Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Our Life in Lego: Restaurant Faux Pa

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jewelry Box

I just realized it's half way through February and I haven't shared a single post about something Adam has made.  My hubby is super creative very talented when it comes to wood working.  Today I'm going to show you the Jewelry Box he made me.

The very first thing Adam ever made me was this little box.

He often tells me he's going to take it back to the garage and refinish the wood, but I like it just the way it is.

But not long after he made me this I realized I had a lot more jewelry.  So I started looking online to see what other options were out there.  And the one I liked the most was a jewelry box that was hidden behind a full length mirror.  I actually figured we'd get use out of it.  I really didn't want another piece of furniture cluttering up our bedroom, so a mirror that you can hang on the wall was perfect.

So here's a picture of our walk in closet with the Jewelry box at the back.  You can see it doubles as a scarf holder.  Oh and you're looking at Adam's half, I chose this point of view so you wouldn't have to see a reflection of the toilet that's right behind me.  You're welcome. :)  And yes this closet is one of the reasons we bought the house, I'll never be able to go back to tiny closets again.

Now it's time to open 'er up.  We decided on gray fabric to cover the back.

On the left side is foam behind the fabric so you can poke earrings into it.  Then below that some hooks for bracelets.

The right side is for necklaces.  And the bottom is for all those little pieces that don't fit anywhere else.  And yes looking at this, makes me realize I need to clean it out and get rid of pieces I never wear.

It's the perfect piece and having the mirror in the closet is perfect.

Isn't my man so talented? I think so :)


Monday, February 15, 2016

Red Weekend

Ok and I failed to post last Monday, bad blogger, so i didn't update you all on my February writing challenge.  I'm writing the first draft of the sequel to the book I wrote in January.  The goal is another 50,000 words that's 2500/ 5 days a week.  Here's the break down for each day for the last two weeks.

Day      total       daily total
Day 1   2600       2600
Day 2   4648       2048        
Day 3   8412       3764
Day 4   9893       1481
Day 5   10752      859

Day 6   13177      2425
Day 7   14447      1245
Day 8   16657      2210
Day 9   18671      2014
Day 10 22455      3784

As you can see I'm a little behind goal at this point, but it's nothing that I can't make up.  Just have to keep at it.  If you are interested in writing a book but are struggling with sitting down and doing it then I suggest reading No Plot?  No Problem!  It's the encouragement you need to hear.

My weight loss goal for this year (which in general is to lose weight) has had a slow start.  Over the last two weeks I haven't lost weight, but I haven't gained any either.  Not a huge step in the right direction but not gaining is still a win.  I've been walking most days first thing in the morning so that's good.  In the next two weeks I plan on adjusting my food plan.  Meaning lowering my refined sugar intake drastically.  And I will be adding a new exercise to the mix.  Hopefully these new changes will help me meet the goal of 10 lbs lost for the month.

So the title of this post is in reference to my husband testing for and successfully achieving his red tip belt in Tae Kwon Do this weekend.  Congrats hubby!  That means he's only two tests away from getting his black belt. woot!  Here are some photos from the test.

The before picture (with Red Belt)

Can you tell I think the kicking pics are the coolest :)

Mid test mini break

I love including these because Adam looks so fierce.  
He's usually so calm so it's fun to see him like this.
And don't worry it's all done very carefully, no one got hurt.

And the after photo, a bit tired, but happily sporting the new belt.
See that little black tip on the left, that's the tip.
(And don't ask me why it's called red tip instead of black tip, because I don't understand either)

Later Saturday night we stopped by Sweets so Geek for their once a year chocolate souffle and a piece of peanut butter and chocolate cheese cake.  Both were wonderful.  It's a fun place to get dessert.

And then of course Sunday was Valentine's Day.  We decided not to do gifts but we exchanged cards and a couple pieces of nice chocolate.
I can't imagine anyone in Fort Wayne celebrating Valentine's Day without a piece of Debrand's Chocolate.  I mean I know it happens...but why?  It's truly the best chocolate I've ever had.

Oh and because restaurants are so stinking busy on Valentine's our tradition is to get some nice steaks and make dinner at home.  So we made filet steak tips on the grill, crab cakes and I made salad and corn casserole (which doesn't sound romantic, but it sounded good to both of us). :)
The steak tips were in still on the grill when I took this picture.
I love that being an adult means you can have wine with dinner...or milk in wine glasses :)

And we shared a piece of chocolate cake from Casa's
it comes with raspberry sauce too....yum.
And yes that is only half a slice.

We had a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to another week of writing and exercising.  May God Bless you all.


Monday, February 1, 2016

End of a writing challenge, and a baby shower

I'm so excited to write this post.  If you've been keeping up to date with me, you'll know I've been doing a writing challenge.  It's part of the National Novel Writing Month group.  They do their novel writing in November, but when I heard about it in January I just couldn't wait and did it by myself.  The most exciting part is that on Friday I finished the first draft of my first novel....ever! woot woot.

