Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trendsetter

Y'all. This is very Truman Show-esque again, but I feel fairly confident that someone is collecting my thoughts and ideas and profiting off of them. I can think of three clear cases right off the top of my head.

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I was in high school. I was cool not cool coolish. I had just gotten my license and as luck would have it, I had a car too. I was home after school and talking on the cordless phone with my BFF. I don't know if I was expecting something in the mail or if I was just as obsessed with checking the mail then as I am now, but for some reason I got the wild idea to go check the mail while staying on the phone with my BFF.

Doesn't sound so crazy yet, right? Well, my parent's house has a pretty long driveway and I decided a little practice driving would do me some good, and how cool would it be to be able to drive a car and simultaneously talk on the phone?! It'd be like something out of the future when we'd have flying cars and such!

So I got behind the wheel, drove up to the mailbox repeatedly asking my friend "Can you hear me now?" as I went along. The signal was basically gone when I got to the mailbox but I was determined to keep my friend on the phone. I did a wacky three point turn at the top of the driveway to turn around and come back down the driveway but didn't quite turn the wheel enough since I was too concerned about my  phone reception and backed right into the mailbox.

(P.S. The car had a bit of a ding on it, and the mailbox post was quite a bit looser in the ground as a result. I never told my parents about it. Until now. Sorry y'all!!)

So, in this instance I invented three things that have since been stolen from me:


  1. Talking on a cell phone while driving. (Sure, cell phones were starting to be common at the time, but for the most part were still phones in bags with cords. My phone was cordless! And relied on a crappy signal to function! That was totally new!)
  2. "Can you hear me now?"
  3. Wreckless driving while talking on a phone. I was the PIONEER of this and I deserve a payout.


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Again, I'm in high school. A freshman this time and sitting in my geometry class. This was one of the first years that high schools in our district had 9th graders at a high school instead of junior high so the school did it's best to restrict us to our own little wing. My friends were diagonally across the hall in their Physical Science class.

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My brother and I owned these electronic address book devices, similar to this:



You could store phone numbers and addresses and maybe a couple other things like a calculator or something. BUT! The most fun part of them was the messages you could send back and forth between them. We used to sit in our bedrooms across the hall from each other and send messages back and forth. Or sit on either side of the backseat in the car and chat with them. Things like "GET YOUR FOOT OFF OF MY SIDE!" and "I'M GOING TO TELL ON YOU IF YOU DON'T STOP!" I'm sure.

So I got the bright idea to bring them both to school once or twice, and give one to my friends who'd be in science while I was in geometry. It'd look similar enough to a calculator, so the teacher really wouldn't know. And then we sent messages back and forth to each other DURING CLASS! A message composed of text sent wirelessly from one place to another! Between teenagers! I bet we even used a LYLAS or some other abbreviation in our conversation!

And that's how I invented text messaging.

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One Easter as a child I awoke to find an Easter basket filled with my very favorite candy of the whole year. Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.




As I savored my peanut butter eggs I made the proclamation to whomever I could get to listen to me that they should really have these delicacies for every holiday. Pumpkins on Halloween! Christmas Trees on Christmas! Hearts at Valentine's Day.

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You are welcome.

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So. With that said, I'm sure I'm not the only victim of these thieveries of ideas. Which one of you invented the internet? Or which of you invented polka dots? I'd love to give proper credit where it's due.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Taking It Back to Sim City

Did you ever play Sim City? Surely you did. If you are computer savvy enough to find and read a blog, I'm thinking at one point you played Sim City. But if not, a quick overview courtesy of Wikipedia:
In SimCity, the player is given the task of founding and developing a city, while maintaining the happiness of the citizens and keeping a stable budget. 
BUDGET. That was the key in that game. You were given a limited budget to begin with and needed to allocate your funds to housing, industrial or commercial zones where construction would begin, therefore businesses or homes began which in turn made money for your city. But spend too much too soon on fire departments, hospitals or fancy roads and bridges and you'd find yourself broke with a halfway developed city that was now crumbling.

Okay. I don't need to take my metaphor that far because even though this metaphor is about my house - my house is not crumbling. But I want to do it all now now now. But the BUDGET. And the PATIENCE. And if I let it go too far the only thing crumbling will be credit card bills because the budgeted funds are done for at least a couple months! AT LEAST.

