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June 18th, 2015 – Tuckered Out

wallplateI’m still cleaning the house. I dusted the small tables where we have various living room electronics stacked and dusted the electronics, and vacuumed most of the underneath area of the little tables. I packed up the electronics we don’t use and put them in the closet- we don’t need the old media player hooked up nor do we need the PS2 set up since Mattie hasn’t touched it in literally 5 years. I took a rag and I washed the wall where the DVD shelves are and put away all the DVDs in their proper ABC order places, which took almost an hour. I used canned air to spray most of the heavy dust out of the display case with Mattie’s model cars but not too much because the glue on them is giving out and they are super delicate. I moved the small couch and vacuumed under it and found one of Sashi’s bones, threw away a slew of plastic bags that were under there for no good reason, and spent most of the in between time rocking out to Prince and dancing around the house. Sashi got super excited by my horrible dancing and singing.

I got the wall plate I ordered for Mattie’s Nerd Cave in yesterday and installed it. I love that the screw heads were printed as well so they blend in seamlessly with the design on the plate. I kind of want to get the matching outlet plates too but they aren’t cheap and I’ve spent enough money already lately.

shelvesI also finally solved the mystery of the Netflix account access from a person we don’t know and all of my preferences being set to Spanish. When I moved some stuff to my mom’s and briefly stayed there, my black Wii and all its accessories disappeared. I didn’t think much of it because honestly we don’t need it, but I realized last night it was set up to my Netflix account and that’s where someone, whoever took it, got into the account. At this point I’m thinking someone stole it right out of the trunk of my car while I was in the house bringing other things out.

This morning I took everything off of the shelves in the dining room, dusted them, and put everything back neater, save for a pile of papers Mattie needs to look at (probably trash) and some stuff I think should go out to the garage. The dogs of course got super excited because it meant taking all of their treats down so they got some cookies, and I also gave Sashi a new rope toy, but threw away an old one afterwards. I found some stuff to donate as well on the shelves- a game or two, Sashi’s old harness which doesn’t fit anymore, and a scented candle/holder.

I still feel like I haven’t made a dent in things but at the same time, I feel good about what I have done. I need to dust the electronics on the TV stand and clean the fireplace mantle and the living room will be basically done, save for Mattie getting a bookshelf to put his graphic novels on. I’ve really like to get rid of the wood box because we never use the fireplace and the chimney is damaged anyway but I doubt he will go for that.

In other news, the scale was down a bit from a few days ago! Finally it’s moving in the right direction! I need to update it in my tracker so I can see my progress.

June 16th, 2015 – So Much To Do

I’m still working on cleaning the house. Yesterday I wiped down and cleaned off the dining room and coffee tables, vacuumed, did and put away laundry, cleaned up the area behind the big couch and next to my table by the little couch, and I started a list of things I need to buy to start minor repairs around the house. So far there are only a few things on my list, and both pertain to fixings the holes in the kitchen wall and properly mounting the hooks that hold our pot holders, but I’m sure I will think of other things soon. I also reorganized the pots and pans so everything fits without an avalanche happening when you take something out, glued a broken off piece of drawer back into place, and moved some other stuff that was out on the floor into the closet in the Nerd Cave. I cannot get over how good it feels to have Richard gone and the house to ourselves! I feel like a black cloud has been lifted off of me and we can finally live our lives the way they are supposed to be lived.

In between the cleaning, I watched a few episodes of Parenthood, and I played on my laptop, checking out some of the other apps it has. There is a Health & Fitness app that’s rather clever. Aside from letting you easily look up conditions or medications, it has a food tracker to help you reach your weight goals. I need to weigh myself when I get up tomorrow and input the right weight, as I’m honestly not sure what I weigh right now. Its so much easier to use the built in tracker though then to go to say My Fitness Pal or some other third party site and input everything there. I’m hoping the extreme ease of use will help me stick to my goals and keep them going. I finished yesterday almost perfectly on plan and hoping for a similar day today. We have pool tonight so I’ll be out of the house most of the evening and temptations will be small- I just get ice water to drink while we are there and generally don’t eat anything. For dinner I fixed some Stove Top and the leftover chicken from last night. I had meant to add some celery to it but I completely forgot. Mattie said I failed at dinner since I neglected veggies completely, but we’ve got fresh pineapple for dessert tonight after we get home from pool. I’m looking forward to the pineapple.

Next week I should have a new wall plate for the light switch in the Nerd Cave. Its got Batman on it. I need to get some picture hanging nails to put a few things up and need to do more dusting of the things around the perimeters of the living room for sure, but I can¬†work on that today.¬†There’s so much to do but I have plenty of time and if I just do a few things each day, it’ll get done and it won’t feel overwhelming. I still need to see about either making or buying a cover for the couch to protect it from the dogs and washing the pillow covers and putting them back on the couch. Our outside trashcan is full to overflowing already and trash day is not until Wednesday- I might be able to squeeze one more bag on top without it being stupidly overfull.

I bought some of those little single bottle and full pitcher instant tea packets to try to encourage myself to drink more water and less coffee. I like them so hopefully I won’t tire of them in a few weeks and have a ton left that I don’t want to drink. I also recently purchased (because Richard of course took his when he left) a water filter pitcher but I got the big one that does 18 cups and has a spigot on it. I’m trying to remember to add more water to it as I use what it is in it, since we’re using it to brew coffee and tea with it as well as plain drinking water. At this rate I might be able to do away with buying bottled water completely. It’d be nice to save the $5 a week or so.

I got a solid 7 last night at pool with two wins, a 4 and a 5. I felt pretty good about that and can only hope I continue to shoot this well the rest of the season. I really look forward to being able to practice here at home on our table and get even better. I’m starting to make bank shots, which is cool. One day they just made sense to me and I started trying them.

Not much else to say at this point. Just trying to get the house in order and make it nice again. :)