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Today I Am 52 September 1, 2010

Filed under: Dates to remember,Explanations,Health,Uncategorized,Weight Loss — alwayswithme @ 9:02 am

Today is my birthday (52 years old) and I am so disappointed in myself for not “having it all together” by now and by how out of shape I’ve continued to get myself. Get not let, because I have chosen all along what to eat and do. No one forced me. I’ve let my focus issues, my depression issues and my life issues lead me around rather than writing my own life script.

This year I hope to “get it together”;   it  being:

  • my weight
  • my waist
  • my resting heart rate
  • my blood pressure
  • my cholesterol readings
  • my C reactive protein level
  • my fasting blood sugar level
  • my home
  • my hobbies
  • and my exercise
 

September: 30 Days of Things To Accomplish August 30, 2010

Filed under: DH,Explanations,Household,Organization — alwayswithme @ 1:11 pm

DH and I decided to exchange his office and my studio space.  We both have way too much stuff mostly because we have so little time to do the things we want to do but we still add to the list of things we want to do and buy or find things to support thiose habits. 

Anyway, the move is in flux.  The new furniture was delivered today – DH got a gorgeous leather office chair and a new desk/table.  I got two new bookshelves.  That won’t be enought but it is what the room has room for. 

I thought I would write up a list of 30 things to accomplish in September (ideally one each day).

  1. Menu plan for September using food in pantry and freezer
  2. List 10 items on Craigslist
  3. Hang curtains in new studio
  4. Wash sliding door window
  5. Sweep off front porch
  6. Find rattan like furniture for backporch – use Craigslist money
  7. Update address book
  8. Hang door on linen closet
  9. Patina the gift from Pat
  10. Sew the front up on winter PJ’s and red shirt
  11. Find broom closet
  12. Move IPOD to studio
  13. See if Apple will accept coupon printer software
  14. Make list of books to get from library
  15. Make list of songs to download from ITUNES
  16. Update calendar with school calendar stuff
  17. Trim Matt’s tree
  18. Trim roses
  19. Get a BlendTec – use birthday money
  20. Determine SCANNING procedure
  21. Have a scrapbook/cardmaking day to celebrate competing room exchange between DH and me
  22. Enroll in water exercise class
  23. Enroll in BodyFlow class
  24. Redo purse situation – wallet, coupons, calendar and cards
  25. Go shopping in a clothing store and try on the clothes
  26. Measure body
  27. Utilize calorie-count program
  28. Get recipes all in one place
  29. Get scrapbook items all in one place
  30. Get research all in one place
 

Google Reader May 31, 2010

Filed under: Explanations — alwayswithme @ 7:42 pm

I love google reader and have subscribed to a bajillion blogs.   Of course, I don’t have time to read them all.  Today, however, I have gone through a lot of them.  I have unsubscribed to the ones that I asked myself, “now what was it that drew me here in the first place?”  if I couldn’t answer the question, I unsubcribed. 

Per usual, though, I found at least as many new ones to subscribe to.  Nevertheless, I am probably half way through reading all the old stuff and I’m so excited.  I have been so busy this year with all my volunteer stuff that I didn’t have time to do some of the things that really turn me on; one of which is reading what all these fabulous women (and some men) and up to. 

I’ve gather some new ideas, resurrected some old ones and am quite happy right now.

 

My Name is Julie and I Am Organizationally Challenged March 10, 2010

Filed under: Blog Parties,Decorating,DH,Explanations,Family,Household,Organization,Try This — alwayswithme @ 2:01 pm

My sister, who is also organizationally challenged, recommended a professional organizer whom she had used before to help me with my “issues”.  After putting it off for nearly a year because I just knew I would stumble upon THE system that would finally make everything make sense in my home; I hired her. 

She charged $25.00 an hour with a four hour minimum.  She worked with me for four hours on Monday and is coming again Friday for four hours.  She had me take her through the house showing her all my problem areas.  I could have only done that with a stranger.  She asked what my priorities were.  She asked what our hobbies and interests were as a family.  Then we went to work. 

I now have a Christmas closet that ONLY contains Christmas items.  I now have a home decor closet so that when I want to change out seasons or colors I can do that. Our home only has a tiny linen closet, a tiny closet in the foyer, a walk in closet in my husband’s office, small closets in the other three bedrooms.  The basement is unfinished but broken up into three rooms that have poles in the middle of them (I assume they are holding the house up so they are important) a sump pump hole in the floor of one of the basement rooms (good for those times it rains so much the water comes into the basement and needs to be funneled out not so good for looks or storage)   and the furnace/water heater in the middle of another basement room.  Not a good storage situation.  Useful mostly for exercise equipment, DH’s workshop and extra acquarium supplies.  My husband loves freshwater fish and what started out as one tank for our son is now nine tanks in various rooms in the house. 

