Saturday, May 12, 2018

Week in Review 5.12.18

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This week was punctuated with a massive amount of yard work, construction and writing. I had a long list of deadlines and cranked through them while being super happy that Scott was back home. I'm getting hopeful that the two big piles of dirt in my yard will be leaving soon. 

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Exercise

I rocked my workouts this week! I did three boot camps and two barre3 classes. It was a bit rough going back to 6 a.m. workouts after sleeping in last week but I also liked getting them out of the way. I'm at 9 workouts for the month. 


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Food

I'm doing a story on a new doughnut shop so Maggie and I headed down to check them out on Friday morning. They are delicious and I wish I had gotten two dozen instead of one. 

I also did a story on a new service called MealPal. It is a subscription service where you buy a set number of lunches for $5.99 each at the beginning of the month. Then you are able to select a meal from over 150 restaurants for lunch each day. My only complaint is that they are only in the downtown/SLU neighborhoods so while I LOVE them, I won't be using them until they expand further north. I do understand start-ups and starting out with a limited location for best results. I've had some delicious salads and poke bowls this week which is aces. 

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The Girls

The girls got new bikes this week and have been insane riding them. Their old bikes were way too small and rusted. I did have to take the bikes to a shop to get their brakes fixed up but otherwise the new bikes are working out really well. 

They also finished up this session of swim lessons and did awesome. Molly had some private lessons which she loved and I hope to do more of later. They are pricey so I don't see us doing them regularly. Both girls are really advancing in their swim abilities. 

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Other Goings On


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The basement is zooming along and I am experiencing decision fatigue. I thought we had made all the decisions but it appears there are more to be made and more springing up every day. The basement is looking amazing though and I'm getting excited about the space. 

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

May Goals

I really liked having set goals for April and while I may not have accomplished all of them, they gave me great direction and helped me focus especially while on Spring Break and then catching up from a week of pure relaxation. 

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Here is how I did on my April goals:

  1. Exercise 18 times - I got in 19 workouts! Having this goal really helped keep me on track after barely exercising while in Hawaii on Spring Break. 
  2. Buy a trellis for my garden - I purchased this on April 30th at Swansons in the nick of time. It's a great addition to my garden and will hopefully be a benefit for my peas. 
  3. Catch up on the Bible - I'm getting there but am not completely caught up. 
  4. Read Moby Dick - I'm still working on this. It is such a slow read for me. 
  5. Knit Nanoo - I need to devote some time to knitting on this but end up so tired at night after the kids are in bed. 
  6. Knit my April Hat for charity - Done! It's a mish-mash of yarns but it is warm and cozy. 
  7. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books - Ehhh, I didn't do very well on this goal.
  8. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Den - I deep cleaned the den but need to do it again. I never got to the Dining Room. Part of my issue is that I'm storing stuff from the basement in my dining room and when I look around at the clutter, I freeze up. 
  9. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash - I did not get this done at all. 

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Here are my goals for May! These include some 2018 goals and some specific goals for May. 

May Goals

  1. Exercise 22 times  
  2. Catch up on the Bible
  3. Read Moby Dick
  4. Knit Nanoo
  5. Knit my May Hat for charity 
  6. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books 
  7. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Kitchen 
  8. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash
  9. Work on Hand Lettering
  10. Knit 4 miter squares for my blanket
Monday, May 07, 2018

Week in Review 5.5.2018


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It was a long week. Scott was in Sydney and I had the kids 24/7. I did start out the week with a babysitter and some CityCycle which was fantastic. I also got in some really amazing workouts (that I'm still sore from) and got my work life more organized. 

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Exercise

This week may not have had the same quantity of workouts as last week but I did have some serious quality in my workouts. I got in two boot camps, one Studio 45 class, a CityCycle class and did major yard work twice. I was seriously sore from Studio 45 for days. 



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Food

I kept things simple with Scott gone. The kids devoured the salmon dish I made one night and asked for thirds. I always forget just how much they love fish. We also went out for sushi one day for lunch. 


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The Girls

The girls got in some serious playtime with their friend, Lucy. Her Mom was also solo parenting this week so we hired a babysitter one day and I picked her up from school another day. The kids LOVED playing with her and I was glad for the distraction for them. 

We spent Saturday working on a Mother's Day present and eating sushi at UVillage. They also helped me a lot in the yard this week. Spring has really sprung in our yard and I had a lot of weeding to do. I still have a lot of weeding to do. 

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Other Goings On

In all the chaos of last week, the basement work continued with the window wells being installed and sheetrock going up on the walls. There is still much to do but it is coming along! I also discovered The Letdown this week and spent many hours laughing at the show!
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Monthly Goal Check-In (April)

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April flew by fast! I went on two trips which slowed down some of my goal achievement but I still crossed a few more items off my 18 in 2018!

