hey there, it’s march

Writing this from my same ol’ laptop, the spirit of which has been bolstered by the arrival of a new battery!!! My sister was in town and helped me decipher the tiny numbers on the original battery and figure out how to buy a (non-HP-endorsed and therefore cheap) replacement. So far, so good. Up until today, the laptop died every time it was unplugged. Husband’s solution was to plug a 50 foot orange extension cord in to a bedroom outlet and then just drag it with him to whichever room he wanted to use the laptop in. Hm. It worked okay, except for UGH I got really tired of looking at that stupid extension cord. Also, our dogs were frequently running by and tripping over the cord and unplugging the laptop, and bloop, it would die. Needless to say, I’m stoked about the replacement. Foot-loose and cord-free!

I keep a little list on my phone of things to write about here, but my phone died and the charger is in the other room so I’m just going to type until some ideas happen.

I bought a pattern for the Emery Dress a few weeks ago, and went to the fabric store immediately. I actually bought plain muslin and am making a muslin mock-up for the first time in my life. I worked on it for one day and then kinda haven’t picked it up again since then. I actually have a really good excuse, though!

I’ve lost 15 lbs in just over a month. Woo hoo! I have been going to my MIL’s doctor’s appointments with her and I stepped on the scale at the office just out of curiosity, since I didn’t own one at home. UM. I was horrified to see the highest number of my entire life. So I got the MyFitnessPal app as well as a Misfit fitness tracker and have been keeping close tabs on my food intake and activity levels. I feel healthier and happier than I have in a long time. I have more energy and my meals are more nutritious. I’m also cooking at home for the vast majority of my meals so I’m saving a lot of money.

This ties in to the whole dress thing because I cut out the muslin based on measurements before I started all that, which means the dress will be too big. It would be so unbelievably frustrating to put together a dress and have it be a few sizes too big, so I decided I won’t make the dress until I reach my ~*goal size*~. Btw I’m sorry to talk about weight loss–I feel like it is so grating and annoying but I’m pretty proud of myself and am never going to be one of those bonkers Fitness Ladies.

I’m also irritated because remember that awesome skirt I got from Asos back in December? Yeah, it doesn’t fit anymore. Sigh.

I’ve also been mostly sorta kinda keeping up with my book-reading goal for 2015. I set a goal of 52 books for the year and Goodreads tells me I’ve read 6 so far, and am nearly done with my 7th. So I’m actually slightly behind but I feel pretty good about accomplishing the goal by the end of the year. The books I’ve read so far are pretty lame. Not even sure I want to say this here but I read the first two Twilight books as well as 50 Shades of Grey. I don’t have a good explanation for this, except curiosity…and then once I got into the first Twilight book I felt that I needed to hear the end of the story. So I’m currently tracking down the third book at Goodwill (I refuse to pay for it new, yuck!). Twilight isn’t actually THAT poorly written but the story itself is eh, plus problematic as people have been pointing out for years. 50 Shades of Gray is SOOOOO poorly written. The author seems limited to about five descriptive phrases and repeats them over and over and over again during the sexy scenes. It’s irritating and bad. I still might finish the series (I just always want to know how things end) but I refuse to enjoy it.

I had Trader Joe’s cookie butter for the first time, finally. It’s pretty good. It definitely tastes good but the texture is a little odd. It isn’t oily like peanut butter, and it isn’t grainy like cookie dough (two textures I really like). It’s more…sticky? Idk, I don’t really like the way it sticks to the inside of my mouth. But the flavor is fairly redeeming, so I’ve been having a tablespoon of it by itself or on an English muffin every now and then.

I just taught my husband how to take a screenshot on his phone. Baby’s first screenshot 🙂

It was really sunny today (and has been for days/weeks, wtf, is this end times or???) and we had a really nice day. Husby woke up early to babysit our nephew for a couple of hours (I slept in because lazy) and when he finished we went out to lunch at Lardo, a sandwich shop which grew out of one of the famous Portland food carts. Um, yum. Though the name doesn’t bode well for currently-calorie-counting me. I had the Italian Tuna Melt and it was crazy delicious. Capers in tuna salad! Genius, and I’m totally doing that from now on. I skipped the fries but Chris got them and offered me a taste, and those rosemary Parmesan covered potatoes are the business. I also got iced tea and I think their iced tea might be a jasmine black tea because it was definitely above average and had a floral taste.

We then went to Music Millennium, a record store in this funky building. Very Portland. I got Cat Stevens’s album Cat’s in the Cradle on vinyl (and some incense because I am 15 years old). That album includes the song I Love My Dog…

…which is amazing, and obviously speaks to me on a very deep level.

We then came home and did some chores, and then went to Home Depot


for plants. We got our pea and Swiss chard starts in, and are starting some tomato seeds indoors to plant in a few weeks. We already have a few volunteer tomatoes from ones that dropped off the vine last year, which is nice and easy for us!

I also got some flowering perennials (English daisy, Shasta daisy, pincushion flower) for my flower bed in the front yard.

THEN our friend finished working on his boat and took us for a ride in the river! Afterward we made dinner (chicken korma and rice) and now I’m going to read Julie and Julia until I pass out. (Spoiler alert: this book is a total bummer!!! I mean maybe I’m being harsh but it is making me sad to read it.)


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