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Productivity Slump? Plan ahead instead!

Hey ya’ll.

So, I’m feeling a little bummed lately. So far I have not made 2015 as productive as I should have. I’m struggling with a couple of things. Last night, I was looking at my goals for this year and so far, I have accomplished NOTHING. Granted, most of our/my goals are more of the long term variety, but I’m worried. Why have I hit this slump?

The only thing I can think of is that I have put life on hold. Mr. Middlesisterproject will be home next month. If you are a milspouse who has gone through a deployment you know what this is like. The ability to deal with this should have been passed down genetically (even though I have no clue if my mammo had to endure a deployment.)

Here is my granddad in his WWII pilot gear. So handsome!

granddad in AF WWII pilot gear

The excitement of having your spouse back home after a year away, mixed with the anxiety of learning to be a “couple” again is an unsettling combo. I have spent the last year being a single mom; I’ve been independent and self sufficient, but now I’m thinking I have to just switch into doting wife mode. In theory, this shouldn’t be difficult, I love my husband and am so proud of him for serving our country for the 18 years that he already has. We milspouses are forced to be tough and resilient, but I fear it has made me disconnected and cold. I digress…

A lot of the goals I/we have for 2015 require a joint effort. There is one wall in our bathroom with a splotch of gray paint on it, and I have started cutting in in our bedroom too with a pretty cream color. But, now things are at a stand still. I know I won’t be able to go any further on either of those projects until my man gets home. I can’t exactly paint with a wild toddler running around (Lord knows everything in the house, including Puppy Brother, will end up covered in paint). I feel stuck; at least I only have a month left of the “I can’t do that till he gets home” mentality.

I’ve also been thinking of adding a goal to my list: Entering a Figure Contest! It is something I have wanted to do ever since I really got into working out several years ago. My body is nowhere near ready to stuff into a tiny booty bearing bikini and strutting around on stage (and I doubt if it ever will be). But, I would love to take a year to train like I’m going to enter a contest. The only thing stopping me is that doing this would require a coach, which would set us back around $200/month. Considering that we are trying to get rid of debt, I just don’t think I can commit to paying $200/month for a coach. Maybe, I can add this goal to 2016  instead?

I think the best way to get out of this funk is to focus on the projects I need to tackle before we can put our house up for sale.

I also have big plans for the laundry room. I plan on DIY’ing a light fixture for in there to replace the current boob light. I was liking schoolhouse pendant DIY from http://www.bitsofblissblog.com

schoolhouse light

I want to add some color, storage, organization to the laundry room as well. And since I have connections, I was thinking of having the guys cut me a granite piece to sit on top the washer and dryer like a counter.

Like this:



I will probably just spend the next month planning all my projects and start tackling them the day after husband gets home. That would be semi-productive. It will give me the opportunity to make lists, and I do love lists!

I’ll keep ya’ll updated on the DIY projects I will be conquering soon. Do ya’ll have any suggestions for the laundry room that will help our house sell? It is currently plain, blah-tan contractor’s choice paint on the walls, pretty small, and has a cabinet above the washer and dryer.

TTFN ya’ll!


Out with the hideously ugly, in with that gorgeous copper thing.


I’m beyond thrilled! Last week before the hubs headed back to a land far far away, I talked him into taking down that eye sore that was looming above the island in the kitchen.

This is what was up there before. I, as usual didn’t have the foresight to take a “before” photo. So, you’ll have to use you imagination



Here’s the naked ceiling post-ugly thing. We like to put our ladder on the counter to get things done around here. One of the negatives of having 12ft ceilings.






I spotted this beaut on Amazon a week or so ago, it’s what inspired this wild undertaking.


My heart plummeted into my toes when I spied the price tag on this baby. The repeated ridiculous price I kept seeing was $584. I just simply couldn’t pull the trigger on it for that much moolah. So when it came time to put in the payment info I closed my browser. Not 15 minutes later a little birdie sent me an email with 15% off the light; I tried to haggle for 20% off and settled for a 17% discount. Thrilling isn’t it?!

The day after FedEx leaves it at our front door, here’s pops putting it together. I’m so lucky to have a handy dad to help me when honey-do is across the world.


This thing was super tricky to put together, not that it was overly difficult, just that it turns out all wonky and crooked after you connect all the attaching parts. We hung it up and took a step back and I was immediately worried. Dad made some adjustments and it is looking pretty straight. It maybe still walks with a slight limp. Either way, it is an immense improvement over what was there before.

Feast your eyes.


I’m asking Santa for Statuary Marble counter tops and a subway tile backsplash. I’ll paint the rest of the cabinets DIY. I don’t think the fat man in the red suit will come through but here’s hoping.

Oh, If you are as infatuated with this pretty thing as I am, here is the link to get your hands on one too.

Goodnight ya’ll!