Archive for May, 2009

Day 112 – Intention is an awesome thing

Posted on May 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary | Tags: , , , , , , |

I know I haven’t been keeping up with this the way I should. Honestly, I’ve been too busy doing and not worrying about the details. So here’s were I’m at:

Exercise – is coming along. Gardening is the main source, but I’m also working on throwing some regular sessions of exercise in as well.
Water Drinking – Getting better at it.
The past few weeks have been a write off food wise, but I’m getting back on track with that too. Being busy with other things is not an excuse for not eating healthfully. Fruit and veggie intake is up overall.

Budget – not tracking, but I’ve been thinking a lot more about do I want something vs. do I need something. A lot of times with the wants, I’m willing to put it off for a while so I can adequately save for it. And I think that strategy is paying off (more about this in a minute) and overall I am spending less. When I do spend it tends to be much less and I open myself up to the options and really consider what I need vs. what would be nice to have.

Housework – I’m making headway. I’ve decided to discontinue my paper subscription because it truly makes a huge mess. With all the doing going on, it’s really more convenient for me to pick up just the Sunday paper on the weekend for the coupons and read my news online. The rest of it is just a waste.

Writing – it’s happening. I’m combining web stuff with actually articles and getting some good results (you can see some of those thoughts on http://www.dontbeapicklebump.com).
Photography – its also happening and in 5 days I get to take some pictures of a lifetime (more on that in a minute too).

Spiritually – faltering a little bit but getting back on track. Have been reading more out of the Bible the past few days and saying lots of verbal prayers (God is awesome!)

Being nice to myself – have purchased some new new clothes and really come to understand that taking care of yourself begins where you are not, not were you are going to be 6 months from now. I also took some time off and had an extended holiday weekend.
Don’t procrastinate – I’m getting things taken care of in a timely manner.

Notes for the past two weeks
Five days until the photography opportunity of a lifetime for me. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is sponsoring a photography session where a small group of local photographers will get to go in and take photographs of the Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit. I’m thrilled to be one of the lucky people who get to do this and I can’t wait until Sunday morning (even though it means I have to get up super early on the weekend). You couldn’t get this close if you were able to visit the Tomb in Xian China.

Today was a really good day for me – I got a promotion. One of surprising side effects of this project is that I’m much more focused at work and I’m knocking homeruns out of the ballpark employmentwise. My efforts have been noticed and I’m really proud of that. I’m also fortunate that with the promotion comes a nice raise. Which means come June 15, I’ll be adjusting my overall budget and really focused on knocking some of my outstanding debt down. If I am careful, I should have the majority of my personal debt out of way by this time next year.

I really feel like the last two weeks have been the result of making good choices and living intently.

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Day 100 – May 14

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – no
2 servings of fruit – yes
5 servings of veggies – no
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – no
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – yes
Sleep – 5.5 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $29.79 bought lunch and breakfast at work. Also had to add more bus fare to the backup card.

20 minutes of house work – None
Spiritual
Bible Reading – No
Prayer – Yes – verbal prayer.

Creativity
Photography Related – another picture posted on Etsy
Daily Writing related – None

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Shaved my legs. They were in need of it.
Don’t Procrastinate – Cleaned up my SD cards for my camera and rearranged a few things on the computer.

Notes:
Not much to say at this point.

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Day 99 – May 13

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – Yes – 45 minutes in the garden
2 servings of fruit – Yes
5 servings of veggies – Yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – no
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – Yes
Sleep – 6.5 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $21.77 I bought lunch and breakfast at work. I also needed to get cat food because Simba was completely out
20 minutes of house work – Opted to do gardening over housework this evening.
Spiritual
Bible Reading – yes
Prayer – yes

Creativity
Photography Related – Posted another picture on Etsy and added an etsy part to dontbeapicklebump.com
Daily Writing related – Messed with the blog design for a bit.

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Shared my veggies with my friends at work.
Don’t Procrastinate – Picked Cherry Tomatos

Notes:
Decided that I needed to get outside for awhile so I went over to garden and took the bags of paper I shredded on Sunday night over.

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Day 98 – May 12

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – No
2 servings of fruit – yes
5 servings of veggies – yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – no
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – yes
Sleep – 6.5 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $29.16 I bought lunch and dinner. Also had to pay for bus fare since I couldn’t find my card this morning.
20 minutes of house work – No
Spiritual
Bible Reading – Yes
Prayer – Yes

Creativity
Photography Related – Added pictures to my Etsy Shop
Daily Writing related – Posted the video to the Engineer’s Guide to Yodeling on dontbeapicklebump.com

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Watched The Biggest Loser Season Finale
Don’t Procrastinate – While watching the Season Finale I posted stuff to Etsy.

Notes:
I looked into flights home to Iowa today. I need to get that booked.