We are down to our last child living at home, he is 12, so we will have an extra bedroom after his new room which is now the playroom is finished.  Two of the three older kids that have “moved out” still have stuff left here at our home that if put altogether probably would fill all of the “open” space in one of the the basement rooms easily.  Of course, it isn’t in one place it is in many places.  She suggested that we gather up each boy’s stuff (when I say boys I mean men 28 and 24 who have been gone for 3 or 4 years) and put them in two separate areas of the house – one for each child- and tell them to come and get it by X date or the charity truck is coming to take it away ah ha.  I don’t have a problem with this plan.  My husband, on the other hand will.  I’ve been trying to convince him of this for a  l  o  n  g  time.  My organizer is hoping that once he sees how much stuff each of them really has and how much space it actually takes up when accumulated in one space that he will see the light and make the call himself.  Perhaps even offer to carry it out, perhaps even load it in his truck and perhaps even deliver it to them.  I really don’t care how it gets gone, I just want it gone.  Love them, not all their stuff.

She also suggested that once our remaining son moves into the bigger bedroom (the room awaiting weatherproofing, new carpet and a new paint job) that instead of making his old room into a dedicated guest room that I turn it into my studio.  My current studio is what is supposed to be the formal living room.  It is very small and contains my piano, my library, my scrapbooking supplies, my rubberstamp supplies, my quilting supplies including fabric, my yarn for my crochet projects, our household files and bills as well as a small TV, a rocking chair, a small desk and a round side table with lamp.   Itisveryverycrowded and really unusable with piles of stuff everywhere.

That would leave the piano and my bookshelves plus the rocking chair and the side table with lamp in the formal living room.  Our 11 year old could practice his trumpet in what would now be the music/library room.  I had told the organizer that I always wanted to have a library because I love books and my mother has a library.  It is always something I wished I could have but didn’t think I had the house for.  I am actually receptive to this.  I had been looking forward to having a real guest room so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about not having a designated “guest” room, but the studio could probably serve as a guest room with one of those inflatable beds or even a rented bed if you can rent beds for the time a guest would need it.  Our 12 year old offered to let guests use his room if we needed to from time to time.  We actually don’t ever have that many guests as the older boys live nearby.

So her suggestions could work, if I get most of it done and then work on convincing DH that it is a good idea.  That is the hardest part.  Pray for me.

I’m rather excited about this.  I’ll keep you posted on what really happens.

UPDATE:  Today is September 1, 2010

  • The items the older boys wanted have been moved out of the house.  What remains needs to be sold or given to charity
  • Instead of the room exchange ideas above, DH agreed to move his office to the room my studio is in, which he will share with our son and his video gaming equipment (this will leave our son’s room as video gaming free which I feel better about)
  • My studio will be DH old office (it is upstairs so if it is in shambles, as I am prone to have it, it will not be out where everyone can view it)
  • We have begun the room exchange process.  It is a huge job.  We will all work on it tonight in celebration of my birthday
  • We purchased an inflatable bed which worked well for the guests we had over the summer.  When we get DS moved to his new room, I think his old room could serve as a library/guestroom just fine.  It would also be a good space for DS to practice his trumpet.
  • We have decided to give the piano away – need to put it on Craigslist
 

Fabulous Article In CSM February 18, 2010

Filed under: Conservative,Explanations,Media,Of Interest — alwayswithme @ 10:09 am

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0217/From-conservatives-a-bounty-of-political-manifestos

All in one place what several conservative groups are planning to do to get USA under control.  Hopefully when I research each document site I’ll find among other things, stop wasteful spending, balance the budget REALLY and HONESTLY, reduction in the size and scope of government, security of our country a top priority and a new, honest, dependable batch of leaders for those of us who are conservative with a clear voice about the fact that conservative doesn’t mean we don’t care about the poor, the meek, the hungry, the sick etc. just that we have valid ideas too about how best to serve the sometimes marginalized parts of society that doesn’t include mammoth federal government programs where power hungry bureaucrats create their kingdoms rather than addressing the nuts and bolts issues.

