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Have you ever had that gut sinking feeling that you just royally f***ed up? The one that makes you sick to your stomach and doesn't go away, even if you aren't thinking about it? Yeah, that was me on Friday night throughout the weekend.

In November I finally saved up enough of my Origami Owl commissions to buy myself a new MacbookPro. It was my goal for months, but between buying the new jewelry and spending money on going to convention in Arizona, every time I got close I set myself back another couple hundred dollars.

On November 29th, I found a good day after Black Friday deal and went and purchased a MacbookPro with my own money. To say I was proud of myself is an understatement. I was beaming and I couldn't believe I finally did it. TJ was equally as proud and even texted me while I was out getting it how proud he was of my hard work.

Fastforward to Friday night and this happens::
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It was way way way less dramatic than that. I had an almost empty glass of white wine (it was only my second small glass so I was not intoxicated at all) and was sitting on the couch, watching tv, and working on my Origami Owl stuff when I barely bumped my glass on the side of my computer. There was the tiniest of sloshes and barely anything landed on my computer and then... darkness. 
My computer shut down! I immediately turned it upside down and wiped off what I could see and then proceeded to try to turn it back on. Lesson to the unwise, never ever try to turn your computer back on when liquid has been spilled inside--you know, the whole liquid and electronics thing? It can fry your computer. I know that sounds obvious, but I wasn't thinking clearly and with the amount that spilled I figured it was okay. 
I finally took it in to TJ and was freaking out and he asked me if I tried to turn it on and when I said yes he couldn't keep the look off his face. The look like, duh, it's liquid and electronics. We wanted to take the back off but we didn't have the right pentatonic screwdriver to get the screws off. So I decide I'm going to go to Walmart (the only place open at almost 11pm on a Friday night) to look for it and long story short, they don't have it.
So while I'm gone TJ was researching Mac spills and basically if it doesn't turn back on it costs almost as much as a new Mac to fix it, so he told me not to hold my breath. We turned it upside down and blew a fan on it for 3 days until our new pentatonic screwdriver arrived in the mail. 
That was last night. TJ said that before he took it apart he wanted to know if it turned on. It did! My computer dried out and is up and running. I was sick to my stomach about it all weekend and everything is okay. TJ still needs to take it apart and clean it because the liquid can cause corrosion, but I am so happy that it turned on I can't even explain it. 
From now on there will be NO liquid near my computer. I'm so relieved that there wasn't any permanent damage, but I'm not running that risk again any time soon.
Have you ever had that gut sinking feeling that you just royally f***ed up?


Currently...

Drinking a homemade salted caramel latte. Having an espresso machine is pretty much the best thing ever. It's how I survive.

Eating nothing. Coffee is breakfast. Duh.

Watching Sesame Street. This is the first time we've watched it in forever because Liam was never interested. Well he must be now because it's 5 minutes in and he's been cracking up ever since it started. Finally, a mom can only watch the same four Super Why episodes so many times...

Thinking about everything I need to get done today, but all I want to do is sit on the computer.

Wanting to buy new clothes. I desperately need some new clothes since I stretched everything out when I was pregnant with Emery (even though I swore at the time I wasn't). Emery is also about to outgrow her 0-3 month clothes and all she has that fits are onesies. I want to get her cute tops and dresses to wear.

Dreaming about a cleaning fairy. Even one that just folds laundry would be nice.

Thankful for the time we have left on shore duty. Soon this time will come to an end and TJ will be back on a submarine and gone half the time, so I'm really going to embrace the time we have left. It's starting to sink in and we need to take advantage of the little time we have left. We are taking a little trip this weekend to Myrtle Beach and I'm really excited about it.

Origami Owl Wishlist

I know there are a lot of women who want an Origami Owl Locket but aren't sure they want to spend the money on themselves. Sometimes they ask for a catalog and leave it laying around with what they want marked inside, but lets be real, some guys need a better hint than that. Did you know you can create a Wish List to show them exactly what you want? Here's how:

Go to lindseyaugustine.origamiowl.com.

Click “CUSTOMER SIGN UP” at the top.
You will now be prompted to CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. Fill out the form and click SIGN UP.

Now you can LOGIN.

As you find items that you love click + ADD TO WISH LIST.
Once you are finished creating your locket click MY WISH LIST and then EMAIL WISH LIST.
You should then see this form. Fill out the required fields and click send!
How easy was that? Now go ahead and create that Wish List so you know you're going to get exactly what you want!
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My Kids Are Growing Up Too Fast!

Since I've been trying to blog regularly again I haven't really given you an update on life and the kids. Liam turned 2 in December and Emery will be 3 months on Friday. Liam is finally learning how to really play independently and Emery is just a good baby all around. I'm blessed.

