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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Life changes

Sometimes life changes in unexpected ways and sometimes it seems like the same things roll around over and over again.

Since I last wrote:

Michael graduated from IU. He received an Associate's Degree in string instrument technology.
They (a singular they, referring to Michael) took a full-time position with a large instrument company in the east.
They moved to Waltham, Massachusetts.

Emily is officially engaged to Scott and they are planning a wedding September 19.

I've had various combinations of people in and out of the house, Michael for awhile in between graduation and job, a young friend E. who sometimes needs to be around other people, a woman who needed some time off from a strained relationship. Right now I am back to just me most of the time and probably E. will still come by for a night or two now and then. I enjoy it when E. comes over. They (the singular they) gives me somebody to talk to and is helpful around the house. I guess this is one of those things that rolls around over and over again for me.

I've started exploring a part of myself that has always been in the back of my mind. I am probably not ready to publish it in a public post, but I will say I have entered a new community that has completely enriched my life and opened my mind. Don't worry, it's NOT a cult... ;) I have made new friends that will be in my life forever and I am really happy. E is one of the people I have met because of joining this community.

The things that roll around again and again are my everyday activities of house maintenance, cooking, going to work, etc. Same old struggles with health and finances... Sigh. Friendships are here though. I am so glad I have always had uplifting friends who are long-term relationships. My friends definitely enrich my life.

I will probably focus a lot on the #MinsGame for the next month, but I will most def post if anything exciting happens.

(Started this post night of June 1st, completed June3)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June #MinsGame Day 2

In the April round of #MinsGame I found that I have kept way too many empty boxes over the years. This round I am working in the garage. I scooted this coffeemaker box up to the front of the shelves so I could recycle yet another empty box. Lo and behold! It contained a coffeemaker that looks like it has been used once, and still even had all the original packing materials! Seeing as how this would make THREE, yes THREE coffee makers in the house of somebody who drinks coffee maybe once a week, I decided the entire thing needs purged. I promptly gave it to my friend Angie, who drinks bunches of coffee and only has one of the small, four cup capacity coffee makers. (I have one of those, too).

The other thing is a pretty nice planter, but it has been several years since I have planted anything in it and I have plenty other pots and planters that I am currently using.

Monday, June 1, 2015

I'm doing this thing again

This blogging thing.

I need writing to be part of my life. I've been distracted by too many things that are so much less worthy.

Here is a new beginning.

 These two items are things that I want to remember, but I threw away during April's Minimalist's Challenge that I did with my friend Katrina. The game is explained here: http://www.theminimalists.com/game/ I completed the challenge in April and I have just started doing it again for June. I want to focus on the garage a lot this month. I have a party scheduled for June 27 and I would like the garage to be clean enough to use for a social space/ play area.

Tomorrow I will write about these things.

This is item 1/1 of the June #MinsGame.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Uberlist follow up

LOOK AT NUMBER 51!! I went all the way to Arizona and went to Taliesin West. I'm really glad my sister-in-law got married and I went. It helped me achieve a goal! Woo hoo! I will also count my attendance at the O'Bannon institute as a class/workshop, I have tickets to go see "The Last Ship" in Chicago with Emily, I bought several new CDs, I've been knitting, I have a plan for what my sewing gift will be (and might do it this weekend). I'm rocking the Uberlist 2014 so far! (at least this section)

CRAFTS/ INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS/ ARTISTIC
40) Read at least thirty books and log in Goodreads.
41) Three of those should be books from Emily’s list of “Must reads” or Stephen King’s list
42) Three of those should be non-fiction or “educational”
43) Three of those should be memoirs
44) Finish the first draft of “The Stone Cold Heart”
45) Knit at least ten hats (or other items) to give away.
46) Watch two movies off the “must see” list.
47) Go to a concert, even if I have to pay for tickets
48) Buy a new CD (secondhand counts)
49) Sew something nice for someone.
50) Make a bag or purse.
51) Visit at least one Frank Lloyd Wright building and tour it (Taliesin or in Chicago)
52) Attend at least one play at BPP or IU Theatre or Cardinal
53) Make another valiant attempt to learn to crochet.
54) Attend one IU Auditorium Show or opera
55) Attend at least one of the "One Book" Discussion groups or try another book club
55) Take a class or workshop in so

