Goodmorning friends and welcome to a new week
This past weekend my brother and sister-in-law from Newfoundland came to stay with us. They had a show they were coming to Toronto to see and so Dan and I housed them in our new little pad for a few nights. I really love being able to have company stay with us. Figuring out how to make our pull out couch sleep-able has been its own separate frustration, but we got it figured out. Seriously, are pull out couches/hidabeds ever level?
Not that I super care what guests think, but, having people over to your house for the the first time can be a little fire under the butt to get some of those long awaited, pesky to-do-list things checked off your list. You know – those little house maintenance and repair tasks that remain on your list years well past your move in date. I went on a short little rampage before my company arrived and got done a number of things – tiny things I’ll have you – but things that felt so damn good.
Celebrate your achievements with Meg
Pulled out the paint cans from the very back of our closet and retouched a number of cracks and stains on our walls. Of course, the more you do the more you find.
I fixed the thingy at the bottom of the door that was always falling off and driving me crazy. You know. The thingy. With the screws.
Bought a mattress pad for our pull out bed and configured a way to make it sleep-able (note: the guests still slept in our bed. We slept on said pull out couch).
Bought a set of drawers to finally put away those bathroom items that have been chilling on the floor.
Borrowed a drill and stud finder from a friend and TRIED to finally hang the shelf I was wanting to use to put my cookbooks on. Alas. Not going to happen in that wall, unfortunately, so I will have to figure out something else. At least we learned that much. And I learned what a stud finder is …..guess I could have been using that thing before now…..
I cleaned the fridge. Pulled out the panels and everything.
I swept and mopped the floors. Even gave our outside entrance area a mop, which I don’t think anyone had ever done. Ever.
Baked a batch of blueberry muffins for the extra mouths in the house. I give them a 10/10 for rise and texture – look how tall! I could have had them sweeter, but spread with peanut butter they are perfection.
Gluten free blueberry (new) + chocolate bran beet (from a previous batch)
One morning, when Dan had to work, I cooked our company a breakfast spread of pancakes, fruit, turkey bacon and coffee. The next morning, Dan cooked us all a feast of toast, eggs, peameal bacon and hash browns. I told them… if its me? You get sweets and carbs. Dan? Bacon and eggs. We each have our specialities.
Oh and I – okay, well I had my brother do it – fixed my kitchen cupboard hinges so they actually close properly. Oh the little things!!
Hosting guests also help you with some “firsts”
I got ramen for the first time! Something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. It was sooooooooo good.
This bowl was bigger than my head
We went to see a matinee showing of “I, Tonya.” I think I’ve maybe gone to a movie in the daytime once before – but I definitely never do it. It’s such a lovely thing to do! I loved the movie. Loved it. Thought it was excellent. But oh man so tragic.
Then that night we watched The Post. I think that means I get to check off the first time I’ve actually watched two whole movies in one day. I know. I’m behind. But that’s a damn good accomplishment (can you also tell I’m on a rampage to watch all the oscar movies before the awards? Doing pretty well I think).
Nearly finished off a tupperware of homemade cookies I’ve been storing in the freezer whilst watching above mentioned movie. Washed them down with a big mug of a hot chocolate mix that I pulled out for the first time.
In other news from the week:
I barely survived five shifts at the restaurant. But somehow, I did.
I was asked to help stage manage for a couple nights for a company (that I really really want to work for). I worked with the director last year and so she reached out to me when she needed an extra hand. Just being in the room with those actors…. gah I became a different person. It was so inspiring.
I worked on my script for my film class, went to class, and feel positively challenged
I had a really nice afternoon in a cafe where I just let my tired mind relax in the sun beams, and then began my job search
I sat down to organize my head around a few self tapes I’m supposed to do. I’ve been having a real hard time with time management and organization and motivation these days. Ugh. I say “ugh” because I have yet to actually configure how, or if, I’ll get the self tapes done.
I even published three posts last week, including my recent eats catch up and a new recipe! Finally.
What I need for myself this week:
A serious stretch out, some yoga, and time prioritized to applying for new workWhat having company can do for your productivity! Its #weekinreview with @cleaneatsfast. Come celebrate your achievements! Click To Tweet
Do you get more things accomplished when you know you will be having company?
Do you ever go to movies during the day?
If you were to cook breakfast for company – do you go sweet or savory?
Have you seen I, Tonya? What did you think?