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.
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 ;)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Today is day 1 of my stay-at-home vacation. Usually my vacations are traveling ones - I can't remember when I just stayed home to enjoy my little pad. And it's not very enjoyable at the moment after literally months of neglect. I have a mile-long list of things that I want to get accomplished this week. First thing is to get that list down on paper and prayerfully prioritize it. I'm headed to my rocking chair with my Bible, journal, paper, pen and cup of tea as soon as I finish this post.
I know there's no way I'll get EVERYthing done, but I won't let perfectionism get the upper hand and keep me from doing SOMEthing. I'll also be working with a df/coach for accountability (Hi, Beth!) and may also post here on a daily basis.
I've already taken pictures of every room in the house so I can have a before and after record of my cleaning and decluttering progress. I also plan to refresh my healthy eating and exercise habits. I can do this!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Happy Birthday to me! I had plans to sleep late, but a friend called me early to wish me a happy day, and that was a good start. I have no big plans today but it is a Saturday and a day "off" with lovely weather, so I plan to enjoy it. Other than that, I have a midterm exam for my Old Testament course on Monday, so I'll be studying, studying, studying!
At the end of the month, I have 4 days of vacation and may take some time to celebrate with friends then. Right now the apartment is decorated in "early books and papers" style as it often is when I'm in the middle of a course, and isn't very inviting for guests.
I'm officially shifting back to losing mode from maintaining today. My weight has crept up a couple of pounds and I'm not happy about it, although all my clothes still fit and the numbers on the scale aren't all that bad. But I FEEL wrong. I know why and I know how to change it, and it's time to take action! Time to change the mindset, but I also changed my ticker and calorie range to reflect the true situation. I'm on my weigh down again!
P.S. I had a nice birthday surprise on my (nordic) walk this evening. I took a different path and saw two deer and a rabbit with veeerrry long ears.
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