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Saturday, February 15, 2014

But... I have 2 jobs now.

I do so much lesson planning and teaching, you'd think I liked it or something. ;) I really do like it, actually. I'm enjoying myself, and working hard. But I definitely don't have time to be here.

I think the problem with programs like these is that they assume everybody has a smart phone so they can just track this stuff all the time. I don't. I do not have a smart phone. Yeah, you read that right. I don't even have a texting plan. Every time I mention how I don't have time to be on SparkPeople, someone inevitably says, "Oh, they have an app!" WELL, that's great, but I don't have a smartphone and therefore can't get the app.

That being said, I am doing well. I made a big decision today: I bought almond milk. My headaches were getting WAY out of control, so I thought I'd give something else a try. I can't tell you much about how anything else is going because, honestly, I am so busy I don't even know.

I did go home for Christmas, btw. It was wonderful. (And crazy. Because families.)

So there's my little update. I am now going back to planning and insanity. Things will calm down again in a few weeks... but only a little bit. And only for a while. Sigh.

See you all later!

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KOFFEENUT 2/17/2014 12:07AM

    TWO jobs!?! I'd say being on Sparkpeople (while good) is likely WAY down on your list of priorities! Sounds like you're enjoying yourself even though it is probably crazy busy. Make sure you're taking care of yourself!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

I'm a messy person. Always have been. I have learned to not label myself as "lazy" because in all honesty, this just comes with the whole "artistic personality" territory. I start ten projects and finish two. I require lots of fuel and so there are always 2-3 coffee cups at my desk, some of them half full. When I'm "in the zone" I have to sit and finish, which means garbage stays nearby and doesn't always get taken care of in a timely fashion.

Like I've said before, I have to capitalize on my motivation. I have to capitalize on my creativity as well.

But, what this leads to, is a messy apartment. My husband is also a naturally messy person but he actually IS lazy (gotta love him, though.) Trust me, when we cleaned out his room 12 days before the wedding, I got sick because there was so much mold. He is a whole different variety of messy that I can't even describe.

Most of the time I don't care. But when the apartment management came by last month they said we had a lot of "garbage" around--I promise, it was mostly paper. But they said it would attract bugs, bother neighbors (we don't have anyone living on either side of us, fyi.) etc. And this week they're doing a pest inspection in every building, so we've spent all of Saturday cleaning. We took small breaks to play Mario Kart.

Basically the pest inspection requires that we move all the furniture away from the walls--that's a lot of work! And this apartment is SMALL so it needs to be clean BEFORE we move furniture on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

But today I have to clean some by myself, and then we'll spend all of tomorrow cleaning the rest of the place. If you ever need a good workout... just pretend that people are coming to look for bug infestations. It certainly makes it easier to throw stuff away and make a space more presentable. Moving all the furniture is a huge hassle but we did the bedroom yesterday and it now looks fantastic. So there you go. That's all for now. :)

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KOFFEENUT 10/28/2013 4:36PM

    Thanks for the tip! We have the same "messy" gene (WITHOUT the creativity, unfortunately) and your strategy of "the bug infestation people are coming" may be the only way I ever get our place clean enough to have "normal" folks over.....

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Routines and trees and... another request

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tonight I had turkey burgers and corn on the cob for dinner. (The corn on the cob was originally for a camping trip... which was cancelled. Twice.) So tasty! Plus it's a nice change from the "quick" food we've been eating all week. (which consists of things we can easily make a bunch of ahead of time. it gets pretty boring.) Now that things are in full swing it's hard to make time for really complicated foods, because A. They take time to make, and we're not home long enough to make them and B. I don't always have a place to warm up food, because the main office is closed on Thursdays.

Anyways. Joey is back to 2 jobs now. He doesn't start until next week, I think, but it means I'll have to continually adjust my own schedule. I only work nights at the tutoring center so I have to find stuff to do ALL DAY.

Last week I took a nice brisk walk at the nature preserve, took some lovely photos. Early in the morning it's not so bad because only two or three other people might be there, so it's fairly quiet. I'm thinking I might do it again on Tuesday because I enjoyed it so much! The frost on the grass and leaves is just beautiful, and occasionally I get to see a little squirrel, or some birds.

I'm also still trying really hard to get home for Christmas. I made some really good headway during the first week, but the closer December gets the more urgent it is. I can't begin to tell you how hard it is to be away from home, from family, for this long, and how desperately I wish I could just do it myself and not ask for help.

Let me tell you a little bit about why it's important for us (me and my husband) to go home. 1. We haven't been home in 2 years. 2. My husband's father has Alzheimer's, and it's important that they get to spend some time together before it's too late. I didn't post that on the GoFundMe page out of respect for my husband's family, but I feel like this is a safe place to say that. It's really hard on him, and on all of us.

So here's this link... if you want to help out. It would mean a lot to me even if you just watched the video and share it with your friends. And there are prizes (handmade by me!) if you help out. :)


A simple request

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I have a request. I want to go home for Christmas. But I need your help.

So, you'll have to go read my blog first.

And that's all I have to say. :)


Gettin' in the groove of things

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tutoring has been going full swing for just over a month now, and I am loving having something to do at least a few days a week. It's finally fall here--48 degrees today! The house is a mess but it's nice to be active again.

Having something to do lets me sleep better, which I love. Having something to do (outside of the apartment, that is) also makes me more motivated to drink water, and I use up more energy, so I actually FEEL better.

Other health concerns... are still concerns. No update.

So, just thought I'd put a little update here to let my friends know I'm doing alright. :)

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KOFFEENUT 10/19/2013 1:53PM

    Good for you for being active and enjoying this wonderful fall!

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KING_SLAYER 10/18/2013 4:09PM

    Glad to know that you're feeling better. And I agree that having things to do outside of the home is a good thing for us, physically as well as mentally.

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