Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Am I even allowed to love my body? This one? The 36 yr old, post-4-babies, out of shape and overweight one? Hello?!? ummmm . . . . yeaaaaah.
Monday, February 14, 2011
This was going to be harder than I thought.
So I starting thinking.
And I thought I might as well build off my strengths, so rather than attempt any crafty cutesy whatevers, I bought post-it notes. Lots of them. And I started looking through my collection of quotes. And searched for even more.
And then last night I put them up all over the house. Some, more for my kids. Some, more for my husband.
And as Zac woke me up to say goodbye this morning, he told me I'd outdone myself but that he sure felt loved this morning.
And I loved hearing the kids skittering around the house this morning looking for more notes to read: in the bathroom, in the cupboards, in the fridge. That makes me so happy.
My favorite thing that I "put together" (harhar) this year, though, is this wooden heart puzzle I found on etsy (and my sign that I added to it).
As Isaac told me this morning, "mom, did you see there's even 6 pieces to the puzzle and that's how many people are in our family?"
oh yes, dear child. I noticed.
And that's precisely why I just couldn't resist it. :)
Wishing you all a Valentine's that puts all your pieces in place . . .
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Sometimes they even have extra little challenges for extra points. Wohoo! And this month they are having a Love Your Body challenge, and linking into the Operation Beautiful project. I love the idea behind it. And I love getting extra points. So I'm all for completing the little daily tasks and weekly goals they have set out to get the points.
Today's task is to list 10 things you are grateful for. So here we go:
1. the internet (!!)
2. my new sock solution so that I never have to match socks again (mesh bags and sock locks! amazing)
3. free zumba classes
4. my kids who bring me happiness just by the miracle of who they are
5. my husband who brought tears to my eyes the other day just by mentioning something random he liked about me, out of the blue
6. 6 free song downloads a week from the library
7. being able to get up the driveway despite the snow
8. getting packages in the mail (even from things I ordered myself)
9. people who know more than me and help me out without making me feel stupid
10. challenges and goals that give me things to work for and a feeling of accomplishment - even for simple little things.
What are you thankful for today?
(PS - the weekly goal is to avoid any Weight Related Talk. oooh, good one. So I'm working on that. Wanna join me?
oh and for the Healthier Me challenge, this week we are drinking 64 oz of water a day, along with food journaling, avoiding sugar and junk, getting 5 fruits and veggies a day, and exercising at least 4 days a week. Whew!! It's been really good for me. See? I'm a sucker for "challenges" to get me actually doing stuff. I really need external motivation sometimes.) :)
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
- had my big 35th Birthday flashback party
- started journal rereading project
- continued my (private) personal poetry compilation project
- my sister Melissa and her now-fiance Chris visited
- Zac finished one bedroom in the basement
- continued participating in our neighborhood bookclub
- continued blogging, all year long. of course
- went to family skate nights and rediscovered how much I love it
- Abigail got her first pointe shoes (thanks to a very generous friend) and we started cleaning the ballet studio to help out with her class tuition
- Samuel turned 6
- Isaac was the narrator in his class play of Charlotte's Web
- I had a great 2 day getaway with Zac's work conference in Logan
- we got to go to Disney on Ice for free with the tickets my mom won
- Abigail performed as Thing 4 in the school play
- we made use of our free Thanksgiving Point pass I won
- Elisabeth turned 4 and Isaac turned 9
- we walked in the March For Babies
- Abigail continued violin lessons
- she also sang in a regional Hope of America performance
- and she turned 11
- and we went on our family road trip to Indiana
- had a great family vacation in IN and visited lots of relatives on Zac's side of the family
- Abigail continued in ballet
- Zac ran his 17.5 mile mountain Wahsatch Steeplechase race
- we took the kids on a hike to Stewart Falls
- I did a lot of walking for exercise
- Zac and I got to go to Lagoon amusement park (for free!) as a "date"
- Elisabeth had a crazy overnight sleep apnea study done at the hospital and then had her tonsils and adenoids removed
- had a fun family reunion with my mom's side of the family
- went on an incredible trip to Baltimore (and VA) with Zac's work conference
- Elisabeth started preschool
- Zac ran his first 50 mile race in the Pony Express 50-Miler. And I "got" to be his support crew.
- I went with Elisabeth on her preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch
- I did National Blog Posting Month and posted every day for a month
- we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house
- Isaac continued piano lessons
- we visited The Treehouse Museum, children story museum
- and we celebrated New Year's with ice cream and homemade bread - wohoo!
- and I read over 100 books (final total coming soooooon . . . .)
So, all in all, a pretty great year I'd say. I've probably forgotten some stuff, but that covers most of the eventful moments I think.
One of the things that made this year fantastically different for me was the opportunity to go on a couple business trips with Zac. That has never happened before and it was really wonderful. I also rediscovered a lot of old music I used to listen to (due in part to my b-day bash flashbacking and journal rereading) and actually found a lot of newer music too. Having an ipod has made a huge difference to me in this endeavor and it has made me a much happier me in many ways. :)
I don't know - I can't always say that I have accomplished any huge things, not any big things noticeable to many other people at least. There have been many trippings and failings on my part this last year. There have been really rough spots. But I feel good about this coming 2011 right now. So that's a good thing.
(And maybe sometime I'll post about some of my goals and stuff for this coming year. Or maybe not. We'll see if I get around to it eventually). ;)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I've seen various online bookclubs, and I get lots of good ideas from a lot of them even though I don't usually participate. And our little local neighborhood bookclub group has sort of completely dissipated (due to some of the rather key members moving away or having babies), which really is too bad. :( (I hope we can get it going again sometime soon . . . but decided to give it a rest for a few months at least)
So, I've been thinking that maybe I could have a sort of very informal online bookclub here on my blog. Or in other words, maybe I can tell you the books I'm planning on reading, one a month, and you can choose to read along with me (or not) and then at the end of the month we can talk about it. What do you think?
I kinda thought I would pull books from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list (taken from the book of that name), primarily because they are generally considered more "classic" literature and I don't want to be judged for my own more personal reading preferences. And this gets me reading more of them myself to cross of my list. ;)
I have some reservations and concerns about how this will work. First, I get my books from the library and have to put things on hold and wait until they are available. This means that sometimes I'm not able to get a book before the chosen month (for example, I've been waiting for Kerouac's On the Road for 2 months now. There are only 3 holds before me and I have not a clue why on earth it's taken so long). I'm not sure I can be held accountable for always keeping up on this. Also, I am choosing books I have NOT read and therefore cannot vouch for their worth, cleanliness, language, content, value or anything other than that they were on the 1001 list and sounded interesting to me. And I've toyed with the idea of picking a book only every other month, to give more time to acquire and read the book, but then that might get confusing. But a classic a month might be too ambitious? You think? I don't know.
Hm. But if we think it's worth a try, I'm ready to go for it.
Here are some of the ones I've noted that I'd like to read:
1. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
2. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
3. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
4. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
5. Shirley - Charlotte Bronte
6. Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
7. Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
8. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
9. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
10. The Devil and Miss Prym - Paulo Coelho
11. Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
12. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
13. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
14. Empire of the Sun - J.G. Ballard
15. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
If I decide to go forward with this idea, I'll put out a schedule with the book listed for each month, but for now I am starting with this one (since I got it for my birthday and already have it in my grimy little hands):
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.
So, I decided to just throw the idea out there (to the figurative wolves - haha) and get started on a book for February and then decide what to do from here.
I need input!! Anyone?!?