Archive for January, 2017

Published by admin on 29 Jan 2017

Week 4 of 52

This was a tough week. In Trump’s first week as President I felt like I was constantly scrambling to keep up with the horror he’d wrought. Most notably the removal of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs from the National Security Council and at the same time adding Bannon. Politics have no place in National Security. The other thing that occupied a lot of brain space was the travel ban on seven Muslim countries, leaving refugees, green card holders and those with visas stranded in custody in airports. Some children separated from their mothers, others without food for hours. This is not the America I grew up with. I’m disgusted and sad and exhausted. It’s only been 9 days.

It feels a little weird to write about my silly goals, but normalcy at home is important.

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed two nights this week, work has been intense and I got home late two days in a row. The book we read most this week was How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? It’s a short one and I’ve needed some short ones lately.

Read 25 books (3/25) (not related to above)

I finished The Road last night. That is certainly not helping my mood. Christ, what a bleak and disturbing read.

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

I am just happy I’m able to make my payments on time right now. I did a new debt reduction plan with my USAA membership and it seems like I’ll be able to take some big bites once I get through my week of unemployment.

30 days of face care in a row (29/30)

Still washing my face every night! Still using this fancy face cream.

Get a mammogram

I had to cancel my OBGYN appointment because of work stuff, but I’m going to reschedule for the week I’m off.

Go to the gym 30 times (1/30)

Oh god, this is so embarrassing. Not a single trip. And also not a single day breaking 10k steps. Ugh.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I only stood one day last week. Damn.

Get my teeth cleaned

Nope.

Floss every day

Yup. I’m so sick of flossing.

Eat vegetables one time a week (4/52)

I only managed to eat veggies 3 of the 7 days. I ran out of spinach so my smoothies were lacking veg. Not this week.

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

I had to step off twitter today because my mood seems to be plummeting rapidly. It was stressful being away from social media, but I’m hoping I can stay off it again tomorrow.

Get acupuncture 5 times (0/5)

I can’t wait until the week I’m off work. I’ll have so many appointments.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (2/10)

Nothing this week.

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

100 acts of resistance (8/100)

I have renamed this, as the Department of Redundancy Department seemed to think Acts of Active Resistance was a little redundant.

So, this year so far I’ve:

  1. Marched in the Women’s March in LA
  2. Donated money to an artist creating resistance artwork
  3. Called my Congressman, Ted Lieu, to thank him for boycotting the election
  4. Signed up for Swing Left to volunteer for CA-25 get out the vote activities
  5. Set up automatic monthly donation to ACLU
  6. Donated money to Yosemite National Park
  7. Faxed Dianne Feinstein’s office as I wasn’t able to get through to her LA or her DC office.
  8. Bought three shirts from Jen Tally, 10% of her profits are going to the National Park Service.

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Published by admin on 28 Jan 2017

Flipping out on the inside

I’m angry.

I’m worried for the refugees.

I’m feeling very little hope about the future of our democracy.

I have two little kids.

I did laundry and filled my gas tank because a (probably right wing) prepper website gave me a list of things I could do today.

I cleaned out three cupboards and my closet because I can’t sit still.

I faxed Dianne Feinstein because I’ve been trying to call all week and I can’t get through.

I definitely should not be reading The Road right now.

I packed a backpack with necessities in case I’m stuck at work when disaster strikes, but then I thought about The Road and hoped if nuclear war happens that I’ll just be incinerated in the first round.

Everything is completely hopeless.

Published by admin on 22 Jan 2017

Week 3 of 52

After the Women’s March in LA, yesterday, I’ve decided to add another goal for this year.

Read to the boys every day. 

I didn’t miss a night this week. And we read a range of old favorites. This week I pulled out Make Way for Ducklings that we hadn’t read in a while.

Read 25 books (2/25) (not related to above)

I didn’t finish any books, but my sister sent me March by John Lewis and Seth gave me Beautiful Losers and The Day of the Locust for my birthday. Books! Yay!

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

We switched me over to being paid a different way to allow me to be considered freelance, therefore being able to be on Seth’s insurance. We have some big medical bills to pay off, a lot that we owe to the boy’s school, and I’m going to be unemployed for a couple of weeks in February before I start my next gig.  Look for this space to remain dire until mid-March. Maybe a little later.

30 days of face care in a row (21/30)

Still washing my face every night! Still using this fancy face cream.

Get a mammogram

I did not, but I did make my annual physical appointment with my OBGYN for the week after next so I should be getting a mammogram referral then.

Go to the gym 30 times (1/30)

I didn’t make it to the gym again this week. I feel like I’ll be able to knock off a few in February when I’m unemployed, and my new gig is RIGHT across the street from a branch of my gym.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I found that if I don’t stand up for the first 2 hours of the day, I’m not really that likely to want to stand up. Ever. That is probably the laziest thing I’ve ever admitted about myself, but there you go.

Get my teeth cleaned

I did not get my teeth cleaned this week.

Floss every day

I did! I flossed every day!

