29 January 2010

Busy as a Bee


Excuse me while I hurry to finish up making the house look presentable and making food for tonight. Ah, yes! Tonight I'm having my lovelies over for a little birthday get together and I'm cooking up a storm. I'll fill you in on the details later next week after I have finished (hopefully) and there are pictures to document the yumminess. Until then have a lovely weekend. Stay warm if you are in the Northern Hemi, it's been a bit frigid out there! Here's a little quote that will hopefully help make this weekend nice and warm.

"Pour down your warmth, great Sun!"
-Walt Whitman


Happy Weekend!

28 January 2010

Books, books and more books...


It seems fitting that on the day that I was planning on writing a post on my favorite books the author of one of my all time favorites past away. JD Salinger past away this morning at the age of ninety-one. You can read his obituary in the New York Times here. I read "The Catcher in the Rye" when I was in high school and chose to do a piece from it for a 'dramatic reading' that we had to do for class. I remember vainly trying to find a section that didn't have any swearing in it. I was still in high school after all. In the end I couldn't find one that I liked, so I bravely said the word, "Damn" in front of my entire English class and my teacher. It was liberating, and scary and made me feel so adult all at the same time. Thanks Mr. Salinger for giving voice to millions of angsty, hormonal teenagers, myself included.

On to my list of books. I love to read. Always have. I remember my mom forcing me to go outside and play and forbidding me to bring a book along because that's all I wanted to do, read. My favorite memories of childhood are reading in our hammock beneath the pine trees and sitting around the campfire with a book in my lap, eating peanuts in the shell and throwing the shells in the campfire. What I wouldn't give to be able to do that now!

There aren't many books that I would re-read. Here's a list of my favorites.


Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
A Long Way Down and How to Be Good, Nick Hornby
The English Patient, Michael Ondaajte

I'm quite positive that there are some that I am forgetting and that I soon as I hit 'Publish' I will think of a few more. As you can see there's isn't much in the way of new fiction. So help me out.

What are your favorite books, the ones you are willing to read over and over again?

27 January 2010

Hello Out There!


Hello there! It's me again. Yeah, I know that you come here and see me almost everyday, but today I wanted to make sure and say, "Hi, how are you? How is your day going?" You see, I had a couple of ideas about what I wanted to write about today, but then I started thinking about what you might want to read.

You! Yes, you!

I see you reading this blog everyday, and I'm honored that you take time out of your very busy day to read my little spot on the internet. So what is it that you would like to read about? Any questions that you'd like to ask me? Topics that you would like to see talked about? Really, what is it that you'd like to know? I'm open for suggestions and would really love to hear what you have to say.

Leave a little note in the comments or contact me via email at palmer.mary1@gmail.com. I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Tomorrow, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

26 January 2010

Organization


I have a hard time being organized. I'm a pack rat, clutter seems to follow me about and although I love the feeling of throwing/giving things away, I often lack the motivation to do it.

Not lately, however.

I don't know if it's the exercise, or the start of a new year or the fact that I've been ok with staying home more lately; whatever it is it's making me want to clean, de-clutter and simplify our lives. I'm going through closets, buying baskets and storage bins, throwing things away that I should have tossed years ago. It's therapeutic. There's the clothes that will never fit again, random craft projects, piles of magazines, souvenirs that we brought back from China and are still sitting in our closet. (If anyone needs any chopsticks, let me know. We have many sets.)

It feels nice to be able to walk into a room, a closet, the basement and be able to find something and not trip over the junk that's laying all.over.the.floor. LN doesn't really help, she likes to take things out, strew them all over the house and then leave them there for me to pick up. Which I do. At some point.

We used to be able to have a clean house by default. The Mr. and I have never lived in one place for very long. We like it that way. It's kind of a natural way for us to get rid of sh*t we don't need. After moving out of the house we lived in during college all of our Earthly possessions fit into a 5' x 20' storage unit. And there was still room to spare. I'm pretty sure we couldn't do that again if we tried really, really hard. There's the baby stuff, the dining room table, our bed, LN's bed, various other pieces of furniture that I can't bear to part with now. That being said I'm still fairly confident that we could down size much easier and less painfully than most people. The downside is that I also feel like we don't have a lot of 'nice' things. Our rooms aren't decorated, there's a randomness to our house that some days I love, and others drives me batty. Maybe someday we'll have a space that will match in some sort of way and will feel put together. Until then, we'll just have to make do with the hand-me-down couches and artifacts from our travels.

