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Daybook: Monday June 1st


Outside my window: is blue skies with white fluffy clouds – high in the 70s with a supposed chance of rain – again. The weather here seems to be largely predictable these days: drizzly and windy / cloudy in the morning; Then building heat throughout the day and afternoon before it hopefully cools down again for the evening. Most of the rain I’ve seen has been in the early morning / late evening. If it wants to keep going that way, that’d be cool with me.

I am hearing: trucks driving by the road outside. Our balcony overlooks the main road that our street is just off of so you can see the traffic driving by most of the day. If you walked out the door though, you’d the smaller, suburban road the apartment complex is on, with lots of houses to the left and a couple stores and restaurants to the right.

I am thinking: that the dryer in my unit is probably broken or else just awful. It took about three hours for one load of laundry to dry and even then, I’m thinking it just sort of air dried as it tumbled around in there. That can’t be normal, right? The back of the dryer gets awfully hot but my clothes do not. I thought the problem was fixed, but I’m thinking no. I’m also thinking I’m lazy and don’t feel like dealing with it today – maybe tomorrow?

I am hoping: to get this whole doctor / health insurance thing figured out quickly and get an appointment with a local OB lined up soon.

I am reading: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown – now that the movie has come out I figured I’d better get around to reading it, not that we’ll be seeing it before it comes out on DVD. It’s been kind of slow going, much like The Da Vinci Code was for me, but I am enjoying it.

I am creating: calm inside the chaos of our new apartment, slowly unpacking those last pictures and finding homes for things. We started hanging shelves a shelf yesterday and I hope to get pictures hung soon.

I am wearing: pajamas – that’s the main reason I haven’t called maintenance yet to come fix the dryer. I don’t feel like getting dressed. Is that sad?

In the kitchen:
Monday: Grilled BBQ Chicken w/ baked potatoes and mixed vegetables
Tuesday: Spaghetti and Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs with Italian Bread
Wednesday: Hot Dogs & Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Clam Chowder
Friday: Chicken Parmesan

Around the house: We finally unpacked our Wii so we were able to get back to our Wii Fit – I was really proud that I hadn’t gained an enormous amount of weight (or any really) after almost two weeks away from calorie counting / daily weigh ins.

Plans for the week: get new doctors / doctor appointments, finish unpacking, get the dryer fixed, finish the laundry

One of my favorite things: Bigelow’s Spiced Chai Tea – another chai find! This is a bit milder and sweeter than Tazo and cheaper than Yogi and all around delicious!

A picture thought:

Check out the awesome train table my dad built for MM!


If This Post Ends FSGGFDGHHHHHHHHH I Fell Asleep At The Keyboard

Last night was less than fun. Don’t get me wrong – it was pretty awesome having a big slice of chocolate rum cake and watching The Bachelor (while making fun of it and pretending I don’t watch The Bachelor). It was also fun reading Julie Andrew’s memoir Home which I am about 2/3 through now. But all that fun was overshadowed when my poor little boy woke up at 10:30pm and puked like everywhere. And then continued to do that every 15 minutes until 3am or so. And then again at 3:45 and one last time at 5am. The poor kid had no idea why he was throwing up, what it WAS and why he couldn’t just not do it and go to sleep. So every time I heard the beginnings of it (a sound now permanently ingrained in my memory) I had to lug him out of bed and run to the bathroom because his personal plan was to ignore it and hope it just went away. Which it did – all over his sheets, his little pull-out futon and the carpet numerous times.

First I tried sleeping on the floor in his bedroom next to him. I went and grabbed my pillow and a small blanket after the first two hours, deciding I would not be sleeping in my own room because he was not going to stop puking any time soon and if I wasn’t there he’d just puke all over himself in his bed. An hour after that I grabbed his futon thing (about 3 feet long maybe) and pretended it was a bed – figuring at least my back could have a mattress. This proved remarkably uncomfortable. After doing that for several hours, he decided he wasn’t really very tired anymore and that falling asleep wasn’t worth it because he always ended up waking up and puking and making himself upset again.

