Oh this construction project. I have so many emotions, and words, for it. I love seeing the progress but we’ve had days, and some weeks, when little or nothing gets done. I can see the end coming but it’s still weeks away.
So where is the project at now? There has been a big push to get our master bedroom complete. We have been out of our room for thirteen weeks. We have gotten back in this week but it isn’t complete. There is electrical to finish, the closet rails need to be hung, and the transitions for the flooring need to be installed. You may be asking, “how can you live in a room with unfinished electrical?” Most of the electrical is done. The ceiling fan and my fancy sparkly light for the nook need to be installed.
In the addition they are reconstructing the deck and the side fence that had to come down for the excavator. The painters are painting everything. Our vanity was installed last night and is waiting for the painters to, well, paint it. There are things that need to be corrected in the addition. For example, the bathroom vanity light fixture was installed upside down, a piece of sheet rock was cut out but hasn’t been reinstalled, mudded and painted. Little things like that , which are annoying.
I’m sure I could go on and on about all the things, but I think this is good.
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I recently made this Crunchy Taco Ring recipe for my family. It is very similar to another family favorite, The Cheeseburger Ring. Which I’ll post that recipe later. I figured I would give it a try. Overall it was tasty. The family enjoyed eating it and it was great as a left over for lunch the next day.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Crunchy Taco Ring
1 pound ground meat
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 cup crushed corn chips
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar plus , 1/2 cup cheese to top ring
2 tubes of Crescent rolls
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Brown ground meat and drain
3. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Cook for several minutes to incorporate and thicken
4. Make crescent roll ring
5. Add corn chips and cheese to meat combine well
6. Put mixture on crescent roll ring
7. Fold points over mixture to create ring
8. Bake for 18-20 minutes on middle rack
9. Let sit a minute or two before cutting. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over ring
10. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and lettuce
I made a salad for a side item with the shredded lettuce.Until next time keep up with me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall
We recently moved in with my father and in that process we got rid of a lot of stuff. Then the first two weeks we were here, we got rid of even more stuff. Then more time went by and we got rid of even more stuff. We donated to local charities and sent other things to the auction house. There is still more stuff to go through. I have been consistently going through all of our belongings in an attempt to organize and get things in there new home. But in this process I’m still donating items and there will be more items in the future.
But what’s got me thinking is the two pods worth of stuff still to be unpacked once the addition is finished. The addition is another story. There is furniture for the boys rooms and other miscellaneous items for the house. My mind keeps going to the “do we need, or want, all those items in the pods?” And I keep thinking, “probably not”.
It seems kind of backwards to me that I want to reduce the amount of things I have but we’re adding about 900 square feet to the house which will end up with stuff. The space were adding is for bedrooms, not just to have more space for stuff. But it does feel a tad counter productive.
I look around and see my belongings and that of my families. Some of the stuff is useful, some meaningful, and other things that are just there. Some of the items will have a home in the addition and are hanging out in an odd spot, but I feel others may be moving on to new homes.
There will be a lot of work going on in the coming months to pear down the things and lots of construction of the new area. But when the addition is ready to move in to I will have to face the pods and all that they hold. I think that will be a true test of what items I want to keep in my life and which items I will bid a fond farewell too.
How do you feel about your space and your belongings in it?
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We’ve made some big life moves in the last several months to get to where we are now. It’s been crazy, stressful but totally worth it.
Several months ago my father asked us if we were willing to move in with him. My mother passed away in July 2018 and living alone with just the dog was lonely.
After much consideration and conversation my husband and I agreed. In really we agreed right away but how we were going to make it happen took a bit to coordinate. We needed to sell our house and build an addition on his. And that’s just the short version of all the things we needed to do.
We moved in over spring break, which has been about a month ago now. Our house is in contract and will be closing soon, fingers crossed. And the plans for the addition will be going to the county this upcoming week. To say that my shoulders are a bit tense would be an understatement. Don’t worry, I’m getting a message this week to release the stress. So there will be room for the new stress.
There is still a lot going on but it’s all worth it. We’re all together as a family. We’re all settling in to our new routines. Our cats still don’t know what to think of the dog but they are getting used to each other.
Updates about the addition build will come over the next several months. It should be an interesting process.
As you can see from the totally serious picture above I’m still working at the school district. The hat, by the way, was a big hit with the kids. Totally worth the purchase.
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When I was in middle school I read a collection of stories about people who gave up all their worldly possessions to live a simple life. That simple life was in different forms. I remember thinking who in the world would do that? All of their stuff. Only crazy people do that.