For now I'm going through the past two years of our lives and cleaning up house. Donations are being made, the recycling and garbage bin are full, we can set our coffee mugs on the coffee table and not be worried that a pile of something will fall off. I'm not sure how long this will last, but it sure feels good right now. There are still little pockets of random boxes in different corners of the house. And one of these days, very soon, I'll get to those too.

25 January 2010

A Foray Into Bread Baking

The little lady that resides here eats a peanut butter and honey sandwich everyday for lunch. Since she's consuming so much bread I got tired of shelling out upwards of $5 per loaf. Crazy! I could easily make a loaf or two a week, thus cutting down our grocery bill, and controlling the quality at the same time. So I've been "auditioning" bread loaves to see what will become my weekly standard. Last week I made a Semolina Loaf. Well, I attempted to make a 100% Semolina Loaf; but I didn't buy enough Semolina flour. So I added a bit of wheat. Then I realized that I didn't have any olive oil, so I subbed some melted butter. The results? Surprisingly really good, especially given the fact that I had to sub so many ingredients. Tasty, soft crumb and the little lady ate it right up. So good in fact, that I want to try it again with all of the correct ingredients!

See that little bit of yellow in there? That's the Semolina Flour, pretty isn't it?


Wait, who's that? Checkin' to make sure I'm doing it right?


Add the melted butter and some warm water.


Mix it all up, until a dough forms. Really, much easier than you think.


Knead it for ten minutes. This is the nicest dough I've ever worked with, nice and supple.

Now let it sit and rise until double in size. The picture for this would have been really boring,
good thing I forgot to take it.


Flatten it out, roll it up and stick it in a greased loaf pan to rise a bit more.


And there it is in all of it's brown and crumby glory. Looks delicious, doesn't it?
Oh, and it is!


Glad you approve Little Miss.

24 January 2010

Game Day


I have to admit, I kinda like football. In fact, up until about two years ago I think I knew more about football than the Mr. did. I went to every single HS game my Junior year. I was friends with one of the cheerleaders boyfriends, so we drove to all of the Away Games and did dorky things like blast Classical Music like we were thugs. Ah yes, I was so cool in High School.

So today the Minnesota Vikings play the New Orleans Saints to determine who will play in the Super Bowl two weeks from now. Emotions are running high over at my house and will only escalate when we drive over to the Mr's parents house to watch the game on their Jumbotron. It's always fun to hang with the family on game day. The Mr's dad makes something and throws it in the crock pot for lunch. There's veggies and chips galore. Today I made some yummy bars that I will tell you all about later.

So today is a big day. I guess for as much as I like football I don't really care who wins or looses today. I mean, I'm a Packer's fan at heart. The trouble is that if the Vikings win today, the Mr, his twin and older brother and their dad are all going to the Super Bowl. So I'm tied. If they win I'll be a football widow during the biggest game of the year. If they lose I'll have to deal with a crabby husband for the next two to three weeks. At least until the Super Bowl is over. Can't really say which one would be worse.

At least the Super Bowl isn't on my birthday this year. That's always a rip-roaring good time.

22 January 2010

Happy Friday!


Happiness is felt
by making other people happy.

Go on! This weekend, do something nice for someone else.
While you're at it, you might even do something nice
for yourself.

20 January 2010

The New Year's List: Grad School


So last night I officially crossed one item off of my New Years To-Do List. I attended the Hamline University's open house for the School of Education's Graduate Programs. It's part of my, "What Do I Want To Do When I Grow Up" process. LN is getting older and I need to figure out what I'm going to do with the rest of my life. We may or may not have another child, so either way I want to get a move on and start something for myself. A degree in Anthropology can take you a lot of places, but one place it can't take you is to the Employment section of the newspaper. At least if you're looking for a subsection with it in the title. That leaves one with a host of choices. Too many choices in my opinion and that's why it's taken me this long to decide on my next step.

I started the application process last night.

I'm not sure what the final outcome will be. I'm choosing to wait and make that decision until after I've heard whether or not I've been accepted. No use worrying about something that I, as of yet, still have no control over. So time will tell. I have to ask a few former professors for letters of recommendation and get my transcripts. Apply for Financial Aid. Tell myself again not to freak out because nothing has been decided yet.

I'm excited. And nervous. And apprehensive. And excited. I loved going to school. Passing by the library on campus last night actually made me look forward to going and studying. This time around will be very different. No more going to the library until eleven only to hit up the bars until two. I will be taking one (possibly two) class at a time so I can hopefully focus more on my studies since my focus will be somewhat split. One of the reasons I like this program is that all of their classes are either at night, on the weekend, or online. I can make that schedule work. LN will still be around after all and she does take up a huge portion of my focus.

