Monday, September 15, 2014

Musical Mondays: Ritual Union from Little Dragons (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

Warning, this song will get stuck in your head.   I find myself humming it at work and singing the refrain under my breath.  And I'm not sure why but it really seems appropriate for this summer is over, fall is coming weather we've been having in Wisconsin.  Leaves are already changing, people!  We've had frost a couple times and my flowers are pretty much done.  I love fall, so I don't mind too badly, but winter gets uncomfortably long here, and within three months we'll probably have snow.

But, I'm trying to be more positive and focus on the good things in life.  It's too easy to get sidetracked with the yucky stuff and miss all the good stuff right under your nose.  So I'm going to soak up all the nice days autumn gives us. 

I don't really have any back story for why I chose this song this week, other than it's a long time favorite and it felt right.  There's no real video to go with this remix, but it's so good it doesn't need a video.

So I hope you all are enjoying whatever kind of weather mother nature is giving you and we'll catch up more in a few days.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Miss Angie's blog and see what everyone is listening to this Musical Monday.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1.  My kidney stone is gone (I think).  I haven't had any kidney pain sense my lithotripsy on Thursday and the doctor thought everything looked good.  I go back in a month to be sure.  It's pretty awesome though, because I heard all these horror stories about passing the fragments of the stone and how painful it is, and I had like no pain.  I took one Vicaden due to the back pain I had after the procedure (you feel like someone punched you many many times in the side), but that's been about it.  I'm so happy!

2.    I'm really downsizing things.  I gave my old sewing machine to a friend along with a bag of fabric scraps.  I cleaned up my bulletin board and and trying to find other ways to get rid of things.  I know I talk about it all the time, but I'm really feeling motivated to get stuff done this week. 

3.  My friend Chris, who's also a massage therapist, came over last weekend and did some massages at my house.  I had to clean out my office to make room for her table and it was so nice having space that once she left I resolved to make it more roomy (which is why I'm getting rid of stuff).  Chris has just this awesome spirit where she makes you want to be a better person.  She lives far away so I miss seeing her, and it was so nice to catch up.  We talked about so many things.

4.  How yummy does this crustless apple pie from A Beautiful Mess look?  It is definitely on my to make list for this week.
Picture from "A Beautiful Mess"

5.  I've been reading more.  It seems like my reading always tapers off in the summer.  Maybe it's because it's so nice and warm out and I just want to soak it up, but as soon as the temps start dropping below 70, curling up with a good book is so nice.  I didn't realize how much I missed books until I picked them back up again.

What are you loving this week?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Getting Some Work Done

I know I've been pretty much MIA this week, but I've had other things on my mind.  I've been having flank pain for over a year.  At first I thought I had just strained my back, but it just wasn't getting better, in fact it was getting worse.  I finally talked to my NP about it when I went in for my yearly physical.  She ordered some labs and a CT and they found out I have a big, kidney stone lodged in my right kidney.  So, after a consult with a specialist, it's been decided to try to blow that baby up.  And today is the day.  I'm going to have lithotripsy, which is a pretty non-invasive procedure.  No incision even.  And if it all passes fine, I can go back to work this weekend, but I do have to be put under to have it done.

So, it's kind of nerve racking, but I really hope it works.  (It has an about 75% success rate.)   I'm having it done at the hospital I work at, so it's going to be weird to be on the others side of things and have the girls I work with be my nurses but I'm really, really looking forward to no more flank pain.

So, if you're the praying type, say a little prayer for me.  And I'll see you all when I wake up...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

5 Things I'm Loving This Week

1.  Fantasy Football!  Football is really the only sport I follow with any sort of dedication.  And Fantasy Football is one of the things my husband and I both love.  We play in a league with a wide group of friends- some are people he worked with before I ever met him, some are my old friends from work, some are his friends from work.  We just drafted on Tuesday and I'm pretty happy with who I got.  I won't try to go into explaining how it's played and scoring and all but if there's any other Fantasy Footballers out there, give me a holler with your team name.  My team are the Lady Bugs which is a riff off my married last name.

It's funny because it's true.

2.  Spotify.  Specifically Spotify Playlists.  I love making them, and I really love some of the ones Spotify has put together.  I've found lots of new artists that way.  But, did you know Spotify also has books on tape?  Here are some of my favs:

The Jane Austen Collection

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

There's lots of other fun ones too.

3.  I booked my reservations for my husband and I for a little weekend getaway back to the Upper Peninsula.  We're going to spend two nights in October back in the Keewenaw.  We're staying in the dinky little town of Kearsarge, at Vic's Cabins.  I absolutely cannot wait.  I love rustic little, mom and pop operations as long as they're clean, and these cabins have gotten really good reviews.  I think my husband could wait (he's not big on rustic), but he's being a good sport about it for the most part. 

(Red dot marks Kearsarge.)  But seriously, I am soooo excited about going back in the fall!  Hopefully there will still be leaves on the trees.  Beautiful colored leaves!

4.  Family Reunions.  My dad's side of the family gets together for pretty much only weddings and funerals with the exception of once a year, Labor Day weekend, when we all try to get together at my aunt and uncle's lake home and catch up.  It's nice.  There's tons of food.  Seriously, I've never seen so many creamy pasta salads in one place.  There's pontoon rides.  And there's lots of laughing.

5.  I love Quilty Magazine, and this Summer of Love quilt pattern makes me want to start yet another project, but I'm thinking I should finish some of my other WIPs before making more.

