Project 2011 – Week Eleven

March 17, 2011 § 8 Comments

Thanks to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy (click on the pic above to link) as always for inspiring this regular documenting of goals and supporting one another along the way.

Well, it’s been an interesting week for me.

Hubby is away and while I miss him terribly, I’m also reveling in the opportunity to get back to my single parent, I’m a strong independent woman and can meet any challenge, roots.  Not that I have any desire to go back to that full-time…no thanks.  Still, it’s nice to know I can still manage on my own if I have to, I’m just really glad I don’t have to anymore.

To that end, I’ve spent most of the week simply taking care of basics and haven’t really done much work on any specific goal.  I have however decided to add making homemade cards to my list…

This is my first card.  I bought the purple cards pre-cut packaged in a discount bin at my craft store.  I thought they were really cute.  I added the stamp and though it’s not quite perfectly centered, it’s pretty good for a first go.

I’m going to use the calligraphy pen for a Happy Birthday message and if I’m okay with the results then my BF is getting it for her birthday on Sunday…if I’m unhappy with the results then I’ll keep trying until I am.  Or until I run out of cards.  😉

That’s pretty much it this week for my goals but I want to leave with this pic,

for us girls who at least once in our teens suffered from…

Sleepover Hangover

This was Daughter this afternoon around 4:00 pm, just over three hours after I picked her up from her friends’ house from a sleepover.  They were up until nearly 5:00 am watching movies, playing board games and pigging out on chips and snacks.

I’m so grateful, too well aware of what she “could” be doing, I let her sleep and just smile…and take her picture.

She may not be anywhere near doing what I was at her age, she still will be doing it eventually and at some point I’ve got to deal with it.



Inspiration + No Hubby = A New Hobby

March 14, 2011 § 6 Comments

I’ve been so inspired by Bernie @ One Mixed Bag and her courageous dive into crafting…specifically card making.  She makes some of the prettiest handmade cards I’ve ever seen.

After thinking about it some and coming to the conclusion that at an average of $5.00 a pop for store bought cards, I’d rather pay for handmade and/or make my own.

To that end, I went to the craft store today…

and spent a lot, way more than I had intended, on card making supplies.  The way I figure it, this stuff will have paid for itself by mid-summer if I make cards for every occasion instead of buying them.

I think I will be adding this endeavour to my Project 2011 goals.

The Longest Day of the Year

March 13, 2011 § 6 Comments

At midnight last night we set the clocks forward an hour.  Three hours later we woke up so Hubby was ready for his cab to the airport.

I haven’t slept since and I’m well passed exhausted.  Hubby has just arrived safely in Victoria, B.C. (3000 miles away) and I’m ready for bed even though it’s only 4:00 pm.

At the last minute the federal gov’t (Hubby’s employer), in its infinite wisdom, decided that they needed Hubby twice as long as they thought and he’ll be gone ten days instead of the original five.  *sigh*

I’m disappointed for sure but I’m keeping close to my heart how long Shady lived without her Lizard King (also taking into account just how far away he was) and I’m considering myself lucky.

As much as I already miss him and know that it will only get worse, I also know that ten days is but a drop in the bucket and it’ll be less than three after he gets home before I start wondering why I missed him in the first place.

Just kidding…sort of.   😉

So for now, after I’ve had a good night’s sleep anyway, I’m looking forward to this “just us girls” time with Daughter.  We have no plans aside from the cooking class Daughter has signed up for so it’s pretty much a free for all.


Don’t sweat it MrCrow – we know how to have a good time without breaking the bank.  😉





Project 2011 – Week Ten

March 10, 2011 § 4 Comments

There’s something very “round” about the number ten that makes it feel like a milestone.  That I’m still at it gives me a sense of accomplishment in and of itself.  I’m getting so much out of this sharing of support.  You gals are so incredible, strong and inspiring that it feels a privilege to be on this journey with you.

Hat Tip to Cate @ MomentsofWhimsy (click on the pic above to link) of course, for coming up with the idea and for being our fearless leader.   😀

So here it is…

1) This week taking better care of my body has been about eating better.  We’re eating Paleo more and more and it does feel really good.  It’s amazing how so many negative thoughts we carry around about ourselves can be traced back to what we’re putting in our mouth.  (This was a side effect of the new diet that I did not expect at all.)

