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Friday, July 25, 2008

I got a little bit of work done on the living room this morning before driving out to WN to the customs office. DMom had forgotten to write "gift" on my birthday present so I had to go open it and show them that it didn't contain diamonds or drugs. I didn't have to pay anything. Then visited a df who lives practically across the street from the office who I seldom visit because it's just too far. We had tea on her balcony - a lovely afternoon.

Now I've got some studying to do and will get back to the LR tomorrow. I know I won't get as much done as I had hoped, but I've made a start and that's what's important. My df coach is encouraging me NOT to get into that negative self-talk thing that just drains energy and doesn't bring any results. Thanks, Beth!



Thursday, July 24, 2008

I got kind of bogged down in the living room today - went into the city to do some errands and got back later than planned. Now feeling a bit overwhelmed and bedtime is coming up soon. I did make a mad dash to the home store and got BOXES. I even found some storage boxes for the bedroom that are in a pretty green color like the rest of the room. The bags of throw-away, give-away and ebay-away stuff are growing, too.

Coach Beth www.mysimplerlife.com/ made some suggestions after seeing the photos I sent her of the room and I'm going to implement those tomorrow. Also at the home store, I got a new plant for the hallway - that will cheer me every time I walk by it. I also got quite a bit of studying done on the train to and from the city (Nehemiah still rebuilding those walls!). So, all in all, an OK day if not as productive as Monday and Tuesday.

Tomorrow, I'll continue to tackle the LR, currently decorated in a style I call "Early Books and Papers".



Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Today I got kind of bogged down in the kitchen. The visual results of my work aren't as much as in the other two rooms, but there's definitely progress been made and a couple of badly neglected spots are looking good now. I also filled half of a big trash bag and transported some stuff to the cellar - Christmas dishes and mugs don't really need to be in the cupboard all year round, do they? I didn't go to the city - I was having too much fun in the kitchen. But I do need to go in tomorrow to return a blouse that was on sale or I'll have to keep it. I won't stay long, tho.

The next two days will be busy - I'm going to start on the LR tomorrow because I'll be visiting a friend on Friday. I also need to go to the home improvement store to get boxes, but maybe that can wait till Saturday. It's clear that I'm not going to get everything done that I had hoped to, but I knew that I was going to happen. The important thing is that I've been working the plan and doing what I can without getting all too sidetracked.

The weather has finally gotten better - yay! - so I got out of the house and went for a good long Nordic walk. Inspired by a blog post by my Spark friend Michelle where she talked about peaks and valleys ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
), I took a different route than usual, and climbed up the winding trail to leads to the tops of a plateau high above the little valley where I live. Great view, saw very few people, got a super workout. I'm sure glad the summer is back!

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SKISINCO 7/23/2008 5:11PM

    Glad to hear the weather is better! Sounds like your home/vacation is going quickly (they always do). Although you won't be able to complete everything on your to do list, it sounds like you have made great progress! Enjoy the rest of the week and your trip to town (don't forget to have a little celebration time for your recent birthday! ;)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I had a change of plans. Knowing that I only had the morning to work on the apartment (music lessons this afternoon), I decided to trade out the entry hall for the living room. I'll work on the LR on Friday when I have more or less the whole day. It was also the right timing - my Bible reading this morning was the first chapters of Nehemiah. In chapter 3, I read about the Jews rebuilding the gates of Jerusalem. My NIV Study Bible tells me that they paid particular attention to the gates because they were the focus of enemy attacks. So, today I worked on my "gate" - and I'll be guarding it against the enemy of incoming clutter!

I'm getting a bit overwhelmed because, although the bedroom and entry hall are looking good, the kitchen and LR are getting worse and worse as I move things to their places from the other rooms. But I'm hanging in there. Gotta stay focussed. Study and exercise time now, then it's early to bed.

Tomorrow, the kitchen awaits. And, in the afternoon, I want to go to the city and have a little fun, maybe attend an evening service at a church near the language school that I've been meaning to visit. We'll see how much energy I have.

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CALGALFOX 7/23/2008 2:33PM

    Have fun on your gate! You have to make a bigger mess to organize...I wonder why that is. It just seems to be a universal truth.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

I don't know what Garfield has against Mondays :) Today was a good, productive day. I pretty much rid my bedroom from clutter, did a load of wash, taught a piano lesson, took a walk, stayed within my ranges. But best of all, my routines and good habits are getting reestablished and that feels great. Oh, and I'm down a pound which means that my ticker is accurate. I just didn't want to change it, knowing I'd be rid of that extra pound soon. A weekend of tracking and two good long walks made the difference.

Funny, that as I'm reclaiming my house, I'm also studying the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in my Old Testament course - rebuilding the temple and the walls of Jerusalem!

Tomorrow, the living room is on the plan. Since the bedroom took me almost all day, and the living room is much worse than the bedroom was, this is going to be, um, interesting. I have music lessons to teach in the afternoon so I'll really have to focus in the morning.

Fireworks tonight - the little town where I live is having their annual festival and today is the last day. So I'll be studying till then - no point in trying to get to bed early, knowing that the noise will start in an hour or so. And it's fun to watch from my balcony, although there's one house that really ought to be removed to give me a clearer view ;)

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 7/22/2008 1:35PM

    It's really great to read about all you're doing for yourself, Michelle. Congrats on getting all that de-cluttering in. Some days it feels like I concentrate so much on this healthy journey that it's difficult to put my energy into other areas that need attention. Clutter control is definitely on my list, and I know I should take it step by step just as I have during my SparkPeople experience, but mentally, I just don't have that much focus. Hopefully when I'm in maintenance range, I can look at your shining example. By the way, good for you on getting that pound back in its place - off of you!

I hope your Tuesday is just as good and productive (or restful if you'd prefer). Take care!

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