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An Argument for Taking a Break

When I started this blog four years ago, there were a few things I told myself I’d never do. One was sharing junk posts – where the writing was crap and the topic uninteresting – basically I didn’t want to half-ass it. It’s a requirement I believe I’m guilty of failing many times. The other thing I didn’t want to do was take a break. I’d try reading other blogs and see a static “we’re not here right now” post, and it made me angry. What was the point in not having a blog if you weren’t going to keep up with it?, I thought. Those people were lazy and I never wanted to be that type of slacker. Never ever ever. Every week since then – for four and a half years – I’ve written and shared a post. Sometimes even more than one per week. And quite frankly, […]

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The Worst Chores Never Get Done
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“You’re from the country but you ‘aint country,” that’s what my husband told me one day. He’s good at revelations like that. Quick one-liners that describe people nice and succinctly … sometimes even better than they’re able to describe themselves. Like how he pointed out my inability to get keys made or place things in the safe, even if they’re valuable and that is their actual “spot.” I hate clutter, but somehow refuse to put these things away. Each time he’d ask about one or the other, I’d say the same thing, “No I didn’t do it yet. Sorry I’m lazy.” And he’d just shrug and that’d be that … until he queried again the next week. Until one day he left me with a humdinger. It wasn’t that I was lazy, he said; I do lots of things, after all. It’s that if I don’t want to do something, […]

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How to Not Get Sick
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When germs are around the corner, keep them at bay with a few simple tips. Some of which are more enjoyable than others. Avoid getting sick with the following: Drinking Emergen-C It’s tasty, and it’s effective. Killing as Many Germs As Possible Lysol anyone? Anti-bacterial soap? Check and check. Keeping it Cold Did you know germs need serious heat to thrive? That’s why doctors offices are kept to chilly. Turn down the thermostat and you’ll also turn down the germs. Thieves’ Essential Oil And pretty much every other essential oil too. Sleep It’s good for you, so get some sleep.  

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Find a New Home, Wind
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It’s spring in the Midwest, which means you have absolutely no idea what the weather is going to do. And actually, it’s Kansas, so you have no idea what it’s going to do on any day ever. But after our second mild winter in a row, spring has come early – and it’s come in with gusto. As in gusting winds. At least a few days a week, Mother Nature is out there billowing and blowing the day away, sending allergies rampant through the air. Because of her antics, each of my outdoor rugs is weighted with a rock, and unless the trashcan is at least half full, it sits on its side. There is no point in constantly pulling it upright. Unfortunately, it’s not this glamorous IRL. She won’t stop this spring. Maybe for a day or two she’ll rest, but only to be zooming leaves through the air […]

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The Grossest Foods of Them All
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I’m not picky. Really. If you cook it, I’ll almost always eat it … or at least try. I’ve never been scared of home cooking and prefer someone’s kitchen adventures to eating out almost every day. Creating my own kitchen adventures are also a good time. In fact, I catch flack for trying too many weird things, or for being willing to try too much. Admittedly, my experiments sometimes are over the top – to the point where they aren’t that worth eating. But I still attempted, right? But I’m not universally a garbage disposal, either. There are still some foods I dislike. Some that I won’t even touch, and am grossed out by a single whiff. Including: Hot Dogs Puke. These things are about as disgusting as they come. As I understand it, it’s basically all the animal leftovers ground up and put into tiny little tubes. Then marketed […]

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My Neighborhood is Probably Haunted
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Squeak. Creaaaak. Errrrrrrr. Squeak SQUEEAAAAAK. That’s what I hear every time I step outside my front door. It’s also what I hear when the heat shuts off or anytime the house gets too quiet. It’s like the start of a horror story that never gets past its foretelling scenes – where the audience is right on the edge of their seats, only nothing happens. That’s reason number one that my neighborhood is probably haunted. For logic’s sake, we can talk about the source of the squeaking: it’s a windmill down the block that’s likely gaining more rust with all the recent rain/freezing temperatures. In the wind or anytime there’s almost a breeze, it’s telling its weathered ways. But because the structure is tall and the wind is an absolute constant – seriously it’s some type of science-defying wind tunnel; just ask all of my dead garden plants – the high-pitched […]

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My Real and Ridiculous Fear of Hotel Waffle Makers
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Real life confession ya’ll: I’m afraid to use hotel waffle makers. They, much like having the remote pointed in my direction, are incredibly unnerving. Just how hot do those things get? And why am I making waffles in a public setting, like I’m some type of short-order cook that only serves herself? No thanks, I’ll stick to my yogurt cup and weirdly moist muffin instead. But thanks for the concern, guy who wore his pajamas to the dining area. To date, I have never made a waffle that wasn’t frozen first; I am too freaked to even consider the irons. Even as an adult who is mostly logical and owns some things, I won’t touch those danger-breeding devices. While home versions do seem less terrifying, they take up serious cabinet space. Which is why I’ve never purchased one. Pancakes, in contrast, are made with a more universal dish – a fact that […]

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