April 2014 roundup

Photos Taken- around 2000 (still collecting photos)

Exercise/ Health
started doing blogilates and re-injured my knee a little.
Took walks with Jason almost daily

Die Hard with a Vengence (terrible!)
Life of Pi (great movie that we don’t ever want to watch again)
Thor 2 (meh)
Captain America- the Winter Soldier (my new favorite Avengers movie)
Odd Thomas (pretty cute)

Once Upon A Time
Modern Family
How I Met Your Mother (so sad it’s over!)
Game of Thrones
Agents of Shield
Untold stories of the ER
Sex sent me to the ER
30 minute meals
Big Bang Theory
House Hunters
Love It or List It
Backyard Crashers

Eating whole blog
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)
Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)
White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)

It’s A Thing
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Daily Digi- Last shows 😦
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Trending Show
Fame Fatale
Elise gets crafty

Classes/ Things I Learned
My Details class
Learned about mediaeval European monarchs.
Learned how to make pirogies.
Learned a few core exercises using paper plates as sliding mechanisms.

What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
Jason started teaching J to skateboard, until she fell and hurt her arm 😦
Texting a lot with J about Once, Sims, and the Dresden Files
Emails back and forth with Melissa about wedding plans and Aaliyah coming to live with them.
Learned to play Left Center Right with John

What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
Jason’s birthday!
Jason’s company picnic
Sent Charles his Easter box
Melissa got engaged!!

Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
Lots of unpacking and getting the house set up.
Walks around the track and watching sunsets.
My first bath in the new tub.
Eating dinner outside
Finished most of the unpacking and started hanging pictures
Bought lots of plants.
Working on new routines, including watching GMA together in the mornings.
Bought a new table for the balcony and a welcome mat.
MK has been more snuggly and playful this month. Almost like a real kitty 😛
Lots of pics from LM
We got his room cleared out and ready for John’s visit.
Trying to make smaller more frequent trips to the grocery store. Carrying groceries up three flights sucks!

What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
Jamie went back home to Nashville on the 1st.
Jason’s dad visited 24-28
We were trapped in our bedroom for an hour and a half when the door got stuck.

Out and about
Around town- Library, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Penn Dutch, Doris Italian Market, Publix, Crocante, The Walk, Sandy Ridge Park, Trade Winds Park, spur of the moment trip to Pompano Beach, Costco, another trip to Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale beach, Sherwood Forest Park
Miami- explored Little Havanna
The Keys- Drove down to Key Largo and Islamorada
Went to Orlando so Jason could do IT for a company sales conference. Stayed at the Coronado Springs resort. Spent a lot of time walking around and exploring the hotel.

Food- home
Lots of dinners outside.
Batch prepping.
Cleaner eating.

Food- away
Crocante (twice)
Chik N Treats
Fruit stand milkshakes and coffee in Little Havana
Dinner at Bayside Grille in Key Largo
Dandee Doghnut Company
Lefty’s Tavern
Wendy’s (Ft. Drum)
Opening Night dinner at the conference (mahi, yellow rice, plantains, asparagus)(Orlando)
Checkers- we were feeling antisocial (Orlando)
Jason was well fed throughout the conference for breakfasts and lunches.
Head-sized cookies at the resort.
Final night of the conference dinner (grouper, chicken, mashed potatoes, jicama salad)

Crafty/ creative/ bloggy things
Not many pages this month, but did a lot of writing for the My Details class.
14 blog posts. Since I’m a bit behind on PL I wanted to do more in the moment blogging.
2 scrapbook pages
1 PL spread (3 pages)

A little chilly earlier in the month, down in the 50’s. We enjoyed an afternoon sitting on the balcony watching it rain and talking. Mostly in the 70’s and 80’s.
The Keys and Miami were sunny and hot
Orlando was hot and humid with lots of afternoon storms.

Current events
Oscar Pestorius trial
Still looking for black box for Malaysian flight
Will and Kate tour New Zealand and Austrailia
Terrible boat accident

Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set
No monthly goals for April.
Progress on yearly goals in April-
1 Jamie page
1 Extended Family page
Getting outside daily
Taking weekly J&J photos
Opened our home to Jamie and John

*Idea and prompts taken from monthly reviews/ roundups by ListGirl and Katy the Scrapbook Lady. See my past roundups here.

March 2014 Roundup

I love recording the little details of our lives. They’re so much fun to look back on (at least for me).

