Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fitness Friday--December 13

Yikes!  A whole week without a post!  And really, what an insanely busy week it has been. 'Tis the season and everything...

So a brief fitness Friday update for y'all--

I'm not walking nearly as much as I should, but am doing moderately well with slow and steady weight gain, which seems to be good for the parasite.  I have my gestational diabetes test this afternoon--cross your fingers!

J is also on the fitness bandwagon, and I am so insanely proud of him.  He decided to join Weight Watchers about a month ago.  While he is doing the online version (no meetings and you do your own weigh-in), it's been a really good experience for him.  I like, too, how the online version really does emphasize the 'eat less, move more' mantra.  He's wearing my WW pedometer and every evening enters his steps (except when I beat him to it!).  Just over a month in, he is *thisclose* to losing his first 5%!  I keep thinking we need to come up with a great reward for his 10%, since he obviously won't get the keychain that motivated me so well!

The busy week continues with a long day today and lots of meetings and Christmas parties this weekend, so I doubt I'll get another post up before Tuesday when I'll be back with a post about making columns for the church Christmas Pageant.  Hopefully it will be a great post with a super-useful tutorial, rather than a post about failing columns...

Happy weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thankful Thursday--December 6, 2012

Yes, it's been a while.  I know.  I also know, though, that my daily thoughts of thankfulness have been on the upswing for a while now.  I've just not been terribly good at remembering to write them down or type them out.  On the other hand, it means I've got a bunch to share this week!

First, I'm thankful for the third trimester, which officially started yesterday.  Honestly, when we found out we were expecting a little more than 23 weeks ago, I couldn't imagine what this might feel like.  Luckily, it feels pretty good (uncomfortable hip pain and weird feeling in my throat that I may have just self-diagnosed as heartburn aside).  As side notes to this thankful thought, I'm super thankful for an active baby who likes to punch, kick and roll without hitting anything painful.  And I'm thankful for my Snoogle, which arrived yesterday, and already makes sleeping a little easier.

I'm thankful, too, for my new countertop in the library/office.  And for Don, the laminate sales guy who moonlighted as my fabricator/cabinet installer only because (I think) he has his own daughter with a grandbaby on the way living too far away to be much help to.

Finally, I'm thankful for the holidays, and our pre-lit tree that I finally managed to get all the lights working on yesterday (how did I break three lightbulbs this year??).  It's amazing how just putting my grapevine bow on top and plugging in those lights can immediately turn our living room into a place of comfort and joy.  Maybe next week I'll be thankful for the ornaments that haven't made it to the tree just yet?

What are you thankful for?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Another library progress report...

I would imagine that when I shared last week about my trip to the "laminate-yard" that you imagined it would be weeks before it I would be back with an update.  That's kind of the rate of progress around here.  Apparently, that's far from the rate of progress for the guy I worked with there.  He called Tuesday with a quote, I called back Wednesday with a laminate choice, he came out Thursday to measure, and then called me Saturday to let me know he was ready to install.  If you think my head was spinning, you're right!  Luckily, J was working from home Saturday afternoon and was able to assist with clearing that end of the room and carrying in the new counter.  It's about as close to perfect as I could have hoped for material choice!

While here, the fabricator/installer went ahead and installed the base cabinets, screwing them together and to the wall.  He also made some oak pieces to help us attach the bookshelves to the wall when we're ready. I think J was relieved when he suggested we wait a week or so to put those on top of the counter.

So what's left?

  • Attach the doors (the dark piece you see in the bottom of each cabinet)
  • Come up with some sort of interior shelving for each cabinet
  • Finish the bookshelves
  • Place the bookshelves on the counter-top (and attach to the wall for safety)
  • Add hardware?
  • Find a chair/stool for the desk space we created between the cabinets