25 September 2017

25 September 2017

The rain is falling down, the windows are open with cool air (finally!) coming in through them, both girls are asleep, and I'm settling in for a little bit of blogging and some work to do.

drinking: Diet Coke. Since it's zero points for WW, I've developed a serious addiction...which I should probably cut once I'm to my goal weight, but for now it's basically giving me life and I'm going to stick with it.

listening to: Up and Vanished -- I took a break for awhile because I got distracted by other podcasts but via the prompting of Caitlin I'm back on it. If you've got any humor/comedy podcasts I should listen to, hit me up -- they're my fave.

eating: nothing right now, but I had leftover tuna noodle casserole for lunch and we're planning on pulled pork sandwiches for dinner.

reading: I'm in between books right now, but I just finished (Amazon affiliate links ahead) Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, which was amazingggggg - if you're in the mood for a good, realistic, captivating sci-fi novel, I highly recommend. The next one in the series, Caliban's War, just came off the hold list at the library so I'll probably go pick that up this week. I'm 5 books ahead of schedule to hit 30 books this year, so I'm hoping to exceed that by a lot.

loving: the La La Land soundtrack for motivated background music.

working on: a couple house projects including new shutters and a painted basement, which I will take photos of and share later this week. The rain is lovely but not so good for photos, even with my new phone.

wearing: I got to wear jeans this morning without sweating!!!

making: been making small progress on my knitted blanket, which I've been working on for over a year now. I'm convinced I'll still be knitting it in my 80s.

watching: I'm on my fall rewatch of Gilmore Girls, which Kate always interprets as "Gilmore Girlfriends"-- she always wants to know what I'm doing before she falls asleep for naptime, and she verifies it when she wakes up again too.

wondering: where we should go for vacation, as I've officially reached my goal weight to reward ourselves with an anniversary trip next spring/summer! YAY. I'm stoked but totally overwhelmed with the options. Switzerland? A train trip through the Canadian Rockies? an all inclusive in Jamaica? I just can't even think about all the trips without my brain hurting. You should see my internet history. (Using Jenna's recommended Scott's Cheap Flights to tempt me about twice a day!)

What's happening in your neck of the woods?

Cora, 9 months

19 September 2017

19 September 2017

Oh my dear sweet Cora, how are you already 9 months old? I can't believe you have been outside my tummy longer than you were inside. Life wouldn't be the same without you.

I have no idea on stats but here are my guesses, since we haven't had her 9 month appointment yet as per usj, and I probably won't remember to come back in and edit them...oh well...

Weight: my guess 23 lbs

Height: I'm guessing her height has stalled out because she can still fit in most of the pants and onesies that she's been in for awhile.

Firsts this month: waving, doing "so big!", pulling herself up slightly on furniture, transitioning from sitting to crawling and back again, basically being a big mobile girl!

Nicknames: I have taken to calling her Bubbie, and no I don't know why but it's my favorite nickname for her. <3

Other things to note:
+ Girlfriend just went from nursing 4 times a day to just 3 -- in the morning when she wakes up, around lunchtime, and once before bed. I'm trying to wean her by the time we leave for a Husker game weekend at the end of November and since it's almost October (eek) time is running out! She's pretty okay with it because she eats SO MUCH FOOD and is basically a bottomless pit of real-people food.
+ Honestly, I cannot describe to you how much this baby eats. She would sit in her high chair and eat 24/7 if I let her or if she didn't occasionally get tired and need to nap. It's amazing how much food she can put away.
+ We're officially off of purees too (unless there's one hiding in the cabinet that I haven't found) and down to only big people stuff! Her favorites are pizza crust, grapes, cheese, and the occasional puffs snack.
+ Her naps have been meh since we went down to 3 feeds. I was nursing her right before sleeping and we're trying to transition out of that, and it's not been easy...haha. She slept for an hour this morning, when she'd usually sleep for 1.5 or 2, and yesterday wasn't much better. Hopefully she'll ease herself into longer naps again soon. She's crankyyyy when she's tired (much more than Kate ever was while tired as a babe).
+ I guess I didn't mention in my last post that she is officially sleeping through the night! I feel like that was longer ago than just one month but apparently I'm wrong. She sleeps through the night, and I honestly feel like the amount of sleep I am getting is the same because I'm staying up later...oh well. I think she's a happier baby because of it.
+ She and Kate have started to take baths together, and it is officially my favorite part of the day. Mostly because I know where they are and they're contained and usually playing happily together.

