Spring Cleaning – Week 1

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Spring has sprung. Trees and flowers are blooming, the grass is beginning to green, and my allergies are driving me nuts! I seriously feel a sneeze coming on as I type these words. Yes, Spring has definitely arrived.

When the weather starts to change, and it’s nice outside, we love to throw open our back patio door… aaannd maybe open some windows. And just feel the breeze float through the house. It freshens everything up, and the dogs love the fact that they can bounce from inside to outside without anything stopping them. I love it. But there is one thing that I’m not a big fan of… the dust! Oy, you would think we lived in Oklahoma or something. Those breezes that pass through the house are dirty and definitely leave their mark throughout the house. I really don’t mind, but this exact routine always makes me think about cleaning. Deep cleaning. Spring cleaning.

And hence my list! As you may have read from my last post, I was a list makin’ fool this weekend. Among many of my To-Do’s was “Spring Cleaning.” Instead of listing everything that pertained to “Spring Cleaning,” I decided I would just take it as I went (ya know, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself). So logically thinking, I figured if I did a little here and a little there over the next few weeks, I will have completed every possible entity of “Spring Cleaning” and maybe ever without getting overwhelmed. Because let’s face it. Spring Cleaning can be prettyyyy daunting. Especially when you have a million other things on your To-Do list. Ladies and Gentleman… prepare yourself for BEAST MODE. Duhn duhn duuuuhhhhhnnnnnnnnn!

Spring Cleaning Week 1

Okay, so here’s the plan. I  am going to clean little by little…focusing only on my weekly goal each week.  For this week, my Spring Cleaning goal is bedrooms.  This may be easier for me than many, as we do not own a McMansion.  Or half of a McMansion.  Or a quarter McMansion.  This makes my goal much, much, much more doable.  We have three bedrooms – our master bedroom plus two others.  See, very realistic.  So here’s the plan.  I am going to deep clean each of these babies.  Here’s my game plan:

Tackle the time-consuming cleaning projects on the weekend, and try to keep the momentum during week-nights after I get home from work.

Seems simple, doesn’t? Well, we will see.

Now insert the wonderful world of Pinteret and all the super cool people out there who blog about Home Improvement and daunting cleaning tasks.  I found a TON of information from bloggers out there.  Some cleaning tutorials made me squirm.  Some cleaning tutorials made me gag.  But they all encouraged me to hop onto the cleaning train. Um, choo choo?

Anyways, here is a list I have compiled for this week’s scrub down.  Most tasks are clickable, and will take you to a super cool, super informative blog that gives you the low down.  For this weekend I tackled the time-consuming projects like freshening the mattresses, washing sheets, and washing allllllllllll of our pillows (this literally takes like a million years, but soooo worth it!).  Of course, since my bed was going to be oh-so-clean I HAD to clean that dusty ole ceiling fan hanging over it… I mean I was not going to go to all of that trouble cleaning the mattress, sheets and duvet just to wipe a bunch of dust on it later on in the week.  Just didn’t seem right, does it?  So I got that out-of-the-way as soon as I stripped my bed.  Aaaaaaaand, since we have two windows on each side of the bed, I figured I should dust those blinds while I was at it.  So I knocked that out as well.  See where I’m going with this?  I basically started right in the middle of the bedroom and worked my way out in various ways.  Strip bed, wash sheets and duvet cover, dust ceiling fan and blinds on windows, dust light fixtures/lamps/night stands, freshen bed and then start the pillows.

People, please freshen your mattress and wash your pillows (you’re supposed to do that 3 times a year…did you know that?)…. I slept like a little baby last night.

Okay, Okay, Okay. THE LIST:

Spring Cleaning – Week 1 (Bedrooms)

Oh. My.  That was exhausting.  Yikes, if typing the list took that much energy…how am I going to finish what I have already started?  Oh yeah, BEAST MODE.  Bring it on, dust bunnies.

 

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Spring Fever

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It’s happening.  You know what I am referring to.  The weather…it’s warmer.  The sun.. it’s shinier.  (don’t judge me, that’s totally a real word)

It’s SPRING, and I love it!  Today was absolutely beautiful… the temperature got up to about 80 degrees, so I was able to open windows and leave the back door open to air out the casa.  Ahhhhh.  So refreshinnngggg.

