March 20, 2017

Hello Spring...

Spring is finally here y'all (insert happy dance here)! I live in the Great White North so I'm not fool enough to believe that just because Winter is technically over that it means sunshine and rainbows from now on but just knowing that Spring is here just makes life seem better. I spent the last weekend of Winter knocking things off of my to-do list (aka getting shit done) so that once Spring arrived I would have more free time to do fun things/relax. I even got my Christmas tree taken down (and my taken down I mean moved into a spare bedroom still completely decorated...)

Saturday morning I got up early and immediately stripped all the bedding on my bed to get it in the wash (and also so I couldn't end up back in bed instead of working on my to-do list) since that was the first thing on my to-do list. While my sheets were in the wash I did Lower Fix (from the 21 Day Fix) to get it out of the way so I could move on with the rest of my to-do list. Once I finished my workout I started deep cleaning my bathroom which then turned in to organizing my makeup collection and cleaning my makeup brushes. I'm ashamed to admit how long its been since I last did that... 

Even though cleaning my makeup brushes and organizing my makeup wasn't on my to-do list it did need to get done so I just added it to my list afterwards and crossed it off as completed. After doing some vacuuming and dusting and re-making my bed with fresh bedding I had to jump in the shower quick before heading to my sisters to watch my nieces so she could go to an appointment. Painting my nails was on my list so I packed up all my supplies and took them to my sister's so I could still get something done from my list even if I wasn't at home. Productive AF. 

When my sister got back I headed home and finished up my laundry and then it was time to get myself ready to head into 'the city' to see Beauty and the Beast with my nieces, sister, and our cousin Starley and her daughter. I hadn't realized that Beauty and the Beast would get to the theatre in 'the city' so quick so it wasn't something I had 'calculated' into my weekend plans since it was my 'get shit done' weekend but since my OLW for 2017 is 'connect' I couldn't pass it up. And I also just really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast. 

It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I loved the casting of Emma Watson as Belle (huge HP fan right here) and it didn't stray from the original story line which was great. The only bad thing is that now I want a library in my home even more than I did from watching the original! Somehow I didn't already have a copy of the original so the first thing I did after getting home was get on amazon and order myself one (I have an amazon gift card so it doesn't even mess with my March budget!). 
On Sunday I was up bright and early at 6:00 am (I just can't sleep in on weekends no matter how hard I try) and immediately got to work on my to-do list with working on organizing all of my Project Life supplies/photos. I have a life lesson for y'all: never get behind on photo organization. Trying to catch up is so painstaking. I don't know if I'll ever get caught up. For 2017 I am going to do digital Project Life with the Project Life app so that I can at least have one year of being organized - its just going back to my 2011 and on albums and getting them caught up that is the hard part. I have half finished albums and only half the pictures I need printed out and figuring out which ones I still need to print out is very tedious. As much as I don't like using Shutterfly (because a) shipping to Canada is crazy expensive and b) they guaranteed my 2015 Christmas cards to be here before Christmas and they didn't arrive until the end of January 2016) I am going to do all of 2016 in a Shutterfly album just to get it done and out of the way since I hadn't yet started on it at all (brutal, I know).

I took a break from the photo organization around 2:00 and a wrench was thrown into my plans for the rest of the day when the melting snow outside caused water to start running towards the house and created a huge pool of water right outside the front door. I then spent the next two hours digging (into frozen ground I might add) a trench to run the water away from the house and downhill into the ditch. Thankfully my sister showed up and jumped right in to help about 45 minutes after I had started (even Graycie got in there and was helping) and we got enough of the frozen ground chipped away at so that the water would finally start running downhill. 
I have blisters on my hands and feet and my entire body aches (my planned workout for that night definitely didn't happen after all that hard work) but the huge pile of water was barely a puddle anymore by the time it started getting cold and freezing again so at least we got the job done. I had planned on making sweet and sour meatballs for supper but my trip to the grocery store didn't happen after the trench building took precedence so it was Chinese takeout for supper instead (not that I'm complaining about not having to cook...). I didn't get everything off my list crossed off but that's life - I still have lots of time after work this week to get things done before three weekends of being away from home. Now that Spring is here I will actually be able to leave my house to do fun things so getting caught up on most things has been a great feeling!

Things I'm looking forward to this Spring:

Getting back into a fitness routine
Cinco de Mayo (I've been dreaming about Mexican food for weeeeks
Krickit's THIRD birthday
Seeing Wicked in Minneapolis 
MN's 30th Birthday/our trip to Duluth 
Crossing things off my 30 Before 30 list
Daily walks with Krickit (it's been a loooong winter without them)

But more on all that in an upcoming Spring Bucket List post!

What are you looking forward to this Spring?

March 17, 2017

Friday Confessions (March 2017)...

Happy Friday y'all! I have this entire weekend off of work (the second one in a row since I worked the previous two Sunday's in a row) and my to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer.

Next weekend I'm hosting a baby shower for my nephew on Saturday and then I work on the Sunday -  after that I only have one more shift at my second job and I am done. So, this weekend is a get all the things done kind of weekend so that once I am finally done at my second job I can start enjoying weekends again and do things for fun. On the to do list includes cleaning my SUV, deep cleaning my bathroom, washing my sheets, organizing photo albums, and some baby shower prep - just to name a few things. 

I've been keeping a note on my phone with 'confessions' when they pop into my head and finally have a good amount to make a post. Enjoy! (and please tell me that y'all have experienced something from my list too so I don't feel so bad about myself...)

I confess... that I have put mismatched earrings in three different times in the past two weeks and only realized once I was in my vehicle on the way to work. I've got to stop getting dressed in the dark... 

I confess... that re-starting the 21 Day Fix on early this week was the first time I've worked out since probably October

I confess... that I let my Dad use my Toradol pills that were prescribed to me when I was hit by a truck back in 2015 to help with his major back pain. Sharing is caring, right? 

I confess... that as much as I love the idea of having an Instant Pot I am too afraid of it blowing up in my face to ever actually purchase/use one

I confess... that it takes hitting snooze on four different alarms before I finally get out of bed in the morning

I confess... that I have no immediate plans to take down my Christmas or Valentine's decor in my bedroom

I confess... that I am terrified that all of the snow we got is going to result in basement flooding. I have lived through over 10 seperate basement floods and I am over it

I confess... that I am having so much anxiety over all the things left on my 30 Before 30 list to complete. I only have just over 4 months left y'all - eeek! 

I confess... that I bit off all my nails while having some major anxiety during the blizzard last week and now I have to re-grow them out to get them long enough to get shellac put on again

I confess... that I was super stabby when I looked at my gas receipt from the other night and realized that the treat I let Graycie pick out while in the store was FIVE dollars

I confess... that I went to Wal Mart yesterday specifically to pick up my prescription and walked out of Wal Mart having spent $40.. and without my prescription

I confess... that I have absolutely zero plans for St. Patty's Day. I'll probably be in bed by 10 

I confess... that I am SO HAPPY WINTER IS ALMOST OVER. Halle-freakin-lujah!

2 Days until Spring. TWO!