A Big Ass Update

by samantha on April 20, 2012

And now back to our regularly scheduled programing! Ahhhh that was a nice little blogger break. I highly recommend it if you’re feeling blogger burn out or just want to drop out and live life blog free for a bit. It felt fucking great! So, now that I’ve had a little respite I thought I’d give you one massive update on what we’ve been up to.

1. Life. The road of life can be super smooth like a freshly paved highway, or totally bumpy, full of pot holes and riddled with crap like road kill and torn off bumpers. I’ve felt like over the last few years I’ve hit a few traffic jams—maybe even got a flat tire. But the last few months, well, those have been equivalent to the road that you take when you’re going hiking in Yosemite or somewhere—the scenery is really,really beautiful but the road is a disaster and super scary because you’re driving on the side of a cliff. Now, today, well let’s just say that I got out of the car, wiped the beads of sweat off my brow and I’m ready to go on an amazing hike in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I’m pretty confident that I’ve found a new path and a new mode of transportation. I’ll just have to be sure to use my compass and a few other helpful tools and not get lost again.

2. Backyard Upgrade. When we moved into our new house last Fall we focused our energy on decorating and sprucing up the inside of the house. I still have to give you guys the tour! But now since spring has sprung we’ve spent the last few weekends tackling the backyard. And let me be clear, I use the term “backyard” loosely. Between our house and the garage is a 30ft x30ft tarmac with chain link fences between ours and the neighbors properties. The upstairs apartment deck hangs over about half of the space giving the non-covered space a few hours of sunlight in the afternoon. By New York standards this is the equivalent of approximately 10 acres of manicured land with trees and wildflowers. We’ve been spending our spare time into turning our outdoor space into a little plot of paradise. So far we’ve put up tiki fencing, got a table, loads of faux plants for the spaces with lack of sunlight, purchased a BBQ, potted plants and hung a beautiful string of bulbs.


3. TV Obsession: Parenthood. I’ve become so sickly addicted to this show that I’m actually watching it right now as I write this. It took me about 2 weeks of 2-3 episodes a day to complete the first 2 seasons and I just downloaded all 19 glorious episodes of Season 3. This show is so unbelievably fantastic that when I’m finished with the third season I’ll loop back and spend another month re-watching the whole thing and fantasize about what it would be like to be a Braverman.

4. Puppy Training. Training Zeus is going surprisingly well. In comparison to training children the puppy is a cinch. The modern miracle of wee wee pads have changed the puppy training game—they didn’t exist when trained my first dog. Don’t get me wrong though, I think casually allowing the dog to “go” in the house is really hideous, but they are great durring the training phase. And because of our”backyard” we’ve been able to see the signs of him needing to go and make it outdoors 75% of the time. I’d say in another month or so he’ll be house trained. We’re also using a crate. And besides all the housetraining, Zeus is exhibiting signs of being an awesome family pet loved by all.

5. Education. I thought about going back to school for a while. I think a lot of SAHM’s do. Once you’ve been out of the workforce for a while it always sounds like a good idea to go back to school and start from scratch. But for now I’ve put that idea on the back burner and opted for some local classes to get my creative juices flowing. Currently I’m taking ceramics at a little pottery studio called Choplet and a stop motion animation class at 3rd Ward. I’m registered for watercolor class in May and I’m seeking out all kinds of new and interesting things to try out. Taking these classes is really fulfilling and super inspiring.

*We use my lab partners clay figure for our subject. I did not create that little guy. So cute though right?!

6. Currently Reading. I’ve been doing a ton of reading and my latest read is How to Piss in Public by Gavin McInnes. Gavin is the Grand Puba of hipsters, co-founder of Vice and co-creator of Street Carnage. The book is wickedly fun, brutally honest and totally entertaining. I also recently read Guts by Kristen Jonston, the actress who played Sally on 3rd Rock From the Sun. Guts is the story of her addiction to painkillers and her recovery after a near death experience due to her addiction. This book was absolutely hilarious and sincere and I read it 2 days. I’ve also been skimming a few self-help books such as The Mothers of Reinvention, The 5 Love Languages and 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

7. We went to Atlantis for Spring Break! It was Awesome!

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Carly April 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

I’m glad to know that someone else has a borderline unhealthy obsession with Parenthood….Can’t get enough…

Angela Marie April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

Not sure how I ended up here (been clicking though random blogs), but glad I did. Your blog looks cute, can’t wait to read more.

- Angela Marie @ http://sunkissedivory.blogspot.com

PS Your hair is gorgeous! Makes me miss my colored hair.

brandyccross April 24, 2012 at 5:59 am

seriously girl? your hair looks awful, i can’t believe you paid (probably over paid) someone to make you look like bozo the clown.

samantha April 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

@brandycross I can’t imagine having so little a life that I go around making dumb anonymous comments about peoples hair on the internet. It’s sad and ridiculous, laughable actually. Why do you even come here? To make yourself feel better? That really is super sad. Im sorry.

Carla April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Yay update!!!

I, too, am part of the “Parenthood” obsession clan. So good! I feel like there is a character for everyone to relate to. Great acting, great writing, excellent cast with amazing chemistry. SO GOOOOD. I feel like not enough people I know understand how great it is and won’t take my word for it! :\

Cody May 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

Now you’ve gone and given me some hope for humanity. Thank you, keep it up.

Alt-Mama May 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

WOW- a backyard in Bk? You scored! Tarmac and all! Looks so nice and peaceful. I used to look down longingly at the hammock our first-floor neighbors set up on the gravel patch out back of the Powers st. place. The yard came with that unit. Ours had been more recently renovated, and we didn’t have to listen to the front door slam all day (and night), but damn… that backyard almost did me in. (Maybe it did. Here we are now in Austin, after all). Congrats on your little blogging hiatus. (And welcome back!) This is YOUR thing, so yeah, time off is your call. It can be good for the soul. Love your road of life analogies. Feelin’ it.

samantha May 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

@Alt-Mama Did you know I live on Powers!!???

Kelly May 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I love your revamped outdoor space. Where did you find your table with bench seats. That’s exactly what i’m looking for. Also, great pots. I’m going to get mine started this weekend.

samantha May 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

@Kelly The table set came from Ikea!! It was like $350…not too bad. We love it!

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