 

What I Tell My Students They Should Want To Do February 5, 2010

Filed under: Catholic,Education,Explanations,Prayer,Time With God — alwayswithme @ 10:28 am
  1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

  2. Talk to God in prayer every day, all day.  It doesn’t have to be in flowery, sparkly words.  God is your friend, your father, talk to him like you do those whom you know love you very much, because, believe me HE does. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)

  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Catholic Christians at Mass weekly and in programs offered by the parish or diocese.  “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)

    “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

    “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)

  4. We just finished our study of Pentecost and I tell them this is what they are called to do.  We the priest says, “Mass is ended, go forth to love and serve the Lord”,  this  is what he means.  Tell others about Christ. Feed the hungry, clothe the poor, heal the sick and by your actions they will know you to be men and women of God and will be willing to listen to you about “what you have, that they don’t”.  Then invite them to a parish activity, explain what you heard at Mass, tell them about our Sacraments.  Tell them why our rituals and traditions are important to us.  Invite them to join you at Mass, offer to be their sponsor in RCIA. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

    “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

 

 

LOST, Final Season, Episode 1 February 4, 2010

Filed under: Explanations,Media,Of Interest — alwayswithme @ 7:45 pm
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I’ve never participated in any Lost link up party in the past season, although I have read them.  I have been a faithful viewer of LOST since the very first episode captured me.  Never before have I been so engrossed in a storyline, set of characters nor have I spent any time discussing every episode with some other Lost fan. 

Since we know this is the final season, however, I wanted to keep my thoughts and ah ha’s in one place and that, of course, is here.

1.  I wondered if the show would start off with the characters departing in LA.  It seems to have.

2.  LaPetas (spelling unsure of right now) gave me my favorite line – from last season’s finale but whatever.  It was something to the effect of (when discussing what Faraday had said) LaPetas said

I don’t know, half of what he says is way over my head and the other half is WAY, WAY over my head. 

 

LOL,  long and hard.

3.  The Black Smoke Monster is The Man In Black.  Hmmmmm.  Good one.

4.  Sayid had to die, like John Locke had to die, so that Jacob had a loophole to get back in (whatever the heck is going on.)

5.  Color change – MIB (always in dark colors and is dark skinned, dark hair, dark eyes) now being played by John Locke who always wears like colors; Jacob (always wears like colors and is fair skinned with blue eyes) now being play by Sayid who always wears dark colors, is dark skinned with dark hair and dark eyes.   Hmmmmmm.  Interesting.

6.  Good to finally see Claire.

7.  Christian is obviously someone very important in this whole scheme of things since is body is missing from the plane that made it to LA.

8.  I never, in all the time Jack and John were on the island together ever thought, “I wonder if Jack could fix John so he could walk”.  Which, of course, you would if them met under different circumstances and, of course they did when filing for lost items (knives, I love it).   What did Jack do?  Gave John hope when he gave him his card.

9.  So THAT’s what was in the guitar case Hurley had.

That’s it for now.  More later.

 

Today February 2, 2010

Filed under: Explanations,Media — alwayswithme @ 12:57 pm

I tried to download into my media player a book I purchased.  If it works, I’ll let you know what I thought.  I know so little about how to do these types of things and I just work and work until I think I have it done.  I know if I keep doing the same things over and over, eventually I will actually KNOW how to do them.  Don’t we tell our children that “practice makes perfect” and “don’t give up, you can do it” and “every time you try something you are perfecting your skills”.  I know I do.  I also know I don’t talk to myself that way often enough.  So. . .you can do it Julie.

 

This Is A Priest Whose Writings Interest Me

Filed under: Catholic,Education,Explanations,Of Interest,Uncategorized — alwayswithme @ 10:54 am

I don’t know much about him so I am posting here to remind me to continue my research.  This interest was spurred by two programs that I recently attended at my church.  One was training on the changes to the Mass that are coming from Rome sometime within the next year and the other was the Program on Art that we viewed via our SHE program.  Both of these programs led me to think of questions I did not know the answer to and thus I started my research.  Of course, since there is SO MUCH to learn about so many subjects, I find myself finding other things of interest to look into.  This is a blessing because he keeps me active and always learning, it is humbling to realize how little I really know about so many things (both in the spiritual realm but also about history and science and literature and home economics and . . .well you get the idea) and it is a curse of sorts in that I have to make sure that I do not let my inquisitiveness interfere with my vocation as wife, mother and homemaker.

Father John Zuhlsdorf : Articles from Catholic Blogs.

 

I’ve Been Away January 28, 2010

Filed under: Blog Parties,Explanations,Organization — alwayswithme @ 10:29 am
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I’ve been so busy with LIFE that I had stepped away from my blog and reading blogs in general.  I’ve just recently started reading favorites again which, of course, leads to finding new favorites and I am loving it although it does eat into my time for personal Bible study, personal prayer, housework, and crafting.  I feel, however, that I am being enriched in so many ways by “meeting” such cool people via their blogs.  Something I would, in no way, have time for IRL. 

So, I’ve been subscribing to blogs via Google Reader – please everyone get this subscription tool!  I’ve also used the Press This feature to link to posts that have impacted me in one way or the other.  Right now, they look pretty bland and I’ll have to figure out some way to liven them up, however things are being placed in one place which is one of the main purposes for my blog.

Anyway, this works for me right now and I am thrilled to be back.

 

 
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