So we are a little less than 20 days away from our planned move-in week at the end of this month. We’ve kicked up our packing a notch. There is so much to remember to do for this move. I was able mark a couple big items off my checklist last week though, thanks to the holiday sales!
We went to Sears and took advantage of the 4th of July sales going on. Appliances are taken care of. Bought and scheduled for delivery on the 25th. I did get pictures of the washer and dryer (Kenmore), but I forgot to snap a picture of the refrigerator (Samsung). I’ll get pictures of everything up once they are delivered and installed. Besides, the one on display was white and our kitchen appliances are black.
So, here’s the washer and dryer. They are fun, they make cool game noises when you turn them on and off!
The refrigerator is really nice too. It’s a side by side with ice and water in the door. Everything is turning out pretty good and somewhat smoothly.
We are meeting with the home insurance people tomorrow afternoon to get that taken care of. So that will be another item off my check list. Before we know it, it’ll be time to move in!
I’ve decided to try, again, to give up caffeine. I had a very short-lived success a couple of years ago trying to do this. Giving up caffeine is a huge undertaking for someone like me, meaning someone who loves their pop (Dr. Pepper and Pepsi) and their caffeine. But I do this for the greater good.
In the past year or so I’ve started having the restless leg syndrome symptoms at night. I get a little jittery and my legs feel like they need to stay in motion to be comfortable. It literally becomes impossible to hold my legs still. Trust me, I’ve tried…when I force myself to hold still my legs begin to ache and hurt. It’s not pleasant at all. It makes it very difficult to go to sleep at night. It’s a vicious cycle. Legs get jittery at night, have trouble falling asleep…so you are awake later into the night, and you wake up feeling exhausted….so obiviously your first step in the morning is to grab another yummy pop to help you wake up! I also have a few other reasons for giving up caffeine….but I will not go into those at this time.
I’m pretty sure that stopping caffeine will significantly help me in the long run. I know that it will make me somewhat healthier as well. I type this as I am drinking a Dr. Pepper. Irony. My goal is to decrease my caffeine intake over a period of time. I’m not a big fan of the “cold turkey” method. My goal is to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints. They do not sound fun. I’ve had my one caffeinated pop already today. For the rest of the day it will be caffeine free pop, water, juice or milk. I’m sure I’ll be in bed early today.
I’m looking into alternatives to replace my pop intake. I’ve started to explore hot tea. I had my first cup of hot loose leaf tea yesterday. While it was not the flavor explosion that pop is, it was not bad. The tea is called Snow Geisha White Tea from Teavana. I’ve been told that tea can be an acquired taste. So, every day after work I am going to have a cup of hot tea and see if it becomes something of a habit. Yes, I do know that some tea has caffeine in it. I’ve done some research, which I plan to share in another post. White tea has 1% the amount of caffeine in one cup of coffee. Right now I am exploring teas and learning about the different types. Here’s a picture of the Snow Geisha White Tea leaves. It smells like cherry!
I keep telling myself that we are not going to buy anything for the house until after we are moved in. I keep telling myself this every time we are in Lowes, Home Depot, and other stores that have things for gardening and house decor. Apparently I am doing a poor job convincing myself about this. Yesterday I took the house plans and modified it to use for planning where I want to put flowerbeds, plants, and trees around the house. I’ve been thinking about gardening ever since. I already know where two of my flowerbeds are going to be in front of the house. And it just so happened that we needed to run to Lowes and Home Depot today after work to pick up some cat5 cable for David to wire the house with before they begin putting up the sheet-rock next week.
Well, needless to say we toured the gardening section. I found a ton of things that I am going to have to get after we get moved in and started on gardening. However, I did pick up a couple of things. Yes, I know….my willpower was faulty today. I picked up a set of hand tools for gardening, and some bulbs for Bleeding Heart flowers.
I got a package of three bulbs of the bleeding heart plant. The box at Lowes was empty, but Home Depot came through! They are going to be so pretty in my flowerbeds!
I am really looking forward to landscaping and creating my flowerbeds at the house. My end goal is have lots of color just about all year round at the house. We’ll definitely be busy this summer!
I’ve been out of action the past several days. No work, no play, just lots of couch surfing. Last week I had a minor out-patient surgery. The surgery went well, everything came back normal and happy. I didn’t really have too much pain afterwards either. I’m back at work this week, taking it easy doing most of my work through email and phone calls. As hard as it was getting up and around Monday morning for work, it has been nice getting out of the house. Five days of nothing but the couch and netflix was starting to make me a little stir crazy.
Unfortunately, I won’t get to belt test in Taekwondo this month. I really don’t want to go another cycle as a white belt, but there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about that now. I’ll be out of Taekwondo for the remainder of April. I’m planning to try to start back first week in May. I’ll still be able to go and watch Dave do the classes until next cycle, at least I’ll be there even if I am not participating.
