I’m a keeper – quesadillas

Let me preface this by saying this was my first time making a quesadilla & first time using the quesadilla maker. My sister bought it for my ex years ago & he used it regularly but I never watched him make them. It’s apparent I obviously should have haha It also appears their definition of stuffed & mine vary greatly. Here is the finished product :

While it’s not super pretty & certainly wouldn’t pass on any cooking show for presentation, it was super delicious! & hey that means success in my book. Hopefully over time as I use it more, I’ll get better at it but even if they always come out a gooey mess, as long as they’re delicious – I’m happy.

Bathroom Organizing

When I’m reading DIY or organizing blogs I notice how sometimes they have the “after” pictures but not the “before” & they say how they wish they would’ve thought to stop & take a “before” so they could show the changes. I used to laugh at that & think I’ll never get that caught up in organizing that it would’ve been worth taking a “before” picture but now I find myself there & I love it! I hate that I forget the “before” picture because it does make the impact of the “after” that much better, but I do love getting that into organizing.
 
I moved into my house November 2011 & it had previously been my pawpaw’s house. Old men don’t do updates much less keep things clean so I don’t even want to tell you what kind of slate I had to start with. I’m pretty sure that almost everything in the house (except a few things my dad had bought him over the years) was still the same things my mawmaw had picked out YEARS ago. Let me be more specific – when I say years I mean she passed away when I was 5 & I’m 27 now so most things are AT LEAST 22 years old. & yes I mean carpet, curtains – all of it! I loved my mawmaw dearly & miss her more than I could ever express & I will always think the world of her, but I have to admit our decorating styles are very different. Not to mention you’d have to factor in trends changing & such but that’s besides the point lol
 
The reason I gave that little background was because my most recent organizing spurt happened in the bathroom. When I moved in my bathroom consisted of a shower, toilet, medicine cabinet & a sink on a VERY small vanity. I’m talking the entire thing is maybe a foot wide which left me hmm about no room underneath for storage. I ended up putting a couple cabinets from Target in there that I already had from where I’d lived before & using them for storage. While I love Target dearly, I’d had the cabinets for several years already & lo & behold one of the doors recently broke off. I didn’t want that junky looking cabinet with only 1 door in my bathroom & I’d already been toying with the idea to move it into the laundry room so it seemed like a sign. After doing a switcheroo of moving the laundry baskets to the bathroom & that broken door cabinet to the laundry room I realized something. When you put short laundry baskets where tall cabinets used to be you discover bad paint ideas that you had thought would be a good idea when you first moved in. All I could do was laugh though because I’d forgotten about the time when I thought I wanted to paint the bottom half of my bathroom walls green. Oops. I’ll figure something out for it later because I have many ideas in my head for what I want to do to the bathroom as far as remodel but that’s for another day. Here’s the current view that’s front & center when you’re popping a squat.

So anyway I go from 2 cabinets down to 1 & I figure it’s a good idea to empty all the cabinets to sort & purge stuff I’d long forgotten about. I can’t tell you how good it felt to purge a lot of junk & get the cabinet more organized that it had ever been – even when I had 2 cabinets in there, they weren’t nearly this organized. Of course, I got so wrapped up in it I didn’t get the “before” picture but I do have a lovely “after” that makes me happy. Sorry for the crappy iPhone picture quality – it’s one thing that’s always handy & not ever far from me.

 

Back at it

So last week on 9/10 I finally decided I was going to go walking regardless of the pain. It seemed to just come & go & some days it felt as if the pain would be gone but then the next day I would be in more pain than when I initially started hurting. It was a disaster but I was so miserable from just sitting that I decided I was walking anyway. I walked 2 miles which felt like nothing & I still wanted to do more but I didn’t want to push it. My ankle was still okay the next day & then the pain still came & went throughout the week. For about a week now it’s FINALLY been pain free!!! I majorly took for granted how awesome my body feels on a regular basis just to be pain free! I haven’t been walking like I should though but that’s going to change – there’s just been a lot of activities going on but there should be NO EXCUSES! Because this is what I want most! Also next Saturday – literally a week from today is our next 5k. It’s on where you can walk or run so that’ll be good. Jamie & I are going to try to get as much walking in this week as we can to prep for it – especially me since I’ve been laid up for so long. I’m pretty excited for it though!!!

Tonight is my cousin’s 30th birthday party so I’m pretty excited for that too. I love when the family gets together & has a good time – it’s always entertaining to say the least. & we are almost at the end of September which means October is just right around the corner!!! & you know what that means?! Bridge Day!! I look forward to it all year & can’t wait – it’s Oct 19th this year. I love Fall in general but especially October because the cooler weather, Bridge Day & of course Halloween.