Yesterday daddy was on duty so we hung out at home. I intended on getting a bunch of stuff done around the house, but that just did not happen. The only thing that actually got cleaned yesterday was the kitchen, and that's because it's a part of my morning routine--every morning I get Liam into his highchair for breakfast, do the dishes from the night before if they didn't get done after dinner, and wipe down the whole kitchen before I allow myself to make my morning coffee (this makes me feel less guilty about sitting down for an hour at the computer). Emery is also usually still sleeping while all of this happens. She's just like her mommy--she loves her sleep.

The reason I didn't end up getting anything done was because the weather finally warmed up enough to play outside and it was sunny! We had to take advantage of it. For Christmas Liam got a lot of sports toys for outside so I gathered them up and took them out back and made a second cup of coffee to enjoy while Liam played. It was gorgeous.
Emery enjoyed being outside even though it was so bright she barely opened her eyes. Hahaha.
Liam was playing, but he still had to have a graham cracker to hold. I swear that graham crackers are like his security blanket.
Emery likes to either be sitting straight up or laying completely flat.
She was being so somber until I told her she was a pretty girl, then she looked like the next picture.
She loves being told she's pretty. ;)
Liam is really into stacking things: markers, books, and these blocks are his favorite.
They're really growing up too fast. I already miss the stages they're in and they haven't even outgrown them yet. I nurse Emery and think back to nursing Liam and realize that soon she'll be as big as him. I snuggle with Emery while she's asleep and already miss how tiny she is. I know I need to sit back and enjoy these moments, but they'll still be gone before I know it. 

If you figure out how to pause time, please let me know!
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In My Library--The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August



The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North

3 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads: The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character - a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.


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This book was very intriguing. The idea of living your life over and over again kept me very interested. I think that Harry lived a lot of interesting lives, but I didn't love the story line about time travel. I thought it dragged in that sense, which is weird since it's the main story line of the book, but I did like the rest of the story and his lives, even though he lacked personality.
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In My Library--Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always




by Elissa Janine Hoole

3 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads: Cassandra fears rocking the family boat. Instead, she sinks it. 

Assigned by her English teacher to write a poem that reveals her true self, Cassandra Randall is stuck. Her family's religion is so overbearing, she can NEVER write about who she truly is. So Cass does what any self-respecting high school girl would do: she secretly begins writing a tarot-inspired advice blog. When Drew Godfrey, an awkward outcast with unwashed hair, writes to her, the situation spirals into what the school calls "a cyberbullying crisis" and what the church calls "sorcery." 

Cass wants to be the kind of person who sticks up for the persecuted, who protects the victims the way she tries to protect her brother from the homophobes in her church. But what if she's just another bully? What will it take for her to step up and tell the truth?

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Bullying is a big problem these days, especially for people who hide behind the screen. I thought that Cass was a relatable character since she doesn't quite fit in with her family and wants to push the boundaries of her parents rules. I think that what she experiences--struggling with sticking up for the "loser" in school, sneaking out of the house, etc.--was very relatable and believable, but I also thought that the book was pretty predictable. 

I'd recommend this book to teenagers, but not adults. 
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Book Club

How are you doing with your New Years resolutions? My friends and I started a book club and that's how I'm staying on top of reading. So far so good.

We met last week to discuss starting a book club at Chic Fil A so the kids could play. We decided to start our club with just the three of us and that we'd take turns picking books and try to finish them in two weeks. We all finished the book in less than a week so we are meeting today to discuss it. 
We read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Have you read it?

Do you have a book club with your friends? Do you have any book suggestions for our book club?
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I want to become a morning person.

Becoming a morning person is no easy task, trust me. While I want to wake up before the kids and have an hour to myself in the morning so I can enjoy hot coffee, one late night throws all of that off again.
I am a night owl. I always have been and I've always loved it, but having kids and being a night owl don't exactly go hand in hand. I enjoy my time alone after the kids go to bed and sometimes I find myself up wayyyy later than I intend to be. Those are the nights that turn into the mornings that the kids don't want to sleep in. Ahh, this is life.

I think if I had a place with a beautiful morning view it would be easier to get up earlier than the kids. I miss having a place with a view. Our first apartment in Hawaii was on a mountain on the 5th floor and it overlooked Honolulu. I could see the ocean and the city and it was just beautiful. I feel like I took that view for granted. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it while I was there, but looking back I didn't spend as much time out on our lanai as I should have. I also wasn't a coffee drinker then and that's a shame, we could have had a lot of beautiful sunrises.

And then there is TJ's grandma's cottage. We spent a week there one May and it was still cool enough in the mornings that a hot coffee was perfect out on the deck overlooking the lake. It really was the best way to start the day.

