Tipping for Water Delivery? Other?
Yesterday, as I was out for a fitness walk, I passed a water delivery man returning from a house to his truck. He was complaining loudly to someone on his cell phone, "Man, if each customer gave me just a dollar, I'd have 40 dollars today!" Th... Read more
Car vs. Deer: No winners
I wrote a very emotional piece to myself last night trying to get the sadness and anger out, and I had intended to post it as a blog. Instead, I decided to spare everyone the details and just say I am more upset over the broken body of a beauti... Read more
Doing the Dishes - Dividing Labor
DH and I do dishes by hand rather than use the dishwasher because it's just the two of us, and we like the ritual and the extra time together. Here's how we divide the labor:
- DH washes.
- I clear the table (anything left on the table is ... Read more
SparkCoach Challenge: Action Plan
Short blog, as I am still thinking about goals for 2013, but the visualization exercise today is to think about what my life would be like if I were perfectly content in all aspects. Then, the challenge is to blog about an action plan for those... Read more
SparkCoach Challenge: Out of sight, out of mind
Gift baskets full of crackers, jams, caramel corn....BEGONE! Stashing those treats out of my sight today to meet the challenge. That bag of caramel corn in particular has been luring me with its siren song. Buh-bye! Scram, sausage log! Hast... Read more
SparkCoach Challenge: Accomplishments
Today, SparkGuy's challenge is to list 3 recent accomplishments:
1. Stayed mindful Sunday while eating 2 meals out and stayed within my calorie range.
2. Got the 2 messiest surfaces decluttered before MIL's visit.
3. Finished the Chr... Read more
It's Okay to Grieve
What a heavy day. How do we admit that so much evil exists as to execute one's mother, 20 little kids, and even more? My heart is heavy, and I couldn't get through dinner without tears running down my face. I give myself permission to grieve,... Read more
Cookies: Truth in Advertising
If you're like me, you get daily e-mails from SP on various topics, one of which is a daily recipe. This week there was an entry for Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies, with a picture that looked like the wonderful cookies served by Subway, so I ... Read more
Life vs. Plans
Started my day rushing out the door, mat in hand, to a make-up yoga class. Jumped in the car, turned the key, and...clack-clack-clack...dead battery. Called AAA to come out and replace the battery, all the while not feeling particularly stress... Read more
Going for December Streak
December is a very tough month, and my November record was not great with vacation and Thanksgiving, so when I read MANDELOVICH's blog today, I decided to follow her lead and set a goal of staying on track in December.
On track means each d... Read more
Learning from Near-death Choices
I try to meditate each day with varying degrees of success. Today, instead of using my normal guided meditation, I decided to watch inspirational videos at TED.com. The collection today was titled "What We Can Learn from Near-death Choices," a... Read more
The "R" Word
Day two of visiting the Portland (OR)/Vancouver (WA) area, where we would like to retire. My feeling right now is this: Do I really have to go back to DC? Can't I just stay here?
Yesterday, we landed around noon and hit the ground...wa... Read more
Trying the One-Word Answer Challenge
Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.
Where is your cell phone?
Your mother?... Read more
Maintaining but still losing
I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing, because today my scale read 140.0, down 80 whole pounds from my start at 220! And 5 pounds below the weight at which I declared victory and started maintaining. I did hear that little voice inside me ... Read more
What does the scale mean?
Not sure of the source, but the message is powerful.
... Read more