Eight Is Great!

Eight Is Great!


I have 8 followers so I made this gif with a random picture of a cat! And Yes I’m celebrating 8 followers because I initially said I expect to get 8 followers and well I appreciate all 8 of you!

I haven’t had much time in the past week to post but im still here and happy to be writing when I can. 

What I Can Get Done In 1.5 Hours

What I Can Get Done In 1.5 Hours

Monday is my busiest day with my girls activities. Between the two of them there are back to back dance classes from 4:30pm till 7:15pm. What this usually means is the night before we prepare dance bags including outfits and snacks because on Monday afternoon there is no spare time! I leave work early, pick the girls up from after school care, and then straight to the dance studio. Homework is done in between dance classes and dinner is after we get home which means its something that is quick and easy to prepare.

My husband was home yesterday and took over  dance duty so I could get a work out in. I ended up staying a little late at work and didn’t get home until nearly 6:00pm. This left me with 1.5 hours of having the house to myself!  First did some things on my to do list:

  • I finally took care of the rebate on our new tires for the husbands car
  • I filled out three different school forms
  • set up two online fundraising accounts for my girls for Jump Rope for Heart
  • I called and got hotel rates for the end of the month for my girls out of town dance competition (had to call for special dance competition rates otherwise I would have done this online)
  • I started dinner
  • Finally I went upstairs and put that sports bra on

I chose to work out at home because I’ve heard stories recently about people circling the gyms parking lot for 10 minutes waiting for a parking space and i’m not willing to do that. So I went with my trusty old Thirty Day Shred DVD.

30-day

When I am not doing one Jillian Michaels’ work outs I think she is great and inspirational. When I am doing one of said work outs I HATE her! One of these days i’m going to watch it and instead of working out i’m going to time each segment because I swear they are longer than she says they are.

The Family came home while I was doing my cool down which the girls joined me for. As we sat on the floor in a “straddle” (my children corrected Jillian on her terminology) my 6 year old pointed out that our feet were supposed to be “flexed” not pointed. I guess all these years of dance lessons are teaching my girls something!

I accomplished quite a bit during my 1.5 hours of alone time.  It felt  good to have a quiet house for a little bit, get things crossed off the to do list and work towards one of my years goals of being healthier and working out. I also love that we are instilling a healthy lifestyle with our girls. When they see mommy working out they want to join in! Not bad for a Monday night.

Are You Messy Too?

Are You Messy Too?

Yesterday I wore a really cute outfit to work. Which shouldn’t sound like that much of an accomplishment but it’s cold up here in Wisco and sometimes looking cute in layers worn for warmth can be difficult. My door mat sums up our weather perfectly.

cold-outside

So I thought to myself I should take a selfie of my outfit. I’ve taken selfies before but I’ve never really had good results. My coworker even gave me a tutorial on how to take selfies. Sadly I was not a good student and I have not mastered the art of selfie taking.

First I tried to take said selfie with the full length mirror in my bedroom, but my on top of the dresser clutter was in the background and I didn’t like the way it looked. So I went to my daughters room and taking that picture led to a small list of chores which included vacuuming her room and cleaning her mirror. Then I tried the bathroom mirror but it cut half of my body off and you saw all the hair products and toys that were on the bathroom counter. I’ll add cleaning up the bathroom to that list I started while in my daughters room.

I see these adorable outfit of the day posts on Pinterest and Instagram and realized these people bedrooms are always so clean! Do they stage them? Quickly hide the mess before they take the picture or are they always that tidy? My quest to take a selfie of my perfectly layered cold weather outfit confirmed two things for me, one i’m terrible at taking selfies and two my house is always messy.

A while ago I bought that book that has been super popular about tidying up and only keeping things that bring you joy. It’s still sitting on my shelf, I haven’t gotten  around to reading it yet. Do I really need a book to tell how to organize my house? Should I let the mess bother me? I think the answer to both is No. I bought the book with the intention of seeing what all the hype was about and maybe come out with an idea or two we can put into practice. I love the saying “a messy house is a happy house” because based off of this my family is deliriously happy.

wine

I could be cleaning right now so my attempts at selfies have tidy backgrounds but instead i’m snuggled up in my arm chair drinking a glass of wine and catching up on Game of Thrones with the husband ( we got on the band wagon really late) and enjoying myself. The mess can wait. In regards to getting better at selfies the husband thinks I should just buy a selfie stick. Until then below is the closest i’m going to get to a selfie.

cat-socks

Confession husband actually took the picture but aren’t my cat socks great?

JJ

 

2017 Top Three Goals

2017 Top Three Goals

2017 is upon us and many hope it will go better than 2016. My 2016 wasn’t my worst year but it wasn’t my best year either.

My goals this year all have one thing in common, me! A happier me. A more well rounded me. A healthier me.

Goal #1: Write More

Oh look i’m achieving my goal already! I  love writing and once upon a time I saw myself freelancing. I’m hoping this blog will help me get back in the habit and maybe one day who knows have a byline!

My main goal though is just to get back into something I love and flex those creative muscles in my brain that have been resting dormant for year since accounting is not the most creative line of work!

Goal #2: Be Healthier

2016 was the year of donuts for me. My co-worker gets the most amazing donuts from a bakery by her house and I would seriously fight someone for one of those donuts. So 2016 was not the healthiest year.

I love to run. I would say a couple of years ago I was a runner. I have run 6 half marathons and countless 5k’s but as my girls get older and husbands work schedule remains crazy my running was put on the back burner. I miss running. I miss the “runners high” after logging a few good miles. I miss my cute perky runners butt. I miss what a stress reliever it was for me. Running made me goal focused and encouraged healthier eating as I thought about the fuel I needed when I was logging double digit miles.

Seeing as how it is winter in Wisconsin my outdoor road running will probably be delayed until March but until then my goal is to work out 3 times a week. I do have a much neglected gym membership and own countless work out dvd’s so I really have no good excuse except that my life is exhausting sometimes!

donut-meme

Goal # 3: Spend More Time Enjoying The Moment

In this age of social media and work e-mail on our phones 24/7 I sometimes do not feel I am as fully engaged in the moment as I can be. I know my cell phone is a terrible distraction for me. So while my girls are in dance class i’m going to watch them through the glass and see the progress they are making. As a family having meals with out television or i-pads present. Phone free date nights with the husband, heck any date with the husband!

To quote one of the best 80’s movies ever “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. My girls are growing up way too quickly and I don’t want to miss a moment.

(the quote is from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in case you didn’t know)

JJ