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Only 2 weeks in…

I cannot believe how crazy this week has been.  I must be starting to get on the right track because it seems like everywhere I turn it’s nothing but one attack after another.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  — Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

Huh. I was looking for a good scripture on faith and found one on understanding instead, not even realizing it until after I’d pasted and formatted the text.  So yeah, that’s the kind of week I’ve had.

I am relying fully on faith right now, reminding myself that this is all part of His plan and His purpose and I just have to go with it and rely on Him to see us through.  When life spins out of control, it’s all any of us can do.

Both boys have acted out and I need to read Hope for the Weary Mom now more than ever. Because oh, am I weary.

I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. — Psalm 69:3 (NASB)

Alex’s actions are those of a newly turned 18 year old but they have made waves in the household and the tension is thick.  Andy’s actions are far more severe and far reaching, and I don’t think he yet understands the consequences that are before him. But it’s out of my hands; all I can do is be supportive and keep praying.

Hello Mornings and Bible in 90 Days start Monday.  I’m excited and I know I can do this. I’m going to try to blog about it, but no promises.

Week 2 update on my goals for January 2012.

1. Recipe binders. I have 2 binders already filled with sheet protectors and dividers, I just need to collect all the loose paper copies, sort them, and insert them into the binders.

  • Week 1: Gather recipes. There’s no telling where all I have them stacked at. Done!  My loose recipes are in the top drawer of my cart (where I keep my future reading and blank journals). I also printed out some of my favorites from online along with a few that I hope to try soon and added them to the stack. I did not include Alex’s handwritten-on-sticky-notes recipes because they’re in his shorthand and for everything he himself is responsible for making (like italian bread and tortillas). At some point I’ll have him write them neatly on notebook paper or type them up but at this point it doesn’t bother me to leave them out of the book.
  • Week 2: Sort the recipe pages into categories and label the dividers. Done! I haven’t actually labeled the dividers themselves but I did put the recipes into sheet protectors and sorted them into categories with sticky notes where the dividers will go.  I have: breads & muffins, sweets, condiments & dressings, side dishes, soups & stews, entrees.  At some point I may need to break entrees into beef/poultry/pasta but I’m not going to do that now.
  • Week 3: Devise a method of indexing the recipes. I’m thinking the easiest way to do it may be to put page numbers in the corners and then just keep an alphabetical TOC by category at the front of each binder.  I want to be able to quickly find the recipes I’m looking for, but at the same time I don’t want to constantly be shuffling pages around either.

2. Start 5K training.  Our high school is having a 5K fundraiser for our graduating class on March 3. That gives me 9 weeks to complete an 8 week program. M-W-F will my training days and I know I can do this.

  • Week 1: Charge the iPod, leash the dog and run. No excuses!  Done!  Okay, I didn’t start until Friday BUT all of last week I was dealing with a spider bite under my arm and any form of exercise, or even simple movements, were extremely painful. I’ll spare you the details because it’s just too gross to share. You’re welcome. 😉  By Friday had infection had cleared up so we leashed the dog and Alex ran with her while I set the pace with my iPod and homemade playlist.  Which worked very well I might add. It’s nice to run to music I know and like, and I knew when the song changed, it was time to run/walk again.  Our total was 24 minutes and 1.4 miles.
  • Week 2: Keep up with the 5K program. Run inside to the Wii when it rains tomorrow. Done!  I actually managed to run Monday night during a break in the rain.  Andy and I even saw a crawdad wandering across our path.  🙂   Wednesday night I didn’t run because of the day’s drama and I really wasn’t in the mood.  Last night I went out for coffee with a friend and didn’t think about it.  I’d like to make time to get a 2nd run in tonight or tomorrow but we’ll see what happens.
  • Week 3: Start week 2 of the 5K training program.  Register for the race on Friday.

3. Organize my kitchen.  We added new furniture and new appliances to an already messy and chaotic kitchen. It drives me crazy to work in there when I can’t find what I need.  So I’m going to clean it up and clean it out and retrain my kids to keep it that way.

  • Week 1: Spice shelf; it’s what bugs me the most.  Done!  Okay, so this didn’t actually get done until tonight, but again, it wasn’t something I was going to tackle when I felt so horrible earlier in the week and yesterday we were busy all day long. But it’s done and that’s all that’s matters right?
  • Week 2: Tupperware cabinet. I’m hoping the presence of storage bins will help keep the odds-n-ends in one place.  Not done yet.  I have the bins, I just haven’t made the time to sit down and go through everything.  Going to try very hard to get this finished Sunday.
  • Week 3: Pantry cabinets.  My pantry is a mess and needs to be cleaned out and organized.  We have too much of some staples and not enough of others and I can’t go shopping without knowing what I need.
 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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My week in review

The tagline for this post should be: Have I actually learned anything?

