Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Show currently watching

What tv are ya'll into these days? Here's what I/we are watching and what we are patiently waiting on..
 The series chronicles the daily life of Katie Otto, an average wife and mother who tries to stand out among the more wealthy, arrogant housewives and their privileged children in her hometown of Westport, Connecticut. She lives with Greg, her level-headed husband and a university professor, and their three children. Taylor is their athletic oldest daughter who wants to fit in with her peers; Oliver, their savvy and snarky son, is the middle child; and Anna-Kat, sweet but obsessive-compulsive, is the youngest and Katie's blatant favorite.

 During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.

I have no idea who is going to win! They are all SO good!  Chris, Jesse and Brennley are my favorites!

 Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend.

 An American cooking competition for kids ages 8-13

Waiting on..
The series begins with an eerie narration by John Rayburn: "Sometimes you know something’s coming. You can feel it. In the air. In your gut. And you don’t sleep at night. The voice in your head is telling you that something is going to go terribly wrong and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. That’s how I felt when my brother came home."

 A recently widowed sheriff buries his pain behind his dedication to his job and community.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Podcasts currently listening to..

A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio files which a user can subscribe to so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player.

So I decided to download the podcast S-Town and immediately got sucked in! I listened to it in less than 24 hours! It was SO interesting! It has some adult content in it so be warned. S-town doesn't stand for 'sunshine' ;) It's based on a true story!

John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.

 From there, I went to Serial Season One 

This explores the story of Adnan Syed, who may have been wrongly convicted in 1999 of killing Hae Min Lee, Syed's ex-girlfriend who was a senior at Baltimore County's Woodlawn High School. She disappeared in January 1999. Serial's investigative team "follows up on long-dormant leads, rechecks alibis, and questions assumptions." Host Sarah Koenig reveals that the story is in process and that she doesn't know how it will end.

..and then on to Season Two.

In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later, it occurs to him: he’s in over his head.

 Season 2 for me started out very slow but got a lot more interesting as it went on.

From there, I listened to Up & Vanished
This podcast is ongoing and updates weekly but I'm caught up for now... This one is pretty interesting and I can't wait to see how it unfolds!

Now, I'm jumping between these:
 In 1972, five-year-old Adrien McNaughton vanished while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Despite an intensive search and investigation, no sign of Adrien was found, no clue as to where he might be. The case has hung over the area like a dark mass ever since, especially in the small town of Arnprior, where the McNaughton family lived.

I think we all remember this story! 

I have a super long list of podcasts I'm listening to and am subscribed to many others.. I will finish up TCG and SKS before moving on and will keep this updated. I would love any other recommendations for podcasts!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Garage redo!

The painter painted the trim, the storage closet and the walls. One tote holds paper and one is plastic for recycling. The blue holds other non-recycleable trash and the little one is for loose tras, like that Costco cup you see 😉 I try taking the trash during the day and I don't want any loose trash since I just grab the bags and go. 

We also bought new blinds since the others were pretty gross. 
We will eventually get some racking to put up for the bikes and other items.. it works for now and looks so much better!

Paint color- Sherwin Williams SW9155 Slate Violet
Blinds- Lowes
Welcome Mat- Tuesday Morning
 recycle totes- Costco

Monday, May 15, 2017

Laundry Room reveal..

I love our new laundry room!! The color stayed the same. Ceiling was repainted, new light, new shelves, cabinet and decor. 

All sources for everything at the bottom of the page.

Love how this cabinet and detergent dispenser looks! Not loving the pipes but will get that worked out at some point. 

Cabinet holds my trash like lint and dryer sheets. Nothing on the top shelf yet.

These penny jars hold dryer sheets and clothes pins and hide our alarm system brain 😉

Found this printable laundry guide that tied all the colors of the room together. I literally used this for washing a couple of jackets last week. A cheap frame and bam! 
Our key holder beside the door. 
Another printable and some decor.. we still need some filler decor and will work on that as I find stuff. 
Laundry Symbols Cheat Sheet printable Fabric Care printable Floating Shelves, rug, floor cabinet - Walmart.com
laundry basket- Marshalls
Light -Lowes 
Glass penny jars with blue lids, clothespins, white frame - Walmart
"So glad to be Home" art- Big Lots
Glass drink dispenser turned detergent dispenser, small mug, scarf and silver frame- local thrift store

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Menu time!

These next two weeks we will be cleaning out our freezer full of leftovers or frozen foods! Nothing fancy and some repetative meals but our freezer is pretty full so I didn't see the need in menu planning.. This should get us through more than 2 weeks..