So we moved to the living room at about 2:30am and I let HIM sleep on the futon and I tried sleeping on the couch. We got up to puke twice, but he kept busy watching Shaun The Sheep on repeat and I managed to fall half asleep on the couch a couple of times. At 3:45 he fell asleep for an hour. And it was blissful and I thought we were done. But at 5am he woke up and puked instantly, no warning time to run to the bathroom. The futon was out of commission. And he was MAD. Like, “how dare I puke,” mad. He watched me clean up the mess then marched back to his bedroom and fell asleep in his own bed (with new clean sheets). I was a bit disappointed that I’d lost my couch and didn’t bother with the puke covered futon either. The floor it was. But after about 45 minutes of that I was like, “Dh has to be at work in like 2 1/2 hours and I haven’t ACTUALLY gone to sleep yet. This isn’t going to work. I decided he’d slept enough and told him it was time to switch. He wonderfully agreed and I passed out cold in my never so comfortable bed. And MM slept soundly until 8am like it had never happened at all.

So I went to sleep last night at about 6am after begging dh to get up with him for the last couple hours. We both woke up at 8am – me thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me,” and MM announcing that he was essentially ALL BETTER and READY TO PLAY. Seriously. And he’s seriously all better. I’m glad because I think I’m too tired to deal with the pukes all day, too. But I’m also baffled. Like wtf yo. I know The Bachelor is like serious trash television but it’s nothing to puke over, am I right?

So for the first time since MM was like an infant, I staid up all night with him, reading him bed time stories over and over, trying to find ways to read them LONGER hoping he’d fall asleep; passing out with one eye open and both ears glued to the sound of his breathing in case it took a turn for the worst pukes. I guess I could consider last night a crash course refresher for when BB comes this summer and sleeping through the night as I know it ends for what will feel like eternity?

So yeah. That’s my story. Dont’ be shocked if I’m scarce today. Or if I fall asleep at the keyboard while typing this.

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Snow, Snow, More Snow

It’s snowing. It almost seems redundant to say so, we’ve already gotten so much and it seems to have no intention of stopping. It’s peaceful to watch – the snow has been taking it’s time, falling gently, looking very unassuming, but tells me that it’s 14 degrees out and not getting any warmer – tomorrow will be warmer, but still snowing with sleet mixed in. I’m trying to decide when I will be able to get my grocery shopping done. I’ve already made some clever maneuvers in my planning to get dinner on the table either way this weekend, but we’re almost out of milk and juice and I’m kicking myself for not going to the store sooner. We really shouldn’t try to subsist on soda, iced tea and straight egg nog. There’s water still, but that’s not enough for a two year old or his pregnant mommy. I might send dh to the store for the essentials. But he might have to walk. Did I mention 14 degrees?

Right now I’m the only one awake – my son, his friend whom we’re baby sitting today, and the hubby have all settled down for a much needed nap. I tried to follow suit but couldn’t get comfortable or tired enough to fall asleep. I’m feeling too bored to be productive – is that weird? I could balance my checkbook, read, or maybe work on my pile of magazines, but ahhh – what I really want is to get out. Not gonna happen, at least not today. We’ve already committed ourselves to staying home so unless we get brave enough to play outside (in 14 degree weather – ack!) I’ll be inside for awhile. Bored bored bored. I’ve been window shopping for things we don’t need and can’t afford. Just because.

My diet is kind of getting blown to smithereens, obviously, because I’m bored. And cold. I want to make cookies or a pie – and feel housewifey and revel in the warmth coming from a sweet-smelling kitchen – but then I’d have cookies or pie to eat, which wouldn’t help with that dieting thing. Stupid diets. Stupid cookies. I’ve wrapped all the presents I can wrap. We need to pick up the pictures I had printed at Walmart and assemble them into the appropriate gifts before I can wrap those – which means going out, even further than the grocery store. Guess how high on my list of things to  do that is? We’ve got until Thursday. We’ll be fine. But I’m still bored.

I’ve taken quizzes and watched videos and now I can’t turn the on volume on my computer because MM’s friend naps in the living room (no way I’m letting two toddlers “nap” in the same room) – which means I can’t work out, watch tv or even play a video game. My score on Geo Challenge isn’t getting any higher. I already checked the mail – another Christmas card and the credit card bill, which dh paid last week.

