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april already!

last week i was at the library and when i signed out my stuff the librarian said “blablabla, movies are due april 4th”  and my eyes bugged out of my head and i blurted “april?!! really?  already!”  the poor librarian took a step back in shock at my enthusiastic blurt, but confirmed the fact that i have no concept of time.   so here we are, it’s april.

first order of business: i finished up my monthly self-bettering thing with kicking the habit of crossing my legs.  remember that my criteria had to be that it was simple, and something i could do even if i chopped a hand off or the plague re-visited my family.    i’ve been wanting to stop crossing my legs for years, actually.  i’m one of those people who hate having habits.  i don’t even like putting my socks on the same foot first each time, or developing a pattern of right foot one day, left foot the other.    it needs to be unpredictable, random and chaotic to fit into my life, i’m quirky that way.    at first it was difficult because my short legs left my feet dangling in some cases, and i didn’t want my posture to suffer, but it was just 2 weeks to finish off march, and by the end of it all i’d figured it out.  enthralling right?  yeah, you wish you were me.

so for april’s self-bettering thing, it should be another healthy month because i like to do those every 3 months, but i’m still actually counting the calories and stuff like i was in january. it’s like healthy month never ended- yay! that’s kind of the point of these month-at-a-time things-  trying to form habits by be disciplined for a measly month.  april’s official habit that i’ll try to form is to play with my kids every day.

i know i’m a homeschooler, so i see my kids all day every day; but after we’ve done our school work for the day, we tend to part ways and do our own thing or run errands or whatever.  for the last two days i’ve been playing more with the kids, and really enjoying it.  i thought that i would feel like i have no time to myself or that house work wasn’t getting done, but  there’s time for all of it and investing in the kids is always rewarding on it’s own.  we’ve always had dance parties, wrestled, and played spontaneously, but this month is INTENTIONAL play time with the kidlets every single day.

i’m off to play pokémon with elliot!  another post coming soon about making sushi, and there’s been a post brewing about elliot and his awesomeness for a long time.

April 2, 2011 at 15:25 1 comment

impaired and liberated

so you know how i’m trying to be all self-disciplined for a month and do the fly lady routine?
like seriously, loathe and detest it.  i’ve gone through chocolate-free months and i’d way rather do that than what the fly lady wants me to do.  i totally abandoned her, and so i blame her for my failure.  she’s really not getting any points from me.

aside from how much i abhor getting the fly lady emails (even though i only get one a day now after a few fancy filters were applied to my gmail account), my kids have been sick since the beginning of the month.  basically since we went to great wolf lodge, they’ve been trading one sickness for another and then trading with each other.  so i’ve been trying to keep up with my self-prescribed daily routine but it’s been quite the challenge to get anything extra done around the house.

and aside from ALL THAT! i burned my hand with stove-cleaning chemicals and have been walking around with only a left hand for the last 3 days.  in fact, this is the first day that i can actually handle typing without agony shooting through my fingers.

to take this picture i had to wrap the camera strap around my neck several times and then reach across my body to press the trigger with my left hand.   (also while i was taking the picture my mom phoned me and i nearly strangled myself trying to talk on the phone and remove the strap from my neck at the same time).   my hand transformed into a 90 year-old woman’s wrinkly crusty appendage and the tips of my fingers were eaten away by chemical.  my index finger and thumb lost all sensory perception and pits of open oozy skin formed just under the nails.    don’t bother asking which stove cleaner it was, because i don’t know.  it was given to me by my mom who got it from my uncle roly who sells used appliances and it’s the magic goo that he uses to clean things up for resale.  it resides in a vintage cheese whiz jar with a hand-written warning to wear gloves on it.  i didn’t, and i’m a bone head.

so i’m officially quitting fly lady month.  i stuck to the morning and evening routines, organized several cupboards, cleaned out my van,  decluttered a few rooms, closets, storage areas and i feel like i’ve accomplished enough and i’m ready to move on to something that’ll make me feel successful.   any suggestions for what i should do for the rest of march?  i was thinking of something über-simple that won’t flop if my kids get sick or if i lose another hand- maybe sit-ups every day?

one of the positive things that came from the ordeal of last month, was that i found food in my cupboards that had been awaiting its intended purpose for months (and maybe longer, to be honest).  one of those things was a can of pumpkin purée.  i’m pretty sure i bought it because once julie made a pumpkin roll of some sort and i liked it. that would be when jules still lived in the same region as me- say 4 years ago?  5?   oh.. yeah, didn’t really realize that it had been that long until i typed it out.  canned stuff doesn’t go bad right?  ahem.

just gonna go with the assumption that that stuff doesn’t go bad and press ahead here.  tonight i had to cancel on youth group again because elliot was telling me that his stomach was really sore and that he might puke (but strangely enough he was able to eat a full supper and polish off one of the most amazing brownies ever– please click that link!), so i stayed home and baked.

funny how i got to this tangent because of the canned pumpkin, but you can’t really see it’s fruit in the photo– i apparently inhaled stove-cleaner fumes as well.  anywho… the speckled muffins behind the bread are pumpkin chocolate chip.  the smaller blurrier ones are oatmeal chocolate chip, and what you can’t see is a bag of pumpkin pancake batter to be cooked up for breakfast tomorrow morning.  remember my plug for allrecipes in my last post?  all of those links point to recipes from there.

the bread is amish white bread, and i never make white bread!   part of me is hoping that it tastes great and is thankful for my inability to find whole wheat flour anywhere, and another [much smaller] part of me is hoping that it tastes awful and i’ll thankfully go back to my healthy bread when this stuff is all used up.  i can’t actually vouch for the tastiness of any of these baked goods because i’ve got a tray of those awesome brownies that are demanding all of my mouth’s attention; but everything smelled good and the important thing is that i’ve got 80% of the use of my dominant hand back, the can of pumpkin purée is used up, and i’m done fly lady month!



March 10, 2011 at 23:00 2 comments

faux lady

response was pretty good for the “fly lady month” idea, but not surprisingly we were all pretty united on the loathing multiple emails front.  i think i was up to 12 emails today when i unsubscribed from her mailing list.

some asked that i post a simplified list each day, and i’m cool with that, so long as madame fly doesn’t think i’m trying to rip off her ideas.  full credit given here:  i’m posting fly lady stuff.

so.  morning routine, joan twist:

  • first thing, make time for God here.  praying, reading bible, whatever.  i do it in bed because once i’m up, chances are slim to none that this will get done or won’t be quality if it does.
  • change out of PJs, make bed.
  • check calendar.
  • know what’s for supper.
  • clean bathroom.
  • feed family

FL has more stuff here, but i homeschool so i do laundry and such as lulls in school permit.  it’s better for me that way than  one after the other.

during the day:

  • set a timer for 15 minutes and declutter/organise something.  today i did my food cupboard.  long time coming.
  • she has specific stuff for during the day, each day.  i think today’s is “declutter the right side of your computer desk” and “scrub the doorknobs and switch plates in your bathroom”. if you’re interested in me passing the dailys along, let me know and i’ll inbox those to you on facebook.  i’m not going to publish it to my blog each day =P

before bed:

  • make sure i’m waking up to a clean house so i’m not distracted the next day.
  • lay out clothes for the next day.
  • go to bed at a normal-person hour.

another thing that i’m trying to do is get my kids into the routine as well.  mostly just having them make their beds and get dressed while i’m doing the bathroom etc.

that’s a more detailed account of what this month of self-discipline involves for me.  again, let me know if you want the facebook emails and i’ll hook you up.

February 15, 2011 at 14:57 1 comment

quotation marks abound

i’ve been thinking about my next “month” thing that i wanted to do, now that healthy month is over.  one friend (i don’t remember which one of you suggested this, but you’re awesome) gave me the idea of going the complete opposite way with un-healthy month.  if health wasn’t a relevant factor, i would totally do that one!

lately i’ve noticed that all of my pre-september-school-chaos organisation has gone the way of the crazy, and i’m not happy with that.  i toyed with “go to bed with a clean house” month, and “organise for 15 minutes each day” month, and various other renditions, but i think that i need to go even more basic than that.

a while ago my friend kristi-anna referred to “the fly lady” on her blog, and curiously i investigated what in the world that was.  the website is horrible, but the principles on the site are really helpful.  stuff like “get dressed when you wake up” instead of staying your super comfy pyjama pants all the live long day.  and “set your timer for 15 minutes and clean ____ room”.  just helpful nudges to send you/me in the right direction.

i’ve tried this before, and learned that i have to sift through some stuff to make it more personal.  like i’m going to get dressed each morning, but not in shoes.  i think americans do that, of which i am not one.   and i’m not going to “shine my sink” each night, although i’ll make sure the dishes are done.  just little alterations, if you will.

there’s a 31 day habit forming thing here, and i signed up for the daily emails that will give me assignments each day (for example: today we’re going to organize the cutlery drawer).  if you’d like to join me, this monthly adventure starts tomorrow: february 15th and goes until whenever the 31 days are over in march.

i’m actually NOT looking forward to this self-bettering month.  i look at cleaning as a necessary evil, and if audiobooks and ipods had never been invented, i’d still be shoving my dirty dishes into the oven, sweeping under the area rugs, and i’d probably have progressed to paper dishes and a roomba.    i’m not even looking forward to hitting “publish” on this post, because that locks me in to this goal that pales soooo much in comparison to junk food month.

maybe i’ll buy a big ol’ bag of gummi bears to help me through each task.

February 14, 2011 at 17:08 1 comment

how’s healthy month going?

when i posted the invitation to join me in my 30-days of healthitude, i got quite a few responses of people committing to exercise, eat well, or be generally healthier.  we’re 20 days in, and i’m curious to know how you’re all doing!  for my part, things are going like this:

commitment #1: drink water.  gonna give myself a B- in this one, because there have been days where i could have hit my quota, but was feeling belligerent about the whole thing.
commitment #2: exercise 3x/week.   that one deserves an A++  ’cause i’ve been exceeding that one without fail.  very little of the exercise has been at the gym though, since by the time the kids and i are done walking all over the city (now that we only have the one vehicle) and once i’m done shovelling our huge driveway every day that it snows, i’m pretty beat!  when i go a day without exercise and no snow in the forecast, i hit up the Y and bike for a while.
commitment #3: food.  i decided to count calories instead of omitting junk.  i love junk!  i use the LoseIt! app on my ipod touch to count calories, and it’s just the best one out there.  i’ve tried a few, but the ability to input my own recipes and figure out calories/serving is pretty much the handiest thing ever.  i give myself a B for this one because although i’ve been awesomely under-budget for each week, there was one day that i went extremely over (ahem… knitting party!).

so that’s where i’m at two-thirds through this healthy month.  what about you guys?  also, if you’ve found a tool that helps you stay motivated, please share.  when i went searching for a link for the LoseIt! app, i discovered that you can actually just use your PC if you don’t have an iphone or ipod touch.  i recommend checking it out!

January 26, 2011 at 22:49 2 comments

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