Monthly Archives: February 2009

Modern Day Barn Raising

Modern Day Barn Raising

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.

I pitched in from 10am-3pm and others were there until 8pm! I stopped by the new house later to drop off a fridge and DD Momma looked like she was run over by the UHaul! She was exhausted and completely wiped out. They all looked so cute curled up on their couches in front of their new fireplace!
Someday I hope that friends will be helping ME move to a bigger house…with a fireplace! They are so fortunate to have such great friends that all pulled together and got everything moved and in its new room in ONE day! We also have some great friends (including a few of those ones) who have helped us with house projects and other stuff. It did kind of surprise me that none of their neighbors came over and pitched in. I thought that neighbors used to pitch in during barn raisings? I guess none of our neighbors (who weren’t already our friends) would help us either. Okay, maybe one or two.
My neighbor/friend Jennifer is trying to fix up her house and move out too. I would love t help her but she’s always in town when I’m gone! 

Limiting Our Lifestyle

Limiting Our Lifestyle

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”.

Today he is correct. We canceled our cable. Completely. No HBO, no MTV, no Bravo and not even basic cable. We’re all rabbit ears baby! Well, we’re not even rabbit ears because I’m not coughing up the cash for that anytime soon. So, we are watching snow on our television set, or movies.
Also, we’re getting rid of one of the cell phones and I’m not going to have my acrylic (hoochie) nailsanymore! As with the television rabbit ears, I’m not willing to cough up the cash to have them removed so….they are just falling off.
All of these things make me a sad panda but even with my old job at the Dot Com we were looking at having to make these sacrifices and now that my husband’s company had a companywide pay cut and I’ve accepted a lower paying job, we HAD to do it today!
Today I went grocery shopping and bought 2 giant bags of groceries and it cost about $100. That doesn’t really seem like a great price to me but now that we’ve cut out our eating our prices, I guess it’s important to keep food in the house.
Is anyone else making cuts to their lifestyle? 

Not The Spiritual Hero

Not The Spiritual Hero

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.

Why Are You Shocking Me!?!?

Why Are You Shocking Me!?!?

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.

The radio hosts discussed the strange phenomenon that happens when you make your bed or slide in between the covers in the dark, “It’s like fireworks!” It really is! The worst pain that I’ve ever experienced was in a Target store as I reached to open the freezer and select some frozen veggies or something. A load pop came from my finger as my hand met the metal handle. I yelped and grabbed my grocery cart and a smaller pop ensued from that action!
While working at the Dot Com, I’d go each morning to wash my hands (after putting on makeup in the car) and a jolt of electricity would zap me from the water stream! That cannot be safe. Before today I hadn’t really heard anyone else complain about this phenomenon but I’m so glad to know there are others out there. Yes, we had little electrical shocks and the occasional zap in California but it is MUCH worse here in the Midwest. Theory has it that people get used to it and it doesn’t bother them. I’ve been shocked for 7 years and I cannot imagine ever being “used to it”.
In Southern California, I really do feel like we had to seek out this electrical shock. Besides scraping my feet along the carpet at school, I remember my parents put up a low voltage wire that ran along the top of the fence to keep the dogs from climbing or jumping over. My siblings and I would occasionally dare one another to touch it! Ha ha! Fun times! The worst was when I would be raking the yard and back my elbow into the fence. Ouch! I think the surprise made it hurt more.
Out of control electricity, just another reason I want to move home again….. 

Getting Ready for the Grand Canyon

Getting Ready for the Grand Canyon

 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!

Here is my plan:
Jay and I are NOT eating out for the next 30+ days (crossing off a task on my 101’s list). We’d like to make it for about 45 days but we’ll have to see!
I’ve been visiting the gym Tuesday-Friday and working out for 1 hour divided between the treadmill, elliptical and the bike. I’ve also thrown in a few weight machines each day. This week I’ll increase to 5 days (thus crossing off another task on my 101’s list). In two weeks, I’ll increase my time spent on the machines to 1 ½-2 hours total.
In March, I’d like to attend at least 1 hour long or more hike and complete it carrying my hiking backpack, loading it down with a little bit more gear each weekend.
I will not be consuming any alcohol for all of March and on into our hike.
I’m trying to eat healthier meals and make choices that are contributing to my success.
I’ve renewed my prescription for my heart medication and I’ll be taking it EVERY day (another crossed off my list!).
This plan has been well thought out and I cannot wait to see the results in April. So far I’ve lost almost 2 pounds. It doesn’t seem like much but I’m happy with it. I’d like to lose a total of 30 pounds in the next 3-4 months. Once I hit that benchmark, I’ll set another goal for the remaining 30 I have (ha, ha! Another crossed off if I can reach this). I do realize it took years to put it on but I’d like it to take a lot less time to take it off!
Does anyone else have any suggestions for me? 

101 Things – February Update

101 Things – February Update

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.

