pause button pngAs productive as I was yesterday, today I was equally lazy.  I don’t know if I would, or should, call it lazy.  Stuff got done, like laundry and some general straightening.  I was sore and tired, when Sully suggested I take it easy I was more than willing to listen.  As soon as he said it I thought, ‘yeah, I need to sit down.’  Listening to Sully was good but listening to myself was even better.  It’s important to pay attention to what’s going on inside and out.  If I am thinking that I need to take it easy then it’s a good idea to take a minute and figure out what’s going on.  It’s one thing if you’re just having a ‘I don’t wanna…’ type of day, I usually just try to power through those days.  On the other hand on a day like today when you are trying to do it all and you think, ‘after I get this done then I am going to go sit’, it’s probably a sign to take it easy.

Even resting I got a few more things done.  I went through a box of paperwork, most of it ended up in the recycling bin.  I got my jewelry making tote out and made myself a pretty ribbon bookmark with charms on the ends for my new journal.   I straightened up my desk and nightstand.  For the most part I made a list of things to do for my Spring Cleaning.

Phase 1: Day 11
Since I was resting there was no walk.  Well, Boo and I went to Walmart in the morning so there was some walking.
I did one set of my lower body workout, minus the squats and step ups.  I also remembered to stretch.
Water = 40 ounces


I got so much done today.  Yay!  It’s crazy that I am celebrating this like it’s some huge thing.  After yesterday, I was skeptical about getting anything done.  So glad, that I was wrong.

I got the final Christmas boxes packed up and moved out to the garage.  The kitchen table is still covered in things that need to be packed in our indoor box, candles, pictures, snowglobes and the like.  I can’t tell you how glad and relieved I am to see the boxes out of the Great room.  I love decorating for Christmas, the house looks so cute and cheery. 

This year was tough, not only were we dealing with our first holiday season without Papa, then we also had my brother in law’s medical issues.  I was spending a lot of time making sure Sully was doing ok, this may have helped me more than him.  When I wasn’t worrying about him then I was worrying about my sister and how she was dealing with everything.  Then in the middle of all of that I got the new washer and dryer.  I love the new washer and dryer and I am so thankful to have them.  Preparing for their delivery and dealing with the new machines, added a bit to an already crazy month.  My old washer and dryer set is still sitting in my garage, along with the rolling cart and the shelves that I had on top of mine.  Luckily my nephew should be picking them up next week.

fliptop crate (2)



So, the garage was cluttered with Christmas boxes, the old washer and dryer and then I added sawhorses and a work table to make the drawing table for Boo.  Weeks later and the garage is still a mess but getting better as I get the Christmas boxes put away.

Here is a picture of boxes waiting to be moved into the garage.  I have quite a few of these flip top crates.  They hold quite a bit and stack well.  




Phase 1: Day 10…
I walked more than 12 minutes today.  Of course, that makes it sound like I am incapable of walking more at one time.  This is more about me allowing myself the time to take a walk.  I have always thought that I didn’t have time to exercise.  I am proving myself wrong everyday.
My upper body workout is continuing to be strong.  I added upright row and I can really feel it in my shoulders, particularly in the front of my deltoids.  I think I will definitely see some improvement in the shape of my shoulders sooner rather than later.
Water = 32 ounces


For the most part, I am a very honest person.  I expect honesty from other people and so I extend that same courtesy to others.  Don’t get me wrong, I will dance around a touchy subject to save feelings and pride as much as the next person.  At the same time though, I will try to convey my honest feelings in instances where it is needed.  I harbor no delusions that my friends and family are on constant stand by waiting for my input.

As I strive to be as honest as possible with the people around me, I tend to be less than honest with myself.  I want to be more honest with myself, writing it down here I think will help me to stay honest.  If I really want to achieve change then I have to be honest, right?

I like this quote that is attributed to Albert Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  

It’s so very true.  Every year I say I am going to take better care of myself and then every year something comes up and I end up in the same cycle of bad habits.   This year I am holding my ground.  I honestly feel that there is nothing more important than my health this year.   I’ve put it off too long and it happens now.  There’s no I’ll start tomorrow, or I’ll skip today and pick up again or any of those excuses.    It’s today, it’s now, it’s on…

Phase 1:  Day 2…

I wasn’t able to walk due to time issues, instead I did a step workout that burned a comparable number of calories.

My lower body workout went well, 2 sets of 15 reps.

Water = 56 ounces


51 weeks…

I have mentioned it here and have been talking with a friend about how it takes 21 days to make something a habit.  It doesn’t matter what it is, good or bad, 21 days is pretty much the time for your brain to latch on to something and make it routine.

Every new year we hear a lot of talk about people either making resolutions or breaking resolutions.   I’ve already mentioned that I am not making resolutions but that I have a plan.  Well, part of my plan is to change how I do things.  It’s not a big stretch to think that making good habits is the first step to real change.

