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Lazy Day

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I don't feel like taking the little dog to get his nails done. I feel so lazy. Anyway, he's sleeping, too.

I hopped on the bike and watched "Breaking Amish." It was a pretty boring show, and after suffering through that, I didn't want to watch TV or do the bike anymore. I picked up a little bit and vacuumed, thinking if the carpet were clean, I could do some ST. But then "Judge Judy" didn't come on, so I turned off the TV and now feel like doing NOTHING.

So I haven't been completely worthless. I Freecycled some kitchen items, vacuumed, got 27 minutes of fitness in and started to write KOKITTY back (whose letter I received yesterday! Yayayayayay!).

But is that enough? After the small success of actually working on the lawn for a hot minute yesterday, I want to call it quits on working for the weekend, but I don't think I really should. And if I don't, where do I even begin? There's too much. Basics like folding laundry and doing dishes. Weird things like packing up my life so I can move it elsewhere. Self-improvement things like reading up on minimalism, to get inspired to get rid of more junk. Time-consuming things like cleaning baseboards. Gross things like cleaning the bathroom floor or figuring out the best way to get rid of the grime in the shower. Stuff I said I would do like taking Sammy to get his nails done. Then, the one thing I want to do...sleep. I don't think that many successful people sleep instead of doing other more valuable things, but gosh, how do you get in the mood to do anything?

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MARTY728 11/19/2012 1:12PM

    We emoticon The reason I wrote we is that I fall into the same trap consistently. emoticon

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KOKITTY 11/18/2012 7:22PM

    It can be hard to do something instead of nothing some days! I had a large grand list of things I was going to spend my weekend doing, but some serious nausea kept me mostly bedridden all of Saturday, and left me weak today. Needless to say, I didn't get in any workouts, didn't get in any cleaning, and the simple act of taking the dog to the dog park wore me out enough to merit a several hour nap (I took at least 4 2-3 hour naps yesterday!).

But sometimes the best we can do is one foot in front of the other. We may not feel like doing something, but doing even a little bit can help snowball us into feeling accomplished and to keep going! So good job getting in some fitness! And hooray for starting a letter back to me! You're on the right track.

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BEATLETOT 11/18/2012 6:26PM

    I got a few more things done today. I did the laundry, finished KOKITTY's letter, cleaned up a little more and worked on a box. I'm going to get ready for bed in half an hour, but I will finish the box before I do. And I got 12 minutes more exercise, too. =)

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RUTHXG 11/18/2012 3:12PM

    Oh, there are certain things I put off indefinitely (like cleaning baseboards!). And I can definitely waste time playing word games--though I tell myself it's good for my brain. But I have an aversion to just sitting around, or even sleeping during the day unless I'm exceptionally tired. I am blessed/cursed with the need to Make My Life Count, which means I do very little lollygagging. I think I'm still proving my mom wrong when she said I was lazy as a child. (Labeling is SO harmful!)

I think I'm greedy for that sense of fruitfulness, of having accomplished things. It's not really virtue, just wanting to feel good. emoticon

So just think about what will make you feel good at the end of the day. emoticon to you!

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Decent Day

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I got a workout in today, and I ate within my calorie range.

Overall, it was a productive day. I was extra-efficient with my work, clipped some coupons, and we spent time cleaning up the yard. We are soooo lazy; some branches fell during Hurricane Sandy, and we just now cleaned them up. Fortunately, my neighbor had some kind of saw that he used to help us. The exchange student helped, too; it was his first time doing yardwork. There's more work to do outside, but I don't know if we'll get any of it done tomorrow. We also got some of the kitchen stuff packed and put on Freecycle.

I'd like to get Sammy's nails done tomorrow, and a bit more packed. Some laundry? And of course, eating in-range and at least 10 minutes of fitness!

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RUTHXG 11/17/2012 9:58PM

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I had fun exercise today--my son & DIL are dog-sitter a very energetic dog named Abby, & I took her out for a walk/jog in the neighborhood & park. She wanted to go even faster when I was running, but I was at my limit. emoticon

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How to Reward a Kid

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I have a 16-year-old exchange student living with me. His report card came today, and he got "second honors," in spite of getting a D in his Bible class. The Bible class was actually a coup in itself, because he was failing and brought it up after I taught him how to look up Bible verses (why the teacher didn't see fit to teach him this, I do not know).

I think he deserves a celebration.

But what?

