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May Goal Results

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds
still ~5-6 lbs over goal range at month end but this has changed for June

3) Do some sort of housecleaning or maintenance daily

5) Finalize my budget by the end of Jan and stick to it to pay off at least 3 loans by Dec.
Debt #3 to be paid in June

6) Ready to test for black belt by end of June:
6c) Make terminology flashcards by end of February; review weekly until testing
Have not been reviewing weekly

6d) Assist in 4 classes per month (20 total required)
Ahead of schedule, have 17 classes of 20 needed by end of May; 3 more to go

6e) Learn and master sais kata
Have learned most of the form, need to confirm the final few steps next week

6f) Keep running so as to maintain ability to run 2 miles in 18 minutes
My 90 seconds is still missing because I was barely running in May. This has changed in June

6g) Be able to do 55 pushups in May; 60 in June

7) Goal revamped – finish mailbox / light switches / outlets / floors / doors / ceiling fans / curtains before I move, timing TBD
2 doors & ceiling fans installed, mailbox finished, switches & outlets finished, floors done (the ones I had planned to do, now I have to do the small bathroom floor which I had not planned on); 3 doors left to do

8) Postponed to 2013 - Run my first marathon by October 21
My priority is black belt testing; I will aim for the Paris marathon in April 2013.

9) Other goals as they occur to me.
Refinanced my car; tested for & earned my new professional certification; finalized my expatriate employment contract; closed out the kids’ high school records

10) Have fun and stress less!

11) NEW GOAL - weekly pushup challenge
Doing 5 sets of pushups, 6 days per week. Currently at 5 sets of 30 plus extras during karate training class.

2) Become a half fanatic by the end of August
4) Break my dependence on Splenda
6b) Ni kyoso suro no kata approved in February; Bassai kata approved in March

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TRI_BABE 6/29/2012 6:43PM

    Good job ! And yeah, Splenda (or anything artificial) is bad news to me.

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DEZZIEJAMES 6/16/2012 12:10PM

    I saw more emoticon than emoticon, which looks quite successful to me!!!!

Especially the having fun part....

Have a good day!

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JUDYAMK 6/15/2012 9:25PM

    I like how you write down your goals gives me an idea thanks. You are a woman on the go looking straight ahead & running to meet meet you expectations awesome you!!!!

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MCJULIEO 6/14/2012 11:26AM

    I bow to your Wonderfulness!

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    Oh, you're just amazing! Way to hang in there and get it going! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 6/14/2012 2:44AM

    pretty good ... and getting better! way to go!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/13/2012 8:28PM

    There sure are a lot of "thumbs up" there--way to go!

Best of luck with your goals.

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Getting things done

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I've always known I work better under pressure. And now that I have deadlines things are finally getting done. Not necessarily the way I would have done them had I had plenty of time to save for the materials I wanted, but at least done well enough to get through the next few years.

I finally have carpet in the living room and the tile gone on the rest of the floor. I got my garage cleaned just in time to trash it again with a huge pile of tile & subflooring torn up from the house. My parents were in town to visit last week and my Dad stayed a few extra days to put the floor down. He put up the door trim around the bedroom doors and fixed the 2 doors that the last handyman hung a few weeks ago. Apparently the handyman did a craptastic job, according to my Dad who is a carpenter. So out of curiosity I asked him how well my and my daughter's bedroom doors had been hung...mine was not bad and my daughter's was "damn near perfect". Guess who hung the door to my daughter's room?


I am emoticon even if it did take me 2 weeks to do it.

He also fixed the broken stair riser in the garage for me. And I had to call an electrician last Monday since a breaker kept tripping and wouldn't reset. Turned out a wire went bad, possibly because the doorbell transformer blew. So he came back on Friday to fix that and while he was here I had him fix the 2 light switches that were giving me fits and move a third light switch from one side of a room to the other. He also showed me how to determine which wire gets connected to which screw for a 3-way switch so I was able to install the last 3 of them myself and fix a 4th I had mis-connected originally. So the electrical is done and I am FINALLY finished with the switches and outlets. Except for 1 outlet which is making me crazy b/c the wiring in the dining room is too heavy a gauge for the plugs I used so I have 1 single plug in the whole house which is different. It is a constant irritant to me so I am picking brains on how to make it work (safely of course) with the plug I want and without rewiring the room. Did I mention this 1 plug being different from all the rest is making me crazy?

I have been accused of being obsessive-compulsive.

I prefer to think of it as paying attention to details.

My ex-h finally came over tonight to tow the old mini-van up to the scrap yard. They gave me $360 for it...and considering I paid $350 for it in 2008, let my sister drive it for more than a year when she didn't have a car, and used it a lot myself in the summers to go back and forth to the garden centers & hardware stores I think I definitely got my money's worth. I'm putting the $$ in my son's account to use for his first car or school.