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Uberlisting again



UBERLIST 2014

HEALTH/FITNESS
1) Participate in intentional physical activity at least three times each week. - Log this more carefully in calendar the way I used to (set a monthly movement goal)
2) Drink at least three glasses of water daily.
3) Eat at least three servings of vegetables daily
4) No soda at home.
5) Use lotion more regularly.
6) Stretch at my desk at least twice daily.
7) Use my dumbbells or stretch when I watch television or movies - at least twenty reps.
8) Test my fasting sugar at least three times per week and LOG IT
9) Read one motivational health-related book.
10) Get a mammogram
11) Log my foods at least twice a month on Fit Day or My Fitness Pal.
12) See Dr. Weiler and get a Pap smear and stuff.
13) Get a massage.
14) Participate in the wellness programs through work insurance.
15) Get a flu shot
16) See doctor and get labs and medicine adjustments
17) See doctor for follow-up check
18) Take supplements regularly

HOME IMPROVEMENT/ ORGANIZATION

19) Reorganize the shelf above the washer.
20) Organize a real med box/first aid kit.
21) Use my sessions with the Clutter Wrangler, Try to get permanent systems in place.
22) Get rid of twenty books I will never read again.
23) Get a window covering for kitchen window or design something artistic for the space.
24) Clean out the coat closet.
25) Clean out the car extremely well at least once.
26) Finish painting the bathroom and install decorative accents.
27) Clean the carpet in my room.
28) Clean my bedroom closet.
29) Label garage shelves and organize.
30) Get the garage door opener repaired or replaced.
31) Get the gutters cleaned out
32) Touch up wall paint in living room or repaint.
33) Get the oil changed in the car
34) Organize craft supplies - get rid of excess.
35) Get an earring hanger.
36) Get Hello Kitty decal on car.
37) Install seat cover in car.
38) Get appraisals and sell or donate Rothmuller items
39) Get TV and electronics properly installed in Family room



CRAFTS/ INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS/ ARTISTIC
40) Read at least thirty books and log in Goodreads. 
41) Three of those should be books from Emily’s list of “Must reads” or Stephen King’s list
42) Three of those should be non-fiction or “educational”
43) Three of those should be memoirs
44) Finish the first draft of “The Stone Cold Heart”
45) Knit at least ten hats (or other items) to give away. 
46) Watch two movies off the “must see” list. 
47) Go to a concert, even if I have to pay for tickets
48) Buy a new CD (secondhand counts)
49) Sew something nice for someone.
50) Make a bag or purse.
51) Visit at least one Frank Lloyd Wright building and tour it (Taliesin or in Chicago)
52) Attend at least one play at BPP or IU Theatre or Cardinal
53) Make another valiant attempt to learn to crochet.
54) Attend one IU Auditorium Show or opera
55) Attend at least one of the "One Book" Discussion groups or try another book club
55) Take a class or workshop in something

SOCIAL/ RECREATION/ SERVICE
56) Write five letters or cards
57) Go on a trip all by myself for at least two days.
58) Attend Buffalo Sisters at least three times.
59) Continue work at Interfaith Winter Shelter, Food Bank, and Backpack Buddies
60) Explore Bloomington Community Foundation grants for BB.
61) See two online friends in real life.
62) Take a girl trip with somebody somewhere
63) Take a trip to Jungle Jim's
64) Volunteer at two more orchestra events.
65) Take a special trip for spring break or fall.
66) Go swimming at least three times (recreational)
67) Go camping (FL events count if I sleep outside)
68) Fly a kite.
69) Go to the zoo
70) Make sure to talk to Mom and Dad at least once a month.
71) Send Christmas cards or letter for 2014 actually before the end of the year!
72) See as many fireworks as possible.
73) Try a new venue for karaoke!
74) Volunteer at one "one-time" event such as a run, etc...
75) Go to Mom's and work on apartment at least two times
76) Host at least two parties or gatherings

PARENTING
77) Write Emily a letter at least once
78) Support Michael in his efforts to explore possible locations and jobs.