1. Help out with the youth group 5 times (when Jacob is around).
2. Donate our pledged amount of money to the church
3. Lose 60 pounds. – In progress
4. Exercise 5 times per week for a month. – In progress
5. Get back into rowing.
6. Kick the soda habit in the butt
7. Join or begin a walking group
8. Find a job that I love (most of the time). – Uncrossed and then RE-crossed
9. Buy a 2nd piece of property.
10. Have a girl’s night out 3 times per month for a year. – In progress!
11. Live off of my planned budget for 1 consecutive month
12. Pay off all of my credit cards
13. Keep my car very clean (spotless) for one month
14. Get diamond earrings
15. Keep up with my oil changes
16. Keep up with the dog’s shots
17. Go to an OSU football game
18. Go to a Colts football game
19. Break a 150 at bowling
20. Attend 2 Alumni rowing events
21. Vote for a president and have 10 great reasons why!  FAIL
22. Go sailing and be a part of it
23. Keep up with this list at least once per month.
24. 30 consecutive days of no television
25. 10 consecutive days with no internet
26. Sell 100 items on ebay
27. Paint the living room
28. Paint the kitchen
29. Paint the master bathroom
30. Finish painting the upstairs bathroom
31. Finish painting the downstairs bathroom
32. Tile a backsplash in the kitchen
33. Replace the kitchen cabinet doors with some glass
34. Re-floor the kitchen
35. Replace the flooring in the living room/dinning room
36. Put up that fence
37. Organize the closet
38. Get a china hutch
39. Organize the game closet
40. Organize the downstairs closet
41. Make my bed every day for one month
42. Finish one of my books
43. Post one blog per day for 2 consecutive months – In progress
44. Write my will.
45. Read 100 books.
46. Visit Greece
47. Visit Australia
48. Go on an out of country trip with my parents again
49. Visit Havasu 2 times per year.
50. Go on a train trip
51. See a Broadway show on Broadway!
52. Geo-cache with Jacob and find 200 more caches
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!
61. Work on at least 4 devotions with Jacob.
62. Attend church activities at least 2 times per month
63. Daily quiet time for one month
64. Find my niche at church (where can I serve/give back)
65. Get my degree
66. Take a class for fun
67. Learn to dance
68. Transfer 8mm camcorder tapes to digital format
69. Scan and upload photos from mom and dad’s house
70. Scan and upload all of the photos at my house – In Progress
71. Scan and upload photos from Jacob’s parent’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
75. Volunteer to read at church 5 times – 1 down!
76. Visit my old church in Greenwood
77. Train for a marathon
 78. Complete a marathon
79. Take my heart medication daily.
80. Be active in Partylite for one year or quit.
81. Sleep on the beach
82. Scuba dive with dad
83. Take a hot air balloon ride
84. Get a parks pass and USE it!
85. Clean the heck out of the garage and get rid of it all!
86. Go snowboarding at least once
87. Date night with Jacob 2 times per month
88. Find a friend to also make a 101 things list!
89. Try 50 new restaurants
90. Interview my grandparents
91. Participate in Race for the Cure
92. Organize my computer files
93. Back-up everything on my computer
94. Go ice skating
95. Play laser tag
96. Enter something into the state fair
97. Go one month without eating out. – In progress
98. Eat two meals per week at the kitchen table with Jacob.
99. Organize miscellaneous scraps of paper.
100. Organize my recipes.
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.
 
I pledge to do everything possible to complete this list (beginning Monday, November 26, 2007) by Monday, August 23, 2010

Quiznos is giving away 1 million sandwiches!

Quiznos is giving away 1 million sandwiches!

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!

My favorite is wheat bread, Italian dressing with turkey, toasted and topped off with banana peppers and some extra Italian dressing! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Memories of Thrift Store Shopping

Memories of Thrift Store Shopping

Twenty years ago, when I was 7 or so, my parents started thrift store shopping every weekend. They were looking for the obscure.

My two younger siblings and I were given a quarter each every Saturday to use at the thrift store, we were looking for a bargain! (Way)Back then they had an outdoor area called the As-is yard. It was a horrific mess, sort of the area that all the junk was sorted and cleaned up before it was taken inside. We loved it! You could pile your arms high with pieces of Barbie’s dream house and cast away dolls without arms or clothing and the man in the front would write you a ticket with the price. Eventually, he caught on that we each only had a quarter and our ticket would always say 25 cents.
As I got older, my allowance grew and I also learned about saving up for the wonderful paperback books found (already priced) inside. Now, in my late 20’s I’ll shop the local Goodwill, looking for a specific item or something obscure at a great bargain. I do miss the As-Is yard…Thrift Storing just isn’t the same without it! 
A blog-friend of mine (she blogs, I read it, therefore she is my friend) wrote a post about Thrift Store shopping. I’ll link you all to her site soon. She’s writing an article and quoting me! I replied to her post in a comment and then as I wrote my comment, it brought back great memories so I took my comment and turned it into a post!

Tomorrow is AMAZING!

Tomorrow is AMAZING!

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.

The past week has been a lot like a dream, I’ve had meetings with people, I’ve planned things, I’ve set things up. I’m back in the driver’s seat of my life! Have you ever been out of control of your own life and destiny so long that when you relinquish that control it’s so exhilarating that you can hardly breathe? That’s where I am!
In the 48 Days book I read that just because someone is good at something doesn’t mean that they are suited for it. I really struggled with that and looking back I should have considered my hesitations a lot more. When I told my boss (es) that I was leaving the Dot Com, they were very complimentary. They said I was a darn good sales woman and that they had some great plans for me in the near future. They had a lot of nice things to say that I wish I had heard during my time there – it would have done a lot for my moral.
Tomorrow starts a new work week for me and I can’t wait! The feeling of excitement over a day at work is such a great feeling. If you’ve never had that feeling, I’m sorry.