Eat vegetables one time a week (3/52)

I ate vegetables 4 out of 6 days. I can do better, but I did eat them at least one time, so here’s to really easy goals!

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

Haha. Well, going to the Women’s March in LA has me glued to my phone. I have LOVED seeing everyone’s photos and reading about their experiences. I am going to try to go on a social media black out next week.

Get acupuncture 5 times (0/5)

I made an appointment, but I just realized I need to change that appointment because of all of these school meetings I have this coming week for the charter schools we’ve applied to. UGH.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (2/10)

After tonight, I’ll have gone on 2/10.

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

100 acts of active resistance (4/100)

This is my new one! I am going to broadly define my “acts of active resistance” to participating in marches, donating money to causes, calling/communicating my Congressman and Senators, and participating in ‘get out the vote’ activities in the CA-25 (the closest Republican controlled district to me that we’re going to swing left in 2018) and anything else I think can be qualified as resisting this new administrations policies that do not align with the vision I have for a country I want to raise my children in.

So, this year so far I’ve:

  1. Marched in the Women’s March in LA
  2. Donated money to an artist creating resistance artwork
  3. Called my Congressman, Ted Lieu, to thank him for boycotting the election
  4. Signed up for Swing Left to volunteer for CA-25 get out the vote activities

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Published by admin on 15 Jan 2017

Week 2 of 52

I had fun doing this last week, so here I am again.

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed two nights, one because I got home late and just wanted to get them to bed, and the other because I went to dinner with a friend and while they were awake (AT 10:55PM, AHEM) they were in bed and I wasn’t about to turn on the lights and start reading. Their favorite this week is maybe a tie between Inside Your Outside and The Polar Express.

Read 25 books (not related to above)

I finished The Rose & the Dagger. If you have teen girls, they will love this series. It’s a re-telling of 1,001 Nights and this is the sequel to The Wrath & the Dawn. It is cheesy YA fiction, but I cried at the end.

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

Oof. I don’t want to talk about this right now.

30 days of face care in a row

Still washing my face every night! Still using this fancy face cream.

Get a mammogram

I did not.

Go to the gym 30 times

I didn’t make it to the gym this week. I have high hopes for the coming week, however. 1/30

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I didn’t manage 2 hours and 15 minutes every day, but I did use my standing desk every day. I’m hoping to build up to longer stands this week.

Get my teeth cleaned

I did not get my teeth cleaned this week.

Floss every day

I did! I flossed every day!

Eat vegetables one time a week

I ate vegetables EVERY DAMN DAY this week.  2/52

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

Still not doing fantastic at this, but I did manage to stay off my phone for a lot of the day this weekend, which is great progress.

Get acupuncture 5 times

Damnit, I forgot to make an appointment, I want to make one. So writing a note in my bullet journal as soon as I’m done with this update.

Go on 10 dates with Seth

Nothing new here, but we have dinner reservations next weekend for my birthday. So yay! 1/10

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

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Published by admin on 08 Jan 2017

Week 1 of 52

I’m not sure how often I’ll do this check in. Like I said in my original post, One Hundred Dollars a Month does it weekly and it is both annoying and nice to see.

This first week was pretty great. I am still at home, my hiatus ends today and it’s back to the real world tomorrow.

Read to the boys every day. 

I’ve been reading so much to them this week. And they’re requesting the same books over and over, which is… I don’t know, I guess great? Also annoying? Also, making me want to go to the library weekly now. New favorites of theirs are Creepy Carrots and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Read 25 books (not related to above)

I actually finished a book on New Years Day because it was due back at the library. It broke me apart in a lot of ways, and I highly recommend it. Between the World and Me.

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

Not working for two weeks and Christmas and Hanukkah and yeah, have not cut into this at all. Onward!

30 days of face care in a row

I have managed to wash my face each evening. It helps that my Christmas present from Seth was this fancy face cream.

Get a mammogram

I did not get a mammogram this week. I am going to have to get a physical soon, and I’ll get a referral from my OBGYN then. Ugh.

Go to the gym 30 times

I went to the gym! It was hard. But listening to the Hamilton soundtrack actually kind of helps.  1/30

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

I wasn’t at work this week so I did not stand. Tomorrow it begins…

Get my teeth cleaned

I did not get my teeth cleaned this week.

Floss every day

I did! I flossed every day!

Eat vegetables one time a week

I ate vegetables 5 days this week. That’s a lot of spinach. 1/52

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

Uh. Not so great with this, but I did put it in the charger at 10pm a couple of nights AND I did spend an evening reading while the kids were playing instead of staring at my phone. Baby steps?

Get acupuncture 5 times

I plan to call for an appointment tomorrow!

Go on 10 dates with Seth

We had dinner out without the children and it was glorious! Except for the lady who thought watching Youtube on her phone with no headphones was a socially acceptable thing to do at a quiet restaurant. 1/10

Go away without the kids with Seth

We were here. Together. Not away.

 

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Published by admin on 02 Jan 2017

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