July 2012 Recap

In July I…

I told you some things I’m afraid of
Make a cute summer door hanger for a friend
Showed you the updates on our bathroom remodel and added polka dots to it!
Met the author of Divergent and Insurgent at my first ever author signing
Gave my tips for surviving a job you didn’t care for
and finally, we saw buffalo!!

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My July goals were…

  • Finish my California mini scrapbook- It’s not finished but I did make great headway.
  • Organize my new bookshelves- done!
  • Do Pilates three times a week- Ummm, no. Darn those lazy summer days!
  • Finish the Salad Challenge– done! I’ll post the last few salads and the round up soon.
  • See some fireworks- done! We saw fireworks on the 19th up in Hyde Park and saw some more at the Pioneer Days Rodeo on the 24th. 

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    Rodeo

    On Tuesday we decided to go to the Pioneer Days Rodeo and celebrate the 24th of July. If you’re not from Utah, then you may or may not know that we celebrate the settling of the Pioneers in Utah on the 24th of July. Anyway, heading over to the rodeo was a last minute decision but we’re glad we went. We had a great time. I thought I’d share some of the photos I took. It was hard to get anything good but here they are.

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    (we got photo bombed! He he.)
    We didn’t get home until pretty late but we had fun!

    June Salad Challenge 23~26

    Here are the latest four salad in our June Salad Challenge. We are getting so close to wrapping this up.

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    Recipe~ Classic Garden Salad- no recipe
    Changes~ For this salad I just took some tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers from our garden to throw together your classic garden salad.
    The Stars~ carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers
    Recommend~Garden salads are a great way to use up any veggies in your fridge. Almost anything is good in a salad.

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    Recipe~ Spinach, Cherry Salad
    Changes~ I used orzo instead of quinoa because that’s what I had
    The Stars~ Cherries, Brussel Sprouts, and Oranges
    Recommend~ Next time we make this we’ll try a different vinaigrette. We thought this dressing was just a bit bland.

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    Recipe~ Pasta Salad with Peas, Ham and Peppers
    Changes~ I based my salad off of this recipe but added orange peppers to it and left out the olives.
    The Stars~ Peas, Ham, Orange peppers
    Recommend~ This is a great summer salad and pretty easy to throw together. Try different pastas and use fresh ham (rather than the pre-cubed, pre-packaged kind) when possible.

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    Recipe~ Iceberg Wedge with Homemade Bacon Ranch dressing
    Changes~ none
    The Stars~ the dressing
    Recommend~ We love wedge salads and this ranch dressing was pretty good, although it ended up being a little on the thick side.

    Hopefully I’ll have the last four salads ready to post next week and then we can round this challenge up finally!

    Her Weekend

    Well, here we are back to Monday. We had a busy weekend so I’m glad that I’ll get Tuesday off of work for the 24th of July (which is a Utah state holiday.) We spent the weekend up in Logan painting my mom’s house. Sunday I worked on some projects around home while Andy did school work. So- just some images from the weekend to kick start this Monday!

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    Quick stop at Cafe Ibis in Logan for breakfast.

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    Nellie helping Andy tape to get ready for painting.

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    Andy and Lindsey work on the hallway…

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    …while Jen tackles the kitchen and I take pictures. (I actually did put the camera down and help once in awhile!)
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    Andy and I went to lunch at USU and got Marv n Joes…

    Andy lunch

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    …and a giant peanut butter bar.

    How was your weekend?

    Polka dots in the bathroom

    I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on last night. I decided to cover our bathroom shelves with some cute polka dot contact paper.

    Here’s what they looked like before. Pretty ugly.

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    I started by removing the the drawers and shelves that would come out.

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    Make sure you give each surface a really good wipe down. You don’t want any dirt getting stuck under your contact paper.

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    I then laid one of my shelves on the sheet of contact paper to measure it.

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    The instruction recommend leaving 3/8′ overlap on each side. You can cut off any excess after you’ve got it positioned just right.

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    I used a pen to mark where I was going to cut.

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    And then I cut four sheets of that same size out. One for each of the two shelves and two for each of the bottoms of the tall cabinet.

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    Then it’s as simple as peeling off the backing and positioning it on your shelf.

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    Don’t worry if you don’t get it just right at first. It’s easy to peel off and reapply, plus you have the excess from each edge to work with.

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    Then take a flat hard surface or a rag and slide it across your contact paper. Work from the middle out to the edges to smooth out any bubbles.

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    Now the drawers were a little trickier to measure so I made sure to leave extra on each side just in case. After you cut out your drawer piece then push it in to place inside the drawer. Use your flat surface or rag to smooth out any bubbles.

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    Use a razor blade to cut off any excess paper around the edges.

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    Smooth it down one more time to make sure it’s all stuck in every corner.

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    Since the bottom of the cabinets couldn’t be removed, I used one of the shelves as a template, cut a piece of contact paper to fit (leaving a little extra on each edge just in case) and then applied it right in place. I had to use the razor blade to clean up the edges.

