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practice my violin everyday (read all 25 entries…)
This is falling by the wayside

since I started my second job. I am hoping to make time for this in my schedule as I really like playing the violin. I am by no means good, but I still enjoy it.

Complete the 50 Questions that will free your mind (read all 12 entries…)
23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

No, absolutely not. I am a poor excuse for a friend. I am trying to work on being a better friend. I feel I am to self absorbed to be anyone’s friend. If someone needs my help, I have no problem dropping what I am doing to go help. I do not seem to be able to make time just to visit or go on outings.

put some thought into weekends so they don't just pass me by (read all 40 entries…)
I worked Saturday

at my full time job. Happy about the overtime. Sunday picked up the Burmese family, went to church, took them home, went shopping wo my Granddaughter could spend her Toys R Us gift certificate. She ended up with a loom for rubber band weaving and a new monopoly game. We spent 4 hours playing monopoly. I made her be the banker. I was very surprised and happy at how well she made change and figured out what denominations to use to pay for the property she bought. We had a good time and spent four hours at home without the TV on(always a plus)

be a better citizen (read all 14 entries…)
Rides to church

I have volunteered to take the family from Burma to church every Sunday. Since we go to church and it is only a couple of miles out of my way, I am happy to do it. They don’t speak much english and I don’t speak Burmese; so it is a little quiet on the way to and from church. I was going to offer to take them to the grocery store when they needed to go, but since I work two jobs I don’t have a lot of free time. I will find out if they want to go to the grocery store when I go.

beat the only competitor in the world who really matters: the person I was yesterday (read all 15 entries…)
Focus my energy

I want to take the energy I use on anger, resentment, and regrets and focus the energy on accomplishing things. I waste a lot of energy and time being non productive. If I am going to be non productive, I want to at least be enjoying the time rather than feeling negative thoughts.

Deal with the disappointment and depression (read all 3 entries…)
Lots of baggage

I need to let go of past mistakes. I carry my past mistakes and embarressing moments around with me like “old friends” and I would like to finally learn how to let them go. Do other people play their past mistakes and play them through their minds as they go about their life? I clearly remember many embarressing episodes from over 45 years of my 50 years. How does one learn to let go of these thoughts? How does one learn to forgive oneself for not being perfect? I know a couple of people that seem to have the ability to laugh at themselves and then move on. I envy that ability.

fix and mend (read all 21 entries…)
Front brakes on van

I have the new pads on the driver side, but I can’t get the lug nuts broke loose on the passenger side. I am going to take it over to the dealership I work at and have them break the lug nuts loose for me. I will get the oil changed there and get a quote for two new tires.

Complete the 50 Questions that will free your mind (read all 12 entries…)
38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

More work that I actually enjoy doing, because right now I am sitting here at my night job and it is so slow. I would rather be crazy busy so teh work night passes quicker. I have sitting here trying to look busy. I don’t do “faux busy” very well.

put some thought into weekends so they don't just pass me by (read all 40 entries…)
I want to go on one more day trip on my Motorcycle

before the snow flies. I love going down by the Mississippi and watching the bald eagles. I am going to ride out to the Mississippi and then ride either North or South along its banks. I’ll find a cute place for lunch and then head back. Of course if I find a Bed and Breakfast along the way that isn’t too expensive, I might just make it an overnight.

Complete the 50 Questions that will free your mind (read all 12 entries…)
26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

I would rather lose all of my old memories. I have a lot of great memories, but I also have many embarrassing and painful memories that seem to be baggage that I carry around with me. I would prefer to lose those memories and retain the right to make new ones. I do wonder if I would make many of the same mistakes.

Deal with the disappointment and depression (read all 3 entries…)
Getting off my tookus and getting something done.

