Disappearance

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Sorry I’ve disappeared guys. I have a billion emails from Apartment Therapy, Little Green Dot, FlyLady… I may never catch up. Two things happened in the past couple weeks: #1 – My personal laptop crapped out. Either the cord is busted or the laptop is busted…either way it won’t charge. #2 – I’ve hit the third trimester wall. I’m not quite as exhausted as I was in my first trimester…but I’ve lost all motivation. The kitchen is a disaster – the sink is NOT shiny, you guys. Not even a little bit. The one consolation for you, though, is that you haven’t actually¬† missed anything about my life since I last posted. So don’t panic! :)

I’m going to try to catch up this weekend, but it might be difficult. I have a birthday party for my cousin’s kid on Saturday. I haven’t seen her since my brief visit while they were at the hospital, and now she’s a year old!! Then I’m meeting with my sister to go shopping for baby shower supplies and some accessories for the maternity shoot. Oh, yeah – the maternity shoot. That might happen on Sunday. After our tour of Labor & Delivery. And we have a doctor’s appointment and tour of a day care on Friday. Which is tomorrow. You know…I’m tired already, just thinking about this weekend. >.<

Want a sneak peek at our maternity shoot outfits?? I still have to buy some boots/tights – and a belt for the shorter dress. Mr. T will be wearing shoes for the actual event. I just wanted to make sure his clothes actually fit. And I need to track down our iron…if we even still have one…and I can remember how to use it.

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I’m not sure I’ll even bother with a wardrobe change, though. I may save the orange dress for a baby shower? I really like the patterned dress, but it needs a belt or it gets a bit muumuu-esk. I tied a white thing around me just for shape in the second picture. I’m thinking I’ll go for a thin red belt and some mustard yellow tights. I really hope I can find some reasonably priced ankle boots, too. No clue what – if anything – I’m going to do about hair/makeup. On the one hand I feel like…since I never wear makeup, I shouldn’t do it for the photo shoot. But on the other hand, these are legit photos, not just selfies for Facebook, so I should probably try at least a smidge harder than I do for daily life.

Disappearance | The Wilson BuzzDoesn’t Mr. T look dapper?

And then, we bought these adorable shoes!! Aren’t they ADORABLE?! I figure no matter what the sex, LBW will rock these bad boys. :)

Disappearance | The Wilson BuzzOkay, back to work! I just wanted to check in and let you know that I’m still alive, just…tired. Tired all the time. Stupid third trimester slump. It’s killing me!! :)


FlyLady Day 6: Hot Spots

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So a Hot Spot is basically a spot in your house where junk accumulates. For this first attempt at diffusing a “hot spot” she suggests setting a timer for two minutes, getting as much done as you can in those two minutes, then stopping.

I decided to clear off our coffee table:

FlyLady Day 6: Hot Spots | The Wilson BuzzThis whole things sounds a lot like the “surface sweeps” that we do for January Cure. As a matter of fact, I think I cleaned off our coffee table last year during the cure. lol! The only distraction I had this go around was deciding to fill a glass with water. That really ate into my time, I think… FlyLady says to do it all in TWO minutes – Apartment Therapy gave me three!! Neither time limit resulted in success.

Coffee table after two minutes:

FlyLady Day 6: Hot Spots | The Wilson BuzzI mean…it’s better? But my attention span mixed with our ability to really clutter a space up really inhibits my ability to clean a space in under five minutes. So I switched over from Timer to Stopwatch on my phone and finished – including cleaning it off with Windex!

Coffee table after an additional 6.5 minutes:

FlyLady Day 6: Hot Spots | The Wilson BuzzNow isn’t that nice?


Progress!

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Note: This is a post I started on Thursday, December 31 and I never hit “Publish” – I just kept adding to it all weekend. So it’s gotten kind of long and unwieldy – not to mention it was barely interesting to begin with! But I’ve dedicated three days to it, darnit, so I’m going to publish it. Feel free to not read it. ;)

I wish I had some sort of…competency…with being responsible, and could blog regularly, rather than 500 posts in one week and then silence for 3 months. But it is what it is, and if I try to save a post for later it will never get done, so you’re just gonna get posts when I write them, and you gotta be okay with that.

Anyway, this is a post I’m using as an excuse to take a break in cleaning so I can brag about how much I’ve accomplished. I’ve had to stop myself a few times from going too far. I’m trying to stick to the items that were planned out in The Confident Mom calendar. Like she said to clean one shelf in the fridge. I cleaned one and was like “omg, that’s so nice – I should do the entire thing!!” But then I had to remind myself that I’ve got a dozen other small things to do, and if I spend an hour on the fridge that’s six little things that will fall through the cracks.


