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.
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.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds
Slacked off on the exercise & nutrition and am 6 pounds over maintenance range.
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.
Still sticking to the budget, but because of the move & house updates I will not get all of the original loans paid off that I had planned for. One is done, the second will be done by year end, and I will pay off 2 small store cards as well. Once I am completely moved & settled into a new budget I can look at this again.
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 each week
6d) Assist in 4 classes per month (20 total required)
Ahead of schedule, have 14 classes of 12 needed by end of April; 6 more to go
6e) Learn and master sais kata
Learning how to handle the sais, will push to begin learning the kata this month
6f) Keep running so as to maintain ability to run 2 miles in 18 minutes
On my first track run I discovered I have “lost” 90 seconds somewhere in the last 4 months, need to find it again. Track sessions with Coach Ken begin next week.
6g) Be able to do 50 pushups in April; 55 in May; 60 in June
7) Goal revamped – finish mailbox / light switches / outlets / floors / doors / ceiling fans / curtains before I move, timing TBD
Finish permanent installation of the mailbox; the handyman is coming today to put in the doors & ceiling fans and I am waiting for Lowe’s to call for a time to come out and measure the floors. I will have the carpet and laminate ordered by the end of the month and installed in June; not what I want and was going to save for but what is cheapest to get done ASAP.
8) Run my first marathon by October 21
Black belt test date is being pushed out to late July or August and I will not start training until after the test. I’m considering postponing this goal to April 2013 for the Paris marathon, which I've heard is not as focused on speed and qualifying and is instead much more relaxed, ideal for a first timer who is slow. Plus it's in Paris, 'nuff said.
9) Other goals as they occur to me.
Received Lifetime C.P.M. certification (Certified Purchasing Manager) so never have to do continuing ed & recertify for this one again; scheduled exam for new C.P.S.M. certification (Certified Professional in Supply Management); got son applied to college; replaced mailbox; made a real to-do list; ran 2 half marathons; finally cancelled some subscriptions I wasn’t using
10) Have fun and stress less!
11) NEW GOAL - weekly pushup challenge
Doing 4-5 sets of pushups, 6 days per week. Currently at 5 sets of 27 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
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
This morning I awoke to a blood curdling scream from my DD. I was halfway across my room before I even registered what I had heard.
She went to take a shower & was surprised by ice cold water.
Apparently the pilot light on the water heater went out last night.
What a way to wake up in the morning. I'm still shaky from the adrenaline surge, which is why I have already met my new goal of crossing off at least 1 thing from my to-do list each day.
And not only 1 goal...so far I have crossed of 3 with at least 3 more planned for today!
OK, so these are the low hanging fruit but I'll take progress where I can get it. I'm not proud lol.
And track time starts again in a week or two so I'll soon get back up to speed with my 2 mile run (pun intended). I packed my lunch today for the first time in a couple weeks with plans to do so for the next 3 days (and then I will be in Mexico for 4 days). I have ideas for our dinners for the rest of the week so I will have home-made food to pack for lunch. Tomorrow is beef stew, then an eggplant casserole, pork roast, and some sort of chicken meal in the crock pot. And maybe the chicken tortilla soup recipe from PureWow in my inbox from a few days ago.
In unrelated news I got a text this am from my ex-husband, he wants to meet and talk.
For those who have missed it (since I never really officially made an announcement) I have a pending job transfer to my company's plant in France and I will be moving sometime in the next few months (probably, if HR gets moving with the paperwork). To France. With my DD, Stupid Dog and 3 cats. DS is probably staying home to start college and keeping 2 cats.
And my ex, having been a psycho H and ex-H, could have taken it very poorly, especially as he had threatened several times over the years we were married & divorcing that he would take the kids and run. I was actually expecting him to have a tantrum, but all he said when I told him 2 weeks ago was "OK".
And now he wants to talk. Ostensibly about our DS and my house but...
I don't have trust issues, I just flat out don't trust him at all. That's not an issue, that's smart.
Any fight that starts I will ultimately win. I just don't want to spend my time, effort and money proving the point. Again.
Nothing I can do about it until we talk Friday night so...on to my to do list.
Any recommendations for a really good app, one that allows you to enter several sub-tasks for a main task item?
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