To celebrate Adam took me to lunch and later that night I may or may not have drank an entire bottle of pink moscato :) So here's the breakdown of writing for this week.

Day 18 - 47,756    2545
Day 19 - 50,118    2362  (I can't believe I wrote all those words!)
Day 20 - 52,046    1928 (Oh wait the books not done yet...keep at it)
Day 21 - 53,843    1797
Day 22 - 56,396    2553 (Just typed 'the end'.  Oh my goodness I just wrote my first novel!!!!!!!)

OK a little explanation is required at this point.  I want you all to know I thought this was an impossible goal.  In fact it was a secret goal of mine (so unrealistic I didn't share it here) to have my first draft done by the end of the year....I'm 11 months ahead of schedule.  If I could do a back flip this is when I'd do it...but I'm old and out of shape and I would most assuredly break my neck if I tried.

This whole challenge was done because of the book No Plot?  No Problem!  If you're a writer, or a wanna be like me, buy this book.  It's the encouragement I needed to get started.

Two really neat things happened when I fished this challenge.  One is that I will now confidentially tell anyone I meet that I am a writer.  And the other was realizing how much support I had.  Other than here (which no one I know really reads this) I didn't tell many people I was doing this.  I told Adam, because well he is my support team.  But when I told my dad his first response was "Do I get to read it?"  woo ok just writing that made me tear up a bit.  I love my dad, but we're not very close anymore so it was a huge deal to me that he wanted to read my novel.  And this weekend my friends Emily and Katie both said they couldn't wait to read it.  Of course my answer to all of them (dad included) was not yet :)  The first draft is for my eyes only.  But it was nice to know I have people who are excited to read something simply because I wrote it.  That's pretty cool to find out.  And I'm sure some of my other friends and family members will be just as excited when I get the chance to tell them.

Now according to the book you're supposed put your first draft down and walk away.  Work on something else for 4-6 weeks.  It's so you can gain some perspective when you go to re-write it.  Here's where I'm going rogue.  After many discussions with my husband about what I hope to accomplish with this book I've made a plan for the next couple of months.  I've decided this book has a sequel, good thing since the first book ends on a cliff hanger.  So February I'm going to do this challenge again...for the second book.  That's right baby another 50,000 word challenge.  It might be crazy (it is) but I have a very good reason.  There is someone in my life who is very sick, and it is unlikely she will still be with us at the end of the year.  I want to be able to give her well written drafts of both of my first books.  She's a reader and though we've never been as close as I would have liked, she's always taken an interest in my writing.  I think it would mean a lot to her (and me) if she was the first person to read my book(s).  So I know I'm crazy but it's important and I'm going to finish  them both for her. I'll keep you up to date on my progress for the second book.

So obviously I've been writing everyday this month, but that's not all I did.   I would get up in the morning and write until around 1 or 2.  After that I spent time making decorations for a baby shower that I co-hosted with my friends the aforementioned Katie and Emily.  The theme for this shower was gray and yellow including giraffes and elephants.

A little decoration we used on the front door.

Dollar store wrapping paper makes a cheap and cute runner.
The W is for signing (like a guest book), and there's a calendar for people to sign the date they guess the baby will arrive.
We had some finger foods on another table, and on this table here are small sugar cookies, that everyone could make their own little fruit pizzas.

When Katie had her baby last year I bought a bunch of these white umbrellas.
They are the perfect decorations for baby showers, and a little ribbon makes them match each theme.

This garland was super easy to make and it looks really sharp.

Here are three little pictures I made via PowerPoint and then saved them as pictures and printed them out and put each one in a white 8 x 10 frame.  They worked as decorations for the party, and then we gave them to the mom-to-be to use in the nursery.

This is something I made.  It's just a canvas that I embroidered on.
I saw something like the elephant on Pintrest.  You can see how she did it here.
When the baby comes I will add his or her (we don't know which yet) name and info in the bottom right hand corner.  Plus Adam made me a frame for it, so I'll show you the final product when it's done.

Mary, Me, Emily, Katie
We've been friends since college.

I love planning showers and making decorations for them.  It's seriously tons of fun.  Hmm how could I do that for a living? :)

Oh and seeing myself in the above picture reminds me that I had a weight loss goal for this year.  In January I focused on writing.  After a month I'm confident in my daily writing schedule, so in February I am focusing on adding an exercise plan.  I'm going to start with walking (we have a treadmill that's pretty dusty) and I'm trying to find a place to play indoor tennis (just about the only form of exercise I enjoy).   

So far this year has been really wonderful.  We've tried new things, accomplished some goals, and made headway on some others.  Here's hoping February is as productive and enjoyable.

God Bless-