• Effective Adulting,  Our Very Fine House

    Saving Money by Spending Money?

    I noticed something rather odd about my buying habits during the spring shelter in place. Prior to lockdown, I bought the bulk of my household goods in person and even with a list, I had a really bad habit of buying things I didn’t need. My trip to the store would turn from $40 to $65 or $70 pretty quickly. The same went with the grocery store. Impulse buys of seasonal items would end up causing me a small fortune, because those little overages add up. Houston locked down, Everett and I turned to buying most everything online. Somethings we still got in person, like chicken feed because places that…

  • Effective Adulting,  My Best Self

    Better Living Through Adulting Part 3: Creating Boundaries and Finding Balance

    When virtual teaching was about to kick off for this year, the Fella and I made some very important decisions about how working from home was going to look. For the first part of lockdown, we had sat at “his and her” TV trays in the study and it largely worked out. As things have evolved, however, and life has started getting back to normal with an emphasis on business meetings and synchronous lessons, we realized our strategies were going to have to evolve as well. We were going to have to retreat to our corners in order for this to work. The Fella got a new desk for his…

  • Effective Adulting

    Better Living Through Adulting Part 2-Work Flow and Communication

    As I said in a previous post, we have quite a few projects coming down the pike at the Modage/Leyshaw Homestead. This does not include the continuing saga of the Cursed Chicken Tractor. WHICH is getting so close to completion. (I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited about this.) We’ve actually made more progress than my most recent pictures show; I just forgot to take more this weekend. Oops! Teaching has eaten my brain. You’re lucky to be getting this blog post. A problem we kept running into is that I’m kind of the project manager and the steps we take are in my noggin; that’s how my brain works. I’m a hyper planner…