Archive for April, 2017

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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Published by admin on 09 Apr 2017

Week 14 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

No, David, and The Mystery of the Missing Peanuts were faves this week and we went on a field trip to The Last Bookstore in downtown LA. If you are a book lover, and live anywhere near, get thee to there. It’s fantastic. The boys were allowed to pick out a book each and both chose comic books. Moses picked a Ninja Turtle comic and Manny a comic called Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur (Non-white main character and a dinosaur, good job, Manny!). I really wanted to say no when I saw the price ($17.99. EACH.) but I feel like books are the one place I cannot put limits. When we got home, they asked me to read their comic books and my love for my children superseded my hate for reading comic books and wow, that was painful. And we only read a few pages each.

Read 25 books (15/25) (not related to above)

I was a little sidetracked by S Town, but I binged it in 3 days and damn. It’s amazing. But! As for reading, I started Devil in the White City, which I have been wanting to read for a long time and already I’m hooked. I started The Girls, another one I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to really get into. Am I still reading Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen on my phone? Um, not really. My loan expired, and I might go back to it, but probably not. It’s great, just maybe not for me.

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

This week we had to let go of our nanny, thankfully she got a job with another family right away, so I didn’t have to have that guilt on me as well. I also took care of some medical bills that had gotten a little… ripe and yeah, my credit cards remain shitty.

Get a mammogram

This is just going to sit here and mock me all year, isn’t it.

Go to the gym 30 times (11/30)

I managed to go on Saturday and it hurt. It’s been too long.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Monday – nothing

Tuesday – nothing

Wednesday – nothing

Thursday – 45 minutes

Friday – 1 hour

Floss every day

Floss, floss, floss.

Eat vegetables one time a week (14/52)

I wonder if I’m the only adult that has to force herself to eat vegetables at least once a week? Because there was a point this week, maybe Wednesday? Where I was like, damnit! I need to eat vegetables.

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

I’m actually doing really well with this, but the binge of S Town put me with my phone for 7 hours and I need to get it back on the charger at 10pm at night again.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (6/10)

We had a date night. Went to Taylor’s Steakhouse, which if you’re into steak in a traditional setting, this is your spot, bar none.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (35/100)

1-26 can be found here.

27. Called Sen. Harris office to tell them I agree with her calling for AG Sessions’ resignation.

28. Voted in Special Election.

29. Called Sen. Harris to tell her the proposed budget cuts to Meals on Wheels and school lunches for children are unconscionable. (Agreeing with her.)

30. Called Congressman Lieu to express my support of him voting against the replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (3/23/17) [SO FUCKING GLAD IT WAS WITHDRAWN.]

31. Called Congressman Lieu to tell him to vote no on SRres34. (3/28/17) [It still went through, FUCK.]

32 and 33. Faxed Senators Feinstein and Harris to opposed Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. (3/31/17)

34. and 35. Postcard to Trump telling him the “gift” of his salary to NPS was a hollow gift that meant nothing given his proposal to gut the Dept of Interiors budget. Postcard to Feinstein thanking her for her hard work – no on Gorsuch. (4/5/17)

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 Apr 2017

Real Estate Stress Relief

I’ve discovered a new thing about myself. I didn’t think there would be much room for the formation of a new hobby what with two very* needy children, a husband and a demanding job, but as it turns out all of those things plus some stuff** have me hitting up Zillow like a heroin*** addict looking to score.

My particular interest in real estate can be traced to not one thing in particular. As a kid I was obsessed with two things in my home town. The cliff dwellings and Fort Verde. I LOVED walking through the doctor’s house. (They shit in a pot and a maid had to carry it down the maid’s stairs! I am obsessed with back stairs! They bathed once a month and all used the same water! The children rarely survived childhood!) And look at this place! This is a dump compared to the historic plantations in the South, but it was MY dump.

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I was furious that we couldn’t walk through Montezuma’s Castle especially when I heard that in the 70s you could. I was born too late! (My desire to walk through a cliff dwelling was partially quelled when we got to go through Mesa Verde, but still, Montezuma’s castle was RIGHT. THERE.) (Lookit my nieces! They’re so little!)

