So we had our realtor come out this past weekend to take a gander at the house and let us know what we need to work on before putting the house on the market. I was thinking she’d point out “projects” but she walked through the house and told me EVERYTHING that needs to be done – such as decluttering, staging, etc. talk about overwhelming! I spent the next several hours writing lists. I kept trying to find a method/type of list to help me not feel so overwhelmed…not sure I found one but writing everything down thirty different ways was its own type of therapy (because I’m a huge nerd who makes lists and excel spreadsheets for relaxation).
We’ve decided we need a storage unit sooner than later, we just want to make sure we get one big enough to hold our lives. Because one thing you don’t quite realize when you plan to put your house up for sale is that while it’s on the market they want you to live in your house…but look like you don’t. So even though I have my lists (which somehow keep growing) I’m looking around my house preparing for what can be packed away for a month or more and what’s really necessary for daily living. It’s like trying to pack for a month long vacation and hoping for the best case scenario so you can pack light. Yikes.
Anyway – at least that goal has gotten off to a start. Now I’ll be spending a lot of free time painting (and writing because I need to finish that book!), and packing up life!
I love peanut butter.
I just wanted to say that before I went off on it.
I always find it on my pants. Sometimes my shirts, but usually my pants. It’s become an accessory several times a week. I don’t own that many pairs of jeans, mostly because I’m losing weight so I don’t want to stock up on pants that won’t fit me for long.
Sometimes I know the peanut butter is there because toddler man mouths my leg after eating some. Sometimes I find it later, I look down and there it is, about the height of the kitchen table because someone decided peanut butter makes excellent paint (and it kind of does).
It’s kind of gotten to the point where I’m not so careful when I eat anymore. The food on the kitchen floor doesn’t always come from the toddler in the room, why should it? I have to clean it up no matter who makes the mess and there’s always going to be something to clean up…so why try so hard?
Toddlers may be messy – but they sure are fun. So for now I’ll deal with the peanut butter and all the other little messes and I’ll try to be more put together and clean when I’m older.
I’ve been giving my goals some thought (some less than others) but here they are. I’m also going to tape them to my mirror so I remember what goals I set. Here we go:
- Query 5 agents by August
- Finish the 1st draft with necessary edits
- Have 3 BETA readers (at least)
- Research agents
- Write and polish query letter
- Reach goal weight by August 31st by cutting back sugar and working out more.
- Make my marriage a priority by having at least 12 dates with my hubs and holding family counsels.
- Go to the temple at least twice (DC will be closing in March until 2020 – just thought I’d explain the low number).
- Service – do one service activity a month.
- Read 25 books. At least two need to be on writing and three be church books.
- Mommy/Son dates – Take time for just Nicky and me by going on at least 6 outings together.
As you can see – I’m making dating my family a big priority this year – someone’s desperate… I’m excited and nervous about my goals – mainly the writing one. I realized a few weeks ago that I hold back because I get anxiety about the whole submission process. I figure if I make it a goal then my pride and stubbornness will overpower the anxiety and I’ll finally take the next steps. We’ll see. An unwritten goal is to blog and journal more – so hopefully you’ll hear from me more (if that’s what you want).
As I posted yesterday – I thought I had a draft of my weekly new things. This is by a complete list, looks like I stopped adding after about three months or so but you get the idea.
So I’ve fallen behind reporting on my weekly “projects” which I have dubbed Pinterest projects because honestly 99% of them will be attempts to do things I saw on Pinterest.
So here’s what I’ve tried and how they turned out.
1) Homemade paint. Recipe found HERE. This….did not work for me. I may try it again some time but it came out too thick to actually be used as paint.
2) Family Home Evening on Prayer – I just kind of made this one up. I have pictures to go with all the answers to the questions.
3) Preschool Calendar Board – this one actually took two weeks because I had to order more ink and go back to the store to get more velcro and laminating paper. I got the idea from HERE.4) Glazed Donut Muffins – HERE
These were delicious! Enough said.
5) Pin the Tail on the Bunny (LINK – PS I love this website!) however – the project failed. Seemed simple enough but the Velcro was just too strong and the tails ripped off.
6) baptism FHE
7) Pound cake
I’ve made pound cake before but I wanted to try a new recipe. Recipe found here.
There may have been too much batter, or it was too fluffy, or the pan’s too small. So many options.
But it tasted delicious!
8) homemade guacamole
9) homemade Reese’s eggs
10) rice krispy Easter baskets
11) Wall signs
I kind of knew when I started the 25 days of service that not every day would be blog worthy. What I’m trying to learn this year is to serve despite “ambition”. Serve even when it’s something small and also – recognize that small things are service.
On Mormon.org, one of the suggestions one day was to say nice things behind someone’s back…I would have never thought of that being an act of service. But it is nice that on the really busy days, I can still squeeze in a small act of service. I can donate, I can let someone know I’m thinking of them, I can smile at every person I pass in park (which I did, last Friday). I’m trying to break out of the mindset that service takes a lot of time or money. Although I’m still doing things that take time and money in addition, just not every day.
We’ve made and delivered Christmas cookies to a neighbor, we donated gift cards to our bishopric to give to members of our ward who may need them, bought Christmas stocking stuffers for the missionaries serving in our ward, made a donation to a children’s hospital, etc.
I’ve been trying to mix my service between community, ward, friends and family. I think the hardest to recognize and to do is with my immediate family, the ones I share a house with, the ones I’m always doing things for anyway so it feels like cheating if I use service to them one day.
Overall – it’s been a positive experience so far and I’ve been working on my list of service ideas to do throughout the year. I think I mentioned in the last post, I’m hoping to do one service project a month with Nicky. But hopefully I’ll also be able to teach him how to serve everyday by helping out the people closest to him.
On LDS.org they have an advent calendar. So I’ll just use those quotes as my titles for my service posts.
“Freely ye have received, freely give.”
Jesus made it clear that everything we have is a gift freely given from God. We should be grateful for all that we have and be willing to give just as freely to others. (From Mormon.org)
For day one, I decided to clean my mother’s oven. When I was over at their house on Thanksgiving I saw the dismal state of their oven and I knew then that I would clean it when Nicky had preschool again…which happened to coincide with December 1st.
So for my first day I gave my time and cleaning supplies to show my gratitude to my parents by cleaning their oven. Hopefully it will be a nice surprise for my mom when she gets home and sees it.
Because I’m a nerd, I took before and after pictures.