Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week in Review 4.14.18

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We spent this week in Maui, Hawaii on Spring Break. It was a wonderfully relaxing time where we slept a ton, played in the pool and explored the Road to Hana. The girls loved splashing at the Pirate Pool before discovering that the big pool had a slide which led them to ditch the Pirate Pool. 

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Exercise

I somehow got in 3 workouts this week. I went swimming twice and did a hike on the Road to Hana. It was nice to really be on vacation though and just chill out. I'm not very good at chilling out but this week I really did. 


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Food

Food was amazing this week! Maui has some of the freshest and most delicious food which I enjoyed to my fullest. I had amazing seared ahi tacos, korean beef tater tots, hula pie and more. It was so good. We also ate many meals in our condo and had an old fashioned lunch of PB&J with apples and chips on the Road to Hana. I think the kids liked that meal the best. 

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The Girls


The girls were in heaven this week. They got to swim all they wanted, watch all the tv they wanted and eat all the food we normally limit. They got a little sunburned, a little over sugared and had a whole lot of fun! 

All in all, it was a nice relaxing week without much to report on. I'll share our trip up the Road to Hana soon. 


Saturday, April 07, 2018

Week in Review 4.7.18

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The week before vacation is always filled with the humdrum of getting ready to leave. I did lots of laundry, cleaned a bunch, packed, packed and packed some more and ordered a bunch of things in a panic. All in all, I got it done. 


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Exercise

I only got in 2 workouts this week. I did two boot camp classes and I decided that was ok. Even though I'm probably not going to get any workouts in next week, I just don't care right now. I may have pushed it too hard last week. Oops! 


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Food

I visited the Seattle Biscuit Company this week for a piece I'm working on it and it was amazing! I ordered a ton of food and took some home for our construction guy. Delicious! Seriously, these biscuits are like heaven! 

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The Girls


The girls started swim again this week. It's a crunch to get Molly from school at 2:20 pm and to the pool for her 2:30 pm lesson but we made it work. 

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Other Goings On

I started my 100 Day Project this week. I'm already having so much fun with my Instax and figuring out how to take the best photos with it. I'm being conservative because film is expensive! You can follow my progress on Instagram with the hashtag #100daysofreebeckiinstax.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

April Goals


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I really liked having set goals for March and while I may not have accomplished all of them, they gave me great direction and helped me focus. 


Here is how I did on my March goals:


  1. Exercise 20 times - I worked out 22 times! 
  2. Complete "The Artist's Way" - Finished this up! 
  3. Embrace Minimalism by doing the Minimalist Game - Follow along on Instagram at ReeBeckiMinimalistGame - I did this and purged more than 450 items from my house!
  4. Read Moby Dick - I started but did not finish this book. 
  5. Catch up on my reading of the Bible - I'm nearly caught up! 
  6. Knit Nanoo - Still working on this.
  7. Knit my March Hat for charity - DONE! 
  8.  Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I  - I'm thinking about tossing this goal aside. 
  9. Deep Clean and Purge the Living Room, Bathroom and my Bedroom - I did everything but clean the Living Room windows. 
  10. Inventory and Purge my Yarn Stash - I did a good purge but now need to organize my yarn into Ravelry. 

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With that in mind, here are my goals for April! These include some 2018 goals and some specific goals for April. 

April Goals


  1. Exercise 18 times (Spring Break might hinder some of my workouts) 
  2. Buy a trellis for my garden
  3. Catch up on the Bible
  4. Read Moby Dick
  5. Knit Nanoo
  6. Knit my April Hat for charity 
  7. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books 
  8. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Den 
  9. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Float On...

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to check out Urban Float and try out floating for myself. I am not somebody who can relax easily and usually has a million things going on so I was intrigued by the concept of floating in salt water for an hour. 

I arrived at Urban Float and was led back to my float room. There was a large pod in the center of the room and I was told about the lights, how the lid worked and what to do if I got salt water in my ears or eyes. I quickly disrobed and hopped on into the water. I decided to wear a swimsuit because I wasn't sure if you floated naked or not. I'm kinda glad I wore a suit but know if you decide to wear one that you need to really rinse it out once you are done. I did a preliminary rinse but needed to wash and soak my suit later that night. 

I slid into the water and adjusted my body to a nice floating positing. I opt'd to leave the lights on but closed the lid. You can either leave it open or close it. They recommend closing it to keep your body warm. I ended up having to crack the lid when I got too steamy about 20 minutes in. I honestly had a hard time relaxing and while there was lovely music playing, got completely bored about 40 minutes into the float. I feel like 30 minutes would have been plenty for me. I tried to hang out but after 45 minutes got out and took a long shower in the provided showers. The salt water quickly started to dry on my skin and took some effort to wash off.


Overall, I'd say the experience was good. I still have a few more floats available for use but I'm not sure if I'll use them or not. The whole experience took about an hour and a half which is a lot for my schedule. However,  I could really see the benefits of relaxing and floating. It would be really good for injury healing. 


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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Monthly Goal Check-in (March)

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2018 Goals


  1. Workout 218 times in 2018 - I worked out 22 times in March. My goal was 20 times and I did it! I'm at 60 workouts for the year. 
  2. Go Skiing 
  3. Complete "The Artist's Way" - I didn't do this perfectly but I did it. I'm so happy I did it again and I'm thrilled to be done. I abandoned the morning pages in February and tried to do them a few times but honestly mornings are already perfect and early for me so I wasn't interested in getting up earlier to write. The tasks were good and I'm DONE! 
  4. Learn Hand Lettering - This goal is still waiting for me to tackle.   
  5. Paint the Bathroom - I think I'm going to tackle this goal in May. 
  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 - This is a May goal.  Buy a new dishwasher 
  9. Buy a new dishwasher 
  10. Embrace Minimalism by doing the Minimalist Game for an entire month - This was a hairy, beast of a goal but I did it! It felt good to get rid of so much stuff. I cleared out long ignored drawers, emptied closets and just go rid of stuff. You can see everything I purged on Instagram at ReeBeckiMinimalistGame
  11. Reduce our food bill and food waste - I continued to work hard at this goal and did fairly well.  
  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 love it but I need brain power and quiet to read which is hard to find around here. 
  13. Read the Bible - I'm not quite caught up but I'm almost there. I'm still enjoying this goal and will be totally caught up in April.  
  14. Knit Nanoo - Nanoo! I emailed back and forth with the designer and figured out my issue. I didn't finish this though as I needed to finish another sweater for Maggie and a baby hat for a friend.  
  15. Knit 12 hats for charity - I finished my March hat and am ready to tackle my April Hat. 
  16. Repeat Goal: Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I started to work on this but then felt a bit of dread. I'm actually thinking of tossing this goal aside. 
  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!
 
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