My SparkBud MEL_UNRAU wrote a blog about something similar today with her son:

But now I don't know what to do. I am, like, the least maternal person I know, so I'm at an even greater disadvantage than most. I'm more concerned about me than the kiddo. He's thin as a rail and isn't mine to raise. I think he's at an age where his psyche is not so tender as to be greatly affected by what his host parents for less-than-a-year do. And he loves my husband's macaroni and cheese (but really, everyone does) and his eyes lit up in the car when we told him we bought ingredients for pizza a few nights ago (WW TJ's crust and lots of veggies...not a nightmare). I don't know much else about his interests, except, well, watching horrible TV meant for 6-year-old girls. I'm in the process of moving, so taking him to a movie like MEL_UNRAU mentioned is not really an option, and anyway, I hate movies.

So is it okay to reward him with food? Especially food that I also like? And what are some other ideas?

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SEATTLESIMS 11/19/2012 12:54PM

    What about renting a movie? Fun food and movie night could be a big hit! With a game too boot.. or 16 year old boy, take him and a friend to an Arcade and let them play while you sit back and read a book, or shop around near by?

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/19/2012 11:13AM

    I think a food reward is ok - it's when every little thing becomes a celebration that it can be a problem. but it doesn't sound like you'll have that problem and neither will he. Also, I like Ruth's idea. What about Boggle (my personal fav)?

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RUTHXG 11/14/2012 11:57PM

    Yes! Celebration is in order! I think it's fine to reward him with food, as long as it's not ridiculously unhealthy kinds & amounts. But what about a cool game? Bananagrams! He could have fun making crosswords in English & his own language!

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CELLOSONG 11/14/2012 6:42PM

    haha wait..TV meant for 6-year-old girls? Does he watch My Little Pony!? If so, buying him a My Little Pony toy would make his day.

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Maybe Not That Big a Deal, but I'm Still Beside Myself

Monday, October 15, 2012

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 30. My driver's license expired.

Last week, I filled out the form to renew online and printed out the temporary license. This morning, I saw it as I was walking out the door and figured that even though I've not been pulled over for about 13 years, I would put it in the glovebox just in case.

And it's a good thing I did.

Because I got pulled over today for expired inspection. I knew the sticker on the windshield was expired, but I thought my husband had sent in whatever needed to be sent in and everything was taken care of. I didn't realize that the sticker on the windshield wasn't something you got in the mail.

Which, don't get me wrong, I know is my responsibility.

But I am still SO UPSET that he TICKETED me for my expired inspection. It expired 15 days ago, and yesterday was my birthday! I know none of this actually matters, but I wish it had!

I cried the whole way to the gas station. The guy felt bad for me, with my red, puffy eyes, that he gave me a discount on my inspection. I know it's not that big a deal. I know it happens, but I hate, hate getting in trouble.

And I'm okay with a ticket. I'm okay with being pulled over, but I don't NEED a court date to do what I'm supposed to. And I'm going to court...I'm not paying this unless a judge makes me. If it were something I could just mail in, I'd be okay with it, but in addition to giving me a ticket, he gave me a CHORE.

I just want this over with. I'm calling tomorrow to see if I can move up my DECEMBER FOURTH court date. Anyone know if courts generally do that?

Especially because shortly after I came home, I got an offer for that job for which I interviewed last week. I'm going to have to counteroffer, but if they do accept my counter, I don't want to have to sit around here waiting for a stupid court date for a stupid inspection that was two stupid weeks overdue.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/31/2012 1:57PM

    Ugh, that sounds so frustrating! Ahh congrats on the job offer! I'm trying to catch up on my feed so I'll have to see if they accepted your counter and what's going on with that!

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AMYLONGHORN 10/27/2012 11:28AM

    OK I am *so* late to this party, and I don't think we talked about this on the phone, but I had the same thing happen to me, remember? When I was in Virginia, I didn't want to get my plates and registration changed from Texas, and I went like five months before I ended up getting pulled over. I had to get an inspection and deal with registration/license plates (which took a couple of hours during the work day!), but when I went to court with proof I took care of everything, my ticket got dismissed! Good luck and keep me posted on how it goes!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/18/2012 8:25AM

    Usually you can pay those online. It should say on the ticket.

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KATELAU1 10/16/2012 1:13PM

    Tickets totally are no fun. I deal with them on the other end. I work in a court office. What our city does is if you receive a ticket for expired registration and if it's only been expired for a short period of time, like yours was, they give 10 days to fix the issue, show proof and then the ticket is withdrawn. No money to be paid. No court date. Basically a compliance ticket.

Not everyone is the same. Courts in the same county can do things differently. What can also happen is if you go to court, they may give you a break. Again not every court is the same, but our Judge will dismiss the ticket with some minor costs. I don't know how much the ticket is for, but hopefully you won't have to pay anything at all or at least not the full amount.