I’m feeling listless and appologetic because this is the most boring post ever but that’s okay because I’m bored bored bored. I want to go take pictures of the snow – but I still don’t want to go outside or risk waking up any of the kids (dh included). Plus – I’m worried that 14 degrees is just too cold to risk – I could wait until tomorrow – if we have time to play in the snow and take pictures. This boring post is starting to bore me. So I’ll stop typing any little minute now so you can stop being bored, too – if you are even still reading this. (You are a trooper if you are, and I should give you an award or something – how about some of the cookies that I’m not baking? It’s the thought that counts right – and non-cookies are calorie free!) Okay I’m really going to stop now.

Enjoy your Saturday everyone!


What I’ve Done…

Snagged from Megan @ Wandering DC.

Here’s the Deal. Bold the ones you’ve done. Simple right? Copy & Post this into your blog if you ever need a post or just want to do it.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (well, night)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero (Come on, I’m a mother)
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie (not one in theaters, but still)
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery (c-section)
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi (california rolls)
128. Had your picture in the newspaper (many, many times)
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

What have you done? What haven’t you done?

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eight questions about 5 things, just to confuse you…

Saw this meme Amy’s blog @ The Junk Drawer. It’s called…

A Meme of Fives

5 Things Under $5.00 I Can’t Live Without

  • water
  • Trader Joe’s Joe Joes
  • butter split wheat bread
  • peanut butter
  • jelly (without food, we die, and this is all food my son will eat, no question)

5 Favorite Movies

  • Gone With the Wind
  • Roman Holiday
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2
  • Across the Universe

5 Baby Names I Love

  • Boys ~ Michael, Nicholas, Daniel, Joshua & Matthew
  • Girls ~ Rachel, Addison, Isabelle, Samantha & Elisabeth

5 Songs I Love

  • “Daughters” by John Mayer
  • “Now That You Got It” by Gwen Stefani
  • “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles
  • “No Other Way” by Jack Johnson
  • “The Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon & Garfunkel

(and anything else by any of these bands)

5 Life Changing Moments (in no particular order)

  • Surprise, your pregnant!
  • I now pronounce you man and wife.
  • It’s a boy.
  • Willkommen in Deutschland.
  • I present to you the graduating class of 2005!

5 Current Obsessions

  • blogging (duh)
  • blogging
  • blogging
  • blogging
  • blogging

5 Places I Want to go to

  • Niagara Falls (preferably the Canadian side since I haven’t been there either)
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Disney with MM
  • Europe (seriously, anywhere is fine)
  • To visit (sort of meet) my mother…

5 Appliances/kitchen tools I can’t live without

  • Oven / Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • our Santoku knife and cutting board
  • our new fruit colander
  • and I like Amy‘s answer and concur, my husband is the most useful thing IN my kitchen, period
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I’m Like The Little Engine Who Could Blog

Stole Borrowed this meme from Kat @ Sunshine and Lemonade because it looked fun – 4 lists of 7 things, which is pretty perfect for me – those are my lucky numbers. Anyway it’s all about what you can do, can’t do, haven’t done and want to do, in short. Sounds like a nice zen way to finish off my posts for the day.

7 things I can’t do

  • whistle. I try, really, but I kind of just puff air and hum. My husband thinks it’s hilarious.
  • definitely swim & float – I’m convinced I can but not convinced enough to be okay with not touching the bottom. I won’t take MM swimming without the hubs because of this (who by the way is the world’s most greatest swimmer ever (hubs not MM).
  • watch movies or tv shows where someone’s child or parent dies – at least it can’t be emotionally established. That rules out a lot of shows. It has to be really, really good for me to watch it anyway – like Bones / Grey’s Anatomy good. Which coincidentally have a ton of that. Go figure. I guess I lied.
  • Learn foreign languages with ease – I’ve had YEARS of French so I’m like okay with that, but all other languages I’ll likely never get further than a PBS preschool show would teach you.
  • Work a lighter – I also don’t like lighting matches. I’m not afraid of fire – just the fire hurting me.
  • Drive a stick shift. I tried, it was scary. I cried. Automatics? Not so scary? Not so many tears? I was good with automatic. But sometimes I think I should try to learn the stick shift thing again.
  • Knit – or crochet or do any of those cute susie homemaker crafty things. I’ve tried because it looks fun and I’d be proud, but I’m horrible at it. My fingers lack all coordination and ease and it’s very stressful. And since it seems to be one of those things you do to relax, I gave up. My husband by the way – he knits and crochets. Very well. He says he learned so all the supplies he bought me wouldn’t go to waste. Whatever makes him happy, I say, especially if I get free scarves and sweaters…

