Thinking out loud #1

Blogging is a full time job this week! I have finally switched over from Word Press hosting to self hosting and let me tell you…’s taken over my world. It’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be considering I know NOTHING about technology and computers. So it’s all a learning process to say the least. I just feel bad I’ve been ignoring my husband and glued to the computer all week.

Hopefully it will all be worth it. I’ll be blogging from this super boring theme until I figure out what kind of custom designed theme I want so bear with me! This is the perfect opportunity for a random type of post…and I decided to link up with Amanda for her first Thinking Out Loud post link up. I always love reading Amanda’s posts and I like the random nature of Thinking Out Loud. So here it goes:


We cut our Christmas tree out of our back yard. It’s not perfect, but I never thought anyone would ever see it so I didn’t care (until I had girls from work over Friday…whoops). But I don’t think they cared. Frank enjoys it. And sitting by the heater.





I finally cooked my previously discussed outrageously priced turkey this past Sunday. I literally spent the whole day in the kitchen doing my usual Sunday food prep as well as cooking the turkey, stuffing, mashed taters and cauliflower, and veggies. The top left are egg muffins from the 21DSD.


Oh my….everything was phenomenal. And we will be eating turkey for the next solid week and a half. The turkey is actually going to provide us with more meals than originally thought….so awesome. Totally worth that price tag!


This ended up on my doorstep the other day. I have no idea why. I bought something there over Thanksgiving break but I don’t have any idea how they got my address. But I don’t hate it.


Yesterday was my first meeting of my new “writing club” at school! At first I wanted to start a school newspaper but I figured that was not a good enough way to market it to the students. So I called it “creative writing club”. That drew a crowd. So now that I reigned them in I can probably convince some to do some “non fiction” writing like editorials, interviews and maybe movie/video game reviews. I plan to publish all of this on a blog and have like a class blog. I am so excited to merge my career and love for writing and blogging! I’ll give an update when we actually get the publication together. The kids seemed to have fun.


Austin and I are probably not going to want to eat turkey for a long, long time after these two weeks. I mean there is a lot of turkey. I made turkey soup that was phenomenal. I mean the best, richest tasting soup you will ever eat. And last night there was more:


Turkey. I really stand by my decision to get the pastured turkey. It was not cheap but in all reality if I were to add up all the meals it’s going to give us and divide the price by that, it’s not much compared to eating out or how much you spend on a meal in general.


Well most of this post is about turkey, I apologize.

Tips for self hosting beginners please!!!

Do you cut down your own Christmas tree?


8 thoughts on “Thinking out loud #1

  1. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Confession: I’ve secretly always wanted to cut down my own Christmas tree, but the building I live in now doesn’t even allow us to have real trees (Scrooges!!!), and when I still lived with my parents, we always just bought the pre-cut ones. I do love a good tree with character 😉

    And woof on the transfer to self-hosting — I literally thought I was going to throw my computer out the window when I was going through the process. I’m not sure what kind of tips I can offer, but if you ever have any questions, just hit me up!
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  2. Hollie

    I am actually going to cut down my own Christmas tree this weekend sometime. I’m pretty excited about it.

    I’m not self hosted but I have my own domain which I found to be a lot easier. I’ve heard horror stories about it and personally if I go that route I’m going to pay a fee to get it done for me. 🙂
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  3. Amber

    Your cat is super super cute! Especially by the heater. Aww.. Oh, and how awesome cutting your own tree! Unfortunately, they don’t grow round these parts so they’re a real treat! Happy Thursday!
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  4. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    When I was a kid we would always go to the tree lots where you got to cut down your own tree – it was always one of my favourite Christmas memories!

    And ugh, self-hosting. Such a pain in the ass, but totally worth it! The only advice I can really offer is GOOGLE EVERYTHING. It helped me find out exactly what I needed to do and feel more confident that I wasn’t going to accidentally implode my blog.
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  5. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance

    Oh I love turkey to. That soup sounds awesome!

    Way to go on self-hosting! I think picking out a theme is so fun… but stressful at the same time. Lol.

    I would have joined your writing club if I was one of your students. We had a group called “Power of the Pen” at school and we went to an annual writing competition. I loved it so much and wish that they offered a similar thing in high school/college.

    We do not cut down our own Christmas tree, but we put our own fake one up! 😉

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