kcaleece

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    KCAleece Gets Fabulous!

    Aww, thanks! I can't take all the credit - most of the base ideas came from the Internet, from various crafty blogs and the like, but I've changed each one at least a little bit to either better fit what I wanted, give it another feature to interact with, etc. I won't have time to make as many pages as a lot of these other examples have, so I figure I have to pack as much into each page as I can! 4 hours on a plane is a long time to fill and that's not even counting layovers yet (it's 2 different 2 hour flights...) On a completely unrelated note, today a coworker told me I'm "basically Diane from Cheers through and through, sorry!" I've never seen Cheers...is that an insult? Hahaha, I tried to google it and Wikipedia said things like overly intellectual, insecure, and "yuppie" which could totally make sense - this particular coworker is from a very different background than I am and I would not be at all surprised if he thought I was an overly Ivory Tower, nose in the air type. Plus I totally admit to being pretentious and bougie, which I don't necessarily think is a bad thing but it completely doesn't fit in at my current workplace. Official countdowns: 5 school days left25 days left until we go to Mexico Quest 2: Keep coffee table clean (25/29 days)Done! Quest 7: Personal care task (22/29 days) Failed at this one yesterday, blast it all. Quest 14: Family trip prepDump truck page DONE! I got it completely finished off last night which was a great feeling! I've been putting them all together to prepare for binding later on and it was so nice to see all 3 finished pages hanging out there. I also started working on the ladybug pocket to hold all the loose pieces last night - got the background cut and the "base" for the ladybug sewed down. My goal today will be to sew down the head, since that's pretty straight forward, and start working on the wings (which are the actual zippered pocket part).
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    KCAleece Gets Fabulous!