So, we'll see won't we? I'm delighted that I've made a decision and I'm happy to see where it takes me. Time will tell and then I'll tell you.

19 January 2010

Motivation...

I'm not feeling any today. I started to peruse my favorite photo site to try and garner some inspiration, but it didn't come. I found a lot of pretty pictures, but nothing to write about. I'm headed out tonight for the ESL Masters informational session. I'm excited and nervous to learn more about this possible new chapter in my life. But I can't really talk about it yet since I haven't gone to it. I also started the Couch to 5K program last week, but I don't really want to talk about that either since I just started it. There's just really not that much going on around here today. It's getting cold again outside and has gone back to gray. So I'll just leave you with these few images that I found somewhat inspiring, absolutely beautiful or just plain awesome. Enjoy!





18 January 2010

Water


I used to drink a lot of water everyday. When I was still nursing LN I was making liquid, so I had a water bottle with me at all times. I would try and drink eight to ten ounces every time I nursed. Surprisingly, I didn't have to pee all that often. Now I frequently go to the gym, only to forget my water bottle at home. I make do with quick trips to the fountain between sets and before and after my run. By the time I get home I'm so thirsty that I drown about twelve ounces in one gulp. I pour another glass and it sits there on the counter until dinner time.

I've been getting headaches the past week or so. Fairly painful, I tried giving up coffee, but they only got worse. So I've cut back to one cup in the morning; two if I can feel it being 'one of those days'. It seems to have worked, for the time being. Instead of the coffee I'm trying to drink more tea and definitely more water. I was under the impression that an average adult needed to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain a healthy, functioning system. That always seemed like a lot to me...so I Googled it to see if my memory was correct.

It was and it wasn't.

It's true that for years people have been told to drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day. However, I found many articles stating that the eight ounces a day factoid was a myth. Researchers have found no medical reason for an intake of water that high everyday. The kidneys have no problem flushing out our systems and we can stay well hydrated if we drink less or even no water throughout the day. So where did this myth come from?

"...the notion may have started when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council recommended approximately "1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food," which would amount to roughly two to two-and-a-half quarts per day (64 to 80 ounces). Although in its next sentence, the Board stated "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods," that last sentence may have been missed, so that the recommendation was erroneously interpreted as how much water one should drink each day."

Hm. Makes sense to me. Especially if you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which are mainly made up of water. Or do you eat a lot of soup? Surprise, that's a lot of liquid too! So what does this have to do with my headaches? Well, to be honest, I am not sure. It makes sense to me that if I drink coffee, which makes me use the bathroom, I should probably replace my body's fluids. Same goes with exercising. If I sweat, I should probably drink more water. Especially in the winter when the air around here could dry you out like a mummy. Duh. (I'm sure you're all rolling your eyes at my brilliance.)

So here I sit typing, thinking about water, with a glass half full (yep, I'm that type of gal) sitting next to me. No headache today, although I forgot my water bottle at home when I was at the gym today. I forgot my towel too, which makes for an interesting story too; especially if you realize it after you've come out of the shower.


15 January 2010

TGIF


Happy Friday everyone! This has been a week; started off by watching three kids three and under, dealt with a sick kiddo and then sick husband and to top if off had to do a major re-work of our budget. Overall, not a lot of fun things going on. Instead of dwelling on the negative, unhappy, icky things that happened this week, let me give you a rundown of the things that went right. Positive vibes, happy thoughts and sunshine all make the world go 'round, don't they? They do in my universe at least.
  • Officially started the Couch25K program. I am loving running, it feels good and I like to see how far I've ran/walked.
  • Took my first yoga class in eighteen months. Felt great while I was doing it and then sore for the next two days. Just like it should. Looking forward to going back next week.
  • Got the dishwasher to start working again. Thank goodness! The dirty dishes were starting to take over the kitchen.
  • Went out with some lovely ladies for dinner and had some yummy Vietnamese food. Cheap date with good company. Yum, yum, yum, delicioso!
  • Cooked up some delicious black bean burgers, baked chicken fingers and peanut noodles. We've been eating them all week since two-thirds of the household is sick and whiny.
  • Made it to Friday without wanting to pierce my eardrums with a chopstick or drinking myself into oblivion. All in all, a very successful week.
What went well for you this week?