7 Things I do well

  • Read without abandon – I really LOVE to read – if I’m pressed for reading materials, I read street signs and cereal boxes, etc.
  • Blog. At least IMO, I blog like a … person who blogs a lot. Well.
  • Bake cookies – and other things, too, but seriously me and cookies? We’re out of this world.
  • Read bedtime stories out loud – my dad was giving me advice for this, telling me to practice before MM was born and I was like, “Seriously dad? It’s not that hard.” It isn’t, because I’m a natural.
  • Understand preschool / toddler gibberish. MMMMLingLingmuGling. Okay Lighting McQueen, whatever you say.
  • Procrastinate – never do today what you can do tomorrow or the next day or what was I supposed to do again? Oh right – here, done.
  • Plan things – I plan like there’s no tomorrow. I have lists for the next 6 vacations or so we’ll take as a family, our savings budget up until then, what shows are on TV for the next 3 weeks, what to blog about this week, what to do today… It’s scary I know.

7 Things I have never done

  • Gone to Canada, Hawaii or Mexico – I’ve lived in 3 states, gone to 10 schools and been to Germany, but I’ve never been to those places which it seems like all normal people have.
  • Smoked crack.
  • Gone on an honest to goodness picnic – with like the basket and blanket and stuff?
  • Flown a kite
  • Watched an episode of “Survivor”
  • Broken a bone – any bone, no bones. Haven’t done it. The only surgery I’ve had is dental and cesarean.
  • Ridden a unicycle

7 Things I want to do

  • Renew my vows. In the dress of my dreams or at least a dress I love. Done the way I want.
  • Not to completely steal Kat’s answers, but yes, travel travel travel – everywhere – as I’ve said before there is NO end to my wander lust.
  • Take some photography classes with my hubby’s Nikon D40 (unless he buys me a Rebel before then)
  • Have more children.
  • Own my own home. Or two. You know, whatev.
  • See an opera or Broadway style play or musical
  • Meet my mother and her family.

What do you want to do? What are you awesome at? What are you not so awesome at? Fess up.

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6 Questions To Ask Yourself

Saw this post at ZenHabits, then saw it again at my good friend FunkePunkeMonke‘s blog. It’s officially a bandwagon, and so you know I’m joining, never one to be left out of things willingly:

1. Who do I love, and what am I doing about it? If you aren’t spending time with the people you love, change that. If you are holding a grudge against a family member, let it go and reconcile. If you’ve done something to hurt a loved one, ask for forgiveness. Drop the pride, and make up. If you haven’t seen someone in awhile, call them now to set up a date.

I love my family – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. I love my friends. I try to see them as often as I can, but other people I love require more time from me – like my husband and son. I try to appreciate them in every way I can – and not let the “chore” of visiting people interfere with our own happiness. Sometimes if you find yourself visiting people out of habit, going out of your way out of obligation, and I’ve had to cut those events where I can. We try to see our family as much as we can, but can meaning as much as we like without going crazy, and not as much as we are physically able to. There are however friends we don’t see as much as we’d like – it’s easier to let these things slip – time and obligations get in the way. That’s why I started a monthly “Game Night” with my friends – where they have a standing invitation to come over for pizza and fun. Some months only a couple people show up, other months it’s a full house. Either way, it’s always a good time and we’re happy knowing we’ve made an effort to socialize with people we love.

2. Am I pursuing my dream, or is fear stopping me? What have you always wanted to do? Maybe something you dreamed of as a child but have given up as unrealistic? Maybe something you still want to do but are afraid of failing? What fears are stopping you? And what would be the worst that could happen if you overcame those fears and pursued your dream?