Well call me crazy but I’ve been purging a lot of stuff lately. Car loads of stuff to our local charity. And I was reminded of those stories. My life had been taken over by stuff. And most of that stuff didn’t have any meaning for me. The thought of having meaningless stuff just hanging around, weighing me down, was a horrible feeling. That’s when I started going through everything.
I’ve gotten rid of a lot of things and I don’t even miss the stuff. Which I thought I would, but I’m loving the feeling of being free from stuff. A weight has truly been lifted. Believe me I still have a lot of things, but I’m going through them. I have a goal of once a week to make a drop off trip to the charity. The charity also does pickups so I’ll be using that as well.
When I’m deciding if an item will stay or go I ask myself a few questions.
Have I used this lately
Does it give me joy
Is it meaningful
It’s been hard for some items and to be honest, there are items that have made it through a few rounds because I can’t seem to let them go. And there were others that were really easy to say good-bye to. But oh what a feeling of knowing others will enjoy and benefit from the items. That makes me feel good.
Have any of you gone through this or are currently purging stuff out of your life? I would love to hear about it.
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I had this really long post written about all the stuff that has gone on with me over the last several months since I posted last. Then I realized when it came down to it there were only two life things that were big for me. We all celebrated October through December holidays in our own way then came January through May, but two big things in my life that has moved my journey forward. In November I turned forty and in February I officially became debt free. These two events really mean something in my journey. I have been a slave to the norm, work a job, pay bills, be responsible, etc., etc. I knew deep down there was more. I love being creative either through writing, crafts, painting or drawing. Those things enrich my life more than my day job of contributing to the obesity problem ever has. Reaching those mile stones has really opened up possibilities for me that I never considered. Always sometime in the future or that would be nice but. Well hell, but nothing. I am actively now engaging in the realities of creating the life I want. Not settling for the day to day survival. I am actively moving in the direction of change and creating new goals. What are those goals you may ask?
My life goal is to travel and live a full enriched life through creativity and helping others.
How does that look in reality? I’m not sure but I’m figuring it out. Day by day I get more insight into how I am going to be able to live my dreams and reach my goals.
What are you working toward in your life? I challenge you to ask yourself that question. You may be surprised in what you find.
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To get things moving here I thought a brief history of me would be in order. I promise this isn’t going to be long but it’ll give you an idea of where I’m from and where I’ve been.
I was born in Panorama City California on November 26, 1975. I grew up in Simi Valley California. I am an only child. You know, my parents recognized perfection and stopped.
I went all the way through school in Simi graduating from Royal High School in June 1994. In Junior High I was a member of the choir and we went on a singing tour in Florida. That was pretty exciting. We sang in venues around Florida but the best place was Disney World. That’s hard to beat when you’re a teenager. While in high school I was a member of the dance team and competed quite extensively. In 1993 the team went to Japan to compete in the World Dance Competition. And guess what? We won. That was a pretty awesome time in my life. That was my first taste of international travel and I loved it. I was accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and a Business degree. I graduated in May 1998. Yep, in just four years.
After graduation I worked for an international hotel chain and moved to Texas in Sept 1998. In Texas I opened multiple hotels and restaurants for multiple companies. I even worked for the Dallas Cowboys for a period of time. Let me tell you that was an experience. That is also where I met my husband.
I got married on October 26, 2002. So as of this writing I’ve been married for twelve years. Wow, where does the time go? Jason and I welcomed our first son, Parker, into the world on January 24, 2005.
Jason had a job opportunity in the Pacific Northwest in 2006, specifically in the Portland area. Which it so happened to be where my parents had retired to a few years earlier. Being an only child and having the only grand baby it only seemed right to move. So we moved up to Oregon in March of 2006. We then welcomed our second son, Aiden, into the family on November 28, 2006. Aiden and my birthdays are two days apart. Not only do we share our birthday celebrations with each other, we share them with a turkey. Which if you didn’t see it earlier I am a Thanksgiving baby.
In January 2007 I began writing again much more seriously than I had in school. I started writing in elementary school, but never thought of writing as a real career choice. But as I went through my old writings I got excited about it again and thought, this actually is a real option. My first story was published in April 2012.
In October 2012 I decided to take a year off to write and be a full time mom. I loved every minute of that year. I wrote more than I have ever written before. It was glorious. The boys loved it because mom was actually home all the time. Which was a harsh contrast to when I was working in the restaurant 50 plus hours a week.
I returned to full time restaurant employment in November 2013 to a place I call the Burger Mines.
So what am I working on now? Currently I’m working on returning to purely creative pursuits, to be honest to my true self, to travel and create. To be the mom and wife I want to be. What that year off showed me was what was possible if I let it happen. So now I’m working my ever loving butt off to be able to live the life I truly want to live.
That is the history of me in a nutshell. See I told you it wouldn’t be too long.
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