It happens every time. Just when I think I’m done blogging, I find myself logging back in and wanting to brain dump. So, here I am. It’s been a long time, and a lot’s going on. I miss the outlet.
My husband got a new job a few months ago. It’s an hour to an hour and a half drive away from where we live, so naturally, we’re (slowly) escalating the amount of work we’re doing to our house, because that kind of commute twice a day, every day, is just ridiculous. There have been sporadic internet real estate searches so we can start getting a feel for what’s out there, and now that I have a few favorites saved I’m impatient to be out of this house and move on to the next chapter. It’s slow going, though, because trying to accomplish any kind of home improvement as you’re paying down debt – while not accruing more debt – is a challenge. So we’re working on the free and/or cheaper projects for now. Popcorn ceiling removal (yep, still) is what we’ve been working on lately. I completed the popcorn removal in the master bedroom, closet, and bathroom in 2014, and in the past few weeks, we’ve removed popcorn in our upstairs hallway, our half bathroom, about two thirds of the kitchen, and most of our entryway. We’ve still got to finish up the kitchen, a bit over the stairs, probably the rest of our upstairs closets, our laundry room, and the living room. All of the downstairs has popcorn ceilings as well, but I’m seriously considering just installing white planks over top of it, because I am SO tired of the dust and mess. I hate to do that, though; it feels like a crime on the level of painting over wallpaper, or covering one wallpaper with a different wallpaper instead of removing it all and starting over AS ONE SHOULD. We’ll see how I feel once I get the upstairs done. Maybe we won’t touch the downstairs ceilings at all.
Anyway, so once we finish up the popcorn removal, we’ll be doing lots and lots of painting, ceilings first.
In the midst of the mess, my husband has suggested that we go back to eating paleo and improving our health. While I can’t disagree that we need to do that, I feel like going paleo before is kind of what killed any enjoyment of cooking that I had because there was SO. MUCH. COOKING. And the sink and dishwasher were ALWAYS. FULL. OF DISHES. But, he’s right, better off healthier; I might be more energetic, for starters. So we have been slowly easing back into clean eating. I am committed to going paleo, but also finding ways to make it easier so I’m not spending all of my time in the kitchen. I’ve picked up a few more paleo cookbooks – particularly the ones that promise “quick and easy” or “one pot,” and have well over a year’s worth of recipes saved on Pinterest, and I’ve started following more paleo blogs to help me find new things I can try, as well. With all of the mess from the popcorn removal, cooking has been a challenge, so we’re not 100% there yet, but we’re getting better.
2015 was just not my favorite year. January started off with a hell of a bang last year and it seems like we’ve spent this long recovering from it. I think that’s part of the reason I stopped blogging last year; so many stories but they weren’t all mine to tell, so we just focused on getting through it. Now we’re happier, the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train anymore, and it feels good. Seeing your family happy is about all you can ask for, sometimes.