Old. New. Borrowed. True. #4

(It’s been awhile since I’ve done this so pardon the tons of very short responses I came up with.)

Old: Squirms is high energy. I continue to be a test engineer. I’m writing lots of letters (over 100 so far in 2015). I lost a total of 25 pounds (but have forgotten my diet entirely the last two months or so).

New: Matt started a new job a few weeks ago – he’s really enjoying it, especially their beer + video games happy hour. on Fridays I’ve switched from knitting baby stuff and sweaters to socks, in accordance with my usual spring transition.

Borrowed: We tried spaghetti squash – it’s disgusting. I took an off-handed comment from a coworker to heart and am going to take a software development class or two this next year (maybe as soon as this summer).

True: I really should get more sleep at night – there is really no need to stay up as late as I do. Writing makes me happy. I need to buy more work clothes and fewer supplies for yet another craft I won’t stick with. Coffee is awesome and cheap if I make it at home.

Oh, uh, here’s…a recent photo of Squirms to tide you all over until a big update coming Sunday.

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Old. New. Borrowed. True. #3


Squirms is still crawling all over everything. I’m still working on that sweater (though I may take a break from it soon here).


I got the new iPhone 6 (the small one, with more storage and the gold color); it’s so much faster than my poor old iPhone 4 that will be traded in sometime soon. I’m finally starting to admit that fall is here. The leaves are just starting to turn on some trees, it’s cool in the morning, and we got instructed by daycare to ensure we send her in warm clothes (of which she has rather few, I realized, when I went to pull them out).


Someone had a book review on their blog for the Outlander series and I decided to try it out. It’s a bit of a silly premise (woman from the 1940s walks into a Stonehenge-like rock formation and winds up in 1740s Scotland) but I’m really enjoying it. The story is well-paced with action and humor. I’m only about halfway through so it’ll be a bit until I post a formal review.


I’m horrible at keeping in touch with people once they move away, which happens all the time in an area as transient as DC. This week I saw both Matt’s cousin, Alison, and our very good friends, Ben and Melissa, which really made me realize how little I actually keep them up to date on what’s going on with us. I need to learn to write more, call more, email more. It doesn’t have to be long, just a note or call or say “hey, I miss you.”


And here’s a silly selfie of Squirms and I from the new phone…still blurry because neither of us can sit still

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Squirms is really loving eating real food, especially crackers. And her crawling continues to get better and faster. I’m restarting an old habit of drinking lots of water, thanks to sitting close to a water purifier at work again. I’m still writing a bit though not nearly as much as the few weeks prior.


I’m getting back into knitting again, though I can’t do it for very long at a stretch not because of time availability but my hands start to hurt like crazy. The sudden knitting interest again is due to a present from Matt and my parents that I have yet to actually put to use. (Need to get it all set up so I can take a photo to show off.)


I stole from day care the idea of giving Squirms crackers and she IN LOVE. Not the healthiest thing ever but she loves breaking them into a thousand pieces. (Excuse the cat hair on the carpet below her, it’s a daily battle to keep up with it.)



I need at least some alone time everyday and need more than I think. I need to learn to simply ask Matt to watch Squirms so I can get that time, either at home or outside of it.

Old. New. Borrowed. True. #1

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I’m back in my hometown this weekend which is always very strange for me. I left when I went to college and never really came back to live at home for longer than a week or two. I’m from one of those towns that is small enough that you really notice big changes each time you go back. Like every time we go back, I have my list of old places I want to visit: downtown (with a trip for garlic knots), favorite BBQ chain, church I went to growing up, a football game at my HS, that great Cuban place one county south. And now we’re checking them off as we go.


I’m going to cheat a little here. Going back home is also my something new this week as it’s the first time we’ve taken Squirms on an airplane and the first time she’s ever been to my hometown (or the state of Florida). She was really good on the way down, not much more irritated than if we were to hold her for three straight hours at home. And the airport security process was quite easy, after we figured out you flip the seat upside down to get it through the scanner.



This is lame but I don’t really have anything to report borrowed-wise this week. Other than the tip to have Squirm suck on a pacifier or eat while we took off and landed. That seemed to work though I’m not sure if her ears would have bothered her, anyway.


I really do love to write. This last week, I spent a lot of my time writing. Writing for the blog. Writing in my notebook/journal. Writing a packing list for our trip. Writing keeps my hands busy and keeps my mind from having to keep track of everything. If it’s written down, I can find it again to remember something I need to do.

So, that’s how this week has gone for me. How’d it go for you all?