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That Forthright Girl

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One millennial’s attempt to question authority, remain (happily) married, be pennywise and organized, and prep for the future.

Week 33 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. Spent the week planning for the #eclipseapocalypse in Oregon. We stocked extra food, water, and gas just in case supplies ran low, and we reviewed our wilderness first responder knowledge and supplies in case things went really pearshaped. While I wouldn't call us true #preppers,

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The #eclipse was AMAZING from our front porch! We had two incredible minutes of totality without having to drive anywhere. For two space geeks, seeing this from home was a treat! #pathoftotality #viewfromhere #eclipse2017 #sunsungoaway #ilovedark via Instagram http://ift.tt/2whA7Ef

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Week 32 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "You can do anything, but not everything." I can't do everything, but I can finish what I started. All those unfinished craft projects, ideas, and goals need to be complete before I buy or start anything else. #sosaysi #discipline #wastenot #domore #finishlineisinsight Image

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These blueberries were so fresh and ripe that they jumped right into my mouth, I mean the bucket. Have I mentioned Oregon grows some awesome food? @thatoregonlife #oregongrown #oregondoesitbetter #farmfresh #blueberries #upick via Instagram http://ift.tt/2vZjWf2

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Week 31 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "I am grounded in the experience of the present moment." Screw the experience of the present moment. It is HOT where I live, and I am not happy about it. My summertime blues have kicked in, my motivation is gone, and I am over being sticky/sweaty every time I move. I want ra

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Apparently blanket forts transcend age AND species in popularity. Annie is a big fan of the blanket hanging over our footboard (it's too hot for the humans to need it at night, and they are too lazy to put it away). She sleeps under here for hours, and this human was not an invited guest. #annie #cat #catsofinstagram #catso

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Week 30 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up." I gave myself an easy week this week. Just a few chores, the usual maintenance stuff, and a bit of fun. #perkofthejob Images from #freepik. #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournal

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I spent a few hours today making a masculine retirement card for my uncle. He is a hunter, so I found a way to include some mallard feathers. #rubberstamps (#crittersintheforest) and #twine by @lawnfawn and #designerwoodgrain (embossed using #versamark) by @heroarts. Ink is all #zigcleancolor. Paper: HP 80lb cardstock for b

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Week 29 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "All things are difficult before they are easy." This week's mantra hit home in an exciting way: I bought myself a violin with the goal of learning it independently. Difficult doesn't quite come close to how challenged I feel, though I look forward to things getting eas

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My lunches have been amazing lately with local produce flooding the markets. It's easy to eat well all summer in Oregon! (Yes, I eat off cafeteria trays. I don't like my food to touch. We all have our issues.) #hermistonwatermelon #theyrehere #oregongrown #salad #caesarsalad #sunchips #almonds #cashews #andesmints #truelemo

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Violin Day 1: I made noise. The cat was not impressed. (It's happening! I bought a violin, and I am teaching myself to play it. With 30 years of piano experience and a dozen years on woodwinds, I thought this would be easy... not so much.) #violin #violinday1 #violinbeginner #adultbeginner #fiddle #fiddler via Instagram htt

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If you ever want to feel like an abject #failure as a #housewife, buy a #Hoover #floormate and do your hard floors. I vacuum and mop every week, often twice a week, and we don't wear outside shoes in the house. We are two very tidy adults and one small, well-groomed cat. How is this possible?! The second pass was MUCH clean

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Week 28 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." No other product or system has given me such success at repeating habits as bullet journaling. Excellence still eludes me, but I feel like I am a hair closer to it because of those habits. Thank you

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Week 27 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. My week was busy thanks to John Adams (and a few of his friends): "I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to

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My (completely untrained) neighbors were setting off (totally illegal) aerial fireworks just outside my bedroom window (like 20 feet away). I would complain, but the show was pretty awesome, and I didn't have to go outside into #allergyhell. #bestseatsinthehouse #literallyinthehouse #happyindependenceday #happy4thofjuly #fi

