Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Quiet

We’ve been living in our new house a little over a week now, but it took only about a day to notice just how quiet it is there. Our neighborhood is a little off the beaten path, and our house is set back into the woods a bit– with no one behind us, and with both neighbors spaced pretty nicely away from our house. A lot of the noises I’ve become very accustomed to throughout most of my life have been replaced with stillness and quiet. There is no road noise, no loud announcements or bells or athletic games (our last two places were both near schools), and I’ve yet to hear a single siren. It is so fantastically peaceful.

Adding to the quiet is that we still haven’t set our cable up yet– mostly because we just haven’t had the time to schedule it. I totally figured this would bother me, but it’s actually been a really great break from over-stimulation.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but a normal day for me typically involves a LOT of screen time. It’s sad to admit, but I usually look at my phone first thing in the morning after I wake up (for missed texts, emails), eat breakfast while watching Good Morning, America and check my phone again (for email again, weather, and also by this time my first Facebook/Instagram check), then I sit in front of a computer for a lot of my work day, and then at home at night Tim and I often watch TV while simultaneously looking at our phones for God-knows-what (Pinterest, social media checks yet AGAIN, Googling random things) without really spending quality time together. I am often so stimulated with technology that it has taken the break like I’ve had to even recognize it.

It would seem that the lack of cable would make me more dependent on my phone, but it’s actually had the opposite effect– I’ve been way less reliant. And I don’t know if it’s this lack of technology or the peacefulness of our surroundings, but I have found myself mentally slowed down. I feel free from all the distractions that usually dominate my home life. Instead of zombie-ing out in front of the TV, Tim and I are spending our evenings eating dinner without the interference and are actually engaged in quality conversation. We are going to bed earlier and therefore waking up earlier, but feeling so much more well-rested. I’ve also been sharp and focused. Without the distractions, I’ve been reading a lot more, writing in my journal like crazy, staying on top of keeping the house clean and organized, cooking and even prepping for future meals, and taking my dogs out for a daily walk through through the woods. And when I do want a little noise, I’ve been listening to music– like really listening to it, which sounds so simple, but it’s something I have always loved and  honestly there for a long time chose TV or Netflix over it just out of habit.

I’m sure here in the next week or so, cable will be set up again and, of course, we will continue to watch TV and screen time will always be a part of our daily lives. But I do hope that we don’t just fall back into old habits and get lost into the distractions again. I’d like to use this as a fresh start, to really commit to living a little more simply, and to focus on my priorities. And at least for the time being, it’s been a very welcomed break.

List accomplishments as of last post:

  • I made Nancy’s Chopped Salad for my weekly recipe, and it’s so freakin’ good!
  • I finished book #5, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).  Absolutely hilarious, just as I had expected. I also started book #6 already, Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. It’s a gorgeously written account of losing 5 dearly loved men in 4 years. It makes you feel ALL the feelings.
  • Tim and I had a date night Saturday night to Restaurant Tallent, just the two of us. We hadn’t done that in forever and it was so wonderful!
  • I’ve been on a roll with writing in my journal and photos this past week!

Don’t Call It a Comeback

…..I’ve been here for years, rockin’ my peers and puttin’ suckas in fear.

Just a little LL Cool J to set your week right.

The last two weeks were a blur of painting, renovations, packing, and moving, but we are now living in the new house! We officially moved in on Valentine’s Day… I know, leave it to Tim and me to serve you some old married people realness. It sounds really lame, but it was actually super sweet to spend that day unpacking and settling our lives into our first home. We celebrated with pizza and bubbles in front of a fire, and it felt like the best way to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

But then something happened. We woke up early Sunday to continue unpacking and setting things up before a much-needed grocery store trip and Target run for a few necessities and some impulse throw pillow purchases, and then we made plans to host our best friends for the inaugural dinner party. We came back home to clean and prepare to show off the house to our friends, and I was going around cleaning our bathrooms. When I went to clean and then flush our downstairs toilet, things suddenly got REAL.

I’ll spare you the details, but the floor drain in our basement suddenly began to flood, and I just froze in panicked fear. Irrational thoughts raced through my head like, “two days in and our house is broken!” ” and “should we just go ahead and move out?” We ended up having to call a plumber to come out on a Sunday night– can you say overtime rates?– and 2 hours and $300 later, our issue was finally resolved. It was really stressful at the time, and it sucked to have to unexpectedly spend that money, but it makes for a pretty funny story. Our friends still ended up coming over, the night was salvaged, and we survived our first fiasco, but man do I feel like we dove head first into this whole homeownership business.

It’s a good thing we are totally in love with the new place, and when we woke up to our beautiful backyard covered in snow and I got to take my dogs for a fun walk in it– it all seemed pretty worth it.

List accomplishments as of last post:

  • As I mentioned last post, I pretty much took the last two weeks off to focus on finishing up renovating the house, packing, and moving, but I did manage to still cook my weekly new recipe. Two weeks ago I made this cobb salad sandwich, and last week I made this pepperoni pizza grilled cheese. We were eating on the go a lot, so sandwiches were our best option. Both were good!
  • I just picked Mindy Kaling’s book back up and hope to finish it soon.
  • I did a poor job staying on top of writing in my journal, but I started it up again, as well as taking my daily photos. Here are a few from over the last few weeks.
Painting upper cabinets

Painting upper cabinets

Painting lower cabinets

Painting lower cabinets

Finished product

Finished product

Valentine's/Move-In Day Dinner

Valentine’s/Move-In Day Dinner

Sunrise in the field behind our house

Sunrise in the field behind our house