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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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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!

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HOMEBUNNY 7/20/2008 9:21AM

    Michelle, You have a wonderful, relaxing & cleaning vacation. You deserve it!!

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GRIZMINT 7/19/2008 5:19AM

    i think cleaning will help you so much with refreshing your eating and exercise habits. When I go into cleaning mode I always feel really good about accomplishing things and I know you'll do a great job :) stick to it

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

I took the midterm in my Old Testament survey distance-learning course on Monday and did pretty well. I know I aced the map test where we had to memorize a long list of place names and be able to enter them on a blank map of Israel. And I think I got about 80% of the material correct on the listing of periods of Old Testament history. It's all those ones and twos that confuse me: 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles! - but now that we're going into those books in more depth, maybe I'll finally get a hold on them!

My gym time is suffering some because I need those hours to study. I have two short reports to send in by the end of the week and I'm not sure where the time is going to come from. Good thing it's summer so I can get in Nordic and "traditional" walks in the nice weather or my exercise routine would really be hard to keep up with.

We have our annual outdoor church service tomorrow and I'll be leading the singing, so I hope to get to bed early tonight. Rain is predicted so we'll see if it really is an outdoor service!

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/17/2008 4:34PM

    Hi Michelle,
Glad to read that all is going well with you.
I imagine that you're missing your exercise but with studying...something has to go!
Sure hope you didn't get rain for your outdoor service...such a shame when it's only once a year...you'd think this time of year would be pretty safe!

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ZELLAZM 7/14/2008 5:22AM

    Janet, when this course is over, I'll move right on to the second course of OT that includes all the prophetic books, so any feeling of accomplishment will probably last only a week or two! Thanks for your encouragement!

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REYNJANET 7/13/2008 10:58AM

    Singing in the rain would have been interesting! I've done it before but never for a group! LOL Congrats on doing well on the exam. This can't be an easy course! I get confused just reading OT sometimes, I'm finishing up 2 Chronicles now and it jumps back and forth between king, good and bad. You would think that they would pay more attention to what blessed and what didn't. BUT I guess they were like we are today, sometimes we get in God's way too! You will look back on this summer and feel satisfaction of accomplishment!

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ZELLAZM 7/13/2008 7:36AM

    It did rain and is still raining a bit, although it looks like it's clearing. We had the service in the building but the baptistry had been set up on the little field behind the church so we went outside for the six people being baptized. A rudimentary sound system was set up for the music team under the balcony but a friend still had to hold a big umbrella over us as we sang because it was dripping. Singing in the rain indeed but without all the dancing! :)

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SKISINCO 7/12/2008 7:06PM

    But maybe you could sing in the rain like Gene Kelly (at least that's who comes to mind..ha-ha) Glad to hear the mid-term went well too!

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