Now we live in a subdivision. The only view we have is of our backyard, the fence, and the back of some other people's houses. It's kind of depressing. Nothing about it makes me want to go outside in the morning and enjoy my cup of coffee. Maybe if there was a view I would try a little harder to wake up before the kids. For now I'll continue microwaving it multiple times to keep it hot or endure more mornings like this:
This is what happens when I try to sneak away to enjoy a hot coffee.
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Avocado Chicken Salad

I am going to preface this post with the fact that I am NOT a food blogger and therefore I don't take pictures of the ingredients before I use them, the process, or anything fancy like that. I have one picture of the final product, and it's nothing special. Now that we're all on the same page, we can proceed. ;)

One day last year we were trying to think of something easy to make for dinner and TJ asked if I thought that avocados would taste good in chicken salad instead of mayonnaise (since we had a few laying around that were about to go bad and I was pregnant and on a guacamole kick). I had heard of using avocados as a mayo replacement in the past so we decided to give it a go and let me tell you, we'll never make chicken salad with mayo again. Not only is it so much healthier to use avocados, it also tastes infinitely better. Even my picky 2 year old loves it!

I know that it's the beginning of the year and everyone is trying to get healthy, so if you're looking for something easy to make that is also good for you, try this recipe. We like to put it in low carb wraps with some pink Himalayan sea salt, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and whatever other veggies you have around. I'm also guilty of eating it right out of the bowl we make it in.


Ingredients
2 ripe avocados
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
onion to taste
juice of 1 lime

Instructions
Mash the avocados and Greek yogurt in a bowl until smooth. Stir in garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and red onion and stir until combined then add lime juice and stir.






You could also use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt if that is what you have, but we love Greek yogurt. I'm not talking about sweet, fruity Greek yogurt--though we like that, too--I'm talking about plain Greek yogurt. If you've never had it you should try it; the flavor is very similar to sour cream. In fact, I prefer the taste of plain Greek yogurt to sour cream so we don't even buy sour cream anymore (just make sure you don't buy vanilla Greek yogurt, your tacos will taste a bit off... trust me).

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think and also share with me your favorite recipes that replace mayonnaise with avocados. I'd love to try something new!
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2015?!?

Happy New Year! 

My, how time flies! Can you believe that 2014 is over? I know I can't. It was such a great year and I barely shared any of it with you. But that is why I am here. I am going to start blogging again and I'm going to start with a list of goals for myself for the new year. 

1) Blog regularly. I got a message from a friend about a month ago that I should start blogging again. It was funny because I'd spent the three previous days staring at an empty screen, trying to find the inspiration. I just don't know where to start. I have nothing and everything to blog about. 

For example, I had a baby! 

I know, I know. No big deal. ;) Just kidding.
We added a little girl--Emery--to the family on October 23rd. She's the sweetest little thing.
And Liam absolutely adores her. He will NOT to go bed without giving her a kiss and asks to hold her all the time. We are truly so blessed--we got our big brother, little sister duo--and transitioning from one kid to two has gone as smooth as I could have ever dreamed. Life is good, but more on that later.

2) Get Liam potty trained. He just turned 2 in December and we are done with traveling and guests for a while, so I think it's the right time to start trying. He will sit on the potty, but he hasn't quite figured out how to go on it yet.

3) Get fit! Now that I'm cleared to workout again--and the holidays are over--it's time to hit the gym. Luckily I have an awesome gym in the garage and a live-in personal trainer, so no excuses.

4) Read more. I only read 11 books last year... 11! That is the least amount of books I've read in a year since I learned to read! My problem is that I won't stop reading a book I've started--no matter how bad it is--so I'll dread reading and it'll take me over a month to finish a book (my other problem is iPad games....). My goal this year is to read 25 books and to stop reading a book if it sucks.

5) Grow my Origami Owl business. This year I want to advance to Team Leader and have more in-home Jewelry Bars. I also want to go to Convention again. This year it's in Chicago!

6) Get family pictures. Like legit professional pictures done. The ones on my blog header now were snapped at a friends wedding and I love them so much. Now we just need to get some with Emery. 

7) Keep up with the house so I have time to blog. I feel like I haven't been let in on the secret for keeping the house clean, blogging, and taking care of babies/toddlers. I see blogs of spotless houses and happy kids and regularly scheduled posts and I just don't know how they do it. 

It's one of my biggest hesitation when it comes to blogging again. Where do they find the time? I swear I should be folding laundry right now--among a million other things--so I just don't know where they find the time or the energy. And what about the content that doesn't have to do with their kids? I mean, I spend all day every day with these two little boogers, I'm not sure what to blog about other than my children's cuteness and projectile vomiting.

I definitely have missed blogging, I just don't really know how to start over. But here's to trying. 
Here's to my new goals. Here's to 20-15!
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