Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ten on

1. What is your cleaning style like?

Before I was working this job...I vacuumed 2 times/week. Dusted weekly. Scrubbed floors weekly. Scrubbed kitchen floor 2 times/week.

Now? Hah. I feel really pathetic. In fact...I've actually shed tears in fear that I'm a bad wife. That was when I realized that I was sleep deprived and acting like a crazy-woman.

So now? I sweep and vacuum 1/week. I do chlorox wiping down of the bathrooms weekly. And then I do one GOOD cleaning (meaning rubber gloves & bucket) every 2 weeks.

It's not like we're ever home anyways! (Can you tell I still feel guilty about my decrease in cleaning?)
2. What is your favorite thing to add to an outfit to take it from casual to classy?
Some heels & a necklace. 

3. Do you like stormy weather?
Love love love love love love LOVE it!

It NEVER STORMS OR RAINS HERE. We go MONTHS without rain sometimes. I start acting like those crazy people stranding in the desert when I see rain falling out of the sky


Now that we have grass & a garden..I'm seriously considering "rainwater harvesting" when monsoon season hits. Our water bill is going to be off-the-hoooook this month! $$$$$$$$

4. What is your favorite cold treat on a hot day?
Definitely a margarita (lime with a salt-rimmed glass).

Or a mojito with fresh mint leaves from our garden.

Or my Mom's rhubarb slush.

I love cold treats...I can't choose! It's 86 here I'm in summer-mode at this moment.

5. What is your favorite warm treat on a cold day?
I like breakfast of oatmeal with pumpkin in it. With bananas & raisins on top. It warms my soul. with frothy milk, enjoyed while sitting by the fire.

6. Who is your favorite animated character?
Stewy from "Family Guy".
Is there anything better than a cynical infant?
7. What do you keep your jewelry in?
A jewelry box.

8. Do any of the rooms in your house have a theme?
Just the kitchen - and it's wine-themed. Other than that...things need to be very neutral or I start feeling uneasy...
9. Do you watch any interior design TV shows – if so, what is your favorite?
Kind of! Not sooo much "interior design" -- but I love Holmes on Homes, and many of the shows from the DIY network. I used to LOATHE this stuff...but's one of my 1st picks to walk.

Also...I DVR International House Hunters.

10. When was the last time you did something risk-taking?

Planting grass in AZ is a risk. It's pretty much bound to shrivle up and die.

Wow, do I ever live on the wild side.....

I am NOT a risk-taker. At all.

Good Things

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! I'm not Irish, but my husband does have Irish heritage.

I plan on making Sheppherd's Pie this weekend...b/c I love him. My ultimate goal is to find a way to make this recipe healthy! (Shhhh don't tell him.....)

What have we been up to lately? Well, let's just say from Friday - Wednesday.....23 hours have been spent getting our back yard set up! In addition to the 23 hours of gardening, I sneaked in 48 hours worth of work in that time, too!

Yep, we've been busy! But now I have Wednesday-Sunday night OFF. Free! So life is good.

So remember when we moved , and our back yard looked dram like this?......

Well, Friday morning -- we woke up and I decided to don my garden gear and we were going to get to work! We headed to the green house & Home Depot and got flowers, vegetables, soil, mulch, the works.

Our flower beds hadn't been TOUCHED in about 2 years (our previous home owners gave up on the back yard when they had kids...according to our land-lord).
This is the desert! So the soil is hard enough, that sometimes a jack-hammer would be appropriate to break up the ground! We shoveled and shoveled away breaking out the ground. I picked rocks out the

This was tedious...needless to say.

But finally I got to plant! I planted, Ryan poured mulch - and life was good!  PS - it was like 85 degrees out during this ordeal.

Then, @ 3pm, I decided I should probably come indoors and get hydrated since I had to work that night. Meaning 24+ hours of no sleep. Kind of dumb...but I refuse to let night shit ruin my quality of life!

Well, I got home Saturday morning, and decided to sleep a few hours - and while I slept, Ryan broke up the ground. When I awoke, I went for a nice 5 mile run -- and then spent the rest of the day helping Ryan lay sod!

And here is the results! (There's been more of a long-process to all this...but I'm really lacking the energy to go into depth about this...) So here's pictures!

Grass!!! You wouldn't believe how much time we've spent on this little patch of grass to keep it perfect and hydrated....

Petunias, assylums!

Tomatoes, bell peppers, basil, & yellow squash

Marigolds, daisies, geraniums, rununculus, candytuft!....This would be such a nice picture if Ryan didn't take it while I was planting.

We also are "cross breeding" habeneros & anaheim peppers. Nerdy experiment on our part. And we have strawberries & mint in pots.

I'm so excited! If we had a bigger yard to work with...I could do this as a full time job. I LOVE it.

And now..............I'm going to leave you with my big news of the week! ........................

I am pleased to annouce my request has been granted, and I am being moved to DAY SHIFT!

Meaning I won't go 2 days/week with 24+ sleepless hours......I will get to see my husband more than 3 days/week......and I'll just be an all around happier lady!