Miscellany Monday

A bit of this and that of late...

Two weeks ago I spied Edie's (@lifeingrace) InstaGram post about her homemade laundry detergent and knew immediately I had to make some myself, mainly because I want to be like Edie when I grow up (even though I am a couple of years older than her, but whatever). Some of my friends had made their own detergent before with a similar recipe but I had never tried it because I didn't know how to get a really fresh smelling scent. 

The stars aligned and I was actually at the grocery store a few days later and bought all of my ingredients before I could put this off indefinitely.

* 1 box Borax (4 lbs. 12 oz.)
* 1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (55oz.)
* 1 jar Oxy Clean (1.3 lbs.)
* 1 can Gain Fireworks for scent
* 3 bars Fars-Naptha laundry soap, grated

Other than the grating, which Annelise and I took turns with, everything else was super easy peasy to mix together (I need a new grater, an old school box one instead of a tiny mandolin style) in an empty glass jar I already had.
I felt so accomplished and semi-frugal and pioneerish all at the same time!

I've been using 2T, placing it in the bottom of my washer before adding clothes. It smells wonderful AND is getting our clothes clean. We have a top-loading HE washer and it works fine, though I don't use the dispenser because it's labeled liquid only.

Our laundry room is functional but not Pinterest-y decorated at all, however I like how the glass jar adds a splash of style just the same.
In other non-laundry related news, Scott and I celebrated, and I use that term rather loosely, since it fell on a Tuesday, our 19th Wedding Anniversary on June 17th.
We didn't have any big plans, since we're not Planny Plannersons at all, yet we still managed to stretch our anniversary across three partial days just the same. On our actual anniversary we went to a   reunion dinner for our United marriage class, which was really fun.

Then on Friday we had a late family lunch at a local seafood place, Top Water Grill,  which was nice. In a verbal walk down memory lane we realized that we hadn't eaten there since our anniversary in 2004 before we had Annelise (we had started the adoption process but hadn't gotten a referral and were in the midst of out last ditch IVF effort that June and I was all hepped up on hormones, so I'm sure I was delightful at that dinner).
I like the restaurants around this area because they are mostly more mom and pop joints and don't feed the huge Landry's shark (I'm talking to you, Kemah Boardwalk). Plus I think it's cool that you can just drive up and park your boat.

Not that we have a boat, but still.
Annelise had fun feeding the seagulls her leftover french fries until one of them pooped on her.

Everything's fun until you get pooped on.

Then on Saturday evening Scott and I went to see this...
It was the new Tom Cruse Sci-Fi-action movie which was surprisingly good and quite entertaining. Scott and I both really liked it even though we usually only consider Tom Cruise useful for mocking. We ate at Pei Wei after, which it really isn't essential for you to know that but I feel like I need to share just the same.

And that was how we celebrated 19 years.
Confession: since today is June 30th and I've only reached 35 miles out of my #54milesinjune goal, I think it's highly unlikely I will meet my goal after all.

However, running 35 miles always trumps sitting in the recliner, so I'm choosing to be pleased with my efforts and start fresh with July's challenge.

Happy Monday, y'all!



And So She Danced

One of last month's highlights was Annelise's dance recital, which has been a highlight of every May for the last, oh, eight years. We went down to Galveston Friday evening for her rehearsal. It's not a dress rehearsal, that's on picture day, but it gives them a run through on the stage.
Everything was running almost on time, meaning not too terribly behind schedule, so we finished up earlier than I feared. We celebrated with huge burgers and onion rings/fries at The Spot, because, yum.

This year Annelise's recital was on Sunday afternoon.We made really good time getting down there and snagging good spots in line so Scott's blood pressure was much lower than years past, so that was nice, but that meant we had to wait in line for 45 minutes, thank goodness we were in the shade.
This year I was only backstage for a bit before everything started then a quick check in at intermission, but Annelise managed all her costume changes on her own because she's SO GROWN UP and didn't need me (STAB to the heart) except to clip in a flower in her hair before her ballet routine.

This year she got to be a *big sister* to one of the girls in the younger classes, which she was excited about. The big sisters sit with the little ones backstage before the little ones perform.

She did allow me to snap a couple of photos backstage before things got under way.
Her tap routine was first and was to Footloose, which I could totally get behind, because, hello, such fond memories of 1984 and Kevin Bacon and so forth.
Here's the video for her tap dance:
Her ballet routine was to a song called Red Roses (for a Blue Lady) which I thought was sung by a husky voiced woman until Scott Shazammed it during the dress rehearsal and discovered it was actually Wayne Newton. What?

This was the first year she's had a more mature ballet costume, instead of something cutesy. The dress was so flowy and graceful but she still complained about it because she felt like she always had to pull the top up.
Here's the video for her ballet dance:
Her final dance was for jazz, to another 80s classic, We Built This City (on Rock & Roll), which totally gets stuck in your head on repeat (sorry).
Now I promise you I am far from a bossy dance mom but I'm beginning to realize (eight years late, duh) that there must be a bit politics involved to which child gets a more prominent placement because it's not just ability, size or performance. Could it be those with siblings in the studio get better positions (more $$$), hmm? This is the third year in a row that Annelise has been in the back left corner during her jazz routine yet the girls in front of her aren't necessarily smaller or better dancers. I'm a tad miffed.

(I'm not saying Annelise is the best dancer and deserves to always be in the front, I'm just saying that there seems to be a pattern and overall the placement isn't quite fair. Or maybe I'm overthinking it.)

