sale, that put every bolt of fabric in the store on sale (score!!). I found this delight on sale:

Dress pattern!

Dress pattern!

As Garrett and I have a wedding to go to later this month, and I can’t find a dress I like anywhere, I decided to put my sewing skills to the test and make my own dress.

Monday and Tuesday after work found me holed up in my craft room, cutting and sewing away. After a brief consultation with Cj, (my God-mother, who taught me to sew) about a confusing bit of the pattern, I finally got it done!

Almost done

Almost done

And here it is!

All finished!

All finished!

I’m really excited cause its pretty, comfortable and was not that hard to make. It’s definitely something I can wear all summer, and dress up for the wedding in a few weeks. Plus, this patter is so quick that I can keep a look out for more fabric like this and make more versions of this dress, using the longer hem options or even the short sleeve options.

That’s all for now, but come back FRIDAY MAY 8th for the SECRET SUBJECT SWAP post and FRIDAY MAY 15th for a new USE YOUR WORDS post!

~N

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Oh, to be a Fly on the Wall

Hello friends! It’s that time again: the monthly Fly on the Wall post. See what’s going on at our house and then take a peek at what’s going on at some other houses!

~Sorry its been a while since I’ve posted. Its been a crazy few weeks. Started my new job on April 1st and its been rough trying to re-adjust to being awake in the morning.

~New job is going well! Training is a bit slow (I can get a lot of other stuff done while in training) but its informative and I’m learning a lot.

~Our first wedding anniversary is this Sunday, April 19! I can’t believe its been almost a year already! We’re going to Lexington to hang out for the day and to have dinner at an amazing Italian place that I love and Garrett can actually eat at (he has a garlic allergy).

~Garrett’s family is taking us to dinner tonight for our anniversary, which is very nice of them. I think his aunts have orchestrated this dinner outing, and they’re just so adorable. I love hanging out with themūüôā

~Since I’ve started the new job and we’ll have 2 paychecks again, we’re starting to look for our own place. It’ll probably take a while, but at least we’re looking. I’m definitely looking forward to living alone with my husband for the first time in our marriage!

~Garrett, I and some friends started a D&D like game last week. It’s called Pathfinder, and its a version of Dungeons and Dragons. Its actually really fun and the creation of characters was a cool process. In addition to¬†Pathfinder (where¬†I play a Gnome Bard), he taught me to play the Dragon Ball Z card game and its a ton of fun!¬†Needless to say, my husband has unleashed my inner nerdy gamerūüôā

~Remember that baby shower I threw with a friend? Well, that baby is supposed to make his debut today. Mom is getting induced and I’m so hoping that I get a call/text later saying we can come meet him. I’ll try to take pictures cause who doesn’t want to see pictures of newborns?ūüėÄ

That’s all for me this month, I’m sorry I don’t have funnier stories! Check out these other great ladies:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                     Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/               Spatulas on Parade

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                  Follow me home

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                      Menopausal Mother

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/         Stacy Sews and Schools

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                        Battered Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                            Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                    The Momisodes

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                 Someone Else’s Genius

https://gndisney.wordpress.com                            Disneyland in Kentucky

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com               Searching for Sanity

http://www.angelaweight.com                              Sanity Waiting to Happen

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                         The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                    Juicebox Confession

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Baby Shower, Hooray!

Hello friends!

Where has this month gone? I feel like I blinked and now its just about over. My photo challenge has kinda fallen apart, so I may just change to a new goal of 2-3 pictures a week as its my challenge and I can do it however I want, right?

Yesterday was the baby shower for our friend and it went well. We were hoping for more people to come, but those who were there had fun and so much love for the couple and baby to be. Here’s a pic of the quilt I made, as I didn’t want to post pictures till after I gave it to the family

Full shot of the quilt

Full shot of the quilt

More Detail

More Detail

 

I also got this adorable spur-of-the-moment Easter bunny rabbit that was just too adorable to pass up:

How stinking cute is he?

How stinking cute is he?

 

And then I also made one of those tag toys that I’ve seen all over the internet and stores for baby. I’ve seen blankets and various stuffed animals, and so since Mommy loves elephants, I made the little guy a cute little Tag Toy Elephant:

So much fun!

So much fun!

 

We played some games, gave out prizes, had good snacks and then dug into this adorable cupcake creation I found:

Little Cupcake stroller

Little Cupcake stroller

 

Side note- do you know how much frosting they use to make these things!?!? I have seen the cupcake shape thing on line but had no idea that they use icing to keep the cupcakes stuck to the tray and then fill the gaps between cupcakes with frosting too. I got to take the leftovers home and I swear I’ve got more icing than cupcakes left. Like I could probably bake a batch of cupcakes and frost them with the leftover icing from this guy. At least it tastes good!

Here’s a sweet picture I got of 4/5 members of the family and then one of me, the mom and the other host:

Soon to be older brothers helping open gifts

Soon to be older brothers helping open gifts

Me, Mom to be, and Co-Host

Me, Mom to be, and Co-Host

Now we just wait and see for the little guy to get here. Mommy knows that there are about 10 of us who are waiting in line to hold the little guyūüôā

 

I’ll get another post up soon of the other crafty stuff I’ve been up to, but if you can’t wait that long, head over to my business page on Facebook, Creations by Cole

 

Hope you all have had a good weekend and will have a great week!

 

~N

 

Like a Fly on the Wall

It’s that time again, where a bunch of us bloggers give you a glimpse into our lives. So here goes:

 

~We somehow managed to control the flow of water into the basement, and have moved back downstairs. We got rid of the wet, ruined carpets, rearranged the living room, and got the musty smell taken care of.

