Published by admin on 25 Jun 2017

Week 25 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

We read every night this week, and I finally read this Snakes book that we got from Scholastic about a month ago. I learned a lot, guys.  There is a farting snake. It farts to scare away predators. Why is this snake not a character in a major motion picture?

Read 25 books (20/25) (not related to above)

I finished Faithful Place on audio and it’s no The Likeness, and the narrator wasn’t my favorite, even though he did have an Irish accent, but it’s a good engrossing read.  I started Homegoing on audio and I’m thinking it’s one I should read. As I was listening and heard that it was about the Ashanti people, I was like oo!  Anansi the Spider, which is one of the boys’ books and then she even mentioned the legend in the book. I made some major headway in  The Girls but still have about 100 pages to go.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Nope.

Get a mammogram

Had to change my appointment because of a network screening at the office. This week? Will it happen?

Go to the gym 30 times (23/30)

Saturday.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I only stood 40 minutes this week. Ugh..

Floss every day

I managed about 4 days.

Eat vegetables one time a week (25/52)

Yes.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

I don’t know.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (7/10)

Nothing to report.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (41/100)

I continue to mean to call and don’t. JESUS.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

41. Donated to a Kickstarter campaign to put on a conference for black writers and readers.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 18 Jun 2017

Week 24 of 52

Happy Father’s Day to those of you who have dads (?) or are dads? I don’t know, who am I supposed to wish this to? Whatever. My husband isn’t my dad (but he could be, zing!) and I wished him happy Father’s Day. So, there you go. I tried to call my dad, but he doesn’t use his cell phone as if it were a phone you can take places, so, he missed my call.

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed two, maybe three days. Also, on Saturday I got so mad at my kids I took all of their toys away. Yes.  All of them. I put them in my room. Then today I was so annoyed that my room was full of toys I gave all of them back to them. I’m truly the worst mother. Happy Father’s Day!

Read 25 books (20/25) (not related to above)

Still reading The Girls, and still waiting for Alexander Hamilton to be available again. Still listening to Faithful Place on audio and I figured out the killer or DID I? I have two and a half hours to go, so there must be another twist… Also I bought Seth The Handmaid’s Tale and It Can’t Happen Here for Father’s Day.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Nope.

Get a mammogram

Had to change my appointment because of a network screening at the office. One week to go.

Go to the gym 30 times (22/30)

Only managed one day this week.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Stood for about 3 hours this week. I moved into an actual office (I have an office mate) but I’m no longer sitting in a cube farm. It feels great.

Floss every day

I managed about 3 days.

Eat vegetables one time a week (24/52)

Yes. Ugh.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

I don’t know.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (7/10)

We went to a screening for a movie he cut. We stayed out past midnight. I’m counting it.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (41/100)

I continue to mean to call and don’t. JESUS.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

41. Donated to a Kickstarter campaign to put on a conference for black writers and readers.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 11 Jun 2017

Week 23 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

We got a Scholastic order in this week and the boys were so excited to read. I love that while they do get a fair amount of screen time, they truly love being read to. Big hit this week was The Pout-Pout Fish. I’m not sure how I feel about the forced kissing, however.

Read 25 books (20/25) (not related to above)

I finally finished Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead, highly recommend.  Still reading The Girls, and still waiting for Alexander Hamilton to be available again. I started Faithful Place on audio and I’m already hooked in. I love Tana French.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

I did some transferring from high interest rate cards to lower interest rate cards, and I’m cutting up my high interest rate cards. Lesson learned.

Get a mammogram

Had to change my appointment because of a network screening at the office. Two weeks wait again.

Go to the gym 30 times (21/30)

Only managed one day this week. Seth wondered why I didn’t go more.  This end of school, new school for Moses, crazy job thing has my stress levels quite possibly at an all time high. I need to get to acupuncture.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Only stood for about an hour this week. Ugh.

Floss every day

I think I flossed once.

