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12 in 2012 – May + April in Review

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Let’s see how April turned out:

Goals for April

  1. Call dentist I’ve had a broken back molar for awhile. It doesn’t hurt, so I’ve been avoiding the dentit, but I’m thinking I can’t put it off any longer.CALLED, 2 Fillings & 1 pulled wisdom tooth. Ouch.
  2. Clean Oven This one? Dumb move. I accidently set my oven to self-cleaning and then quickly turned it off. However, my oven door stayed locked so I figured I might as well add this to the list because I would have to run the cleaning cycle to get the door unstuck. Which I did today and it seems the oven blew it’s thermostat fuse or something and the oven part of my stove no longer works. This is why I don’t clean things. DONE – ISH? After a nearly $200 repair from using the self cleaning cycle, I am never cleaning the oven again.
  3. Clean out middle dresser drawer I have tank tops shoved in a corner of it and no clue what is in the rest of the drawer – WHOOPS. Forgot about this one. Not done.
  4. Paint numbers on Spencer’s bins This was part of the big reorganization last month, but I never finsihed the last part. I didn’t do this because I can’t figure out what kind of paint to use on those synthetic canvas-like target bins. A test spot of acryllic craft paint flaked right off.
  5. Exercise 12 times My goal is 3 times a week, but I thought writing it this way would keep me from quitting if I missed a week or something. Already done 2 days and it is only the 2nd. Woot. I kicked this ones ass. Now to keep the momentum up and maybe look at my diet in May.
  6. Clean out front yard section for sunflower patch. I had a huge plot of sunflowers the summer I had Spencer. It was so beautiful, but I let the spot get overgrown. I bought some seeds. Time to take back my yard. PARTIALLY DONE.
  7. Reorganize cabinet under phone in kitchen. This one is a disaster. It started as baking stuff and seldom used cookware and morphed in to beverage storage and all sorts of things that make no sense and fall out when I open the door. – DONE
  8. Clean out nightstand books. I think I need a little come-to-jesus meeting with my book situation and I need to just get rid of the ones I am never actually going to read. DONE
  9. Deal with odd socks. Hopefully, after my book overflow is dealt with, I can use my bottom nightstand drawer to hold odd socks until I think of a better solution. I am attempting to wash everything in my hamper ever time, but somehow I still have odd socks. It is so frustrating. DONE
  10. Get new lampshade for bedside light. Yay! A fun one. – DONE
  11. Mail back/return all outstanding items. I have a few things that have been sitting waiting to go back to Zappos. Since early February. DONE
  12. Cook something from 3 cookbooks I already own. I need to either use my cookbooks or put them away. The internet has rendered my cookbook collection fairly obsolete, but I still love them, however, they sit idle, collecting dust. I forgot about this one. Completely. I also cooked a bunch from Real Simple, so maybe I should do one thing or the other.

Tasks for May (I think I am going to roll some over from April this time.)

  1. I’m going to be bold and just add Clean Out My Dresser. It has to be done. Maybe I’ll find some cute clothes for the summer.
  2. This is a do-over from April – paint the numbers on Spencer’s bins. The tape is in even worse shape than it was in April.
  3. Start vegetable seeds with Spencer. I have the stuff, just need to start the seeds so they’re ready when we get the garden fixed up.
  4. Keep exercising. I think this might be a permanent additon to the list.
  5. Time for a book purge! Too bad they’re so expensive to ship or I would do a shop my bookcase on the blog. Well, I could do that. Shipping a book is about $1-3 media mail. Plus maybe a buck for the book. Let me know if anyone is interested.
  6. Dare I do TWO fitness goals? Attempt the Bob Harper Yoga Warrior dvd.
  7. All sorts of boring cleaning tasks this month. Clean out my bathroom cabinet.
  8. Don’t buy any books. Unless they are a gift. Or maybe for Spencer using credit card points.
  9. Clean the office/guest room {including under the desk}. This is a total cheat because my sister is coming to visit and I have to do this one.
  10. Shred the shredables. I need to get our paper situation under control.
  11. This is one of those things that most people like and I hate: get a haircut, just a trim I think. I’m still growing out a bunch of scraggly layers.
  12. Find a dish drainer that fits in my sink. Or convince my husband that we need a new sink. Either works for me.

Riveting play by play of cleaning the cupboard.

Things I Read

      • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy What can I say – I read this for no reason other than being a completist.
      • You Have No Idea (BlogHer book club. Review up tomorrow)
      • Hollywood in Heels I’m glad this one was free. It’s a fluffy life of an it girl in hollywood sort of book, not my favorite. Plus, the constant references to her vagina as a “peach-ca” was excruciating. Is that a thing? I’ve never heard it.
      • Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge This is a fascinating book, the oral history of grunge. As someone who was in high school when grunge first went main stream popular and it loved it, reading the backstory was amazing.
      • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) I love the Bloggess. I loved the book. I wish there had been more about her childhood/early years. Also. Knock, knock motherfucker.
      • Spencer got a new book and it is the best kid’s book I’ve seen in a long time. Hippopposites: the art is adorable and the opposoites are a challange. Sets inlude opaque/transparent and free/caged.

