Snowmageddon: NC Edition

It’s not the snow falling from the sky, it’s the ICE that’s the problem.

I’m out of work today, the kids are out of school.

My first Winter in the new house has been OK so far. Not spectacular, not tragic.

I have yet to use the woodstove insert. Didn’t think about having the chimney inspected/cleaned during the pre-purchase inspection period. But that’s OK because when I talked to my tree guy about leaving me a load of firewood? he said “okay” and I haven’t talked to him since.

The air in this house gives “arid” an entirely new definition. I *was* running a cool mist humidifier, but I’m thinking I need the vaporizer instead. We shall see…

Happy February!

and I wish I had more to talk about. It’s all all a blur of laundrykidsworkdogscleanshop

Admin note: I deleted all the plugins. All of them. The PLAN was to delete them all, export all my posts, back up the pictures, and wipe the database. Housecleaning: mushroom cloud setting.

Unfortunately, I did not implement this plan when everyone else in the house was asleep. As you can guess, I got interrupted.

When I got back to the computer, I had no idea where I was in the to-do list, so I just picked a spot and clicked teh delete button

and realized that I didn’t have a backup of the site.


The good news is that my webhost does regular backups as part of the hosting plan I have.

The bad news is….I did the Grand Deletion in December. All the backups that *were* there aren’t anymore. SO I’m still trying to remember what was where and are there better ways to implement them now.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas?

Well are you?

No, I’m not ready. We moved in July; I have found only one box of ornaments and still need to buy a new tree.

No, I’m not ready. I need to be able to shop when the kids aren’t with me AND aren’t home waiting for me.

No, I’m not ready. The corner that the tree is going in? Still full of boxes.

And I still need to find a mantel. And all of our stockings.

Aren’t you glad you asked??!!??


Strep two weeks before Thanksgiving, upper respiratory crud before Christmas.

My abs are sore from coughing. My voice crackles worse than a prepubescent boy’s.

I went to the Dr. when it became obvious that I wouldn’t be able to work (I talk on the phone for a living) and won a steroid shot, cough syrup*, and a reminder to drink lots of fluids.

(she giggled and told me I MIGHT have been overly optimistic about my ability to work & sent me home)

We don’t have a tree up yet; I keep debating real vs artificial whilst coughing my brains out. Artificial = cheezy campiness. Real = wheezing wheeziness (possibly)

But I guess I should probably get right onnit, right?

Turkey Day

I don’t actually know who’s coming to my house to eat. I’ve had three cancellations, one “maybe” that never confirmed, and one “my date is very very hung over, we’ll be late”.

Right before I moved, I found a steal of a deal on the Hamilton Beach 18 qt roaster oven with buffet pans. It has quite effectively saved my Thanksgiving dinner plans. My previous oven was so large I could cook the turkey AND the sides all at once. It never occurred to me to measure the inside of the oven in the new house.


I need more sauce pots OR to do a better job of planning.

And speaking of planning, I *also* need to remember to do a redundant backup of the backup and post it online somewhere. I had a plan on my phone, complete with schedule and pot assigned to recipe

…and then my phone died

…and then I took it to the phone store so they could look at it

…and they didn’t bother telling me they closed at 7

…and they’re closed today.


So let’s recap, shallwe? I don’t know who’s coming to dinner, my phone is locked in a store so I can’t answer if someone DID call me, and I don’t know when everything is going to be ready to serve.

Countdown to Turkey Day 2015: Day Off Edition

Shopping is happening today. Cleaning is happening today. Painting is DECIDEDLY happening today. Organization will eventually happen today.

I need to put things in order though; right now things are whirling through my brain like a squirrel on speed. It’s both awesome and nauseating…

Yes, I said painting is happening today. Not rooms though – furniture. I have shelving units to be hung in the livingrom, and a dresser to convert into an entertainment center. THEY need to be painted.

The organization of my day needs to be maximized for daylight AND office hours. (I still need to go to the DMV and change my address. HEH.)

I went back over the menu and realized there are several things missing. There’s going to also be a green pea salad, green beans, and roasted root vegetables.

Speaking of, I’d better get started! *mwah!*

Countdown to Turkey Day: Guests & Menu

Sorry I’m late!!!!! (This was meant to post earlier)

The dining room has stayed clean, chairs are all located. I still need to assemble the “kid table”.

The guests have been invited.

The menu has been mostly decided: Turkey, ham, gravy, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, gingered carrots, dressing, and cranberry sauce. Dessert will probably be pumpkin bread pudding.

I need additional serving dishes and to decide if I’m serving family-style or having a banquet line.