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I have never been to the deep south. Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, DC and the surrounding areas (Virginia, Maryland) are as far into the south as I’ve been.  I was fascinated by the South’s history as a kid, however. Some of that being shaped by the racist tropes a kid in a public school is force fed – slave ships, slavery was bad, some slave holders were good, underground railroad, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, carpet baggers, the end! I was an American Studies major in college and took a Civil War class taught by a southerner who participated in reenactments and seemed pretty pro “the south” for my taste and felt like I got a good economic insight into what the South was set to lose if slavery were abolished, and I felt like that was a pretty good trade off in exchange for ending our national horror of slavery, he didn’t say as much, but I’m pretty sure he disagreed. We watched Gone With the Wind and dreamed we were rich white girls who could slap someone as handsome as Clark Gable. And I still think about her tumbling down that staircase. GOD. THAT STAIRCASE. Basically, that staircase is the reason for my obsession with staircases. How fucking grand was that shit?  Sure, she lost her baby, but those stairs!
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So now when I’m feeling super stressed and need to escape, I open up google and type in a variety of searches. Or I go to Zillow and put the date built restriction at 1872. It soothes me.

I came across this place called Oak Manor in Alabama. There are only historic photos and I had to do a little digging to find the exact location, but I found it. It appears to be abandoned and the neighbors may or may not be a junk yard and a single family trailer house, but I want to see inside now.

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Ok wait, back up, how do you abandon a house like this?! I know, it costs money to take care of these old beasts, but damn, DAMN.

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Built in 1860 for Isaac James Lee (of the Virginia Lees, whoever they are). That mother fucker had to sell it because he lost all his cotton “in the War between the States.” You guys, what even? Dear The South, It’s called The Civil War. It eventually went to Samuel Hale a nephew of the Revolutionary War (aka The Skirmish between the Colonies and England) hero Nathan “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” Hale****. I bet the fact that a Yankee got his precious cotton plantation really burned that Lee of the Virginia Lees, and how.

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Anyway, now it’s probably about to fall down and I’ll never get to see that staircase in person, but this little discovery mission ate up a HUGE chunk of my anxiety so, I thank it for that.

*Very? That’s probably an exaggeration. They seem very needy to me. And that is because I am not good at this whole thing where someone is constantly shouting demands at me while also saying “Mommy” and could at any moment dissolve into rage because someone took someone’s most special something that they had forgotten about until this very moment that they saw it in the other someone’s hand. (KILL ME NOW. You can even do it slowly, it will at least be a break from the children.)

**Hey, vague blogging! Working lady stuff. I’m sure it’s not very interesting anyway.

***It’s probably not socially acceptable to joke about heroin now that there’s a full on opioid crisis in America, but I don’t know the lingo anymore.  And see above.

****Nathan Hale was kind of hot, too.

Published by admin on 03 Apr 2017

Week 13 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

I missed one night to go out with my co-workers from my last job. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and The Value of Believing in Yourself (Louis Pasteur) are the favorites this week.  I LOVE that they call the Louis Pasteur book “the scientist book” and I love that they like the story. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a sequel that doesn’t hold a candle to the original, but whatever, they love it.

Read 25 books (15/25) (not related to above)

I finished Ghettoside on audio and it is heart wrenching. I also finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters, and I liked it, but I felt like it strayed from the things I liked about the first two in a weird way.  I’m still reading Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen on my phone, but I’ve lost steam on it big time.

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

UGH.

Get a mammogram

This is just going to sit here and mock me all year, isn’t it.

Go to the gym 30 times (10/30)

No. God.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Monday – ~ 1 hour

Tuesday – nothing

Wednesday – nothing

Thursday – 1.5 hours

Friday – nothing

Floss every day

Floss, floss, floss.

Eat vegetables one time a week (13/52)

Smoothies4Lyfe.

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

I deleted Twitter and Facebook from my phone. That has TOTALLY made a difference in the way I use it. I’m also really putting my phone away at night, I don’t make it at 10 every night, but generally, I get at least 30 minutes to an hour of no electronics because I’m reading in bed before I go to sleep.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing new to report.

Go on 10 dates with Seth (5/10)

Nada.

Go away without the kids with Seth

Nope.

100 acts of resistance (33/100)

1-26 can be found here.

27. Called Sen. Harris office to tell them I agree with her calling for AG Sessions’ resignation.

28. Voted in Special Election.

29. Called Sen. Harris to tell her the proposed budget cuts to Meals on Wheels and school lunches for children are unconscionable. (Agreeing with her.)

30. Called Congressman Lieu to express my support of him voting against the replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (3/23/17) [SO FUCKING GLAD IT WAS WITHDRAWN.]

31. Called Congressman Lieu to tell him to vote no on SRres34. (3/28/17) [It still went through, FUCK.]

32 and 33. Faxed Senators Feinstein and Harris to opposed Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. (3/31/17)

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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