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Saturday, March 29, 2008

I've been booked!

Some women will spend tons of money on shoes, others will spend it on clothes. Me? I'm all about the books. I can spend forever in a bookstore. I would be absolutely destitute if I spent all I wanted to in a bookstore. As it is now, I shop at Half Price Books (HPB) and before I go to the checkout, I sort through all my "wants" and decide what I really need. Dear Husband and I went to HPB tonight after having dinner at Black Eyed Pea. It was date night for us. Anyway, we spent about $40 at HPB and we got a lot for that. I picked up several books on tape and a book on dealing with sleep issues.

Speaking of sleep, I actually got some last night! I literally had not slept more than two hours a night in this last week so I can't tell you what getting some real sleep did for me. Yesterday at lunch time, I went and laid down in the back seat of my car and slept for an hour. I couldn't believe how refreshing that was. My car is a compact and sleeping in it is not the most comfortable thing in the world, but apparently I needed the sleep so badly that my body didn't care what kind of contorted position it had to be in. Last night, I took a hot bubble bath and started a new book, Between Friends, by Debbie Macomber. I then took a Melatonin tablet and went to bed. Oh precious sleep, how I love you so!

I am excited because tomorrow, I am starting a whole new regimen for myself. I have an eating plan mapped out and am hitting the gym first thing in the morning. I haven't been forever and I am really looking forward to a good workout. I need to get out of my food/tired/sick/rinse and repeat rut that I've been in. Sometimes you just know that you need a major change in your health (or lack of) routine. I can't believe how excited I am about this. Writing down my eating plan and exercise plan is a big part of it because I am a visual person and I need to see things to make them real so to speak. I've been talking about it lately, but now it's time for action. I'll report back tomorrow night.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sleeping Ugly (cause being sick is never beautiful)

The ache and the ick are still hanging around. I'm thinking of putting in a change of address card for them since it looks like they will be living here for good. I am grateful beyond belief to be off work today so I can get some extra sleep. I've been drinking hot tea with honey and I'm about to go lay down for a nap. My naps when I am sick usually last a good two hours. I just need tons of sleep right now, it's how I heal.

When I get up from my nap, I'm also going to write two letters that I have been meaning to write forever. I love writing letters because I think it's nice to receive a non-computer communication every once in awhile, although I do type the letters so maybe it's a hybrid non-computer communication? Whatever. In any case, I do have to handwrite the address on the envelope and put a stamp on it.

That's about it for now. I'm going to go take a nap.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Overstaying Their Unwelcome

So the ache and the ick decided to stay awhile. They are such bad house guests what with the keeping me up all night. Last night, I was up every hour. The coughing and tickle in my throat just would not go away. Fortunately, I got a nice nap this afternoon so that helped a bit.

I've been having a great time with my dad. We hung out last night, had pizza, and talked. Today, Dear Husband and dad went to the gun range. Neither of them are gun fanatics, but they enjoy shooting now and again. That was ok with me since I had the house to myself for the aforementioned nap. After they came home, we got ready to go to Buffalo Wild Wings to meet Dear Husband's sister and her husband plus one of their three kiddos. The other two were with friends and other family.

We all had a wonderful time at BWW. Ate a lot, talked a lot, laughed a lot. I was still feeling under the weather, but eating a good meal helped and I think being with family having such fun helped as well. Now, I am just sitting here eating Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints...yum) and drinking hot tea. I am hoping to evict the ache and the ick. I'll let you know if they go peacefully tonight and let me get some sleep.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Ache and the Ick

Last night the ick crept up on me in the form of a terribly sore throat. Today, the ache joined the ick in the form of painful muscles and joints. Thankfully, the pain isn't too terrible and it doesn't appear to be a full-blown flu. I'm hoping it won't turn into one.

I have tomorrow off work for Good Friday and I plan to rest, read some of my latest book, and rest some more. I might also go to Half Price Books for an hour or so if I feel up to it. I need some new books on tape. I like to listen to them on my way to work. It's not a long commute, it takes about 20-25 minutes, but it's so much nicer in the morning to "read" a book than to listen to screeching radio commercials and loud music. Yes, I'm old. I need some quiet in the morning.