If you’re already pursuing your dream, pat yourself on the back. You’re doing awesome!

At the moment I think I am pursuing the dreams I’m able to – being a mother and a wife and doing all of the “family” things I didn’t really get to do, growing up an only child with a single working father. We vacation together, we spend time being lazy together, we laugh together. I love it. I’d love to travel more and I want to own our own home, but these are things which can only happen with time and preparation. We are doing the best we can.

I would like to focus more attention to writing eventually, but I can’t very well write when I have nothing to write about – I’m already blogging, something I began about 6 months ago – which is more than I could say before that.

3. Am I doing something that matters? There’s a difference between doing work, and doing work that really matters. Much of the time, we use up the few days we have on this earth with busy-work, stuff that doesn’t make much difference, and that’s sadly a waste of our lives.

I’m home and there for my children, and I think that matters more than anything. I do want to do more charity work, but right now I’m trying to enjoy my time with my young son and focus on that.

4. What am I doing to help others? Kind of ironically, you get the most out of life not just by taking what you can for yourself, but by giving to others. What have you done lately to help people out? Have you been kind to people? Have you been compassionate? Have you been there for anyone? Listened? Volunteered for those in need? If you’re not doing anything to help others, this is a good time to figure out one thing you can do for someone, and put it into action. Ask this question on a regular basis, and you’ll make kindness a habit.

I don’t do as much charity work as I’d like, but I am providing very cheap (often free) childcare for a friend in need – it isn’t always easy or fun, and it gets stressful, but I know it means a lot to her and that she’d be struggling much more without me.

5. Am I as good a person as I want to be? I ask this of myself all the time. Sometimes, when I’m impatient or selfish or less-than-helpful, I think back on what I’ve said and done and realize that I could have done better. Instead of beating myself up about it, I endeavor to try harder, to remember to allow my better angels to guide me, to rise above the trivialities of life to a higher plane.

There is always room for improvement but overall I think I’m a good person with a kind heart, always striving to be better, which I consider another  good thing.

6. What am I doing to live life with passion, health and energy? You can do all the right things, and yet live a life that’s dull and sluggish. If you let your health go, you will have little energy and you will waste the minutes you have left on illness. Instead, learn to live a healthy life, with good foods and exercise. This will lead to more energy in your life. And then direct that energy into something you’re passionate about.

This is definitely something to work on. I’ve started a diet with Jen @ Daily Mish Mash and it’s helping in small ways but there’s a long way to go.

Are you living the best life you can?

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20 Questions: Self Exploration At Its Finest

Over at Marc and Angel Hack Life, I read a post by Marc about 20 questions he feels you should ask yourself once a week, like on a quiet Sunday when you have time to reflect on your life, what you’ve accomplished and where you are going, or would like to go – this seems like such a stellar idea, I thought I’d try it out here, and maybe again in weeks to come.

Here’s what Marc says about the process, which he says much more eloquently than I could ever hope to:

At the cusp of new beginnings many of us take time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future.  We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story.  This process of self reflection helps maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.  It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our dreams, goals and desires.

If you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection, I have 20 questions for you.  These questions should be reviewed every Sunday morning or sometime during the weekend when you have some quiet time to think.  Remember, reflection is the key to progression.

So here are the questions and my answers for this week:

  1. What did I learn last week? – I learned that I have to stand up for myself, and admit my weaknesses as well as my strengths – if I’m not capable of doing something, I should simply say so – instead of trying to do it anyway and having is strain my life and relationships for the worse.
  2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Learning the above – finding ways to help people without hurting myself, and still feeling accomplished in that goal.
  3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? This week my husband and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary so that has certainly been the most memorable – from the lunch we had day of, to our big date night that weekend.
  4. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – My mind says help my friend find a new car, but I think the answer should be “Accept that it’s my friend’s responsibility to find that car and not mine,” despite the effect her lack of car having-ness will have on my life.
  5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Right this second, I’d say get as good and relaxed as I could possibly be – this coming week is going to be busy, particularly Monday, so I’ll need my wits about me – I’ve done a good job so far, I think I just need to try not to botch things up. I managed to get my grocery shopping done and plan a menu for the coming week and that should help. It might behoove me to get a head start on my laundry, but that is easier said than done in an apartment when the weekends mean a constantly busy laundry room that is practically empty on weekdays.
  6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – Being a doormat and trying to do more than I am capable of without losing my mind.
  7. What was last week’s biggest time sink? – I did a lot of chauffeuring this week which cut time into my own needs for the week, but I think that was kind of unavoidable and just unfortunate.
  8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – No I’ve done a surprisingly miraculous job of de-stressing this week, so that even big things that have happened, I’ve already mostly let go of.
  9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – I need to get my oil changed, which we’ve decided to do this week but it does need to get done – unfortunately we’ve got some other bigger fish to fry…
  10. What opportunities are still on the table? – We need to save up to replace our DVD player.
  11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – I haven’t talked to my sister in awhile
  12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’? – I’ve given a couple of big thank yous recently actually, I’m kind of rocking this week…
  13. How can I help someone else this coming week? – If I help many more people I think my head will explode.
  14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – Save for a house, move to a new state, buy a puppy
  15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – Only that we’ve pared down our spending tremendously.
  16. What’s the next step for each goal? – Continuing to spend less and start saving even more – get life insurance, finish our will, and make sure we are absolutely financially stable.
  17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – Having a meal plan, having less days until our September vacation
  18. What are my fears? – abandonment, death, bad stuff happening to my family, going broke
  19. What am I most grateful for? – My husband, friends and family – that we are doing as well financially as we are – having
  20. If I knew I only had one week to live, who would I spend my time with? – God I don’t want to think about that – but my husband and son. The end.

Favorite Moments from Father’s Day Weekend

This weekend was a large, hectic, busy blur that left me more exhausted than the Friday I woke up to it. It began with a long overdue date night in which my husband and I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie and ended with me snuggled on the comfiest chair in the apartment watching the latest disc of Bones that we received via Netflix the day prior. Sounds pretty relaxed and cozy huh? Yeah I haven’t mentioned the whirlwind in the middle – a wedding in RI, the fastest grocery shopping trip of our lives, and the strangest Fathers Day I’ve ever had.

But I won’t bore you with my whining about things that went bad, no for this blog, I will focus on the really really good – my favorite moments from the weekend – I bet there were more than I realize as I type this.

These are in no particular order, at least not intentionally:

1. The yummiest salad I’ve ever had was enjoyed at Uno’s Chicago Grill – behold the GORGONZOLA WALNUT SIDE SALAD: Mixed lettuces, tomato, red onion,  cucumber, walnuts,  Gorgonzola and croutons with a blueberry pomegranate  vinaigrette drizzled on top. You know it’s a good meal when the entree comes and I don’t immediately abandon the salad that I was somehow possessed to order in spite of previous good judgment. This salad was delicious!

2. Finding that there were movies on this planet that my husband has seen and I have not. A serious strange anomaly that rarely occurs. I took dh to see the new Indiana Jones movie, in spite of never having seen the others (didn’t even know for sure how many there were) and found I loved it, and my husband demanded that I find a chance to watch the first three movies with him. I happily agreed and look forward to it. A lovely 40 % off coupon from Borders then magically gave us the perfect excuse to buy the box set for a steal of a price that very night. The coupon was one I’d read about a week before and forgotten about until 1 hour before it expired – what are the odds?

3. Chasing two adorable toddlers around the Fort Wetherill State Park in RI as one of my long time besties exchanged the vows of marriage on one of the most gorgeous days of the month. Perfect.

4. Seeing my father perform on stage for the first time (at least that I’m aware of) on Father’s Day – I was so proud of him and as a fringe benefit got to see an amazing musical and later meet the cast and crew of the Central Mass Onstage – a group my dad’s been doing behind the scenes work with for a while now and finally decided to take the plunge and audition for a show – and not just any show, but Seussical the Musical. I watched with my aunt (his big sister) and her family and we had a great time catching up and sharing in my dad’s big moment together. Again, way more on this later.

And that’s it. For once I won’t try to think up a 5th favorite moment just to make it an even list – these were the top of the crust for this weekend which will go down in history as a good one, an exhausting one, and a first in many ways.