(Boyfriend knows how to roll)

(Boyfriend knows how to roll)

So I have this problem, one that arises about the same time every year.  When the weather is nice, and the days are longer, I get this overwhelming feeling of self-motivation.  You may be thinking, “sheesh, who is this girl and why does she consider self-motivation a problem?”  Good question.  Let me explain.

Every year, about this time, I get this feeling that I can literally move mountains.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Move.  Mountains.  And within these feelings of unconstrained motivation, I usually create these lists of “Things I am going to do!”  Again, you probably don’t understand why this is a bad thing…. so let me continue.  I created my list today, of “Things I am going to do!” and there are about 57 things on my list.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Fifty. Seven. Things.  That is one rather large to-do list.  Maybe even a bit overwhelming.  But if there is one thing I do love, it’s a good checklist.  What is it about putting your goals on paper that make them that much more executable?  Now, will I get all 57 things done this weekend?  Absolutely not.  But will my motivation continue? Let’s pray that it does.

First issue with this list?  The simple fact that I devoted almost my entire Saturday to creating it.  Seriously, this list is detailed.  Mind you, I alsooooo started some spring cleaning, but this list has already began taking up 97% of my time.  Probably not the best start.

With the contribution of Pinterest, I am very confident that this list is achievable…as most of the items on this list are items that pertain to our home.  Organize this, Paint that, Move this, Hang that, etc.  And with the progress Boyfriend and I have alreadyyyy made on the house, I am EXTREMELY confident in our abilities so show this list who is boss.

So stay with me here… and be patient.  I’m working on it and will keep record of everyyything on this lil’ baby. (PS “blog more” is number 43 on my list….CHECK!)

Have some suggestions on what else I should add to my list?   Holla at me!

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Board? Yes, please!

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Ahhhh, nothing is as refreshing as taking in a giant, deep breath of mountain air. This post, unfortunately, is coming from a mere elevation of 1170 feet….Oklahoma style. But my memory is still as fresh as the snow I was snowboarding on just a mere 10 days ago. Okay, okay, okay…enough of that. Let’s get real.

The whole trip happened as an act of spontaneity, Boyfriend and I decided to take mini road trip West of Denver to hit the slopes. And did we ever. Maybe I should back up and explain this sudden act of spontaneity… it all began with a snow storm. In Kansas. One that eventually ended up in Oklahoma. Which made me day-dream about skiing. And snowboarding. And then skiing some more. And then snowboarding. (really you should spend one day in my head, I am even indecisive when I day-dream. oy.) Man, I was really missed the mountains. We haven’t been skiing/snowboarding since we bought our house, and we were both having some serious withdrawals. So Boyfriend and I got to talking… I mean we are in our mid-twenties. We are too responsible for our own good. We deserved a little spontaneity in our lives.

OKAY PAUSE: I could probably summarize the entire trip in one paragraph, but how fun would that really be?

OKAY RESUME: First, let me start by stating the obvious: west of Denver is a long ways away. Like really. 10 1/2 hours to be exact. To pass the time we (said I) slept, spoke to each other in the form of questions only, ate a ton of junk food, and ended the trip by me totally dominating Boyfriend in a battle of name that song (80’s hair band style of course). There was a blizzard pouring down on our trip over, so we drove S-L-O-W…which gave me plentyyy of time to figure out of this was going to be a ski trip or a boarding adventure. You see, it has been 2 years since our last trip, and I wasn’t sure if I was up to fine tuning my boarding skills. Trust me, they needed it. And for those of you boarders out there, it’s not as easy as it looks…am I right? I’m not going to lie… snowboarding has a tendency to make me a bit passive aggressive, but I think in a good way (Boyfriend, no comments puhlease). Ya know, in a challenge yourself it’s 2013, kind of way. But in the end, I always always always end up having a blast. So snowboarding it was!

Okay this whole one paragaph isn’t going to work. My apologies. Feel free to skip ahead and look at the pretty pictures. Ooooooooo. Ahhhhhhhh.

 

Village at Copper

Village at Copper

As spontaneous as we think we are (we put together the trip in about a week), we still managed to be overly prepared. Each of us doing some pretty intense research on lift tickets, condo rentals, different mountains located west of Denver, etc… Being prepared helps me sleep at night.

Copper Mountain was the best deal we could find… located only about 80 miles from Denver. It has been getting some fresh snow, it had a ton of trails, and neither one of us had ever been. We were excited. Boyfriend scored an amazing last-minute deal on a condo located at the base of the ski slopes and I found some pretty good deals on lift tickets ($60 each a day, whaaaaaaat?). We had some good juju going our way and it was going to be an excellent 4 day weekend.

