Deal #1

November 25, 2006

I enjoy exercising.  I know I should do it more often.  It is hard to find the time.  A couple years ago I made a bet with the guy I shared an office with on who could loose the most weight in 2 months.  The winner got the window desk.  I had the window desk at the time, but was so confident that I was willing to put it on the line.  I figured either I lost the most and got to keep the desk, or I lost the desk by trying really hard (and even though I lost the desk, I was sure to lose weight also).  So I worked really hard and dieted and exercised 4-5 times a week.  I got to keep the desk.  Basically I rocked.  Well that was a couple years ago and I have not been as good at keeping up with the exercising.  We moved and I now have a longer commute.  We got a dog and now I spend my extra time in the morning with him.  We take a walk, but it is a very slow walk because he has to sniff and pee on everything.   So I figured I needed a new form of competition or motivation to get myself back on the exercising track.  Earlier this week I made a deal with myself.  If I exercise at least 4 times a week for the next 5 weeks I am going to buy myself some new pajama pants.  I LOVE pajama pants, but I have lots of them and don’t really need any.  I figured this would be a good motivator.   I am not through the first week yet and laar night I nearly forgot that I had to exercise.  But I remembered and so far I am on track.  I am also working up a longer term deal that involves building out some blah closets in our house.  I already have the plans drawn up, just have to convince B that it is a good idea and I figured ‘earning’ it would be more fun. 

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I am thankful for opportunities.  I am fortunate to have many opportunities available to me.  Opportunities to change things in my life because I want to, not because I have to. I am thankful for circumstances.  My grandfather was killed in an accident earlier this year.  I miss him and wish it had not happened, but I am thankful that he was not sick for a period of time before he died.  I am glad that he and my grandma did not have to go through all the pain and suffering that an illness can cause.  Granted we did not get to “say goodbye”, but would rather it happen the way it did than someway that could have been even more painful. I am thankful for support.  My husband supports me in everything.  He pushes me to be a better person.  He loves me for all my quirks (there are many).   Over the past 4 years he has been there for me through so much, good and bad.  I am thankful for experiences.  I grew up in the country, have lived in the city, have learned to love the outdoors, I have milked goats, I have traveled, I have been a vegetarian, I am married, I own a house, I went college, I am part of a large family, I work in a corporate job, I love, and I learned.  I have had many different experiences in my life that have built me up to be who I am today.  Granted there are a lot of things that I have not experienced, and I am also looking to take the opportunity. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2006

We had a great day – mouse proofing our garage and basement and then had a nice dinner with B’s family!

And I tried a new Tuscan flatbread recipe and it turned out to be pretty good!

We have a mouse

November 22, 2006

UPDATE:  Confirmed – mice.  Or we did…. caught two in the traps overnight.  Hope that was all.

Or mice… I am not sure.  I guess we will find out by how many we catch in the traps.  We were in the basement and noticed that there was a bunch of sawdust and concrete dust on one of the tables along the wall.  I poked into the insulation above the table near wear the basement attaches to the garage… and I saw a little mouse tail.  By the time I got the insulation pulled out mr. mouse was not there anymore.  I am pretty sure he ran into the garage.  My husband (the one who does not do bugs or critters) got the ladder and would only bring it half way across the basement and then almost wouldn’t go into the garage to get to the car to go to the store to get the traps.  We I pulled down all the insulation along the walls that touch the garage and we realized that there were a couple places where the basement was not sealed off from the garage.  We filled the gaps with “great stuff” the expanding spray stuff.  Then we set a couple traps in the basement (although I am sure the mouse is not in there) and several in the garage.  Unfortunately I have had quite a few experiences with mice, growing up in older houses in the country you are bound too.  Granted I will squeal and jump if one jumps out at me or startles me, but I can handle mice.

Overheard on the train today:  A woman talking about someone else complaining about her husband not helping to do anything around the house to get ready for the holidays.  The woman on the train’s comment was “What husband does?  What husband does help around the house, especially to get ready for the holidays?  She continued to talk about how she didn’t even think that her husband would even know how to turn the vacuum on, let alone change the bag.”