That would be a YES.  🙂

I’m halfway through my ADD book, Driven to Distraction, and I’m wishing I’d bought the book instead of checking it out of the library. There’s so much I’d love to highlight for future reference.   I’m understanding just how many of those little things I do that drive myself and everyone else around me crazy is due to the ADD.   I’m learning to put some of the things I read about into practice – like the short bursts and baby steps – and am glad to see how much more productive it can help me be, or at least how much more productive I feel like I’m being. Sometimes that’s all that matters.

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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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Hello 2012!

I decided to play along and pick my one word for 2012: understanding.  

Understanding ADD and the impact it has on me, my kids, my marriage, and my friendships. What I’ve learned so far makes explains so much about myself and I can’t wait to dig deeper.

Understanding the intricacies of new job responsibilities, responsibilities that I think I want to take on permanently.

Understanding where I’m at my spiritual walk and how my Heavenly Father wants me to move forward.

Understanding social media and savvy blogging and how to make it work for me. Who knows, I might even manage to blog something that isn’t 3in30 related.  😉

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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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I admit it…

I am a total slacker, or at least I have been this past month.  I finished Bible in 90 Days and decided I deserved a little break.  A month later, I’m still on said break and struggling to find my way back into a routine. 😦

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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in Blogging

 

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3 in 30: October week 1

3 in 30: October week 1

It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into October.

Fall temperatures have {mostly} arrived to my little town, although today feels more like summer than fall. A week in though, and I’ve barely made a start to any of my goals.

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Blogging, Food & Fitness

 

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3 in 30 ~ October goals

3 in 30 ~ October goals

Let’s do a quick September recap and wrap-up before we move on to October.

{Full details on my September goals here.}

Goal #1 – Clean up my Google Reader account {blogging}

My reader is still clean, and now I just have to remember to go check it for anything that I don’t already get via email, Facebook, or twitter.  It doesn’t get checked often. 😉

Goal #2 – Clean up my favorites/bookmarks {blogging}

It’s so much easier to find what I’m looking for, but I’m seeing a need for a 3rd level of subfolders, especially to split out my baking and desserts recipes, and I should probably go ahead and split out the entrees and sides folders while I’m at it.

Goal #3 – Get started on meal planning {meal planning/homemaking}

Week 1 went well, weeks 2-4 not so much. But they did show us the benefit of and need for menu planning.

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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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3 in 30 check in – September week 3

It’s time for a 3 in 30 check in. {Full details on my September goals here.}

Goal #1 – Clean up my Google Reader account {blogging}

Goal #2 – Clean up my favorites/bookmarks {blogging}

I’ve thus far managed to keep my reader account and bookmarks cleaned up.  I do find it slightly ironic that now that I’ve got things better organized, I’ve been able to keep up with most of my reader favorites outside the reader. The current count is 442 unread posts after 2.5 weeks of not checking it. About half of that are posts I’ve already read or dismissed.  *shrugs*

Goal #3 – Get started on meal planning {meal planning/homemaking}

Our first few days of meal planning went great.  By Wednesday I was faced with unrealistic baking needs for a school night, and changed up the menu.  As a result of the menu changed, I found this awesome Enchilada Rice recipe from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.  Made with a homemade enchilada sauce and paired with grated cheese and fresh tortillas, it was a hit.

After that first week though, it went downhill and I was ready to throw in the towel and call it quits.  Well, okay, I kinda did call it quits for a week.  Now that I’ve had a week with meal planning and a week without it, planning is the way to go. I just haven’t figured out how to make it work with financial restrictions that don’t allow for wiggle room.  Hubby is on board with meal planning, but I’m praying that he’ll desire to sit down with me and help plan out the menu. Since he does the finances and he’s the one home to start/supervise the cooking, I think it would go much more smoothly if we worked it out together.

Question for you.

What do you do about the very minor tasks you find that need to be done, like sorting out old chipped jewelry or cleaning out the spice cabinet?   I’m tempted just to do it because it needs to be done and I know it will take all of an hour to finish the job. It seems kind of silly to wait and keep it as a project for a future month.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Blogging

 

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