I was a little discombobulated this morning when I got up. I managed to misplace my Q Card for my bus ride. Luckily I have a back up but that still meant that I needed to load a far onto the backup. I remembered to take the lunch I packed, then I ended up leaving it in the car. So I had to shell out for lunch.

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Day 97 – May 11

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – No
2 servings of fruit – yes
5 servings of veggies – yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – no
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – yes
Sleep – 6 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $17.45 I bought meals out.
20 minutes of house work – Washed dishes, picked up dirty clothes and did laundry.

Spiritual
Bible Reading – Yes
Prayer – Yes

Creativity
Photography Related – No
Daily Writing related – No

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Nothing
Don’t Procrastinate – Nothing

Notes:
Busy day at work – worked on documenting some processes and adding stuff to the documentation task list.

I carried the momentum of the day into the evening. I got a couple loads of laundry done and did a load of dishes and got the rest of the laundry picked up.

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Day 96 – May 10 – Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – 45 minutes in the garden
2 servings of fruit – yes
5 servings of veggies – yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – no
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – no
Sleep – 8 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $5.50 Needed a bag and some tissue paper for Mrs. B’s Gift
20 minutes of house work – Dishes washed

Spiritual
Bible Reading – Yes
Prayer – Yes

Creativity
Photography Related – No
Daily Writing related – No

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Slept in
Don’t Procrastinate – Started dinner (slows cooked ribs, potato salad and cole slaw) shortly after I got up.

Notes:
Good day overall. Finished cokking early and just needed to re-heat things when we got over to R’s mom. Got a ton of cherry tomatoes out of the garden and pulled some onions. Will pull the rest next week if they are dry.

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Day 95 – May 9

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – 1.5 hours of gardening
2 servings of fruit – no
5 servings of veggies – no
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – yes
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – yes
Sleep – 8 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $244.54 I paid my electric bill and got a gift certificate for R’s Mom and the stuff for making the Cuke Trellis. I also got some gas and some needed supplies at CVS.
20 minutes of house work – Didn’t Happen

Spiritual
Bible Reading – No
Prayer – No

Creativity
Photography Related – Took of the Cuke Trellis Assembly Process
Daily Writing related – Terra Cotta Warriors are Coming to Houston

Self Care
Do something nice for me – watched a movie with my sweetie
Don’t Procrastinate – got the cuke trellis set up.

Notes:
Busy day putting stuff together and working in the garden. Lazy in the morning though.

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Day 94 – May 8

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – 3 hours of gardening – Hoeing and Tilling
2 servings of fruit – no
5 servings of veggies – Yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – Yes
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – Yes
Sleep – 8 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $173.13 Starbucks, Ulta (haircut and bare minerals, Shipley’s)
20 minutes of house work – Dishes Washed. And I sorted plastic for recycling. I am mostly finished with cleaning files off of my work computer. I regained 21 GIGS of space on the HD.

Spiritual
Bible Reading – No
Prayer – No

Creativity
Photography Related – Yes my produce I Picked.
Daily Writing related – None

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Got my haircut and bought some mineral foundation.
Don’t Procrastinate – Weeded the garden even though I really wanted to go to the beach.

Notes:
A good day overall. I felt good after my haircut although it didn’t last long because of working in the garden (I sweat easily). I’m excited because I got a nice collection of cherry and grape tomatoes from the garden.

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Day 93 – May 7

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – No
2 servings of fruit – Yes
5 servings of veggies – yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – yes
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – yes
Sleep – 7 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $10 I bought lunch at work.
20 minutes of house work – None
Spiritual
Bible Reading – No
Prayer – No

Creativity
Photography Related – None
Daily Writing related – None

Self Care
Do something nice for me – had a date with my sweetie
Don’t Procrastinate – N/A

Notes:
Another busy day at work. I was ready for my day off on Friday. Was excited that R suggested dinner out. We had nummy Indian food at Mogul’s. I really enjoyed the exhibit at HMNS.

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Day 92 – May 6

Posted on May 7, 2009. Filed under: Daily Summary |

Health
Exercise – Walked approximately 90 minutes while shopping this afternoon and evening.
2 servings of fruit – yes
5 servings of veggies – yes
2-3 servings of whole grains and legumes – yes
Drink at least 64 oz of water a day – no
Sleep – 6.5 hours of sleep.

Home
Thoughtful spending – $158.53 I bought lunch and breakfast at work. I also did some much needed clothes shopping today.
20 minutes of house work – none

Spiritual
Bible Reading – No
Prayer – No

Creativity
Photography Related – N0
Daily Writing related – Posted another video on dontbeapicklebump.com

Self Care
Do something nice for me – Did some shopping so that I have more than 3 things to wear to work. I’m tired of feeling frumpy.
Don’t Procrastinate – Check the cat box

Notes:
More writing at work and more helping of customer. I love what I do, but I am awfully glad that I took Friday off so I can have a chance to recharge my batteries.

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