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Construction Update: 6 Week Deadline

Our house needs to be finished by July 1st...and we don't even have our flooring, stucco, roof, or cabinets installed! In fact, I don't think anyone from Panorama Homes has even been to our house this entire week. The deadline is quickly approaching and our house is just sitting there, empty and forgotten. I email the builder and the foreman for an update and am ignored. I ask our builder in person what the plan is for next week and am told, "I don't know".

We're screwed, aren't we?

"Screwed and tattooed," my boss says. It's not the sort of language one expects to hear from a little old lady, and especially not from a children's dentist, so it sticks with me. Screwed and tattooed, I think, staring at the unfinished, well, everything. Screwed and tattooed.

On the plus side, the work that has been completed looks great. The interior walls have all been painted (Sherwin Williams Polite White), the tongue and groove ceiling is up, and Strahl…

Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

You're going to think I'm nuts.

For breakfast every morning, I have 5 pieces of toast. FIVE!

The bread I buy is Nature's Own 100% whole grain, low sugar, blah-blah, so I like to pretend that the "everything in moderation" rule doesn't apply. It's also from the dollar store and is the best deal ever - important when you're eating several loaves per week! On each piece of toast, I have a different topping.My assortment this morning was Vegemite, peanut butter, raw honey,"super jam" (yes, you read that right. It's a surprisingly good concoction of every jam and jelly I had in the fridge, blended to oblivion in the Vitamix), and simple, homemade lemon curd.

I guess you could call this blog post a toast to lemon curd. (Hee, hee.)


Don't fret if you've never made your own lemon curd. It's fairly foolproof. Real cooks will hate me for saying this, but if for some reason your lemon curd won't thicken, just add a little cornstar…

What Happens During a Sleep Study for Chronic Insomnia?

A lifelong, chronic insomniac, I recently completed an overnight sleep study at the DaVita Medical Group New Mexico Center for Sleep Medicine. My expectations were low - 32 years of sleeplessness will do that to you - but I liked the idea of being able to officially rule out certain sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, once and for all. Plus, whenever I complain about Sexy Nerd's snoring, he's all too quick to point out that I snore as well.

Spoiler alert - the polysomnogram found that I do NOT snore. Take that, Sexy Nerd!

Even as a baby, I had trouble sleeping. You'd think I would have had a sleep study done sooner. My Sleep Study Experience I arrived at the sleep clinic around 7 pm and was escorted to a private bedroom. Told to change into my pajamas, the nurse quickly added that I must do that in the bathroom with the door closed, as the bedroom is constantly monitored by cameras. It's the kind of advice you only need to hear once, yet she…

Crazy Boss Quote of the Day

For the record, I'm using the term "crazy" in only the most loving of ways, especially if you happen to actually be my boss currently reading this. You are still my boss, right? C'mon, ol' buddy, ol' pal.

Also, "ol" is not short for old in the above sentence. Sixties are the new forties, after all.

I love my boss. I've worked for her for more than 12 years and am planning to stick with her until she retires. She's a pediatric dentist who gets enjoyment out of treating her patients with compassion and kindness. How can you not love a person like that? Okay, here is the quote:

I was walking down the hallway at work and my boss and I crossed paths. I always feel a little out of place when this happens, thinking that because my job is at a desk up front, I must surely be loafering* around if I'm spotted in the hall. But nature doesn't care, so as we walked by each other, I awkwardly squeaked that I was just heading for the restroom.

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Amerisleep Mattress Reviews: 5 Years Later

*Disclaimer*
This post is NOT sponsored by Amerisleep. Not in any way whatsoever. Unlike other "impartial" reviewers out there, I did not receive my mattress for free. All the opinions here are 100% my own.
*UPDATES*  A few months ago, Amerisleep started a new referral program. If you order through my link, you'll save an additional $50 on top of other discounts and specials! (THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!)
If you buy through my referral link, that would be swell because then I'll get a referral bonus from Amerisleep that I can use toward purchasing other memory foam products for the house we're about to break ground on hopefully any day nowwe're finally building (!!!), so placing your order through my link would be so helpful, especially as we're a bit (a lot!) over budget already. What's a better compliment than planning to buy more of the exact same product again? Plus, I very much appreciated online Amerisleep mattress reviews when trying to decide on t…

Construction Update: Drywall

I've been told I need to post more photos of the construction of our new dream home. Happy to oblige!

Currently, most of our windows are covered with plastic film to protect them when the house is stuccoed, so everything has a hazy, greenish hue. Note that I said "most". Apparently, it's fine for some of the windows to end up splattered in stucco.
 Kitchen
Other side of the kitchen 
Ack! I hate that cutout along the ceiling SO MUCH. Seriously, what is wrong with our construction crew? Does that look anything like the photo to you? 
Groin ceiling inside the dining nook
Curved floor of the hallway bathroom...because why not? 
Hallway beams and my infamous crapper window
Looking the other direction down the hallway
Barrel vault ceiling 
Guest bedroom 
Double tray ceiling inside the master bedroom 
Even in a green-certified home, there's nothing green about the construction process. 
Here are our interior doors, patiently waiting to be installed. The construction c…