Here’s my roundup for last month. It’s a little late this time, but I’m really glad I was able to keep up with it so well during such a hectic time!

Photos Taken- 2062

Exercise/ Health
started exercising again- 1 mile each weekday, then 2 miles starting 3/17
Hurt my knee during the move, so no exercise the last couple of days of the month

Movies watched
Clue (a favorite classic)
Jack Reacher (Jason)
Hansel and Gretel
Dallas Buyer’s club
Veronica Mars!!!
Man of Steel
Before Sunrise

The Oscars
Once Upon A Time (we saw that the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz was coming to Storybrook, so we caught up over one Saturday. The Peter Pan episodes weren’t doing it for us, so glad they wrapped up that storyline)
Modern Family
Big Bang Theory
SNL, but it’s been so terrible we might be breaking up
Love It or List It
House Hunters
Southern from the heart
Finished the last season of The Guild. Sad to see it finish.
Pioneer Woman
Imagine Dragons on the iTunes Music Festival
Every show on DIY network
Greg the Bunny and started Once Upon A Time over with J
Leverage with J

Another slow month for books (see podcasts)

Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
Voodoo River (Elvis Cole, #5)
The Unseen (Krewe of Hunters, #5)
Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7)
A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) (reread)
Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)

Stuff you missed in history class- I listened to about a year and a half worth of these in February and March. All caught up now!
Spotify, especially the Happy song on repeat
Fame Fatale
NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour
60 Second Science
Stuff You Shoukd Know
Cord Killers
Trending Show
ABC news podcast

Classes/ Things I Learned
Scrapbooking outside the pocket (BPC)
Storyology with Ali Edwards (given free as the pre-class material for Hello Story, BPC)

What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
FaceTime with mom, Felicia, and Bitty

What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
Antoine and Heidi’s wedding
St. Patty’s Day (festivities at Jason’s work, and he brought home tasty food! Corned beef with cabbage and veggies)
Jason got an award from work for helping with the integration last year.
Jamie came to visit and help us move on 3/27
Moved on 3/29
Hatsume Fair at the Morikami on 3/30 with J

Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
Working hard to eat healthier and keep grocery bills low
Packing and finding missing things in the Closet of Doom. Lots of decluttering.
Watching scrapbook videos during breakfast.
MK has started sitting in my lap without too much protest

What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
Oil change and air filter for the car. Will be needing new tires soon. Also an oil leak.
Had a lizard guest for a few days. Jason caught him and set him free outside.
Went to look at the apartment on 3/15 and signed a bunch of paperwork. Explored Coral Springs. Went to three different parks.
Baby ducklings!
I gave myself a haircut. I’ve been cutting my own bangs and layering the sides for years, but this is the first time I’ve done the back.
I updated to iOS7
I found a bunch of unsent thank-you cards from our wedding.
Enjoyed our last few days in West Palm
Watched our first sunrise at our new apartment

Out and about
Went to the Gardens Mall to pick up our 5k medals
Window shopping at Lowe’s and Target
Pampano Beach (twice) with J
IKEA with J

Food- home
Sausage and Lentil soup
Fish w/ tomatoes
BBQ chicken
Black bean soup
Crock pot steak
Crock pot beef stew
Shrimp and grits
Marinated pork chops
Crock pot chicken
Broccoli casserole for J

New recipes tried- hummus, tabbouleh, egg and mushroom bake, zucchini chips, crock pot white bean soup with ham

Food- away
Reception at Pampas Grill
Checkers Fridays
Gelato and Latte at the Italian Grocery
Pizza the night we moved
Teriyaki chicken, soba noodles, and ramen at Hatsumi (J’s first ramen!)
Meatballs at IKEA
Doughnuts at Mojo Doughnuts

Crafty/ creative/ bloggy things
LO’s- 14
PL- 18 pages (4 weeks)
Blog posts- 14
Day in the Life on the 17th and 31st.

While most of the country was dealing with snow and ice storms, we’re having typical 70 and 80 degree weather. Lots of rain and tornado watches on the 7th. Beautiful weather the rest of the month. A little rain the day we moved, but not too bad.

Current events
Trouble in the Ukraine
Malaysian plane crash

Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set

No monthly goals for March.

Progress on yearly goals in March-
Kept up with PL.
1 Jamie LO, but none for Jason.
9 summer pages, including travel pages.
1 extended family page.
Took pictures of me and Jason each week.
We moved!!!

*Idea and prompts taken from monthly reviews/ roundups by ListGirl and Katy the Scrapbook Lady. See my past roundups here.