And tonight my son finally got a job. He's been putting in applications since January and gotten nothing. A few weeks ago they tore down the local Dairy Queen and started putting up a new expanded building for it. On Tuesday morning I saw they had a "now hiring sign" in front so I told him to have his dad take him up there today to put in his application. Of course his dad did not do this so I took him up there at 5 and after a few minutes he came out and said he had to come back at 6 for orientation, and now has training daily until Wednesday with the opening on Thursday. He just happened to walk in at exactly the right time, they had already received over 500 applications.

Of course the timing is pretty bad too since I am leaving for France Saturday night for the next 2 weeks. And since he does not yet have his license I can't leave my car for him to use. So he will be walking on several days when my sister is not able to drive him, unless I can talk him into actually riding a bike. I'll be able to take him to get his road test and license when I get back and then see if we can talk his dad out of his truck for a while. His dad has 3 vehicles, please tell me why a single person who has nothing to haul or trailer to pull needs a pick-up in addition to his main car and his "spare" car? I understand having a spare "just in case" vehicle, that was why I had bought the mini-van, but 3 vehicles? Really?

My new position is now officially announced and effective tomorrow. I am finally getting the job I should have gotten last year which they gave to the worm instead. He is being moved into a different role and I am taking his position. Justice at last. I will spend the next 2 weeks there with him to transition the projects over to me. My daughter will come over next weekend so she can take her placement tests for school before they close for the summer.

Unfortunately while everything else has been so busy I have been neglecting exercise and nutrition. I'm no worse than I was at the beginning of the month (several pounds over my goal range) but no better either. I'll take it considering I've done more eating out than in this month and lucky to have gone running once a week. I don't anticipate it getting any easier for a few months, at least until we are finally moved and settled in sometime in August or September. But I am taking my running shoes with me this trip and plan to check out the bike paths along the river to get in some miles.

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DEZZIEJAMES 6/13/2012 10:48AM

    *hugs* you are one busy lady! You never cease to amaze me....

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/7/2012 7:47PM

    WOOT on getting stuff done--hope everything is still going well!

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    So good to catch up on you with this blog! SO GLAD for you that you got the job you so deserved! Patience paid off, didn't it?! Proud for you son, too! I'll bet he's going to be pretty excited to get that first paycheck, even if he has to walk a day or two! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/3/2012 11:18AM

    Cheers to running shoe, bike paths and commitments to "get in some miles" !!


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DOODIE59 6/1/2012 4:54PM

    I'd like half of your focus and energy. That's all. Just half -- I'd have everything around here fixed in no time:)

Congratulations on getting all of those chores out of the way. Now -- on to the rest of your vast and exciting future!

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MCJULIEO 6/1/2012 2:10PM

    My son knew that he wouldn't be getting a car when he was in high school, so he just naturally used a bike, and boy! Did he ever turn out to be good at directions when he DID start driving....turned out to be a win-win for all of us..

Rooting for you under all the challenges...

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/1/2012 4:54AM

    Busy hectic life. Sounds like you are achieving the maximum out of life that you went looking for when you started to make all the changes a year or so ago.
Good luck with everything and enjoy your rewards!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/31/2012 11:17PM

    No rest for the wicked! Good on you for getting all those chores done and an admiring pat on the back from Dad-man!

good luck with the rest of the prep and the travels....look up Calirinparis on SP....she knows and does some amazing hikes on trails and paths all over Paris and the environs....she's on my SP friends page

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Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm as busy a bee!

I have so much going on I don't even know where to start.

HR is finally moving on the paperwork for my new position / move. And I actually know what I'll be doing now; my actual job had changed at least 4 times in the last 3 months but it is settled now. HR should be posting the announcement next week.

I got my carpet ordered for the living room & the rest of the floors measured. I will order the rest of the flooring at the end of the month, but now I have to get real busy tearing up the tile b/c there is now way I will pay labor that is literally twice the cost of the materials.

I finally installed the light trim for the recessed lights in the bathroom my ex had partially installed many years ago. The handyman hung the 2 bedroom doors and installed the new ceiling fans. 3 more doors to go next month. All the doors need to be stained. I need an entire house full of trim & moldings. I have a new doorbell speaker to install, and curtains in all the rooms, and I got tired of adding things to the to-do list.

My parents will be in town on Monday for the week. So I have major house cleaning to do this weekend too. But I'm hoping my Dad will get the upstairs trim done while he is here.

Yesterday, today & tomorrow I am participating in a neighborhood garage sale. Well, my son is participating while I am at work. I haven't had time to go through the house but I did have some things collected for donation that I've put out. Whatever I earn will be donated to his Eagle Scout project.

