Helium Comedy Club-Date Night

Last night we went to our comedy show date night! I’ve been waiting for this moment since Christmas when Match presented me with tickets to see Jon Dore at Helium in Portland. Watching stand-up comedy was one of my favorite things to do in college. I used to go watch my aspiring comic friends perform at open mics, and I love seeing anything from big headliners like Dana Carvey, to the comic contests for up and coming comedians.

I love to laugh, and I have always wanted to share that with Match. He’s never really been interested in comedy, and didn’t think he’d like it. When he got us tickets, I knew we’d have a good time.

Not only did he spring for reserved seats, we managed to get front row!

We had such a great time! Jon Dore was hilarious. At one point he made a chicken butt joke, and we were dying. Match had joked about wearing the Guess What Chicken Butt shirt I got him for Christmas. Talk about a missed opportunity!

After the show, we were both starving. We walked down a block and ended up finding a corral of food trucks, with tents and picnic tables with fires. Food truck food is delicious, especially after a couple of adult beverages, late at night.

It was such a great date night. Match said he loved it, and he would definitely go again. I am so glad I can share my love of comedy with my guy. We need more nights like this, where we try new things together.

Do you like comedy shows? When’s the last time you tried something new for date night?

 

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.

Updating Our Artwork

Our home has an ocean vibe. Both Match and I love being near the coast. If we could afford to live by the beach, we would in a heartbeat. So in our home, we’ve surrounded ourselves with coastal colors and a beach feel.

I’ve been wanting to get an ocean print for our wall for awhile now, but I had to find the right picture. I took this photo on our recent trip to the coast back in September.

I ordered a canvas print on http://www.canvaspress.com It was really easy to use I’ve ordered canvas prints before and they take a long time to load the preview. Their site was fast and checkout was painless. I’m so excited for it to ship! I’m hoping to put it on this wall in our entryway.

I’ll post a photo when  it arrives. I also really need to do something about that ugly air intake grate. One thing at a time.

Piglet’s Big Boy Bunkbed

Piglet got his very own bunkbed! I was able to score an amazing deal from my zumba friend who was practically giving it away on Facebook. Actually she was giving it away, but I told her that I had to pay her something, since this bed was way too nice to get for free. All solid wood, no particle board or laminate! I ended up giving her $50 and I still can’t believe we scored it for so cheap.

He absolutely loves it. He calls it his fort. He insisted we keep his train table in the room too, which meant that the rocking chair had to go. Sniff. I was a bit broken hearted. He’s had his glider in his room since before he was born. It’s now in our living room, and he still curls up with me in it, but it’s different somehow. We snuggle on his bed to read books now, and once we get the full sized mattress, that’ll be a cozy spot for the three of us. I can already picture the sleepovers he’ll have one day. Little boys being all crazy, playing on the bunkbed. He’s growing up so fast! But I love each new chapter. Though I’m still having a hard time with the rocking chair.

 

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:

Financial:

  • 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:

Financial:

  • 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.