Sunday, July 27, 2014

Moving Forward

Over the years, in my sporadic postings, I've mentioned that I want to move out of my townhouse and into a single family home in the town I grew up in. 

Well. 

That time is coming very, very soon. 

If all goes well, we will close on the sale of our townhouse in less than 30 days. Then if all goes really, really well, we'll move into our dream home about a week later. 

These events are happening so soon, I can hardly believe it. Am I ready to move forward? 

Yes. Yes, I am. 

More to come...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Help?

Maybe this has always been the case and I'm just now noticing, or maybe it's a recent trend, but I find myself making offers to people to make their lives easier and I keep getting turned down. Even if, in making their life easier, I would be making my own life easier. 

It makes me wonder why people don't want to accept my help. It can't be that they don't want to owe me one, these aren't those kinds of relationships. Do people have a lack of faith in me and they don't want to get involved with or deal with me?

I like to help- in fact it's my job to help others. Although, I can't call it helping when I'm on the job. I have to say things like, How can we work together on that? Apparently it's degrading to insinuate that someone needs help. 

I wish all of my offers to help or work with could be accepted more easily, like this example of a conversation between me and my husband the other day:
Him: I have to go to the city. Going to take the train. 
Me: I could drive you to the train station so you don't have to worry about parking. 
Him: OK

Did that sound difficult?
I didn't think so. Why can't everyone in my life just be more like my husband?

How often do people accept your offers to do something? Am I the only one with this dilemma? Am I being too sensitive?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Being Green

I think it was a famous frog that once said , It's not easy being green. Maybe it's not, and I'm sure I could be a lot more green, but sometimes I am just so green that I can't help but feel a little proud of myself. 
I don't know if I would have ever cloth diapered if it wasn't for my sister-in-law, because I hadn't realized it was a thing until she had her first son. However, if I had come across it on my own when I myself became pregnant, I'm pretty sure I would still have at least tried it. It's great that I have a cloth diaper mentor who I can go to about washing diapers and such. It's at the point now, though, that I totally rock at cloth diapers. My daughter even wears a cloth swim diaper at the pool, I don't even care if that's against the rules. The truth is, we don't have leaks. We're that. good. I have not bought any kind of disposable diaper since Olivia was one week old. 
I won't go into the brands we use or where I buy them because I'm not trying to advertise or win any contests, but I will say that the products out there are amazing and I'm so happy with the lack of waste filled garbage bags coming out of our home. Did you know that it's illegal to dispose of human waste in the trash? How many of you disposable diaper people flush your baby's poop before you toss that diaper in the trash? Sorry, that sounds judgy and I'm not that. 
Something I always looked into before I had Olivia is reusable sandwich bags. I know those are starting to show up more, so I figured it was time to make the initial investment. The diaper store I shop at sent me a free one and it's so awesome that I went and bought a bunch more. So here I am... Being green.  I'll let you know how this goes. 
I'm happy to talk brands in the comments, so let me know if you have questions!