Day 5 – Making use of Nooks and Crannies

Another day downtime-1-28-17, and I am struck by how quickly time passes. I am completely unaware of how much time has gone by until I look up and am astonished what the time is.

I seem to be perpetually astonished this way.

Yesterday, I only experienced fail once with the treadmill stopping on me. Not terrible, but in fussing with it, I seem to have lost 6 minutes of my 30 minute walk. Well, at least according to my Fit Bit. That doesn’t take away from the fact that I did spend 30 minutes walking, but I don’t get whole credit for it. If I am to be able to track my progress, I will need to find some ways around all of this tomfoolery. Or do I need to? I’d like to, because I want to be able to look back and see just how much work I had to do in order to lose the weight and get healthy.

So, who says I don’t get credit for how much I walked? The company who makes Fit Bit? Face Book? My peers? Me?  All of the above, but that is easily fixed. I’m only the real one that matters, because I know. My body knows, because it’s stiff from the morning assault of exercise, where before there wasn’t any. I’m in constant recalculate mode to make sure I am on time in the morning. Time is everything in my daily life. Keeping track of time, and what I do in a given span of time,  is the top thing that seems to matter. It feels like I need to cram in what’s important to me in between work and other responsibilities.

I’m more than a little sick of it, no lie.

I crave to be able to just get up and not worry about how much I can get done in a day. I want to just sit at my computer and write some days, and not have to care about anything else. I’ve missed blogging, and by now you have undoubtedly noticed that my 100 Day Challenge is just as much about blogging as it is exercise. Getting healthy isn’t just about the body, it’s about the mind too, and I needed to make time for it.

I have been fretting about what I would have to chop out of my life in order to “make time” for a healthier lifestyle, and for blogging.  I think the answer isn’t to chop anything out, but to just rearrange things when the opportunity presents itself, or fill up the space with something positive where there is an empty nook or cranny available.

You may have noticed that I have a tendency towards verbosity. Part of this 100 Day Challenge is that I am trying to learn how to blog meaningfully, crammed between exercise and running to work,  while throwing back my morning smoothie. I want to learn how to cram more and better meaning into a smaller amount of verbiage because time does get away from me.  There have been so many times I had something to write about, but felt like I couldn’t do it in whatever sliver of time I had available to me. Today is awesome, because it’s Saturday, and I don’t have to be anywhere for quite a while, and I can write to my heart’s content. It feels REALLY good to write again.

Here’s hoping you find all kinds of lovely opportunities in the nooks and crannies of every day life. Make them count, even if your goal is just a really awesome nap. Blessings!

Getting my way on Mother’s Day

Greetings all,

First, let me wish all of you Mothers in the blogosphere a very happy Mother’s Day!

I’m being selfish with my time today, because I can get away with it. Mother’s Day, much like a birthday, is a good excuse to gather with family and friends, eat good food and enjoy each others company. It’s not necessarily my favorite holiday, as that slot has been occupied for a very long time by Thanksgiving, but it does have it’s good points. Top on the list of Mother’s Day’s good points is that I get to say what goes.

Here’s my list of things I want today… and by golly, I’m going to get all of it.

1. I want to spend time on my blog (check…mission accomplished!). I get precious little time to come out here anymore, to write or to read my favorite blogs. Today, I get to spend time here. Yes!

2. I want to cook lasagna from scratch today. I love to cook, and don’t get a chance to very often. I have invited my parents over for supper tonight, and when I told Mom what was on the menu, she tried to tell me I should buy a frozen lasagna instead of making it from scratch. I was surprised at how I almost came completely unhinged. I know her heart was in the right place – she didn’t want me to put too much effort into cooking dinner on Mother’s Day. She just doesn’t understand how much like to cook, and how deprived I am in that department. That’s ok… I’ll get my way in the end.

3. I want asparagus. (Demanding wench, aren’t I?) I haven’t had asparagus in years because my picky children won’t eat it, and it really doesn’t pay me to buy it if I am the only one that likes it. Today, it’s just too bad for everyone else that doesn’t like it. I. Will. Have. My. Asparagus! In fact, I have a lovely new recipe that I found on Pinterest for roasted asparagus with olive oil and thyme. I can’t wait!

