Today, DD Momma and Papa moved all their baby bears to a new house and I helped! DD Momma bought a new house with more square feet and they sold their old one. That meant they had fewer than 48 hours to vacate their old home. It was like what I imagine an old fashioned barn raising to be like; all of their closest friends came together and pitched in to get all of their belongings loaded up into the biggest UHaul I’ve ever seen! Papa looked funny driving such a big truck since he usually drives a little Honda.
Last week while discussing the economic climate with my dad, he said to me, “The USA you knew will never exist again…This is the new normal”.
Some people have been curious about my giving up things and adding exercise in. I’ve been asked if it was for Lent.
I’m tempted to say yes because when I succeed (and I WILL succeed), I’ll feel somehow a little more spiritual. The truth is no. There are three or four reasons why I am doing these things and none of them are the Lenten season. 1. I need to get in shape and get healthy again. 2. I’m going on a strenuous hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. I need to be in shape for this! 3. All of these things are on my 101’s list and finally, 4. I want to look hot for my husband again!
Let’s take a look at #4. My husband has never acted repulsed by my body and has never been mean to me about it. However, I know I look different and I don’t want to be in that situation. I want to make myself better and make sure that both he and I are alive and together for a long time and are good looking people!
It’s not that I’m against Lent or that I don’t believe in suffering for 40 days, I just have always failed at New Years resolutions AND Lent. I’m not going to fail this time. Maybe only for the lack of putting that label on it.
So no, I’m not the spiritual hero that you were looking for me to be.
Some of you who know me or know my family members are aware that my family and some of our traditions are a bit quirky. Yesterday, one of my childhood/family memories was highlighted on The Thrifty Chicks blog. Click to check it out!
While listening to my favorite Radio/Podcast show of all time, I heard them discussing static electricity and how not everyone knows or understands the “joys” of it. As a kid, I remember walking across a room, dragging my feet on carpet without lifting them and then touching a classmate, shocking them –In more way than one. However, these days I cannot escape the sharp pain of being shocked. It’s nothing like the feet on the carpet kind of shock, it’s the kind that numbs your fingertips or makes your eyes water and forces you to wince in pain and scream in agony.
In a month and a half, we are joining 3 of our closest friends on a hike. You may have heard me talk about it a bit. The five of us are hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and we are also hiking back out! After having “let myself” go over the past 5 or 6 years, I’m stepping up. It might be a little too much a little too late but I’m trying my hardest to get into shape for this hike. I don’t want to be the one holding anyone back!
Today I wanted to take some time to update my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. There are far too many activities to still cross off! I am getting nervous despite having more than a year left.
2. Donate our pledged amount of money to the church
3. Lose 60 pounds. – In progress
47. Visit Australia
48. Go on an out of country trip with my parents again
49. Visit Havasu 2 times per year.
53.Visit Christmas at the Zoo
54. Visit the zoo on a normal day
55. Visit every winery in Indiana – In progress
58. Attend 2 really big concerts – 1 down!
59. Visit the Art Museum each season
60. Attend the theatre (not movie) 5 times – 1 down!
67. Learn to dance
69. Scan and upload photos from mom and dad’s house
72. Take one photo every day for a year
73. Complete a 26-Things Scavenger Hunt
74. Eat only raw foods for an entire day
101. Make a new list of 101 Things to Do & donate $5 to James’ memorial fund for every task on this list that I do not complete.
Go to http://www.millionsubs.com/Reg.php and register to get a free sub sandwich from Quiznos! Do it quick because there are only a million available!
Twenty years ago, when I was 7 or so, my parents started thrift store shopping every weekend. They were looking for the obscure.
About a year ago I started reading a book called, 48 Days to the Job You Love. Fewer than 48 days later I took a job that I really hoped I would love. I did, but it was fleeting love so it was more like infatuation. 1 year and 48 days later I have a job that I really think I love.