April is turning into a rather busy month. I had my surgery last week. This weekend I have a bridal shower to attend for one of my cousins. Next weekend we’ll be in Tulsa to celebrate several family member birthdays….including my mom’s and Dave’s birthdays. And then Friday the 29th is our cousin’s wedding. Busy, busy, busy month. Not to mention all the trips out to the house to see the building progress and take pictures. The last time I was out there they had delivered the tubs and shower and had run the plumbing lines. I’m still waiting to see brick on site.
Now that I am getting back on my feet and back into a semi-normal routine, I plan to post more often. I just wanted to let everyone know I am still alive and to stay tuned for more to come.
Today we met with the interior designer to pick out flooring, cabinets, and paint. Did you know that grout comes in multiple colors? Just a little something I learned today. We made several decisions today. And of course I took pictures of all of them.
Cabinets: (Kitchen and Bathrooms)
Vinyl: (Front entry way, Kitchen, Dining room, Laundry room)
Carpet: (Bedrooms, Closets, Living room)
Walls: (Napery on walls, Dover white on trim)
Counter tops: (We had a fun surprise, it turns out that the builder decided to upgrade our counter tops to granite at no extra cost. Happy surprise! These will be in the kitchen and the bathrooms.)
Back splash with grout choices:
Granite and the back splash selections:
I think we still have some decisions to make on appliances and fixtures and the like. Hopefully we’ll get out to the house in the next day or so. More pictures to come.
I have to admit I am loving Taekwondo way more than I thought I was going to. I figured I would enjoy it enough….but I actually love it! It’s giving me something to look forward to during the week and an overall goal (black belt) to work towards. I have a LONG ways to go before I reach that goal, but I am up for the challenge.
This week in our classes we are focusing on proper technique in our forms. We went through the first combo of the form paying special attention to our stances and the movements of our legs and arms/hands for each move. I am going to have to work hard on my stances making sure my feet are pointed the correct way and my legs are in the proper position for each stance. I think this is going to require building muscle memory in my legs so I don’t have to concentrate so much in the future. I also need to work on making sure I have the rotation down in my arms and hands for the strikes and blocks. I think overall as a white belt I am doing okay with the form. I memorized the first half of the form, working on the second half. Now to apply the proper technique to clean it up.
Tuesday’s class was a very good class, I learned a lot. After the core basic class was over we stayed for the black belt club class, where we learned the moves with the Bahng Mahng Ee. I must say working with the weapons is fun. Pairing up with Dave to practice the moves was a lot of fun too! How many people are sanctioned by their Taekwondo instructors to beat their spouse with a stick! Fun times!
It basically looks like a nerf bat. Sadly I do not have my own Bahng Mahng Ee at this time, Since I just now joined Taekwondo I was not able to get the weapons for this belt cycle. However, at the end of this month I will be able to order my weapons for next belt cycle. Very exciting stuff.
They are really moving on the house. Just within the last 7 days they have done the framing for the walls and the roof. Quite a bit of progress. We are super excited. The builder said that his decorator will be contacting us sometime this week to schedule an appointment to discuss the interior decisions for the house. The estimated closing date is June 15th. YAY!
Now for some pictures:
I am officially signed up in the Leadership program at Taekwondo. I have my uniform and white belt. I made it through my first classes last night. I really enjoyed the classes, though I did miss last week learning the first few steps of the green belt form I think after some practice tonight I’ll have it down and ready for class again on Thursday.
I felt really good during class, a little winded (apparently I am completely out of shape) but I pushed through all that. My muscles are really sore today. I was very proud of myself that I made it through all the exercises without having to stop. They said 20 push ups I did all 20. They said 20 sit ups, I did all 20! Keep in mind that I am out of shape so 20 felt like a million!
This cycle we are doing the green belt form, Songahm 5. It has 34 moves to perform. I learned part of the form last night and now have some items to work on to improve. Lucky for me, Dave was given the DVD for the green belt form when he was awarded his green belt last cycle. So I can watch that at home and also I have Dave to help me with hand positions and kicks.
I’m very excited about class on Thursday. I think for the first few weeks I’ll be doing Leadership and Adult Core/Basic classes on Tuesday and Thursdays and maybe the Family Basic class on Fridays. There are some other classes I can attend. Since I signed up for Leadership I can technically attend any of the classes I want (with the exception of the Tiny Tigers and Karate 4 Kids classes). At any rate, sore or not I am excited and can’t wait to practice a little tonight at home and then have class on Thursday! I’ll try to get a picture of me in my uniform after I get it washed and starch-free!
Today the poured the slab for the house. Dave and I went out by the lot after work today. Neither of us were feeling up to doing a taekwondo class tonight. The workers were still out at the house working on the cement smoothing it out. It sure does look like back-breaking work!
It’s been very exciting the past couple weeks seeing progress on our house. We are looking forward to more excitement in the weeks to come. I can’t wait to sit down with the interior decorator to pick out all the colors and stuff for inside the house!
They put in the pipes for the plumbing this week. Dave ran up to the lot to take pictures. The builder called the other day to let us know that they will be pouring the slab on Monday. We will be getting with the interior decorator sometime in the next two weeks to pick out paint and carpet and such. But, in the meantime…..we have plumbing!