My dad is coming in tomorrow from San Antonio to visit for the weekend. It will be a quiet weekend, but fun with Dad. We'll grab some dinner and maybe watch a movie at home. Hopefully, the ache and the ick will figure out they're not welcome and leave.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

I've been tagged by Jaime at Mom Around the Clock, which by the way is a wonderful blog that I very much enjoy reading! Go on over and take a look. Anyway, this tagging thing has some rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok, so on with the show. Seven random/weird facts about me:

1. I cannot stand the sound of forks and knives scrapping together. It literally makes me cringe.

2. Lists are my lifeline. I make lists for everything. I cannot survive without my daily list.

3. I am terribly nosy about other people not because I'm big into gossip, but because I genuinely enjoy hearing about them and their lives.

4. I have three siblings, two of whom I have cut out of my life completely. I often think of myself as an only child in a way simply because I don't really have siblings in my life in any meaningful way. And yes, this does make me sad sometimes.

5. I suffered from severe anxiety starting in childhood. I didn't have it diagnosed or treated until I was 30 years old.

6. I love reading. My childhood fantasy was being trapped all night in the library.

7. I would love to meet Dr. Phil.

Seven people I'm tagging:

Swimming with Dolphins

Katie-Kat World

M-Cubed

Mike and Liz Adopt

My Journey Through Mommyhood

Sfrajett's City 2.0

Time with Shelby

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Getting Orged!

I am feeling really good about my spring cleaning efforts. I did a lot of work on Monday starting with my home office desk, which is actually our dining room table. We don't use it for eating all that much so I use it as my office/study area. I went through my paperwork, got rid of a lot of it, organized the rest into the "to do" bin, and did a general clean of the table. I had been using some organizing tools that just weren't working for me so I got rid of those and streamlined my office tools (pens, pencils, etc.). It looks a lot better and is much more functional. I would love my home office to look like the picture above. But hey, I'm working with what I've got.

I then moved on to the kitchen pantry, where I got rid of A LOT of stuff. It's amazing how much expired food was in there. Getting rid of that made room for the things we will use and now, everything can be easily accessed. It's so nice to open the pantry and see items that I know are edible. I also organized our pet supplies. In addition to our three doggy kids, we have two birds. I got their food and cage items organized in a plastic bin and placed it in the pantry. It's neat and orderly and I can easily change their cage lining and get their food with no problem.

There was no organizing or cleaning today since I had to work. I was also sidelined by my having to go see the doctor and get medication for not one, but two infections. I'm on the mend now that I have my drugs though. I'm really excited about "getting orged" (which sounds kinda dirty, but isn't. Get your mind out of the gutter). I'm off tomorrow so I will be completing more projects. I can't wait to draw a line through more items on the to-do list.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Spring Cleaning of the House and of Me

I've been bitten by the Spring Cleaning bug. I look around our house and I see so many projects that I want to complete. I want to organize the kitchen pantry, my home office, purge things from the garage, and just do some general cleaning. Thankfully, I don't have to work on Mondays so I can really get some work done on the house tomorrow. I started today with some basics like sweeping, organizing some paperwork in my home office, and making a list of things to do tomorrow.

Despite not doing a lot of work on home projects, it's been a busy weekend. Saturday night I went to the birthday party of a close friend. I got there early (around 6:45) and helped her set up and then the party got into full swing around 8. I had a lot of fun, but left a little after midnight. I was exhausted. I took a shower when I got home and then crawled into bed. I fell asleep pretty quickly, which is unusual for me. Today I went grocery shopping so I'm ready for the week.

In addition to spring cleaning my home, I'm also planning to do some "spring cleaning" of my health. I've really let myself go in terms of weight this past year and it's time to put a stop to it. I kept telling myself I needed to do something about it, but I didn't time and time again. It's not even about how I look so much as how I feel. I'm really looking forward to being healthy and fit again. I'm ready now.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Call Now!

I loved watching Infomercials when I was a kid. I don't know why, but I thought the Ronco Food Dehydrator was amazing. I wanted one, although I didn't eat that much beef jerky or fruit chips. As I grew up, I came to realize that a lot of the things on infomercials were not only unnecessary, but didn't work. However, I recently purchased two items that used to be featured on infomercials, but are now in stores. They both work amazingly well so of course, I have to share these wonderful finds.

The first is the Micro Fiber Miracle Cloths. These are FANTASTIC! I use them in my kitchen, but they can also be used to dust, clean mirrors, bathrooms, and a ton of other things. They soak up water and other liquids with no problem. I don't know how I lived without them in the kitchen.

