We’ve been in our new house for exactly 54 days now… And we’re still not fully unpacked.
I love my new kitchen. There’s tons of space to work and the appliances I use most often can stay on the counters because they’re deep. I have a movable island type thing that I keep my laptop (it has my recipe software) and cookbook stand on. It’s great because I don’t have to run back and forth across the kitchen to look at the recipe. I can just wheel it up next to me and move it as I cook.
We finally bought a kitchen table last weekend. It came with 4 chairs and a long bench. Of course, my husband had to put it together, but I think he did a pretty good job and everything feels solid. Except for the one chair that somehow didn’t want to be put together. We’ll figure that one out later. It’s just nice to have the space looking more like I want it to. There are still a few things I would like to do with the space, such as getting a stand up pantry for my dry goods and canned items.
Of course, lately, I feel frustrated. Over the weekend, our kitchen sink started leaking on the left side (the side that’s hooked up to the garbage disposal). The right side is fine. However, the dishwasher somehow drains into the left side… I guess it’s safer to have the food particles run through the disposal first before going into the main line to prevent clogs happening under the house where they’re harder to get at. Now, I’m not sure if it’s a clog, or if the pipe just came loose from the vibration of the disposal. In our old apartment the pipe under the sink was constantly coming unattached because of the vibration of the disposal.
I haven’t climbed under the sink to check it out because I’m not sure how to even go about it, and my husband really isn’t very handy. I don’t want to just call a plumber and waste who knows how much money to find out that it was just loose or clogged. I suppose I should just bite the bullet and go under and see what I can do about it. Mostly because I hate doing dishes by hand if I can avoid it. It’s one thing to do the few things that can’t be put through the machine, but somehow we go through a lot of dishes in a day, and there are just two of us. Between breakfast dishes, lunch dishes and dinner dishes, I’m looking at an hour or more a night spent scrubbing. Usually before I can even think about cooking dinner. I wouldn’t bitch about it if this were my JOB. But it’s not. It’s my second job. And when I get home to do it I’m already exhausted from my first job.
I’m still not pregnant and I’m wondering at what point I should go see the doctor again. We’ve been trying since April, and I know it can take up to a year… It’s been hard to stay on a schedule of every other night when most nights I don’t feel like doing a damn thing but going to bed. I’m not really stressed. I’m just tired. Who would think it would be this hard? What are we doing wrong?
And of course, my brain still hates me. I keep having dreams that we have kids and things we are doing with them. Fat little babies snuggling up and being adorable. I have to admit, I’m very sad when I wake up and it was just a dream. It’s amazing how badly I want this.
I’m not very motivated at work lately. It feels like everything there is spiraling out of my control ever since I took a week off after moving to get my house in order. I’d love to quit, but I promised I wouldn’t just yet. I want to save up a bit more.
Been trying to simplify things at home. I want to live very simply. Basic. I’ve drastically changed our diet, which probably pisses off my husband, but I think it had to be done. We no longer buy junk food, cereal, bread products, cookies, cakes, candy, soda… Instead we buy real food. Vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, milk… Sometimes organic, sometimes not. I bake bread for us. And one sweet treat a week… which has mainly been whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I’ve switched to whole wheat. I’ve also switched from white sugar to sucanat (evaporated cane juice) or honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten things. I lost 10 lbs in the first month. I’ve also been steering away from anything low-fat and reading labels of packaged things I do buy like a fiend (there really aren’t many). My husband hates me. All of his favorite things are loaded with HFCS and MSG and other chemicals that can’t be good for you. Also food coloring. I won’t buy anything that contains coloring. I remember getting really excited when I came across a brand of salsa that only contained vegetables and fruit. And a brand of pasta that only had one ingredient! These days I don’t even look at the calorie count or fat content. I look at the ingredient list. If there are more than 5 items, I usually discard. Or, if there are more than five items (like in the case of the salsa) are they all real food items? This is the one I buy. As you can see, it contains 11ish ingredients, mostly vegetables. Yeah, it costs a little more, but I don’t use a lot at a time, especially since my husband doesn’t like it.
But this isn’t my food blog… and I’m really not here to convert anyone to healthier eating. That’s something you gotta want for yourself. Suffice it to say, I’m cooking mostly from scratch these days, and we aren’t eating out.
I’m also planning on planting a small edible garden in the spring. We already have tomatoes growing in our yard (and what we pulled off of them in September and October were hella tasty), so I’m hoping to tame them, since they’re out of control at this point, and also add a few other things. I’d like to do strawberries, and maybe something like snow peas or beans or something. I’m gonna get together with my mother in law and see what she thinks would be easy to take care of. I’ve never gardened, but the thought of growing my own food is kind of exciting and I know it would save us money in the long run. I’m all about saving money.
Another thing that I’m going to be trying my hand at later this month is canning. I’m going to start with making my own jam (from frozen fruit, since we moved so late in the season and the berries were pretty much non-sweet by that point)… some of which will be given as gifts this year. I’ve decided to do homemade stuff for christmas, probably in the form of little gift baskets. I’m sure everyone who gets one will be pleased. I have quite a few ideas brewing in my head.
I’ve been thinking about getting rid of one of my cats recently as well. For many reasons. She’s been leaving presents in inappropriate places. She’s been extra aggressive towards Neko and myself. Those are the big reasons. Last night she peed on my husband’s bag of holding. There is no good reason for this. She attacked Neko several times during the night and this morning. There is never a good reason for this. Neko doesn’t provoke. I’m not really sure what I should do. Do I take her to a shelter? When she’s being good, she’s cute, and she likes being on laps. But I don’t know if I want to endure much more of her aggressive behaviors.