FINANCIAL/ PROFESSIONAL
79) Complete my taxes by February 15th.
80) Keep checkbook balanced.
81) Present three new revenue producing or creative ideas at work.

FOOD/COOKING
82) Make fondue again
83) Work on whole grain biscotti recipe

MISC/ PERSONAL
84) Get rolls of film in drawer developed.
85) Attend UU or Unity at least four times - one should be a Sunday!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gratitude

Last night I worked at the shelter and one of the guests coughed his pneumonia cough all over me and I remembered the time I was SO SICK with pneumonia and I have been thinking about that today, as well as other times I was sick and my friends helped me so much. I can't imagine how awful it must be to be that sick and have to stay out in the cold, mostly standing, until the shelter opens at 9:00. I tried to talk to Keith about it a little bit tonight, but I was going to weep copiously if I talked about it too much. 
 
 
Today I have thought about what it would mean to be sick or have health problems or issues and have no bed to go home to and no one to take care of you. I remember so many times my friends have helped me. Once Whryne brought magic soup to me and actually had to feed it to me. I really think I might have died if she hadn't done that. Debra Garrison came to see me in the hospital after a surgery and I didn't start to recover until she came. Deanna sat with me while I was in labor and had no other support. Samuel and Christine supported me so much during my first pregnancy... I mention the physical support, but the emotional support was and is always present in my life. J. Todd and Missy Too have been my online support more than they might know or remember. So many have helped me when I was suffering chronic pain and anxiety and fatigue they can't even be named. Through those incidents I have survived and every day I thrive because of the love of my friends. Thank you to you all and also to my friends through the heartnet who aren't here on Facebook. That's gratitude.
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  • Hope E Golightly Scarlett, Christine, Erin, Kim, Kathy, Ken, Byron, Kathy, Cetti, Carol, Jim, Laura, so basically, I am starting to list all 200 of you!I love my friends!
  • Whryne Rasheed Oh Hopie I don't even remember doing that! I was just thinking the other day about being surrounded by such love, support and comfort. Last year when I was sick YOU brought Me food and Sandy made me my favorite soup even though she thought it was gro...See More
  • Hope E Golightly Oh man! I just remembered when I was losing my mind trying to put up a Christmas tree and Eric came right over and helped me! Haha! I was seriously on the verge of a breakdown.... and how Christy and Steve helped me through my first couple of Thanksgiving Days without my children...and taught me to not serve canned cranberry sauce still shaped like the can!
  • Hope E Golightly Whryne don't we have beautiful f***ing lives?
  • Connie Chamberlin Farish Oh Hope, I never though of that. I remember this year how sick I was, and how my bed was turned down and favorite pajamas warmed up in the dryer for me as I returned from chemo. The smallest things meant the world to me. My daughters took great care of me, and still felt they were not doing anything to help me. I wish I could make them understand how much they DID do by being by my side.
  • Hope E Golightly Oh man... once I went to Lisa's to help when she was pregnant and I got a debilitating migraine and SHE took care of me! Thank you, Lisa!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sick.

I have a terrible cold, which started about Tuesday. It has been at its peak this weekend. Both Friday and Saturday K. came over and spent time with me. Friday we watched Zoolander, a goofy movie that made him guffaw. Last night we just snuggled... It got a little intense, which scares him. I finally just told him, "just let me love you and don't worry about it." I feel a little bit worried because he hasn't contacted me today, but then Sunday is not always a day we spend together. I am signed up for the set up shift at the Interfaith Winter Shelter and I am feeling well enough to go. It is not really a shift that has direct contact with clients so I don't have to worry about spreading my germs with a bunch of people who don't have health care.

After I move this load of clothes to the dryer I am going to go rest in bed in preparation for the evening shift. It will be hard to go back to work and work a full shift after all this resting and illness. I only work Monday and Tuesday, then I am off Wednesday and Thursday.... Thursday night I have a shelter shift, back to work on Friday and I start my NEW, SECOND JOB after I get off work at the paper on Friday! More on that later.