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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 40 in my #housewife #bulletjournal. "I never give up." Had a crazy week from beginning to end! Worked hard every day, felt exhausted every night, but I kept at it. Thankful that Mom's knee surgery went well and that she's healing. Happy that my #housewifelife allows me to help her out during her recovery. #fa

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Friday Harbor ferry dock at dawn. We had to be up super early to catch the ferry to go home, so we were killing time watching the sun rise. The water was glassy, the town was just barely stirring, and my veins were struggling to accept that much chai so early. #coffeeisgross #fridayharbor #sanjuanislands #sunriseoversea #su

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I really do have a face! The Man and I were standing on the porch of the officer's quarters at American Camp while waiting for some drizzle to pass. This was the only "rain" we had on our vacation in the San Juan Islands. If I mention how much @columbia1938 we were wearing on our vacation, can I get a sponsorship

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. Took this picture on the second morning of our vacation as we slipped out of the harbor on the early ferry to Orcas Island. The fog was hanging low over the water, and everything was still. How rare it is for the #westcoast to see the sunrise over water. What an amazing morning! #

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Week 39 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "When you know better, do better." The Man and I went on a real vacation this week, all by ourselves! We spent five days in the San Juan Islands and had a wonderful time. Despite walking or hiking five miles each day, we felt relaxed and refreshed. It was so amazing to

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Week 38 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "I matter, and what I have to offer this world also matters." After weeks of wondering if my style of #bulletjournaling is "right enough," this week's mantra gave me a great confidence boost. So what if I don't hand draw every spread or check every box or have the

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Week 37 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "Not my circus, not my monkeys." But what if you are the monkey? Nay to a busy week with appointments and my dear aunt's funeral. Yay to seeing lots of family that came from out of town. Nay to hurting my knee while spreading bark dust. But yay for making the HOA look b

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"If I fits, I sits." Annie found an empty box on my craft table. She is barely able to get all four of her paws in it, so when she lays down, much of her tiny 8lb body hangs over the edges. Nevermind the 4'x1' box filled with fresh, crinkly packing paper in the living room... #annie #catsinboxes #cat #korat #korat

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My table centerpiece for fall took some effort. I didn't want to store anything long term or spend much money, so I had to be creative. The mason jars are filled with candy corn and M&Ms. I used @lawnfawn small stitched leaves dies and distress ink to make 3 dozen leaves. The doily thing is actually a placemat from Bed,

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Week 36 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "Life is tough, but so are you." Did a lot of visiting this week, which is great but exhausting for this introvert. SO glad I was able to reconnect with friends and family! I am also thankful to have a quiet home where I can hide out for a day or two afterward. Does anyone e

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Week 35 in my 2017 #housewife #bulletbinder. "Some see a weed: I see a wish!" Anyone else grow up wishing on dandelions? I wish it would rain and be less hot and just not be summer anymore. 😧 Grandma taught us to "make wishes" out on the farm where weeds in the lawn seemed to be tolerated, but Dad was

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Harvest Moon 2017. With all the smoke we have in Oregon right now due to forest fires, the moon glows a beautiful pumpkin orange. Got out my long lens and had some fun in the street scaring drivers while taking photos. @thatoregonlife #moon #harvestmoon #fullmoon #stargazing #oregon #oregonmoon #astronomy #pnw #greatpnw #pu

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Week 34 in my #housewife #bulletbinder. "I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now." With these cute fishies, how can life not be joyful? The eclipse was amazing, I feel healthy, and the house is pretty clean and organized all at once. It's like I almost have this "adult" thing down. Haha, j/k,

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Should I take yet another picture of the cat being adorbz? Yes, yes I should. Annie was so sweet to hold her pose long enough for me to take this pic. The Man had left a door open to a room where she rarely gets to go, and she loved having a new place to drop more hairs. #annie #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #catsoforegon #kor

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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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