Casual Friday

I found casual Friday to be a good summation of this post. It’s not formal, not bookish, and I didn’t want to be obligated to post five things (yet I did), so all of my previous titles are sort of out.

Crater Lake

01. First, in the *fun* category, we are refinancing our house. I cannot tell you how excited about this I am, because, quite frankly, I am not excited. But it’s a smart financial move for us, it’ll take five years off of our current pay schedule. Etc, etc. Basically, I am just whining about have to do adult things.

02. Which, of course, means the house needed to be reappraised, which we got 24 hours notice for. So guess what I spent yesterday doing? Cleaning and fixing all the things.

03. I’m short, which I am generally okay with. Except! I want to be able to wear all the floral-hippie-peasant inspired dressed this summer. My fear? That I’ll end up looking like a big round ball. This, this, and this one are all ones I’d love to try on.

04. I definitely try to be a healthy and active person. Being gluten free was an excellent way for me to lose the last remaining weight I wanted and to cope with an autoimmune disease. Since reintroducing gluten into my life, both of those have become an issue again. Clearly I have the willpower of a toddler.

05. Next month, we’re heading – briefly – to Crater Lake. It should be…fun? I like to camp, but more in theory than in actuality.

06. I turned on my computer to list some items on craigslist and somehow ended up posting a blog instead. Happy Friday!

Share your bookish and not so bookish thoughts via Christine – join in, say hi, commiserate in the general dourness of adulthood.

(Photo found here.)

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  • http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/ Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    So interesting about the gluten!! So, I guess now you know for sure it really makes a difference.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor


  • http://bookishtendencies.com Katie McD @ Bookish Tendencies

    I can imagine cutting out gluten would be challenging, but at least you know it did something! Might make cutting it out again easier… maybe? Have fun camping, and I’ll keep an eye out for your excellent photography skills over on Insta 🙂

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      Thanks! I keep telling myself it’ll be fun.

  • Kailana

    We refinanced recently and it wasn’t that bad! It had a positive outcome anyway. 🙂

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      That’s what I am hoping for!

  • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

    I love those dresses. I feel for you about the gluten. It’s a pain to keep out of your diet. At least once a week I think “to hell with it, I’ll just eat this tiny bit with gluten today” and then I remember how sick I’ll get and that it’s really not worth it, no matter the hassle and how much I miss really good freshly baked bread.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      My particular issue is that gluten is an inflammatory. I can eat gluten just fine from a stomach perspective, from a joint perspective (arthritis), not so much. I am lucky in the sense that Colorado is starting to move into summer, when joint pain is less of an issue. I suspect I will be better about my intake in the winters…

  • http://readingtheend.com/ Jenny @ Reading the End

    Good luck with the refinancing! I hope everything goes smoothly — I wanted to offer more specific good wishes than that, but I truthfully don’t really understand how the whole process works. :p But good luck!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I don’t really either. I submit my information and my tax returns and hope things go smoothly. If they don’t, I don’t even know where to begin!

  • http://www.books-n-music.blogspot.com/ Lynn @ Smoke & Mirrors

    Adulthood basically sucks in many ways…having to support yourself…providing housing for yourself…eliminating things to which you are sensitive…yeah, with you! I guess it is a good thing that you are able to refinance, and make positive contributions to your health by simply eliminating certain foods, but gack! Wouldn’t it be more fun not to have to do any of that?!? 🙂

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      It would! I look at my 5 year old and think “you don’t know how easy you have it…”

  • http://www.bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com/ Christine @ BookishlyB

    We refinanced last year and while it was hassle I found it SO much easier than the original purchase (we did an FHA, so there were seventeen million hoops to jump through). They made you clean and fix things??? We were just told that it was to verify square footage, roof type, etc… That’s not fun.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      Yeah, they came and combed over and photographed everything (examined tiles for chips, noted a place where the paint was peeled, etc.), as well as checked landscaping, square footage, roof, and so on. It took my two full days to get everything ready, but on a positive note, the appraisal came back about 50k higher than we anticipated, so the refinance is going through (we closed two days ago).

  • http://www.estellasrevenge.net Andi

    Those dresses are seriously adorable. Especially the mauvey/grayish one. I’m in love with that color in all things. And as for adulting? You’re kicking ass.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      Thanks, Andi! 🙂

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