 

Movies/DVDs watched – This was a slow month.

  • Finished Season 1 of the Killing and almost caught up to the currently airing Season 2 via On Demand. So far, I really like it. I know a lot of people complained about the end of the first season, but I liked it. It is a little slow paced and I think it is well served by watching on dvd rather then when it actually airs.
  • The Descendants (technically we watched this 5/1, but I really wanted to watch it in April so I’m counting it) This was good. I see way it was lauded, but Clooney has reached the level of stardom where I really can’t forget I’m watching George Clooney in a movie and lose myself in his character. I might read the book. Has anyone read it?

So, how was your April? Do anything fun?

 

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Giving up. Giving in. Simple.

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

It’s no secret that 2012 has sucked balls. I can’t quite get over the hump and everything just keeps getting more overwhelming and more frustrating and I just can’t keep things under control.

It seems like this would be emotionally driven, and I’m sure it partially is, but mostly it’s my house/home/life keeping where I feel like I am failing in every single area. As much as I like them, and I plan to keep them going, I don’t think lists of 12 things a month are going to fix things.

So rather than giving up completely just drifting forever, I’m turning my life over to Real Simple magazine. No. They have nothing to do with this. It isn’t sponsored, endorsed or even encouraged.

What happened was this: I impulsively bought a Real Simple at the store the other day. I used to subscribe but had let my subscription lapse when I didn’t renew any magazines after I had spencer and I figured I had some extra time to read what with my Internet being down and all. I was reading it and had a bit of an epiphany.

I’m probably pretty close to their target demographic – upper middle class/middle class mom in her 30s. But why does my life look nothing like I imagine the Real Simple lady’s life to be. Mine is In shambles, hers is put together and fabulous.

I’m going to give my life a makeover Real Simple style. Every month I’m going to try all of the recipes, learn important life lessons and do all the things! I’ve already purchased.a new hair brush and purple (!!!) eye shadow.

But on the subject of buying things, Real Simple is pretty consumer driven and I’m trying to cut back on stuff, but if the mention a trend and it is something I need anyway, like a hairbrush, then I’ll consult their wise guidance.

I’ll be starting with the April 2012 issue and I’m excited. It has a lot of things about small changes to save money, being organized and, of course, purple eye shadow.

I wrote this on my phone. Apologies for any wonkiness.

12 in 2012 – April

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Let’s see how I did on March’s list:

  1. Organize the playroom and make it more functional for storage and play. – DONE
  2. Finish the Marco Pierre White biography so it isn’t sitting in my kindle app 2/3s read for another two months. (I like it, but I don’t looove it. I don’t normally finish books I don’t like) – DONE
  3. Clean the pile of mystery in the corner of my bedroom. – DONE and my hamper lives there now so it can’t really happen again
  4. Find and start using a free calorie/weight loss/fitness app. – TRIED I’m on my third. Still not finding one I like.
  5. Find a decent shade of daytime lipstick, preferably red. – DONE for now
  6. Get taxes done. – DONE, now just waiting for our monies.
  7. Get refi paperwork done. DONE – And approved, baby!
  8. Organize the cupboard with Spencer’s cups/plates and the good storage containers. – DONE
  9. Change over our bed to the sheets/comforter I bought 6 months ago and just haven’t washed. – DONE
  10. Get the crib out of Spencer’s room and into the trailer/garage attic/storage. ALMOST It is out of his room, but not yet permanently stored.
  11. Delete/sort the photos on my desktop. (Screen grabs/downloads/the misc ones) PHASE ONE COMPELTE If I am being perfectly honest, the stuff is off my desktop, but now lurking all mixed up in various folders. Maybe 100 things were deleted, so that’s good.
  12. Clean the refrigerator shelves. NOT DONE – I cleaned the door and the door organizer things, but didn’t take everything out and clean the shelves.

Let’s see what I did when I wasn’t doing the things on my list.

