Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Life: Week 4

Sunday, January 22: Cookies after Community Group. I was starving and craving something sweet!

Saturday, January 28: Before & After shot of some thrift store refurbs. The tray actually will be getting a bit more done with it before it's officially "done."

Monday, January 23: A peek at a week in progress.

Thursday, January 26: The board I've had for probably two years has finally been hung on a wall! I was rather proud of how I glued the ribbon to the back. The hook is temporary -- might have to find something cuter to permanently hold this board.

Wednesday, January 25: I spent most of the day in bed, feeling icky.

Tuesday, January 24: Documenting my trip to the doctor's office for a yucky cough. :(

Friday, January 27: Card for our friends, Jon and Allison, celebrating their 3rd anniversary
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Project Life Week 3: January 15-21, 2012

Sunday, January 15: Last bottle of Laughing Skull from Red Brick Brewing Co.

Monday, January 16: Trevor put together and filled up a shelf for our garage, clearing so much clutter from the garage floor. 

Tuesday, January 17: The first of two days of subbing at Arnco-Sargent Elementary School. I loved having so much fun stuff like children's books, math manipulatives, and toys.

Wednesday, January 18: Fresh strawberries from Publix -- so fresh that the blossom in the carton hadn't had time to wilt much!

Thursday, January 19: The best laid plans....I wrote out a schedule for after school, only to find myself feeling super tired. I did very little of what I had planned.

Friday, January 20: What's on my Nook home screen right now: Mockingjay, Jane Eyre, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and a whole bunch of free books I downloaded a few days ago.

Saturday, January 21: Nasty storms rolled in around noon. We had tornado warnings for about 45 minutes, and it was as dark as it has been around 6 p.m. this winter. Water pooled up between houses and gushed down the water spout so fast that it seemed to miss the tray at the bottom. 
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Project Life Week 2: January 8-14, 2012

Sunday, January 8: Trevor's essentials for teaching his Sunday school group: stickers and hand sanitizer. He works with pre-school kids, in the blue group, so he carried a blue sanitizer holder and usually tries to wear a blue shirt on Sunday morning.

Monday, January 9: Leadership Community dinner program on "Is it all about the Weekend?" - We have to attend this on the first Monday of each Monday (unless it falls on a holiday) to grow in our leadership roles at our church. Trevor missed it because he had to work.

Tuesday, January 10: Subbing at ECMS -- This is what normally goes to school with me: a travel mug of coffee, a lunch box with my meal, water bottle & 2 cans of soda, my purse, my ID badge with sanitizer attached, and my car keys.

Wednesday, January 11: Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC -- I went along with Trevor for his overnight and had a Curiosity (or two). It was an incredibly sweet Belgian beer that tasted like Alice in Wonderland. No, I can't explain how that works, either, but it was amazing.

Thursday, January 12: Upon our 9 a.m. arrival in ATL, Trevor let me sit in his seat on the CRJ-200 to have my picture taken. I was really surprised how hard it is to climb into his seat!

Friday, January 13: Sutter Home's Pink Moscato. It wasn't as good as it looks.

Saturday, January 14: Vitamins and decaf coffee, two new items meant to help make me healthier, each in their own way.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Goals

We might be more than a week into the new year at this point, but I'd like to share my goals for the year here, so that, theoretically, someone might hold me accountable.

1. Throw away or give away one thing each day.
I am talking about substantial things with this goal. A candy bar wrapper doesn't count. My busted up laptop bag that took its final flight over Christmas break DOES count because while it might still be salvageable, I have no interest in keeping around something that doesn't zip, that has lost most of its hardware, or that is showing that it is a faux leather due to wear on its edges and corners. I'm keeping a box handy to fill with items for Goodwill, and when it is full, I will take it to Goodwill.

2. Read the entire Bible this year.
A few friends and I are doing a chronological, informal bible study this year. With assigned daily readings, I don't think I can fail on this one.

3. Take a photo every day.
I'm doing something called Project Life. My friend Sara at Calico Sun is also joining me. I'm doing a scrapbook with mine, but Sara is doing some really creative stuff (like a video of her photos!). So far, my photos are sort of boring, but I know they'll get better (like this week, when I can maybe go along on some of Trevor's trip).

4. Work towards better health.
I'm not going to say that I'm going to lose x pounds or work out x times a week. I'm doing more than just that. I want to eat more healthy foods, get more exercise, and try to find a way to manage my allergies without taking three medications a day (yes, seriously, I take three medications a day, year round!).

That's it. Just a handful of simple, no stress goals designed to give me something to work towards without causing stress.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Project Life Photos for January 1-7, 2012

I'm not sure why, but Blogger or Picasa uploaded these in reverse chronological order. Since this is a stress-free project, I'm not going to mess with it.

January 7: A few new organizers for my desk resulted in a clean desk for the first time in awhile.

January 6: Trevor shows off his arm, which was poked in the morning for blood work and which bears his clinic wristband from a CT that afternoon.

January 5: Cookies on the oven, waiting for Trevor to come home from a doctor's appointment (yes, he dealt with medical personnel four times in one week).

