My Blanken World

My world of boys, textiles and moving.

The garage is clean! *cue heavenly music* July 29, 2011

I know, I know – I’m supposed to be sitting still.  But the garage was calling to me – really it was! 


Look how clean it is!   Hey, don’t ruin this by telling me it looks like I need to clean the garage, I should have shown you the before – I almost hurt myself just trying to get in!

Oh – and look who found her labeler!  *big red heart*








All the important things you know!


Now we have all the important stuff!

With 21+ grey boxes and about 10 clear boxes – labeling is a MUST!  It really sucks though, that I moved the grey shelves to the garage, only to discover that the grey boxes wouldn’t fit on them – ^%##$%.  Well, other things fit on there….

Well, now that I’ve got the garage clean, my sewing and bedroom are a mess.  I had to bring up my clothes from the garage (well I didn’t *have* to, but I’m tired of running to the garage every time I need clothes).  So now I’ve got a room full of clothes and work-out equipment and a new bed frame showing up any day; we’re like, almost grown-ups! 

My sewing room lost its shelves to the garage, but since the garage is cleaned out, I can cut and paint my peg boards now.  (Those are the large boards you see in the garage photo)  Those will clean up the room again – I hope? 

But tonight, I’m sitting here with ice on my leg.  It isn’t too sore, but I’d like it to stay that way!

On top of all this activity, it was gorgeous out – no rain and I almost got to put shorts on!  WOW!  I also have been chatting with the hubby’s, commander’s, wife (you follow that?).  She’s very nice and very helpful.  She’s also one of the few other officer’s families that seem to live on this side of the bay!  I’ll just call it “Cheapside” (for those who’ve seen A Knights Tale). 

We also are getting the garage fixed tomorrow, so it will stay closed when we close it – YAY! 

Exciting week for us!


OUCH! July 27, 2011

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Today actually went pretty smoothly. 

We went shopping at Costco, the pet store and a local store, and while we were slowly roaming the isles of the local store I remembered I was supposed to play soccer in less than an hour.  EGADS!  We booked it out of the store, heading home.  And while the boys unloaded the groceries, I got myself ready and headed out.

I arrived with 2 minutes to spare.  Me, being me, managed to hurt myself on the way TO the field in my excitement to play.  I’m pretty sure I pulled the quad pretty bad.  The team was great, they understood.  I was the stand-in; some stand-in!  The first half I was just a place holder, letting the other girls on the team come off for a drink and catch their breath and for the second half, I was slightly more useful as a goalie.  Mind you, I’ve NEVER played goalie, but it gave them an extra player on the field to trade out with.  We won, not much to do with me, but I did block two (missed two, but they were clear across the goal and I probably would have missed them anyway… or at least that’s how I’m going to remember it – HA!)

It is so hard to watch and not play!

So tonight, I’m sitting here with an ice pack, hoping I won’t have to go in to the doc’s tomorrow.  Great job ace!  I guess cleaning up the garage tomorrow is out – again!  GRRR


We came under budget with the groceries, so I bought a little fun item for the girls.  They’ll love it!  Ok, probably not, but I will and really, isn’t that why we buy our pet’s stupid people stuff?

I have the matching colors!

My sewing room sounds like it’s been pushed back a bit, but tomorrow I’ll be getting phone calls, paper work and some knitting done.  All things I can do while sitting. 

~ I hate sitting still ~


Haze, gray & Underway July 26, 2011

The hubby left this morning; well actually, he left this afternoon, but I dropped him off this morning and later, two of the boys and I came back to watch the ship leave, along with several other families.

No, I’m not going to bore you with sad, lamenting tales of loneliness – at least not yet.  It is sad to watch your spouse leave for months at a time, but we knew it was coming, it’s part of his job and I am very proud of what he does, so it makes our separation a little easier.  Besides, I’m not sure if it’s completely sunk in yet?  I’ll let you know when it does!

Yesterday was a beautiful, warm day and we took FULL advantage of it for our last day out with dad.  We went to the park and the boys and dad played some soccer. We drove around for a while looking at the sights and then the hubby took us out to an excellent mexican restaurant. 


Today however was gloomy, wet and just made for sending loved ones off.  The day even started off with thunder and lightning! 

The first-born had a test for a college program and past it with flying colors.  Now, if I could just get my back-side in gear and get his transcripts done.

The day just sort of, continued…. normalcy, will continue. 

One set of the boys’ bunk beds broke.  I’m chalking it up to the “Deployment Curse” – that everything will go wrong, once the hubby leaves.  I ordered them a new one – the first-born doesn’t need new glasses does he?