Thankfully there was a brief moment that Annelise got to move to the front so we could at least see her for a minute.
Here's the video for her jazz number:
We were so thankful Pappo and Grandma were able to be there this year (they had a conflict last year).

(My dad is being Roy Orbison because he left his regular glasses in the car.)
We are so proud of our little dancer and love her to pieces!

P.S. Her very first recital though might always be my favorite.


Miscellany Monday

We had a fabulous afternoon and night out in the country yesterday visiting Scott's sister Karen, brother-in-law Bill and his brother Ron. For a fun twist, Karen's niece and her family were visiting for the weekend so Annelise enjoyed getting to hang out with kids in her age range.

An afternoon filled with fishing, horseback riding (thanks to Malachi and his owner Michelle), playing with four dogs, throwing footballs makes for one of the best days ever.

Here's a bit of evidence...
We got home LATE and STINKY so after showers we collapsed into bed. Poor Scott had to get up early for work but Annelise slept until almost 12. What in the world? She never does that!

So that was pretty much how we spent Father's Day, besides church that morning. Annelise gave Scott a Snoopy card (of course) along with lots of his favorite treats like Raisinets, Beef Jerky, a Burger King gift card and wasabi almonds.

Yes, we were shopping at Walgreens the night before Father's Day, what of it?

(Sidenote: We did spoil him a bit more for his birthday a few weeks ago with three new shirts so we didn't go crazy for FD.)

In unrelated news, I managed to get in two morning runs over the weekend, which felt great. Even though it's not always easy to get up early it's so much cooler to run as the sun is rising or even before, plus you feel so accomplished getting your exercise out of the way before breakfast.
Bit by bit I'm getting my miles in for the #56milesinjune, racking up 22 toward my goal so far. Saturday morning I managed to get in four miles but all of the others have been three miles. I'd like to try for five soon but just haven't gathered my mojo and gone for it.

Happy Monday, y'all!


Five for Friday


I haven't updated the blog since just this side of forever.

And it's not like there's been any huge, life altering reason for this benign neglect, just procrastination and avoidance.

Story of my life.

In an effort to get back on the old bloggy wagon here are a few bits of life lately...

01.) Let's all sing "School's Out for Summer", shall we? Yes, yes we shall.

Annelise actually got out of school May 29th which was nice because it was a week earlier than the other schools in the area so she felt like she was getting away with something. Or something like that.

This week she went to the VBS at the church where she goes to school. It was the Agency D3, Discover, Decide and Defend program, which she really enjoyed because it was borderline spy/secret agent-y type stuff, plus, you know, the Bible too.

She was in a group with a friend from school, they had been in different classes but played together at recess often. Well, now they've reached another level...FaceTime and texting. I found myself sounding  like my mom every day saying things like what on earth do y'all have to talk about 15 minutes after VBS ended and the FaceTime chats would start.
Random library photo: Annelise has been all up in the Percy Jackson series and the newer Lost Hero series, so she wanted to read more about Greek gods and myths. I had four books on hold to pick up, so yay!

02.) We had our first mama-daughter pedicure this week which was fun. This was Annelise's second *real* pedicure, she had one at a friend's birthday party a few years ago, but not since then since she's only ten. I got French and she got a hot neon pink which suits her perfectly (the photo is a bit blurry, sorry).
03.) Yesterday after VBS we met Annelise's friend Donya and her mom at the mall for lunch and so they could do a photo scavenger hunt. Her mom had written clues on strips of paper and they took turns drawing them out of a bag, solving them, and then posing for a photo with that thing or doing that activity. They had a BLAST! 

And? Air conditioning!
04.) Last week, Scott and I went to see The Fault in Our Stars on opening day. I had read the book a couple of years ago and loved it to pieces, even though the subject matter is rather, um...heavy, so I was looking forward to the movie version.

It did not disappoint.

Scott didn't really know what to expect, I had just told him the bare bones of the story, but he ended up really liking it. I think he may have been the only man in the joint, there were mostly masses of womenses and young girls, so I guess it was more chick flick-y than I thought.
05.) So...this has been happening again.
I'm doing the #54milesinjune challenge (it's a monthly run or walk challenge on Instagram) and have logged 15 miles so far (I'm a skosh behind). Some runs have been great and others have stunk, but that's just how it goes with running, you've got to take the good with the bad (it's the facts of life, the facts of life). The second week has been better than the first though, so hip-hip-hooray for that.

I'm also getting back to some strength training with ChaLEAN Extreme because I think that makes everything better overall along with a few TurboFire workouts thrown in here and there for good measure.

And just a few more tidbits...

Annelise gave her teacher our traditional summer gift (since it's our third year in a row to do this, I guess it's a tradition) of a tote bag, beach towel, sunscreen, a mason jar tumbler, nail polish and of course, a big box of whoppers to have a whopper of a summer along with a card from Annelise. She said that Mrs. Beaty L-O-V-E-D it, so I'm glad.
We celebrated Scott's birthday (he's 52, shh...) a few weeks ago with a lunch at Cheesecake Factory, which is also a tradition. We had a hard time deciding on a cheesecake to share since getting three is just down right gluttonous (not that we'd know anything about THAT, ha!), but we finally settled on the 30th Anniversary because it has chocolate and regular cheesecake. Yum-ola!
Thanks for catching up with me! What's new in your world?

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