Books read:

Discs Watched:

  • Drive (AWFUL)
  • Moneyball (good but slow)
  • Breaking Dawn Part I (hilarious)
  • North by Northwest (I don’t remember this being this slow)
  • Young Adult (great)
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene (odd)
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (boring)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (great)
  • (started) The Killing Season One (too soon to tell)

Goals for April

  1. Call dentist I’ve had a broken back molar for awhile. It doesn’t hurt, so I’ve been avoiding the dentit, but I’m thinking I can’t put it off any longer.
  2. Clean Oven This one? Dumb move. I accidently set my oven to self-cleaning and then quickly turned it off. However, my oven door stayed locked so I figured I might as well add this to the list because I would have to run the cleaning cycle to get the door unstuck. Which I did today and it seems the oven blew it’s thermostat fuse or something and the oven part of my stove no longer works. This is why I don’t clean things….
  3. Clean out middle dresser drawer I have tank tops shoved in a corner of it and no clue what is in the rest of the drawer
  4. Paint numbers on Spencer’s bins This was part of the big reorganization last month, but I never finsihed the last part. I need to get everything painted so I
  5. Exercise 12 times My goal is 3 times a week, but I thought writing it this way would keep me from quitting if I missed a week or something. Already done 2 days and it is only the 2nd. Woot.
  6. Clean out front yard section for sunflower patch. I had a huge plot of sunflowers the summer I had Spencer. It was so beautiful, but I let the spot get overgrown. I bought some seeds. Time to take back my yard.
  7. Reorganize cabinet under phone in kitchen. This one is a disaster. It started as baking stuff and seldom used cookware and morphed in to beverage storage and all sorts of things that make no sense and fall out when I open the door.
  8. Clean out nightstand books. I think I need a little come-to-jesus meeting with my book situation and I need to just get rid of the ones I am never actually going to read.
  9. Deal with odd socks. Hopefully, after my book overflow is dealt with, I can use my bottom nightstand drawer to hold odd socks until I think of a better solution. I am attempting to wash everything in my hamper ever time, but somehow I still have odd socks. It is so frustrating.
  10. Get new lampshade for bedside light. Yay! A fun one.
  11. Mail back/return all outstanding items. I have a few things that have been sitting waiting to go back to Zappos. Since early February.
  12. Cook something from 3 cookbooks I already own. I need to either use my cookbooks or put them away. The internet has rendered my cookbook collection fairly obsolete, but I still love them, however, they sit idle, collecting dust.

 

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12 in 2012 Redux

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I wrote a 12 in 2012 post and my goals were lofty. In fact, they were so lofty that I don’t even remember what they are, but since I used that post to announce the pregnancy, I don’t really want to look at it or link it ever again. Plus, I’m so scattered that I think I need smaller goals.

Of the things I remember, there were: read a book a month that I already own, refi the house, deal with banking stuff, get rid if crap from my parent’s house, reorganize the kitchen and I just don’t know.If I can’t even remember them, then maybe they weren’t so important after all. I’ve been thinking that maybe instead I need to try and accomplish 12 things per month, these can be things mundane (get taxes done) but not usual (pay mortgage/bills/do laundry).

I’ve also become recently obsessed with the William Morris Project over at Pancakes and Frenchfries {in a nutshell: have nothing in your home that isn’t useful or beautiful}, but I lack the commitment to fully embrace it.  I do, however, love the idea of small, achievable tasks. That is what I am going to attempt for the rest of the year.

I’m also working on a list of beauty/cosmetic things I’ve never done/learned and would maybe like to try. For instance, I’ve never had my eyebrows done, never had salon color, would love to learn liquid eyeliner. These sorts of things may be popping up on future lists. Maybe even a mani/pedi!

12 things per month. I hope I can handle it.

Here are my 12 for March (since the month is part over, I included some of the tasks I accomplished last week during my sister’s ORGANIZE ALL THE THINGS whirlwind visit last week):

  1. Organize the playroom and make it more functional for storage and play.
  2. Finish the Marco Pierre White biography so it isn’t sitting in my kindle app 2/3s read for another two months. (I like it, but I don’t looove it. I don’t normally finish books I don’t like)
  3. Clean the pile of mystery in the corner of my bedroom. {I did this one. Spoiler alert: there was blogher swag in there}
  4. Find and start using a free calorie/weight loss/fitness app. Suggestions welcome in the comments.
  5. Find a decent shade of daytime lipstick, preferably red. (Been looking for this for a year)
  6. Get taxes done.
  7. Get refi paperwork done.
  8. Organize the cupboard with Spencer’s cups/plates and the good storage containers.
  9. Change over our bed to the sheets/comforter I bought 6 months ago and just haven’t washed.
  10. Get the crib out of Spencer’s room and into the trailer/garage attic/storage.
  11. Delete/sort the photos on my desktop. (Screen grabs/downloads/the misc ones)
  12. Clean the refrigerator shelves. (Do people do this monthly or whatever? I’m gross. I think it’s been a year at least so this is a one-time-only counts for the list motivational item.)

And because I am so excited, I will share the results of five early. I’ve been looking for a decent lip color for years, YEARS, and I finally (think) I found one.

Outlast Lipstain 415

And since we’re looking at my photo. Thinking about dying my hair again because the auburn didn’t really turn out and is practically gone already. Maybe black? More red? That pretty chestnut brown that celebrities always seem to have, but doesn’t exist in box dye?

 

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