All Things Olivia

July 13, 2011

In honor of Olivia’s 7th birthday..I have dedicated this post to Olivia…and let Layla and I explore what makes this tiny firecracker tick. As I watch her construct her life through lists, wishlists, to do lists, and birthday activity check lists, I decided the best thing to do would be to make a question list for her.

Olivia’s Bday To do 

L: What do you want to be when you grow up?
O: A teacher. it is fun…I want to be like Richelle. I practice being a teacher everyday after school. I would be good at it because I am smart (“and chatty” chimes in Layla). And chatty. Teachers talk a lot. 
K: What is your favorite outfit? 
O: Dresses. I like playing dress up games. blue dresses because blue is my favorite color. 
L: What do you like to learn from somebody?
O: I like to learn animal facts from Layla. 
K:  What kind of car do you want to drive when you get bigger? 
O: I want to drive a car that doesn’t have a top. Like one of Papa’s cars…but yellow. 
L: What is your favorite animal?
O: Rabbits because they are tiny and cute. 
L: No bigger and wilder animals
O: Bunnies are wild.
K: What is the number one thing you want to do your birthday?
O: Go to Toys R’Us…because it is the biggest and best toy store ever. 
L: Where is your favorite place to go (not toys r us)
O: Columbus…all my favorite people are there…like Jeremy..and Grandma and Alexie..and Lori and uncle Rob..sometimes
K: What is something you want everyone to know about you.
O: Grunt…grunt..grunt. what kind of house do I want when I grow up. a two storied house..with a downstairs…I mean a basement….I like saying basement better
L: What do you like to do?
O: I like to play in my room. I have a bunch of toys in there. 
K: Why cant you sit still? (Olivia is laying sideways across the back of the couch). 
O: Because I am crazy…and I am a monkey…wait. timeout! I need to get some water. this is making me thirsty. I love to run everywhere because I love being fast.  Cause everything I see…its like a big toy to play on. Like that chair…I love to climb on it..

Olivia’s “seat”

L: What’s your favorite food..your most favorite food. 
O: I’ll say peppers….I mean peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 
K: How does it feel to be almost 7?
O: Tallish..(Olivia burps)  My finger smells like burp because I burped while my finger was in my mouth
 Now that Layla is in hysterics and Olivia is all wound up…Happy Birthday Olivia. Who would have known that that red hairy baby with scratches all over her face would be such a unique source of entertainment. 

30 days of….

July 13, 2011

Part of this personal experience is to challenge myself. 30 days of ….is my new self challenge. Somewhere I recall hearing “it only takes 30 days to make something a habit”. I have no good habits. I have to remind myself twice to brush my teeth, I am close to never on time, I cant wake up in the morning and exercise…hahaha exercise. 

30 days is my new challenge to make myself better by developing better habits. I work best when I am held accountable for action or even better there is a reward involved. I have been blogging for almost a month. While I haven’t gotten every day…I HAVE managed to fill the first month with a good deal of information…
But I am going to start small…start with hygiene. I WILL remember to wash my face before bed. Gross right, hardly. Don’t tell me I am the only person who has waken up with that layer of eyeshadow under the eyes. I wonder why at 31 I am still breaking out. I am no dermatologist, but I know dirty skin = clogged pores = zits. (Yes, I said it zits. When did we start using the term acne so much). So starting today…July 12, 2011..I am going to remember to wash my darn face every matter how tired (or buzzed) I am. My reward? Only the BEST bronzer I have ever used. The Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess compact. At $30 it is hardly in my price range. It is worth it for even looking….I spent a day at the beach…natural glow. So if I wash my face every day the bronzer is all mine. 
Day 1: Mission Accomplished 

July 9, 2011

Nelson’s ledges….”where the sun never sets” I love this simple picture of the quarry. We recently went on a camping trip to the Ledges for the Grateful fest. This camper had a fantastic time…complete with bug bites, sunburn and a serious lack of sleep. But it was worth it as – I saw some great music. – I hung out with some incredible people. – I got to lay on the beach and clear my mind. While sleeping in a tent and not bathing is not my ideal way of life it is a small price to pay for the return of my sanity.  Check out my camping survival article.

Camp Survival

Flower I

July 8, 2011

Flower I

branching out to new locations…i plan to take over the web!!!

Basement of Doom

July 7, 2011

There is no new post yesterday because I got into a five hour HGTV trance. I watched couple after couple look through new…and pricey homes. They would look at bathrooms and master bedrooms and decide if it were up to their satisfaction…as they were looking to spend almost a half million dollars on a home. There was a couple who settled on a lovely farm house out side of Milwaukee and another couple who went into a bidding war over a bungalow in Toronto. My favorite..of course..was the estate bought in Fiji for almost 2 million.

Then I ask Josh..again…about the stink that always accompanies the air being turned on. We have a large basement project ahead of us..but I figured some animal had crawled into the air conditioner and died a slow death and was now decomposing…but being preserved by air coils.

There is an old mattress in the basement that is getting nasty and moldy. So we decided to get it to the curb since today is trash day. apparently…the connection from the kitchen sink the main drain is now clogged. (hence smell) and there was backed up food in the basement drain. awesome. and now a large community of fruit flies and really did i mention the smell.  I had to run to Wal-mart (because all crisis happen after the safer, cleaner, Target is closed) $65 later I am armed with bug foggers, masks, gloves, bug killer, air freshener, mold and mildew cleaner, and dampness removal crystals.

I thought about those HGTV people in their 400k and 2 mil houses and wondered if they will face such challenges after the cameras are off and they have been in these houses for a few years. Does the 700K old farm house tend to get damp basements in the spring? Does the island paradise of Fiji get a funk after a fall rain storm?

Being a homeowner is trying and expensive..apply all Murphy’s laws and hope like hell you don’t get sewer bugs in your basement.