Asskaban cleans up her act!
asskaban:

Homemade Passion Iced Tea Lemonade from Starbucks!
Ingredients:Tazo Passion teaFrozen Lemonade from concentrateClassic Sugar Syrup (dissolve 2 parts sugar to 1 part boiling water and let cool)
To make a pitcher of it: 
Brew the tea double strength (2 tea bags per 12oz water, so for 36oz of water I used 6 tea bags), steep for 15 minutes. Pour into a large glass pitcher.
In a separate pitcher, make the lemonade. Most frozen cans of lemonade make about 64oz, so you won’t use it all. 
Pour in equal parts lemonade to the tea. 
Add sweetener to taste: I used about half a cup for this size of batch, but you can adjust to your taste preferences. I also added more lemonade to it so that it would make a little more, and to make it a little more tart, but that’s a personal preference as well.
Stir the pitcher and cool in fridge for a few hours.
Pour over ice and enjoy :)

reblogging myself because I need to make some of this again soon!

asskaban:

Homemade Passion Iced Tea Lemonade from Starbucks!

Ingredients:
Tazo Passion tea
Frozen Lemonade from concentrate
Classic Sugar Syrup (dissolve 2 parts sugar to 1 part boiling water and let cool)

To make a pitcher of it: 

  • Brew the tea double strength (2 tea bags per 12oz water, so for 36oz of water I used 6 tea bags), steep for 15 minutes. Pour into a large glass pitcher.
  • In a separate pitcher, make the lemonade. Most frozen cans of lemonade make about 64oz, so you won’t use it all. 
  • Pour in equal parts lemonade to the tea. 
  • Add sweetener to taste: I used about half a cup for this size of batch, but you can adjust to your taste preferences. I also added more lemonade to it so that it would make a little more, and to make it a little more tart, but that’s a personal preference as well.
  • Stir the pitcher and cool in fridge for a few hours.
  • Pour over ice and enjoy :)

reblogging myself because I need to make some of this again soon!

before each new term or school starts, I like to go through my email inbox and completely clean it out: all emails are either sorted into an appropriate file (School, Important, Me, etc.) or deleted. Some files that I was keeping for a class, like proof that I turned in an assignment or something, can be deleted since the class is over and I don’t have to retake it. 

it’s a boring job, but it makes finding things way easier in the long run because I know everything unsorted is from the current term, and therefore important. Also it makes me feel more prepared for the upcoming term.

So yeah, productivity!

Wow, today was interesting. I came home to my mom’s house because the term is over and it had been a while since i was last home. I decided to tackle the laundry room, since it was pretty disgusting and I can guarantee that it was not a healthy environment for anyone: especially the cats who eat in there. I couldn’t bring myself to do a load of laundry last time I was home, so I just know it was time to make a move.

BOY was I surprised with what I found. 

  • 14 expired 2-liters of soda
  • tons of near-empty laundry/cleaning supply containers
  • 20+ boxes of lightbulbs on top of the shelf, and hardly any in the “light bulb box”
  • and the creme de la creme: under the washer and dryer was a build-up of dust and lint and just…. shit that had been collecting for what I discovered to be at least 21 years. my mom said she can’t remember if she’d ever cleaned under there, and I’ve never seen her do it either. 
So what I did was:
  • get rid of all the bottles of soda: dumped down the drain, but the containers were saved for recycling
  • combined laundry detergent containers and got rid of a few extra bottles and organized all the ones left over. I wish I could have pared down them some more, but I was worried about mixing chemicals.
  • condensed the lightbulb collection, organized it, and put it in the box. also I organized all the shelving and cleaned it up. 
  • attacked the shit out of the lint build up. hot water with soap, rubber gloves, and a spatula to scrape it off the ground. I found at least a dollar in loose change, like 6 pens, a tube of chapstick, and other random stuff among the debris. 

I think I was pretty successful, since I wasn’t even planning on tackling this today when I got home..

Today was a day of productiveness on all levels! I accomplished so many things, some that I had planned and some that I did not, but I came out clearly in the green on my to-do list. (which, by the way, is a home-made chalkboard that I made from some canvas and a bottle of chalkboard paint that I got at Walmart. So useful!!!)

I made a “don’t break the chain” calendar for making my bed, but it’s also for practicing Horn, because if I want to get better (at either habit, really), I need something that will keep me accountable, and hopefully this will help.

Along with some more mundane daily chores, I scrubbed the baseboards in my bathroom, which had been neglected during my hasty paint job. they were covered with splatters and the edging job I did was terrible, so with the power vested in me by the Magic Eraser, I took those bitches to TOWN. although oops, I did scrub a little of the paint right off the wall in a couple spots. those things work too good sometimes!!

Things that I accomplished that did not involve cleaning were painting my nails, practicing Horn for an hour, planning out a healthier eating/exercise plan, getting fired up about the election, and taking an early evening bike ride out of town. 5 miles isn’t a lot, but I felt great about it afterward. it’s a start, and everyone starts somewhere.

Today was good.

it’s 3am, and I am sitting here, watching OUAT and cleaning my mom’s office…

I’ve found —so far— an entire garbage can full of full color print-outs she’s made of how-to websites, for computer related things. “how to make the text size bigger in Internet Explorer”, “how to burn a cd using itunes”, and EVERY SINGLE PAGE OF A VIRUS SCAN FROM 2010. it’s like 100 pages, all neatly clipped together with a red alligator clip. I’d safely bet that she’s printed out at least two full reams of paper and used countless amounts of color ink on this shit.

and I’m not even like, digging through boxes in here. this is just piled up around on the desks and stuff. we’ve got a box here marked “instruction manuals” that have every single manual we have ever gotten, from anything. Toys from when we were little, ikea paperwork written in german, the owners manual to the fridge, etc. I’d also bet we have all our tax paperwork from 1985-on.

It took four 45/10s (okay really just a bathroom/drink refill break, but it was enough of a break, I promise) but I can actually see a difference! Thank goodness for small miracles. the photos are at the beginning (after I had already gathered up all the papers on the floor and put them in a pile on that chair), the middle, and where I ended up stopping for the night.

I’ve decided that I’m going to make this an entirely separate blog. I’ve put in a lot of hours towards unfucking my life since I found unfuckyourhabitat back in January (!!!), and it truly has changed my life. I always feel better when I can post about my achievements, but I also feel like my followers probably don’t really care if I defeated an invisible corner, or made a drain volcano, or reclaimed a room that was once lost to the abyss of paperwork (I’m still working on that one).

A lot of the work I’m doing now is maintenance: at least one 20/10 a day to make sure my life is in order, because once you get it to a level you’re content with, you have to actively maintain it or everything falls to shit again rather quickly.

Periodically I’ll have days where I just CLEAN ALL THE THINGS because I’ve discovered cleaning doesn’t have to be a scary, daunting task, and it’s actually pretty cathartic. Being able to check a bunch of little tasks off a to-do list (like making the bed) can feel amazing when they’re mixed in with bigger projects, because even though the project is smaller, the list shrinks a bit as well.

So here’s to a fresh start, full of improved quality-of-life thanks to the terrifying motivation and insight provided over at UfYH.

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