Building like what?

Breaking down what’s to come

Wow, I’m a liar. To say this year has FLOWN BY is an understatement. So obviously, I have not kept up with posting. So I’ll really try this time…? Yeah, I will. I promise! I’ll make some posts about our trips, what I packed, what we want to bring next time that we did not bring this time, etc. I figure since “third time’s the charm” in getting this thing started, I’ll use this as an introductory post into who we are, and what sort of things you can expect to see from this blog!

Barley: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

First thing’s first: Building Like Barley. Name of the blog, named after a dog. Aka Señor Barlos, Sir Barlington, BAR!, BarButt. To see so much personality in such a small package is truly incredible.

Barley is about 16lbs (he’s put on some winter weight) but thinks he’s closer to 150. Continue reading “Building like what?”

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Aaaand here we go (for real this time!)

Soooo things picked up like crazy, and needless to say, I have not been as “on top of this” as I’d originally hoped! Since my last post: Wes and I have moved in to a new apartment together in Kittery, Maine. We had our biggest fundraiser of the year for Lucy’s Love Bus! I went to Israel, had a few more Love Bus events… and all of a sudden, here we are, at the end of May! Whew.

So, I guess first thing’s first: we have an awesome new apartment! It was a total mess for the first month and week we lived here, and then all of a sudden, my mom was coming up North from Baltimore with her friends, and was coming to visit! Mother’s Day weekend was like a whirlwind of trying to pretend like we’d actually had our sh*t together the whole time we lived here. I hung up all the decorations, unpacked and put things away, and we made SEVEN trips to Goodwill and Salvation Army to donate alllll of the things that we didn’t need!

The great thing about our new place is it’s a great size for us– it’s a “one bedroom,” but there isn’t a door, so it’s kind of a studio? But it’s just big enough to be a perfect stepping stone to tiny house living. We’re sharing one dresser and one closet. There’s no pantry, just a few kitchen cabinets that really are incredibly small and also falling apart. The apartment was an addition on the house when it was decided to be separated into apartments, so things are all kind of hodgepodge but pretty “Wes and Jackie” to be perfectly honest!

I was hoping to have photos for this post, but laundry (like life) just got away from us, and everything is a work in progress. June starts tomorrow, and I’m hoping to really try to turn over a new leaf and stick to a plan of posting at least once per week! A few other life changes on my end: I’m attempting to cut out all processed foods. Yikes. But the nice thing is that since I do most of the grocery shopping and all of the cooking for the most part, I’m hoping that with the method of only having “good” things in sight (with a few secret things stashed away for Wes) I’ll be able to control myself! I’m also hoping to work on training with Barley so that by the end of the summer, we’ll be 100% comfortable taking him off leash! He’s nuts, so who knows! (He’s running laps around the apartment at the moment, including underneath the bed. I’m thinking he might be going to daycare tomorrow…)

The hope with weekly posts is to update everyone on super great recipes that I’m doing, and a few DIY attempts I’m making around the apartment! Wes and I have our first trip of the summer to Acadia in 2 weeks, with this trip planned to ride bikes on the carriage roads! I’m aiming to take lots of pics for the blog and be regular about posting, because I’d love to turn this into a great resource for everyone interested in similar things, and also as a tool for reflection when life moves fast and to look back on, y’know, when we’re rich and famous and stuff 🙂

For my first “attempt” at this, before I sign off to focus on the umpteenth time I’m rewatching The Office (Jim just asked Pam out on a date! eeek, get me every time) this weekend was a crazy one, and Saturday started with an early morning jaunt to Portland, Maine (one hour north of us in Kittery, ME) to stop for donuts quickly at Holy Donuts (holy moly, worth the name… LIFE CHANGING) and then over to Allagash Brewing for a limited beer release! SO WORTH IT. We only ended up waiting in line for about half an hour but got there at a perfect time that we were about 70th and so made it for the 120 bottle release! Then, we swooped down to Smuttynose in Hampton, NH (30minutes south of our home) for yet another limited release, and were remarkably about 6th in line! Another great beer…. here’s a pic of the 4 beers together!

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Ok… so this is the second post! Whew, it took forever to do and was kinda lame, but hey, I did it! Practice makes perfect, and expect to hear from me in the next week for an update on how June has started off, and the long-awaited explanation of what the heck this blog means!

And a few questions for all of you as I send this off: do you make a schedule to keep up with posting? Do you use an app/site like hootsuite to make sure everything is scheduled and goes out on time? Any tips to share to keep motivated?

Have a great first week of June… check in with you soon! xo