25 May 2015

May 25, 2015 - Day 25

Keeping Up

Days in a row without fast food: 3
Days in a row without soda: 3
Days in a row of exercise on Wii Fit: 0
Glasses of water today: 8
Days in a row of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 5
Nights in a row Dinner Cooked by Me: 0
Books read: 11
Hours read today: 1
Pictures Taken: 3
Days in a row of at least 1 picture a day: 2
Steps for the day: 2028

Other Goals Completed

It's been a relatively quiet weekend, all things considered.  Rich and the boys went to a Pokemon tournament on Saturday.  I was able to get some alone time which, after the busy week I'd had, was very much needed.  We also took the chance to watch Into the Woods that I'd picked up at the library earlier that day.  It was a great afternoon.  Sunday was a stay-at-home day where I was able to spend most of the time reading.  I love having days like that.  Though we did manage to get outside for awhile to go to the park with the boys and give them a chance to play outside for awhile.

Today was a day of great friends treating us to lunch, followed by board games with them.  This is part of why I didn't get as much reading done (yet) today.  If I had some goals toward playing games more, I would have had a ton toward it today.  Though I was still able to get pictures taken and I was able to keep up my water drinking.  (And I'm noticing a difference in doing so - the skin on my face had gotten very dry but it's starting to feel less so.)

Tomorrow will be another busy day.  Teddy is having his award ceremony at the school.  So I'll be there for a couple of hours (probably).  There's a bunch of stuff I need to get done around the house as well.  Then Wednesday, the kids only have 1/2 a day of school and I'll be picking them up from school to either take them to the park or to go to a friend's to play.  Then summer break will begin.  I've told the boys that we won't start our summer schedule until next Monday.  So they should enjoy the rest of the week doing their own thing before I pull them into chores and working on some summer work.

Enough for now.  Here are some pictures from yesterday.  Today's picture isn't showing up yet, so I'll add that in for tomorrow.  Enjoy!

May 24, 2015 - Baby strawberries
at the park
May 24, 2015 - A composite picture
of the boys having batting
practice at the park


23 May 2015

Back in the Saddle Again

I haven't been as diligent keeping up with things as I should have been over the last month.  It has been a pretty busy one, though, I had several Field Trips with Teddy's class, then two different awards ceremonies for Pete, along with keeping up with the house and dealing with a fairly bad headache, updating has been one of the last things on my mind.

I will admit to falling off the wagon with a few things.  I've eaten fast food several times over the last couple of weeks, and there were quite a few days that I wasn't drinking the water that I should have been.  But a combination of the kids being home as of 11:30 this coming Wednesday and being a bit short of money means that I'll be able to rededicate myself to doing the healthier things.

I have been keeping up with the books, though.  I've been able to have plenty of time to settle back and read a bit (if you're interested to see what I've been reading, look at the Books I've Read tab above).  I've also been playing a few audio books while I've been cleaning.  Right now, I'm listening to Split Second, the first book in David Baldacci's King and Maxwell series.

I hoping that the schedule I've set up for the summer will keep me motivated on things.  I've got a a general plan and the chores figured out.  I picked up a new app called Motivated Moms. It's a great task and to do app that I comes with preloaded tasks that you can hide if they don't apply, the ability to add your own tasks, the ability to assign tasks to people and the ability to set each task within a room.  The only thing I wish it had was a way to assign a task to more than one person at a time.  But it has been keeping me on track of things.  Which is one of the things I need to do.

Hopefully tomorrow (or even tonight)), I'll get back on track for updating.  It's really the only way I can keep track of some of the things I want to do for a certain amount of time (like the 30 days of 8 glasses of water or the pictures for a full year).

In the meantime, here are some pictures that I have taken recently.  I know that I've missed a few days here and there, so I'll need to restart the clock on it, but, hey, that's why it goes for 1,001 days.

May 11, 2015 - At Traveller's Rest with
Teddy's Class
May 12, 2015 - Teddy on the way to
Cheekwood


May 12, 2015 - One of the many sights to see at Cheekwood
May 13, 2015 - Teddy going down
the Guitar Slide at the Country
Music Hall of Fame (We went with his
Encore Class)


May 14, 2015 - Lemon getting comfy
under the covers
May 19, 2015 - Kami loves to hid in Rich's
Dresser


May 20, 2015 - Peter getting his
Music Award at the Kindergarten
awards ceremony
May 22, 2015 - Peter getting his
awards from his teacher, Mrs. Huff.
So proud of that boy!