This seems the easiest and quickest way to beat my depression. I know that I get depressed and allow things to bother me more when I am not accomplishing something. I just need to remind myself that Maggie in motion is a happy person.

ride my bike more (read all 9 entries…)

My Granddaughter is finally learning to ride her two wheeler. She has just about outgrown the bike we bought her two years ago. We do have a bigger bike for her in my parents garage. I am hoping to get her proficiency up enough that we can take some small bike rides together. I have been waiting for this for so long. I am looking forward to tackling the bike trails next spring and summer with my granddaughter.

continue to throw out or give away the clutter in my house (read all 37 entries…)
I have started bagging up clutter

from the garage and the basement. Stuff I have been storing that I have no need for now or will ever need again. I am getting rid of my daughters furniture from the garage. It has been in there for 8 years. She will probably still be here for another year or so. I want my garage back.

stop procrastinating (read all 21 entries…)
Started front brake job

late in the evening. I should have been out there earlier, but I was waiting for the sun to get on the other side of the garage. I would have been done except for the trouble I had getting one of the pads to slide on. I should have started earlier, but I am glad to have half of the job done. I will have to finish it up between jobs over the next two days. I didn’t replace the rotors. I hope I am not sorry. I want to replace the rear pads before the snow flies. I also discovered that my front tires need replaced. I can’t put that off too long. So oil change, 2 tires, and wiper blades as soon as I am done with the front brakes.

Wishing Wren a Happy Birthday Week!
Happiest best wishes

I hope you have a spectacular Birthday! I will eat a small piece of cake in celebration of your birthday!

stop buying things i dont need. (read all 19 entries…)
My sister and I were talking about needs and wants today

My sister and I are having some of the same battles. Needs and wants. We are slowly winning this battle. I believe she does better than I presently, but I am renewed in my efforts to determine what is a need and what is a want. I worked on my budget and I am still short of paying my bills in a timely manner. Even with the increased income from my second job, I am still short a few hundred dollars from covering my needs. I will not get discouraged. I will keep plodding along until I have increased my income and decreased my expenses. If we didn’t have to eat or put gas in the car, I would be in great shape. ( I keep getting hungry though)

stop procrastinating (read all 21 entries…)
Just do it

I used my sisters need to get rid of her old big television to spur me into action. My sister needed help getting her big televison to the electronics recycling center. I had a bunch of stuff that needed to go also. I threw all of my refuse in the van; picked her and her television up; dropped it off at the city garage. I dropped her back off at home and discovered I forgot an old printer and an old fax machine. I put them right in the van and drove right back down to the recycling drop. I am so happy to finally get that junk out of my house. My sister’s need for help spurred me into action.

Make out a budget and savings plan (read all 5 entries…)
Made a rough draft

not including groceries but including everything else. I still don’t make enough money with the two jobs. I am going to have to cut out the health club. I don’t know how I have managed this long. My student loans are really putting a huge dent in my budget. I hope the overtime kicks in at work. That is how we can keep afloat. I am usually working overtime by this date, but it seems a little slow.

put some thought into weekends so they don't just pass me by (read all 40 entries…)
I did nothing yesterday

I wasted the day. I hope to make better use of today. I have so much to do and I let myself get overwhelmed and then stagnant. I need to get something done today or I will start the week feeling depressed.

Make out a budget and savings plan (read all 5 entries…)
Wow piano lessons went up

I had put aside enough from last paycheck to pay for piano lessons for my granddaughter, but they went up 25% without any warning. A little bit of a shock, but I had a feeling they would go up soon. I think it is well worth the expense, but it through me off having to come up with an additional $30.00 for the 6 week payment. My granddaughter likes taking piano lessons, and she has recently expressed a desire to take riding lessons from her cousin. Riding lessons are $25.00 a week. I told her that we couldn’t afford riding lessons until next Spring when the house is paid off. She offered to quit piano lessons. I told her she takes piano or no horseback riding lessons. The math skills learned while taking piano are valuable at her age. I think it will benefit her later in life. (Not sure how) So I will have to figure out where the extra $30.00 every 6 weeks is going to come from.

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