Saturday, January 13, 2018

Week in Review 1.13.18

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The second week of January is in the books and it was a good one. We continued to work on getting back into the routine and I went to bed way too early most nights. The January darkness always means I go to bed early this time of the year but I am just embracing it and being cozy. 

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Exercise

I got in 5 
workouts this week! I did three 
boot camp classes, a barre3 class and I went skiing! I haven't skied in over 15 years but it was seriously like riding a bike. It was so awesome. I did about 5 runs before I needed to be back for my kids from ski lessons and then did a few Magic Carpet runs with Molly. It was fantastic. My calves are cramping up and I'm so tired but it was AMAZING! I plan to go again soon. Being able to go skiing totally made up for my canceled snowshoe trip. I was supposed to go up snowshoeing with someone I know from my gym. I was SUPER excited and then a HUGE storm came in and we had to cancel. It was the best choice but I was so excited about snowshoeing. 


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Food


I kept pretty close to our meal plan this week and watched my food spending. Maggie and I did go out for our Friday sushi date but it is her reward for getting through speech therapy. I also got a meal kit from Amazon Fresh since they had them on sale. It's one of my favorites and makes a hearty meal for two lunches. 

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The Girls


The girls are getting back to school and loving it. I've been working a lot with Molly on her sight words but she is just not into it. My newest "trick" is to do legos with her and have a sight word break every so often. 

Molly loved ski lessons again and Maggie hated them again. I think next week, I'm going to just take Molly up. Maggie is not liking them and I'm tired of dragging her around. 

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Other Goings On

I'm still going strong on my Morning Pages for the Artist's Way and got through the tasks and did an Artist Date this week. It feels really good! 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Week in Review 1.7.18



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The first week of January was awesome with some crap mixed in. I started The Artist Way and have a great Facebook support group going. I started reading the Bible which is one of my goals for the year and even crossed off one item from my 18 goals. I almost crossed of a second but that is a story for later in this post. 

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Exercise

I got in 6 
workouts this week! I did one CorePower Yoga Sculpt, three barre3 classes and two boot camp classes. I got back into working out hard core this week. I was ready to leap back in after my almost two week break. I loved every class and every movement. I also got an Apple Watch for my birthday which helped fuel my excitement. I love data and encouragement which means the watch is perfect for me. I love it when it vibrates and shows a picture to say that I've closed one of the three active rings - Movement, Exercise and Standing. I was able to close all my rings everyday last week which made me happy. 



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Food


We leapt into the new year looking to reduce our food bill and food waste. I feel like we are on the right track this week. I grocery shopped with thought and am trying to only buy what we need and then consume what we have planned to eat. My chickens are complaining about the reduced scraps but my wallet is pleased. I also made risotto in my instant pot using Melissa Clark's Dinner in an Instant and it was so damn good! I can't wait to cook more from this cookbook. It's amazing! 



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The Girls


The girls had a rough re-entry into school and routine but it was so good to get back into it. We started back on Molly's sight words and reading after taking a break due to holidays and sickness. There were many rough times over the week but we ended with huge success. The girls started ski lessons this week and while the beginning was rough, by the end, they were loving it. Maggie left her lessons early but I think she was tired and hungry. Next week I'll be packing her full of food and making sure she has warmer clothing. I also think the ski boots aren't the best for her but really ski boots kinda suck. The girls are also skiing with their cousin so after lessons we headed back out to the mountain for them to practice together. My brother used to be a ski instructor so he was able to help the kiddos out and encourage them to practice their skills. 



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Other Goings On

I crossed off one item from my 2018 goals though which made me happy. We've had an empty frame in the bedroom for quite awhile and I selected a photo, printed it out and put it up on the wall! It was actually quite simple but there were a steps which felt cumbersome such as ordering photo paper and heading downstairs to print the photo. None of it took very long but it all added up. 

In other news, my new dishwasher was delivered by not installed. GAH! My old dishwasher caused some water damage to our cabinets and while we plan to upgrade the kitchen, that is a few years out. I did however need a new dishwasher (and it is a goal of 2018 to get one). The guys couldn't get it in the slot and said we need like 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch more room. My brother is going to bring over his belt sander and see if we can make some room. EEP! I'm crossing my fingers that this all works out without further issue and then we can replace the cabinets in a few years. 