[Thanks in part to sporadic IKEA trips (yesterday) and what-else-can-we-do-while-babysitting-my-9-year-old-nieces-oh-I-know-how-would-you-guys-like-to-go-to-Lowe's?!(Saturday)]

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Charley enjoyed it. They, well, they couldn't even bring themselves to walk they were so excited.

Except for maybe this light fixture which I want to purchase today. BUT THAT'S IT! THAT'S IT FIRSTNAME LACEY MAIDENNAME LASTNAME! NO MORE. YOU HEAR ME?!

I can't even bring myself to have a housewarming party and invite a lot of our friends over because it's just not done and I just want to get it to a certain point before showing it off and it's just not there yet. Ignoring the fact that the target for how done I want it to be keeps moving further and further out. I just need to invite people over before our friends start reconsidering our friendships.

But, on the positive house decorating side, I did get to two very fun things this weekend and they are making me so happy I'm not even going to wait until I'm home to take better pictures with a real non-phone camera to share them with you. 

This was something that didn't cost us a penny. Well, at least not any additional pennies this weekend because I'd purchased the mantel on Craigslist a few months back. Everything we needed to do this we already owned. 

Since we are in the era of no-more-original-ideas, I perused Pinterest to find somebody else's ideas to borrow on decorating faux fireplace mantels. I found a few that I was fond of and pinned them about 6 weeks ago while I let my mind roll them over (and over) until I decided what I wanted.

Ultimately I decided on this one


which so far is looking like this.


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I thought the example had TOO many smaller pieces and the lack of variation in the wood is not something I'm typically a fan of. See our hardwood floors or mismatching furniture all over my house for proof of that. 

So, since we had a huge wood pile remaining from when the land was cleared for our house last year the supplies were there. John sealed each piece to prevent them from rotting before I get sick of them and used a nail gun to secure them to the wall. Obviously we ran out before we were able to finish, but once we get some new pieces cut, sealed, and secured to the wall, as well as a chance to decorate that mantel, I'll be back to share it all with you again. 

And then my other weekend project involved the office. The office was a disaster and still had at least 4 packed boxes from the move in it. But not that they were still neatly closed and tucked in a corner. No, that would have been too neat. They had each been opened, rummaged through to find the missing whatever, and remained opened and stuff spilled out of them so much that none of the boxes could even be re-closed. Trust me, it was a mess.

My dad had gotten three bookcases for me for....FREE. Real wooden bookcases for free and he didn't even have to rob a furniture store. You can't beat that. They were a little dated but nothing that paint couldn't fix and they remained in our garage because what was the point of moving them in if they were just going to need to move back out to be painted, right?

Yeah, no. I couldn't take it anymore. John came home from work Friday and I was in a mood. I was mad at that office. I'm so sick of you office mess! And I took out my grumpiness on John. He did what any smart husband would do. He moved in the bookcases to give me somewhere to direct my anger. "We'll just move them out one at a time when we're ready for paint". Good man, he is.

Saturday during nap time I had had enough of the remaining boxes too. I dumped all of them out. Everything was finding a home THAT DAY. I listed the moving boxes on a local forum for someone to come and get, and they were gone within the hour. I then dealt with the piles of things in the office. But! I had three bookcases now to help with the mess.

Argh. Here I go again dragging out a stupid story about decorating bookcases. Anyways, between Saturday night and Sunday Charley nap time and Sunday night, I got to style bookcases. So much fun I can't stand it.

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I took this picture Saturday night I think. I realized I needed a few more baskets and things so that was what spurred my IKEA trip yesterday. And the bookcases look quite a bit different already. I'll continue to play with them and I'll share with you again later. I'm trying my hardest to actually use them for storage for all of our crap (and we have a lot of it!) while not making them look too cluttered.

So anyways, to bring this all back to Sim City, I'm trying my hardest not to type IAMACHEATER (aka break out the credit cards too much) to fund my fun. (Did you guys know that cheat for the game? It gave you instantly a million dollars or something and you could pave all the roads you'd like! Hospitals on every block! Police stations for all!) I can make the best Sim City ever with just a little corruption and a lot of borrowed money! 