Eat vegetables one time a week (23/52)

Drinking a smoothie as I write this.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

The only things I post on twitter now are real estate listings. I just love me some real estate listings.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (41/100)

What the HELL. There was a march today and I missed it. I’m struggling, y’all.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

41. Donated to a Kickstarter campaign to put on a conference for black writers and readers.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 04 Jun 2017

Week 22 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

Work continues to be crazy and in an effort to get the boys to bed we’ve had to skip story time a couple nights. The boys HATE skipping story time. I’m doing my best! This whole working parent thing ain’t easy. Finally got a complete copy of The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph (it was the book from the library that was missing the last 3 pages, and my referral dollars from here paid for a used copy!) and the boys love it.

Read 25 books (19/25) (not related to above)

Still listening to Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead which I’m still loving. Still reading The Girls, and still waiting for Alexander Hamilton to be available again.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

I have a plan, I probably won’t get to 45% this year, but I will make a little progress. I was able to pay off a couple of big doctor bills that had been haunting me and there are a few more that I’m scared to open…

Get a mammogram

This week! Unless I have to change my appointment again.

Go to the gym 30 times (20/30)

I went on Monday and today. I wanted to go yesterday too, but did some day drinking instead. BALANCE.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I didn’t use my standing desk a single day this week. Oops.

Floss every day

Hmmm, I think I need to get back on this.

Eat vegetables one time a week (22/52)

I literally had to go drink a smoothie to check this one off because I couldn’t remember eating a single vegetable. (Once I thought long and hard about it, I remember I had some roasted carrots, but seriously, I am the worst when it comes to eating vegetables.)

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

My phone is having a hard time holding a charge. I wonder what it would be like to just… not charge it once it’s dead? HAHA. JK. That isn’t happening.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (41/100)

I didn’t do a lot this week. I really feel like there’s nothing I can do. But I will. I will start again.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

41. Donated to a Kickstarter campaign to put on a conference for black writers and readers.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 28 May 2017

Week 21 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

Every day except one late work night.  Dooby Dooby Moo has been the big favorite this week.

Read 25 books (19/25) (not related to above)

Still listening to Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead which I’m still loving. Still reading The Girls, and still waiting for Alexander Hamilton to be available again.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Oh guys, this year has been bad. I’m so stressed about money. Always.

Get a mammogram

I had to change my appointment, for two weeks from now.

Go to the gym 30 times (18/30)

I went on a week day! I’ve negotiated one day a week where I leave the house super early and Seth does the entire morning routine so I can go to the gym. It fucking sucks. I hate getting ready at the gym. I do, however, like getting my steps in so early in the day.

I also went on Saturday and Sunday and tried the eliptical machine. I used to love it and I forgot how fun it is, it seems like such a better work out than the treadmill. I feel like I’ll probably switch to it if I can make it to the gym three times a week.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I’m not sure how much I stood this week, I lost my post it, but I know it was about 6 hours total.

Floss every day

Missed a couple.

Eat vegetables one time a week (21/52)

Smoothie for breakfast, carrots for snack. So many carrots.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Get this, I talk on the phone on my way home to work to actual real life friends. How fucking weird is that?  I think that contact has helped me cut my twitter and Facebook exposure down to a minimum. And I don’t really miss it.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (40/100)

I have been so down. I feel hopeless. The Hillary piece in New York Magazine made me sad all over again.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 22 May 2017

Week 20 of 52

Week 20! Wow, I’m kind of surprised how fast this year is going. It seems to slog right on by.

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed one day because of a late night at work. We went to the library on Saturday and got some new Rotten Ralph books. They delight the boys. I enjoy them as well. One was missing the last 1o pages, so Moses and I wrote a note to the librarian. I’ll try to upload it to Insta soon.

Read 25 books (19/25) (not related to above)

I’m in a major rut.  But I just started Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead which I’m loving. Still reading The Girls, and had to put Alexander Hamilton on request again because, damn 29 hours is a long book.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

BLERG.

Get a mammogram

Next week I’ll finally be able to check this off.

Go to the gym 30 times (15/30)

Two days! In a row! Which is feeling pretty ouchie right now. I’ve got to figure out how to get to the gym during the week.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

  • M -2:15
  • T – 1:01
  • W – 2:37
  • Th – 1:00
  • F – 1:00

Floss every day

Almost. I think I missed two days

Eat vegetables one time a week (20/52)

Yep. Back on the smoothie train. It’s seriously the only way I reliably get veggies.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Actually, I’m feeling like I’m on my phone less.  Especially at home.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (40/100)

Does thinking really mean thoughts about Trump count? Because I did a fuck load of that this week.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36.  Donation to Everytown.org on Monday after the San Bernardino shooting at a fucking elementary school.