 

~Somehow, despite the standing water and flooding, we’ve got mice again. Fortunately we have an awesome trap and we caught another bugger the other night. That now makes 2 adults and 9 babies. They’re not catch and release traps or live catch traps or whatever-they’re-called, cause 1) we can’t afford them and 2) this trap is the only one where the babies haven’t been able to eat the bait right off and not trigger the trap (that happened with the first 4 mice and it got old, fast).

 

~I got a new job! I got hired on at Convergys, a work from home agency, where I’ll be doing call center work (from home, yay!) and troubleshooting people’s internet issues. I start April 1, so wish me luck! We moved the craft room around a little too, so that I’ve got an office in there and I won’t bother Garrett, who also works from home, in the living room.

 

~I started ¬†a 365 photo-a-day challenge (check out the blog posts about it!) and while it was easy the first week, its proven to be more difficult as I go along. For a while I was beating myself up about not taking a picture every day, but I’ve decided that since its my challenge, then its ok if I miss a day or twoūüôā

 

~My friend Sarah (that awesome chick at The Momisodes) and I are throwing a baby shower for our mutual friend next weekend. I found out last month that they don’t have anything for this baby (number 4 and totally unplanned) and since this friend is convinced no one would come to a baby shower, Sarah and I are out to prove her wrong. She’s not due till the end of April, but this friend told us the other day that the doctors aren’t sure if the baby will stay in that long. So it might become a “Look who’s born!” shower instead. I guess we’ll just have to see what the little guy decides to do.

 

~Hung out with that same Sarah this week. She invited me to a Mary Kay party at her Church and this week on her day off, I went over and hung out with her and her kiddos. According to Little Bit, I’m her best friend now. And then Girl Child said I was her best friend too. So all 3 girls in that house are now my best friendūüôā I helped Little Bit with her math homework (I love math, Sarah does not) and then we played on the whiteboard giving each other math questions and trying to figure out what words the other was spelling.¬†Sarah’s girls decided I should stay for dinner, so I got to share in the yummy Meatloaf Meatballsūüôā

 

~Garrett’s Mom and Dad came back from Florida last week. They were going to do Mom’s cancer surgery down there but the doctor wants her heart to get stronger first, so they’ll go back in June for the surgery, giving Mom the time to work on that and finish out the school year (she works at the middle school).

 

~Garrett went to Louisville last weekend to play in a card tournament. He won one of the raffle prizes, but he forgot to tell me how many games he won. He came home very happy and was glad to get a day with the guys out of the house. By the time the weekend rolls around, he’s usually a bit stir crazy so its nice when he gets to get out and do stuff like that.

 

~I got really crafty this week, starting and finishing both a jewelry holder for my bathroom and a thread holder for my craft room (I’ll get pictures of those up as soon as I can get my new camera synced with the computer). Next big craft to finish is quilting and binding the baby quilt that is a gift for next week’s baby shower. Guess I should get on thatūüôā

 

Now that you’ve buzzed around my house a little, take some time to buzz around these other ladies’ houses:

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                     Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/               Spatulas on Parade

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                   Follow me home

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                       Menopausal Mother

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/          Stacy Sews and Schools

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                         Battered Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                           Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                        The Momisodes

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                   Someone Else’s Genius

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                          The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

https://gndisney.wordpress.com                              Disneyland in Kentucky

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                     Juicebox Confession

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com              Searching for Sanity

http://www.gomamao.com                                     Go Mama O.

 

.~N

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Short Week in Photos

So this week was a bit harder, as I was doing so much work in the basement I just got too tired to take pictures. Or forgot to take pictures of the cool stuff going on. So this week’s collection is smaller than I’d like. Oh well.

This week we found out that Garrett’s Mom & Dad were coming back to Ky as Mom needed to get her heart stronger before the doctor would treat her cancer. So they came home yesterday so that Mom can finish working the rest of the school year and work on getting her heart stronger. ¬†Since they came home, and the 4 of us can’t live upstairs together comfortably, Garrett and I needed to move back downstairs.

So on Monday when we got this news, we ripped up the wet carpets in the basement and got them out to the dump. While Garrett went to work, I rearranged the living area in the basement and started to move our stuff back downstairs. Tuesday we got Garrett’s work stuff moved back downstairs so he could work at his own desk. We got the internet fixed and then found out that our Satellite wasn’t working. We originally thought it was due to all the rain we’d been getting (which also wasn’t flooding our basement, hooray!) but Dish said it was a switch or device issue, so they scheduled us a tech to come out Thursday.

Wednesday had me finishing up getting our stuff from upstairs to downstairs and I finally got a few pictures then:

New Living Room Layout

New Living Room Layout

 

Other side of the Living Room

Other side of the Living Room

 

Then Thursday Garrett and I ran some errands before he went to work, and we got lunch from up the road, which included Chocolate Cake for Dessertūüôā

So Yummy!!!

So Yummy!!!

 

Friday saw me cleaning and trying to get the upstairs ready for Mom and Dad, Saturday Garrett went to Louisville with some friends and I went to a Mary Kay party. Mom and Dad are finally home and since Kandi, Jason and Jaden came up with them, we’re celebrating Jaden’s birthday (3-18) tonight with the family and I’m hoping to get some good pictures then.

 

Sorry its a boring week, but at least I remembered to take some pictures!

 

Oh! I also found out that I got the work at home job I applied for! It starts April 1st and its full time, so it’ll be nice to have 2 incomes coming in againūüôā

~N

 

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