Tuesday, March 11, 2008


This is my 400th post. I suppose that is some kind of milestone, but I'll wait until I hit 500 to celebrate.

I've been MIA from the blog lately. I've been busy, but most of my life hasn't been very blog-worthy. Winter has really sucked the life out of me in some respects, so I'm desperately looking forward to spring. Hopefully we've turned the corner in the weather department this week. The sun is shining and snow is slowly melting. Of course this is leaving a terrible mess everywhere and a muddy dog, but we'll take what we can get after the agony of the past few months.

So, what have I been doing... To prove to you how boring things have been, I present a day in the life of Libby:
  • 5:15 Alarm rings. I contemplate sleeping in, but most days end up pulling myself out of bed.
  • 6:00 Arrive at gym bewildered (and today, with my shirt on backwards).
  • 6:00 - 7:30 Workout. This involves some combination of weight lifting, cardio machines, and swimming (pale skin and all). I can't bring myself to take group exercise classes. The perkiness at that early hour is certain to send me right over the edge. After a month of just showing up, I've spent the last month following a planned workout regime and am working hard and getting stronger. I've seen 0 results otherwise. Probably because I'm still eating too much like boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.
  • 8:00 ish Arrive at work. Eat light breakfast at my desk.
  • 8:00 - 4:30ish Work, work, work. (with a mid-day break to eat packed lunch)
  • 5:00 Arrive home and change clothes.
  • 6:00 Make dinner and pack tomorrow's lunch.
  • 6:30 Pack tomorrow's gym bag and set out anything that needs to leave with me in the a.m.
  • 7:00 Watch yesterday's The Daily Show. Try to knit a couple very long rows on one of the larger projects in process.
  • 7:30 Wish that I had more energy to devote to the craft projects half finished (including two very belated painting projects).
  • 8:00 Watch bad tv. If all else fails, a Law & Order rerun.
  • 8:30ish Fall asleep on couch. (sometimes later, sometimes earlier)
  • 10:00 Drag myself off couch and take care of dog duties (if R is at work). Drag myself up to bed and force myself to wash face and brush teeth.
  • Rinse, Repeat.

If I had thought ahead, this could have been a picture documentary. Imagine my bed head and backwards shirt at the gym. Or pulling my hair and furiously typing emails at work. Or sprawled out on the couch asleep.

I'm getting ready to start some seeds. By my calculations (and Internet reading), I believe the peppers and broccoli need to be started soon. They will be followed by tomatoes for sure. The remainder of our plants I believe can be sown directly outside. We have the makings for a nice little operation to get our garden off to an early start. We still need to buy the materials to build the beds, but I think we have over a month before anything will even be thinking about going in the ground. As the backyard is still covered in snow (quickly turning to muddy muck), it is with uncharacteristic optimism that I make these plans. The front yard (and the sad Ash tree that may need to come down) is another story. There are still 4+ foot piles that get very little sun and will likely not be going anywhere for a while.

We are in dire need of a new vacuum. Anyone got any suggestions? I was ready to fork out the bucks for a Dyson to take care of some of our pet hair issues, but Consumer Reports advised differently (I knew that online membership would be good for something). There's a very affordable Eureka (with a bag, because those canisters kind of make me gag) that we may consider based on CR review. At 30% of the price of the Dyson I nearly purchased, it may be a temporary solution.

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

kim said...

We have a Dyson, and we love it. We don't, however, have any pets, so I can't say how well it would do with that, but it sure does suck the dirt out of our (what I thought was) clean carpets.

I thought they made a Dyson to deal specifically with pet hair? I may have dreamed that.

Knittripps said...

I have a friend that swears by her Dyson Animal. That is what I am going to buy when my vacuum dies. I was able to extend the life of my cheap vacuum and make it work better by taking it in for servicing last spring. It cost about $30 and they cleaned it out and replaced a belt that needed work. It is worth a try!

Knittripps said...

BTW, congrats on 400 posts. I counted mine and was nowhere near that total. Kudos to you and keep it coming!

Megan said...

I've got a refurbished Kirby, and it's awesome. Okay, so it's not self-propelled, but you'd be surprised how handy that headlight comes in. Plus, it has to have been made in the 70's at the latest, and it's still going very strong.

Heather said...

I also have a kirby. We got ours at a pawn shop about 9 years ago, it was still with the box and everything....I dont' think it had been used at all and it is still running like a champ. We had to service it a couple of years ago...but it was minor and less than $50. I am with you on the canisters.....blech! My aunt has a animal dyson and she swears by it and she has a Golden that sheds continuously!

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