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About Sylvaa

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  • Birthday July 5

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  1. So I am super impatient and I know that there are very few additional steps that need to occur, but I am so ready to be able to start working on the new house! We have a laundry list of things we want to have done before we move the furniture over. We also got our mailbox set up this weekend, which ended up being a more difficult process than we initially had hoped (my husband found this piece that basically screwed into the ground to hold the mailbox - instead of the traditional dig a hole method. However, our ground ended up having too many rocks for us to be able to use the piece properly, so we ended up taking two days and going back to the basics to get our mailbox in). We also had a fun talk with one of our neighbors. His kids are around the same age as the grandbaby, so he'll have kids to play with! This is the neighbor who also "paid" for the land and worked on the development (we bought our property from him). He thanked my husband and I for going all brick (if you remember that rant from like April of this year). It was nice to have the acknowledgement that he understood it wasn't our first choice, and he appreciated it. Speaking of the baby, his favorite thing to do when he wakes up is to come in and see me (i.e. wake me up). It's fine mornings like today, when it occurred at like 9:30, but not so great when it's 7 am and I am still sleeping. (It is impossible to get mad at a baby that walks in and informs you, "it's good morning time" though).
  2. Anecdotally, everyone I've talked to has said the booster takes more out of you than the first round. Status quo seems to be 24 - 48 hours before you get back to normal. So sounds like you are on par with everyone, but you should also be good for Sunday. Feel better ❤️
  3. So I am very confused by what you are being told. How many employees does your employer have? My understanding is that company sponsored health care almost always takes precedence over Medicare (unless your company has less than 20 employees). Also, are you already old enough for Medicare or will your birthday happen in the next three months? Because Medicare can also be backdated. It sucks if anything happens during that time, but you may have coverage even if the paperwork doesn't go through in the time frame you need it to. Not that any of this helps you, it's a super frustrating position to be in. But just that I agree that something is wonky and frustrating and I'm sorry you are dealing with it. If it were me, I'd just sign up for my company health insurance and provide the Medicare info when you get it.
  4. Don't get me wrong, my MIL is super nice and would do anything for anyone. She's just feeling kind of left out recently with my parents being back in the area and the kids not wanting to be as involved with her as they had been when they were younger. Plot twist that I forgot on my initial weekly update: Does anyone have any good recommendations for induction cookware? I didn't pay attention well enough to the range I selected and it's induction.
  5. Week 3 Update: T-minus 19 days until the move. The house isn't quite finished yet (the plumbers still have tasks to complete that will take them a few days), but other than that, it's just cleaning. Everyone is super excited and it looks even better than I imagined. Update: my husband just talked to the builder and there are two days of work left before cleaning, but still. Apparently, we are waiting on our hot water tank, which had to be ordered from Washington state. Next big thing is prepping and cooking Thanksgiving. But Sylvaa, you may ask, why would you commit to hosting a large family gathering one week before you move into a new house? Well because, there would be too much drama associated with any other decision. See, my parents offered to host and would do a really good job with it. Except, then we would deal with my MIL being hurt because it wasn't at her house. Mind you, my parents house is definitely the better choice, but *sigh* parents. In reality, it's fine, since we wouldn't pack up our kitchen stuff that early anyway. Last week, I also went with my girls, my mother, and my MIL to a night at Board & Brush (my daughter works there and she gets a free sign to make every month). It was actually a nice evening with the girls and not something I'd normally do. The girls (all of them) are ready to go back and do it again. We've already figured out where the sign I made is going to go.
  6. Super late to the party but, I find that for me, larger group gatherings are easier than just a few people. With two people, you basically have to be "on" the entire time; listening and participating in the full conversation. With larger groups, people tend to mingle through, so it generally opens up the opportunity to zone out or sit quietly to recharge. Obviously, your miles may vary, but it might not be as awful as dinner.
  7. It's getting so close! We will find out soon enough. This weekend was SO BUSY. Saturday morning, we met my MIL at the new house (she wanted to go see what was new), then we ran to get dinner for the kids (snacks they would heat up themselves later), then met my parents to buy a washer and dryer for the new house. My parents got us them as a combined birthday / Christmas / Housewarming present. This left us just enough time to meet some additional friends (the majority of our D&D group) at the Sip & Stroll. It was a lot of fun (we always have fun) a lot of walking, and a nice way to just spend some time with friends. We then went to my parents to do a Halloween one-shot, which wasn't as fun as it could have been (the story was a bit one dimensional). Sunday, I woke up, went to run errands and grab groceries with my husband. Then I realized that there had been an issue with one of the grocery websites (we shop at two) and I hadn't actually put in my order! So we actually had to shop there. Luckily, it was a quick trip; our list was less than 15 items. After that, I grabbed the clothes and went to the laundromat (I explained above, but the rental washer needs a new belt and sounds like it is going to explode. So we are just going to let the owners deal with it when we move out and laundromat it for the next few weeks). I got back with enough time to make some brownies for dessert, then hang out with the baby before going over to my parents for our weekly dinner. I need a vacation from my weekend!
  8. I'm going to +1 this. While having a low body fat is necessary for visible abs, some people just don't have ideal genetics for them (what I mean by that is the body fat % you personally have to hit might be lower than other people, making it much harder for you to get them). What exercises are you doing? Abs are like any other muscle where they like increased resistance, high protein, and rest. It might be a good time to make sure your workout routine is supporting your goals properly.
