My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

Works For Me Wednesday – Couch covers… July 16, 2008

Filed under: family,home improvement,kids,life,meme,pets,works-for-me-wednesday — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:58 am

Have y’all gone out anytime recently to price a slip cover for a couch? Sofa? Davenport? Whatever you want to call it? Even the “cheap” ones (imagine the air quotes there) are $35 for a LOVESEAT! And when you get into the specialized ones like we need for our sofa – because it has two bottom cushions and three across the back – well, you’re looking upwards of the $200 range.

Did I mention that I need couch covers because my couch is a disaster because we have FOUR kids? So, selling me $300 worth of slip covers for a set that we only paid $600 (because oh the deal we got on that one!) just isn’t going to happen.

But I was so absolutely sick of looking at the furniture in my living room. It was such a mess. And we are holding out to be past the whole toddler spills/peeing-in-his-sleep thing to be done before we even consider getting new living room furniture.

So, I set out on a mission. A mission to find something that I could cover my couch/love seat with. Something that would coordinate with the rest of the fabric in my living room. Something durable that would hold up against 4 kids, 2 dogs, a cat and whatever other chaos gets added into our home on a daily basis.

And it all has to be machine washable! Which those slipcovers I mentioned before are not!

So, I started to look at material. Do y’all have any idea how much fabric costs these days? Because oh my word! I apparently saw one too many episodes of Trading Spaces where they fail to mention that a thrifty family of 6 cannot afford the beautiful fabrics that hold up so well when the kids are jumping from one couch to the other. Oh! And I don’t sew. At all. At least not on a sewing machine. My sewing machine is currently a step stool in my room that Seth uses to reach the light switch.

I had almost given up home of ever having a slip-covered couch.

Until one day, while walking through Target, I had an idea. As I stood there pleading with my t-shirt clad clan to please not honk every bike horn in the store and to please put that movie back, I had a wonderful, glorious idea. An idea, that if it worked, was going to solve my problem.

Jersey sheets! Because isn’t half of putting on a slip cover just pushing the fabric into the cracks anyway. And even if a set of sheets cost me $50, I’d have enough for not just one couch, but the loveseat too.

So, I took a quick left with a crazed look in my eye. My husband was pretty dazed as I explained my genius plan. He wasn’t convinced that it would work. He tried to talk me out of it.

Until we found a set of sage green jersey sheets on clearance for $15! Because there isn’t a crazy scheme he won’t let me try if it costs less than $20.

Not only did it work, but it worked WONDERFULLY! Flawlessly! The corners from the fitted sheet stretched perfectly around the corners. And all the way up and over the back cushions – with plenty of fabric left over to tuck into the cushions! And the one for the loveseat has a bit too much fabric, but who cares.

And those pillow cases? Oh the joy they’ve brought my kids! They are the big king size pillow cases – way too big for any of our pillows. But perfect for a sleeping bag for an indoor fort on a rainy day. Great for packing away an unruly sleeping bag for an overnight to Grandma’s. Great for packing a bag to run away (oh wait – that was me, not the kids! ROFL).

What’s your favorite household tip? What works for you?

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Tackle It Tuesday – The Home Office edition… July 15, 2008

Filed under: goals,home improvement,life,meme,Tackle It Tuesday — Rebekah Sanders @ 9:43 am

So, we’ve got a couple weeks off for the summer and we’ve decided we’re going to do more of a stay-cation and do some work around the house. Not my idea of vacation, but it needs to be done.

Today, I’m tackling the home office. Our office is a mess. The closet is full to the brim with empty boxes, out-dated homeschooling books and Little People. The futon is PILED with needing to be folded laundry. Clothes my kids obviously don’t need because those same clothes haven’t been touched in two weeks. And my desk? The one with the broken computer? Well, the piles are winning since we haven’t used the desk in almost 2 months. Which means I haven’t had to look at the mess, so it hasn’t bothered me enough to put it all away. Did I mention that unless the kids are actually playing in there, the door stays closed?

Because we all know that if you can’t see a mess, there really must not be a mess, right?

RIGHT?!?

Yeah, I’m past the point of self-denial. And my list keeps growing everytime I look into the room.

  • Fold the laundry
  • Clean out the closet
    • Decide which empty boxes really must be kept.
    • Get rid of the rest of them
    • List all of the unused/out-dated homeschooling stuff online
    • List all the tchokes (pronounced choch-keys) on either freecycle or craigslist. Ever realize those tchokes include the word choke? My closet it simply choked with them!
  • Go through my paperback books. List them on paperbackswap.com and request some new ones.
  • Clean off the desk
    • Sort papers
    • File papers that need to be kept
    • Sort computer games. List unwanted ones on craigslist or freecycle
  • Sand the patched hole in the wall.
  • Fill other small holes that have appeared. You’ve got to love 80 year old plaster walls!
  • Box up borrowed homeschooling resources and give them back to Tammy.
  • Box up last years school work. Yes, I *know* school ended 2 months ago.

And I’m really hoping that I can convince Chip to help me work on all of it later this afternoon. Which will probably be the hardest thing on the list to tackle!