Even though court is a big pain in the butt, it might still be worth your time if they will reduce the charge and/or fine.

Good luck! I hope the Judge is awesome and give you a huge break. Especially since you resolved the registration right away.

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/16/2012 2:54AM

    hope the days get better

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JUNESHOPE 10/15/2012 10:07PM

    emoticon Sorry about that. It seems like the officer would just have given you a warning for 15 days... Sounds like a terd to me. I would go to court too.

emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday... emoticon

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REBECCATKD 10/15/2012 9:54PM

    A belated Happy Birthday to you! And congrats on the job offer!!

As for the ticket...maybe call the police department? Show that you, in good faith, got your inspection done immediately after you realized it was needed. Maybe they'll be able to do something?

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BEATLETOT 10/15/2012 7:23PM

    I could just pay the ticket and forget it, but depending on how much it is, I don't want to! I can't think of any amount I'd want to pay. I want to go to court and get the damn thing dismissed, but I don't want to wait till December to do it.

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CARLYG8 10/15/2012 7:19PM

    I can't imagine why any city would want to tie up their court systems...even traffic court--for a ticket on an expired inspection. I would read the back of the ticket. Usually they give you an option to just pay by mail/online OR go to court to fight the ticket. And they do usually assign the traffic court date because it may not be held every day (once a month out here in no-whereville!) but that doesnt mean you have to go to court.

If you do want to go to court, you should be able to go earlier (if it is available) if you explain that you are possibly moving out of the area.

I am sorry you had to go through all this...especially on a Monday, and the day after your birthday. ~hugs~

Congrats on the job offer! Are you excited about the prospect of moving there? If so, I hope they accept your counter and everything goes smoothly for you. Good luck!!

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RDGISME 10/15/2012 7:12PM

    Congrats on the job offer!! And about the ticket: I have mailed in a payment and avoided the court appearance that way. I plead no contest, but where as you contest that ticket I'm not positive about the court date...Good luck!!

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RUTHXG 10/15/2012 6:53PM

    emoticon on the job offer! That's so exciting--I hope they say yes to your counteroffer!!

BOO on the ticket, of course. The cop may have been anxious to make his quota. If it helps at all, this fall I got my first moving violation EVER!! for going through a red light. We have cameras at so many intersections now, & they are merciless. The series of photos included with the ticket left no wiggle room.

Weird that you can't just mail in the ticket with a check, or pay it online!


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Aiming for Perfection

Saturday, October 06, 2012

They say you shouldn't do that.

They say that you're setting yourself up for failure, for giving up, for disappointment.

I've already failed, I'm ready to give up, and I'm already disappointed.

Clearly, my haphazard, unsystematic methods haven't been working. They have culminated into my highest weight ever. EVER.

So now I'm aiming for perfection.

I'm not accepting excuses. I'm not eating waffles or mac and cheese. I'm not going to eyeball portions. I'm not taking cookies and cakes from co-workers. I'm not drinking alcohol. I'm not not working out. I'm not not getting enough sleep for any reason.

I have a fulltime job and a part-time job. I just hired myself on for another part-time job--losing weight and getting healthy.

Of course, I'm not perfect. I will probably do some things that take me further, rather than closer to my goal. But it's not okay when that happens. It's not "Oh, well." It's not something to be blase about. No. Haphazardry ends now.

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/10/2012 4:20PM

    Aim for the moon and you land among the stars :)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/8/2012 12:12PM

    Wow this is great emoticon I mean emoticon
I have to start being stricter, too!

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HONBAD 10/7/2012 9:08AM

    You are smart to think of it like a part-time job!! I like that way of looking at a healthy lifestyle. Cuts down on the excuses!

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CARRAND 10/6/2012 10:17PM

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CARLYG8 10/6/2012 6:47PM

    Oh, how I could have written this blog myself. I was saying the same things to myself as I added my weigh in this morning. I am starting this challenge .02 pounds less than the summer challenge. Really? All I have to show for the last 3+ months is .02 lost?? I can do better than that! I will do better than that! So, my little starfish sister...I am in the battle with you!! Love ya girl!! emoticon emoticon

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RUTHXG 10/6/2012 6:36PM

    I know how it is to feel disappointed in oneself but then find ways to shrug it off. If you pick yourself up again & get back on track, that's great--but too often shrugging it off, for me anyway, means letting myself do more of the same. I'm proud of you for mustering your determination & shooting high.


And thanks again for the virtual $$. I'm happy to have any kind of $, even virtual. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 10/6/2012 12:41PM

    None of us are perfect. Just keep trying your best!

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