  9. The view would have been worse without them moving. So it did a little bit (I guess?). We already call this house the salty house. Because of a façade incident.... Just more fuel to the fire.
  10. Unrelated story time: Story #1: The baby woke me up this morning by walking into my room and announcing, "it's good morning time" then crawling up next to me and asking for a mandarin. When I got out of bed, he promptly stole my spot, ate two mandarin oranges, then fell asleep. For three hours. Life is so rough. Story #2: As I mentioned, my parents are building next to us. Yesterday, excavation was supposed to start. However, the neighbors across the street stopped the work as they told the excavators my parents were actually on our property. This led to a flurry of activity (including a surveyor visit) to determine exactly where the property lines were. The neighbor was correct and my parents had to move their house over a bit, but it was kind of weird as we are uncertain HOW exactly the neighbors knew exactly where the property lines were (as we obviously did not). This led to my parents meeting their builder this morning to re-place their excavation stakes. Well, same neighbor walked over to complain about the placement of my parents house on their property because the spot my parents chose would ruin the views from the neighbors house. Please note that the neighbors bought their property first. They could have chosen the lot my parents ended up picking, or buying it in addition to their own to preserve the view. My parents picked the spot they did (even after the shifting due to property lines) because it made sense to build there (it requires less excavation and grading for the garage / driveway, which leads to a lower cost). The builder let my parents know they will still be blocking the view. But this is an amazing way to get to know your neighbors better.
  11. I am the same way with my cat. She is my baby. She is literally curled up with me while I type this out. I will be devastated when she goes, but I'm 100% not going to make her stick around in pain just because. I support you being able to be pragmatic about the whole situation and it says nothing about how much you care. Would you like me to drive up there and punch your brother in the face? Because I will! That showed up on my FB feed today. I feel like you can appreciate it. I wouldn't discount the skills you DO have. I mean, right now, you are 100% in a bad space because of *gestures wildly* but all of your skills not murdering your family will definitely pay off in any sort of work setting.
  12. The responsible answer is to freeze it, then use it in baked goods and / or milkshakes through the year. What we always did was make Halloween night a free for all (once the kids got a bit older - yours are probably too small for it still ) and just let them eat through a bunch of it. It was always a fun treat, because we don't keep candy in the house regularly. Although, thinking back on it, I think we never actually had that much Halloween candy.
  13. My advice would be to ask someone else to Google for you and give you answers. Would incognito mode work? For the record, spiders don't bother me at all and it looks like the answers aren't any different than any other bugs; vinegar, citrus, mint, cedar, and lavender. But honestly, I think you are going to have to burn it all down and start again.
  14. It's just as fun as it sounds. It's a fundraiser for our downtown area where local breweries / wineries / distilleries are partnered with a local shop and you walk around getting samples of the alcohol while in the different stores. A friend of ours lives in the area, so we park at his place, walk around, then go back to his place to hang out. This time, we might go back to my parent's house for the one-shot, but that is TBD based on alcohol consumption. Week 1 update: I did update on my tracking post, but figured I'd go into more detail here. Having to "report back" on my success made it easier to keep up with my work tomatoes. This was a super busy week because it was quarterly check-in and now I have people who report to me, which made it a lot easier to hit my goal. I didn't quite hit my home goals. My plan was to put two daily tasks on my weekdays and then have 5 tasks for the weekend. I'm pretty sure I actually hit this goal, but I didn't track well and forgot what I did or did not do. I'm struggling to focus on a weekly packing task. My husband and I both scheduled 10 days off of work for the move itself, plus we are planning on moving the beginning of December and we have rent paid through the end. So we don't really have any urgency on our side. I'm sure we'll probably regret it, but after packing and moving our house in less than a week to move into the rental, I'm appreciating the long time frame. As I said above, I think my Garmin is starting to die. I've had it for a while now and I'm pretty rough on it, so I'm not surprised. I don't remember getting the buzz that I hit my active minutes last week though, so I'm pretty sure even if I did, it doesn't count. I'm going to work on being better about tracking workouts regardless of whether the Garmin counts them. The first week, it went fairly well. By the time we got to Friday, we didn't have enough leftovers for the family, so the kids got to eat out (which was a pretty big treat for them). The only leftovers we had were from this pork chop dinner, which didn't turn out well anyway (so I'm not surprised that no one ate it). I'm not going to fault them because we decided as a family that was a no go (also, part of the issue was that when I ordered groceries, I asked for 6 pork chops and the shopper gave me 8, so technically, we had extra pork chops out of our control). I also had a really fun conversation yesterday with my parents about deer control strategies. A slight update for new people: my parents are building a house on the lot next to ours. Between our two properties, we have 5 acres of land (our property is 2.2 and my parents have 2.8). Our overall goal is to have large gardens and fruit trees. However, there is a significant deer population in the immediate area (while we are technically in a neighborhood, each lot is >1 acre, there is a nice size creek meandering through many of the properties, and while our property has zero tree cover, many lots have a lot of trees). So next year is going to be a "plant and see what the deer don't eat" year. We've been reading about strategies for keeping deer away from food, so it'll be a fun experiment to see what works. On a side note, we are also planning on planting a large amount of milkweed. You know, for the butterflies.
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