Have a great weekend!

14 January 2010

Wii Fit Plus


We rented the Wii Fit Plus and balance board right around New Years. I'm wanting to get something for at home that I can use during nap time or the evenings that I feel compelled to move, but not go to the gym. Let it be said that I am not endorsed by Nintendo and this is purely my own thoughts on the product and what it did for me. (Although, if Nintendo felt compelled to give me a Wii Fit and Balance Board I probably wouldn't turn it down. Hear that Nintendo?)

It took no time to set up and as an extra bonus did not make the Mr and I fight at all during set up. This is rare, when a new piece of technology enters our house you can usually guarantee some sort of fight will break loose. We're predictable like that. You just synch it up and turn it on. Easy Peasy.

We went through the enter Mii set up process and it couldn't have been easier. Well, I guess it would have been easier to stand still for the 'body scan' if there hadn't been a twenty month old climbing through my legs, but I'm guessing that not all of you will have that problem.

The games are easy to play and truly, get your heart rate up. Especially if you are playing Super Hula Hoop. Plus, as an added bonus you can look like a dufus in front of your significant other or friends. Even the Mr., the most skeptical person I know, enjoyed it and thought most of the games were a decent workout. They are challenging without being frustrating and just entertaining enough to make you want to play them again to get a better score. As an added bonus, it keeps track of how long you've exercised and approximately how many calories you have burned. Additionally it tracks your BMI and weight so you can see daily/weekly/monthly progress.

I think that the yoga/strength training sections were quite good as well. I was skeptical myself at first, I need a lot of help to get into the correct form for any sort of physical activity. Those balance boards are crazy sensitive though and can tell if you are off balance, putting too much weight on the wrong foot or are set up incorrectly. If I had never done yoga before I don't think I would have liked it, but since I've practiced here and there it was a nice little workout. The only think I didn't like about this section is that you have to do a pose, and then manually choose to do another pose. I would have liked if they had a routine set up for me to do or had given me the option to set a routine to follow. You can do that in some of the other settings, but I couldn't figure it out for the yoga section.

Overall I think we'll get the Wii Fit before the end of the year. I liked the ease of the games/routines and it was even something we broke out when some friends came over. LN liked to do the actions along side of us, especially the Hula Hoop game. That, my friends, was pretty adorable. I will say though, if you don't like to play video games at least a little bit, this might not be the product for you. However, if you think of it less as a video game and more as an exercise tool I'm sure that you'd find it fun to do.

Have you tried the Wii Fit, what are your thoughts?

13 January 2010

Duh! #5


The other night I was trying to reheat some leftover rice. Two things you need to know about me: 1) I cannot for the life of me make rice on the stove. I must use a rice cooker. 2) I hate re-heated rice. I usually try and make leftover rice into some sort of fried rice. The other night, however, I was too lazy to cut up veggies and we were out of frozen ones. So reheated rice it was.

The problem I have with reheated rice is that it gets dry, sticky and generally all ends up in one clump in the middle of my pan. I try adding water to it, but then it just gets gummy, pasty and turns into a big bunch of goo.

So the other night I did something different. I dumped the rice into a skillet and then I added two ice cubes. Duh! The ice kind of steamed and slowly melted right into the rice. I kept stirring them around so all the rice had the chance to absorb a little bit of moisture. The result? Perfect, moist, not gummy rice. Yes! I added some extra spices and served it with some chicken breasts. Easy, quick and delicious. Finally, another way to use leftovers.

12 January 2010

Happy 100!


So sorry for my absence yesterday. Around this time I was attempting to put three toddlers down for naps. Sweet twenty month LN, and her two male cousins; ages two and three. At one point they were all napping...but let's just say that it didn't last for long. Good day overall, but made me completely forget about anything except diapers, snacks and Dora the Explorer.

So here we are! At the 100th post of this wee, little blog. See, since I posted twice in one day last week, this is still the big 1-0-0 post. Whew, lucky me!

First things first. Allow me to announce the winner of my sweet little giveaway. Using random.org I plugged in the number of comments and allowed it to chose a winner. It came up with number two, Lauren! So Lauren, contact me through email and let me know what two awesome ChicoBags you would like. Score for you!

Lauren's favorite way to celebrate is thus:

It depends what I am celebrating...
Part of me agrees with Debbie. A glass of wine, great food, and time with friends and family are the best way to celebrate.
But sometimes, just a great dinner, wine, and a bubble bath (with bad magazines like People to read) are in order. Like me celebrating the fact that I am off bed rest, not a big family celebration, just a little "yeah" celebration.
I will also include the hubby's... a nice dinner out. And by nice dinner I mean a dining "experience" like Charlie Trotter's, Arun, o
r La Belle Vie. Something with various courses and a wine flight.

