Sunday, July 17, 2016

Currently \\ Reading and Doing

Right This Minute | David and I just caught up on some house cleaning. We've been following Apartment Therapy's How to Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days. This little project started when I decided I wanted to check out zone cleaning, and Kelly sent me the link. We have a habit of letting most of our cleaning (vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, etc.) wait until the weekend, which actually leaves a lot of random, deeper cleaning tasks out in the cold. I'll probably do a whole post on this because I find the mundane details of home life fascinating. I love knowing how other people handle this stuff, so let me know if that's something that weirdly interests you too.

Feeling | Good! Friday I spent all day at a very swanky mall in Dallas with girlfriends. I hadn't seen them in quite a while--we worked together at my old job--so it was fun to hang out all day, eat sushi, and enjoy happy hour. I was fairly exhausted yesterday, so it was a sluggish Saturday of not doing anything really.

Reading | YES! Big news, eh? I'm finally reading The Fireman by Joe Hill for #Firemanalong. I was waiting on my library copy, and it took forever to arrive. I quickly knocked off 50 pages of it on Thursday, so I'll probably try to dive back into it tonight.

I'm also getting into Toil and Trouble, a series of six comics by Mairghread Scott and Kelly and Nichole Matthews. It's a re-imagining of Macbeth with some seriously badass witches at the helm.

Finally, I'm listening to Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I started this on my Wednesday night work commute this past week, and it's love! Jahren's writing is so eloquent, and her voice is so soothing. I love the way she explains her science in layman's terms. Looking forward to listening more this week while I'm working out and driving.

Listening | Besides Lab Girl, I'm into podcasts, always. This past week was an especially good episode of Lore titled "The Mountain" about explorers and their sometimes-tragic ends. I don't recommend listening when you're out running before dawn. In a part of town with iffy streetlights.

Watching | I've been getting caught up on some BookTube viewing, but besides that, mostly watching Chopped during meals.

Loving | My new Lush purchases! I grabbed a Rose Jam scented "bubbleroon"--a bubble bar that looks like a cute, sparkly, pink macaron.

Hating | Shootings. I don't even have the energy to go into it today.

Eating | Veggies! While I haven't been as consistent as I'd like, I am making a concerted effort to make sure about 3/4 of my food is veggies and fruit. Having that ratio in mind really helps me, and so does summer produce from our neighbors. This week I'm going to make these lentil-stuffed zucchini boats. 

Anticipating | My next trip to the pool. So hot.


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  1. I've been contemplating Lab Girl on audio - glad to hear it's working for you!

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    1. It is so so so so good, Sarah! I love her reading voice, I love the topic, I love her relatable examples. Just...perfect.

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  2. I love time with girlfriends! Don't laugh, but I've been going to a local brewery to play Bingo with a few of my friends. It's kind of cheesy but we have so much fun.

    I'm hating shootings and other acts of terror. Why can't we all just live and let live? It's just heartbreaking.

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    1. Yes! It was good to recharge. And I think bingo sounds fantastic! What fun I bet y'all have. I don't know re: shootings. It's just too much for me right now.

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  3. I love cleaning on a schedule. I don't look at my house and think where do I even start any more... And, I personally find that I surface clean at least my living room and kitchen so consistently that on those days I really just have to dust. I vacuum way more than they tell you to because if not we have tumbleweeds blowing around in the fans and air conditioner. lol I hate when I slack on laundry, though. I am having a laundry day because I am so behind.

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    1. I know that "where do I start" feeling. I've known for a while that we needed to reallyyyyy do some deep cleaning, purging, and organizing. This plan really gave me the jump start I needed, and now I feel like it's smooth sailing to keep up with everything. Today is "sweep and vacuum all floors" but of course I cheated and did that two days ago. I probably should go ahead with it to avoid those tumbleweeds you mentioned. lol

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  4. I've got to try those lentil-stuffed zucchini boats... healthy and sounds delicious!

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    1. Yes! I keep forgetting them. Maybe I'll take the plunge and make them tonight. Gotta get my lentils out to remind me!

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  5. I hate cleaning. HATE. IT. With a passion. It's getting to the point where it is becoming overwhelming so this article is very timely. (Just Instapapered it for ... well, future reference. :)

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    1. I hope it works for you Melissa! My husband and I are pretty good about doing our cleaning in batches, but this really is nice for helping keep up with it and for not getting overwhelmed.

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  6. I am interested in other people's cleaning routines, but often find that they are too pedantic for me. I can clean my whole house in two hours reasonably thoroughly, but if I were to start a job like, for example deep cleaning the kitchen sides (that are very cluttered) that by itself could take two hours. I would find it harder to motivate myself to clean more often, even if for a shorter time.

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    1. Martine, I think we're in similar situations. We can do our weekly cleaning in an hour or two. I can also easily fall down the rabbit hole of super deep cleaning for hours at a time. I found that by getting into this plan I did that falling down the rabbit hole a lot earlier on and now I'm really just cleaning a few minutes a day. It also helps that I have an unorthodox work-from-home schedule, so I can easily cram the cleaning into the odd moments.