10 May 2015

May 10, 2015 - Day 10, Mother's Day Edition

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: (7 in a row)
Days without soda: (9 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 2
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 0 (0 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (3 in a row)
Books read: 6
Hours read: (Number of days: 8)
Pictures Taken: (Number of days:10 )
Steps for the day: 589
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 1
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

Today, being Mother's Day, wasn't a day that I focused on my goals overly much (other than taking advantage of lots of time to read.)  And I'm not going to stress over it either.  Instead, I'm going to just revel in a day dedicated to me. The boys brought me in their gifts and cards (picture will be below.)  I was able to have eggs benedict, coffee and orange juice for breakfast, followed by a time to relax up in my room. I got started on my goal of watching all the episodes of Lost. I called my own Mom for Mother's Day and talked to her for a little while, then went downstairs to a scrounge lunch and a family movie of The Lego Movie. Teddy fell asleep, but the rest of us enjoyed it all the way through.  Afterward, I went back upstairs to read a bit more of Pocket Apocolypse by Seanan McGuire.  (Managed to finish it a bit later tonight as well.)  We had personal pizzas for dinner - mine was bacon and pineapple, which is something I hardly ever get because only Teddy and I like pineapple.  We were going to watch a family movie together (I'd chosen The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone.) but we only got through about 1/2 of it before the fighting and arguing of the boys got me too annoyed and I decided to yield the TV to them instead.  But before I went upstairs, I got to have a piece of the cake that Rich and the boys made for me.

It wasn't a perfect day - the boys didn't help Rich with much and there was a bit of fighting - but it was still a great day.  Rich even did a little cleaning and he and the boys worked on my van a bit.  It was a start, anyway.

Tomorrow will be getting back into hectic, hectic craziness. The first of three days of field trips will be happening, plus needing to get the apartment ready for the new windows that will be installed Tuesday.  I'm planning on bringing my big ol' jug of water to keep me hydrated for the day.  Because I'm really learning that water is essential.

And now for my adorable Mother's Day Swag:

The pillow and bookmark were from
both the boys, the "grapes" and
bouquet card were made by Pete
at school. 

09 May 2015

May 9, 2015 - Day 9

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: (6 in a row)
Days without soda: (8 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 4
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 0 (5 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (3 in a row)
Books read: 5
Hours read: 1 (Number of days: 7)
Pictures Taken: (Number of days: 9)
Steps for the day: 6621
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

I didn't get this blog updated yesterday.  It was just one of those days.  I spent a majority of the day unplugged, reading books.  It was a wonderfully calm, cool and fantastic day.  I did manage to drink a lot of water, so I was doing fairly well with that.  Steps, however, weren't much of anything.  I only put my reading aside when it was time to bring Pete to therapy.  So it was a relatively good day.

Today was a day of quite a bit of walking.  I took the van to Firestone to get the A/C fixed.  And rather than have Rich clean the car out to pick me up, I walked back home.  When the van was ready, I walked back over there to pick it up.  It was a nice bit of walking.  The weather wasn't too hot nor too cold.  I made sure that I brought along a bottle of water so I wouldn't get too hot.  And driving home with A/C for once!

This morning, our apartment complex held a pancake breakfast.  They made a ton of pancakes and had bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, whipped cream, butter and syrup.  They also had some muffins and some OJ as well.  It was a nice chance to not only have some yummy breakfast (that we neither cooked nor paid for) but also to chat with some of our neighbors a bit.  I even managed to get some cute pics of the boys.

I managed to get a bit more reading done today as well, and took a bit of a long nap while Rich and the boys went out to get stuff for me for Mother's Day.  It should be a nice day, if everything they're planning comes off.  I'll be sure to post about it tomorrow.

And now for the pictures from the last couple of days.

Pete with his K'Nex construction
from therapy
Pete with his therapist and their
even more complex K'Nex construction.


Pete in his silly outfit for at the
pancake breakfast.
My boys, enjoying their pancakes.





07 May 2015

May 7, 2015 - Day 7

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: (4 in a row)
Days without soda: (6 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 17
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: (4 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (3 in a row)
Books read: 4
Hours read: (Number of days:5 )
Pictures Taken: (Number of days:7 )
Steps for the day: 4025
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

I didn't get much done today, aside for reading.  I did stop by the library and pick up some books - both books that I'd requested and books that I found. One is about decluttering and the other is trying to find things to do with the boys over the summer. I'm hoping to spend some time looking through those tomorrow.  Today has been more about reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire.

I also got a chance to try a new place to eat.  This is something that had been on past 101 lists.  And it's one I probably should have put on this one, but oh well.  It's still expanding my horizons.  The place I tried out is called Mirko.  It's an Italian restaurant across from the library.  It was a little pricier than I'd planned for lunch.  (The specials were $8.)  But the food was wonderful. I had Spinach Ravioli Norma which was just... fantastic.  It's a place I definitely want to get back there at some point.

Tomorrow will be another day of puttering and maybe, just maybe, working on some of the lists and art projects that I have on my list.  Or maybe just making notes from the books that I got out.