So, what are you tackling today?

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

 

Tackle it Tuesday – June 17, 2008… June 17, 2008

Filed under: family,goals,life,meme — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:49 am

I hate laundry. I don’t think I’d hate it nearly as much if our washer and dryer weren’t in the basement (which is finally dry after almost a month of having some sort of water/dampness in it from all that rain). I don’t think I’d hate it nearly enough if we didn’t have four kids (whom I’m definitely not trading for less laundry). I don’t think I’d hate it nearly enough if we hadn’t been in a car accident that totally messed up my shoulder. And I really think I could *love* laundry if someone would invent a machine that would put it away for me!

Maybe I could get one of those machines installed that the dry cleaner has that moves the clothes? I could just hang up everything and people could push a button with their name on it to bring their clothes around? Only problem with that would be if they threw something on the floor in their closet, the next time I pushed the button for my clothes, then the clothes on the floor would be on the floor of my closet and that would drive me batty!

So, for today, I’m going to tackle laundry. Most of it is clean. I probably only have two loads of actual clothes and then a load of towels to wash and dry. However, the MOUNTAIN of laundy on the couch plus the load in the dryer all need to be folded. Don’t believe it’s a mountain? Here’s the before picture:

And I promise – to myself and maybe my husband more than anyone – that I will actually get that folded and PUT AWAY today and not just moved to another spot in the house so I can post an after picture of an empty couch.

So, what are you tackling today?

 Tackle It Tuesday Meme

 

Sunday bulletin… April 6, 2008

Filed under: blog,church,coffee,family,friends,kids,life,meme — Rebekah Sanders @ 9:35 pm
  • I’m toward the end for the FIRST week of 100 days of blogging and nearly forgot to post today. I really have no excuse since I’ve been on the computer a couple times today.
  • Service this morning was AMAZING! A couple months ago, someone donated a new laptop to the church. It gives me something to be thankful for every week as I sit at the soundboard and run the show. The old computer was awful – if I *looked* at it wrong it would turn off. Sometimes I’d get it back, sometimes I wouldn’t.
  • We’re doing a study through “How To Read The Bible For All It’s Worth” on Sunday nights. I read it once in college. I’m learning to appreciate it now.
  • We leave in a week to see my Gram. I. cannot. wait.
  • I think I want a handheld GPS for my birthday so we can go geocaching. I’ve wanted one for a while now, but this is the first year I think I’m ready to make the investment. If I get it now, it would be something we could do on our trip too.
  • My birthday is in TWO days! I accept all major credit cards via PayPal. Or if you send me an email, you can load up my St. Arbuck’s card for me.
  • Speaking of Starbucks, they have a big announcement coming out on Tuesday. I’ve got some ideas to what it might be.
  • Remember back in the 80’s when having small, buttons to put on your backpack was all the rage? Facebook has added an application called Flair. And I’m collecting! My favorite that I sent today? I sent it to my hubs – “I love you like a nerd loves math!” rofl
  • I just made chocolate chip cookies and I think I can actually *hear* them calling me to eat them! I’m debating pulling out the french press and the decaf for a bedtime snack.
  • I still think not nearly enough people are Twitter-ing. Noah (5) asked me again today if he could have his own Twitter acct. I told him when he learns to spell enough to send his own messages.
  • Chip’s brother is here from Wyoming – where he says there is still snow on the ground and the temps are near 0 at night still. Chip is going to be hardpressed to get me to visit that place!
  • Chip’s dad took two of the kids home with him tonight, but the two left at home are still being loud enough for four!
  • Have some serious phone envy over my friend’s new cell phone. Chip would tell me my phone is fine. I’ll agree with him until August when I’ve had it for a year.
  • Seth fell asleep STANDING UP tonight at church leaning against me. I caught him just before he hit the floor.
  • Seriously smelling those cookies now! Can’t.hold.out.much.longer.
 

The gauntlet has been thrown down… March 30, 2008

Filed under: blog,friends,fun,life,meme,Nifty Stuff — Rebekah Sanders @ 4:23 pm

By my friend Lorelaicc – 100 continuous days of blogging!

And I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so I took her up on it. So, starting on April 1st, 2008, I’ll being doing 100 days of blogging. Thankfully I figured out that whole blogging from my phone thing because I’m not sure how often Chip is going to want to take me somewhere to blog from the laptop.

So, who else is in? Consider this is your official challenge. I don’t think most of y’all can do it. Do you feel threatened? I hope so. Are you man (or woman) enough to take me up on it? I’m hoping to get Chip involved. Who else? I’ll put together a special blogroll on the side for those of you who want to get involved. Maybe I’ll even try and come up with a couple meme’s we can do throughout it all to make it a little easier as we go along. I’ve done 30 days a couple times – 100 days is not going to be easy.

But I’m up for the challenge? How about you?