My sewing room is coming along much better.  I had planned on cleaning out the garage today so I would have room to cut my peg boards for my sewing room walls, but with all the rain, I couldn’t even open it without everything getting wet!  Hopefully tomorrow will be slightly drier so I can get some work done, otherwise it’s cleaning…. again.  *Bleck*

I am attempting to have the room done by the end of the week  and then – I can sew again.  *Ahh*


Friday randomness July 23, 2011

It was a semi-busy day today.  I woke up late; only about 2 hours before the hubby got home early from work, since it’s the last working day before the ship heads out.  You can’t do much with a day like that?


I spent most of yesterday attempting to get into the mil website to declare our broken items, only to get foiled by security certificates – that website exhausts me!  It takes you three different websites just to get to the page you need to submit the information.  It took me 4 computers only to stall out at the final page I needed.  I’m going in on Tuesday – I don’t need this aggravation!

So today I did something different to take my mind off the frustration of mil “efficiency” and the frustration of not wanting to sew yet.

I got to go to Lowe’s *Eek* and Wallyworld – yes, I voluntarily went to Wallyworld; they had what I needed! 

I’ve decided what I want to do with my sewing room:  I can’t paint; well I can, but I hate it – so I’m going to put up peg boards that I’ve spray painted in colors I like to make the room “mine” and to take the clutter off the floor, since this room is so small (not complaining, merely pointing out the obvious).  Lowe’s had the boards at a really good price, but the accessories are much cheaper on Amazon, so I’ll have to two-part this.  It’s not like I’m putting them up this weekend after all! 

  Don’t judge me – you know you’ve done this!  Gotten something just slightly to big for your car/van/truck and had to drive home wonky.  Ok – so I was 2 inches from the steering wheel and my knees were hitting the dash-board… so what if  I could barely move my legs… I got home didn’t I!  My van so ROCKS!  *And to the nice gentlemen who assisted me – THANK YOU!  Chivalry still lives!

My Wallyworld purchases were much less exciting, the grey plastic tubs I have my fabric, yarn and tools stored in.  I wanted matching ones for some other items that need to be permanently stored; extra pictures, baby blankets and curriculum.  The movers seem to hate the boxes, but it does my brain a world of good and them matching makes it that much better!  (Yes – I know… OCD!)  Some great chairs that the boys have been asking for that I found on discount; I managed to find one in each of their colors.  Discounted AND in their colors – I had to buy them!  Oh and my York, I really shouldn’t be eating those…

After all this, I was a bit tired, but still very excited for my date night with the hubby.  We’re making a good weekend of it since he leaves Monday, so tonight was our night out.  The food was great, the server was good and the company was excellent.  The view wasn’t to bad either – although, I don’t know if overlooking the ships he was about to be stuck on for the next several months was exactly what we were looking for?

Our view from the restaurant.

We ordered the boys pizza (and the second-born his plain chicken wings).  So is my ordering them food before the hubby leaves make it a going away party for them?  Hmmm – I guess it’s chinese when he get’s home so they’re more excited for him to be home then gone!  (Yes, boys REALLY do feel through their stomachs!  Their brains are another piece of anatomy!!)

... this would be food for four, plus what they ate out of the fridge!

What a good day!  I hope the rest of this weekend can be just as good for the hubby’s send off!  (Or really sucky so he’s glad to be on the ship!  HAHAHA)


Sewing room? July 21, 2011

I’ve have just about everything done in the house.  There are still things that we of course want to change around and a few things we’re still trying to decide on; where this goes and that.  Of course I say “we” as in, the “we” that was pregnant, or the “we” that went through basic training and dental school.  “We” as in, he’ll be on the ship and I’ll be the one deciding.  *Surprise honey – this is how your house looks!*

I’m still having trouble with my sewing room.  It’s just not calling to me.  Yeah, I sit in it to read the news in the morning and I sit and watch some HULU before bed, but so far, it’s been sort of picked at?  I’ve gotten a lot thrown out or given away – do I really need mylar balloons from HS and why exactly WAS I moving these around for so many years?


A little stuffed


Is it really a sewing room if I’m not sewing?

I’m trying to get back into it.  I have some yummy fabric calling my name, some lonely nights of no hubby coming up, you’d think I’d be just stoked?  Hmmm …

I did however find my LYS, which happens to be right next to the fabric store – NICE!  Btw – why can’t more fabric stores have bathrooms?  Don’t they know they’d sell more items if they did?  I don’t know how many times I’ve had to leave before I wanted to because of this small issue.  Lowe’s get’s this;  I guess Lowe’s does know!

