i hate to start the week off negative-style but i have some terrible news.

i'll just put it right out there.

our turtle has dropped her morning nap and it makes me so sad. kind of like i need to mourn it.

i would use that hour and a half to go for a run. or write a blog post. or drink coffee. or take a shower and try and look decent for the day.

i thrive with a schedule. so now that turtle is changing things up i'm going to have to refigure things.

goodbye morning nap. i'll miss you. (sob sob sob)

on another note...i have kind of gone into crazy mode for my gal's birthday.

1. i snazzied up this practice smash-cake. i am pretty pleased with how it turned out and i think i'll be even more impressed with round two. i have to make another one because the weather was total crap-balls the day she was supposed to get pictures taken. farmer and i proceeded to eat the entire cake in one sitting. ouch.

2. i also got to work on a little chalkboard poster with all her one year stats. i am in NO way illustrator-savvy, but with what i do know i was able to come up with this:

long story short...i took this picture of my other computer because my new laptop doesn't have illustrator on it. i have this poster printed out. i'm going to put a stiff backer on it and it shall also serve as a photo prop.

3. prepare yourself for something disgusting. you see...we out her in farm-land deal with a little something called EXTREMELY HARD WATER. this water will turn your blond-dyed hair brass-colored and your toilets orange. no matter how hard you scrub them with a brush...they will be perpetually disgusting-looking. i literally hated going to the bathroom.

well...i concocted a little solvent called a-jax, bleach, vinegar, and a pumas stone. i knew that if that didn't get my toilet clean...maybe it would blow it up.

i poured each of those items into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 24 hours.

this is what our toilet looked like after those 24 hours:

enough to make you puke...right? am i right?!! i'm right.

then i added a little more of this and proceeded to scrub for nothing short of 40 minutes. seriously, one toilet took me 40 minutes.

well...this is what both our toilets look like today:

it's very glamorous this farm life i live.

let's get back to the water out here. can you believe that's what it does to our toilets?

luckily we don't drink this water. or cook with it. we have our water delivered.

or else i'm pretty sure our teeth would look like our toilets. or we wouldn't have teeth. which is worse?

i probably should have dedicated an entire post to my toilets, but we'll stop in a minute.

just let it be known that i am EXTREMELY proud of my pumas-scrubbed toilets and i've now resolved to pumas-scrub them quarterly.

no more scary toilets on the farm.

okay...happy beginning of the week. enjoy yourselves.