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May 2014

In DIY on
May 28, 2014

Stay At Home Rosie

I’m still settling into my new life as a stay at home mom to a 77 year old man. It was a crazy weekend, with the road trip to pick him up Saturday, and another road trip to get him back here on Sunday after he took off while we slept. So we’ve been trying to keep everything calm this week. 
Mostly Bob has been watching TV, which frees me up to work on the computer. Blog posts, design work, and pinterest/ email/ photo/ computer organization has been thriving. But that all comes at a price, and in this case that is the wellbeing of my lower back, which has been not so happy since moving Bob’s bed in and setting up his room this weekend. 
Today I am dreaming of ways to change my desk and chair options to better support my back, and overall health. And here is what I have found out: I need a standing desk.
Well, pretty much everybody needs a standing desk. We all know this, but I am just going to reinforce the fact that sitting too much leads to all sorts of bad health: obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, etc. So if you have a job that requires you to be on a computer all day, you need to pursue other options. 
Let’s start with my current set up. I have a lovely home office/ studio that I set up last year in our back bedroom. The space is huge, and I have a good amount of storage space, I have a lovely large metal desk that I got for free and painted a lovely shade of mint green. But I never use this space. It makes me feel isolated from the rest of the house. Since setting up this space, I had been working out of the house some 49 hours a week. I didn’t have a lot of time to work on my own home projects anyway, and when I needed to do some freelance work, or write a blog post, I mostly did it after work. So the choice became to go work in the “office” or I could work at my little desk in the living room. So I always chose the latter. In my living room, I have a little sewing desk, it fit so perfectly behind our large sectional couch, that when I set up the bigger desk in the office, I wanted to keep the sewing desk where it was. And I still use it all the time. I sit on a chair from my kitchen table, and this allows me to strain my back every time I need to use my laptop. Yay! Not.
I should be specific and say that this is not a desk that I made to sew on, like all the cool sewing desks I see on Pinterest. This is a piece of furniture that belonged to Nick’s Grandma and has a sewing machine built into it, that folds down into the desk. Yes, there is a sewing machine in-between my knees and this blog post- right now.
So I went to the interwebs to see what I could find. And now I will share it all with you!

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In adventure on
May 23, 2014


roadtrip essentials

I get to go on a little road trip this weekend, and I am so excited. Things have been so crazy and stressful at my house, getting outta town, even just for day, sounds delightful. Also I have welcomed the distraction and had fun pinning and planning my trip.

So I have put together a little list of my roadtrippin’ essentials:

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In personal on
May 21, 2014

Life Changes

I’ve got big changes coming into my life. And because I have so much going on that I could write posts about everything separately, I’m going to spit it all out at once, in one sentence and elaborate later.

We’ve been remodeling our bathroom for the past month, in preparation for my husband’s grandfather to move in with us, and I have quit my jobs to be able to stay at home and care for him. 

Wow, that’s a big sentence. 

Now a tiny elaboration: 

My husband’s grandfather’s name is Bob, we call him Gramps, and we love love him. He is 77 years old, and in great physical shape, however, he has memory problems and cannot continue to live on his own. 

My one and only bathroom is currently in a state of disarray, and it stresses me out! No indoor plumbing for a month does not make Rosie a happy girl. 

I have had to quit both of my day jobs. Both. This is probably been the largest struggle for me. I am having a hard time organizing my feelings on this particular subject. Because I am an eternal optimist, I can find the silver gold lining in everything, but there are such strange feelings of judgement from me, and the world towards people who do not earn a living. I am trying to slough these feeling off, focus on the positive and be true to my heart, which tells me that this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing. 

In personal, summertime, wedding on
May 10, 2014


 If you want to get married, turn to page 364.

Consider that page turned. For I am now a happily married woman! What a year, graduated college, turned thirty and now, married the love of my life. I am so happy to say that. 

Nick and I had the craziest summer! We worked so hard, played very little, and made it through to the other side better and stronger than ever. 

