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Day One of Organization

Friday, February 24, 2012

I've read several books on getting your house cleaned and organized. They universally suggest focusing on one room at a time, and for just a small part of the day.

Naturally, I attacked the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, AND master bedroom.

Now admittedly, none of these rooms were in truly disastrous shape. It was clutter and dust more than anything for the living room and dining room. The bedroom had some junk, but most of it was easy to find a home for. And the bathroom just needed cleaning (don't they always?!). Still, it took about three solid hours of work. But now I have all my main living spaces looking neat and uncluttered, just the way I like them, and they will stay that way for the next 10 days!

That being said, I haven't actually worked out today, and my back is telling me that my ambition is about done for this day. So I am taking a break in the hopes that it will decide not to go out after all and I will be able to get in at least a little cardio.

Tomorrow the real work begins: I have to attack my office. It looks like a Tornado Alley trailer park right now. And it needs more than just cleaning up; I need to think about properly reorganizing it so it's not so prone to getting this messy. It's probably a two-day job all by itself.

Someone pointed out that with hubby gone I could put on whatever music I wanted, as loud as I wanted, while cleaning. So I did. I dug around to find my favorite music of all time: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5! I listened to the whole thing twice, and it did my spirit good. Tonight a girlfriend is coming over to have dinner and watch Gilbert and Sullivan operettas: The Pirates of Penzance, and Iolanthe. Or maybe The Mikado. It's going to be much fun!

  
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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2012 4:45PM

    Yay for getting some cleaning done!!
Do let your back rest a little and maybe just go for a walk later.
Have fun tonight :-)

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LINOVER 2/24/2012 4:43PM

    You've inspired me to do some cleaning too!

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KARENDEE4 2/24/2012 3:13PM

    Sounds great!

Now I need to go do some cleaning. Saturday is a busy day and it would be nice to come home to a clean house.

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10-day shakeup

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hubby is leaving this morning for 10 days out of town, so I have the house all to myself. I am planning to use this time well! Every once in a while, moderation requires a bit of a shakeup, so there is going to be a combination of 10 days of house cleaning and reorganizing (just a couple hours a day) and 10 days of changed-up workout and diet.

I've been in a bit of a rut, what with being sick for the first half of the month. Time to rattle my own cage a bit!

  
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CHEFSOPHIE 2/24/2012 2:05PM

    Enjoy your next ten days and take some special time for you.

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RICHILA 2/24/2012 1:01PM

    Is this where we sign up to get houses organized? emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2012 11:57AM

    Sounds like a great idea!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/24/2012 9:41AM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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KARENDEE4 2/24/2012 9:30AM

    Good idea to change things up. I get in a rut somtimes too.

if you keep your body guessing you will see the rewards!

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JLITT62 2/24/2012 9:14AM

    Much as I miss him, I do enjoy doing my own thing when DH is away!

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DANA48131 2/24/2012 9:08AM

    Awesome goal!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/24/2012 9:03AM

    Go!

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JLPNURSE 2/24/2012 8:11AM

    Good for you!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 2/24/2012 8:09AM

    And when you are done you are coming to my house to clean and organize right? emoticon

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MRSBUCKEYE 2/24/2012 7:54AM

    You go girl !!! Once your done, you can come reorganize my house emoticon

Turn up the radio/stereo system and dance while your housecleaning. A great form of exercise and you're not even thinking about it !!!

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Those cute little girls are dangerous!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

They got me in the grocery store: Girl Scouts. Those hopeful, smiling faces. How could I resist?

I limited myself to two boxes: one Samoas and one Tagalongs. I brought them home yesterday. There are only five Samoas left today.

But *I* haven't eaten a single one. Hubby has mowed through these cookies at an alarming rate. I feel sort of bad, because I led him into temptation. He has a sweet tooth, but usually more control than that! But I forgot that he's just gotten over being sick, and he is more likely to overindulge then.

A friend just called to ask if we wanted some GS cookies. I wrestled the phone away from him, yelling "No!!" He sheepishly agreed that I was right.

  
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RETURNTOTHIN 2/24/2012 12:13PM

    too bad they don't make some great crackers, I would buy them, but I'm done buying the cookies! NO more, I can eat entire package of the mint ones before you even know they are "there."


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DELHSI 2/23/2012 9:38PM

    Oh yes, those GS are everywhere. My son asked if he could buy some cookies - ugh. So far, no cookies. I can't help but think when the girls see a fat lady (me), coming out of Walmart, if they are thinking 'jackpot!' I always turn them down though.



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OPTIMIST1948 2/23/2012 7:36PM

    I have several Girl Scouts in my family and always buy. And then stash in the freezer. I'm one of those "out of sight out of mind" people who CAN keep junk food in the house. Because I forget its there.

But you picked two of my favorites! Throw in some thin mints and you have a DEAL.

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JLITT62 2/23/2012 7:08PM

    I get to shop during the day, during the week - so I never see them!