February 2014 Roundup

I want to start doing monthly roundups again. I did several in 2012, but got out of the habit. I think the key for me is to keep a running document in Evernote during the month and fill in things every couple of days. There is no way I’d remember all these little details later. And they’re totally worth remembering!
Photos Taken- 575
Exercise/ Health
Not much exercise at all this month. Maybe two workouts?
Mental and physical funk most of the month. 
Vampire Acadamy. We had low expectations. It was ok until the last few minutes. Jason’s favorite part was the remake of “Bella Lagosi’s Dead” at the end. 
Drillbit Taylor. Kind of cute, though when you think about it, the storyline has a definite creepy factor. 
The Prince and Me. Not terrible. Kind of cute but not at all in a creepy way.
The Divergent trailer, about ten times. Can’t wait!
Jobs. Ugh. One big montage. Only showed the asshole side of Jobs but never the parts that made people love him and want to work for him. His speeches were nearly as uninspiring as Kristen Stewart’s speeches in Snow White and the Huntsmen. 
Super Bowl
Bachelor (one episode, that show is horrible!)
Sister Wives (me)
Jeopardy, including the college tournament of champions and the guy who keeps winning
Modern Family
Olympics! Ice skating, skiing with bumps, ice dancing, snowboarding
New Girl seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix streaming
Top Chef season 11 marathon one weekend
Big Bang Theory (new episodes and reruns) 
The Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show through iTunes
Jason read Notorious Nineteen, Divergent and most of Insurgent during his commute
2000’s pop radio (Pandora)
Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Missed in History Class (around six months’ worth, thus the low book count)
Classic rock love songs radio on Valentine’s Day (because all the other “love” stations were so sad!)
Classes/ Things I Learned
Jason starting watching videos on Logic from Groove 3.
What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
Spent the morning of the 1st. with Melissa and Aaliyah. Visited Dad and Jeanie for a bit before Jon’s memorial service.
Met with Antoine, Heidi, Tonya, and Chris for tux fittings 
What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
My birthday
Valentine’s Day
President’s Day
Pre-Wedding Party for Antoine and Heidi at our house
Wedding rehearsal at their church and dinner at Crazy Buffet with their families. 
Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month. 
Working my Flylady zones this month. 
Started packing for our move. 
Jason started playing Dungeon Defender. 
After a long hiatus, I started playing Tiny Tower again. 
Charles was being irresponsible in making phone calls and keeping up with things at the beginning of the month, but got much better towards the end. Lots of nice talks about the summer.
Lots of MK snuggles. She’s sitting with me on the couch more (but don’t tell Jason)
Pink plant is thriving. I’m dreaming of all the things I want to grow once we move. 
We cannot stop planning and talking about the move. It’s a daily topic of conversation.
I’m making a big effort to clear out the freezer and pantry before we move, so grocery bills have been pretty low this month. 
Once I cleared enough room in the freezer for the ice maker, I started using Elise’s ice cube trick to water the plants.
What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
Jon’s memorial service on Feb. 1st. 
Replaced struts on the car. 
Jamie and Ryan nearly got into a wreck and messed up their car but luckily they’re both ok. 
Jeannie has found a neurosurgeon she loves and will be having surgery in April.
Out and about
Travelled from Nashville back home to West Palm over the course of two days. Stayed in Macon, GA. 
Food- home
V-day dinner at home
Cooked dinner for Antoine and Heidi 
Taquitos… so many taquitos. Lots of comfort food needed this month.
Gazpacho from Eat Clean Diet
Tomato, cucumber, and pepper salad from Fresh Food Fast
Food- away
Krispy Kreme and Sonic in Nashville
Found the “holy grail” of pastries (chocolate covered honey bun) at a gas station near Dalton, GA
Cracker Barrel in Valdosta, GA
Golden Coral- now we don’t need to go for another 2-3 years 
Sushi Jo for my birthday
Friday night Checkers date
McDonald’s one night at 11:30 because nothing else was open and we hadn’t had dinner. 
This is way more eating out than normal because of travel and celebrating. And needing comfort food. Also, that’s sushi three times in one month, which must be a record.
Crafty/ creative/ bloggy/ memory keeping things
Project Life- 9 pages
LO’s- 23
Blog posts- 10
Getting lots of inspiration from my freebies folder this month. Also Studio Calico CT pages, Simelle, and Romantic Scrapbooking class
Took photos for a&h’s rehearsal
Blogged about plants and books, but mostly PL pages
My first Workspace Wednesday post
Day in the Life on the 28th
Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set

I didn’t make any monthly goals for February.

