November 21, 2015


I haven't had much to write about lately, and it feels weird. I don't know what I used to write about every day! Yesterday, Jerry was off work, so I decided to make that my high-calorie day for the week. Noah had a friend come home with him from school, and we went out to Anson's for pizza. Jerry and I shared a small Reuben pizza, which is my favorite. It has all the stuff you would expect on a Reuben pizza: thousand island dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut, and cheese. It was delicious!

It looks super messy because it was super messy--the best pizza is a messy pizza ;)

When we got home, the kids asked if we could separate their bedrooms. We have three bedrooms, and the kids had been sharing one because they didn't want to be separated (we tried giving them separate bedrooms before, but they were scared at night). They've been asking lately to have their own rooms, and on a whim last night, we decided to move things around.

We had a futon in the spare bedroom, so we had to move that out. We put it where the treadmill was, and then moved the treadmill to the garage. I kind of like the idea of having the treadmill in the garage! It'll be much cooler in there during the winter, obviously, which is good (I like the cold, but the snow/ice is hard to run on--so now I can run in the cold, but on the treadmill).

We just built the garage last summer, and it is Jerry's pride and joy. Prior to building it, we had no garage, no basement, no attic, and not even a storage closet. Basically, we couldn't store anything at all. Jerry and the kids dreamt up this idea of building a three car garage with one third of it being a "man cave". The garage was finished a year ago, but we hadn't got around to making the man cave part until this summer, when my friend Andrea was moving. She gave us an old couch, a coffee table, and a TV. My mom found a big area rug that someone was throwing away, so we took that. And Jerry turned a corner of the garage into a nice little place to relax!

This is a picture from Halloween (I watched Scream while passing out candy)
Anyway, now we have the treadmill right behind the couch in there. I still need to come up with a shelf or something for my laptop, so I can watch Netflix while I run.

Eli moved into the spare bedroom, and was thrilled about it. Even though the room is smaller, he was really excited to have his own space. Apparently, he missed Noah a little though, because sometime during the night, he went back into Noah's room ;)

I'm not sure what possessed me to start this project yesterday, but I am slowly but surely going to update my entire blog before the end of the year. Yesterday, I updated my blog header (the font on the old one was fuzzy-looking, and I'd been wanting to fix it for a long time). I don't have Photoshop, and I haven't the first clue about creating stuff like that, but I managed to figure it all out and use a program called GIMP to create a new one from scratch. It took forever, but I am happy with how it turned out! I also created a new header for my Recipes blog--the old one had a picture from 2010 on it, so it really needed updating.

There are a ton of pages on this blog that need updating, and it's something I'm always procrastinating working on. I'd like to have it all done within the next month or so, though.

Oh! While I was doing the blog headers, I did a lot of Googling about the problem I was having with the Photos app on my computer. Basically, I would download a photo from an email (or upload one from my phone) into the Photos app; but then when I would try to upload it to my blog, or into another email, it wasn't there. It was driving me CRAZY. For months, I've been just taking screenshots of photos for Motivational Monday because I couldn't get it figured out. I got a comment from someone else who had the same problem, so I wanted to share the solution here:

Today, I found the answer. *Cue angels rejoicing* Someone in a forum asked the question, and it turned out that the answer was fairly simple. I leave my browser open ALL THE TIME. I never turn off my computer, and I just put it to "sleep" when I'm not using it. But the browser is always open, because I use it so often. Your browser "thinks" that the current date is whatever date you opened that browser window. So, when you download a photo to Photos, then try to upload it in the browser, the browser "thinks" that it's days/weeks/months ago, so it doesn't "see" the photo. To get the photo to appear, you just have to close the browser and open a new one. I have no idea why it happens with Photos and not iPhoto, and it's still rather annoying, but now I can stop doing screenshots of pictures!

I feel like I just rambled on about a whole lot of nothing... but like I said, I haven't had anything to write about recently. I hope everyone is having a great weekend! (It's snowing like crazy here right now).


  1. I had been having that same problem with Photos, driving me bonkers! Figured out just today, that if I add a photo to my iPhotos and then edit it, when I go to add it to my blog it is there. I guess the edited version has today's date.

  2. Why don't you just buy a roku or something for your garage TV so you can watch netflix on that? All it needs is your wifi signal and there is no monthly fee.

  3. My oldest girls are only 12 months and 3 weeks apart and have always shared a room. They have shared a bed since the youngest was 18 months old. We really planned on getting them each a twin bed soon so they could at least have their own space within their room. Well, last night those 2 had to sleep in their younger siblings' room that has twin beds. They came to me within 30 minutes saying they wanted to be in the same bed and could they!?! Lol I had them push the two twin beds together, and they were fine with that. Sheesh. They are 11 and 12, but I guess it's just most comfortable because it's what they've always know. Cracked me up, though.

  4. Thanks for sharing your solution to the Photos problem. I actually thought I was closing the browser when I cleared the screen. Turns out I have to press "command" and "Q". Thanks for the help!

  5. I have a Mac also and have the same issue. I haven't tried this yet, but I will. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My sister and I shared a bedroom until I was 12 and she was 18, and even then it was I who insisted to have her own space, haha. We actually shared a bed for a lot of that time (probably until I was 10), even though we had another bed in the room. It felt very natural to us.

  7. Thanks for sharing that solution. I had just come across that problem.

  8. Is the area where your treadmill heated at all? I live in CNY and would love to get a treadmill. Unfortunately I don't have anywhere to put it except the garage. There is no heat in there so I was worried that it would be too cold for the treadmill. Especially after last February when it hardly got above zero all month!
    LOVE your blog! Bridgette

    1. Unfortunately, it's not heated in the garage... so I may end up regretting this decision later! Haha. I honestly don't mind the cold so much when there isn't any wind, so I think I will probably enjoy it once I start running. It's finding the motivation to go out there in the freezing cold that will be the hard part! ;)


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