 

Menu Plan Monday – March 17, 2008… March 17, 2008

Filed under: food,life,meme,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:00 am

So, a new week is upon us. I tried really, really hard to come up with something Irish for dinner tonight. Know what I realized? We are sooo not the Irish food type of people. As a matter of fact, the only thing that I could find constant in Irish recipes were potatoes. So, we’ll have potato soup for dinner tonight. For a few minutes I considered adding a bit of green food coloring to it, but honestly I have too many food issues and just can’t eat green soup.

So, here’s my menu for this week…

M – Loaded Baked Potato Soup (potatoes are  Irish, right?)

T – Teriyaki Chicken Wings over rice (we had sloppy joes the night we were supposed to have this and then just didn’t eat tonight)

W – Spaghetti and Meatballs (which I make myself – no store bought meatballs here)

T – Turkey Stroganoff (like beef stroganoff, but made with ground turkey instead)

F – Baked Chicken with couscous and veggies

Saturdy – Enchiladas

Sunday – EASTER!!! I’m not sure what we’re eating or where yet. We’re either going to Chip’s parents house or eating out. Either way, I’m not cooking. Our day is going to start at 5am (sunrise service is at 6:30) and by the time church gets out at noon, I’m just going to be tired. And we’ll have leftovers for dinner/supper.

So, there you have it! Go do your own menu and then come let me know! I’m always looking for new recipes to try! And if there is anything you want a recipe for, let me know!

 

You’ll be glad to know… February 27, 2008

Filed under: blog,meme — Rebekah Sanders @ 6:48 pm

These 50 interesting things about me…

50 questions

1. What bill do you dislike paying the most?
The internet bill – it’s the ONLY bill that we can’t pay online! We can even pay our tithe online if we wish – but not the one bill that actually allows us to connect to the internet. RETARDED!!!

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Panera Bread – and it really is romantic when we go there because I know there are at least 20 other places that Chip would rather eat. He eats there because he loves me.

3. Do you regret your first kiss?
Nope

4. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be ?
I would have fixed my relationship with my dad before it was too late to really do anything about it. It’s the one regret that I’ll always have.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Nelson

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Writing on a beach somewhere in the Carribean

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A writer. The one thing I never saw myself as was a mom. But I wouldn’t change anything about my life!

8. How many colleges did you attend?
Just one – North Central University in Minneapolis, MN.

9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Because I like it.

10. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
whatever…  There isn’t a whole lot I can do about it.

11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you where would it be?
I’d love to live on a lake somewhere in a warmerish climate. Maybe Tennessee – near the mountains?

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
I don’t want to!

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night? I really wish Chip would roll over and quit snoring. (He only snores when he has a cold).

14. Do you miss being a child?
Not at all.

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
ALL of them! But especially folding and putting away the laundry!

17. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer?
Maybe

18. Get up early or sleep-in?
I’d sleep in every day if I could!

19. What is your favorite cartoon character? Arlo and Janis

20. Favorite thing to do at night with a girl/guy? Meaning what exactly???

21. Have you found real love yet?
Most definitely!

22. When did you start feeling old? I’ll let you know when I start!

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
Leftover roast beef from a nice roast the night before. I’m not a big lunchmeat kind of gal.

25. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
a headache – this is the answer from the person before me. But it rings so true!

26. Ocean or lake?
I’ve never seen either of the oceans

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Married life is WONDERFUL! Those who don’t think so have never given it a chance

28. Do you own real estate?
No

29. Favorite guilty pleasure? Watching too much television

30. Favorite movie you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about?
Now if I told you, people would know about it, wouldn’t they. Defeating the purpose of me not wanting anyone to find out.

31. What’s your drink?
Triple Grande, non-fat, no-whip mocha or a Grande brew with room — depending on my mood and budget

32. Cowboys or Indians?
You mean the football team? I can’t stand that Cowboys!

33. Cops or Robbers?
Cops I guess.

34. Who from high school would you like to run in to?
Sarah – which is weird because we just ran into each other over at mySpace a couple weeks ago. Or maybe Todd.

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
WSOY – it’s a talk radio, AM station — from the Soybean Capital of the World!

36. Norm or Cliff?
Cliff. Norm is boring without him.

37. Grey’s Anatomy or ‘The Office?
The Office. Did you even have to ask?

38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
I don’t have one. Seriously.

39. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?
well, I work at home and the only person who works in the same room as me is my husband. So, um, yeah.

40. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Brett Favre – just so I could get his autograph for my Gram.

41. Indoors or Outdoors?
Depends what the weather is like. On a nice day, I like to be outside.

42. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
Yep, taking my drivers test. Actually, someone crashed into me. I don’t have my license because it was bad enough that I never want to drive again.

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
no – but I’ve had disasters that have caused Chip to use it for it’s intended purpose.

44. Last book you read?
I don’t remember. It wasn’t worth remembering. I’ve had too many like that lately.

45. Do you have a teddy bear?
Nope

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
Que? I guess on a bus? We were on a choir tour in high school and I remember using bottled water and spitting into a cup.

47. Somewhere in California you’ve never been and would like to go?
anywhere – I’ve never been to Cali.

48. Do you go to church?
Yes.

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
new career.

50. How long have you been out of school? Almost 15 years