It’s a new year and my thoughts are all willie nillie. I need to be going in many directions all at once...but need some kind of a plan.
It’s a new year and should I be spouting resolutions I ask? Aw heck no. I don’t believe in a list of resolutions that get acted on for a month and then turn into a miserable failure. Who has time for that?
I do resolve to do whatever it is I need to do improve myself. No stringent rigid changes just a few areas I am working on improving. SUCH as....
1. Eat more fresh fruits & raw veggies, grains, etc... Admittedly too much processed food is going to kill us all, right?
2. Work on my running schedule. From about Thanksgiving on, through the great strep epidemic of 08 and on into the Christmas holidays my running was sporadic at best. I bought a new pair of bouncy Shox yesterday...and splurged a little on the Nike chip thing that goes in the shoe and corresponds with your ipod...it gives you your pace, mileage, calories, power songs that kick on when you start sucking wind, computer tracking of your workouts, competing against other Nike+ users all over the world. Way soooo cool. I am ready to resume some now high tech running! Those Apple folks are brilliant. Love them forever.
Even though I adore my early morning first thing runs, ("my runs", not to be confused with "the runs") if I don’t get up exactly as early as planned then my workout length is just not adequate. So I am going to start alternating those shorter run days, with longer run days happening after blonde rascal leaves for school. And then also try to change it up and run outside a day or two weather permitting. Varying your distance builds good lung capacity. I love me some good lungs.
3. Time management. Can I get an amen? The main thing is that I want from the time I pick up blonde rascal at school until he goes to bed to be family time, instead of a time where we squeeze in homework while I hurriedly do the things I did not finish earlier in the day! I feel like my “coffee-start the day-read a few blogs-loaf around" morning routine is taking WAY too much of my time, so I am going to limit that. Which will then allow me to accomplish more before blonde rascal gets home!
I gave this a trial run yesterday after school. I let blonde rascal play the Wii for 30 minutes, after a day at school he does need a little down time for crying out loud. Then he worked hard on homework, he cleaned his room, he played outside while I made dinner, he showered and we leisurely read 2 library books...all with time to spare. I laid in his bed after the books and we chatted & giggled.....unlike so many nights where it is past his bed time when he is finally getting into bed and I am cranky!
It was so much more enjoyable (and productive) this way. By the way we read this book which was adorable. I will be buying it for my already too large childrensbooksthatIadoreandwillnevergetridof collection.
The large time consuming event of 2009 will be us moving! That is my big news that has been lingering around my blog. Life changing events here. I didn't really want to waste my time blogging about it until it was 100% for sure. Now it is, so here goes....
We are moving to Snyder (technically about 5 miles outside the city limit in the middle of nowhere) which is 90 miles south of Lubbock where we now live. Hubs is jumping into self employment and starting a small retail used car lot. He has been in the dealers only wholesale auto auction business for the past 4 years, which he has excelled at tremendously. Car trading has always been in his blood and for our entire married life I have said he needed to be in the car business, even while he was a police officer.
So this is big, huge, life changing and crazy. Bad economy you ask? It has not affected used car sales much, at least not in our neck of the world. Everyone needs/wants a car and no one can buy new...you do the math.
All of that aside, the man I married is a hard worker (too hard most of the time!), he accepts nothing less than success, is driven like no other and is very resourceful. This has been brewing for a long time with much research and homework done by hubs. We have prayed and prayed for guidance and wisdom over this decision and all doors have been opened....so we are going forward with confidence!
We close on our house in Snyder next Thursday but will stay in Lubbock until school is out in May. So there is where all of my scatter brained chaotic thoughts are centering... Packing, cleaning out, organizing, what to do with the boxes of x-mas decorations still lingering...
The up side is that the new house has 2 huge ginormous barns just waiting for us to junk up!So that means come next Thursday I will be able to pack crap up and store it in the barns at the new house.
I would rather take a hot poker to the eye than deal with the moving process. Have my toenails ripped off one by one...
The saving grace obviously being that we do have a long time to move. So we can slowly pack it all up and then we will hire movers for the furniture.
On to more exciting things like the house!!! It is not new actually, built in 1984 or something. It is just a simple small ranch house...but I am in love.
More on the house tomorrow.....or more like for the next 6 months!! We will be doing some small renovations and cosmetic stuff to the house. Blog fodder galore. That, combined with the fact that Snyder’s population is 10,000 will have blog worthy nonsense FLOWing out of me like a river!
So if home improvement is not your cup of tea and you could potentially be bored by the foolishness that a big city girl moving to a small town can provide...then you better not stick around.
I will leave you with a hint of why I love our "new" old house...
This will be my quilting room/cottage/sweat shop/place where I will spend all my time...WOOHOO! The current owner is a hair stylist, I guess her clients drive out to the middle of nowhere and get their hair cut. Here is the inside as her little hair salon...
Dreamy. Yep it even has a bathroom. And look what it overlooks in the backyard...
...that would be the pool! We were with the Realtor while I was rapidly taking pictures, so my pictures are not so hot.
(I envision it like this....I will be sewing away in my sewing cottage probably sipping
When I get tired of the sewing cottage then there is the little sweet front porch where I will be spending lots of time.
It looks out over the front and driveway...
When I get tired of lounging and loafing on the front porch I will just move to the back porch...
...which overlooks the pool and barns and my little quilt cottage!
Hubs went and looked at the house before I did. He knew in a heartbeat that the cottage would get me and if that failed then the porches would do it. He was right, I was sold!
I am off now to make no less than 46 lists of all the tasks that need to get put into motion on this crazy train!