Progress made in Goals for 2014

I stopped doing Daily Gratitudes in February, but I picked it back up towards the end of the month.
Jason and I took photos together every week.
The only thing I’ve done consistently at all this month was Project Life.
Jason and I did a lot of talking about what to do if either of us passes away. We each have a much better idea of what the other one wants if the worst happens. While this isn’t “making a will”, it’s progress in that direction.
Jason LO’s- 2, plus several family/ relationship pages
Jamie LO’s- 1
Travel/ Summer LO’s- 5
Extended family LO’s- 3

*Idea and prompts taken from monthly reviews/ roundups by ListGirl and Katy the Scrapbook Lady. See my past roundups here.

August Roundup

This was an interesting month. On the one hand, it was a bummer because of being sad over Little Man’s leaving and my health junk. On the other hand it was pretty nice. I got to read a lot of audiobooks due to forced downtime. I also scrapped and wrote a lot. Jason worked a ton of OT this, and we generally hunkered down in the house most of the month.

In August

We watched-
Lots of Olympics!
Sherlock Holmes 1&2
Lots of the Big Bang Theory
The Hunger Games
The second season of the BBC Sherlock Holmes

I read-
The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, starting my obsession
I started Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but haven’t finished it yet.
The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters
The Curse of the Pharohs by Elizabeth Peters
The Hippopotamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters
Seeing A Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters
The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters
He Shall Thunder in the Sky

I made-
Homemade peppermint patties


Clean eating vegetable soup

Rice Krispie treats

Attempted roasted chickpeas with mint and feta

Found a new crockpot steak recipe that I love

Tried chocolate chip cookies with Velveeta

Chicken salad sandwiches with cranberries


I registered and started writing out 30 Days of Lists

Curiosity rover Landed On Mars!!

Jamie got a job!!!!!!! SO proud of her 🙂
I had an I&D (incision and drainage) of my left eyelid. Super fun.
Miss Kitty and I had a lot of chill time together

Jason set me up with dual monitors on my computer. Love it!
Little Man started 5th Grade!

RIP Neil Armsrong

We gathered together our Hurricane Survival Kit
Tropical Storm Isaac
Wrote my 100th post

Jason played the Force Unleashed 2

We hit 100,000 miles on the car!

Layouts- 16, plus 1 siggy
Posts- 18

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July Roundup

I didn’t do a Roundup last month, so I’m playing a little catch up. I’m proclaiming September to be Catch Up Month.

In July…

We went-
swimming with Little Man
to the intracoastal to watch fireworks with Antoine and Heidi
to the Ford dealership
to K-Mart and had a deep discussion sitting in the furniture dept.

We watched-
Olympic Gymnastic Trials
Eureka (started the series over w/ Little Man)
X- Men cartoon
Real Steel
Days of Our Lives
The Amazing Spider Man at the theater
lots of silly you tube videos about farmers and robbery, but mostly Angry Birds
Next Food Network Star. Go Justin!
The first episode of season 2 of Downton Abbey, but got bummed out and didn’t finish.
American Ninja Warrior
Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics
So Much Olympics! Soccer, archery, swimming, diving, gymnastics, and volleyball

We celebrated-
Our engagement anniversary
4th of July
Little Man’s birthday with sunrise on the beach, breakfast, a trip to the game store, lots of Angry Birds, and Hibachi.

We played-

In Scrappy news-
I caught up with Project Life, then immediately fell behind again
I made my first template
I made a goal list

I listened to-
The Answer Bitch
Frame Rate
Pop Stuff
Dark Reunion
Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb (Who I’ve met before 🙂 )
The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters

We ate-
at Burger King
at Moe’s for burritos!
at home a lot
out for every meal in St. Augustine
sausage balls, lots of fresh bread and drank lots of basil lemonade

We worked out a nice summer routine.
We drew on the sidewalks.
Continued working on the balcony garden.
We un-cut the chord, which was a long and arduous process.
We took our last family picture of the summer together
RIP Sally Ride and Maeve Binchy
We updated our OS’s to Mountain Lion.
I started the What’s For Dinner? series of posts.

Post written- 29, most ever so far!

Photos taken- I’m estimating somewhere around 6,000. It was a huge picture taking month. I still haven’t compiled them all together.

