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Simple Womans’s Daybook 5/21

As usual, weekly, online or not, I take the time to reflect via http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ as a devotional activity for Hestia. I encourage others to do the same.

FOR TODAY

Outside my window…
A rainy and stormy night turned into a beautiful cool May Day.

I am thinking…
About my stuffy head, and why it won’t stop.

I am thankful…
for signing a new lease at a new apartment complex, where I will have a room of my own to dance and do yoga in.

In the kitchen…
Today was pierogies, dill carrots and pears. Deliciousness.

I am wearing…
Workout clothes. Including a pair of shorts. They are the only pair of shorts I own.

I am creating…
Working on my audioplay for Made of Fail Productions. Kinda. More or less.

I am going…
No where until Saturday, when I go back to Stonehouse for a wedding.

I am wondering…
When I’ll have time to read my new whole living.

I am reading…
….far too many things to mention. Honestly. Husband gave me a collection of books to read.

I am hoping…
that more boxes miraculous appear like they have been, so we can pack more.

I am looking forward to…
Decluttering more. We’ve weeded out probably about 150 books, if not closer to 200.

I am learning
about all the things that we have in this house now. When did I get so much stuff?

Around the house…
Boxes. Boxes everywhere.

A favorite quote for today…
I’m re-watching West Wing:

Bartlet: Charlie, I wanna hire a woman whose voice I think would fit in nicely around here. She’s a conservative Republican. You think I should do it?
Charlie: Absolutely, Mr. President, cause I’m told that theirs is the party of inclusion.

One of my favorite things…
A late afternoon bike ride, today. Wonderful feeling.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Very little until the wedding, but a good friend is coming into town for it, and I can’t wait to see her.

A peek into my day…
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This is my roommates dog. He’s one of two things I’m going to miss when I move, the other being my jacuzzi tub.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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11/23/11 Giving Thanks…

As I prepare for tomorrows full day traveling and food extravaganza, and a long weekend at my parents, I am thankful for:

…a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat, and books to read.
…a wonderful and amazing husband, who loves and adores me, and I him.
…friends who are not only willing, but eager to spend a wedding crawling around a giant adult playground.
…a rewarding spiritual life and a life lived in gods.
…medication to help me focus and be productive
…work that benefits others and being able to do a good job.
…my awesome supervisor.
…brothers to see the Muppet Movie with.
…my life, which over the past year has only been improving, and everything in it.
…and especially my mother’s cooking.

(I’m not thankful for whatever version of IE my work computer has….it will not load wordpress correctly. This was written last week)

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Search for Breakfast

I am not a morning eater. If I had a real choice, I probably wouldn’t eat until about 10 am. However, my medication requires that I eat, and I forget to take it if it’s not morning. So I have to eat.  But I can’t just eat anything, because apparently, merely a full stomach isn’t enough to lessen the stomach ache. And worse yet, I hit a breaking point after about two weeks where whatever I’ve been eating is just disgusting.

Well, unless I’m broke and I’m just buying whatever is cheap and consistent.
So lately, I’ve been on the search for a good set of breakfasts to go between as needed. I have a few set rules for an at home breakfast. I’m trying to lessen the amount of meat I eat, so no more than one small serving.  Breakfast should be about 300 calories, give or take. Breakfast should be healthy, and shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to make. Props if it is just assembled at the same time I make my lunch for the day.

Just fruit? Nope. The week I tried my old breakfast of a pear or apple, I was miserable.
Smoothie? Is okay, but it wakes up my appetite and I’m starving within an hour. I haven’t tried green smoothies yet, but I’m wondering if it’ll be the same.
Yogurt with fruit? Same as smoothie.

Bagel with spread of some sort: Is okay. I don’t quite make it until lunch with it, but it’s okay. Particularly if it’s an egg bagel and heated (not toasted)
English muffin: I spent about 3 years eating an english muffin and peanut butter for breakfast every day, because it was stupid cheap from Aldi. Unless it’s homemade, I don’t want to see these again.
Homemade bread: Awesome. But I make bread by hand, so it’s not consistent.

Bacon and Eggs: Works. But I’m horrible at making bacon. But, I don’t always want to eat meat, which is the same problem with one of my legit favorites: bagel, mustard and ham slice, oven warmed.

Cereal sucks. Oatmeal gets old real quick. This week I’ve been trying out muesli with yogurt which is working pretty well. We will see if it passes the one week test, but it’s delicious so far. But not always good at keeping the stomach at bay.

I guess what I’m really trying to say here? I hate breakfast foods. When I was a kid, I had either soup or a hot dog for breakfast. But those don’t really work for me anymore either. Although….maybe the soup. I think I may make one to go into the rotation.

