Monthly Archives: January 2016

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…”

If you’re unfamiliar with this story, it involves a demanding little mouse who requires milk after being given a cookie. Then he needs a straw for his milk. And it snowballs from there. By the end of the story, he’s back to needing a cookie. Our recent project around the house feels a bit like that to me. 

Aaron found out he was getting a year-end bonus and we decided to use some of the money to buy a new laptop. Ours is older than our children and wasn’t that great to start with. It is painfully slow to use at this point. 

Upon deciding to get a new laptop, I wanted to add a workstation in our dining room. Our laptop currently sits downstairs, plugged in, connected to the printer. That’s pretty much the only way it’s functional. With a new computer, I hope to be able to use it more on a daily basis, but want it somewhere safe from crazy dogs and spilled drinks. We had a slightly broken bookshelf that was no longer serving its purpose, right in the perfect little corner. 

But before we installed the workstation that my handy husband was making, we decided to paint the dining room. 

In order to paint the walls, we moved the broken bookshelf (straight to the garbage!) When we moved the bookshelf, which had pretty much been there since we moved in, we realized how dirty and disgusting our tile floors really were. So I spent a day scrubbing every grout line and tile by hand. Then Aaron could paint. 

After several trips to Lowe’s and a little time in the freezing cold temps, we were finally ready to go! At that point, I realized my husband is a genius. Here’s his version of a stud finder – a magnet to find a nail holding the sheetrock the the stud. img_7005With only a few choice words, which required me to distract the kids in another room, Aaron got our desk and shelf installed. It looks so much better than the bookshelf, seems like it will be more functional, and should require less dusting on my part. Pretty much perfect!

img_7010It won’t be somewhere we can sit and work for hours or spread out to work on a big project. But we tested it out with Aaron’s work computer and it seems like it should work perfectly to write a quick email or store a pile of bills to pay. 
 Now all we need is the new computer…

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For the love of bacon…

We love bacon. We eat it multiple times a week. If someone tells me they don’t like bacon, I kind of trust them a little less.

Well, that last one might not be true. But seriously. Bacon.

We’ve always known that it isn’t the healthiest thing we can eat. But this pretty much sums up our feelings on not eating it.


However, when the World Health Organization officially classified bacon as a carcinogen, I decided to do a little research and try to find a “less bad” version we could enjoy. I found some nitrate/nitrite free bacon, we taste tested it, and decided that it would work, despite the fact that it cost at least twice as much.
And then I read his article – What’s so bad about bacon?

Basically, the nitrate/nitrite free versions tend to substitute celery powder, which is a naturally occurring form of the same chemicals. The version that I thought was healthier, and paid out the wazoo for, had just as many carcinogens as my regular bacon.

So now we’re just eating regular bacon again. Because why would we pay more if we’re not going to lower our risk of cancer?

After my recent article perusing, I don’t know if slightly-less-carcinogenic-bacon even exists. ┬áBut… I’ve never smoked. I rarely drink. I usually use sunscreen. Hopefully my other healthy behaviors can help make up for my bacon eating.

And if you happen to know of a truly healthier bacon, please share your secret!

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