Seriously, how cute are Log Cabin quilts?
So there's my pics for this week.  Anything you're loving that I should be checking out?  Let me know.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Why I Love ePantry... and a Giveaway

I talked about ePantry back in April when I signed up.  Well, I've been using them for six months now, and I've been very happy with both the service and products.  Quick rundown of how ePantry works- first you fill out a little survey about the size of your family, how many bathrooms you have, etc, and then they tell you how much product they estimate you'll need, but your always free to tweak their recommendations by adding or deleting whatever you like.  Then, about a week before your next shipment is set to go out, they'll email you and tell you to give your cart a look-over.  If it all looks good, great, if you want to add or delete anything, go for it, if you want to wait a couple days or weeks before they send your order, just adjust the arrival date.

I feel like a lot of these monthly shipping services try to sneakily bill your credit card and send you stuff you don't really want by not mentioning that you need to decline your order for the month.  I'm a busy girl, if I don't get an email it's hard for me to remember to check my cart by a certain day each month.  But I never feel like this with ePantry.  In fact, my family is just me and my husband so ePantry only thinks I need an order once every two months.  And they always give me plenty of notice before sending anything.  And, you can cancel anytime simply by calling or emailing them.

Some of My Favorites
ePantry carries Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, Method, Tom's of Maine, Yes To..., among others, and they seem to be adding more all the time.  Here's a run down of some of my favorite products.

Mrs Meyer's Countertop Spray
I love the countertop spray because it works really well and smells great.  My bottle of lavender scented is almost gone.  We were having problems with ants getting in the house this summer, and spraying the countertops with this spray stopped them in their tracks.  I'm assuming it's from the lavender essential oils in the spray.

method Pure Naked Body Wash
I've always been a shower gel/ body wash type of girl.  I'm using the Olive leaf scented right now and it smells great and lathers super nicely!  There's no parabens, phthalates or EDTA in this stuff neither.  And, it comes in three different scents.

method Foaming Hand Soap
I switch back and forth between method and Mrs Meyers hand soaps for in my kitchen and bathrooms.  Currently, I'm using Sea Minerals in my kitchen and it smells great.  Fresh and clean, but not girly, so my husband doesn't mind using it.  Mrs Meyers basil scented soap is my other favorite.  Both also come in refill packs, which is a good deal environmentally and financially.

Mrs Meyers All Purpose Cleaner
I use Mrs Meyers All Purpose Cleaner to scrub my floors.  Just a few splashes in the bucket and add hot water.  Good to go. You can also add 4 tablespoons of the all purpose cleaner to an empty Countertop spray bottle and fill it half way with water to make your own Countertop spray refill.

method Fabric Softener Spray
This one of my newest ePantry purchases and I love it!  I have a front loading HE washer, and for some reason, about 2/3 of the time my fabric softener doesn't dispense.  So, I've switched to using this spray with three of the Norwex wool balls.  Basically, you throw your freshly washed laundry into the dryer, give it four spritzes of this spray and let it go.  It smells clean and fresh, but not fakey.  My laundry comes out static free and fresh smelling.


And now, for the best part... ePantry has given me four $12 gift credit cards to share with friends, so I'm sharing with four of you.  All you need to do is be one of the first four to leave me a comment letting me know you'd like to try it out and I'll email you the code.  Be sure you're not a no reply blogger, or leave me your email address in your comments.

As of 9/11- I still have two gift credits available!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Musical Monday- Say My Name from Odesza

So did you all have a good holiday weekend here in The States?  I worked today, but I did have the weekend off, and it was nice.  Spent time with family and friends.  Sat out by a camp fire and roasted smores for the first time this year.  It was great.  Now I have a couple days of work and then it's vacation for four days!  Hurrah!  I'm hoping to get some blogging stuff done and in the works over my days off.

But, I digress, Musical Monday it is, so it's time to share my jam for the week with all of you.  Sometimes you pick a song because it fits where your life is at the moment, sometimes you really like the artist, and sometimes it just feels right.  And that's how this week's pick feels.  It's by an artist that is new to me, and I stumbled across on a Spotify song list and just loved.  It's Odesza's "Say My Name".  It's hard not to want to be up and moving when you hear this song.  The video isn't much, but it gives you the words so you can sing along, if that's your flavor.

Honestly, I don't know why I love it so much, because it's not my usual cup of tea, but I just do.  I added it to my ever changing Spotify playlist Treadmill Motivation.  Because sometimes most of the time, the treadmill can be pretty dull.  So I find it helps to have an assortment of upbeat songs to shuffle through.

So you wanna see what everyone else is playing this week?  Of course you do.  Head over to My So Called Chaos where everyone checks in, and you can see for yourself.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Local Flavors Swap Reveal!

Are you guys ready to see what I got in my swap?  First let me tell you a little about my partner, Brandi from Lipstick and Tractors.  She's from Iowa and lives on a farm, and works in healthcare. I live in Wisconsin, not on a farm, but in farm country, and work in healthcare.  It was cool when I got my package from her because we even sent each other similar things.

As soon as I opened the box, I could smell yumminess wafting out.  :)  Turns out it was this awesome votive candle that was locally made.  She also sent me a super cute piggy candy and tractor pop (which I have already ate), some local jam (I love jam!), local honey (I love honey and honeybees for that matter), some popcorn because Iowa is known for corn (and it's my husband's favorite brand and flavor) and a beef stick  (yummy!).  All of these things will be put to good use.  :)

If you're looking for a blog by a country girl who knows her way around makeup and cooking, I would definitly check out Lipsticks and Tractors.  And thanks to Brandi for the fabulous treats!

And if you want me see what everyone else got in their swaps or want to be sure to get in on the next swap, go to Chaotic Goddess Swaps.