    Okay, so all like three of you who check in on me regularly (I love you!! No, really, I do!) will be shocked and heartbroken...but...I'm picking a not-LotR theme this time around. Well, kinda. I never do a good job of keeping up with my own themes anyway, but I've been getting super into Queer Eye lately, so I thought that would make a fun challenge theme. Unfortunately, there's not a fitness/physical activity expert on the show and I already have a bunch of quests under the sorta catch-all "culture" topic, so I'm combining. You never knew Legolas was the secret sixth member of the Fab Five, did you? So! With no further ado... Bobby Berk - Home/Interior Design The most underrated member of the Fab Five, at least partly because he doesn't usually get quite as much airtime as the rest of the guys. Quest 1: Combine shelving in 2nd bedroom We're going to need to move my son into the second bedroom probably around the end of this year/beginning of next, so we need to clear out the extra stuff we have in there right now! There are currently 4 bookshelves in there and my goal is to be down to at least 3 by the end of this challenge. Quest 2: Keep coffee table clean This will not only help my husband's stress levels - he's very much a "gets freaked out when things aren't super clean" kinda guy - but also help keep random items out of the toddler's mouth/hands. Plus it does legit look nicer, of course! Quest 3: Decide on next big project We're getting a healthy tax refund this year and we're going to end up setting part of it aside to do the next home improvement project...if only we could decide which one to prioritize! It's a careful balance between what we'll get the most enjoyment/function out of, what we can afford even with that boost, and what we have time to actually make happen. Antoni Porowski - Food My second favorite member of the Fab Five, mostly due to a quiet mutual love of cheese, corgis, and multilingualism. Probably the cast member who is the most like me currently. Quest 4: Defeat the sugar demon! Antoni and I share a weakness too - emotional eating and food/sugar addiction. I'm going to keep my dessert timeframes the same (only allowed between 1:30pm and 9:30pm) but bump myself up to a goal of 7 days this challenge with no dessert at all. I made it last challenge, but was somewhat unfairly helped along by a stomach bug, so now it's my turn to do it for reals. Quest 5: Cook at least 3x this challenge I haven't cooked for my family in quite some time (my husband has been doing most of the cooking). But with my grad school semester winding down early, I definitely want to start picking this back up. 2 more weeks of class and then my time is mine again! (mostly. kinda.) Quest 6: Cook at least one vegetarian dish Really this is more like a sub-quest, but...work with me here, okay? Jonathan Van Ness - Grooming I get why everyone loves Jonathan, really I do. But the man is so energetic it makes me tired just watching him! I'm going to take on some Jonathan energy, but like...only a little bit in case I explode. Quest 7: Personal care task So I have a particular self-care task I'm really, really embarrassingly bad about not bothering to do. But I'm going to make it a focus and get it done! At least more often than I was. Quest 8: Do my 5 manicures I like my manicure quests! My correction this time is to not count interview manicures more than once, because I feel like that's cheating the purpose honestly, and also I'll set a specific kind of manicure to try for but I haven't decided what yet. Maybe a smoosh manicure? Tan France - Fashion My personal very favorite member of the Fab Five and one of two people I've ever looked at and said I genuinely wish I could be that person when I grow up! Quest 9: Clear out box in the master bedroom So I have a giant box of clothing that's been sitting in our master bedroom just randomly since we moved here...very nearly a full year ago. That's my next target for the try-on-and-donate-the-cull push! Quest 10: (Find and) dye the Portugal dress So I have this white lace dress that I bought in Portugal over our honeymoon when I needed something cooler to wear that would fit over my first baby bloat, and unfortunately it got really badly stained from the belt I wore over it (short version: waist seams never hit me right so I cover them up with belts, and my most trusted black belt must not have liked something in the air because it has never stained a dress before or since). But I really don't want to just write it off, so I'm going to find it (honestly not sure where it is right now, might be in that box actually...) and I'm going to try to dye it a dark forest green. I love the way green looks on me and the way I look in green, and hopefully that'll cover the stains in time for me to wear it in Mexico this summer! Quest 11: Summer shoes I am in bad need of new shoes, especially for the trip. I'm going to find and buy at least one pair of good shoes to wear this summer! Karamo Brown - Culture Okay, so culture seems to be kind of the "catch all" of personal growth stuff on the show, so that's kinda what I'm doing here. Sorry Karamo! Quest 12: Spanish So this one won't start until after my interview tomorrow, but...yeah. Spanish fell apart last challenge, and I majorly need to get back on that particular horse if I want to have a better interview season next year. My particular subgoals for that: 3000 words reading 1000 words writing 90 minutes speaking 5 podcasts or videos for listening Quest 13: Maintain job applications Job postings are starting to slow down, so I'm not going to put a number on this, but I need to be able to say at the end of this challenge that regardless of if I get another offer or not, given my best professional judgement, I did the best job that I could to find a better option for me and my family. Quest 14: Family trip prep I have a TON to do on my son's busy book if I want it to be a fun and useful tool on our trip. For the sake of my sanity though, I'm going to set a goal of 2 pages done during this challenge. I also need to keep getting the pictures backed up/off my phone so they're safe and there's space to take more! So let's go with...three more months of photos backed up seems fair, August through October for a start. And my unofficial addition because I can (and also I didn't feel like this quest fit into Karamo's section acceptably decently) Don't worry Legolas, I'll always love you the most. Quest 15: Get myself going I started doing much better last challenge! This one, I'm kinda taking that idea of Arwen (my mental Elvish self) and tweaking the format a little with set category goals instead of overall frequency: Primary challenge will be walking/running with a first goal of 15 miles covered Then strength/bodyweight work with a first goal of 15 workouts (even if that workout is just one activity) Last is the flexibility/agility/body control goal combined into one with a first goal of 10 workouts Whew! Okay, that's a lot of quests, but they're all pretty focused and specific, so I'm not too worried about that aspect. Let's get it started! (I promise I'm doing a Jonathan shimmy dance right now, you just can't see it hahaha.) Official countdowns:28 school days left57 days left until we go to Mexico
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    KCAleece Gets Fabulous!

    Official countdowns: 6 school days left26 days left until we go to Mexico My gods, at this point I'm just waiting for the school year/challenge to end so I can start over. Sigh. Quest 2: Keep coffee table clean (24/28 days)Done! Quest 7: Personal care task (22/28 days) Also done. Quest 14: Family trip prepMore busy book work late last night - didn't end up getting anything done at work, but I did make decent progress on the dump truck last night. Got the dirt pile 100% complete, the snap to hold the right side of the dump truck bed in place, and one side of the little rope ribbon thing down to the background (it'll connect to the dump truck bed to make sure it can't spin 360 degrees around the button pivot). Just need to attach the other side of the rope, attach the similar rope thing from the dirt pile to the dump truck bed (so the dirt pile doesn't get lost while dumping it out) and install the actual button pivot point and then both pages from this challenge will be done!
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    KCAleece Gets Fabulous!

