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move to a new home
First steps

We got approved for both apartments we applied for, so we get to choose! We like the one that’s not far from where we currently live, and has more square footage than our present place (minus patio, natch).

The idea of packing overwhelms and terrifies me, but realistically it shouldn’t be that awful, since a good percentage of our stuff is already organized in boxes (because I’m anal-retentive like that). One bite at a time, eh?

- bagged extra towels
- boxed up Xmas decor
- packed some blankets into suitcase, washing more for the same treatment in the other suitcase

- box/bag up extraneous bathroom stuff
- take one bag of books to Riley’s Red Wagon Book Swap
- clean out fridge, make a plan to consume as much of what’s left as possible

- take CDs to SecondSpin
- bring the plastic hangers to work
- another bag of books to Riley’s
- get boxes from sister
- bring home TuffTotes from work

find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 82 entries…)

1) We got approved for both apartments! We are taking the one we prefer. Move-in is slated for maybe January 20th?

2) A walk with the Man today to get some delicious brunch.

3) Dragging my butt to the gym for 30m on the elliptical.

4) Getting laundry done, and making a (tiny) start on packing for the move.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) My best run yet! I managed over nine miles with no walk breaks, and I only quit because my legs were starting to hurt (usually it’s my heart and breathing that gives out first). The magic probably had to do with a combination of plenty of carbs, caffeine, a rest day yesterday, and more than 8 hours of sleep…whatever it was, I am grateful for it.

2) Put in applications at two new apartments today. We like one more than the other, but we’d be happy in either.

3) Ben and Jerry’s Late Night Snack.

4) Picking up a Spanish mass next week – extra $$, and forcing me out of my comfort zone a little.

5) Finding a new website, A Life Less Bullshit, that is making me very happy and motivated right now. If any of your new year’s resolutions involve time management, organization, or fitness, you might wanna check it out too.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Cartoons and ice cream with the Man!

2) A successful new year’s eve party last night.

3) Being encouraged by the number of For-Rent signs in our area.

4) Chicken tikka masala for dinner.

5) Earning some extra money today.

December Bootcamp 2013: Dedication and Celebration! (read all 5 entries…)
December Bootcamp wrapup

Eating South Beach, at least 6 out of 7 days per week
This did not go well overall, but at least as of today’s weigh-in, I have not gained any weight this month. I am currently struggling to ride on two horses: as a runner, I rely on carbs for fuel, but South Beach doesn’t really let me have them in the amounts that I seem to need. I may have to pick one or the other.

Exercising every day
I’ve actually done pretty well with this one overall. Having a specific fitness goal to chase (running the Long Beach Marathon in October 2014) has made it much easier.

Thu – 55m Zumba, and ran home from the gym
Fri – a full hour’s run, with a new PR for distance and pace!
Sat – 45m interval elliptical and 30m run
Sun – two walks with the Man
Mon – 30m run and a walk with the Man
Tue – 45m run

All in all, I’d say I was moderately successful at this bootcamp in the goals that I set for myself. It feels like I did a lot more celebration than dedication, but that might just be because I’m on vacation right now :)

Happy new year, kiddles!

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 6 entries…)
Reflection on 2013

From The Art of Simple.

Obviously, not all questions will apply to all people – but I’m curious to see how your old year panned out. I know that for me, when I look at any particular point in my year, it is easy to be negative, but looking at the overarching whole, I feel relatively positive.

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?

4. What was an unexpected obstacle?

5. Pick three words to describe this past year.

6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your year—don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you. (If you’re not married, have fun guessing the answers from other friends and family, or just skip this question.)

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their year—again, without asking.

8. What were the best books you read this year?

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?

15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

20. Create a phrase or statement that describes this past year for you.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Seeing American Hustle with the Man this afternoon.

2) Good food choices and exercise over the last few days are starting to pay off on the scale and in the mirror.

3) A nice evening with friends planned. We don’t get crazy with the new year.

4) Realizing that I made it all the way through the holiday season without getting genuinely sick! Sure, there were days when I hadn’t slept enough and felt kind of crappy, but no coughing/sneezing/stuffy head sort of thing.

