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Junk Drawers

I’ve slowly been trying to clear out the junk in my house. There is so much clutter (albeit better) that the house just doesn’t feel comfortable to me. After seeing how much stuff my Dad, Aunt, and Uncles had to clear out of Grandma’s house (and she didn’t have a lot by most standards) it made me think even more. Would I want someone to have to clear out all the junk in my house if I passed suddenly? No, I wouldn’t want them to have to concern themselves with all of it.

I’ve decided to get back to trying to minimalize my house. I don’t regret getting rid of some of my sentimental items but it was definitely bittersweet. It’s tough because it’s not just my stuff, but “our” stuff. Some things I may want to get rid of Mike may not want to. However, I’m going to do my best! I am going to go through my DVDs and get rid of any I haven’t watched in the last year or two (which is quite a bit!), donate more clothes, get rid of my excess dishes, clear out the nicknacks, get rid of the CDs I’ve uploaded to my computer, and just get rid of stuff I’ve held on to for so long but haven’t utilized for any reason. My wedding dress is still hanging in my closet, but I’m going to eventually cut it up and make a quilt out of it!

My biggest hurdle will be going through the stuff Dad gave me that was Grandma’s. She left me all of her crocheting items. I don’t really crochet, but I have tried. However, I know how important it was to her and I’m honored she wanted me to have it. I also have my Mom’s wedding china. She gave it to me and I’d like to keep one place setting to put on display instead of leaving it all in a big Tupperware box. I can give the rest to my Brother, but I’m not sure how Mom would feel about that!

Speaking of nostalgia, I’ll sign off with the best Star Wars picture…evah!


One Little Word, Again!

It’s a new year and that means I need a new word. Last year I chose “Revivify” as my watchword.

to restore to life; give new life to; revive; reanimate. This rut I’m in needs to be filled in and a new path taken.

I didn’t have a huge overhaul this past year, but I do believe I lived up to my word. I’ve done several races in the past couple of years, but I was getting bored with it and about ready to stop all together when a friend suggested we try an obstacle race. This is wayyyy outside of my comfort zone, so I said yes! What better way to get out of my rut than to try new things to challenge myself!

In fact, I did several races that were a little different for me. First was the 5K Foam Fest, then the Color Me Rad 5K, and last I signed up for a Zombie run (that’s actually this June). Unfortunately, exercise was about the only thing in my life that I changed. I started doing my own weight workouts and I joined a running group. I completed the Muddy Trails 5K even though I said I wasn’t going to do it again. Then, I completed two new races: Run Thru the Woods 5 Miler at Thanksgiving and the Texas 1/2 Marathon on New Year’s Day! I was going to do the 10 for Texas with Mike, but it was right after my throat surgery and I had to give my admission to someone else.

On the health front, I joined MyFitnessPal and met some wonderful people. One of which was the impetus for me trying the different races than I was used to! Hi Amy! I also joined Move More, Eat Well and learned a bit about health and digital scrapbooking. Again, I met some lovely people in this group!

I do feel that I’ve grown spiritually in the past year as well. I’m also more open to trying new things/adventures than I would have been any other time! This year I did my best to try and view things from other people’s perspectives and give back where I could.

All in all, 2012 was a pretty good year (despite having lost two beloved uncles and a scare with my Grandma). Now, however, I’m back to needing a word for 2013 and I’m having a hard time figuring out what it should be. I have some big changes coming up this year that could throw me off my game. With that in mind, I believe I want 2013 to be my year of balance. 2010 was my year of “Transformation“, 2011 I was “Shine“ing, and in 2012 I wanted revivification. See a pattern here?!

I need to balance being healthy with enjoying life. It’s not all or nothing. If I eat poorly at one meal, one day, one week, or even one month I’m not going to give up but I’m going to slowly steer this ship back in the right direction and keep on chugging on. Time at work needs to be balanced more fully with quality time with Mike and my family. Yes, “Balance” will do nicely!

Stack of Stones

A Year of CrossFit

Last week, Tuesday, I hit a year of CrossFit. A whole year of doing an exercise regiment at least twice a week (every once in a while only once). That is unheard of in my reality! I normally get bored or tired of a specific exercise and end up quitting. However, CrossFit is always different. I’m pretty sure that’s why I stuck with it so long.

