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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!


New-ish Front Door Color

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m sitting here on the couch next to Maverick, who is technically not allowed on the couch, but hey, that’s what slipcovers are for. Just finished my coffee and a delicious piece of leftover Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie  from our Thanksgiving meal. Yum! I love the holidays, but not because of gifts we won’t remember this time next year (I’d just as soon do without gifts at Christmas-it takes away from the true meaning of Christmas and Thanksgiving too for all the Black Friday shoppers). But, I love the holidays because I get to spend time with my family, and next year one third of our little family won’t be missing out (as long as the Air Force doesn’t change that).

But anyway, I wanted to share with ya’ll my pretty new front door color. It was new a few months ago, when I painted it… I am just now getting around to sharing. Insert list of commonly used excuses here and save me the effort. Ha!

So, prior to my painting, our front door was plain brown, like everyone else’s in this neighborhood, yuck! I should really start building houses…I have excellent taste, in my humble opinion. 🙂

Here it is blah-brown:


I painted it a dark gray first, but then noticed that it wasn’t enough of a contrast from the brown. Then I tried some samples.


Here are a few I tried, they were all too neutral for what I was wanting. So I hopped on Pinterest and searched for the perfect blue. I ended up going with Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray-it is actually blue.


I really love it! And now our front door doesn’t look like every other house in the neighborhood. Yay!


Now I can focus on the garage lights and the front porch light-changing them out for something more my style. I’m considering these from Lowe’s, but alas they are never on sale. Which doesn’t really work for my new found frugalness. 🙂

What is your favorite front door color?