Ever since I quit my full-time job to pursue blogging and freelance writing, I’ve been very good about working full days. To be quite honest, I’ve worked far more than 8 hours a day many, many times, but I’m doing something I love, so it often doesn’t feel like work. Well, the techy side of blogging, correspondence and many freelance assignments feel like work, but it’s all in the name of the game.
Today, however, I gave myself a day off from everything except my daily blog posts.
If you worked from home, could you work with billions of boxes surrounding you?
I felt like the boxes in our house were screaming “unpack meeee!”
I’m pretty sure Sadie was saying the same thing.
Locate her Chuck-It, I did. Once I uncovered the Chuck-It, I played with Sadie in our new ginormous backyard for about 20 minutes. I must say it is awfully nice to be able to throw a ball for Sadie in my own backyard without having to drive a good five to 10 minutes to a dog park.
Ten points for Ocala!
Though I did want to spend time unpacking, I also gave myself the day off because our internet is not working just yet. I find it quite humorous that I am publishing this blog post in a Burger King parking lot. They have free wi-fi! Who knew!?
I feel really good about the progress I made on the unpacking front this morning…
(Hooray for no more heinous anus cabinets!)
I’m kind of obsessed with the Ball jars in the above picture. My mom and I bought them a couple of weeks ago when I filled a few with granola to send to some fundraiser winners. I used the remaining jars to store grains, lentils and some veggie soup mix. I think they add a little pizazz to our kitchen!
After unpacking 10 boxes of stuff (yes, I counted), I took a break for lunch.
I made myself a chopped salad with tomatoes, sweet corn, romaine lettuce, carrots and rotisserie chicken leftover from yesterday’s floor picnic.
Topped with some kind of Newman’s Own dressing… I think a ginger/Asian flavor? Like I said, I’m in the Burger King parking lot, so I can’t double check, but trust me when I say it was delicious.
Someone was quite intrigued by the smell of chicken.
You know I gave her some scraps. I’m such a sucker.
And now I gotta hurry home. The internet guy is due at our place between 3 and 5 p.m. and I don’t want to miss him!
Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says
Was it the Sesame Ginger flavor? That’s my favorite dressing ever! So good.
I have to ask you about the plates you use. Are they Fiesta? I only have Fiesta dishes in my cabinet and yours look so much like the ones I have.
yes! and yes! we love our fiesta dishes! they were my grandma’s.
Sarah @ SarahFit says
Since I do work from home, I’ve moved my “office” many times. we had an extra room for my office but it quickly became a guest bedroom and storage. It was however too small, got too hot or too cold so I moved in the living room and now have just a desk looking out the window. During the summer I work outside, but on my to do list of things for this year, I think I’m going to rent space outside the house to work. I’m too distracted by yummy recipes ideas and working out when I’m at home! Good luck on the furniture!
i am SO happy i will officially have a home office in this house. i can relate all too well to not having a “legit” office! i was working from our kitchen table and had papers EVERYWHERE in our old place!
You are teasing me with your pictures I wanna see your real life home right now!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
I am such a sucker for puppy faces! Sadie is such a cutie 🙂
Ashley S. says
It’s so exciting watching you get all moved in! My husband and I just found a house this weekend that we want to rent and will (hopefully!) be moving into in two weeks! We’ve only ever been in an apartment (only married 1.5 years) and he has been so giddy happy over feeling like we will be in more of a “home,” than an apartment can offer. Yay to new chapters!!
We attended a beautiful wedding on the weekend and each guest received a jar which was filled with all the ingredients to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It was all layered in the jar and the jar lid was covered with fabrice and tied with ribbon that said “Mr. and Mrs.” On the top of the lid was your name and your table number. So many great ideas for those jars.
Linda Kiser says
I love the picture of Sadie. Too cute. I know how awesome it is to have your first home with your own back yard, So excited for you all.
i should have eaten a salad for lunch today! instead i had a yogurt mess + a smoothie later 😛
I am in love with the new blog layout. I like the idea of having blurbs of the previous posts so you can navigate easier. Yay!
Hannah @PalmBeachRunner says
I am obsessed with mason/ball jars. I was on pinterest and I have found the most adorable craft ideas and cookies in a jar…so many ideas!! Find them under my arts & crafts board I believe! http://pinterest.com/countrygirlwy/pins/
so between 3-5 p.m. they really mean anytime before 9 right? 😛
Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) says
Oh my gosh, unpacking is ALMOST as bad as packing!
Burger King always makes me think of that super creepy life-sized King character in the BK commercials haha.
christina cadden says
I hate unpacking!
Tracy @ Commit To Fit says
I didn;t unpack today, but I did so some major cleaning. Only halfway there, but it is a major improvement already 🙂
Yeah for a new home!!! Congratulations for finally getting in. I don’t blame you for taking the day off. You NEED order in life to be effective right? I can’t wait to see pictures when all the furniture and touches are in!
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
Your kitchen is so cute!! Not as cute as Sadie, of course, but still really cute! 🙂
I love sadie so much. She’s such a cutie and that picture is so perfect. love the texture of her nose and angle
Is it just me or does everything taste better with sweet corn in it!!
Ugh, the joys of unpacking. My advice….take your time. I never can seem to do this but I think it’s much more effective and productive if you space it out.
Megan @ www.theozsearch.blogspot.com says
I had this fantastic idea to buy a Mason/Ball jar for each of our wedding guests, and to serve our signature drink in them (mint juleps)…bought the jars, halfway through the wedding I realize “Oh wow. I forgot to buy the liquor for the drinks…” lol. My mother went home with 75 jars that night…
Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats says
Free wifi is probably the only good thing about the BK Lounge. lol. 😛 The ball jars are so cute!
Allison F says
You always have the best captions for Sadie, or rather… Sadie is one funny gal 😀
Marcee ..... Illinois says
Yay! Getting settled in ….. !
This post was really great. Gonna try that pb oatmeal soon.
Julie ….. this house is just gorgeous! I was so hoping you had selected it. Most likely I gave my opinion in a previous comment. Well …. it’s a lovely place.
Very glad you & Ryan could move in earlier. A relief. Your lives will be much easier. That marvelous pool is amazing! The entire patio looks so calming and peaceful. What fun your (entire) family will have with it!
“Things” will be spoofed-up in no-time. You already posted various furniture choices. Right? Go for comfort! Can’t wait to see how everything turns out Julie!!
Love-love your posts! Ditto for Sadie! I have a Sophie and a Gidget. Some days Gidget is our Boo-Boo …… other days she is GiGi! Ha.
Keep us in the know!! For sure, you have tons of fans Julie!
Love your kitchen- looks so clean and inviting….I remember when we re-did our kitchen, I never wanted to leave + unsurprisingly really stepped up my culinary game!
Your new kitchen is very cute! Looks like nice appliances & cupboards/storage space – especially the shelves with the ball jars 🙂
Your new place looks great!
I’ve been following you for over a year, your blog inspires me! I find it very enjoyable to read. I wanted to know though how you got into the work your doing. I am not very happy in my job and my passion is entertainment and writing about it, photography ect. I haven’t had the guts to actually write anything yet though. I would love to be able to write/blog/photograph during the day as my job. Do you have any suggestions?