And now for today's picture.  I'd been making dinner (nuggets and fries) and came back to sit down at the dining room to read while they cooked.  Instead, I found that my seat had been taken.

Her majesty on her throne. 
Her majesty from above.

As frustrating as she can be, I do love my Kami-girl!

06 May 2015

May 6, 2015 - Day 6

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: 5  (3 in a row)
Days without soda: (5 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: 0  (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 12
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 3 (3 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (2 in a row)
Books read: 4
Hours read: 2 (Number of days:4 )
Pictures Taken: (Number of days:6 )
Steps for the day: 2704
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

Again, I didn't manage to cross any more off of my list, but I am continuing to make progress with some of my ongoing tasks.  One of the hardest parts is no fast food and no soda because I'm essentially lazy and I don't want to have to figure out what I want to eat and then make it.  But I'm trying really hard to stick to my goal because I know that, in the long run, it will make me healthier.  I haven't started up the Wii Fit or the C25K program yet, in a large part because I'm trying to get my back back in shape.  (Severe spasms last night and more starting up today. But I'll make it to doing those eventually.

I did make a step in the right direction for the food diary, however, by purchasing a notebook to use for one.  It works a lot better for me to have something I can carry around with me than something I need to remember to put into the computer later.  Maybe I'll start back over at SparkPeople and be able to transfer my data from the notebook to the website, but if I have the notebook, then I don't need to worry any more.

Tomorrow is going to be a relatively low-impact day again.  There isn't a lot that needs to be done in the way of housecleaning (laundry primarily), though I do need to make a stop at the library to drop off a few things and pick up a few others.  So I make take some of the time and work on some of the other things on my list, like writing out the list of things that make me happy or work on my I'm beautiful poster or something.  Oh, and figure out what kind of quick thing I can make for dinner.  It's League for Rich and the boys so they'll need to eat quickly and leave. But I'm sure I can come up with something.

Today's pictures are ones that I took this morning.  Pete and Teddy were playing around before school and, at one point, Teddy was laying down while Pete decided to use him as a surf board. It was quite amusing so I had to take a picture.

Sitting on the balance ball
becomes a job for 2
I don't think this is what is meant
by the term "body surfing".


05 May 2015

May 5, 2015 - Day 5

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: 4  (2 in a row)
Days without soda: (4 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 12
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: (2 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (1 in a row)
Books read: 0
Hours read: 2  (Number of days:3 )
Pictures Taken:  (Number of days:5 )
Steps for the day: 4125
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

Not up for much typing tonight.  I did something to make my back hurt like heck so sitting up is not the most comfortable of things to do right now.  Again, I haven't gotten anything struck off the list, but I am making progress.  Teddy had a PT Evaluation today, and we picked Pete up at school, so I got plenty of reading done.  I also decided that tonight was the night I was going to start making dinner.  For those who know me, you'll know what a big deal it is.  For those who don't, I hate to cook.  Passionately.  I'm never sure about spicing things and I usually leave cooking to my husband.  Baking, I'll do all the time.  But cooking... not so much.  Tonight, however, I decided to make a meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn.  It wasn't a masterpiece, but it came out pretty well.  And I surprised my husband, so this was a good thing.

I'm also working on a few things around the house - setting up a chore schedule that (hopefully) will work, and trying to stick with my FlyLady..  I'm starting to make plans for doing things with the kids over the summer.  I just need to write a few things down so I don't forget them.

And now, I'll share the picture I took today and get back to resting and (maybe) reading.  Pete decided he wanted to see how he looked in Teddy's glasses.  Personally, I think he's a little Edna Mode.  Chime in with your thoughts!


04 May 2015

May 4, 2015 - Day 4

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: (1 in a row)
Days without soda: (3 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 8
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: (1 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (0 in a row)
Books read: 0
Hours read: (Number of days: 2)
Pictures Taken:  1 (Number of days: 4)
Steps for the day: 3457
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

Today was focusing more on general household stuff instead of furthering my 101.  Of course, it doesn't matter as much because I still have plenty of time to finish them off. But I did feel good about myself because I got all my downstairs cleaning done.  I even got a load of laundry done and a few loads of dishes.  So it's tiny steps, but I'm getting there.  Particularly when I told fast food no, and chose water instead of soda at a meeting tonight.  So... getting there.

One thing I realized that I may want to do to try to keep myself happier is to start carrying a notebook with me and write down the little things that make me happy or proud.  Anything to feel better about myself.

Now for my one picture: a selfie that I took this evening:

Smiling Amber

03 May 2015

May 3, 2015 - Day 3

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: (0 in a row)
Days without soda: 2 (2 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 8
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 1 (1 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: (0 in a row)
Books read: 0
Hours read: 1 (Number of days:2 )
Pictures Taken: 106 (Number of days: 3)
Steps for the day:8174
Food diary updated: (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

So close!  I was so close to breaking the 10,000 step mark that I'd wanted to break.  I guess it's still possible that I might do so tonight, but I'm not counting on it.  It's 7:30 and it's going to be a rough to get in another 2,000 steps.  But I do have almost 3 more years to work past that goal.  I will do it!