One Pot Pasts (2 meals)
Taco Spaghetti
Chicken Tacos
Shrimp (2 meals) - Frozen shrimp.. not sure how I will make just yet.
Lo Mein (3 meals)
Jalapeno Chicken
Chicken Souvlaki - will make fresh
Cod (3 meals) -

Friday, May 12, 2017

Madison's room redo

Madison mentioned she wanted a pink room instead of a green room, so while we had the painter here for the garage and ceiling tape job, we added her room in too! I LOVE how her room turned out. She is thrilled with it too! It looks like an almost kindergartner's room :(

All of the details are at the bottom

Her room before

 and after!

 paint color-  Impatiens Petal SW 6582 Sherwin Williams

comforter set, mermaid sequin pillow, curtains, crystal lamp - Walmart
mermaid art, macaroom art, "kindness" art, vinyl dots(2 sets) - Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Thursday- the girls spent the night with their Grandma on Wednesday night..Up around 2:30am.. first flight at 5:45 to Atlanta and then Atlanta to St Paul Minneapolis then St Paul to Vancouver. Here's the Rockies from the plane..
.. and we land around 11:30am Vancouver time! 

An hour through customs, get the rental car and go check in the hotel.

This gets slipped under the door. So cool! We are literally across the street from the venue U2 is practicing at.
A shower and unpacking and we decide to walk downtown. We head to Steam Works for a drink(or two) and the nacho appetizer. It's on the waterfront so the view is nice. After that, we walk down town and grab coffee and cheesecake and walk some more. After a bit of walking, we head back to our hotel. At this point, we've been up for 15 hours and are wiped out! When we get closer, we can hear U2 practicing! After a short nap, we go up to the rooftop and hear them really clear so we sit for a while..

Alan gets the itch and buys U2 tickets for June... in Kentucky 😳

FRIDAY - in natural Alan fashion, he gets up with the birds. We eat breakfast then head to his meeting. He drops me off at IKEA to waste time while he works. 
After his meeting, he heads to visit that customer's store and drop off business cards at another spot. We stop and grab Mexican at some dive restaurant.. it's Cinco de Mayo, after all! The food actually was good!

Then we head to Granville Island. It's a huge marketplace with a big farmers market, lots of boutiques and restaurants. 
We left and went back to our room for a bit before having sushi at Kaide with Alan's client he met with this morning. After Kaide, they drove us around Stanley Park and then we had dessert at Confections. Done around 11pm, we get back and head to bed!

SATURDAY- up and ate breakfast at Provence near our hotel.. after that we headed toward Whistler, where the Olympics were held in 2010. We stopped by Shannon Falls and viewed the fall..
Then headed back up. We made it to Whistler, which was closed for skiing but Blackcomb was open. The village was very crowded. We stopped for lunch at the bottom of the mountain and it started sleeting while we sat outside
After a bit, we headed back down and stopped by the Sea to Sky Gondola. At the top was hiking and a suspension bridge and some fantastic views. 
We did some hiking around and then headed down. We stopped by Lynn Canyon Park and do that suspension bridge as well.. they also had some trails with some pretty Falls. 
Back into town and we sat upstairs on our hotel roof and listened to U2 for a bit before heading to Fanny Mays Oyster Bar right behind our hotel. The food wasn't great. After supper, back to our room and bed early! 

Sunday- we get up and head back to Granville Island for breakfast. We grab bagels and coffee at the market and sit overlooking the bay. We find some treats and souvenirs and head to the airport. This time, customs, didn't take that long. A flight at 1:00 to Salt Lake City.. Then SLC to Atlanta and then Atlanta to home, which ends up being around 1:30am. 

We had a really nice time together. I'm glad I tagged along on his work trip. I love spending time making memories together!

Vancouver tips and thoughts:
  • 50* F is cold here in SC. In Canada, it feels like a nice Spring day.. Dress in layers!
  • They are excellent drivers. Pedestrians have a law giving them the right of way and they will walk without looking. Drivers really have to be prepared for that.  They use the zipper method on the highway which keeps traffic flowing nicely! I wish we could learn that method here!
  • their cocktails are gross. We finally said something and learned that most US bars do not measure their liquor, which makes drinks strong. In Canada, liquor is very expensive, so they measure as to not over use. Apparently I like my drinks strong ;)
  • Everyone keeps to themselves. No one says "hey" or waves to say 'thanks' in traffic. People step on elevators without smiling.. It's not a rude thing, just not what we are used to.
  • Downtown Vancouver is nothing like I thought. It reminded me of what Japan or China would be like? VERY busy, crowded, congested and they've ruined the mountain landscape with houses and buildings. The mountain views are nice but you can't see them from everywhere.
  • Eating out there is cheap! A "fancy" meal there costs us half of what it costs here.
  • Their free healthcare isn't all it's cracked up to be ;) We got the low down on this and honestly, I think it's worth the premiums of insurance here.