Oh, and when I eat out? All bets are off, but it’s usually crepes. YUM.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Simple Womans Daybook 9/6

As always, this is a devotional activity for Hestia. I also find it gives me good direction for the week. Much like bed making, sometimes the simple and easy activities are the most important and useful. You can find the prompts at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

FOR TODAY
Outside my window…
When I woke this morning, it was dark and chilly, now the sun is shining and it’s still chilly. I love the sudden change to September weather.

I am thinking…
about how exhausting having people over is, and why I keep doing it to myself. I need another day off, I swear, just to recoup from my day off.

I am thankful…
for good friends, excellent steak, and time to sit on pintrest for hours.

In the kitchen…
This week’s attempt at a new recipe is a beef stew. Not that I actually followed the recipe, because I realized I didn’t have tomato past, and husband bitched that he doesn’t like tomato based stews.

I am wearing…
jeans, impractical heels (my only pair) and a polo. It’s work clothes, nothing fancy.

I am creating…
A new recipe, I suppose. And today begins choreography season! Today is beat counting, and if I have time, figuring out how I want to do an entrance.

I am going…
home, straight after work.

I am wondering…
why I am so gosh darn tired. And if dinner will be edible. And when the Gold Gym Express is opening.

I am reading…
Grand Sophy, Georgette Heyer. After that is The Dervish House by Ian McDonald. My bathtub reading is currently Island in the Sea of Time by SM Stirling.

I am hoping…
That my brother are able to schedule their hike at Starved Rock for a time that I can join them. They can be all kitted out, I’ll just bring my boots and a sandwich.

I am looking forward to…
The short week, another quiet weekend (Husband is probably going to his parents to help fix up the house) and the return of hot tea weather. Also, paychecks this week. We’ve been okay, but I’m looking forward to paying off our debts accumulated because the old job forgot to pay the last paycheck.

I am hearing…
Car Talk podcast. Already listened to Wait Wait, and next up is planet money.

Around the house…
It’s sort of clean. We worked on going through paperwork and binders from the college years.

I am pondering…
Going to Club Bellydance in Springfield. I’d like to go next month but 1) Driving sucks and 2) It’s kinda pricey. But it’s a neat concept, blending the Bellydance Superstars with local talent, including my studio’s troupe.

One of my favorite things…
Penzey’s Chicago Steak Seasoning

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Choreography building, keeping the house clean, reading all the book that I’ve recently downloaded, possibly garb and bread baking on Saturday with a friend.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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A leftovers sort of day…

The past week has been weird. I cleaned and decluttered a bit in the living room and kitchen this week in a fit of excess energy on Monday. I also began walking on my breaks at work, which I’m crediting for my energy  bursts. So, that’s going pretty well. Husband is feeling pretty whelmed about actually having students. He’s going do  just fine. Both sisters in law have started their new jobs, and they range in their feelings on them.

But the week has also just been weird. We got a parking ticket for blocking the sidewalk (at 4:45 in the morning!)  in our driveway. Hopefully, we can get the garage cleaned out and park at least one of the cars there. instead. Maybe even two! Also, earlier that day, I was stuck behind a yacht when all the stoplights went out on the busiest street in Bloomington.

Also, husband’s old job forgot to process his paycheck for this week, and won’t do it until the next pay period. We will be tight for two weeks, but our buffer should cover it, plus he should be reimbursed for buying things for the classroom soon. But it sucks, because I need to pay for dance lessons and meds this week too.

And rounding up the leftovers for this week? Meds! Because my doctor refuses to write me a 90 day script until I see her again. 1 month supply =$100, 90 Day = $100. I have an appointment made for tomorrow. Would have been nice of her to say the last time I requested the 90 days and she didn’t do it, but the pharmacy just did 3 at a time. As you can tell, I don’t like going to doctors when I’m fine. My hip is doing well, I came out of a depressive episode really quickly, and my meds keep me nice and focused for most of the day.  I don’t have a need until I schedule my yearly stuff. Oh well.

But other than that, I’ve been doing well. I’m feeling pretty balanced, and I’m using improv as a daily devotional activity this week for Dionysos. Next week, it’ll switch to choreography in preparation for the student showcase. I’m improving at our hafla this Sunday, and hopefully, I won’t freeze in the middle of it!

And now, to go heat up leftovers for dinner!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Simple Woman’s Daybook 7/29

If you’d like to participate in this venture, please see here: http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/
I am doing this as a Hestia Devotional, if you are doing a similar project for Hestia, let me know!

FOR TODAY
Outside my window…
Is my parents backyard. I’m at their house taking care of my twin brother (the one who has autism). I miss having a huge backyard to romp around in.
I am thinking…
That the xbox is evil. It won’t let us connect it to my parents wireless. I was mainlining Stargate Atlantis and Pawnstars today!

I am thankful…
for a well stocked fridge, for three paycheck months, for attentive customer service from minimed.

In the kitchen…
Mom’s oatmeal raisin cookies!