2018 Goals
  1. Workout 218 times in 2018 - I worked out 19 times in April. My goal was 19 times and I wasnt' sure if I'd get it done but I did. I'm at and I did it! I'm at 79 workouts for the year. 
  2. Go Skiing 
  3. Complete "The Artist's Way"
  4. Learn Hand Lettering - This goal is still waiting for me to tackle.   
  5. Paint the Bathroom - I think I'm going to take on this goal when the construction is done in my basement. There is just too much going on right now and too much dust in the air. Also we are down to one bathroom which means painting it might get tricky.   
  6. Find a picture for the oval frame in my bedroom 
  7. Replace the sad Rhododendron plant with a Dwarf Japanese Maple (or another plant) - This goal needs to wait until late summer or fall.
  8. Build (or buy) a trellis for my vegetable garden - I got this done on the last day of April, barely slipping in. I like it and think it will be good for my peas, should they ever grow. I found a wonderful trellis at Swansons and picked it up for a surprisingly good price. 
  9. Buy a new dishwasher 
  10. Embrace Minimalism by doing the Minimalist Game for an entire month 
  11. Reduce our food bill and food waste - I continued to work hard at this goal but only did ok. Traveling really messes up keeping one's food bill down.  
  12. Read War and Peace, Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities and The Grapes of Wrath - I am still reading Moby Dick but it is a slooooooow read. I feel dreadfully behind on this goal. My plan is to read War and Peace all summer which leaves the fall for A Tale of Two Cities and The Grapes of Wrath. I really need to finish up Moby Dick.
  13. Read the Bible - I'm not quite caught up but I'm almost there. I need to get back in the daily habit of reading instead of trying to do large chunks of reading. 
  14. Knit Nanoo - Nanoo! I'm still working on this. Working, working!
  15. Knit 12 hats for charity - I finished my April hat and it is a mish-mash of yarns but makes a very warm hat. 
  16. Repeat Goal: Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I'm still thinking about this goal and what to do with it. 
  17. Repeat Goal: Finish my Miter Square Blanket  - Plugging away
  18. Repeat Goal: Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - Making slow but steady progress!
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Week in Review 4.28.18

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I spent the first half of the week away in Vancouver on a press trip which was absolutely wonderful. I stayed in an amazing hotel, ordered room service for breakfast and had an absolute blast. When I returned, Scott got ready and left for Australia. We were like two ships passing in the night. While I miss Scott, I am so grateful that he was able to arrange his schedule to take care of the kids so I could go on this trip. 


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Exercise

I concentrated hard on getting my workouts in this week. I got in 7 workouts this week! I did one boot camp, one City Cycle class, two amazing walks in Vancouver and three barre3 classes. I am at 17 workouts for the month which means I am so close to my 18 workout goal for April. Sometimes I find my workout goals to be silly but this week I was so glad to have it as it made me focus on getting my workouts in and not slacking off when I really wanted to just say, ehhhhh. 



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Food

Food was out of this world this week and I worked really hard at not over indulging. It was really hard when faced with the most delicious cookies ever upon check-in at my hotel and then when presented with amazing bites at the reception we were taken to along with the amazing at Honey Salt. I did also take time to enjoy an Earl Grey donut from Cartems Donuts


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In between, I did munch on salads and drank lots of water. I'm trying to really concentrate on my water intake which is honestly quite hard for me. I tend to have a coffee in the morning and then wait until I'm parched in the afternoon to gulp down some water. Not really the best way to hydrate my busy lifestyle. So I'm working on it! 

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The Girls

The girls had quite the week and are slowly recovering this weekend. They were super anxious when I was gone and really missed me which was super sweet. I didn't realize how much they would miss me. Scott travels quite a bit and they usually just flow with it. They  might mention that they miss Daddy but they are usually ok with his trips. Not so with mine. This wasn't my first trip away from them at all but I realized it was my first trip away during the week which was different. On Tuesday, Molly's t-ball game timing got screwed up which didn't help matters so they ended up eating dinner quite late and not getting to bed on time. By the time I got home on Wednesday, they were a mess and I've been working to get them back on track. Scott told me that they were just so sad everyday that I was gone. 


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Saturday was a busy day with them going to b3 childcare and then out to Duvall to visit Molly's teacher's parent's farm in the pouring rain. It was a fun but exhausting day. We got to pet goats, chase chickens and do a maypole! 

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Other Goings On

The basement is cruising along. We are now at the insulation point of the game with sheetrock in view! I'm getting excited and a bit nervous about the finishing touches. Once the construction is done, that is when my work will pick-up. There will be painting, decorating and lots of other fun things to do! 


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We also had the upstairs toilet repaired this week. It was leaking which I'm so glad Jeremy, the construction worker caught since finding out after sheetrock and everything else was installed would have been terrible! 

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