Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mini Goals Week of 1.25.15

Want all my excuses why I didn't get stuff done this week? MLK threw me off, then we had lots of snow with delays/cancellations. Feel like I'm still recovering from all those changes. But there is always this next week
  1. Continue to clean out email inbox (progress, but now quite to goal of 15. Current inbox: 20)
  2. Finish a little, homemade gift
  3. Ask feed store about chickens
  4. Order photos for Kate's room
  5. Email swim instructor*
  6. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  7. Make acupuncture appointment*
  8. Make appointment with lawyer to revise wills (discussed, have to fill out paperwork first, off list unit that is done)
  9. Find a coffee table for family room (I've looked and looked and can't find what I want... so this is off the list while I continue to browse)
  10. Clean off desk area
  11. Drop of vacuum cleaner at appliance store (thanks to Matt!)
  12. Do Backcountry returns
  13. Find tennis sub (I've made some attempts!)
  14. Email yoga studio
  15. Clean out closet/purses and send to Twice (still need to send)
This week is going to be about wrapping projects up and getting ready for my solo trip next week. Also going to try to eat my frogs first thing tomorrow (starred the frogs!)
  1. Continue to clean out email inbox (inbox goal:10)
  2. Ask feed store about chickens
  3. Order photos for Kate's room
  4. Email swim instructor*
  5. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  6. Make acupuncture appointment*
  7. Find tennis sub
  8. Box up and send stuff to Twice
  9. Sign up for Feb Pilates classes
  10. Find passport
  11. Pull out and sort summer clothes (to pack for trip)
  12. Email contacts with travel plans
  13. Schedule upcoming & missed tennis matches
  14. Figure out ExpressToll Account
  15. Plant amaryllis bulb with kids

This Makes Me Happy - Gift From Kate Today

She thought it would make me laugh. And it did!❤️
It will get a special place... Right next to the cleaning supplies!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Right Now - Mantle Jumping

Instead if skiing there is lots if climbing & jumping today
Fingers crossed we don't break anything.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homeschool Moment -Spelling

Kate doing spelling with Jack because my eyes were dilated & I was struggling to see the words

Monday, January 19, 2015

DayBook 1.19.15

FOR TODAY - Happy MLK Day


Outside my window... Looks lovely. I haven't checked the weather forecast, but I imagine it is going to warm up again today.

I am hearing... Tripper snoring with his head in my lap. The furnace.

I am feeling... a little disappointed with what the scale told me this morning. I wasn't expecting great things because I didn't eat well over the weekend (lots of salt! Can I blame it on hormones??), but I didn't expect my weight to go up! For the second week in a row! (Okay, I know that I don't need to worry too much about this, but for self confidence reasons I really wanted to be just a few pounds lighter before my solo beach vacation in 2 weeks.)

I am thinking... about friends who told us yesterday that they are getting a divorce.
I am thankful for... my contacts. I'm so sick of my glasses. They make me want to hole up and do nothing. 
From the kitchen... pork loin with roasted veggies for dinner tonight, then a southwestern stew with the leftovers. Don't know what else I'll make this week. Probably easy things like spaghetti. I do want to try a new spinach banana muffin recipe. Maybe today.
I am wearing... skinny jeans, striped tunic tee, grey sweater, slippers
I am creating... a cute notebook cover. Now if I can only get in my sewing room today to work on it.
I am going... to the grocery store after I write this. Just for milk and fruit. 
I am reading... How To Hug a PorcupinePeace from Broken Pieces, and When You Reach Me. Hmmm... same books I was reading last week...
I am hoping... that I can find a coffee table like I'm envisioning. No luck so far.

Around the house... waiting on a part for the dishwasher. It can not come soon enough!

In the homeschool room... homeschool has been going so well the last couple weeks. We've focused on just getting the basics done, and somehow it has made doing extras a bit easier and more enjoyable.

How I'm exercising... I ran last night. I'd like to be getting more long walks done. Pilates hasn't worked out the last week or so. Looking forward to that being regular again.
Something that irks me... my scale. Maybe something is wrong with it... :)
One of my favorite things... roasted sweet potatoes

A few plans for the next week: mostly a pretty normal week. I do have my LASIK evaluation and a massage scheduled. 