I made my first omelet this morning – woohoo. I don’t have much experience cooking in the kitchen really so this was a decent step lol I didn’t have a small pan like I really should’ve used but hey it turned out & wasn’t too hideous looking & it tasted good so that’s all that matters.

I think I’m actually going to get some walking in tomorrow regardless of the weather.  I absolutely hate the track but it’s so close & convenient that I’m going to try to suck it up & at least get 2 miles in, but we’ll see.

I still need to go through the house purging at full speed but I have yet to do that. I started some in my closet though while looking for huntin clothes & I made at least a little progress there so that’s something right? I picked out a large box to use as my purge box & my plan is to fill it up before it leaves this house – I’m thinking I’m going to do some damage on the front room here pretty soon!

Down & Out

A little over 2 weeks ago – I think it was Tuesday 8/20 I had some serious pain in my right ankle so bad where it hurt to walk at all. I obviously toughed it out to still do normal walking but I put my walking/jogging exercise on hold which I hated! Finally that Friday I went to Medexpress because it wasn’t any better & found out I had tendinitis which unfortunately there’s no quick fix for. :( You basically have to rest, ice it & where a brace/wrap & hope for the best. Here we are 2 weeks later & I’m no better. I have good days where it doesn’t hurt much & I think I’m in the clear but then the next day I’m in excruciating pain. I can’t express how much I hate not walking! I’m so much more irritable & in a foul mood. Not to mention when the weather is cooler on some days (which means Fall is just around the corner – YAY!) it’s even worse because I love being outside especially then. This is probably one of the worst things I’ve ever gone through because there’s no quick fix it’s just a wait it out kind of thing & patience is not one of my virtues.

On a better note we finally got the “new” bed frame put up. I quote new because I bought it used but it still looked to be in decent condition. Keyword looked. I think part of the problem is it’s metal & those are never great bed frames anyway in my opinion. This one will work for now but it’s already tilted in & looks quite pitiful. Oh well, it beats having the mattress & box springs on the floor – I think. haha

So I’m trying to use my down time to reorganize the house & purge. I haven’t made much progress because I had been hoping I’d be all healed up by now but since it doesn’t seem to be a quick process I might as well make myself useful at home. Fingers crossed this goes well! I’ve never been an organized person & lord knows it doesn’t come natural to me, but there’s always hope right?

At least Fall is around the corner … cooler weather, beautiful colors, bonfires & hoodies – sign me up! :)

Go on girl get down

So the other night when I posted I ended up walking 2 miles up the rural road burning some nice calories & phew it felt good. However I did come home & probably voided off my entire walk by eating a piece of ice cream birthday cake, but hey I only get one birthday a year. I haven’t walked anymore since mainly because the weather, but I think I’m going to get a gazelle from a friend of mine because my legs are my biggest problem & it would give me something to do on bad weather days. Plus I have a spare room that is basically just storing junk right now so why not make it a function as an exercise room? That’d most definitely be a win! & let’s just be honest for the most part why do women (or at least the ones I know) exercise? A few reasons: to get fit, be healthy but mostly – to look good naked. So fellas if you’re noticing some improvements especially in the bedroom – be sure to let her know!
 
I went zip lining on Sunday & it was amazing! It wasn’t scary at all like I thought it would be. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t the adrenaline/scary/stomach dropping feeling like I expected but it was a total blast & I can’t wait to go again. Not to mention our friend knew a friend of the guide so we got to go for around 1/3 of the regular price – love me some deals!

Also I’ve already planned to go walking with my friend Jamie after work tomorrow & I’ve got to admit I’m pretty excited. I always wanted to be one of those people that got excited & addicted to walking/running. I’m not quite addicted yet (hopefully that’ll come soon — that’s what she said haha) but I do very much enjoy it & look forward to it so tomorrow I’ll be looking forward to getting off of work for a very different reason than normal. I’ve also been tossing around the idea of this clean eating thing but from what I’ve read I’m not quite sure it’s for me however I do know I definitely need to start eating better than I have been. I wasn’t at my ideal weight last Halloween but I was damn sure closer than I am now – so I’m about to kick this get fit thing in high gear!

Still organizing – slow but steady

This has been an incredibly busy past few weeks for us & it doesn’t slow down really until June. I’m not complaining – I love that we have so much going on & so far everything has been a blast to do. I have still been organizing more & further purging more stuff in the front room I did for my 30 day challenge.

I have another box of goodies to give away to a friend:

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I have more empty boxes that I love!!:

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& this shows off one of my new favorite finds – reusable zipper ties – looove them

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Sorry this is such a short post but after this weekend my butt is dragging. I’ll do a better post with more goodies later.

-jess