HEY! That sounds an awful lot like the current state of our country now! I will from now on refer to our country as the U.S.S.A. United Sim States of America. 

How in the world did I go from talking about decorating, to a computer game, to making a political statement? My lack of focus amazes even me.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tidbits

Still alive. Making some progress on the house, but still not a ton yet. I've spent all of my would-be-blogging time decorating or shopping for the house. It's more fun to do that than this. It's not you, it's me.

So anyways, here's a few thoughts I've been wanting to talk about lately.

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I know I have the Bloglovin' thing over there in my sidebar, but in actuality since Google Reader is officially gone, I've been using Feedly instead. It's good y'all. Dare I say better than Google Reader? But I really like it. The ONLY thing it doesn't have going for it is the fact that I can't make it a little gadget on my iGoogle homepage. But Google is taking iGoogle away at some point too, so I may as well go ahead and break up with iGoogle anyways. Why do you do this to me Google? It's punishment because Google Plus never really took off, isn't it?

(To make it up to you I just used/advertised the word 'Google' eight times. Make that nine.)
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Oh hey. Remember that deck we were building? (I say we, because I'm fairly confident I handed John or my Dad a screw at one point or another so I totally helped.) It's finished.

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And then we used it on July 4th to host my entire family and realized we needed an umbrella or something, because the tiny sliver of shade we got wasn't exactly relaxing. I thought I would be fine with this lovely and reasonably priced umbrella from IKEA. John assured me I wouldn't be happy with that in the long run. He wanted something a little larger and a little more remote-controlled and a little more longer lasting and a LOT more expensive. Like these. I looked at the bank account, looked at those prices. Looked again at the bank account, looked one more time at those prices to be sure I hadn't inadvertently added a zero in there somewhere. I hadn't. Dude, we can't afford that!

But, along comes Craigslist and a listing for an awning a whole 4 miles from our house at 75% off of the price and we snatched it up.

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Y'all. My house is like fancy now. A remote controlled awning? A speaker system throughout the house that I can control with my phone? Who do we think we are, anyways?

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Oh guess what? I ate some more words.
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I swore my children would not wear any clothing with cartoon characters on them. Ew. But then I went and ordered that shirt for Charley.

See my reasoning was that we are going to Disney soon and what child goes to Disney in a non-charactered shirt? I didn't want Charley to feel left out so I went ahead and placed my order. Plus, look at that price! Can't beat that!

So then I forgot that on Zulily they take forever to ship things and we're not even going to get it in time for our trip. Great. I mean, my words tasted okay but I'm not sure I want a second helping.

It could be worse. It could have WORDS on the shirt too. Words = okay if eaten. Not okay on clothing. Got it?

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We went camping last weekend.

Oh wait, let's back up - We bought a camper.
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Sorry. I think I shared this on Instagram and maybe on Facebook, but not here. So yes, we purchased this from my sister. Which is cool and all but now we can't go camping with my sister because well, WE BOUGHT HER CAMPER. Hmm.

So as I was saying, we went camping last weekend - just me and John, and Charley. I was a little concerned about sleeping arrangements because Charley had recently been climbing out of her Pack n Play for naps at my sister's, but she was a champ. We bought a bed rail and put it on the bottom bunk and she slept awesome.

She loved every second of it. Even the excessive rain. (Really though, what's with all the rain this summer?)

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Let me take this opportunity to dump some more camping photos here for you....

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Fun right? So anyways. All the excessive rain. I'm not 100% sure, but I think that is what is leading to excessive bugginess. Bugs are out. of. control. this year. And I know I just moved into a naturally buggier house than my last one with it being in the woods and all, but I swear they're worse this year.

Charley and I got stung by this flying ant thing while we were camping. Each got stung twice and Charley cried. I wanted to cry too, but I tried to be all strong and parent-like. 3 of the 4 stings have almost completely gone away. One of them has done this.

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What IS that? It does look a little better today so I think I'm going to be able to retain ownership of my arm thankfully. But weird right? It doesn't hurt or itch (anymore) or anything.

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What's new with you? Oh, nevermind. I already know since you guys haven't been slacking on your blogs. You had a baby and you announced a baby name and you went to Paris. You guys are such good little blogging pupils. I aspire to be just like you.