Dec 31

By 10:00 I had:

  • started our sheets in the wash
  • swept/mopped the living room
  • gathered up *most of* the Christmas decorations in preparation for packing them up
  • taken out the recycling
  • paid our ADT bill
  • made some sweet tea (this totally belongs on this list, stfu)
  • unloaded about half the dishes in the dishwasher

Now I’m gonna eat breakfast and take my vitamins.


Holy crap, it’s already 2:00?! I have accomplished less than I had hoped, but I got some stuff done:

  • dried the sheets and made the bed
  • started a load of towels
  • wiped down our back door and cleaned the windows
  • found a recipe for homemade laundry detergent (haven’t had to make any for 3 years, so I forgot how)
  • finished unloading the dishwasher and put the dishes from the sink back into it
  • spent an unGODLY amount of time getting our new Pack-n-Play assembled and set up in the bedroom

PICTURE TIME

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz1: I had to pause to admire how tightly packed this whole mess was. Because that will NEVER happen again.

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz2: When I initially pulled it out, I thought “Oh, this won’t be so bad, after all!”

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz3: Aaaaand then I unrolled everything. Oh.

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz4: The initial frame was crazy easy! I’ve had a little bit of experience setting these up with my sister’s kids. I was feeling pretty positive at this point.

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz5: When your kids are still really little you can add in this mesh bit to raise the mattress up. That way you don’t have to bend down so far to get them in/out.

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz6: See? I was still feeling pretty optimistic at this point. I was so naive…

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7. It legit took about an hour to get from the first picture to the second – no joke. omg, this was the worst thing ever. It was freaking impossible. I’ve never been so frustrated. But! I assembled it! I am wonder woman! Raising a child will be easy after this!! ;)

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8. Sweet, sweet victory. Never has anything been so satisfying. Yes, the bar is set pretty low. I enjoy the simple things in life. Don’t question it. The picture on the left is the “napper” and the right is the “changer”. It’s super easy to flip between the two. So even though it was a beast to put together, I admire the engineering that went into it.

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz9. FINISHED! I guess they can look at and/or play with the little hangy stars? Or they just include those so parents can end on a high note. lol!

Progress! | The Wilson Buzz10. And then I moved it into the bedroom. Not sure if it will sit there for the next three months or if we’ll pack it up and wait to assemble it once it gets closer to time. Hopefully LBW actually sleeps in the stupid thing, after all this. >.>


Jan 1

It’s noon! Since I last checked in I have:

  • finished the load of towels
  • started a load of sheets
  • did another load of dishes
  • got dressed and went to Walmart, omgeeze
  • made homemade laundry detergent
    • 1 box borax
    • 1 box washing soda
    • 1 box baking soda
    • 3 bars fels-naptha laundry soap – grated
  • deep-cleaned the sink!

And more importantly, we hung out with friends and had a faaaaaantastic New Year’s Eve. We went out to eat dinner, then played Exploding Kittens and Uno. We actually managed to (barely) stay awake until midnight!! And then immediately went to bed.

Happy New Year! | The Wilson BuzzHappy New Year!

Anyway, back to cleaning, I guess…


By the time we left the house around…6:00?…I had gotten a few more things done:

  • unloaded dishwasher
  • folded towels and sheets – put them away
  • wiped down the fronts of fridge, dishwasher, and stove
  • cleaned off/wiped down the kitchen counters
  • swept/tidied living room

But, yeah – we were going to catch the 7:15pm showing of The Hateful Eight at the movie theater in Franklin, because they were showing it in 70MM. We got there about 30 minutes early, but they were already sold out. Oops. So – unexpected all-night date night!! We went to Tin Roof 2 for dinner:

Tin Roof 2 | The Wilson BuzzAnd then we bought tickets to see Sisters at 8:20:

Deadpool | The Wilson BuzzAnd then we got to see The Hateful Eight at 11:15pm:

Deadpool | The Wilson BuzzOkay, so those pictures have nothing to do with the movies we saw. But we’re really freaking excited about the Deadpool movie coming out in February. And this is just further proof that Mr. T is better at getting his picture taken. Anyway, we got home after 3:00am last night/this morning and then I slept until about 10:30am.


Jan 2

So the FlyLady Day 2 is to “get dressed to lace-up shoes” first thing. Ha! Ahahahahaha! Ha! No.

Progress! |The Wilson BuzzI have shoes on?!