January 4: After a nasty flu that required medical attention the night before, Trevor came home early from his trip. We spent the day watching TV and movies, and playing on our laptops. This is often the view I have from my desk - back of Trevor's chair and head while he surfs teh interwebz or plays games.

January 3: My shamefully cluttered desk. No, I can't do anything when it looks like this, hence the new organizers I purchased later in the week. I'll admit, I took this photo in order to shame myself into clearing my desk and keeping it clear.

January 2: Our new best friend, the Keurig Mini Plus Brewer. The novelty of this little beverage maker has made even Trevor, the sort of coffee drinker who needs the frou-frouiest drinks from Starbucks, try regular, brewed coffee. He might use it more often than I do -- and it was a Christmas gift to me, from my parents!

January 1: I loved that this newspaper showed some optimistic headlines for the new year, a glimpse into the  caucus and primary circus, and a great graphic wishing a happy new year.

I also liked this photo, too. We rang in the new year with glasses of Sweet Bliss white wine. I'm not sure which photo I'll be using in the album just yet, though!
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Weekend Reader: 2011 Book List

Here's what I read in 2011:

1. Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Doland
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
3. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
4. Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
6. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
7. An Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose
8. The Walking Dead, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman*
9. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
10. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides***
11. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
12. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
13. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
14. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
15. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
16. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
17. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
18. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
19. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
20. Divine by Karen Kingsbury**
21. The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone By  by Robert Kirkman
22. The Walking Dead, Volume 4: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman
23. The Walking Dead, Volume 5:The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman
24. The Walking Dead, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman

*I read this book twice so I could refresh my memory before reading the other books in the series.

**This was one of the worst books I ever read, and certainly the worst one I read this year. If you are a big KK fan, please don't flame me -- I've been assured this is one of her worst works and that I will likely enjoy other novels she has written.

***This was one of the best books I've ever read. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading it. I really don't remember the last time I couldn't put a book down like I experienced with Middlesex.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reflections 2011: The Complete List

I failed miserably at my month of reflections in December. Between sicknesses, travel, work, and holiday fun, I just didn't get a lot of time for reflection. I might come back to these throughout the beginning of 2012, though. This new year has brought with it a new sense of reflection for me, a new desire for transformation. I don't think I've ever felt anything quite like this before.

So, I'm sharing all the reflections here, today, in case you're interested in all of them. I'll be back soon with more stuff. I promise. I will be better this year. :)


1. What word best represents the year 2011? Is it a word you chose in advance, like the “One Little Word” project, or did the word “find” you during this past year? Why does this word represent this past year, and what did you learn in relationship to the word during 2011?

2. At the end of 2012, which word would you like to be able to say represented the year for you? Why do you want that word to represent your year? What actions can you take to make that happen?

3. Which 2011 accomplishment are you most proud of? Why are you proud of that accomplishment? Can you build upon that accomplishment in 2012? If so, how will you do so?

4. Did you go anywhere new in 2011? Where was it - a new grocery store, a vacation spot, a new class, a new website? Describe this new place.

5. Where do you want to go in 2012? Is it a vacation spot, a new direction in your work or hobby, a new restaurant, or something else? Describe where you want to go. Tell us why you want to go there. How could you - or your creative life - benefit from going somewhere new?

6. What held you back from achieving your goals in 2011? How can you make sure it doesn’t stop you in 2012?

7. What are your goals for 2012? What are your obligations in 2012? How can you mesh the two of these together?

8. Who or what did you say goodbye to this year? How did this separation affect you? What did you learn from it?

9. Which beliefs did you re-examine this year? How did your beliefs stand up against this re-examining?

10. Traditions are established through repetition. What did you do this year that you hope to repeat until it becomes a tradition? What made this experience worthy of becoming a tradition?

11. What traditions in your life might need re-examining? Why?

12. List the roles you currently play in the lives of others. Elaborate on these roles if you wish.

13. Review the list of roles you created yesterday. How might this list change in 2012? Will you be adding or subtracting any roles to this list? Explain.

14. Describe someone who has played a significant role in your life in 2011.
15. What was the best gift you received in 2011? What made it so special?

16. What was the best gift you gave in 2011? Why do you feel that gift was so special?

17. What’s on your Christmas list this year?

18. What do you do to document your life, your memories, or your ideas? How has your process evolved over the past year? How might it evolve in 2012?

19. What creative pursuits do you enjoy? What did you create through those creative pursuits this past year?

20. How can you take your creative pursuits to a whole new level in 2012? Taking a class, trying a new technique, trying a new creative outlet?

21. What did you make in 2011 that you are truly proud of? Whether it is a pan of brownies or a critically-acclaimed work of art, you’ve made something wonderful. Tell us about it.

22. What was the most beautiful thing you heard this year?

23. What was the most beautiful thing you saw this year?

24. Were you naughty or nice? Write a letter explaining your behavior over this past year, to Santa, someone else, God, or yourself.

25. Simply take a moment to document this day.

26. Who has served you in a practical way in 2011? How can you show your gratitude to them in 2012?

27. Who have you served in a practical way in 2011? How did you do it? Why? What did you learn from this experience?

28. Who can you serve in a practical way in 2012? How will you go about serving?

29. Describe your best day in 2011.

30. What are you saying hello to in 2012?

31. Tell me, me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver