Monday, January 27, 2014

Decorating the Walls--A Monday Minute

Decorating a house is daunting. There is just so much wall space.

I did make some head way with the guest bedroom this weekend though. I'm going for a nature-y, rustic, bird type-theme. Or something.

We painted the room blue and I found these sheets that I really liked
Bird hook found at Hobby Lobby


Can't see them too well, but metal decor from a local shop in town
Metal bird decor from Hobby Lobby

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Planning is a good thing

There is one prepping thing I can do rather well.
During the week I pick out my clothes and pack my lunch the night before.
I have been doing this for over a year and it is a life-saver.
I don't lose all the time I have in the morning trying to rush around getting food ready.
Lunch bag in the fridge, ready to go
 And I don't fall into the trap of 'I have nothing to wear' and waste time trying to find something while flinging clothes around. Completely avoiding making a messy pile of clothes in the process. So much win.
I hang up the next day's outfit or put it on the shelf
Do I always want to do this at night? No! There are some nights I rather just lay like a lump on the couch. But really, more often then not it is just an automatic thing.

Planning is awesome.

Now, if I could apply this mind set to the other areas of my life. Like dinner planning.  I did plan this week's dinners. I have done it before too. But it's more of an on and off again thing that I want to get better with. Saving us from the, 'What do you want', 'I don't know, what do you want' game. Which is not fun when you are hungry and just want to eat.


Prior proper planning prevents poor performance!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Need More Layers- A Monday Moment


I think this comic sums today up...


I did however get the chance to wear my very much treasured but rarely worn because someone will touch me I will spill something on it, white pea coat.


And it was awesome!

Also, laser-beam cat eyes.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Break is over, onto 2014



While beautiful, I don't miss the freezing cold! (Kentucky, 2009)

Baby it's cold outside...
A cold snap blowing in. Nothing below 0 degree, or snow down here, but definitely down into the teens and twenties. Quite a way to welcome back the work week. I dug out the sweaters and wool coat. And two pairs of gloves, scarf, ear muffs…(call me a weenie if you must)






 Running and running...
My excited face
I did get in two runs, but skipped one run. 67% success rate here! Yay...maybe?

6 days and counting until my halves halfs half marathons. Yes two, back to back. Saturday and then Sunday, with a three hour drive in between.
Some how I got talked into this running fun about 3 weeks ago. I kind of trained by throwing in some back to back training long runs for the last 3 weeks. Basically winging it though!
But it will be exciting, a new first!





Just take a look, it's in a book...
I have had ample reading time over the last few days. I’m in the middle of Beautiful Creatures on my Nook Simple Touch. I really like the Nook. It is light, easy to use and quick to respond. I’m a simple person. This isn’t my first e-book, but I did just upgrade to the Simple Touch when they were on sale from the original Nook and it is a good improvement.

 Should old acquaintances be forgot... 
As for my January Resolution of more Communication and Connecting it’s going pretty good. I’m answering calls, texts and Facebook postings/mesages. Chilled with our friends a couple of times. I did hide away today though. I had schemes of trying to invite some friends out to the movies today since it’s cheaper on Sunday but chickened out.
Will work on following through with my schemes and not just letting them float away.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Resolution Time



New Year’s Resolutions.
Good ideas that are usually way too broad to keep.
I do so like to try though. My resolutions need to be smaller steps that I can and will do. More verbs. Not just flowery statements of lofty goals. Also, small time chunks because my attention span lasts about 3 weeks. I’m going to stretch them into a month (4 weeks) since it is an easier measurement of time. 

http://thedoghousediaries.com/
Resolutions I can keep from DOGHOUSE DIARIES


New Year’s Resolutions 2014 Edition

I’m going to once again fall back on the account and advice of Gretchen Rubin who wrote “The Happiness Project”.
http://gretchenrubin.com/She took a whole year and divided her resolutions into the twelve months. One resolution per month. Each month had several smaller/specific steps that she would follow to reach her overall resolution. It’s really a good book and an easy read.

I haven’t plotted a whole 12 months worth of resolution yet. I’m going to create this happiness project as I go.

For January I resolve to communicate and stay connected better.
I tend to crawl into my hidey-hole and ignore the world at times. This leads me to feelings of guilt for not calling people back, letting friendships slip away, missing birthday present opportunities and so forth.
I do like time to myself being the introverted person that I am. But I’m really not that introverted I need to go full on cave hermit.

The break down:
* Call people and respond to calls in a timely manner (also texts)
* Letter and cards are good ways to stay connected
* Reach out and call past friends I let drift away
*Start and cultivate outings and/or groups (book club, run/walk/exercise with people, plan outings more frequently)

Happy New Years from our New Year's crab and our Moon Pie stash

In Mobile, AL they throw Moon Pies during their parade
 


Monday, December 30, 2013

To Be Read Pile...2014

Last year I joined in on the blog, Bookish TBR challenge. I made a list of books that had been languishing on my bookshelf that needed me to come rescue them. I love buying or getting books, but sometimes don't make time to read them.

It was definitely a success for me and really had me reading. I read 17 books during 2013 challenge.

So I made my list for 2014, checked it twice. (I had to go back and get the e-books I got, forgot about them). And I'm ready to dive in.





For the TBR 2014 Challenge there are 6 levels:

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children


Since I managed 17 books last year, I'm going to stretch into:

21-30 - First Kiss

Oh la, la.


Here's my TBR list for fun:

A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini
A Patchwork Planet- Anne Taylor
What Night Forgets- Don Yorty
The Road- Cormac McCarthy
Dead Until Dark- Charlain Harris
Brisinger -Christopher Paolini
Ranger's Apprentice Series- John Flanagan
Fable Haven- Brandon Mull
Alice 19th-Yuu Watase
Sailormoon- Naoko Takeuchi
Odd Hours- Dean Koontz
The Teahouse Fire- 
Wizard's First Rule- Terry Goodkind
Chrestomanci- Diana Wynn Jones
Watership Down- Richard Adams
Cinder- Marissa Meyer
Scarlet- Marissa Meyer
Fool- Christopher Moore
She Went All the Way- Meg Cabot
The Color of Magic- Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times- Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell- Susanna Clarke
Percy Jackson and the Olympains- Rick Riordan
Stardust- Neil Gaiman
Daughter of the Forest- Juliet Marillier
The Diviners- Libba Bray
Beautiful Darkness- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Cloud Atlas- David Mitchell
Austenland- Shannon Hale
City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare
Beloved- Toni Morrison
Ending An Ending- Danny Birt
Esperanza Rising- Pam Munoz Ryan
Ouran High School Host Club-Bisco Hatori
The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster
Chronicles of the Black Company- Glenn Cook
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Enclave-Ann Aguirre
Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor
Delirium-Lauren Oliver
Selection- Kiera Cass
Little Women-Louisa May Alcott






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I Did Run

Yesterday I bugged off running because it was dark out and I'm too easily talked out of things when it food time.

I made up for it today. 5 miles done.
My splits were not very encouraging though. They were up and down and all around.

Just when I'm starting to think I can pull of a sub 2 half marathon...

I'm hoping it was just left over sluggishness from lots of yummy Thanksgiving food and actually having to be at work again.

Kind of a bum other-wise though. I checked to see if the wreath I have will fit over my mailbox for decorating purposes. They are big on decorating mailboxes out here, I have to keep up with them!

Here is our happy mantle that I did get done and Christmas tree.





I am really not the greatest picture taker. I'm sure if I knew about lighting and whatever else these would look so much more awesome instead of yellow-like. 
Oh, well

Christmas lights are awesome and I so enjoy having something to look at when I run at night.