37. Emailed Kamala Harris re: gun laws. I support a full gun ban. I don’t want to hear about another child/teacher/mother/woman killed by a man with a gun. ENOUGH.

38. Voted in a special election for LA. The voter turnout was 8% and the school board official elected was a pro-charter person. EIGHT. PER. CENT. WTF?

39. Faxed Feinstein re: net neutrality

40. Faxed Harris re: net neutrality

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 15 May 2017

Week 19 of 52

What a hellish week last week. Moses had a nasty stomach bug, Manny had a one day fever with hives and I had — stress. My OB changed up my meds on Friday in an effort to help with some stuff I’m going through and after crying for 15 minutes while sitting in a paper gown she recommended therapy and exercise.  She wrote my exercise prescription officially on a prescription pad, so I have to do it.

Read to the boys every day. 

Oh man, I miss the kids. With Moses sick and me working like a lunatic this fell off dramatically. I managed maybe two nights?

Read 25 books (19/25) (not related to above)

I’m in a major rut.  Still reading The Girls, and  Alexander Hamilton.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

BLERG.

Get a mammogram

I had my annual exam and an appointment for a mammogram!

Go to the gym 30 times (13/30)

Mother’s Day I got 17k steps. I went to the gym AND we went on a hike at Will Rogers State Park. If you’re in the LA area, you should check this park out. Great hiking trails, beautiful grassy area to picnic or play frisbee and they have polo on the weekends!

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

M – 1:22

T – 1:00

W – 0

Th – 0

F – 0

Floss every day

Nope.

Eat vegetables one time a week (19/52)

Are sweet potato fries a vegetable? How about carrots in bolognese?

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Hmm. Yeah, still addicted.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (37/100)

Nothing new here. Jesus, I’m a mess.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36.  Donation to Everytown.org on Monday after the San Bernardino shooting at a fucking elementary school.

37. Emailed Kamala Harris re: gun laws. I support a full gun ban. I don’t want to hear about another child/teacher/mother/woman killed by a man with a gun. ENOUGH.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 07 May 2017

Week 18 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

The new job has had me working late a few days, so I missed a couple nights.  The big favorites this week were The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and Last Stop on Market Street.

Read 25 books (19/25) (not related to above)

I finished Sharp Objects, it was slightly predictable, but still great. Still reading The Girls, and  Alexander Hamilton.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

BLERG.

Get a mammogram

I remade my appointment for my annual, so I can get my referral for my mammogram, but I couldn’t get in until May.  So this is at least progress.

Go to the gym 30 times (12/30)

Nothing. For three weeks. I’m suffering from a really shitty cold that has landed in my lungs again and I have PTSD from last winter when I coughed for about 3 months straight. So I’m trying to rest.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

M – 0

T – 2:56

W – 0

Th – :36

F – 1:02

Floss every day

Every dang day.

Eat vegetables one time a week (18/52)

Dude. I’m so sick of smoothies.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Hmm. Yeah, still addicted.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (37/100)

This week was so disheartening, and I’m so swamped at work I don’t even know where to begin with making my calls. I must do better next week.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36.  Donation to Everytown.org on Monday after the San Bernardino shooting at a fucking elementary school.

37. Emailed Kamala Harris re: gun laws. I support a full gun ban. I don’t want to hear about another child/teacher/mother/woman killed by a man with a gun. ENOUGH.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 30 Apr 2017

Week 16 and 17 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed several days because of my trip to the desert. But the boys were really into Anansi: The Spider and There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight.

Read 25 books (18/25) (not related to above)

Still reading The Girls, and since I was back in the queue for  Alexander Hamilton I listened to The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood, I liked both of them for what they were, mysteries with a female lead that were slightly easy to figure out. I’m currently listening to Sharp Objects and I don’t know, the reader is kind of annoying, and listening to sex scenes while I’m driving to work is kind of awkward, but whatever, I’m liking the story a lot.

