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On my list…

I am realizing that there are only so many days left until Christmas.  That sounds silly I am sure but it’s been so crazy trying to get stuff done and my brother in law is still in the hospital.  The days are slipping by and I am just running to keep up without any regard to the calendar.  

Something we watched last night mentioned how many days left until Christmas and it hit me.  This morning when I got up I realized that I needed to make a list of things I wanted to get done today.  It wasn’t a huge list because I knew a few of them, while not difficult, would be time consuming.  

I spent the early part of the day addressing Christmas cards.  I knew that I would be running some errands later that would take my right by a mail box.  If I am going to be out I figure I might as well take advantage of it, right?  We ate lunch and watched football, Broncos vs. Ravens.  I put stamps on the cards and sealed them while Peyton and the Broncos moved down the field.  I also did some laundry and some general straightening in the house.  

After the game I ran my errands and when I got back I found out that Sully wasn’t feeling well.  He has fairly severe allergies and I think he is just worn out.  I gave him some allergies meds and told him to go lie down.  While he was resting Boo and I went out to the front yard and put up the spiral trees and the lights around the roof line of the house.  We were probably out there an hour or so but it looks nice and I am so happy to finally have it done.  This is the latest that we’ve gotten it done.  We usually have the house lights up the weekend after Thanksgiving.  This year I was behind on everything else so that was what kept getting pushed to the side.  It’s done now and I am so happy.

Sully felt worlds better when we came in, both the meds and the rest helped a bunch.  We ate dinner and spent the rest of the night catching up on episodes of Jimmy Fallon.  I worked on more of my Christmas crafts.  Now I just need to make a list of everything that needs to be done between now and Christmas.  Maybe I can map out a plan so I can get it all done and not be rushing all week.  We shall see.  Wish me luck!

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Unorganized chaos…

For the last month, I have been trying to figure out how to deal with stuff that has accumulated in our laundry room.  It didn’t happen overnight, it started slow and then just kept piling up.  Some of it got left there and then lost underneath the other stuff.  Most of it came out of the craft room when I straightened my table and the area around Boo’s desk.  

I’ve procrastinated about dealing with it because not only do I need to tackle the pile but I also need to move my sewing stuff out of the rolling shelf in between the washer and dryer.  Moving that stuff means moving a bunch of stuff in the craft room.  As much as I want everything straightened up, the thought of making a mess in two different rooms makes me want to go running, screaming into the night.  

I pondered dealing with it for several weeks and then I began to work out in my head how to get it done with a minimal amount of mess.  Last night while we were watching TV I started sorting the laundry room.  I have containers on a shelf above the washer and dryer.  I brought those in one by one and sorted through them, cleared one out and packed it with something else.  After the shelf was straightened I sorted through the pile on the dryer.  Half of the pile got thrown into the hamper, towels that had apparently been pulled out of the washer and never thrown in the dryer.  It’s Arizona, it’s hot and once they dried they just became part of the pile.  The rest of it I sorted in piles to deal with later.  Then I pulled out the rolly shelf between the washer and dryer.  Luckily I had sorted the sorting stuff into small stackable containers.  I set those on the dryer and then put the iron and all of the other ironing accessories in the rolly cart.  

This morning, I pulled all of the boxes and other stuff out from under my table in the craft room.  I had a plan to put my sewing machine under the wire shelf attached to the legs of the table but the sewing didn’t quite fit, it slid under perfectly until it hit the bobbin feed.  So annoying.  Twenty minutes, a bit of swearing and two aborted plans later I got everything set up under my desk.  I really need to cover the wire shelf with foam core or cardboard to make everything sit well but it all fit perfectly.  I am really pleased that my sewing stuff is now officially in the craft room.  Yay!

Of course, I still have to deal with the stuff stacked up in the hallway and the piles sorted onto the sewing table and the couch.  

Also this morning, I printed up labels for the containers and baskets in the laundry room.  I will have to make a another post about labeling, it’s addictive.   Regardless of my addiction, Sully and Boo will now know where things are and where they need to go.  Another yay for me!

I wish I had an entire room like this. My laundry area is basically a closet with bi-fold doors.

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Getting it done…

Sully had to go into the office today so I was very busy.  I worked on the laundry, changed the sheets, cleared all of the craft stuff out of the kitchen, went out to the pool,  inflated the ring and started the filter.  I even organized the cabinet under the sink on my side of the bathroom while we were watching TV.  Clearly, Sully and Boo were watching and I was just listening from where I was sitting on the bathroom floor.  We’ve been re-watching episodes of  The Office so watching wasn’t really necessary.

I am amazed at how much I got done in the garage today.  Last night, I hit a crossroads on my cleaning in the garage.  I was able to make a clear list of things to tackle today and the garage is nearly clean.  Well, nearly clean enough to park Sully’s car in the garage before we leave for vacation on Friday.  

Day 18

1.  Water –  2 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 18 (grapevine, m and m’s and chest camel)

3.  Writing  –  

4.  Exercises – Stretching**

5.  Project –  Garage (5 x 20 minutes)

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Rainy crafty day…

It was a pretty good day.  We had an uncharacteristically rainy day today.  Usually in the summer we get monsoon storms that develop in the afternoons and bring dust storms, wind and sometimes rain in the evening.  The day started out overcast and just got darker and darker.  Just after lunch the rain started and kept up for over an hour.  It flooded our backyard and overfilled our pool.  It was crazy and I loved it.

Boo and I spent the afternoon sewing.  Boo wanted a tote bag to use at the beach and we used the same pattern I used for my embroidery machine.

     

Day 16 

1.  Water –  2 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 16 (flame, ripple and 1, 2, 3 pop)

3.  Writing  –  

4.  Exercises –  Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 30 minutes)

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Two down and one to go…

I am two thirds of the way through my personal 21 day challenge.  It’s really gone well, I am actually surprised.  My only trip up is my writing, I am working on it but not enough.  I will have to step it up this next week and for my next 21 day challenge.  

I am pretty proud of the fact that I have been able to stay with drinking 72oz of water every day.  That’s pretty huge, during stressful times I’ve gone days without drinking water, which is so bad.  It wasn’t intentional but I would be busy or stressed and turn to soda first.  I feel much better now that I am drinking enough water.  The exercise, dancing and stretching has helped too.  

I weighed myself this morning and I’ve lost 3 pounds since I started two weeks ago.  I think it’s a good start.

Day 14 

1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 14 (shoulder shimmy, hip rotations and cut turn)

3.  Writing  –  Story Arc

4.  Exercises – Arms/Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 15 minutes)