We <3 you Cora Jane Gokie!

7QT #61 // IKEA, paint colors, & books

08 September 2017

08 September 2017
Two posts in two days?! Hannah must have something REALLY important to talk about! Umm...nope. Just another random post. But linking up with Kelly nonetheless for quick takes.


My sister Lucy left for Colorado early this morning, to move there, not just for like, vacation, so we met halfway between Lincoln and Omaha for dinner last night to say goodbye. Kitty and Cora were well-behaved the whole time, the weather was lovely, and I had some delicious brisket.

I'm not sure why I'm telling you this, but it's nice to remind myself that evenings like this still exist, even in this climate - both weather and political.

That being said, if you'd like to read the most insightful article I've read on Donald Trump thus far (oh gosh, it's only been 7 months since he was elected, good heavens), click right on over here to Ta-Nehisi Coates's most recent Atlantic article, The First White President.

Lighter subjects, Hannah! IKEA toy storage!

As you know, we stopped at IKEA in Colorado for some toy storage options. Since we moved here, all of Kate's toys in the basement have just been in random baskets and tubs on the floor against one wall in the basement. It was time for an update.

We got a Kallax and an Ivar (not totally assembled above) for book storage, and two Trofast thingys for regular toys. I'm hoping it will encourage organization and maybe allow us to rotate toys in and out more easily. All of the above will be wall-mounted, once I decide which piece goes where, and should hopefully be done this weekend. Yay!

I painted the wall behind the toy storage a lovely mint -- Behr Glass Tile. So. Pretty. Of course that meant we needed to change the color of the rest of the basement, which I absolutely detest because it's like the worst cream that has pink/orange undertones and it just disgusts me.

So! Here are our options. Thoughts?

Of course the pictures with my crappy old iPhone don't do them justice, but the left one is a more green undertone and the right one is a blue undertone. We don't have an issue with needing our basement to feel bigger, because right now it's basically empty of furniture minus my one wall that has my desk stuff on it, a table I'm trying to sell on Craigslist, and one couch. I was originally leaning to the one on the right, but I'm growing the other direction, mostly because I think it will feel cozier overall, and complements our carpet a little better.

But I'd love your opinions!

Need some new jams?

A new Aly & AJ song (yes, that Aly & AJ)! A new Justin Bieber song! and of course, the newest Taylor Swift!

We've been listening to Tswizzle on repeat in celebration of Kate being done with pullups at night. Yay!

John and Hank Green are going on tour for John's new book, Turtles All the Way Down, and although they are going all over they are not coming really anywhere near where I could go. I'm trying to convince my brother to go (he's in Spokane) but if you're near them, you should go! I think they'll be recording a live episode of Dear Hank and John at each place plus all tickets give you a signed copy of his book so like, win win!

Speaking of books, I'm still working my way through the Dark Tower series. And kind of reaching a rut in it -- although I did read about 100 pages last night before bed, so maybe I'm on an uptick? We'll see.

I just added these to my to-list read (from various sources, including the Malcolm Gladwell podcast, NPR, and a blog post somewhere that I can't remember, sorry if it was you!). Affiliate links ahead!

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner
Breaking Night by Liz Murray
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Apparently most of what's appealed to me lately is non-fiction/memoir/sci-fi. Anybody got anything else to put on my ever-growing-but-never-shrinking Goodreads list?

Happy Friday, everyone! Head to Kelly's for more -- and wish me luck on my first fantasy football weekend. I have literally no clue what I'm doing. :)

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