Our condo was located in East Village at Copper Mountain, and I honestly believe I could have lived there.  Two bedrooms (though one was locked up and rented separately), three bathrooms (one was included with the locked up bedroom), living room, dining room, kitchen, balcony and a fabulous view.  Don’t believe me about our balcony view?  Check these puppies out…

Balcony View

When looking to the left…

Balcony View 2

When looking to the right…

Ahhhh… isn’t that just wonderful?  It was a GREAT time, I had a blast.  No working, just playing and enjoying some quality time with Boyfriend (and by that I mean racing him down the slopes, he may have been a trooper and let me win a few times).  Boarding down the side of a mountain while humming Red Hot Chili Peppers and pretending to be one bad mama jamma… how can you not have a blast?  Insert some lyric: “I saw God / And I saw the fountains/You and me girl / Sittin’ in the Swiss mountains…” Okay, okay, okay….maybe not the Swiss mountains, but close enough 😉  I miss it already.

Copper Mountain exceeded all of my expectations by a looong shot.  There was a giant village at the bottom of the mountains (right alongside the lifts), that had little shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants.  There were tons of condos, an ice skating rink and just a bazillion things that kept us entertained long after the lifts closed.  Good powder, good weather, good food, good brew and an overall good time.  I couldn’t have asked for  a better long weekend. 🙂

Center Village

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Sometimes you just gotta kick back and enjoy the scenery…  wahoo for spontaneity.

Ahhh.

Ahhh.

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I’m baaaaaack!

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Hiya hi hi.  Want to know some of the best things about having your very. own. blog?  It’s always there for you.  It never moves on.  It doesn’t mind taking the backseat to your life.  And I’m pretty sure it doesn’t hold a grudge. 

Because blogs are forgiving (especially mine…I’m a noob, remember?), I’m back!

You know how it is when you bump into an old friend – out and about – completely out of the blue…? You have some friends that you want to “bump and run,” (get yo mind outta the gutter) and say your “hey, how ya been’s” and get the heck outta there before you’re stuck talking foreverrrrr when all you can really think about is hopping in the nearest checkout line because Target is starting to become overly crowded and you still haven’t had enough coffee to properly function.  Oh.  That hasn’t ever happened to you?  Um, me either.

And then you have some friends that you bump into, haven’t seen in weeks (or maybe even months) and you can instantly pick up with the last conversation the two of you left off on.  And you genuinely want to get together with them to catch up, even though it feels like you haven’t missed a beat.  Wellllllllll, that’s how I’m pretending I feel with this blog.  Like we are besties.  And he (she?) hasn’t missed a beat.  We haven’t missed a beat. Awe.

Buuuuut, just to do a quick catch up here a five things that you should know about me since the last time you may have heard from me.  (wow, has it really been 6 months? oops.)

1. I’m kind of obsessed with the movie Pitch Perfect.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you probably should or else it’s going to get aca-awkward up in here.

2.  Over Christmas break I was re-introduced to the wild world of Bingo.  That’s right, B-I-N-G-O.  And I’m not going to lie, I’m a BIG fan.  I regularly try to convince innocent souls to whoop it up with me and my 80 year-old comrades.  Boyfriend is also a big fan, another sign that we are meant for each other…. and that we are both prettyyyy nerdy.

3.  We had Christmas at OUR house in 2012!! Our first Christmas in OUR very first house. Ohemgee, it was perfect.  More deets later.

4.  I now say Ba-Zing and Bazinga quiiiiiiite frequently. I’m sorry in advance.

5.  I really, really, really wish I had an uncle Si.

I think that’s all for now.  I’d hate to overwhelm you. 

Hakuna Matata.

Happy Hump Day!

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This week has been rough.  Work has been busy, making me not want to do so much once I get home. Soooooo, I don’t. Then I feel horrible and lazy, especially when Boyfriend can talk for about two and a half hours about everything that he accomplishes every day.  Ugh. Over achiever.

Not really, I love him MUCHO and try to use his determination and productivity as motivation.  But this week…it’s just not working.  Knowing that my next couple of projects are halfway daunting (picture wall and/or the organization of my pantry), I have been avoiding any kind of home improvements at. all. costs.  But really.

So today at work, I got one of those e-mails from Kraft that showed pictures of yummy looking food, which made me wayyyy hungry before it was even close to my lunch time….but I decided that tonight, yes tonight, I WOULD COOOOOK!

