March Madness

How is already March, guys? Wasn’t I just writing up New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t mind that February is gone, because even though I usually love winter, this year I’m ready for sunshine and warmer days. Every chance we’ve had, we’ve gone outside. Last weekend we finally got together with my brother, niece and nephew. I love how sweetly those three play together. They’re so good with Piglet, and he loves them so much. I can’t get over how big they’re getting. They used to be babies, and now they’re both in the DOUBLE digits. Sniff!

This month Finnegan is back, Piglet’s precocious little leprechaun. We treat it kind of like Elf on the Shelf, but not as intricate. Usually he just moves around, and sometimes he is set up playing with Piglet’s toys, or propped next to a treat. I love watching Piglet’s face light up when he moves. My favorite is how he thinks Finnegan controls our Echo dot. I have an app on my phone that can control the app, so every time he asks Finnegan to play music, the Echo dot “magically” turns on. Sometimes technology is really fun! I found Piglet reading a leprechaun book to Finnegan. How sweet is he?

Last weekend we had a really fun kid’s party at our local pool. Piglet was so funny when he insisted on showing up with his swim trunks on his head. I love his sense of humor!

I’ve gotten closer to my Zumba crew. A few weeks ago we celebrated H’s birthday. I am so grateful for these gals, and guy! They motivate me to keep up with the routine, and I wouldn’t be on the right path with my fitness and weight loss without them. We’re going out to dinner tomorrow night, and I’m so excited to hang with them again.

This coming weekend we are going on our yurt camping adventure! I am so crazy excited to get out of town. Match has been super busy with school, and I feel like we haven’t seen each other all week. Piglet and I have had some great quality time together though. I’ve been making him earn his keep.

How’s your month? What has everyone been up to? Are you as excited about the change in seasons as I am?

Random Thoughts and Interoffice Politics

Now that I’m in this weird middle management position, where I’m the Lead of my department, I’m discovering a lot more about inter office politics. I’m balanced between two worlds-the worker bees and the administrators. It’s an awkward place to be and I see both sides, but I also see the ugly parts.

Sometimes my favorite part of the job is hanging out with the cool Electrician vendors I work with.

Some days the mundane tasks bring me the most joy, like setting up a computer for a pumping mama so she’s more comfortable when she pumps her milk during her lunch break.

Shared workspace and open offices are really, really stupid, especially when you’re constantly bombarded with questions all day. Also putting in earbuds doesn’t seem to help when you’re trying to concentrate. I wish I had an office. Or even a storage closet!

Teaching my staff how to be decent humans is really challenging. They are sooo awkward. The whole awkward IT people is a stereotype for a reason.

Some days I really miss being a stay at home spouse and mama. Other days I love the challenges. Today I’m just super excited that it’s Friday.

2018 To Do List

The results are in for 2017’s To Do List. I wasn’t able to accomplish everything, but overall I think it was a pretty productive year, especially considering how busy work was this past year.

2017 Goals/To Do List:


  • Save up for an SUV or all wheel drive vehicle (used, preferably something that can handle all the rough weather we get up here)  I got my super cute RAV4. I LOVE it! 
  • Save for a family trip, ideally to the Gorge  We didn’t go to the Gorge, but our family trip to Newport was amazing.
  • Start contributing to our IRA accounts again

Personal Growth:

  • Get the lead promotion this summer when my manager retires
  • Get Project + Certification
  • Go to the Gym at least 2x per week, walk the dog, wrestle Piglet, or do a workout video on other days. Goal is to lose 10 pounds, but really just get back to feeling fit. (I did work out at least 2x per week, but I also ate a ton of junk at work. I didn’t gain too much, but I definitely didn’t lose any weight.)

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit the Gorge
  • Take a family trip, just the three of us, not to see family, but just for us We went to Newport, and it was such a fun weekend. I’m realizing I never blogged about it, which is super sad. We went to the aquarium, the beach, and just relaxed together.
  • Visit our California family this summer
  • Hike Silver Falls

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build shed
  • Build porch swing  I made my own bench instead 
  • Build built in dressers or storage in master.  I still really want to do this!
  • Landscape the yard
  • Plant a garden

Here’s my list for the new year.

2018 Goals/To Do List:


  • Save up for a trip to Hawaii and set a date to go.
  • Pay down car loan.
  • Start investing for Piglet.

Personal Growth:

  • Take part in a 30 day fitness challenge
    • Goal is to get back to Driver’s License weight by the end of the new year
  • Learn how to play at least one song on the keyboard
    • Ideally take a course someday to learn more, but I’ll be happy if I can just learn one for now.
  • Take a leadership training course

Travel and Family Adventures:

  • Visit our California family/friends
  • Go on a trip to the snow
  • Go camping with friends
  • Visit the Gorge (someday we will finally do this)
  • Go on a family train ride
  • Take a trip to Hawaii

Home DIY & Crafts:

  • Build built in dressers or storage in master
  • Build a printer cover
  • Night stand for guest room or filing cabinet cover
  • Paint the exterior of the house
  • Finish mixbook for 2017, update the 2018 book regularly.

Survey Says

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If you’re interested in their surveys, check out this link, and let me know what you think! I like taking surveys while I watch TV or just to kill time while waiting for appointments.

Musical Wishes

I’m finally at a place with work where I don’t have to spend every evening studying or working a second job. I’ve started listening to podcasts at which have motivated me to take up learning a musical instrument again. I want to learn to play keyboard so badly. First I have to tackle learning to read music. I don’t know what it is, but I have such a hard time learning to read it. I have a mental block that I need to learn to move past. It would also help if I practiced more, maybe even took a formal class. These are goals I have for this year, and I hope to see them through.