I have to admit, that her idea of a celebration sounds pretty good to me! Anything that deals with food seems like a good celebration. Not only do I love to cook, but I love to eat too!

I don't want this post to get all long and sappy. I started this blog in hopes of carving some time out for myself, I wasn't really sure I'd stick with it. In fact, I was pretty sure I wasn't. The Mr. and I had a blog while we were living in China and we never really stuck with it. Let me tell you, I would have WAY more material for the blog if I lived there now! I look forward to writing here everyday. It's kind of a game to see how many people have read my posts, where they come from and read the comments! There have been days that I sit here and think, "What the heck am I going to write..." but in the I'm grateful to have something that is mine, only mine and people that take time out of their busy days to read what I have written. Thank you! Let's hope that the next one hundred posts get better and better.

08 January 2010

Kind Words


Dear kind woman at the gym:

Thank you for giving me the nice compliment as you were leaving today. It wasn't much, but it made my morning! Being in the locker room at the gym is always a little intimidating. I'm not a size 0 and my body jiggles in places that it probably shouldn't. Previous to your kind comment I had been thinking how much I would kill to look like you. Not overly skinny, but toned, muscular and fit. It's nice to know that even people that look like you sometimes admire things about me too!

On my way out I complimented the woman who was watching my daughter. I hope that she passes on a compliment to someone else during the day. See what you hopefully started? A chain of sunshine, if that doesn't sound too cliched. So thank you, again, for being so nice. I can only hope someone tells you how great your hair looks too.

Sincerely,

MP


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07 January 2010

The Season of Still


I'm on self-imposed house arrest over here today. In fact, most of this week I've been laying low and staying home. Those of you who know me in real life this must come as a surprise. I'm usually the one who is, more often than not, away from home. My days are packed with to-do lists and stops to make. This week however, I decided to respect the season and slow down a little. Enjoy the look at snow from my armchair, feel warm and snug inside the house. Take time to finish those projects that have been building up around the house and get back into a routine with LN.

I'm lovin' it.

The house is slowly getting de-cluttered, emails are being answered, closets purged, decorations hung, food baked, recipes found...all in all a very productive few days. And throughout it all there has also been snuggles and kisses and "more mama's" and crazy dancing and lots of laughter. Being home can be good. But it's good to have a plan. Now, where shall we go tomorrow?


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06 January 2010

We have a prize!


So, I finally decided on a prize! Woo-hoo, you guys are going to love it!

The winners of the Giveaway that I announced yesterday will receive:

Any two ChicoBags ($7.99 or less) delivered right to your home*!

These bags are awesome. They fold up small, are durable and can hold up to twenty-five pounds (a gallon of milk weighs about seven pounds). There are tons of colors/patterns/styles to choose from. The winner will email me with their choices and home address and I will order and send out the goods to you. Happy Be-lated Holidays to you!

*If it was me I'd take this one in Gray and this one in Pacific Blue.

What are you waiting for? Click over to yesterday's post and enter to win!

A Battle of Wills


The Mr. and I fight, a lot. This isn't a cry for help, or really any big declaration. We're both stubborn, independent people. We butt heads, always think we're the correct ones and then we get over it. I guess you could say that we have an unique knack for driving each other crazy. It's a good thing we love each other!

So this morning I was driving him to work and I was talking about how I'm going to start getting up earlier that LN in the mornings. I haven't set an alarm in almost two years - I just wait for the little lady to get up, and then I get up too. Well, she's been getting up at 7:45, and that's just too late for me to be getting up. I have things to do people! So, anyway, I'm going to get up early from now on.

The Mr. told me good luck. Not in the, "Hey, good luck MP! I'm rooting for you!" More like the snarky, half-smile, uh-huh, sure kind of good luck.

Well, that stung.

So I told him that I have no problem getting up early. I am, by nature, a morning person. I used to work the opening shift at coffee shops, by choice! I liked getting up at 5:00 AM to be at work by 5:30. And plus, I just have a greater mental strength.

That might have been what set him off.

You see, the Mr. always sets his alarm to wake up early. Then I wake up, to wake him up, to shut off the alarm. I think he's actually gotten up early twice for non-work related things. Yeah, he's not a morning person.

