Sunday, October 18, 2015

Down on the Farm

After a lot of headache and heartache, our pig Traif now lives on a farm just outside of Dallas. Pigs are herd animals and the social aspect of their development is crucial to their behavior as adults. As time went and on and he got bigger, I started to feel guilty about how much time he was spending alone and inside. He has always been an indoor animal and an "only child" so I don't know if he ever knew any better, but my guilt raged on. So, after a lot of crying and Google searches, we found the Atlasta Home Sanctuary in Ennis, TX. This will hopefully be an extended yet temporary living arrangement as I'm pretty miserable without him. I'm the mean time though, if you follow me on any form of social media, prepare for more pig photos that you can handle!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

DIY Dresser Revamp

As silly and simple as it was, finishing my first crafty project for our new apartment in Austin felt awesome! We had a dresser from Ikea that belonged to my husband's brother. We've had it for about 6 years so I would imagine it's at least 10 years old. It's has had a rough life! We have moved it 3 times and before that I think it moved a few times. Considering it was the cheapest dresser at Ikea forever ago, it's been a tough little soldier. We hauled it out of the moving truck practically in pieces. A little TLC later and we got the dresser back together, but the surface of it was scratched and stained. At work we put chalkboard paint on pretty much everything, but I have never used it on anything at home. I figured chalkboard paint was thick, dark, and would work really well on masking the issues with the dresser PLUS be something fun for our new apartment.

A few chalkboard paint tips:
1. definitely do 3 or 4 layers! a nice thick surface of chalkboard paint tends to result in a smoother writing surface.
2. give it several hours to dry! chalkboard paint appears to dry really fast, but don't start writing on it right away. you don't want to scratch through all your hard work with your chalk.
3. put it on everything! no, really. do it.

Side note, the lighting in our apartment is TERRIBLE! We only have 4 windows in the whole place. One faces a shaded hallway and the others face the parking lost so we keep the shades closed all day. It's definitely a change from our old place where almost all the windows faced our back yard and we had complete privacy. And by complete privacy I mean I'm pretty sure the residents of the nursing home behind us could see into our yard, but I kindaaaaaa didn't care.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me!

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GUYS.... GUYS......I’m TWENTY-FRIGGIN-SIX. Somehow, I can’t wrap my brain around this. I don’t feel old. I don’t feel young. I feel like I’ve entered a strange age ambiguous group. You know, you have those friends who could be young or just look pretty good for their age? I think I’m in that group now. Or maybe I look terrible even for 26?! I dunno. Time is strange.

So! It has been a few years since I’ve made a real list of resolutions, but I decided to give it another go. I have said before that I love making resolutions based on my birthday and not on January 1st. Somehow it makes it feel more personal and real even if it’s only in my head. Looking back over goals of year’s past my lists have certainly changed direction, but it feels so good to think about things I’ve accomplished (learning how to sew? CHECK!).

1. Create one thing per week- Whether I’m painting with watercolor, sewing, or designing something on ceramic for work, I want to make it goal to create SOMETHING by the end of week.

2. Host another craft swap- I miss doing these terribly! I did the Christmas one with my friend Nicole from Kitsch Empire last year, but things were so crazy for at the time I really didn't get to enjoy it as much as I wanted and I felt rushed to get my gift finished. I would love to do a Valentine's Swap in 2016!

3. Make a quilt- I have been wanting to learn to do quilting and patchwork forever and, while I have done a few patchwork projects, I want to make an actual quilt!

4. Make a t-shirt quilt- I buy t-shirts sometimes compulsively. Some people have butt loads of band t-shirts or shirts with funny sayings on them, but you're involved in roller derby in any way you acquire A LOT of league and tournament t-shirts. I really don't want to just dump any of them at Goodwill and hardly ever wear some of them, so, t-shirt quilt to the rescue!

5. Read 12 books- In the last year, I think I have read 3 books. Maybe 4? I think I can feel my brain deteriorating inside of my skull.

6. Get a new tattoo- This is on my list every year! I can’t help it. It will never not be on my list.

7. Visit a national park- While I did grew up near the Everglades, visiting National Parks has been on my wishlist for a longgggggg time. Now that I live in Texas, visiting places like Utah or Colorado is easier and more affordable.

8. Become a level 3 certified WFDTA Non Skating Official- This year I was honored to become a Level 2 Certified Non Skating Official with the Women's Flat Track Derby association. This time next year, I hope to be applying for level 3. 

9. Officiate 50 roller derby games- So far my record has not exceeded 41. I did match that this year with another 41, so next year I'm raising the bar and setting a new goal for myself of 50.