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  7. I've been doing an adjusted version of that cleaning schedule since we moved into our new house and love it. It can be a little overwhelming if I miss a day or two to try to get back on track, but it's so much better than doing day-long cleaning marathons.

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    1. Yes it is, Shannon, so much better. I'm curious how you adjusted the schedule? I'm just nosy like that. :)

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    2. I don't really have any "extra" rooms (at least not that I can't loop into the others), so I use that day to mop, which makes the deep clean days more manageable.

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  8. I'm interested in how people clean, especially people who have kids! I find it so pointless to do much of anything before bedtime and then I am just too tuckered to get much done at that point!

    I'm so glad you are into your reading again! I was considering joining the readalong for The Fireman, but the library hold list is so long that I won't be getting the book until September! :(

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    1. YES! My Lord it can be hard with littles around. I'm fortunate with the work from home schedule. He's at a daycare during the day doing fun stuff like cooking and making homemade play-doh and going to movies while I work (and clean) from home. I hope you love The Fireman when you get to it! Super fast read.

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  9. Lab Girl looks so good! Good luck with the zone cleaning. I'm definitely curious about it. I have a routine (though summer and knocked it on it's ear) and there are certain things but there are so many big projects I need to stop ignoring.

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    1. Lab Girl is beyond my expectations in so many ways. The science of it is fascinating, her writing is divine, her reading voice is fantastic. Love love. I'll whip up a post soon on the zone cleaning. We're enjoying it so far!

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  10. The Fireman was a very quick read for me. I read it with the group from FiremanAlong but the other half of the group which started a little later, is still reading. You are not alone. I enjoyed reading it with the group. That Jakob is a little bastard.

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    1. If I could make myself sit down, I think it'd be a really quick read for me too! lol I dislike Jakob SO MUCH already. I can only imagine what he has coming for us. Ugh!

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  11. Lore - I'm going to have to check that out. Although what I'm getting from what you said is that it's just going to make me even more paranoid than I already am?

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    1. LOL it's not going to make you paranoid, but it might make you jump at noises and such.

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  12. I LOVE that cleaning schedule. I love that things are getting cleaned way more often and more thoroughly than they used to be. I love that it does not take long to do any of it anymore. I love that the kids don't grumble because they know it doesn't take long. Everything about that list has made things so much better.

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    1. YES YES YES! Doesn't take long to do things "anymore" is really one of the big wins for me. Once you're ahead of the cleaning it's so much easier to keep up. I can definitely see it being helpful with older kids in the house. Keeping that in mind for when G is older. hehe

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  13. Lentil-stuffed zucchinis sounds like a wonderful idea! I've been wanting to do more cooking with lentils -- I have a very yummy lentil soup recipe, but apart from that I haven't done much with my lentil ambitions. :p

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    1. I haven't done much lentiling in my time, but I'm gonna change that!

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  14. My mom and sister are zealous housewives--they really clean! I struggle with this. Mostly I leave things until the weekend, but one area I keep clean is the kitchen. I can't stand the sight of dirty dishes in the sink. My "watching" is Netflix, which I only have time for in the summer. I'm completely hooked on Luther and Happy Valley, two fairly dark BBC series.

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    1. I struggle with it, too. Especially things like...baseboards. I eff-blanking hate baseboards. I hate dirty dishes in the sink, too. Hubs and I respect that there are some chores the other partner just absolutely hates. I hate washing dishes, he hates folding clothes. I hate going into the garage laundry room, he hates dusting. It works out that way. lol I'll have to check out those series! I love dark and I love the BBC!

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  15. ... Is it weird that I really want to eat that bubbleroon? It just looks so scrumptious.

    I may just have to look into that zone cleaning schedule as my boyfriend and I prepare for our move!

    Also, YES to veggies. I spent the weekend at my boyfriend's mom's house, and we ate so much fresh produce out of her garden. We even made a blackberry cobbler out of wild berries we harvested from near her lake. Heaven.

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    1. Hahha, not weird at allll! It's so pretty, and it smells so darn good! It is a lifesaver re: zone cleaning! OMG, blackberry cobbler is my faaaave! So jealous!

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  16. I enjoy learning the mundane details behind home life, too! I always find it interesting how other people set up chores and tasks and manage their household. I guess because every little bit helps!

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    1. Indeed! I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient and effective. I know I don't have the answers! lol

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  17. Love the positive energy you're radiating, Andi! Of course there are the undeniable hatred for shootings and violence and despair in general, but the other good things are so very good. I miss my Lush store, the bath bomb you bought sounds scrumptious, and now I'm wondering if I have time for The Fireman as well. xo

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  18. Ugh, I wish your 75% veggies would rub off on me. I know I should, like really know (how much better my body feels, etc), but then I see bread...

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