The second is the Smart Spin. It has 24 containers, eight each of three sizes. The great thing about this is that the lids fit all the containers regardless of the size. It has a lazy susan type base. It fits in my kitchen cabinet and when I need a particular container size, I spin it around and pull it forward. I used to have the Ziplock/Glad plastic containers, but keeping all the lids for the varying sizes organized was a nightmare. Now, it's all in one.

That concludes my Friday night plug for products. What are you waiting for? CALL NOW!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Gone

Today I was reminded of the ever changing nature of life. I went to a friend's baby shower, which was held close to downtown Houston. I live about 30 miles north of downtown Houston so I don't go there very often because I have no reason to do so. After the shower, I decided to drive by my old apartment building to reminisce. It was about 2 miles away. When I arrived, I was shocked to find it gone. The entire apartment complex had been leveled and all that was left was the foundation.

I must admit that I was extremely saddened by this. That apartment held a lot of memories for me, both of good times and bad. All of those memories came rushing to the surface. I moved to Houston in July 2002 and Allen House Apartments was my first home here. I had chosen the apartment site unseen because I was living in Oregon at the time and I had been accepted to law school at the University of Houston Law Center. I needed to have a location to give to the movers so I did some quick research and then chose Allen House through an Apartment Locater Service. I was nervous choosing a place I'd never seen, but the entire law school thing was a leap of faith so why not take one more leap?

When I arrived in Houston, I realized that leap had been a smart move. The neighborhood was wonderful and the apartments were nice, well-kept, and very affordable. I lived on the third floor in apartment 723. I started law school in that apartment, studied in my recliner chair in the living room, laughed with friends over Chinese food, and cried with friends over lost love (mine and theirs). It was where I lived when I started dating again after my divorce. It was where I realized that I really could make it through law school. It was where my heart was broken and then later, healed. It was where I lived when I met my husband.

There are so many memories, so many feelings. It was just an apartment, but for me it was so much more.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

This and That

I am feeling better now. I can breathe and I'm getting more sleep at night, which is a big plus. Theraflu Warming Liquid is some good stuff. Last night, I ended up sleeping in the guest room because my precious Peanut didn't feel good and threw up on my side of the bed. So she and I moved into the guest room where she was comfortable and happy the rest of the night. Today, she's been fine romping outside with her brothers. It's a beautiful day here and the dogs like to play and lie in the back yard when that is the case.

My work schedule was recently changed so I am home today, which is nice. I am SO behind on school work and I need to get it done before Friday night. My new work schedule is going to be full days on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and then I get Monday/Wednesday off. I had been working half-days Monday - Friday. This will be SO much better for me. I will be able to get more done in a number of areas including the house cleaning, which has suffered terribly with both Dear Husband and I working and being on the go all the time.

Speaking of getting things done, I've gotten back to reading, which I enjoy a lot. I am currently reading a trilogy of books by Nora Roberts. She's a best-selling author, but I'd never read her before. Someone gave me one of her books, Blue Dahlia, awhile back. It's been on my bookshelf for at least a year or so. I finally picked it up and read it on the cruise. It was FANTASTIC! I couldn't put it down. The books are the In the Garden trilogy and are titled (in order): Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily. I am now reading Black Rose and it's so good I just want to sit and read all day. I think I'll give myself a chapter or two in-between doing my school work.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Trapped Under the Weather

I am sick. Physically sick, not sick in the head...well, at least not today anyway. Dear Husband started feeling the ick on Thursday. I started feeling it on Friday. Today, we are both lethargic and doing anything other than watching TV or surfing the net is too much effort. Thankfully, surfing the net doesn't involve real surfing because I'd have drowned by now. I am also thankful that I got up this morning and got a bunch of stuff done before the ick hit really hard.

I am not a good patient. At all. I don't make a lot of demands or anything, but I do intermittently whine about how I don't feel good and what a tragedy it is that I don't feel good and how someone should give me loads of sympathy because I don't feel good.

Unfortunately, I have to get a lot done for school this weekend so I'm going to get as much sleep tonight as I can (courtesy of TheraFlu Warming Relief Nighttime) and then hit the homework hard tomorrow. I got some of it done last night so that helps.

I'm going to go whine some more now. Have a healthy weekend!