Here is a picture I am sharing: 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Kissing Puppy Cousins

Same breeder, different litter. No real blood connection, so we call them cousins. Jakcsie (on the left) is just a week or so younger than Tripper, so they played together as young puppies before they left the breeder.
So much fun to see them together!

Mini Goals Week of 1/18

I can tell what I don't want to do because it remains on my to do list week after week. This week I'm going to try to eat a few of my frogs first thing Tuesday (since much is closed tomorrow). I've starred what I consider my frogs. The others I just haven't had time or haven't gone to that part of town.
  1. Clean out 5 old emails each day this week plus keep up with new incoming (inbox goal:30; current:29)
  2. Clean out guest bathroom
  3. Finish a little, homemade gift
  4. Ask feed store about chickens
  5. Order photos for Kate's room
  6. Email swim instructor*
  7. Drop off mail returns
  8. Finish 2014 finances, prep for 2015
  9. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  10. Make acupuncture appointment*
  11. Change massage appointment
  12. Pack and send a package
  13. Reschedule dishwasher guy
  14. Move old couch to basement
  15. Do Lucy returns/exchanges
This week's mini goals. Feeling that a holiday Monday might give me some extra times to get these things done.
  1. Continue to clean out email inbox (inbox goal:15)
  2. Finish a little, homemade gift
  3. Ask feed store about chickens
  4. Order photos for Kate's room
  5. Email swim instructor*
  6. Call about school shadowing for Kate*
  7. Make acupuncture appointment*
  8. Make appointment with lawyer to revise wills
  9. Find a coffee table for family room
  10. Clean off desk area
  11. Drop of vacuum cleaner at appliance store
  12. Do Backcountry returns
  13. Find tennis sub
  14. Email yoga studio
  15. Clean out closet/purses and send to Twice

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Little Stinker

Beware of quiet when there is a puppy in the house! This is where I found Tripper after he disappeared...
He was gnawing on the pocket of my running jacket where I had left some dog treats.

Monday, January 12, 2015

DayBook 1.12.15

FOR TODAY

Outside my window... there is a bunch of new snow. Multiple inches. And it is the heavy, wet kind of snow that piles high on each individual tree branch making the yard feel like an enchanted wilderness. Even better, just as the sun came up a few minutes ago, all the snow glowed pink for just a few moments.

I am hearing... dogs gobbling up their food.

I am feeling... a little disappointed in myself that I hit snooze 4 times this morning. I really wanted to get up early. On the other hand, I'm proud of myself for waking the kids right up instead of letting them sleep longer so I could have a bit of time to myself.

I am thinking... about life. And personalities.
I am thankful for... puppy playdates!
From the kitchen... there is a puff pancake in the oven right now for breakfast. Last night I made a new, crockpot Sloppy Joe recipe that we'll eat later this week. I am marinating steak cubes for grilled kabobs for dinner tonight. Maybe I should check the weather forecast before planning grilled meals! Also plan to make split pea soup and maybe a pork loin.
I am wearing... PJs and my Christmas robe... same thing I was wearing this time last week! Maybe different PJ pants.
I am creating...  new routines and rituals?
I am going... to the dentist today. Blah.
I am reading... How To Hug a PorcupinePeace from Broken Pieces, and When You Reach Me
I am hoping... that the weather cooperates with my plans this week.

Around the house... the dishwasher isn't working well, so the repairman is coming out this week. The dishes keep back up, so the kitchen is a bit of a disaster. Oh, well. The rest of the house is not bad, and my new couch arrives on Saturday! 

In the homeschool room... so the kids and I had a big blowout last week about homeschool. They had some valid points. We are making a few changes based on that conversation (can you call yelling and crying a conversation if it is productive??) starting today. One change is that they are going to get up earlier, and we are going to start working earlier. We'll also go down to bare minimum this week and figure the rest out from there.

How I'm exercising... lots of tennis this week. I'm still fitting in a couple runs a week, but they don't feel great. Happy to be back at Pilates.
Something that irks me... my glasses. After a full week, I'm tired of wearing them. One more week to go.
One of my favorite things... quiet snowfalls

A few plans for the next week: it is a busy week - tennis matches x4, dentist appointments x3, haircut, swim meet, plus normally scheduled activities

Here is a picture I am sharing: kids taking a break during skiing last week