Well I have an answer to that… my husband does.  My dad does (provided he has specific tasks).  My grandfather did. 

I do also know that there are a lot of men out there who feel like the housework and preparing for company is the wife’s responsibility.  I am lucky enough to have a relationship where we are very equal.  Because of our situation (B works at home and I work away from the house with a 1.5 hour commute each way) B does a lot of the housework – cleaning – laundry – etc.  I am VERY willing and interested in helping fix things or do the yard work or do the home improvement things around the house.  (Plus I do the bugs or other critters).   I am amazed at hearing comments like this and seeing how other relationships work.  I guess this come from how I was raised.  I spent a lot of time working on construction type projects with my father.  He was always willing to teach me things that were traditionally not “girl” things.  I was raised with the mantra “ you can be or do anything you want to, if you put your mind to it”

The ultimate delurk

November 20, 2006

My friendship with Lakeline got me into the world of blogging and I have been reading blogs for more than a year now.  I rarely commented, and was just content reading about the going ons in others lives.  Like I said in my first post, I have been thinking about starting my own blog for quite awhile, but I had never taken the step to create it.  I think this was mostly because I was afraid.  Afraid I would not know what to write about, afraid people would not care, afraid people would not read it.  Well thanks to the month of blogging I got one started.  It is actually not as hard as I thought, although my goal is to make my posts more thought-out and insightful following the general trend I am trying to take my life these days.  I will admit that without the commitment of the month of blogging I don’t know if I would have stuck with it or have gotten so into it.  Granted after November is over I may not post everyday, but it is definitely something I want to keep doing. 

Totally Different Topic

M is having surgery on her arm tomorrow … drop by and give her some thoughts of quick recovery.

Lakeline’s father broke his back in earlier this week is having surgery tomorrow … drop by and give her some love and support.

Babysitting in Nordstroms

November 19, 2006

So last Friday Lakeline had a haircut appointment and needed someone to watch her precious daughter…. Well M and I decided to take a LOOOOONG lunch and take on the task of watching Dorrie for a few hours.  Dorrie was GREAT!  She just looked around while we shopped a little.. then fell asleep on M’s lap in the shoe department.  I have babysat quite a bit in my life, but this experience in a public place was quite different.  For one Dorrie is so cute and got quite a few comments.  And then there was the comment that she was not M or my baby…. Also just the logistics.  – The two of us maneuvering around with Dorrie and the diaper bag (and no stroller – cause I have heard that Dorrie hates the stroller with a passion) was quite comical – It took both of us.   Props to all you moms out there – YOU ROCK!   All in all this was a great experience cause not only did we get to hang out with Dorrie…. but also with her mom after the awesome hair cut!  I would gladly take a few hours off of work in the office for another one of these days!

To be a better person

November 18, 2006

A conversation I had today was a wake up call to me that if I don’t start making some changes in my life I am going to end up in a place I do not want to be.  This is going to be pretty rough for me, but I am going to commit myself to making these changes.  I need to, because I want to, because I need to.

Handmade Products Anyone?

November 17, 2006

If you live in Chicago (or are planning to be here this weekend) and you like handmade items, you HAVE to check out the DIY Trunk Show on Saturday.  It is a great collection of artists whose goods range from cards to soap to jewelry to pottery to clothing to… almost anything you could imagine.  I went two years ago when I first found out about it and it was awesome.  I was unable to go last year because I was out of town, but I plan to drag my husband and maybe some other friends along on Saturday.

Sometimes my husband and I can have essentially the exact same thoughts, ideas, or actions.  It is actually kinda freaky sometimes.  I will come home from work and we will be talking about something that is going on in our life and we will have done an Internet search on the same thing…. or have the same idea about how to do something.  Granted, some of it makes sense, as we do live together and spend a good majority of our time together… but sometimes it is just really odd. 

And then there are the times when we are thinking or understanding two totally different things.  These times can be very frustrating and trying for both of us.  We both have the belief that the other person is smart enough to figure out what we are talking about, and don’t always put as much as we should into effectively communicating our thoughts.   These are great learning experiences as we can work to better understand how and what the other person is thinking.  And it gives us an opportunity to work through our differences so that at least we are both in the same chapter.