Tomorrow my daughter & I are running a 5k for Save the Manatees. Sunday my son has fife practice. I have karate to practice and documents to locate and French to start learning.

Next week (I hope) I will be able to set my schedule for June & July; I will be traveling back & forth to France to start my new position (I can't stay there yet until I get my visa, a 2-3 month process).

Black Belt testing has been delayed a month to August 4 b/c the man with the building keys is getting married on the original date and is too paranoid to trust any one else with the keys and alarm code. As if Sensei B can't be trusted to lock the doors? What a moron. But at least I have an extra month to get ready now.

Wednesday track practices have started again, which I need to get my speed back to where it needs to be. I have cancelled my gym membership, although it is not official until June 11.

I am making progress on my Netflix queue and TBR book pile. I have started listening to audio books on my commute so I can multi-task.

I took and passed my exam for the new certification & got that mailed in. I'm scrambling to get all of our new reporting processes set-up for 2013; I'm trying to simplify & idiot-proof them as much as possible so they can be rolled into new years going forward with minimal upkeep. Currently EVERYTHING is hard coded with specific dates and date specific file locations and names and formulas which makes updating every year a nightmare. On the up side, once I have it done I will have taken a 3+ hour reporting process down to 10 minutes and the yearly file transitions from I don't even know how many hours down to 5 minutes. I am awesome.

I have to get the Tour Permit for the group going to summer camp (Boy Scouts) in VA. Plus everyone's health forms and final payments and roster and I'm sure there is more. Plus transition my "jobs" with the Troop over to someone else. Plus get my son progressing on his Eagle project and finding a job & finishing his last 2 high school classes and starting college. And pet vaccinations & micro-chipping. And getting rid of the old mini-van and re-quoting my house & car insurance since they decided to raise my rates for no real reason. And a new driver's license before I move.

And so much more that I can't even think about right now or my head will explode.

Except for dinner, I have to think about that or my kids will kill me and eat me for dinner tonight since I haven't yet been shopping for the week and they claim to be hungry.

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    Oh, my GOODNESS, I've just read your blog, and I am EXHAUSTED! emoticon emoticon I hope you got it all done and everything worked out well! emoticon

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JENNYDJENNY 5/20/2012 6:56AM


I would like to know how u got u filing and reporting system organised as i am too in the same fied and would like some advice on that .........

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MAJTMS 5/19/2012 10:12AM

    ok, I'm going to stop whining about my to-do list! emoticon


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SAFARIBABE 5/18/2012 8:33PM

    Just keep making those lists. Scratching things off as you get them done and add things on as you think of them!! You WILL get everything done!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/18/2012 3:49PM

    You go girl!! Sounds like one of my blogs!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/18/2012 3:28PM

    You sure do have your plate full!!!!! Good luck in all the up and coming journeys!!!!


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Misc. travel pictures

Friday, May 11, 2012

Found these when going through my phone today. I'm not good with pictures and don't take many, usually just of the things that strike my fancy and not your "normal" vacation pics. Here are some of the more interesting (to me):

Birdcages in Houston

Christmas street light decorations in London

Paris catacombs

Paris street art

Appetizers in Mexico - crickets & ant larvae..and, yes, I ate them

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/16/2012 11:39AM

    Ewwwwww.... crickets and ant larvae. You're one brave woman.

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MCJULIEO 5/11/2012 9:33PM

    Isn't it great that you took THOSE!?? I always forget that my phone can take photos!

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SAFARIBABE 5/11/2012 4:54PM

    Bugs are great lean protein! LOL Thanks for sharing the pics!!

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DOODIE59 5/11/2012 2:41PM

    Thanks for sharing your photos -- I love to see the world through other people's eyes:) My favourite is the birdcages.

Good luck as you count down to your Black Belt exam.

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NINJA_SMOO 5/11/2012 2:05PM

  Very funky pictures! I'm not very good at remembering to take pictures either. I don't mind though. I figure that if I don't have some piece of technology grafted to my hand and face I am more readily able to *experience* where I am.

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Paul Revere's Ride

Friday, May 11, 2012

My son, who is a fifer with the 1st Michigan Fife & Drum Corps, went to Boston for the Patriot's Day celebrations to commemorate the events starting the Revolutionary War. We found a video of one of their performances whilst in Boston, at the Olde North Church. They are at the 6:44 mark, my son is the fifer on the end in front of the bass drum.

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    AMAZING! That's so neat that you could find it! You should (and are, I'm sure!) so PROUD! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 5/11/2012 8:38AM

    How cool!!! That's a great experience for him!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/11/2012 8:26AM

    Very cool!! They sound great....glad he was able to do it!

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