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

BLERG.

Get a mammogram

I just remade my appointment for my annual, so I can get my referral for my mammogram, but I couldn’t get in until May.  So this is at least progress.

Go to the gym 30 times (12/30)

Nothing. For two weeks!  New job is mere blocks away from my gym, but I am so busy at work and work late every night, I haven’t had a chance.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I did a crappy job of this. But I vow this coming week, I’ll stand every day.

Floss every day

Well. I forgot my floss when I went to the desert and when I came home I was so tired every night I couldn’t get into it.  But I flossed this weekend both days, and my gums didn’t bleed so I guess I didn’t ruin everything.

Eat vegetables one time a week (16/52)

Just barely made this happen. Smoothies back in effect this week.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

Hmm. Yeah, still addicted.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (37/100)

I didn’t get anything done for two weeks. I bet Jordan in Ted’s office misses me.

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36.  Donation to Everytown.org on Monday after the San Bernardino shooting at a fucking elementary school.

37. Emailed Kamala Harris re: gun laws. I support a full gun ban. I don’t want to hear about another child/teacher/mother/woman killed by a man with a gun. ENOUGH.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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Published by admin on 16 Apr 2017

Week 15 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

I went to the library on Monday and got Spike the Mixed Up Monster (hit),  When Dinosaurs Come With Everything (hit), Crankenstein (not a big hit), Click Clack Moo (probably the biggest hit), and Edwina The Dinosaur that Didn’t Know She Was Extinct (minor hit). Manny also pulled Harriet’s Had Enough off the shelf, which is a super sweet book that I love to read to the boys.

Read 25 books (16/25) (not related to above)

I finished Devil in the White City and wow, it is fascinating, creepy, and so well researched. Still reading The Girls, and just started Alexander Hamilton on audio (read by the same guy who read Devil in the White City, so that’s some nice synergy. I also have the book, which is good because it’s over 30 hours long and I have only 3 days left on my loan and can’t renew it, so I’ll have to go to the back of the line again.)

Reduce debt to 45% of credit available (the amount of debt I’m carrying is my biggest stressor)

Well, I got a new job and a promotion and a raise and I start tomorrow. So, hopefully that will help!

Get a mammogram

I just remade my appointment for my annual, so I can get my referral for my mammogram, but I couldn’t get in until May.  So this is at least progress.

Go to the gym 30 times (12/30)

I went to the gym today and yesterday I walked with the kids to the park, so I’m feeling pretty good about my weekend activity levels.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I read this Washington Post article on Monday about how long you should aim for standing at work.  Three things stood out to me (ha). 1. You should do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to intense activity 5 times a week. 2. You should stand at LEAST 2 hours for every 8 you’re sitting and work up to 4 hours for every 8. 3. After 30 minutes of sitting your metabolism slows NINETY percent. That last one, damn. No wonder it’s next to impossible to lose weight if you’re an office worker even if you’re only eating minimal calories.

Monday – 2 hours 15 minutes

Tuesday – 2 hours 15 minutes

Wednesday – 2 hours 18 minutes

Thursday – Nothing

Friday – Nothing

My foot started hurting Wednesday night and I wanted to rest it Thursday and Friday so I wouldn’t have issues going to the gym and it worked.

Floss every day

I missed Tuesday night because I was like, FLOSS IS NOT THE BOSS OF ME. Mature. Same on Friday night.

Eat vegetables one time a week (15/52)

Does lettuce on my hamburger count? I mean, I ate more veggies than that, but not much more.

Break phone addiction (phone off at 10pm at night and away when I’m not taking pictures or checking email at home)

I don’t know, guys. I might need to do more than just delete Facebook and Twitter off my phone. I might also need to delete all the Candy Crushes…

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

Nothing this week.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (37/100)

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36.  Donation to Everytown.org on Monday after the San Bernardino shooting at a fucking elementary school.

37. Emailed Kamala Harris re: gun laws. I support a full gun ban. I don’t want to hear about another child/teacher/mother/woman killed by a man with a gun. ENOUGH.

COMPLETED

 30 days of face care in a row (30/30) – Finished in January

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – February 15)

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