Sometimes, after a particularly trying day (or night) like…say… moving way too much furniture after way too tough of a workout after way too long of a day…ahem… I have trouble stringing my random thoughts into coherent sentences. Case in point: the run on in the sentence preceding this one.

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Pretty much.

During such circumstances, Ilike to organize my thoughts into lists. So today, you’re getting 5 thoughts in list form. (Note that I really wanted to add two more points, but apparently my love for alliteration surpasses my love for rambling on and on. You guys win on this one, trust.)

1. I recognized the other night what was my first twinge of homesickness. Shane and I were driving home from IKEA, talking about our old house and how Niko would always jump from the chair to the couch like a crazed animal.

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(our old couch)

All of the sudden, it hit me – a pang of homesickness. Aww, our old house! The feeling was fleeting, but it was still there. I was just surprised that it took me a month to feel homesick. I would have thought I’d have had a break down by now. Want to know what I think the reason is for that?

2. VITAMIN D!!!

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Sweet, glorious sunlight! Guys. It was 65 on Wednesday, 64 yesterday, and 60 today. I walked to yoga in stinking sandals today, walked Niko in a T-shirt yesterday, and ran outside in short sleeves on Wednesday

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Check out that high!

Seriously, though. I’ve been getting more than my share of vitamin D, and I can honestly tell that it’s positively affecting my mood. I can get pretty SAD in the winter, but not when there’s sunshine 300 + days a year. I love Colorado weather.

3. However, unlike Illinois, in Colorado winter is not synonymous with 3 months of ick and grey. This means that I have to wash my car in January!

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I’m used to the inch thick of ick on my car fitting in with the rest of the cars in the lot. Notsomuch here!

4. After a trip down to Centennial to IKEA earlier this week, I am now 100% convinced that IKEA and Target are conspiring against Americans as consumers and have magical powers to get us to spend at least $100 more than we originally planned on spending. Right, Jillian?

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Alas, I’m happy with my purchases.  I’m happy to say that if you come visit me, you’ll not only have a place to put your shoes in our mudroom, but you’ll have a place to sleep, complete with pillows and blankets!

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Niko approves Winking smile

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5. Speaking of IKEA, I had a big girl moment yesterday when I went to put together what else but a laundry basket we also bought there:

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I know what you’re thinking: Paige, a laundry basket?! Well yes, a laundry basket. A laundry basket that was way too complicated than one should ever be. One that came with 12 parts, 4 screws, 2 bolts, and a screw driver.

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But I prevailed! Now I just need to learn how to hang shelves. Baby steps, people, baby steps Winking smile

That’s all for today, folks!

How often do you wash your car?

I have to admit, I probably could have gone all winter in Illinois without washing it. But in my defense it’s just not worth it to wash your car when the snow never melts – only turns an icky shade of gray that gets pushed around until more snow comes!

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