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NATPLUMMER 2/23/2012 6:31PM

    I haven't seen them yet....luckily.

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DANA48131 2/23/2012 5:56PM

    I steeled myself today when I went to the store. There was an SUV in the parking lot that had "Honk if you love Girl Scouts" written on the back window with shoe polish, so I expected them to be set up and selling. I had decided that I would hand over a cash donation... but not take any cookies. That, by the way, is not my original idea... some people used to do that when my son was a scout and had to sell popcorn.

Luckily, there wasn't a cookie table set up there, so it didn't come to pass, but at least I have my plan in place!!!

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Paean to a Pair of Shades

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I wore the same sunglasses for 26 years.

Not the same kind of sunglasses. The same sunglasses.

And this was not a pair that lived in the car and were only worn while driving. I wore these glasses camping, kayaking, biking and skiing. They went with me to the neighborhood park, national parks, and amusement parks. They were perched on my nose during an Alaska river trip at the moment when I realized that I was pregnant with my first daughter.

She's getting married next spring.

Are these glasses some expensive pair of Ray-Bans that I've obsessed over? Nope. Are they such a gorgeous pair of glasses that I can't bear the thought of losing them? Uh-uh. They are a pair of Uvex tinted safety glasses that cost me a princely $9.95 at the eye shop in our local grocery store in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ferrett regards them as the ugliest sunglasses he's ever seen--he told me once that he admired my self-confidence in continuing to wear them.

So why do I keep wearing them? Because they do everything I need in a pair of sunglasses: they are large and wrap close to my face. They continue at a right angle to protect the side of my eye. They even have a brow ridge. My eyes are basically sealed away from the dust and pollen that drive me crazy and ruin my day. I love them with all my heart.

But a quarter century of wear takes its toll on a pair of shades. And it's gotten to the point where I put them on and it's like looking through fog. It's hard to give them up, but it's time to hang them up. So after shopping around, trying a few other styles, and thinking about it, I've purchased replacement glasses.

Another pair of Uvex glasses exactly like the ones I've been wearing.

Yeah, they aren't glamorous. But they do the job I want them to do. Today I wore them for the first time, riding my bike for 12 miles. I'm just as comfortable, but without the feeling that I'm squinting through haze.

The old pair? They're still in my bike bag. They got to go along with me on the ride. I will have to find a place of honor for them. They're old friends who've been with me almost half my life. That's a long, long time.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 2/23/2012 7:57PM

    That's pretty amazing. I don't think I still have anything (unless I count my baby book) that has been with me that long in my life.

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JLITT62 2/23/2012 8:02AM

    I buy cheapy sunglasses at target, but they usually break after a couple of yrs. You're lucky!

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BLUESKIES139 2/23/2012 7:38AM

    hey if they work they work

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2012 10:13PM

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TRAVLNWOMAN 2/22/2012 9:38PM

    I totally get that! I'm the same way with many things. I have an old t-shirt that has been with me on all my travels. It is warn thin, stretched out of shape and now has a couple of holes in it but I don't think I will ever get rid of it. I'm glad you took your old sunglasses for a ride!

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Filled with pride and excitement!

Monday, February 20, 2012

This has nothing to do with weight loss or working out, but I'm thrilled to bits to announce that my husband has been nominated for a Nebula award! For those of you who don't know, it's the science fiction writer's equivalent of The Oscars. He's nominated in the Best Novellette category, and it's a HUGE honor. I am filled with glee!!

  
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CARLANNIE 2/21/2012 10:16PM

    That's wonderful! But now you'll have to tell us his name and the title???? Can't leave us guessing.....

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CHEFSOPHIE 2/21/2012 2:34PM

    That is great news!

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MSBELLAB 2/21/2012 7:28AM

    Amazing!!! You are so very right to be proud of him! I would love to find his book to read. Would you be willing to send me the title of it?

Congratulations to your dear hubby and to you for all the support I am willing to bet you showered him with!

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Bella

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SHELLYKOCH1 2/20/2012 12:43PM

    Congrats! Win or not, just having ones work recognized is amazing!

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AFRICANDOLL18 2/20/2012 12:20PM

    wow thats big....congrats emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/20/2012 12:08PM

    emoticon You must be so proud!

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JLITT62 2/20/2012 11:36AM

    Kudos to him!

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CINERICIA 2/20/2012 10:46AM

    So exciting! I have my fingers crossed for him. I usually read my way through (most) of the Nebula nominees each year. Maybe this year, I'll jump straight to the novellas first!

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NATPLUMMER 2/20/2012 10:30AM

    Wow!! That is awesome!! Congratulations to him!!

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REYA-RLYEH 2/20/2012 10:26AM

    AWESOME!

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TATTER3 2/20/2012 10:19AM

    Congrats!!! So proud for you!!! Can't imagine the excitement!!

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MARIE405 2/20/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon Way to go. Good luck

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