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Week 26 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "I have been saved, not by works, but grace, so that I might do great works." The halfway point of 2017 is here! I know summer just arrived, but I am ready for fall. I miss the rain after one short month of hot, dry, sunny days. Can we skip August? #oregonian Images from #fr

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Week 25 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletjournal. "It's never too late to get your shit together." A nice mix of busy and calm this week. Received great news from my doctor: my formerly high cholesterol is nearly normal, and I officially lost 20 pounds in 3 months. I rewarded myself with a massage (and had that six-we

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Mom made #caramelrolls from Grandma's recipe from #northdakota. I was forced to help her eat them. My life is SO rough. (No calories if I post a picture of the food to Instagram, right?) #thebest #sogood #goodbyewaistline #worthit #sorrydoc #iwilldobettertomorrow via Instagram http://ift.tt/2t7h3XD

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Week 24 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "Be curious, not judgmental." Had a busy week preparing for our annual #garagesale. Finally unloaded our junk closet: we are loving the emptyness! Used our garage sale earnings to replace the light fixtures in our garage (no more bare bulbs, yay!). #adulting Images from #fre

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Week 23 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "I am limited only by my vision of what is possible." Made some time for the piano this week. Am also considering learning a sixth instrument (maybe the violin?). Images from #freepik. #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournallove #bulletjo

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Week 22 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "I am self-reliant, creative, and persistent in whatever I do." Had a great, relaxing week indoors. Between the pollen and crazy #oregonweather, I have been stuck inside. Finished watching @craigmclachlan_ in #thedoctorblakemysteries, and then watched everything else he has

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Week 21 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "I am worthy of the compassion and kindness that life offers me." Hectic week post-vacation, but it is always good to be home and back in familiar routines. Cat images from #freepik #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournallove #bulletjourn

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Week 20 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you as you are to them." I had the fantastic opportunity to visit my mom's relatives in Bismarck and Beulah, North Dakota, this week. People there could not have been nicer, and the weather was perfect! Also, I didn't hav

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Week 19 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "I am beautifully and wondrously made." The late arrival of spring had me scurrying about with all kinds of chores this week. Got the big outside stuff done before pollen season kicks off, and I even had some time to craft. Images from #freepik. #iambeautifullyandwondrouslym

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I had the incredible opportunity to visit the gravesites for all eight of my great grandparents within one week just before #memorialday. Half are in North Dakota, and half are close to home in Oregon. I only met one of them in person, but I have heard wonderful stories of them all. Pictured here is the headstone for my mom

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Fresh picked #oregon #strawberries! Thanks, @midway_farms, for growing strawberries that are REALLY red all the way through. Like they should be. California, are you listening? #nowhitecorecaliforniacrap #sweeterthansugar #oregondoesitbetter via Instagram http://ift.tt/2r5nQxl

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Week 18 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. What a busy, crazy, good week! My sister, @craftytacogeek, was home for a week, and we had lots of fun crafting, shopping, and eating too much good food. Our mid-week trip to the #oregoncoast was a wonderful treat! While I didn't have much time for my own pursuits, I also didn't

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Week 17 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. Had a calm, quiet week that included plenty of thriving with some #bingewatching and creating. These are my favorite kind of weeks! #feather images from #freepik. #darlingyouareaworkofart #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalcommunity #bulletjournaljunkies #bulletjournallove

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What kinds of things do housewives do? Sometimes we stain fences. Today, I stained this gate (because I sort of blasted the old stain off with the pressure washer). With that done, hubby gets to come home after work and relax! #lessonlearned #fence #gate #stain #homerepair #housewife #housewifelife #goodwifey #hessospoiled

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My lunches for the week are ready to go! #saladinajar I like simple salad bases with #romainelettuce, #babyspinach, and #carrots. Used my #foodsaver jar sealer to #vacuumseal the #salads in my #handmedown #masonjars. Topping these with nuts and seeds, baby shrimp, salmon, or chicken, and a little bit of whatever dressing I

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