I love cooking.

I love cooking more when Boyfriend is here cooking with me, but eh, this’ll do for now. This mortal body has grown weak. I need sustenance! ……Um, did I mention that we watched Thor over the weekend? We did.

Okay back to cooking! So, after seeing the delicious looking e-mail from Kraft today…I decided to try one of their proclaimed 30-minute meals, and it was AWESOME! And what makes it ever better….it was CHEAP! Double whammy.

It’s called Sausage With Peppers and Pasta (I promise I didn’t name it), and it was cheap, easy, fast and yummy!  Here is Kraft’s picture of it:

Picture is from KraftRecipes.comDoesn’t it look good? Nom Nom

Here’s the ingredients and instructions….it is SUPER easy. I mean really, it is easy. And it’s good. And it’s fast.

3 cups rigatoni pasta, uncooked (I used one bag of Ziti, eh it looks the same)
1lb. Italian sausage links, sliced
1 each green, red and yellow pepper, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained (I used rotel…it’s what I had THANK YOU, coupons)
1-1/2 Mozzarella-Parmesan Cheese Blend (I just used a bag o’ Mozzarella)
1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.  Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet on medium heat 10 min., stirring frequently.  Stir in peppers; cook and stir 7 min. or until sausage is done and peppers are crisp-tender.  Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta.  Add to sausage mixture with shredded cheese blend; mix well.  Top with Parmesan.

Easy. Peasy. And oh-so-yummy. THAT’S ALL! Happy Hump Day! 🙂

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Nice Drawers…

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Soooooo, how are everyone’s drawers lookin? Ya know, one thing I have learned with our house is that no two drawers are made equal. Which is rather annoying to me…I mean really? Is it THAT hard to make two drawers the same dimension? Oy.

Currently, our spices have completely taken over an entire cabinet. Granted, we usually cook A LOT… And various recipes usually call for various assortments of spices. And because of this we have grown quite the collection. And they are seemingly taking over!! I mean a whole kitchen cabinet dedicated to spices? I. Don’t. Think. So.

We have a tiny galley kitchen, and new to utilize every space as efficiently as possible… So we decide (in the middle of kitchen re-facing) that spices needed to be contained in a smaller space…. They were just simply taking over too much space in the cabinet. So after researching Pinterest and all of the “spices organization” pins… This is what I came down to:

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These are all really great ideas, but none that I feel I could make work in our home. Instead I have just decided to dedicate in entire drawer to spices… This is what we have so far:

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Now, I have noticed my organizing doesn’t look as clean as the other sources… BUT I do have some improvements up my sleeve. For instance I plan on ordering around 20 empty glass bottles from Penzey’s… I will be able to sort them vertically rather than horizontally and they will take up much less space that way. Those bottles also come with labels, so I can label the lids and won’t have to lay them horizontally (as I have) to see the labels. Eh, it’s another project in the making… But once it’s finished I think it will be fabulous!

Hope everyone had a safe Labor Day… Wahoo for a four day work week (though only two for me!) 🙂

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Picture Wall

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It seems like I have been very distracted lately… I’m not going to lie, blogging is not my number one priority (gasp!). BUT I am going to try to put out a little more effort towards this little guy, and apologize (once again) for my negligence.

With all of the projects we’ve got goin’ in our hizz-ouse… It’s fun to take a break from one big project to do something a little more fun. For me, this means stop with the moulding, trim and painting and move on to something a little more joyful….decorating!

I have been going back a forth on whether or not I want a picture wall in our house. Is it too modern? Will it put our traditional tendendicies over the top? Eh, I don’t know… But I still really want one, so what the hay? I mean it is OUR house after all, we can do with it what we want. Sucka.

With that said – I want a picture wall.

And really there is only one wall for this picture wall… Ya know with the addition of our bookcases and everything on the fireplace wall… So now the questions are: how many pictures? Matching frames or all different? Symmetrical or asymmetric? Abstract, people, places or textures? Color or black and white?

Oy.

Is it this hard for you guys to make decisions, or is it just me?

Well…. I have a few ideas in mind of what I want, I just need to figure out how to make it happen. But want to know my inspiration? Pinterest of course! Here are a few of my inspirations:

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What do you think? I’m trying to narrow down my decisions on how I want our picture wall to turn out… But until then, I’ll just have to keep ya posted. 🙂 goodnight!

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