I am a happy, lucky, thankful, and satisfied girl.

I never thought that things would change after getting married. After all, Nick and I have been together for 12 years, and have been living together for the past 7. What could possibly be changed? As my grandmother says, we have been playing house for a while. HOWEVER, I WAS WRONG! Things are very different! Moreover, they are awesome! If I knew that this was the man marriage was going to turn Nick into, I would have forced him to do this years ago. 

But then again, maybe this just confirms what he had been telling me for years, that he wasn’t ready, and that maybe this is the man he was finally ready to be. Anyway, enough with the personal sharing, onto the photos!

LB, my new favorite friend

Another awesome part of our wedding summer was procuring the newest member of our family, a darling 1967 Aladdin Travel Trailer, and our new Love Bungalow, complete with a driftwood sign, hand painted by a bridesmaid. We were planning on going to the beach for our honeymoon, we had much bigger plans than that to begin with, but somewhere along the way decided that a huge, international destination vacation was just going to be too much for us to do right after the wedding. We could tell we were just going to want to chill out, rest and relax when we were done. Hello! We didn’t do that all summer long! And we thought going somewhere a little more local would be nice. And an added bonus is that we wouldn’t have to stress over getting someone to watch our dogs. Seriously, we hate doing that. So the beach was our destination, and we saved up money accordingly. When it came time to book a beach house, a better idea popped into my head. If we rent a beach house, we have a week of relaxation, and empty pockets afterward, with nothing to show. But, if we bought a trailer, we could relax in the woods, swim in a river, and be alone for a week (sounds nice doesn’t it), and the best part is WE HAVE A TRAILER NOW! Nick only took a little convincing, but this I am used to. We searched for a couple weeks, and finally settled on this little guy, I talked the guy down and got is for $600 less than asking price. We took it straight out for a weekend, to see what it was like, and it was a hit. Everyone we camped with wanted a tour, and at became a really cool place to hang out. This baby is not perfect, it’s a work in progress, but I love it.

For the two weeks leading up to the wedding, Nick and I stayed at my parent’s house. This was only made possible because we had our little trailer, our own little space to crash out in after a long day of work, and get away from my parents. Houseguests and fish both start to stink after 3 days, and we could feel the pressure. Nevertheless, it is what needed to happen. 

We featured the trailer in out wedding, setting it up on the edge of the field that all the festivities went down. We set out the awesome matching rug that my mother got us as a wedding gift, added a bench and some pillows out side, and made it a little hangout spot. We left the door open so that people could look inside if they wanted. We spent our wedding night in the trailer, with mood lighting provided by my thoughtful bridesmaids. After the wedding, nick and I went back to work for a week, then it was honeymoon time. Sarah and I headed out to secure a spot on Thursday. By some grace of god, we arrived at the spot we had been dreaming of, and it wasn’t taken. Sarah and I tent camped for the night, and watched Pillow Talk and Pitch Perfect by the fire under an overcast sky waiting for Nick to arrive the next day. And nick did arrive, with our lovely vintage trailer in tow. The bad news was that it rained for 6 days, and we only got to swim and get sunburned in between downpours, but the good news was that we got to swim and get sunburned between showers and had a wonderful, warm and cozy trailer to take shelter in after. I seriously love this little guy!

When I met Nick we young. I was 18 and he was 20. At the beginning of our relationship, I needed a place to live, and I moved into a trailer that Nick was living in. It was parked on the side of a tiny house. The tiny hippy house of one of our mutual friends moms. We were young. It was only for a couple of months. It was awesome. I think of this as the place where our love was born. We got to know each other then. We went on long drives, camped mid-week, worked weird hours at weird jobs, and smoked cigarettes. Oh yeah, I used to smoke cigarettes. Anyway, the trailer we bought has the same exact layout as the trailer that we lived in. Just another reason why I love it. Even another would be that now every time I use the trailer, I will think about these ultra lovey-dovey memories, and my heart will flutter remembering our super sweet wedding and honeymoon.