    Official countdowns: 7 school days left27 days left until we go to Mexico Sorry I missed yesterday y'all. I think I bit off a little more than I could chew this challenge - I should have realized it was also crossing into finals season! Quest 2: Keep coffee table clean (23/27 days)Whew! Done, but it's tougher than I expected. Quest 5: Cook at least 3x this challenge (2 done) I made roasted stuffed poblano peppers last night and it was soooooooo good! We even had fresh pasta for the appetizer (which is common in Mexico) curtesy of one of my husband's students, who is in a culinary course and wanted to share some of her work with him/us. We ate it with the tiny bit of leftover béchamel sauce from the croque monsieurs. Quest 7: Personal care task (21/27 days) This is getting a lot better at least! Quest 14: Family trip prepMore busy book work! I finally broke out the hot glue gun last night and got everything glued - the eyes on the owl from the forest page last challenge, the velcro to the name letters, the gemstones my son wanted to buy to the dump truck dirt, and even eyes on my newest little creation: a monkey for a jungle page! See, I was desperate for something not mind numbing or exceedingly useless to do at work yesterday and I couldn't very well hot glue things in the middle of class. So I started on a 4th page by making a little monkey who will swing back and forth on a vine. It wasn't until I was done that I realized, hmmm, I should have been working on the ladybug pocket to hold the extra pieces (like the matching letters for the name)...that'll have to be my focus today! Quest 15: Get myself goingGot the toddler out for a 1.9 mile walk on Monday for a current total of 11.7 miles completed.
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    KCAleece Gets Fabulous!

    Official countdowns: 9 school days left29 days left until we go to Mexico So the crazy has indeed toned down a bit in our personal life, but not so much for work life. That has another week, basically - next week is final exams, and that's going to be nuts but a very different flavor of nuts. But we got the car taken care of (transitioning from lease to owning it), celebrated two Mother's Days, did some much-needed yard work and other such chores, and started preparing for my sister-in-law's baby shower in just a couple weeks. Whew! Quest 2: Keep coffee table clean (21/25 days)This only happened last night because my husband is awesome and pitched in to clean it when we were both exhausted and getting ready for bed. Quest 3: Decide on next big project The curtain rod arrived at 4:50. My in-laws arrived at 5. The curtains are still not up, hahaha. Maybe tonight! Quest 5: Cook at least 3x this challenge I "cooked" croque monsieur for Mother's Day yesterday It's not exactly complicated or healthy, but I made it! For those of you who have never been treated to such deliciousness, think mac and cheese sauce minus the cheese, but poured over a ham and cheese sandwich and then put under the broiler until the top is brown and bubbly. It's a fantastic, warm comfort food that still manages not to feel quite so heavy as a lot of other comfort foods. Quest 7: Personal care task (19/25 days) Done, done, and done. Quest 8: Do my 5 manicures So I did another manicure for Mother's Day - a deep emerald green polish with both green and gold flakey sparkles I've been waiting to use for like a month now - but I still haven't done my smoosh manicure I wanted to do this challenge...that'll have to be my last one at the end of this week sometime! Quest 14: Family trip prep Good progress on the busy book! The name page is 98% done - all 5 letters are sewn onto both the name tag and the letters to match have all been backed (twice actually - once for strength and then once more to protect the stitches in the first backing lol, but it really helped give them a good weight in the hand). All I need to do is attach the velcro and it'll be done! Think I'm going to need to hot glue it even though I bought sewing velcro - I tried to cut a piece and sew it, but the backing is way too thick and my needle only goes through it if I shove it with all my strength and cross my fingers it actually goes where I want it to go, which is obviously not a great situation for the 10 pieces I'd need to sew completely around. Hopefully the super thick backing means I'll be able to hot glue it without any extra problems.