So I sat down on the couch to check in on my The Confident Mom calendar and update this never-ending post… And then the cats came downstairs. We have to keep them locked up most of the time because Khat doesn’t use litter boxes anymore. :( Our entire upstairs smells like urine. Soon we’ll be ripping up the carpet and replacing it with “hardwood” flooring – either laminate or vinyl. And at some point I’m going to have to put my sweet girl to sleep. She’s got arthritis, diabetes, and a severe litterbox aversion. We try to keep Chairman with her, so she’s not totally alone, but then he starts to get stir-crazy from being locked up away from people…it’s a mess. So, long depressing story long…we’re going to have to put her to sleep soon. :(

With all that being said, she came downstairs and climbed up in my lap:
Khat | The Wilson BuzzHow can I not spend time with her?! So now I’m playing The Lego Movie game for PS3 and it’s nearly 2:00pm. #dealwithit


Aaaaand, I got back on track around 4:30. >.< Between then and bedtime, I was able to:

  • schedule an appointment to look at a car tomorrow
  • clean out the freezer
  • run a load of my laundry
  • run a load of Todd’s laundry
  • sweep the living room
  • cook dinner
  • sweep/mop the kitchen floor
  • stay on top of dirty dishes

Oh, and spend lots of time on FB, watch several episodes of several TV shows on Netflix, and buy a stroller/car seat combo off our registry!

 


FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink

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I did it. I cleaned the stupid sink. We didn’t have any bleach, so I thought I’d get some at Kroger, but either I couldn’t find it or they don’t sell it. I also got kind of angrily/nicely chastised for leaving my cart unattended. But that’s neither here nor there. So I didn’t really follow the exact directions.

PICTURE TIME

FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink | The Wilson BuzzHere is how things began. I did at least do all the dishes before I took this picture. So I’ve got that going for me.


FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink | The Wilson BuzzThe first thing I did was spray everything down with Scrubbing Bubbles. Then I scrubbed those bubbles. I scrubbed them real good.


FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink | The Wilson BuzzCan you see a difference? I could irl, but I’m not sure the pictures really show a difference.


FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink | The Wilson BuzzThen I sprinkled a bunch of Bar Keeper’s Friend all over the place and scrubbed that around. I may have used way too much, not really sure. It took ages to get it all washed away. But it was pretty shiny and nice when it was done.


FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink | The Wilson BuzzSee? (Really – I’m asking. Is there any difference? I can’t tell. I mean I could tell when I was doing it, but in these pictures…I’m just not sure. Tell me you can see a difference. TELL ME.)


FlyLady Day 1: Shining Your Sink | The Wilson BuzzThe cherry on the freaking top of the cake, though, is this AWESOME new in-sink drying rack I bought. No more drying dishes on the counter, using up valuable counter space!! And no¬† more two sinks to fill with dirty dishes, allowing us to go FAR too long between running the dishwasher. It’s a new era, baby. NO LOOKING BACK.


Clean(ish) Bathroom!

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I did it. I cleaned the bathroom. Mostly. I still need to sweep/mop. But for real. Look at the before pictures…it was rough. We had a desk lamp in our sink for…way longer than I’m willing to admit.

before after
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Clean(ish) Bathroom! | The Wilson Buzz Clean(ish) Bathroom! | The Wilson Buzz

So, yeah. It’s better. I doubt our house will ever be some sort of magazine-worthy piece of art, but whatever. We can use both our sinks and see the floor. I call it a win! Looking at them now, I had already done some cleaning before taking my “before” pictures, because the floor is far too clean in those pictures. lol!

It’s 8:30am on Thursday, December 31 and I am feeling relatively motivated. Let’s get all the things I was supposed to do the past few days done!


Failing Kind of Hard, Per Usual

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So I mentioned I had Big Plans to get back on track with keeping the house clean in the coming year. New baby and all that.

Well. I have not been able to mark very many things off my calendar. The very first FlyLady challenge was to clean your sink? Hasn’t happened. She has annoyed the piss out of me with relentless emails, though! Seriously – it’s probably close to 10 a day. And all but 1 or 2 are testimonials that try to sell you her products. REALLY annoying. I’ve decided I’m not going to do any of her daily email challenges until I get through the 31 baby steps, which I have yet to start on – remember the unshiny sink? I think it will be best to start on January 1. Well, that’s what I decided after I never did the first one, and so now according to my calendar I should be on Day 4… And I am even more convinced this is for SAHMs. It’s impossible to do all this. Impossible, I say! I’ve set myself up for failure, I have.