Now, it's a matter of pride. I have to get up before LN tomorrow morning, or fear the teasing and "I told you so's" from the Mr. I'm pretty sure I can do it. I guess that just means that I need to go to bed before one AM tonight.

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05 January 2010

A Giveaway, A Giveaway!


Well fellow inter-friends, I was going to post today about my experience with the Wii Fit. However, upon looking at my post number I realized that today was post #95. Which means that I get to announce the nifty little giveaway I have planned for post #100.

Giveaway you say? Oh yes, just keep reading folks.

I'm not going to get too introspective and sentimental today. After all, I have to leave myself something to write for the hundredth post. I'm excited that I made it this far. When I started out I really, really hoped that I'd actually write in this space and feel motivated enough to keep writing here. And I do! I like having something to do everyday that is for me, and really (sorry to disappoint you) only me. We can discuss this at more length next week, when I've actually made it to one hundred.

So, the details.

I want to know more about who you are. Yes, you! The people that come and read my stuff everyday. Or every week. Heck, if you're just passing through I want to know about you too. I have a nifty little site counter so I can see where you are all from; but that doesn't really make you human, now does it? So here's what I want you to do:
  • Become a follower of my blog, over there ----> on the right. It's easy and painless, it just takes one click!
  • Answer this question in the comments section between now and next Monday night at 8pm Central:
What is your favorite way to celebrate?

Winners will be drawn at random Monday night and announced on Tuesday afternoon.

What's the prize, you ask? Well, it's a surprise! (Not anymore! Click over here to find out what you'll win!) Partly because I can't decide on what to get for you lovely folks, but rest assured that it will be great and something that all of you will love. I guarantee it.

So what are you waiting for? Get to commenting! And following! Swing by here tomorrow for another great post about something that I'm thinking about. Perhaps that Wii Fit will get written about sooner or later.

04 January 2010

Happy Thoughts


The temperature outside is four degrees, but it feels likes a healthy negative nine. The Mr. has the car today, so that means LN and I are housebound. Not that I really mind, it is pretty cold out there! I love days like today. I feel no regret for hanging out at home, making a big pasta dinner and sitting snuggled up on the couch. We need these kind of days, especially after the busy holiday season. So I'm saving the post about my experience with the Wii Fit until tomorrow. For today I'm going to curl up with my cup of tea and write out what's making me happy today. Try doing writing things out, it makes the day better and those little irritations seem trivial. So here goes:
  1. The warm, yellow sun streaming in through the window.
  2. Being able to rock LN to sleep, and her now still being asleep.
  3. A cozy house.
  4. Friends that brave the cold to come and play.
  5. An upcoming birthday.
  6. Cooking dinner.
  7. A bright new year, full of possibilities.
  8. Having this space to write and talk about things that I care about.

So let's have it, what are you happy about today?

01 January 2010

The New Year's List


So since my post on Wednesday I've been thinking about the goals and things that I want to accomplish and finish this year. I have a number of projects that I would like to complete and see finished by this time next year. Some of them are dorky, some of them are fun. Some pertain to the family, some are solely personal to me. Enough with the talking about it already, let's go to the list!
(Note: I'm not even going to number them, I don't want to inadvertently place importance on one over another. These are all important and can be finished in any order.)
  • Attend the Masters of ESL Open House at Hamline and make a decision about Grad School.
  • Find a new family tradition that we can do year round. Maybe one night a month is indoor picnic/camping night.
  • Contact our Realtor to set in motion putting our house on the market later this Spring.
  • Buy the Wii Balance Board and commit to using it; especially with LN.
  • Plan out my weekly meals to cut down on grocery costs and last minute meal planning stress.
  • Go to an outdoor concert.
  • Finish my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate.
  • Go to the Schell Brewery tour.
  • Add new and interesting content to my blog by ways of specific topics and 'columns'.
  • See an opera with the Mr.
  • Start the Couch to 5K program and run a 5K this Spring/Summer.
  • Cook from the cookbooks that I have at home, take photos of process and results.
  • Send in a Postcard to Postsecret.
  • Organize closets and cupboards; donating and tossing items as needed.
  • Keep in contact with friends; send packages and letters.
  • Cook/bake with LN more often.
  • Have a Slumber Party with my Lovely Lady friends.
  • Go to the top of Foshay Tower.
  • Take out the camera and take pictures of an Alphabet.
You know the best part of the list? See it? It's over there---on the right. So you can keep up with me as I cross each of these nice little tasks off of my list.

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