4. I want to clean my house. The boys are generally pretty good about helping out around the house, but their idea of clean and my idea of clean are galaxies apart. I’ve spent such precious little time at home lately that what little I am able to do gets undone pretty quickly. Today, that gets corrected, even to the point of scrubbing out the fridge. I think something died in there, and is crying out for a decent burial. Argh!

5. I want to spend time in my yard. Spring finally did make it to North Dakota, and there hasn’t been a snowflake in sight for a good three weeks. I think Winter is finally gone for good this year, but I’ll leave my collection of snow shovels out until June 1, because I am just that superstitious about that sort of thing. My yard needs a good raking, and my strawberry/kitchen garden needs to be weeded. There are lots of plants returning from last year, but the grass is trying to overtake them. Time to get out the gloves and open a can of whoop-ass on that nasty invader.

There it is…my top five demands for today, in all of their glorious depravity. Like I said, today I get what I want, and no one best get in my way…or else! 😉

Lilacs half bloomed on May 23rd 2010

Here’s hoping all of you Moms in the blogosphere get exactly what you want, how you want it, and when. More importantly, I hope you have a lovely day with your families and friends.

How blessed is Friday, let me count the ways…

We made it!  Friday is here again, but it’s not just any run-of-the-mill Friday. This Friday is special for a bunch of reasons:

~The boys don’t have school, which means I don’t have to take anyone anywhere else but me to work. That means I’ll have time to stop and get myself a fluffy coffee…score!

~Everyone in my office is off for the weekend except me. It’s going to be super quiet and I’ll have no distractions today. It’ll be a good day to catch up on all the podcasts I’ve been missing out on due to phones and the office being loud.

~It’s not raining anymore! After one day of thunderstorms and another full day of persistent rain, I’m ready to dry out.

~I get to have lunch with my fabulous friend Brea. Her creative muse had a party in her head yesterday, and she’s posted this very cool story on our story blog, Two Be Named, entitled Come Along With Me. Check it out!

~I got to spend extra time reading and writing in the lovely quiet of the morning. Can you hear that? That’s right, no banging of the water heater…just the sound of traffic and my fingers tapping the keys.

Well, now that I’ve reviewed the blessings for morning, I guess I’d better skedaddle off to work. It’s going to be a good day!

Two Be Named – Stories in the making

So, my fabulous friend, Brea, and I have started a new project. We’re writing stories. As she says, we’re twisting our brains together to see what we can come up with. This new WordPress blog is called Two Be Named.

You’re going to see flurries of activity, and then maybe there will be some lulls, but it will always be several works of art in progress. Yes, that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it….ah….no pun intended!

So, if that sounds like something you’re interested in, check the link in the blog roll to the right. I hope you enjoy it as much as we are going to have fun writing it.

“To anyone who finds this letter, you are what remains of the human race.”

I was clearing out the clutter that covered my desk and discovered a piece of paper folded over at the top.  I wanted to make sure I didn’t throw away anything that might have an important note or phone number on it, so I unfolded the paper and found this:

“To anyone who finds this letter, you are what remains of the human race.”

I recognized the handwriting as being that of Older Son. In recent months he’s been writing a lot of stories, and I find snippets like this one on random pieces of paper around the house. Every once in a while he’ll bring me a story to read. The grammar and spelling are atrocious, but the stories are good. He’s got a really interesting voice that somehow shines through the clutter of his small, hard to read hand writing. I keep telling him that he should take a creative writing class, but he refuses. I get the impression he thinks that I don’t believe his writing is good enough. It is good enough, but taking a writing class could help him grow this ability into something bigger. Perhaps next year I can get him to take a class with me. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time myself.

Perhaps it’s just me, because I’m his mother, but I really want to know what caused the extinction of the human race in his mind. I’m guessing it’s zombies or a potential cause of WWIII, as those seem to be prevalent motif’s in his writing lately…he is 17, after all.  When I asked him about it, he smiled and said, “Oh, that’s where that went.” I dug a little further, but he wouldn’t tell me why…he just smiled.

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