I was supposed to start this new life on Sunday, but a couple of friends came over and we all ate pizza and watched Aladdin, which is SO much more fun than cleaning. I was able to plan my weekly menu and buy groceries, though! Then Monday some more friends from out of town came over and bunch of us went out to eat Mexican food, then they hung out at our house until after 10:00. Mr. T went with them to watch Star Wars and I went to bed. Last night I did actually get something accomplished! The bathroom is like 99% clean!! My goal was to get the bathroom clean before I did my 2016 Home Tour, and I’m almost there! It will probably be much shorter this year, as we have roommates in the two upstairs bedrooms so I’m not going to go in them at all. It’s one thing to overshare about my own life – I won’t drag innocents into it. ;)

I’m looking over all this stuff that I was supposed to do the past few days, and I’m like…man. I really should’ve done that. >.< Maybe I can catch up tomorrow and Friday. They’re my last two days off until maternity leave!! Which is a terrifying thought, by the way. Three months! That’s all. Just three months. At what point do you feel ready for a child? Don’t answer that. I know the answer is “Never, really. But you’ll do fine.” And if your answer is anything other than that, I don’t want to hear it, anyway.

Oh, and I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure again this year. Because it’s not like I’m not failing at enough already. Let’s add one more thing to the list!!


Whoops…

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So I kind of got into a bit of a car accident. My bad.

Don’t worry! LBW and I are fine. The other driver is fine. The other driver’s car is fine. My car…my car is NOT fine.

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Poor, poor Heather. RIP, sweet girl. It’s been a good couple years.

To be fair, I’m not 100% she’s “totaled” yet. We’re still waiting on the official report from the shop (it was towed in yesterday). It’s just…look at it. How is that not totaled?? And because we’ve been focusing on other aspects of our lives (baby, floors, diabetic Khat, etc.) we weren’t really saving up for a new car, so it looks like we’re definitely going to have to take out a loan – which sucks. But I figure I might as well “splurge” and get a nicer/newer car than we might get otherwise! I have a coworker that just discovered she’s pregnant with twins, so she has to buy a new car, too. She’s been driving a Prius for a few years and loves it – it just won’t hold three car seats! So, yeah. We might buy a Prius. For now I have a rental car. Toyota Corolla, I think. It’s not so bad.

Update (before I even published!) – Just heard that they did total it out. Surprise, surprise… So on to the next step!


Wilson Family Thanksgiving

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So this year Mr. T volunteered our house as the location for the Wilson Family Thanksgiving. It’s been at his grandmother’s house since the dawn of time, but since she moved into an apartment things have gotten a bit…snug. So this year he commandeered the festivities and we all ate here. It was supposedly a potluck, but he guessed correctly that not many people would bring food (his grandmother was the only one) so we spent all day yesterday cooking. WE COOKED SO MUCH FOOD. Apparently his step-mom and brothers had just had food somewhere, so they weren’t hungry. And his step-mom is a vegetarian…oops. His dad had the flu or some such thing, and one uncle’s family didn’t show at all. But we had about eight people here. And of course I forgot to take pictures. Even after I TOLD MYSELF I would remember this year – for my family yearbook!! Oh, well. I guess we’re still pretending like Mr. T’s family doesn’t exist, then. >.< I did snap a few after everyone had left, though:

Wilson Family Thanksgiving | The Wilson BuzzAren’t we adorable?

Wilson Family Thanksgiving | The Wilson BuzzMr. T did the dishes!! <3

Wilson Family Thanksgiving | The Wilson BuzzThere was some light animal abuse near the end of the night…

As for our menu…

Mr. T’s grandmother brought:

  • sweet potatoes
  • potato casserole
  • cheese cake
  • pecan pie

I did take pictures of some of the things we’d cooked, but not all of them. It got kind of frantic at the end. lol! But the real food bloggers took much better photos than I ever could, so you can click on the links to see true food perfection. 8P Here is a shot of all our leftovers, though!

Wilson Family Thanksgiving | The Wilson Buzz


Feliz Navidad

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For the first time in our entire marriage, Mr. T let me start putting Christmas decorations up early. Fun fact: Last year was the first year we actually tried to work together to decorate and it almost resulted in a divorce. (Only a slight exaggeration there.) So this year I put together all but the very top of the tree, because I couldn’t reach it. Then I let him take over. Seriously – blood was nearly shed over the proper way to fluff out the branches. It was nutso. Things got tense. We’re so weird. Anyway, we still don’t have any lights on it, so I’m not sure I’d consider it “Christmas decorations” yet…it’s really more of a giant pine tree in our living room. But Mr. T’s family is coming over to OUR house for Thanksgiving dinner, so I guess I have to get something done by then… >.<

Feliz Navidad | The Wilson BuzzFeliz Navidad, Beeches…


So Much To Discuss…

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You guys, so much has happened in my life, and I never blog anymore… I really hope to remedy this soon. It’s just silly – this is my online life journal thingy and even if no one else ever cares about what I post, Future Sarah will want to read it! Maybe. I might even find myself boring, who knows? What I really need to do is have a 30 Before 30 check-in, because I can knock several things off that list now!! LIFE IS SO EXCITING.

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