5) Gratitude for everyone here on 43T that has made this site a pleasure to play with :)

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) New Year’s party menu planned: spinach dip in bread bowl, two kinds of chicken wings, poppers (the food, NOT whippets), and smores with homemade marshmallows for dessert. Three bottles of sparkling cider, one of cava, and some beers as well.

2) Looking good in a shirt that I haven’t been able to wear since my slave days.
2a) Being able to mention “my slave days” without immediately bringing on a tidal wave of negative emotions.

3) A rough run today, but I survived. I’m starting to realize that I need at least 7.5 hours of sleep if I don’t want to be ready to die at the end.

4) Picking up extra work on New Year’s Day = $$$

5) A wee giggle whilst Googling chavs and chavettes.

6) Have made good food choices all day so far.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Making good food choices today, in a sea of potential terrible choices.

2) Giving myself a rest day from running.

3) Another awesome midday nap.

4) Planning to sit down with The Art of Simple’s 20 New Year’s Eve questions to help you reflect.

5) The Man cleaned up the office, most of which was my mess. Bless.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) 45 minutes on the elliptical, plus a half-hour’s 10K training run.

2) Realizing that my body can now do things that, six months ago, I wouldn’t have thought I’d EVER be capable of doing.

3) Cinnamon roll from the corner bakery.

4) Being invited to board game night. I opted not to go, but it was nice to be invited.

5) Letting my body dictate my sleep schedule, rather than going by the clock.

run a 10K (read all 4 entries…)
I'm in this for the pie.

I’m now registered for the Knott’s Berry Farm Coaster Run 10K on March 2, 2014. They give you free pie at the end! I’m sold.

This is only one week after my 8K. (Um….eeps!) I would have preferred to do the 10K a little later in the month, but my show choir’s schedule has me pretty booked up for just about all of March, and I didn’t want to wait till April with my half-marathon coming at the end of May.

This race scheduling stuff is tough :)

run a half marathon (read all 4 entries…)
planned half marathon

May 24, 2014 – Huntington Beach Ocean Run

Registration isn’t open yet, but I’m adding this one to my calendar. It’s just under three months after my 10K and five months before my planned marathon, so hopefully the amount of time in between races will be sufficient for me to train up to the next level.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Got mah teef cleaned today, and now I don’t have to think about it again till June.

2) Found the tattoo artist that I want to work on my next piece. Now: to save the money for it.

3) A looooooong nap in the middle of the day.

4) My best run yet! A full hour’s run with no walk breaks (I stopped once to tie my shoe). Just over 7 miles, maintaining about an 8:30-mile pace, which is a new best distance and best pace for me.

5) Making plans for the new year’s party.

6) Sent back my caroling book, which means I should be getting paid for my caroling work soon.

7) This dress. Oh my god. LOVE.

December Bootcamp 2013: Dedication and Celebration! (read all 5 entries…)
Bootcamp, Captain's Log week 3ish

Christmas is finally fucking OVER and I have survived 25 days of work without a break, and now I have some actual days off from work. SO EXCITED. I am about ready to set fire to all the things.

Eating South Beach, at least 6 out of 7 days per week.
Have given up on this one pretty much entirely. Stopped tracking food in my UP app – too much work to find nutrition info for the multitude of crap that went into my mouth.

Being out of the house for 12-to-18-hour workdays is not conducive to packing, cooking, or even grocery shopping for my own food. Now that the show is done and Xmas has been vanquished, I’m planning on making next week better.
LOL at the very idea of success

Exercising every day.
I did manage to get my 10,000 steps in every single day, so that’s something at least.

Sun – couple laps around the parking lot during the homily, and a 1-hr walk with the Man in the evening
Mon – walked at lunch
Tue – walked at lunch
Wed – 52-min run after work
Thu – (show)
Fri – (show)
Sat – (show and teardown)
Sun – 45-min run
Mon – 33-min run
Tue –
Wed – 30-min run
Somewhat successful

BMIs: Pretty sure I should just wait on this until the new year, when I’m sure I will have totally undone everything I have accomplished since October.

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Playing piano for this morning’s mass instead of singing, and feeling like I did a pretty decent job of it.

2) Two exactly-what-I-wanted Xmas gifts from the Man.

