Last week I wrote about my Goal-Type Things for the New Year.
Since then . . .
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I pulled my back out on my third day of T Tapp (Instructional Basic Workout for those who are familiar with the program). To be fair, I was lifting some books the day before, so that might be the cause. But still it’s taken the wind out of my sails.
I’ve Googled “T-Tapp and back pain” and all I find are glowing reviews. Pretty much you could snap your spine in two and this woman can grow it back for you in 15 minutes a day every other day. It makes me a bit skeptical. Also, her book doesn’t impress me much.
Still, I’ll give it another go once the pain subsides. I do like the exercises.
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I’ve given myself so many “S days,” (i.e. cheat days) that I don’t know who I’m kidding here.
And even on regular days I have a few squares of dark chocolate with dinner (Lindt 70%, mmmm). Chocolate’s a health food, you know? Seriously, it’s a health food.
— 3 —
As part of my home command center restructuring, I sold the china cabinet shown below:
for $200, on eBay. Only after the buyers were on their way to pick it up did I notice “Ethan Allen” printed on the back. And learn that corner china cabinets are hard to come by. . . . I probably could have gotten at least double that amount, possibly a lot more. . . . I did a bit of pricing research before I listed it, but obviously not enough.
I’m hoping the $200 will cover some Elfa shelving for that corner.
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Blogging goals: I made a concerted effort to join the 5:30 club. I pulled out an old alarm clock and set it to wake me up with radio static, since my phone alarm is too loud. First night, Girl 1 was in bed with me (the sound of snow plows scared her during the night), so she woke up to my alarm, too. The other nights, darned if I didn’t hear Girl 2 stirring right away. I kept hitting snooze because I knew she would holler as soon as she heard me get up. There goes my quiet alone time. The girls do occasionally sleep past 6:30, but apparently not if I’m up.
I so would love to write more regularly. I’m enjoying Modern Mrs. Darcy, in large part because she blogs in short, frequent posts. They are just long enough to give you something to think on, but still quick to read.
I frequently think of topics that one make good 2-3 paragraph posts, but by the time I sit down to write, I’ve lost the thread of the idea. And then all I work on are longer, more in-depth posts.
On the topic of blogging goals, in addition to finding regular time to write, I need to switch over to a self-hosted blog. We already have a placeholder blog. I just need to figure out how to move all my content over. Rachel of Efficient Momma wrote a very helpful post on the topic. I just haven’t had time to do it yet.
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Hey! Here’s a success: switching from plastic leftover containers to glass. The day after my last post, Pat said out of the blue, “Can we add leftover containers to the shopping list? We’re running out.” Amazon has a good deal on a 5 piece Pyrex set (called a “10 piece set” because of the lids; lame), So I ordered them right up and tossed a couple of plastic containers.
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I have few home improvement goals I didn’t mention last week. I feel like so much of our house is held together with duct tape and bubble gum, even after five years. Structurally everything is sound, but so many things are unsightly or inconvenient simply because we haven’t gotten around to fixing it, or we don’t want to spend money on it. Pat and I are both naturally frugal (he more than I, but still . . . ), so it’s hard to shake the dormitory/ cheap first apartment mindset.
For instance, these living room curtains:
I bought hem-them-yourself sheers from Ikea (because they were cheap!), and they look awful. Hemming super long curtains using iron-on hem tape, with a toddler around, is doomed to failure. And now the girls have twisted and pulled the curtains so much that the curtain rod is sagging in the middle. It makes me sad every time I look at it.
Also, our washing machine: When we bought our house (a foreclosure, sans appliances), I did a bunch of research and tried to be smart and bought a front loader that was a Consumer Reports “best buy.” Less than five years later, the rubber ring seal around the door is completely mildewed and disgusting. Like this but worse:
No amount of bleach or vinegar or baking soda rinses will work. And replacing the part is expensive enough that we might as well buy a new one. I’m a bit burned by the experience and plan to buy the cheapest, simplest top loader out there. I’m even thinking about buying a used one. Is that gross, I wonder? The thought of buying one used grosses me out a bit, but then if we had bought a house that already had a washer we would have used the washer it came with. And anyway, nothing is grosser than the state of our current washer.
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Girl 2’s current favorite thing to do is snuggle in bed with me. She doesn’t sleep or even stay still for more than 5 seconds. But she’s very particular about the arrangement of the blankets and pillows. It’s pretty cute.
Over and out!
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