Archive for December, 2017

Published by admin on 10 Dec 2017

Week 49 of 52

Read to the boys every day. 

We are reading The One and Only Ivan, I find it terribly sad, but the boys are liking it. We also read How to Catch an Elf, and Desert Night, Desert Day (the boys find it fascinating that I used to live in a place that had quail, javelina, coyotes, lizards, snakes AND roadrunners).

Read 25 books (37/25) (not related to above)

Finished Golden Son, I accidentally read a spoiler before finishing it, but it was still fantastic. And I started and finished Morning Star. Oh man, I really loved this trilogy. Despite all the endless battles.  When they make it into a movie or seven, I hope they let a woman direct it.

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

Nothing, oh well.

Go to the gym 30 times (33/30) (completed 10/22/17)

I was planning on going this weekend, but… didn’t.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Nada.

Floss every day

Three times, bitches!

Eat vegetables one time a week (49/52)

I had a salad.

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

I hate my phone.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing.

Go on 10 dates with S (11/10) (Completed 11/09/17)

Nothing this week.

Go away without the kids with S

There’s a glimmer of hope now that we have someone who will watch the kids overnight…

100 acts of resistance (61/100)

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

41-54 here.

55. Donated to a Donors Choose campaign for bilingual books for kids in an LAUSD school. (Donors Choose is such a great organization.)

56. Remembered to use Amazon Smile for all of my Amazon purchases this week!

57. More Amazon Smile usage.

58. Told my relatives that saying “Merry Christmas” was never illegal.

59. Went on a “men suck and need to be replaced immediately” rant on twitter. (I’M COUNTING THIS.)

60. Faxed Senator Feinstein re: the Tax Bill. (12/3/17)

61. Faxed Senator Harris re: the Tax Bill (12/3/17)

COMPLETED

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

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – 2/15/17)

Get a mammogram (COMPLETED 6/27/17)

Read 25 books (25/25) (COMPLETED 7/31/17)

Go to the gym 30 times (30/30) (10/22/17)

Go on 10 dates with S (10/10) (Completed 11/09/17)

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Published by admin on 08 Dec 2017

How to ruin a house

Making it Lovely posted a home that had been re-done. I saw the after picture first and was like, oh, that seems pretty and airy and then I clicked on the before and wanted to have a firm word or two with the new owners.

Before
BEFORE
After
AFTER
And then I snooped around that “Pricey Pads” site and saw this link for a house I’ve driven by countless times. So, I looked it up on Zillow and they DESTROYED THE INTERIOR. Like, they might as well have ripped it down to the studs and replaced it with decor from some model home in the late 90s. I am livid.

Before
BEFORE
After
AFTER

Why would you do this? Those floors look terrible, the interior looks like it’s unfinished. It’s bad. Really bad.

Help me process my feelings.

Published by admin on 07 Dec 2017

A few Christmas Songs to add to your playlist

I love Christmas music, and I REALLY love Christmas songs that aren’t traditional Christmas classics.  Here’s a few to add to your playlist.

  1. Regina Spektor – Dear Aquaintance
  2. Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson – Winter Song
  3. Sufjan Stevens – Christmas in the Room
  4. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
  5. Sesame Street – Keep Christmas With You (You really should just buy the whole record)
  6. Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas – The Gift Song
  7. Joni Mitchell – River 
  8. Carole King – New Year’s Day

Let me hear your favorite Christmas songs!

 

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Published by admin on 03 Dec 2017

Week 48 of 52

We finished putting up all the Christmas decorations! I booked tickets to Seattle for New Years! We have Christmas Day plans!

Read to the boys every day. 

We finished Stuart Little from the library. The boys liked it. And we have The One and Only Ivan in the queue. We also read The Blobfish Book about 20 times.

Read 25 books (35/25) (not related to above)

Started Golden Son. The beginning was a little slow, but it’s really picking up.

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

Nothing, oh well.

Go to the gym 30 times (33/30) (completed 10/22/17)

I was planning on going this weekend, but… didn’t.

15 minutes of standing for every hour sitting at work

Nada.

Floss every day

Uh. Maybe once?

Eat vegetables one time a week (48/52)

Yes, ma’am.

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

I hate my phone.

Get acupuncture 5 times (1/5)

Nothing.

Go on 10 dates with S (11/10) (Completed 11/09/17)

Yes! Another dinner at The Smoke House.

Go away without the kids with S

There’s a glimmer of hope now that we have someone who will watch the kids overnight…

100 acts of resistance (61/100)

1-26 can be found here.

27-35 here.

36-40 here.

41-54 here.

55. Donated to a Donors Choose campaign for bilingual books for kids in an LAUSD school. (Donors Choose is such a great organization.)

56. Remembered to use Amazon Smile for all of my Amazon purchases this week!

57. More Amazon Smile usage.

58. Told my relatives that saying “Merry Christmas” was never illegal.

59. Went on a “men suck and need to be replaced immediately” rant on twitter. (I’M COUNTING THIS.)

60. Faxed Senator Feinstein re: the Tax Bill. (12/3/17)

61. Faxed Senator Harris re: the Tax Bill (12/3/17)

COMPLETED

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

Get my teeth cleaned (DONE – 2/15/17)

Get a mammogram (COMPLETED 6/27/17)

Read 25 books (25/25) (COMPLETED 7/31/17)

Go to the gym 30 times (30/30) (10/22/17)

Go on 10 dates with S (10/10) (Completed 11/09/17)

(Amazon links are affiliate links.)