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    Then I put my shelves and drawers back in place.

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    So much cuter than those dingy unfinished cabinet shelves and drawers! This was really an easy project and came together pretty quickly.

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    I love that there’s a surprise pop of color and pattern when you open the cabinets!

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    Don’t you think that sometimes it’s the small changes we make to a room that can really liven it up?

    *Polka dog contact paper is from Kmart

    5 tips for surviving a job

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    We’ve all been there- working somewhere that just isn’t making you happy for one reason or another. 
    It may be the work that you do, your fellow coworkers, or your boss that is making the situation difficult for you. It may also be your own restlessness to move on to the next phase of your life that makes staying where you are difficult. 
    In any case, it can really suck the life out of you and if you’re not careful, the sourness from your job can carry over in to your personal life.
    But if you’re not quite ready to pull the plug for one reason or another, here are five ideas for surviving until you are ready to move on.
    1. List the positive. Think clear back to when you applied for the job and remind yourself what made it appealing in the beginning. Also remind yourself what you loved about it when you first started. Make a list of the things about the job that you like: good pay or benefits, stimulating work, great view from your office window, etc. Then try to focus on those positive things.
    2. Challenge yourself.  Often when people get tired of their job, they tend to ‘check out.’ I try really hard to do the opposite. I really step up my game. You never know, this may get you noticed and lead to a new, more exciting project or a promotion to a better position.  Sometimes it’s just boredom that makes me tired of my job. Challenge yourself in some way at work. Maybe ask to be involved with a new assignment or take it upon yourself to do something that you see needs to be done. New things will help break up your day.
    3. Find a friend. For me it helps to have someone in the office that I can talk to. We like to talk about things that interest us, funny things that happened to us, and our families. Those short conversations throughout the day help to take my mind off my job for a minute and get me smiling or laughing. Sometimes we commiserate about work but I always try to keep those conversations to a minimum- you never know when they could come back to bite you in the butt.
    4. Consider your goals. Maybe you’re already doing this, but while you’re stuck in your current job, think about how you can get to where you really want to be. Maybe this job is an important rung on the ladder to your ultimate career goal. Your current job will almost always be important as a reference, so don’t burn bridges. Even if you’re unhappy, you can still be a good employee and eventually exit with a great reference and come out on top.Remind yourself what it is about this job that is preparing your and training you for the job you really want.
    5. Take a break. If your boss allows breaks, take them. More importantly, get away from your work area a couple of times a day if possible. Even taking a short walk around the parking lot, while listening to my IPod is sometimes enough to recharge me and help me power through the rest of the day. When you’re back in the office also try changing up your normal schedule, just to break out of that boring routine. On a side note, make sure that you stay active in your personal life. Take a bike ride or go on a hike after work. Those ‘happy’ endorphins are powerful things!
    Do you do any of these things? What helps you tough out a not so great working situation?
     

    what’s growing around here

    I’ve been snapping pictures of my flowers like crazy- specifically the Lilies which are looking especially beautiful. I have a couple different colors of Daylilies as well as several red Asiatic Lilies, one pink Oriental Lily and one white Easter Lily. I thought I’d share some photo’s of them today. They always seem to go more quickly than I’d like them to.

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    It’s been pouring buckets off and on the last couple of weeks. It will be sunny for several days and then the rain will come back. I kind of like it. The quiet evenings with just the sound of the rain on the roof are pretty peaceful. The garden is growing pretty well right now too. I posted a picture of our first major harvest on Facebook last night.

    Which Lily do you like the best? What flowers do you like the best?

    Monday

    Morning everyone. I had some pictures to share with you today but never got the chance to upload them. I’ll share them on Facebook later tonight. I’m getting much better at updating it and I’ve got some fun plans for it in the future. Be sure to like the page using the sidebar widget or by just hoping on over to the page itself.

    PS- We chose a shower curtain for our bathroom remodel. It’s from Kmart but we ordered it online. I wasn’t planning on anything ‘flowery’ but this just works really well, I think.
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    How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

    Dark Days Tour-Author Signing

    On Wednesday I attended the Dark Days Tour at the Salt Lake Main Library. Authors in attendance were Veronica RothDivergent/Insurgent, Aprilynne PikeDestined/Wings Series, SJ KincaidInsignia, and Dan WellsPartials. We were able to hear them speak about their books and then took about 45 minutes of questions. They were a great group and they had some humorous answers to our questions.

    Afterward was the book signing. I appreciate the organized way that the library handled the signing (and being able to sit in a chair until it was my turn.) I was probably there three hours, which isn’t bad, and it was worth it.

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    From left to right: Veronica Roth, Dan Wells, SJ Kincaid, and Aprilynne Pike

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    My books all signed and nestled between my owl bookends from Z Gallerie.

    In other news, Betty arrived and she’s fantastic!

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    Happy Friday everyone! Any fun plans for the weekend?