I did, however, knock out "Attend TN Ren Faire" today.  And it was fantastic!  We had to take the boys to their last day of Sunday School before we could go, and that's where I fell off the Fast Food wagon.  I'd rushed out of the house to get the boys to church on time and hadn't had a chance to eat breakfast.  There wasn't enough time to go back home and get something to eat, or have a sit down breakfast.  So I stopped at McDonald's and grabbed something for breakfast there.  One small bump in the road, that is all.

Back to the Ren Faire, It's was Rich and my second time at Tenn Ren, Teddy's first time that he'd remember going (he was only 2 the last time we went), and Pete's first time period.  We spent a lot of time looking in shops and grabbing something to eat.  Teddy devoured a turkey leg (with a little help from Rich and some from Pete.)  Pete tried chicken on a stick and, when he didn't care for the taste of it, we got him pizza.  Rich had some fish and chips and I enjoyed broccoli and cheese in a bread bowl.  (My favorite Ren Faire meal and one I'd love to be able to make at home.)

The only show we really got a chance to watch was the Human Chess Match.  It's Rich's favorite part of any Ren Faire, so we had to go check it out.  The fights were pretty good and there was a lot of comedy in it.  Chess matches are just wonderful fun.  We had a few others that we wanted to see - Axel the Sot and Robin Hood, as well as the Queen's Knighting Ceremony - but looking at shops and walking around took up a lot more of our time.  We also wanted to go on the tour of the castle, but by the time we headed over there, the line was too long and we were too tired to wait.  So maybe next year, if we're able to go back, we'll try to do the castle early.

All in all, it was a great day, though.  The only down side is that my dad wasn't in any condition to come with us.  He would have had a blast.  Well, maybe next year.

Tomorrow is another day to work toward completing all my goals.

My guys, waiting for the Chess Match
The boys in their new hats.


I love a guy in full plate!
A wonderful bagpiper plying his craft


02 May 2015

May 2, 2015 - Day 2

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: (2 in a row)
Days without soda: 1 (1 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: 0 (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 3
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 0 (0 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: 0 (0 in a row)
Books read: 0
Hours read: (Number of days: 1)
Pictures Taken: (Number of days: 2)
Steps for the day: 1797
Food diary updated: 0 (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

I didn't really do anything else beyond working toward some of the above goals today.  And most of my reading wasn't books as much as it was comics from Free Comic Book Day.  But I did make an effort to drink more water and less other things (including water when we went out for lunch to Dragon Phoenix).

Tomorrow will be a bit bigger of a day, as we're going to the TN Ren Faire.  Of course, that means I'll have another one off the list.  All in all, I'm looking forward to it!

Pictures


May 2, 2015 - Pete enjoying ice cream
at Dragon Phoenix
May 2, 2015 - Kami enjoying the sun on the
back of the couch.


May 1, 2015 - Rich and I getting ready
for Avengers: Age of Ultron (With
bonus Pete)
May 1, 2015 - Teddy and Pete, being their
silly selves.


01 May 2015

Day 1 - May 1, 2015

Keeping Up

Days without fast food: 1 (1 in a row)
Days without soda: 0 (0 in a row)
Days of exercise on Wii Fit: 0 (0 in a row)
Glasses of water today: 3
Days of drinking 8 glasses of water or more: 0 (0 in a row)
Nights Dinner Cooked by Me: 0 (0 in a row)
Books read: 0
Hours read: 0 (Number of days: 0)
Pictures Taken: (Number of days: 1)
Steps for the day: 4356
Food diary updated: 0 (0 in a row)
Days Journaled: 0
Stage Plays Attended: 0
Donate to Goodwill: 0

Other Goals Completed

Well, I haven't started it yet, but Teddy and I have talked about doing a book club together.  We have the first two books in our book club picked out.  Teddy wants us to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. My first choice is From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. It was one of my favorites at his age and I suspect he'll like it as well.  At least, I hope it will.

I'll also be able to check off "Watch a movie on opening night" tonight.  Rich and I are going to see Avengers: Age of Ulltron tonight.  (Yes, I'm geeked!)  I'll try to write a non-spoilery review at a later time. (Also, the above numbers won't be official until after midnight.  I'm still hoping to change some of them, but we'll see how things go with the other things happening tonight.)

So not a bad start for day one.  I'm trying to remember that it's a marathon rather than a sprint and I don't need to focus on so many things at one time.  But I'll get there.  I still have 1000 days left.  Check back on this particular post to see some updates to the numbers above, as I will (hopefully) update them after we get back from the movie.