I did a quick check of the calendar and discovered that there are 51 weeks left in 2013, divided by three that’s 17 good habit forming sections. I am going to make a list of 17 new and improved habits that I want to develop this year.   This list will be a work in progress as the year goes on.  

Tomorrow I will start the first three week time period.  I will call them phases, mostly because that sounds groovy and kind of sci fi-ish.  I will let you know how it goes.



Happy New Year…

Sully, Boo and I stayed up to watch the ball drop in Times Square.   We counted down, Sully and I had our midnight kiss and we gave Boo hugs.  We had Mimosa’s to toast each other.  Boo just had orange juice, her choice of drink for the midnight festivities.  



I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year!
On to bigger and better things for all of us!

Banner day…

Here are some pictures of my Christmas craft from this year.

I got the idea at Thanksgiving with this Thankful banner I found at the Centsational Girl blog.  I made my own and a few for family, you can see mine here.

My sister loved hers so much that she asked for a Christmas banner.  She wanted one that was green, gold and red.  She said it reminded her of the Victorian type of arts and crafts that you see in the most recent ‘Little Women’ movie that came out in 1994.   I am not an expert on Victorian arts and crafts but I think the banner turned out well.  I let her pick the saying.  It’s hard to see in these pictures but it says ‘Peace on Earth’.

Banner 1.1 - Copy

My sister loves it and I can honestly say it looks much better in person than in these poorly lighted pics taken with my phone.

Banner 2.1

I used the Jasmine font Cricut cartridge for the letters. Boo and I added glitter to the edges of the base and clear coated them before adding the scrapbook paper.

Banner 3.1

I bought the holly berries and gold pinecone floral pieces at the dollar store.

Sully’s mom has a holiday party every year and I usually coordinate my holiday craft with her theme.  This year it’s snowmen and snowflakes, so I made banners with ‘Let it Snow’ on them.


I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge for the snowflakes.

Sully’s mom requested a banner with ‘Believe’ on it.  Here’s that one…


Boo and I mixed white, silver and white flake glitter together for the large snowflakes. We used a spray clear coat to protect the glitter.

I also did a few of these banners, for some good friends.




**I did the last bit of work on these banners December 26th – December 30th.  The bulk of the banners being put together December 29th.  I am retro-posting this entry for December 27th because I was too busy putting these banners together to post.  


Good things..

Boo and I had a fantastic morning.  We breezed through an early session of school.  Boo cracked me up during her History lesson, she read the pages from her history text like a voice over from an American documentary.   It was short school day and we were both ready to get out of there.

We had planned to run some errands so we both got changed to go out and then met back up in the Great room.  Boo fed the cats while I fed the bunnies, then I let Foley in and got him crated.  We headed out to the mall, Boo had gift cards to spend at Build a Bear and The Disney Store.  She’d wanted to go for a couple of weeks but life has been a bit crazy and this was our day to go.

Build A Bear was quick and easy.  Boo had a coupon for a free hat along with her gift card.  She took advantage of the 2 for $15 sale on some pretty dresses, and got a third dress to finish off her gift card.

Our trip to the Disney Store was a little more involved, first of all it felt like there was a hundred people in there.  Then we had to deal with the fact that everything had been moved around since the last time we were in the store.  Luckily as we rambled around we ended up in the corner near the clearance shelves.  Christmas decorations and accessories were all 50% off.  I was surprised to see that their Christmas PJ’s were included in the clearance sale.  

Disney PJ men's1

The original price was $34.50, so each set would only cost $17.  I looked through the PJ’s left on the rack and was surprised to see Sully’s size.  Honestly, I was so excited to see these in the store that I had to calm myself a bit to send a text to Sully.  As other people started milling around the store and towards our corner.  I pulled three sets of the men’s PJ’s off of the rack.  Boo and I checked the sizes and we hung on to them while we waited for Sully’s text.



Disney PJ women's

While we were waiting I realized that they also had the women’s style.  —>

I decided that the Henley type of shirt wouldn’t be so warm as the flannel.  I talked to Boo about it and she didn’t want to change styles.  I understood but I didn’t want to be the only one in a different style.  It sounds silly but if Boo and I both were in the women’s style then it would be a natural separation.  (Yes, this is how my brain works.)   Since we had our sizes we moved out of the corner.  We took about ten steps and then Boo declared that she had changed her mind, the button up flannel wasn’t going to work for her.   So back to the corner to exchange the men’s pj’s for the women’s.

A few minutes later we got a thumbs up from Sully.  Woohoo!  Christmas pj’s all set and I’ve wanted these PJ’s since Boo was about four years old.   I was a step away from doing a fist pump in the middle of the store.  Instead Boo and I high fived each other on the way back to the car.  Yes!