3) Tasty dinner that nobody had to cook – we pre-ordered from a restaurant yesterday and just heated it up.

4) Hanging out with my family, including my mum’s new puppy.

5) Surviving the 25 Straight Days of Work without getting sick. I am turning off my alarm tomorrow and sleeping as long as I bleeding well like.

6) Giving myself a purple sparkle pedicure to welcome the new year.

create 12 monthly resolutions/major projects/goals (read all 5 entries…)
recap of 2013's monthly goals

Track my spending for a month.

Be in bed by 10:30 p.m. on work nights (started 2/9)
COMPLETED, mostly. There were a few nights when I couldn’t fall asleep, but I was at least in bed by 10:30 p.m.

Plan meals for the week, and stick to the plan
NOT COMPLETED. I picked a terrible month to try this goal out. Maybe later on, like in the summer, I would be more successful – but in the month of March, I didn’t have a single week where I was home before 8:00 p.m. on more than two days.

Finish vocal charts for pop show
Pay off one of my student loans

Automate as much of my finances as possible
COMPLETED, albeit a bit late. Finally got the church to give me direct deposit, which was the biggest thing.

Do more yoga!
COMPLETED, but only in the most technical sense of the word. “A little bit” is more than “none.” I have been terribly lazy since school got out.

July 2013 Photo Scavenger Hunt
NOT COMPLETED, but that’s okay – it was fun anyway.
Pay off the last of my student loans

Take better care of myself.
COMPLETED, in spades! I’m proud of myself – I’ve lost nearly 10 pounds, and three inches from my waist and my hips. Good habits created during this goal will continue.

exercise 4-5 times per week
COMPLETED! In fact, I managed six times per week. Going to keep this one on the list as a continuing goal, at least until I’ve reached my goal weight.

Eat clean, train mean, live lean
PARTLY COMPLETED. I did really well with my training, but not so well with sticking to South Beach. I think I’m going to not worry so much about the specific diet restrictions, and instead focus on burning more than I consume. Obviously I’ll keep eating lots of veg and fruit and meat and such, but I’m not going to beat myself up over an occasional treat.

Thrive, rather than just survive (work, body, sanity)
PARTLY COMPLETED. Did pretty well with the “work” and “sanity” portions, not so hot with the “body.” Next month’s goal will address this.

Eat South Beach six out of seven days every week, and exercise every day.
PARTLY COMPLETED. I did far better with the exercise than with the diet. No surprises there :(

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Making it through the final caroling gig of the season.

2) Finding chocolate truffles from Lily O’Brien that taste JUST like a Cadbury creme egg, but better.

3) Visiting my sister and her adorable new puppy today before my gig.

4) I have reached the point of fitness (both physical and mental) where I can do either/both of my short run routes without taking a walk break (and pace it just under a 9:00 mile). Next up: the long route.

5) Project: Peanut Brittle is complete.

6) We are having a new year’s party again this year!

run an 8k (read all 2 entries…)
Signed up!

I’ll be running my hometown’s annual 8K in February. Best part: I’ve talked my sister into running with me! She’s just beginning the Couch to 5K program right now, but I’m pretty sure that she’ll pass me up within the next couple months – she’s taller and has much longer legs :)

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) This terrible version of the song “Sleigh Ride.” I nearly cried laughing.

2) A day of doing as little as possible in between working.

3) Being DONE with my holiday shopping. It’s a madhouse out there.

4) Plans to make almond and cashew brittle this evening after work.

5) Lunch courtesy of a gift card from a student.

6) A run today that felt surprisingly good – turns out if I load up on carbs for a few days, I don’t get tired as fast :P

To record 5 things in which I find joy every day (read all 257 entries…)

1) Closing the winter show – highly successful, heard lots of great feedback.

2) A killer Xmas gift from my students.

3) FIVE MORE DAYS till I (who labor and am heavy burdened) may have rest.

4) Getting some of the thank-you notes cranked out early.

5) The Man helping me tidy up a bit. Granted, it was so that a potential buyer could come look at the property (not real stoked on that), but it’s nice to have the house clean.

6) Listening to one of my favorite holiday songs, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin – not specifically Christmas music in the traditional sense, but text based around the Jesus birth story, and beautiful singing.

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