When I eat crap, I know it and I give myself shit for it.  Whether or not I’m conscious of it, more often I’m totally unaware of the inner dialogue, it still happens.  So not only am I carrying around unnecessary fats, sugars and all those lovely chemicals that I can’t even pronounce, I’m also cementing a negative self image, creating guilt and nurturing the sense of defeat.

Frozen blueberries and fresh spinach don’t do that to me.  In fact, they do the complete opposite.  I feel good when I eat them because I know they’re good for me.  I like feeling good about myself and the more good food I eat, the less I want to eat stuff that makes me feel like shit.  What’s the opposite of a vicious cycle?

2) I didn’t write this week but I did get Hubby to read my latest chapter – something I literally have to beg him to do – because I just needed some feedback.  He really enjoyed it and said, “You know this is why I hate doing that…now I want to read the whole thing.”   😀

3) I don’t know if I was particular kind to myself this week but I can’t recall being unkind either…so I guess that balances out.

Oh, you might notice my list is a little shorter this time around.  I’ve decided to revise my goals and dump one that wasn’t going anywhere (pampering) and one that was redundant (not writing poetry).

I haven’t quite decided what I’ll replace them with yet but I should have it sorted by next week.  Looking forward to checking out everyone else’s progress.



Project 2011 – Week Nine

March 3, 2011 § 4 Comments

Wow, week nine.  Cate, in her entry (click on the pic to check it out), asked if we’re still feeling as excited about our goals as we were when we started.

Personally, I’ve found the last few weeks a struggle.  I could get all down on myself about it but I’m trying to be as positive as possible and am chalking it up to the consistently cold and very damp weather.  No more, no less.  It’s cold, I’m tired of it and it’s bumming me out.  There, enough said.

As it happens though, I do have a much better update for you guys and I’m pleased to report my progress.

1) Taking care of my body this week has meant resting.  I’ve spent so much energy the last two weeks sorting, purging, cleaning, setting up and organizing that I could feel myself able to do less and less everyday.  So, I’ve been taking it easy, watching tv and reading mostly, on my downtime.

2) I wrote.  I finished the chapter I was working on and I’m so happy with how it turned out.  I’m getting the hang of writing descriptive scenes – which is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more difficult than whipping off a poem, and I’m so excited to find out what will happen next.

3) I think I might just abandon the whole idea of pampering myself regularly as a goal…at least for now.  I already do have kinder to myself and that’s a pretty good start.  Maybe I’ll just ask Hubby to take this one on. 😉

4) I did write a poem but it was not about me wading in the past nor did I publish it.

5) As for kinder to myself…

Lookit what I bought myself today!  For no reason at all!  Aren’t I just the sweetest?!

Looking forward to checking out how this week was for you guys.  😀

An Exercise in Frustra…err Perseverance

March 1, 2011 § 3 Comments

I finally got my guitar restrung.  Yay for me!

It only cost me the better part of two hours (having walked away several times in lieu of smashing the guitar to bits), three shredded fingernails and a slew of sailor worthy curse words.

Obviously, restringing a guitar is NOT like riding a bike and it’s very easy to forget how to do it.  After getting the fourth string on, I realized I had them on upside down.  Though I am in fact left handed, and despite my left handed brother teaching my first chords on his lefty strung guitar, I actually play right handed.  I’m weird that way.

Fine, got that sorted. Then I had to restring the fourth string again because I had the peg going in the wrong direction.  Arrrrggggghhhh.  How am I supposed to work on writing the next Top 40 hit with all this nonsense buggering it up?

There, it’s done.  All the strings in the right place and all the pegs in their proper direction.  Time to give ‘er a tune.  Oh man, the battery in my tuner is dead…that’s it!  I’m done.

I’d like to say that I can tune my guitar by ear and that I have no need of fancy modern gadgets to help but I can’t.  Though I can easily tell when a guitar is out of tune, I have a much harder time telling when it is perfectly tuned.

Anyway, what’s worse is that we have a gazillion AA and AAA batteries all over the house for the remotes for the t.v.’s, remotes for the Wii, our camera, our video recorder etc…

What we don’t have on hand are any 9Volts that only my tuner, oh and maybe the smoke detectors, take.  Sheesh.

I haven’t given up mind you and I’m still eager to play.  But if I worked on something right now, it would be an out of tune ballad about how annoying it is to restring a guitar.

Lady Gaga has absolutely nothing to worry about.  😉

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