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TIdbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head…

This is one of those times when I hate having a large property – I’ve shoveled the walks three times in the last twenty-four hours and my arms are sore.  I won’t miss this while I’m gone.

There is still so much to do before I leave on Sunday and I don’t know how I will get it all done. Well, I suppose if I got off the computer it might make it easier to get some stuff done.

I’m just about done with the food preparation although I do need to write up all the instructions for thawing and preparing. Might have been easier to just have them eat out while I’m gone.

I’ve started to pack some stuff but I’m not sure if I’m taking enough or too much. Temperatures will be fluctuating from the 40’s to the 60/70’s throughout the day so layering is the name of the game.

Trying to figure out what to do about calling home is driving me nuts. First there is the time difference and trying to figure out when the boy will be home and awake in order to talk to me. Then there is the whole thing about a calling plan – which one would be the most cost effective, will any of them actually work on my dinosaur flip phone??

Trying to write up everything that needs to get done each day makes me realize that I do actually get things done, maybe not as much as I should or as much as I would like but there is a lot getting done here on a daily basis. Also makes me realize that I should be delegating some of this stuff or at least teaching the kiddos how to do it so they’ll know what to do when the need arises.

Okay, I’ve goofed off long enough – time to get back to work. Hope you are having a great day wherever you are.



Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

So much in my head today – I hardly know where to start. How about with pests? There are teeny, tiny little ants in the sink in my bathroom. They aren’t anywhere else and I can’t figure out where they are coming from.

The mice are still here with poop everywhere. One of them gnawed through a waterline in the mudroom and there was water everywhere when we got home from church. After cleaning that up and installing a new  metal line, we can’t get the recycling bins to slide back in. UGH.

I’m having second thoughts/major qualms about leaving for ten days – there is so much  financial work to finish, preparations for food/laundry/child care to take care of and then the big hurdle – the family drama. I just don’t know if now is the right time for me to be gone.  I feel like I am asking too much of others and that makes me uncomfortable. It is really hard for me to ask for help. I always wonder what people are thinking about me when I need help. I know that sometimes I say yes even though I want to say no and I wonder if they are doing the same.  It just makes it hard for me to do it.

The family drama is keeping me in a state of limbo – I need to make a decision and then start taking the steps that follow from that decision.  Not having any time to be alone lately isn’t helping either.  It is really hard for me to function without that daily alone time. Perhaps I should have stuck to my earlier life plan – becoming a nun. Although there is the big problem of not being Catholic nor wanting to convert that kept me from following that plan.

Oh, well, I need to get moving on something.  I’ll be back sometime to let you know how things work out.

Fitness Friday

Mid-month check in

Goal one  –  Two and a half minutes of yoga/stretching daily  13/15

Goal two  –  Two and a half minutes of strength training  3 times per week   5/5

Goal three  –  Two and a half minutes of cardio(not including my daily walks) 3 times per week   3/5

Goal four  –  minimum of 12,000 steps daily   13/15; stretch of 14,000 daily  12/15

Overall I’m pretty pleased. This week wasn’t very good due to cold weather and family drama. I didn’t have the motivation/energy to make myself go out in the cold to walk or to do much of anything else for two days.  I need to let that go and remember that every day is a chance to start over.

How are your fitness goals going? Have you hit your targets or had a bit of a slump like me? Let me know in the comments.



Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head…

It has been very difficult to get my new schedule going – two hour delays, school bus running late, end of year business accounting demands, frigid temperatures and a poor mindset have all contributed to the problem. With  three days of no school due to semester break, more winter weather and my upcoming trip, it doesn’t look like things will settle down any time soon.

I wish there weren’t so many choices in my life – too many opportunities for me to go the wrong way. And it is pure agony when the results of previous poor decisions come back to make life miserable.

It is really hard to live with people who don’t get along and put you in the middle. On the one hand I can’t wait to get away for awhile but on the other hand I’m very worried about how things will go when I’m gone. I imagine dire consequences and wonder if I should just stay home.

Enough of the gloom and doom – I’m off to try and raise my spirits. Hope your day is going better than mine.

Fitness Friday

Last year’s first goal was to walk between 3,650,000 and 5,000,000 steps. My final total for the year was 5,034,294. I made a strong push at the end because I wasn’t sure how much walking I’d be able to do with the holidays and our getaway. It paid off because I reached 5 million on 12/29/14.  I did at least 10,00 steps on 327/365 days(89%) and over 13,700 steps on 207/365 days(56%).  This year I am going to try for a minimum of 12,000 steps per day and a stretch of 14,000 steps per day.

Last year’s other goal was to swim between 26,000 and 52,000 meters. I did not even come close with a total of 3200 meters for the year. I wanted to do more swimming last year but putting a distance on really brought out my resistance and did not work for me. I am working on how to get myself motivated to get to the pool more often but I’m not going to make it a goal for the year.

I’ve been doing my short yoga/stretching routine at least once every day and I’ve been trying out some weight training exercises. For cardio I did  some roller skating with the boy, some bowling with the family and a 15 minute ride on the stationary bike. I’m going slow and hopefully by the end of the month I will have developed the habit of doing some kind of exercise most days. Then next month, I can add more time each day.

How did your fitness goals go last year? Are you working on anything for this year. Leave a comment and let me know what you are doing to stay active this year.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head…

I had hoped to have done a few posts reviewing my goals from last year but life intervened, hopefully I’ll get them up soon.

The girl had the flu for Christmas – not fun at all.

We had a lovely time away but I’ve added snowboarding to my list of activities I can’t get the hang of. My brain understands what the instructor says to do but it can’t make my body do what it hears!

Icy roads, accidents, late buses, school delays – all are messing with the new schedule I had hoped to implement this year.

Finally discovered the source of the horrible odor near the computer – a dead mouse in the space under the tub – yuck! That makes 5 mice so far this year. There are just too many ways for them to get in – the kids say “let’s get a cat” but hubby is allergic so it isn’t happening.

I started work on my project list – finished reading 2 books from shelves and I’ve started to work on a schedule of which ones need to be done at a certain time. More information to come in the days ahead.

Hope your new year has started out great.


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