My first workout just about killed me. Yep, 5 rounds of 15 Overhead Squats with a wooden dow and a 100 Meter Sprint. Took me 12:30 minutes. I can laugh now because I realize just how out of shape I was.

Me after my first CrossFit workout:

So, what was my workout on my anniversary?

WOD: (30 Min cut off)

40 Kettlebell Swings (25#)

40 Push Ups (Chest to floor)

40 Pull Ups (Green band)

400 Meter Run

30 Kettlebell Swings

30 Push Ups

30 Pull Ups

400 Meter Run

20 Kettlebell Swings

20 Push Ups

20 Pull Ups (Green first 10, Black last 10)

400 Meter Run

10 Kettlebell Swings

10 Push Ups

10 Pull Ups (Black band)

400 Meter Run

Finished in 26:30

I have to be honest. I didn’t think I was going to finish that “chipper”. This was one of the few times that I was both disappointed with myself and thrilled with myself. I was disappointed because I had to drop down to the black band, partly because I tore my hands and partly because my upper body gave out pretty quickly. However…I finished! With minutes to spare even!

I’m about 20lbs lighter than I was when I started. The fact that I’ve kept that off is great as well! Now, if I could lose more my pull ups would be a little easier. While I’m getting to where I want to quit CrossFit for a bit…just take a break from the intensity, I’m still glad I’m going once the workout is done!

What workout/exercise routine have you had the most success with?

Of Eyes and Stuffed Animals

Yesterday I had the pleasure opportunity to have my eyes dilated for the first time. As many times as I had been to the optometrist I always said “no thanks” when it came to the dilation. The assistant put me in the room and left me to my own devices, not necessarily a good thing!

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a fascination with buttons, knobs and dials. It’s a bit odd, I realize this, but I still get an overwhelming urge to touch, poke and prod such devices. Well…

Oh, yes, I did and it was great fun! Thankfully, I had finished my inspection before Ms. Galos came in to numb my eyeballs (very odd experience, indeed).

On another note, I’ve decided to start cleaning out my house little by little. My husband and I have accumulated quite a bit of “stuff” for just being the two of us. Part of my problem is holding on to items that have sentimental value. It doesn’t matter how many times I read “The item is not the memory. If you throw the item out you’ll still have the memory”. Yes…most of the time this is said during an episode of Hoarders and I don’t want to be a hoarder! Well, I’m finally learning to let go.

First up is Susan and Tasha, my favorite stuffed animals I’ve had for 30 years. I love y’all but it’s time to say goodbye.

Next is Valentine Chrystal. Can I pick names or what? lol…I was quite young so shut it! My mother and I waited in line for Toys R Us to open the day the Cabbage Patch Dolls were released. My only stipulations were it needed to be a girl with red hair and green eyes. No, I wasn’t picky at all…Mom was my hero that day, fighting off another woman trying to take my dream doll. I sent in the name change request so I could get a “birth certificate” with the name I chose. So many memories with these three dolls!

This Saturday they will be turned in to Goodwill for some other child to enjoy.

What type of items do you have trouble letting go of?…changes

Last week I discussed wanting to decorate my home in the steampunk style. Mike and I decided to make a small change first as we’re trying to figure out what cabinets and furniture would work well. I found some replicas of old light switches from House of Antique Hardware and bought enough to change all of the switches in the front room and hall (13 in all).

And…the verdict is…

I love them! They even click when you push the buttons like the old ones do. Eventually we’ll do all of the fixtures in the house, but for now the front room is enough.

Mike painted our hall ceiling white and put up a couple of finials I bought a while back. I’m not sure if I like them or not. They may look better if they were a little more distressed, but it definitely adds a little flair to the otherwise bland hall.

Sunday was our painting day. While Mike worked on the hall I worked on one of the walls in our bedroom. We were looking for something relaxing and soothing for the bedroom. Storms with low rumbles of thunder and the light patter of rain always makes me feel happy. So, I found a color that reminded me a bit of a stormy sky. The entire room will be this color, but I only wanted to do this one wall so I could….

start my library!

I still need to arrange the books and add other elements, but all in all I’m quite happy with the results. Now, if I can just keep the dog from wanting to pull the books out (and chew them up), I’ll be in good shape!