Thank you, readers!

Yesterday this blog crossed the 14,000 hits threshold–thank you, readers!

Some of those views are one-time, and some of you are faithful readers. I appreciate each one.

The stats tell me where in the world my blog has been viewed on any given day, and redwhiteandnew has made appearances this year alone on screens in Canada, Turkey, the Philippines, Italy, Ireland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, Nigeria, Vietnam, Colombia, Malaysia, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and, most interestingly to me, the Maldives.

I started this blog to keep friends and family up to date on our lives as we moved from the old home state to the center of the free world, and assumed that the blog would be primarily work-related and work-focused. Life takes some funny, not funny, unexpected, exciting, and terrifying turns, but it’s never dull and realizing that has helped me feel just fine blogging about What’s Happening Now, whether that’s Martha, moving, having the little oyster, looking for work, or just walking Dietrich.

Redwhiteandnew is a biographical statement, nothing more and nothing less. What I post is an honest account–or my best interpretation–of daily life, milestones, and unique events or experiences, nothing more and nothing less. I have fun writing, and I love reading comments when readers post them and so, for all the time and attention you all have put into pushing the blog over the 14,000 mark, thank you! Nothing more and nothing less.


Whirlwind Wednesday

Today started at 7:02 a.m. with a text from the landlady, saying the furnace guy would be here in 30 minutes to do the repairs on the hot water heater, which is basically in our bedroom.

From there it was let the dog out, make the coffee, watch the dog vomit in the garden, think about getting dressed, eat breakfast, read about the 12th week of pregnancy, feed the dog a tiny breakfast, let the furnace guy in, let the dog in, get the husband out the door, move the car into the landlady’s driveway because I still refuse to register it, read and link the Google alerts I report for work, respond to emails, pay the furnace guy for the landlady, feed the dog the rest of his breakfast, let the furnace guy out, let the dog out, sign in at work, follow up on press releases from yesterday, write another press release, look up new auto insurance, call for new insurance, set up automatic deductions for new insurance, get quotes for husband’s life insurance, talk to agent about life insurance, email husband about new insurance, email sister about new insurance, call to cancel old insurance, email to cancel old insurance, write church announcement for dinner I’m organizing, contact hosts for dinner I’m organizing, respond to guest questions about dinner I’m organizing, eat yogurt, write another press release, revise an old press release, talk to an office about event on Friday, plan a PR blast for event on Friday, eat cheese and crackers, write more press releases, revise other press releases, watch House session, send press releases, respond to press inquiries about press releases, update House websites with press releases, audio clips, and photos, check on the dog sleeping outside, sweep the floor, wash yesterday’s dishes now that the water is hot, move car out of the landlady’s driveway, drive to mailbox to drop off this week’s letters, feed the dog half his dinner, take a phone call from media not even in the state, eat grapes, think about what to possibly blog about today, realize it’s 6:00, sign out of work stuff, let the dog in, realize I’m still not dressed, order pizza for dinner, and breathe.


Tonight we’re eating dinner outside and tomorrow I’ll do all the things I didn’t have time for today.

In the meantime, I now have hot water for a shower, dinner is on its way, and I hardly put a dent in the grapes. Not bad. Not bad at all.

All in good time

What I mean is all in perfect time.

I believe in God’s perfect timing for everything, from when it rains to when jobs and moves happen. I also believe God has a sense of humor…look what I discovered today when I put my hair in a ponytail:

…and on the 8th day, man invented bobby pins…

Yep, those are hairs growing back around Martha’s front door. Until recently it was short enough to be covered by the ponytail-length hair but now it has a mind of its own. I couldn’t figure out what some ends of my hair were doing all the way over there when the rest were dutifully hanging in ponytail fashion at the back of my head, and then I tugged on these little rebels and realized their origin. Then I laughed out loud and thought about leaving them out in left field because since Martha, I mostly let my hair do what it feels like doing, so thankful I am that I have hair. But then I remembered I was meeting a friend for lunch and I try not to embarrass others with my personal choices. So I stuck a bobby pin through the cluster and no one but my blog readers are any wiser.

So how great is it that I can work from home and not care about making a professional first impression with a rogue hair tuft threatening to make an appearance? Perfect timing on the new old job and the hair tuft.

Getting back to work with a work-from-home situation is also perfect timing. Since I have felt too horrible with morning sickness the last few weeks to do anything, the husband and I are thankful that I didn’t have to drag myself out of bed to work. And now that all my normal-person clothes are getting uncomfortably snug in the middle section, I’m glad to have a job for which I can dress in yoga pants.

What’s that?

Oh yeah, I’m pregnant. 🙂 Our baby is due in September. Pregnancy during a DC summer? Not my preferred timing, but see previous statement about God’s sense of humor.

My second first day

Today was my second first day at my new old job. It feels SO good to be working again.

Yesterday I zipped over to Target for a few things I would need, pictured below. My priority was a planner, which I had not acquired during the first eight weeks of the year because I had nothing to plan. Double bonus–now all the planners are dirt cheap.

The fact that my lovely planner and pretty notebook coordinate was purely an act of the clearance rack gods.

One nice thing about working from home is that I could pick out a notebook that’s a little more girly than I would have been comfortable toting around the House of Representatives. Yay. And the pen is not new, since we are still being frugal in the shoebox and I’m recently a big fan of using things until they break, wear out, or are otherwise defunct. The pen still works, so it still gets used.

And let’s be honest, there are lots of nice things about working from home. I know that I am truly blessed to be doing a job a love, being paid for it, and having the luxury of showering on my lunch hour. I am thankful for these things.

On this second first day, I banged out an op-ed, wrote a press release for a new rep, watched session, updated a few things, installed a few other things, and generally got up to speed with no issues. Tomorrow, who knows? I hope it’s more of the same, if not busier, since I do have a whole notebook to use up.