I am wearing…
Jeans and my peacock shirt.

I am creating…
an annoyance in the force. I’m gonna bugbear my brother ALL weekend!

I am going…
To have japanese for dinner tonight with friends, and lunch with Brother Father tomorrow (in between him saying masses)

I am wondering…
Why this xbox won’t connect. If I kick it, will it work?

I am reading…
*checks kindle* Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Strengl (a freebie download. It appears to be a decent fantasy, but a little with the Jesus), and a few bellydance magazines

I am hoping…
That this weekend is nice and relaxing. After a week of being one of two on Catastrophe claims, I could really use it. Also, that this cold I caught stops!

I am looking forward to…
I’m living in the moment. Japanese food and possibly my friend working on my neck, which has been in pain for about 2 weeks. Full range of motion, but it doesn’t like to be stretched.

I am hearing…
The husband playing Mass Effect 2 and echoalia.

Around the house…
Brother is likely half-naked, if I’m lucky; there’s a lasagna with my name on it; new books to look through and probably steal from the folks.

I am pondering…
where the newer books are hiding in the house.

One of my favorite things…
The way my parents redid my room. It’s so simple, although the peach on the walls is less than stellar.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Dinner with friends tonight, Lunch with my oldest brother tomorrow. Then blissful nothing so far except eating and getting the xbox working.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…
Somedays, I miss the early days of fighting. Husband and two other friends testing arrows far too early in the morning. You can’t see me, but I’m running around picking up the arrows and placing them into pass/fail/retry  piles. There were SO many arrows that year.  I learned how to arrow-test too, put only the preliminary testing.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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My walls might as well be bookshelves….

Today, with the help of my sister-in-law, I redid my bookshelves.

First, we pulled everything out: couple hundred books on the floorThen, we weeded, reorganized them around the room and amongst the different shelving units we have. So far, since I started uncluttering our bookshelves, we’ve weeded out about a hundred or so books.  My husband, who has an attachment to books that borders slightly on obsessive, contributed the most today. I am not kidding when I say that I am proud of him.

And our two main bookshelves now look like this:

Books neatly placed on the shelfAnd yes, that’s me wearing the hippy skirt today. I actually conquered the corner of doom too, instead of a mass of fabric bins, I changed it into the crates you see on the left.  It looks better, even if it is still plastic crates. We’re having to condense all of my husbands office back into our room, and well, storage is storage.

The best part? Only the sci-fi/fantasy section is double stacked. We’d be able to fit everything single stacked with one more shelf. This is a great accomplishment. Shelf on the left is non-fiction, poetry, magazines, and Shakespeare and on the right is fiction.

Bookshelves not pictured:

  • Ikea shelf from the 80’s filled with more sci-fi, kidlit (as opposed to YAlit), teaching texts, reference materials
  • Altar with pagan books
  • My to be read shelf
  • the living room “books from D&D settings” collections
  • The UBER-NERD shelf: manga/comics, gaming books, oversized, SF tie-in novels, SF/F anthologies
  • The built-in shelves with my old book collection and our first editions
  • The kitchen cookbook shelving.

We do not have a book problem here. No sir, books are never a problem. We decorate with books here! But I like it better now that we’ve reorganized. I feel less stressed out and without the stacks everywhere, I feel less boxed in.  I long for a library room someday though. With matching shelving, but this will do for now.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Simple Woman’s Daybook 7/20

from http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/
 Something I am thinking of doing, about once a week, as a centering exercise and devotional activity for Hestia.  If you like it, let me know.

FOR TODAY
Outside my window…
I’m at work,  so way at the other end of the department, I can see the parking lot.  But it’s very sunny, and I’m grateful for air conditioning.

I am thinking…
Very hard about about sony vaio models, as I’m working on a replacement quote for one.
I am thankful…
that my husband is starting to go through books. He actually put 2 in the donate bin!

In the kitchen…
Creamy tomato and fresh basil  pasta with some sort of veggies, depending on time before I got to dance class.
I am wearing…
Jeans,  a peacock shirt, a blue open cardigan. Took my sandals off already.

I am creating…
the beginnings of two new choreographies. Probably will improv for the hafla, but starting work on Melek choreo for the october showcase.
I am going…
To dance class tonight, and the I will pass  out. Adjusting to my new schedule sucks.
I am wondering…
if I’ll have time and energy  to do a facemask tonight
I am reading…
The Affectionate Advesary by Georgette Heyer and The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton
I am hoping…
To make a bigger dent in my to be read pile this weekend
I am looking forward to…
Reorganizing the bookshelves over the weekend
I am hearing…
a podfic on my shuffle, and several phones ringing. Glass Company’s phones are constant.