A Good Yarn Shop

It’s almost time for the hubby to head out, we’ve got the packing done except for the things he can’t take on until the last day.

I got to play my first game of soccer (indoor) in 5 years – can we say SORE!!  But it was so much fun and it felt so good to be back out there, moving and thinking and just having a good time.  Ok, running at and possibly smashing a few ladies into the wall was fun too, but that is totally a side point.

No – I wasn’t excited or anything?

*Did I mention the teams color… ORANGE!

I think I’ll find my motivation after I clear a few things out of way, get a few shelves up and can finally see the floor again?  I’d put shelves up now, but that’s not conducive to good sleeping for the hubby!



Unpacking and packing July 14, 2011

All the boxes are unpacked and even hauled away, graciously by our moving company today. 

Most of the important things have found their place in the house, or at least a spot hidden away out of the major traffic area’s until they find their final placement.  The last picture will be hung tomorrow, when the glue putting it back together is dry.  The garage is filled with the leftovers and items that just won’t fit.  (And my large containers of fabrics, yarns and stuffings.)

What? This isn't what your living room looks like?

We’re slowly finding our zones and routines again – except for the hubby.  We’re packing his gear for the ship, just like hundreds of other spouses and sailors.  Whether it’s their first tour, umpteenth or last – everyone’s getting ready.  Pulling together the things they want most, that can fit in the smallest of space.  Picking out the two pairs of clothes that they feel the most comfortable in, when they actually get to ditch their uniforms.  Making sure they have all the cords to their laptop, game system, camera, favorite e-reader and what other gadget they can fit into their locker.  After all this is over, it’s comforting to know that I’ve got so many people around me for, specifically our first tour, that understand and can comfort, commiserate and help me along and when needed, tell me to get over it and move on.  These ladies have been there, done it and have come back in more than one piece, toting their own badges of honor for doing their own tour of home-duties over and over again.

With only a week or so to go, it hasn’t quite hit me yet.  But my list of to-do’s, needs to be done and should have been done 3 weeks ago is growing, so the busyness should keep my mind occupied for at least a few months of his tour and the sewing, knitting and soccer should take care of the rest.  If not, I suppose I could pay attention to the boys if necessary….

The first-born has been volunteering at VBS for the week and just got his first job.  Between that, the college courses and soccer – I’m losing two men at once – SHEESH!  His brothers however have been enjoying the lack of requirements of school and chores – don’t bug mom and she won’t bug you.  Meaning – don’t go upstairs or she’ll ask you to do something!  While I usually don’t mind handing out chores, I have to say, I don’t mind them entertaining themselves for a while, at least until I get everything straight.

On top of all of this craziness, the Oly monster has decided she has a new bed.  I’m not to keen on this notion….


We’re here! July 11, 2011

We’ve made it!  We’ve made it in one whole piece – more or less.

The trip consisted of hot days, a sick child, a car repair, a parking lot accident, a crack in the windshield, a back hatch misbehaving, cold beaches, interesting family reunions, a sick child, broken furniture and a WHOLE lot of family time – FEW! 

We got our furniture last Friday and we’ve gotten everything out of the boxes.  Now we’re in the process of making a home. 

Boxes up to the ceiling!


 The treadmill is still in the middle of the living room, the bookshelves are now officially missing their peg’s.  Pictures are strewn all around the dining room and my sewing room is waist deep.  The bed’s are set up, the play room is usable and the kitchen is, well – we’re not falling on small appliances anymore. 

We’re marking down the broken items; luckily everything showed up this trip. 

The pet’s are very happy in their new place – the yard is huge and the cat has found her place.

The cat claiming her new spot

The boys are ecstatic!  The first-born has already made several friends, found us a very nice church (where I’ve already made some friends also) and is job hunting and signing himself up for soccer and a college program.  The younger three are enjoying their summer.  It’s cool enough that they can go out and play, but we brought the sunshine with us, so they’re not floating away either.

The hubby has been with us for the last month; he goes back to work today and we’ll have a bit longer together before his ship leaves for who knows how long.  It’s been a nice “vacation”.  Even when we had no idea what state we were in, what day it was, where we were staying, what time it was or even who we were talking too.   It’s been a looong month –

It feels so good to see the mountains again – so good!

Our new view!

This may not be home anymore, but it’s certainly nice to visit!