Thanksgiving, Jars & Bags #NaBloPoMo

Yes, I missed posting a bunch of days. I will make up for it – I promise!

Thanksgiving was a total hit, thanks to me pulling yet another holiday all-nighter. It was totally worth it though – the food was great, even though the turkey was done over 2 hours early (thanks Stop & Shop for not stocking fresh Butterball turkeys and FORCING me to use one of yours so that nothing else was even prepped for cooking when your turkey was done!). It didn’t get all dried out like I was afraid it would.

I was so tired from staying up to clean the house – don’t judge…if I don’t wait until the absolute last minute, Kyle will just trash it again and I wanted the house to at least resemble something humans live in – that I KNOW I had to have said something either totally non-understandable or hilarious at one point. I remember my mother saying something to the effect of “I can’t believe the turkey is ready 2 hours early and she’s cool as a cucumber”. (Little did she know I didn’t have enough energy to freak-the-hell out!) And I do remember lying in bed with hubs, both of us fully clothed at around 8pm, with the boys playing on the floor nearby, and us calmly chatting away and neither of us making any sense at all. I think it’s the closest I’ve ever been to stoned without having touched anything alcoholic or illegal. I can imagine myself stumbling around in a stupor – thank goodness my sister, mother and brother-in-law kept asking what they could do to help!

To whoever decided that anyone pursuing a bachelor’s degree had to study AP Math, I want to stab you in the eye with a sharpened spoon.

As for helping the environment this week, we saved every jar and every plastic bag that went into bringing all the different foodstuffs home and they aren’t entering the trash. The jars are going to be used to hold craft supplies, and the bags are either going to be used as packing material (hubs sells lots of stuff on eBay) or they’re going back to the store to be recycled. Supplying their shoppers with a way to make sure their bags get recycled is one of the few things Stop & Shop does that I actually like.

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Veterans, Credits, Bed-time, & Upcycling #NaBloPoMo

*author breathes a HUGE sigh of relief*

Connor is finally done being sick, and I managed to pass my environment class (the only 4-credit class required for my degree) with a solid B- even though my professor is apparently suffering from multiple personalities. She was more than willing to give me an extension because of Connor’s illness, but took huge points off my final paper for things even my English professors said was okay…go figure. So today, there are two HUGE things I’m thankful for – that the class is over and I passed, and to all the men and women who have or are serving our country.

The other thing I’m thankful for is that Kyle is sound asleep in HIS OWN ROOM. His bed. Not ours. Not Connor’s…his own bed! They’ve both been sleeping in our room since Connor got sick a couple of weeks ago, and although I love cuddling with them, I’m looking forward to a night of sleep without someone’s head jammed into the middle of my back. It didn’t take long to get him to go to sleep (he’s in a big-boy bed now), and there was no crying or anything…just some tossing around for a bit, then he just made himself comfortable and went to sleep! YAY ME!

Last for today, I found an awesome way to store thin ribbon – the kind that ends up a tangled mess no matter where you keep it. Can you believe how simple this is?

A huge shout out to Cut Out + Keep for this awesome up-cycling idea!

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