Around the house…
We’ve had our doorknob fixed, I made cookies last night and I’m assembling recipes for next week
I am pondering…
How to fit everything into the rest of the week…
One of my favorite things…
Being under 1000 items in our work queue for the first time since May.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Organize the bookshelf, finishing cleaning out the upstairs rooms, drop donation boxes off, plan out next week. More dancing,  formally start choreography.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

vintage photo of a woman in a two piece outfit and veil looking down

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Weekend Roundup

I was social this weekend. I stepped out of the Wedding Party trip to the Dells this weekend, partially because there wasn’t enough late night coverage at work and I thought we were moving floors on Friday (my move date is now Weds), and because, well, it was a little out of my budget. Instead, I used a gift card to Kohls and went shopping with two of my other friends. I did well, getting 5 new shirts and spending only 2.74 over my gift card, and getting the bra I needed at Lane Bryant for $25.

I’m cheap, and this was pretty much the only shopping I’ll do until next winter, unless I have a need rather than a gift card induced want.

But it was nice being girly with a couple of friends who don’t get to be that way very often. And not be shamed because I like being girly every so often.

I also made a great dinner: lemon cream pasta with chicken, with veggies. Enough for all the people who were over too. Our oven is still broken, so I can only cook on the range, but I’m trying for that to be enough.

Skipped practice. After being social Saturday, I just couldn’t do it and my body rebelled against it — although I did go out to eat with folks. Instead, I sat outside with the dog and read for an hour, then watched No Impact Man. It was good quiet time. I got a bit of a sunburn though, so I am very thankful that my bridesmaids dress has a shrug with it!

I did my normal Saturday and Sunday chores, but I also got to work on my decluttering project. I’m secretly go through my husbands clothes and getting rid of the worst of them, or putting the sentimental shirts that are actually just rags in storage. This week it was going through his sweatpants. Man has more clothes than me, but refuses to hang anything up, and then complains that he can’t fit everything in his dresser — and wants to keep the clothes in the laundry basket all week.

The laundry basket has another use though, and it is currently housing the big declutter project: bookshelves. I’m through 2/3 of the shelves and the basket is nearing full, just of my books that I haven’t re-read or used as reference in the past 5 years or so. Husband won’t let me touch his books, but that may change eventually. Once it’s full, I need to make a trip to goodwill with all the other donate-ables that I have assembled. I want nick to do the same, but it’s an uphill battle, so I’m doing just my stuff now.


My reading consumption is high this week, thanks again to the wonderous kindle and my paper book backlog.
On Kindle:
2 pagan books, mostly just as background community reading
Tailor Made Bride (I have this thing for Christian Romance fiction, since they are often free books on Amazon. I skip the Jesus, and the books from this publisher actually tend to have decent plots.)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

On paper:
Dancing with Mister Darcy (short stories inspired by Jane Austen. Several were quite good, but it’s not a re-read. In the laundry basket it went)
Leviathan (I ❤ Scott Westerfield)
Whole Living Magazine

I am currently reading:
Sense and Sensibility
Walden
City of Bones

I have a huge backlog to attend to, and I keep downloading all the free shit I can from amazon, just not synching my kindle. I have one more book in my "friend-lent" backlog after I finish city of bones, and then I can assemble my own. It's exhausting…

I hope to get out more 30 days of paganism this week, depending on just how much behind we are at work, and what I need to get done before this wedding.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Thoughts on my Kindle

My Kindle is fast becoming my new “object” love of my life. The previous owner, my bathtub, has been disappointing me lately and quite frankly, my kindle can go anywhere. The bathtub is just there.

I was hesitant towards e-readers. I’m a book person. I love reading, I get lost in reading, and I love the weight and feel of a good book. I’m a voracious re-reader as well and I hate letting go of books, even when they are destroyed. The exception, of course, is lending them. If I lose them that way, at least they are at a good home. I’m waiting for my kindle honeymoon period to wear off though, before I do a book purge now.

Because other than bathtub reading, almost all of mine has been done on the kindle. In college, I was took a Children’s Lit class that had us read some books that were out of copyright. This was before I was working at the local library, and the school library was out, and for some of the books, I really didn’t care to own them. So I looked online and found it on project gutenberg. I read it there instead of buying a copy.

It wasn’t the best for me, the computer screen, but I am a fandom nerd, I’m used to reading novels on computers.

So fast forward to now. I’m still a fandom nerd. I’m still reading lots of writing on paper, on the computer and now on the Kindle. And I think I’m enjoying the kindle more for pleasure reading, or lighter study works more than the feel of the book. And that weirds me out.

I think I’ll always have a combination of paper and ereader. I like relaxing in my old love, the bathtub, with a good book, and I won’t take my Kindle there. I’m not replacing any current books with digital copies. And if I want to do a workup on a book, I’ll probably buy a paper copy, because I remember events by where I am physically in the book. I haven’t been able to replicate that yet on the Kindle.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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