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Positive reinforcement…

As I move into the third week of the new year and hopefully the new and improved me, I have noticed that some things work to motivate me and others do not.

Overall, I am not a negative person, I have my sarcastic moments like anyone else.  If someone is being a jerk I might have a few choice words for them but I try to stay on the happy side of things.   I don’t do well with being pushed, I tend to push back even if it’s detrimental to myself, I am that stubborn.   My mother used to make comments about my food choices, clothing choices or any number of things and most of the time I would listen.  If I thought she was pushing me though I would just keep on with what I was doing.  Not a great step in personal growth, I realize, maybe I thought she would stop or that I was somehow exerting my personal independence.  Regardless of my intention, it’s not the smartest reaction but it is what I do and I try to catch it when I can.

It makes sense then that I tend to react better with positive cues.  I am trying to give myself positive reinforcement.  I am working on making some goals for weight loss, if I lose ten pounds then I will get my ear pierced and other little rewards as I get closer to my goal.  In fact, I might look at my other goals and see if I can’t work on rewards for those, as well.  I have a lot to work on but at the same time I think my foundation is  pretty solid.  It’s taken me years to get to this point, it’s not surprising or unexpected that change is not going to happen overnight.

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Stand against internet censorship…

Today’s entry is dedicated to the internet blackout held today in protest against the proposed internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA.

The following is from SOPAstrike.com

January 18th was unreal. Tech companies and users teamed up. Geeks took to the streets. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The network defended itself. Whatever you call it, we changed the politics of interfering with the internet forever–there’s no going back.

 

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Note to self…

Every year I tell myself that I am going to be better about keeping track of things.  So, every year I buy myself a cute spiral engagement calendar.

And every year, I use it for about three weeks and then it just sits on my desk.  The  last two years I have taken plain composition books to keep track of stuff I need to do.  I usually decorate the front.  2010 had a Mickey Mouse theme and 2011 had a butterfly theme.  They worked pretty well, on the right hand page I would make my To do list and on the left hand side I would make notes and mark times for tasks and appointments.  The composition notebooks have worked really well except I was hauling them all over the place and I still had to consult a calendar and other things to add my information.
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                    Kim's Notebook 2011
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Last May, I got an iPad as a gift from my mother in law.  She knew that she was going to need my help with some things.  I said no, that’s ok she didn’t need to buy me anything for me to help and she said she really wanted to do this for me.  I finally said ok, and now I have an iPad, which I adore.
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This past New Year’s Day I was looking to make some notes and realized I didn’t have a calendar or a composition notebook.  I started thinking about what I wanted to use this year and I ended up with the conclusion that it would be easier if I kept everything in one place, my iPad.  I looked at different apps for the iPad that would make it easier for me to keep
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I tried Cozi last year and loved how it looked.  The home page has a family picture in the upper left, a calendar at the top and the schedule for the week .  I used Cozi for about a month and then I couldn’t stand it anymore.  At the top in the middle where the calendar would be Cozi kept posting their own little paragraphs at the top of the page.  The upper right was already dedicated to actual ads that help fund the upkeep of Cozi and I understand that.  The Cozi paragraphs in the middle of my Family page drove me nuts.   It would have been nice if there was a way to read the blurb and then hit an X to delete it or minimize it.  The way it was you saw the same blurb for two or three weeks.  Often the blurb didn’t even pertain to anything I was doing.  I got tired of it and deleted it.  When I got my iPad and discovered the app for Cozi, I tried it again.  I couldn’t get back into it because of the blurb and deleted my account again..

I decided to give OneNote a try.  There are apps for both my iPad and iPhone plus the program on my laptop.  We already had OneNote on my laptop so it wasn’t an extra expense to give it a shot.  I spent a day looking at OneNote and I really like it.  I added new notebooks, changed tabs, redid all of the colors and realized that I really like it.  I can add pictures and any
thing else to a page so I think it will be easy and fun to use.  I also like the fact that I can save some paper.  
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Boo at the zoo…

The sleepover was a hit and our plan for the child handover was to meet at the zoo.  It’s a beautiful day but also a holiday.  I prayed for a rainy day but it just didn’t happen.

I was excited to see the zoo, I hadn’t been there since I was pregnant with Boo.  We went there that last week before she was born.  Sully was trying to help distract me, I had been having contractions on and off for a week.  I was nervous and tired and ready to be done with the waiting.  I had spent most of my pregnancy in a panic and I just wanted my healthy baby.  Sully was a rock, he was stable and funny, and we had a great time.

My excitement died down to general happiness as we began to walk.  Our local zoo has an amazing amount of hills to climb up and down on your way between exhibits.  About three quarters of our way through the zoo my calves and shins started screaming.    By the time we got to the car, I was really happy to just sit down.  I was pretty happy… until we got home and I had to get out of  the car.  Ouch!

I was exhausted and sore but it was good.  Boo had a lot of fun and Kayla had a great time.  I will take that success any day.

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Friends and daughters…

Boo is having her first sleepover tonight.  It’s been a crazy week of Boo counting down and asking a million questions.  I finally told her yesterday, or maybe the day before to stop with all the crazy.  All craziness aside, she was very helpful in getting the house straightened up and also helping me get the sleeping bags out.

My close friend from college, I will call her Val, short for Valkyrie, you don’t want to mess with her, she will cut you down verbally in a second.   Val is funny and smart and understands my weird sense of humor.  We have been in and out of touch since our classes together.  She got married and then we got connected when I got married and now over Facebook she has again become one of my best friends.  She has a daughter, ‘Kayla’, who is about a year younger than Boo.  We got them together last fall and they became fast friends.  It was pretty crazy to watch.  Over Fall break we met up and took the girls to Build A Bear.  Nothing like driving along and suddenly hearing them singing an obscure song from Spongebob Squarepants.

As I hear, Kayla and Boo in the other room giggling during the Disney movie and choosing colors for the friendship bracelets they are making, I can’t help but think of us in college.  Ok, so we were so not the girls that planned out our weddings or talked about our future offspring playing, dating or anything else.  We studied, we watched hockey and football and laughed a lot.

We still have a lot in common, she is a teacher and I homeschool and we are both writers.  She jumped into National Novel Writing Month last year, and this year, doing a great job with both projects.  If only we could finish, edit and rewrite…  Oh, I know, it will happen, I am just hoping it’s before we are old and gray.

Ok, time to go make popcorn for the sleepover.