Wednesday, January 9, 2013

You Know What Time It Is

That's right, time for a list of our random (boring or not, you decide... probably boring) daily doings!

#1 Today is my grandmother's 100th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Nana!  You mean the world to me, and I am SO happy that you are in my life. Your constant love and support has been a blessing to me.  (I wish I could know all your life secrets.  How do you maintain so many friendships?  When did you have your first Pepperidge Farm cookie?)

#2  Kid had me laughing so hard last night, when I was showering her.  I had a good couple of minutes of hunched over silent hysterical laughter.  That is one step before EXTREME laughter which passes by silent mode and enters into crying and making a weird Roger Rabbit throat closing up squeal sound (I get it from my mother) and falling to the ground.  Does anyone else just go limp and fall when they laugh?  It is so fun... try it.  Anyway, Kid is hilarious... really.... I don't have the time to document it enough.  But her humor is so sophisticated and she is so quick witted that she often surprises me with it.  God, it is such a gift to be that unassumingly funny.  She is going to be a very popular adult.  (If she isn't living on her secret location historically accurate pioneer farm, as she plans)

#3  I am taking better care of myself.  I am back to food journaling and calorie counting (around 1300 calories), and so far so good. I had really eaten all the cookies, etc., I could ever need and so it doesn't even feel horribly restrictive either.  I am also trying to workout while I watch something on Netflix every school morning for 30 minutes.  So far so good on that front as well.  All in all, this is a sane and much less extreme approach than I usually take... and that is probably a good thing.  I didn't even weigh myself before I started.  I don't even care anymore.... I just would like to not hate myself so much for letting myself go... and I'd like to feel better physically and mentally and sabotaging myself does not accomplish that.  The realities of my current life and schedule are that I can do this and I need to start where I am at and not set myself up for an ultimate perfect program I cannot maintain now.  Hopefully, soon, strangers will stop asking me if I am pregnant (Yes, that happened!).

#4  We de-Christmased on Sunday.  It felt so good.  I did an especially anal repacking and labeling of bins... so they are all ready to go next year... and, damn, that was satisfying.

(I re-did our piano *mantle* with some things I say can go all the way until March... so it wasn't so stark up.  Mr F cried out "ooh!" when he saw it.  He'll be happy I let you all know that.)

#5  School started.  It has been ROUGH.  I truthfully hate almost everything about the whole getting them up and to school, the commuting (really hate that) and the homework.  It is just so exhausting and time consuming and I feel like our whole lives are spent just hurrying from one thing to the next in a manic state because THERE IS NO TIME.  It kind of sucks.

(Kid was Baby's Kindergarten class' Library Mystery Reader this week.  She was the first sibling to do it and we had to get special permission.  She knocked it out of the park.  I was so proud of her!  She was having a lot of anxiety about it but she worked through it and did an amazing job.)

#6  I signed up for a FlyLady Cozi calendar app on my phone/iPad/computer.  It is awesome.  I'm into it.  I love/hate FlyLady and definitely hate/hate all the emails and this allows me to get the cleaning missions on my daily calendar without the junk mail pile up... so far it's been good.  Plus I really enjoy using this calendar.  I've got a lot of things to schedule and I like that all my peeps can be color coded and I can tell at a glance who's got what... which is a step up from the iCal.  It is free for what it is worth.

#7  I've got a ton of big organizing projects I'd like to hit.  That is some of the other stuff I have let pile up (literally) and bring me down this past year.  It is so hard to find the time, and our evenings are just off the table as an option with homework management, dinner, showers, bedtime.  But, I'm feeling more hopeful that I can find a way to get them taken care of and stop using not taking care of it as a way to punish myself.  You know what I'm saying.  This has been a bad year.  The commute is taking up every spare moment I might use for stuff like that... I need to figure this out, though.  I'm ready to feel more in control of my life again.

#8  We ordered a new fridge.  This is big time.  We have a 20 year old fridge that makes poisonous ice (for real... the ice maker coating chips into it) and we've been picking out the *good* ice (we hope) for 2.5 years.  The gig is up.

#9  You can thank me for the sudden winter warm up, around here. We just spent roughly 1K on new snow tires and wheels for my 10.5 year old smelly mini-van because of our fears that we'd all die on our winter highway commute.  The weather instantly turned practically balmy.  Awesome.  I guess it was worth it.

#10  White vinegar as your rinse agent in your dishwasher... holy crap... it's a miracle.  For the love of God... use it.

I think that's it.

P.S. I don't think this shot shows it clearly enough... but Baby's backside (which is well endowed... as in she has to wear 2 sizes bigger in underwear than in her clothes... for real) looks like she has butt cheek implants when she wears her new gymnastics leotard!  I love it :)


Sandcastle Momma said...

Happy Birthday to your grandmother!! I hope she's doing ok with all that's happened. The next time you visit her take a tape recorder and just let it record your entire conversation.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday, Nana! That's fantastic!

Best thing ever is enjoying your kids and sharing a sense of humor. I feel that way about my boys, who I believe are just brilliantly funny.

I can't even address my clutter piles right now. They're at the point of overwhelming me. I'm pretty much in a state of denial.

Gah! The tires! We were just talking about that for my car too. But thanks to you, I can put it off a little longer ;)

Love the pictures of the girls. Such pretty little ladies you have!

Andrea said...

Wow Happy Birthday to your Nana! Thanks for the flyday info. I despise her emails but do like the concept heck I still shine my sink every night before bed but that's about where it stops, I already have a cozi account so this works brilliantly.Your girls are getting so big it makes me a little sad because in reality my babies are growing too.

Mrs Furious said...

Sandcastle Momma,
Great idea. We are heading back over the long MLK weekend. I did take a covert video of a conversation, but I only have so much memory on my phone for that. I'll go to the office supply store and get a real recorder before we go.

I have bought small organizing bins... which are in a pile on the counter ;)

Mr F says snow tires are where it is at. My car really does drive like it's new again. I don't know why we waited through 10 winters do invest in this!

I'm finding the flylady cozi calendar to be where it is at... you can chose to ignore it or do it without any extra hassle. I don't do everything she suggests but it is definitely a little daily nudge to have the reminder in the calendar and I've ended up doing something EVERY day.

Sophies Lane said...

Happy Birthday NANA! 100 is such an accomplishment! May she live many more years yet!

I am so overwhelmed with my house. It hasn't been cleaned in a month and a half. Literally. DH was in the hospital for 3.5 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between caring for him, my kids, my animals and working so we didn't lose our it didn't make the list. Then Christmas and New Years and then my oldests birthday....sheesh. Tomorrow we are tackling it.

Back to school sucks.

I need to for out the money for tires too. The thunderstorms last night took care of our snow though.

Have a great day!

Mrs Furious said...

"It hasn't been cleaned in a month and a half."
Been there. Thankfully it doesn't take as long to turn it around and it does to get it there. ;)

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