Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge - My Selections

I found this while reading my subscriptions last night, clicking on suggested posts and what-not.

I read through, went down the list.  I've been meaning to read more - I love to read and feel so much less stressed about life when I read every day, but I really don't "get" to as much I used to.  This will help me fix that problem, right?  Right.

So, this is my list for the challenge.  I'm pretty excited!

a book you've been meaning to read
For Love or Liberty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

a book published this year
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

a book in a genre you don't typically read
Minimalist Organization by Julianne P.

a book from your childhood
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

a book your mom loves
The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

a book that was originally written in a different language
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

a book "everyone" has read but you
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

a book you chose because of the cover
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

a book by a favorite author
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

a book recommended by someone with great taste
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

a book you should have read in high school
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

a book that's currently on the bestseller list
One Night Stand by J. S. Cooper

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Real-Life Online Friends

A friend of mine recently lost a close friend of hers.  She is, naturally, very sad about the loss.  She is grieving, she is crying.

She never met the friend, never even spoke on the phone.

There are quite a lot of people who think you can't be close to a person you've never met.  I understand the logic:  You don't know who you're really talking to, you can't connect through a computer, you can't hang out, you don't have real conversations, you can't be there for one another in times of need or joy, you wouldn't miss them if they were gone, yada, yada, yada.


I am so completely and incredibly blessed to have at least 15 of the closest friends I've had in my entire life, matched only by four from my school days.

I have never met most of these women face-to-face, and the three I have met?  I knew them for at least a year before we ever spoke out loud.

I KNOW these women.  I know their trials, their joys, their flaws, their strengths, their quirks, their pet peeves, their hobbies, their families.  I know what the inside of their houses look like, what they do for a living, even what most of their cars look like.

I've CONNECTED to these women.  They have shared with me fears, hopes, goals, worries - and I have shared with them.

I HANG OUT with these women.  When it's late at night or a slow day at home, a time when I may not be able to spend time with a traditional real-life friend due to finances or timing or lack of a babysitter, I laugh and cut-up with these women, all of them at once, without ever having to leave my couch.

I have REAL CONVERSATIONS with these women.  We talk about our days, what we're behind on, what we're excited about.  Hell, we even talk about poop - on a daily basis!  It doesn't get more real than that, y'all.

I am THERE FOR these women, and they for me.  It may be something as small as cheering one on to get the kitchen cleaned up, as big as making the leap to go back to school.  One may vent about her husband or coworker while I vent about one of my daughters.  We mother each other when another is sick, and while we can't physically be there to help out during tough times, we help out any way we can, even if it's only to make each other laugh between the sobs.

I would MISS THESE WOMEN.  If one suddenly was unable or unwilling to be online anymore or - far worse - passed away, there would be a hole in my heart.  I would be sad, I would grieve, I would cry.

My online friends?  They ARE my real-life friends.  It is so hard in this world to connect with people who truly get you.  I feel badly for anyone who never has.  The important thing to remember, though, is that there is more than one way to find your friends.  Sometimes thinking outside the box means looking inside the box.

Friday, January 23, 2015

I have...

I have a goal.  My goal is to clean less and enjoy more.

I have a problem.  My house is full of things that need to be dusted.  Wiped.  Vacuumed.  Fixed.  Go to sleep, wake up, repeat.  I am so tired of seeing and cleaning all of the things that either don't get used or looked at or rarely get used or looked at.  Just...UGH.

I have a plan.  Less things = less to clean.  More time to live.  Minimal sounds like a great way to live.


I have a confession.  I currently have 8 20-pound jugs of kitty litter.  Why?  Because when it goes on sale for $5 instead of $8, I buy it.  Because it saves us eleventy-thousand dollars a year (okay, $50-ish).  I also have probably 20 bottles of conditioner (3 girls with long hair), a few of shampoo, some body wash, razors, and deodorant stock-piled.  It kind wars with my plans a bit when I open that closet.

I can resist a sale on something we don't like/need/want no matter how good the price.  It's hard not to take advantage of things like that to save money on something we actually need and use. So, I have to ask myself if the savings is worth the space a year's supply of those jugs takes up.  Right now, I think so, but who knows?  Maybe I won't down the road.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day 2! Soooo tired....

Two days in a row!  It's a start.

I almost decided my 30 days of posting didn't have to include Thursdays since it's the one day of the week I work alllll daaaayyyy.  Then I decided that was a cop-out.

I'm pretty fortunate to only have to work 2 half-days and one full day each week.  I like my job.  I work at some car auctions around my area.  Let me tell you, it may look like we don't do much, but it is SO taxing on the brain to listen to The Micro-Machine Man and enter the right stuff into the system.  It's loud, you can hear other lanes, a lot of times people are trying to get your attention - there's a lot to focus on and take in at once!

Anyway.  There is today's build-the-habit and get-to-know-me post, all rolled into one neat little package.  See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When your words say you want something while your actions say you don't.

That's a big lecture we've given our kids - especially one of them - quite a bit.  "I want to pass my classes!"  "Then why aren't you doing/turning in your work?"  *sigh*

Luckily, it's not a conversation we've had to have lately.  It's like it clicked.

...and then...


I'm guilty, too.


I want to have a blog, so why aren't I blogging?

Ok.  This is fixable.  I mean, I finally turned my desire to lose weight and be healthier into action, right?  (That's 30+ pounds in the last 12 months, thank you very much, with more to follow.)  I purged over 2,000 things from my house last year, right?

So.  Hi.

I am setting a goal.  I am going to post every day for the next 30 days.

Gotta turn those words into action.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Meal Plan

It's taking me a while to plan fir this week.  It could be because I don't know what I want.  It could also be because I'm watching Walking Dead at the same time.

At any rate, I think I've finally gotten it all figured out.

Tuesday:  Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
Wednesday:  Balsamic, Garlic, & Basil Chicken
Thursday:  Breakfast
Friday:  Tamale Pork Tacos
Saturday:  Honey Lime Sesame Chicken Wings
Sunday:  Parmesan Chicken Strips
Monday:  Alice Springs Chicken

Other things I plan to make this week:
Chile Relleno Bake
Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

I hope y'all have a great week!  Make sure to check out other wonderful meal plans & recipes on OrgJunkie's weekly round-up.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Billion Projects

A few irons in the fire, if you will...

I am knitting socks with a sock loom.  I got it for my birthday just over a week ago - I've cast on and still working on the first row.

I have eleventy-thousand needlepoint projects in progress, but the one I've been focusing on is a couple of gold cherubs.  I started them a few years ago.

I am sewing covers for my friend's huge four-piece sectional.  I started on it over 18 months ago.  I managed to get all of the cushions done in about 12 months and just yesterday completed one of the four covers.  I keep getting distracted.

I will soon be making Halloween costumes, too.  Of course, this is another distraction from the couch, but whatcha gonna do?

I have a bench - an up-cycle from our broken dining room chairs - that I started over a year ago, as well.

Nope.  No ADD here at all.