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Week in Review 12.30.17

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It's almost the last day of 2017! We had a very quiet week which started with snow on Christmas Eve and ended with major cleaning of our basement. Scott was off work this week which meant we just flowed through the week. It was something we all needed as Molly and I recovered from being sick, Maggie was Maggie and Scott was able to relax. 

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Exercise

I got in 1 
workout this week- one barre3 class. I had to be forced into my workout. Luckily, my friends like to work out with me and asked me to work out with me. It was nice to take a break though as I think we all need a break at times. I'm ready to get back to it next week though and have already scheduled all my workouts. I'm also considering doing B3 All In with modifications on the workouts (because I love my boot camp too much!) but I'm not sure I want to do the prescribed food plan which excludes gluten and COFFEE! It's the coffee thing. 



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Food

We overindulged this week on food and about halfway through my body was crying out for more vegetables. I've started making simpler meals and finding them to be great. I made a sheet pan dinner the other night and was quite pleased with the easy clean-up and delicious meal. I'll be making more of these! 


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The Girls


The girls loved playing in the snow and wearing pajamas most of the week. We also hit up Playdate SEA one day to get some wiggles out. While the parking in that area is the pits, the girls LOVE Playdate SEA and are finally at an age where I can just sit at a table and knit while they run around. 

Maggie had her 4 year old well check and except for the shots, she thought it was great. Her doctor said she was healthy and sent us on our way. She did say that Maggie needs to watch less tv but honestly I don't think an hour a day is bad. *sigh* 

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Other Goings On

I also embarked on a LEGO organization system. It's been driving both Molly and I nuts to have the LEGOs just jumbled in a cabinet. I'm keeping it simple by organizing like colors into plastic shoeboxes. I know I'll be doing this again but so far, Molly is playing with her legos even more. I also love looking at the colors all organized. 

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 - A Year in Review

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2017 is coming to a close and while the political climate is not good, my year was pretty good, ok it was great! 


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We went on a ton of trips - Disneyland, the National Parks and lots of places nearby. I traveled for work and increased my client base. I exercised a lot. 


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I released a lot of feelings and belongings. We got a kitten! He destroyed things and I forgave him. 


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Molly started kindergarten and I started my elementary school volunteer career. 


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As for my goals, I completed 60% of them this year and I'm pretty happy about it! I did make great progress on 3 of the remaining 4 which is fantastic!

2017 Goals

1. Workout 217 times in 2017 - I did it! I got in 227 workouts in 2017. Having this goal really kept me focused on working out. It is something I really love to do but sometimes I fall off the wagon and running to catch up with it leaves me out of breath.


2. Participate in the Year of Creativity -  Our last theme was Hope and I have to say that I participated fully in this group. It got a bit too religious toward the end for me but otherwise it was really good and got me more into writing and developing my craft. 

3. Shoot one roll of film a month - I did well with this at the beginning of the year and then stumbled when it came to processing. I do think shooting film is a great way to work on my photo skills but this just wasn't the goal for me this year. 


4. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I'm about a third of the way through this goal and have a new deadline of March 15th for sending off my notebook. 


5. Finish my Miter Square Blanket - I stopped working on this goal sometime in June and never picked it back up. I plan to finish this in 2018. 

6. Read 52 books. - I almost did it! I read 46 books and loved most of them. 

7. Finish up various House Projects 

8. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - It took me all year but I have all the photos gathered into Flickr albums. The next step is making books for the girls. I have about 500 photos in each folder which means selecting photos is going to be a challenge. I might just have HUGE (i.e. expensive) books. I have a plan for continuing these. I have a monthly reminder to cull photos into albums and then in August/September a reminder to start the books for the year. I'm excited about getting caught up on this goal done by April 15th of next year. 

9. Become more politically active and work to be the change in my community. 

10. Learn how to make a really good stock 

Bonus Goal: Grow two new crops in my garden and add some chickens to my flock. 
 
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