We had a fantastic trip to St. Augustine with Jason’s Dad. I’m going to try to blog all about it next week (finally!)

We said goodbye to the Little Man. He stayed a couple of weeks with the gp’s before leaving for California in August.

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June Roundup

In June…

  • We celebrated National Doughnut Day
  • We took about 1,200 photos
  • I wrote 14 blog posts.
  • We continued unpacking from the move, finally finishing the week before Little Man came. (except the closet… we won’t talk about that) I found a lot of cool stuff while unpacking, including red sheets and a keychain from Paris.
  • I made 6 layouts, plus several Project Life pages.
  • We watched a lot of movies on Netflix and from our collection- One Saturday we watched a Twilight Stars movie marathon. This was actually Jason’s idea. He set forth the theory that some of them can actually act, if given the right movies. The jury’s still out.The Yellow Handkerchief was pretty good. There was a slightly awkward Kristen Stewart, but it fit the role. Welcome to the Riley’s was surprisingly good. I think Kristen Stewart should play a stripper in every movie. She cursed a lot. And was good at it. How to Be was rough. Sorry Robert Pattison. It was terrible. That same day we started watching The Living Wake. I was really liking it, but fell asleep. While I slept Jason watched What’s Up Tiger Lily? And Killer Elite. I woke up in time for part of The Warrior’s Way. That was enough testosterone for one day, so I finished off the night with Lost in Austen, which I really enjoyed. So yeah, eight movies in one day. And we veered off the original Twilight cast theme. But a nice day of movies overall.
  • We also watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2
  • We ate at China Queen, which was pretty tasty.
  • We saw Snow White and the Huntsman at the theater. It was beautiful, but a waste of Charlize Theron.
  • I wrote about Organizing Blog Trains
  • Jason was still settling in at his new job. He learned so much and was/is doing an amazing job with everything. So proud of him!
  • I listened to a ton of podcasts- Frame Rate, iPad Today, Pop Stuff, Stuff You Should Know, Stuff Mom Never Told You, Tech News Today, Stuff to Blow Your Mind, and Stuff You Missed in History Class. I also re-listened to a lot of Digi Show episodes.
  • We watched E3 coverage on the XBox.
  • We watched TV on Netflix and Hulu- SNL, America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Pregnant in Heels, Next Food Network Star, Eureka, Chopped, and House Hunters.
  • We watched the Apple Developers Conference keynote. They showed new Macbook Pros and features of the new Mountain Lion OS and iOS6.
  • I read Wicked Appetite, and The Windsor Knot.
  • Antoine and Heidi came over one night. We sat and talked for a long time about movies. Nice evening and glad to finally have them over to our new place.
  • Jason started listening to audiobooks! He read the first two Hunger Games books.
  • I (re)learned how to use my WireTap Studio program.
  • I continued building my Tiny Tower
  • My sister’s house caught on fire. She will probably be living with Dad for about six months while repairs are being made.
  • We ate at Taco Bell and I got to try the Doritos taco thingy, which I loved.
  • I chatted with Stacey Julian on the 12th for the Twelve class.
  • I spent a lot of time crying.
  • I drank a lot of hot chocolate.
  • We flew to L. A. to pick up the Little Man!
  • We ate Pizza at LM’s favorite pizza place, Magoo’s
  • Then ate more pizza at Beach Pizza.. for two nights in a row.
  • We went to the Griffith Observatory, but didn’t go in.
  • We ate breakfast at the Gaffey Street Diner and had doughnuts at Randy’s
  • We toured the S. S. Lane Victory
  • We got to show off the new place for the first time when we got home.
  • We played a lot of soccer and football
  • We ate a lot of strawberries, blueberries, and mango
  • Little Man got reacquainted with Miss Kitty
  • I taught LM how to make scrambled eggs with cheese.
  • I went one month with no soda.
  • We visited Green Cay Park
  • We bought a lot of fresh produce at the Boy’s Market
  • I wrote out a Summer Manifesto
  • I really enjoyed spending time with Little Man during the day, doing crafty things, playing Angry Birds, and generally getting to know him.
  • LM and I made a Superhero Father’s Day for Daddy
  • LM was really into making comics
  • We made basil lemonade.
  • Jason and LM made an ostrich robot.
  • We went to the comic book store and the RC car store.
  • We went swimming.
  • Little Man started listening to audiobooks too. I’m on a roll here with converting them 🙂 He read the first couple of Magic Treehouse books.

What a month!

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