I suck at consistency, obviously. Not just with this but with SO many things in life especially as far as my goals which is really sad because it just means I don’t want them bad enough yet. I’m not giving up though. This is going to be my year! We are in the process of buying a house right now – thank the Lord! So far everything is great we are just waiting on the appraisal which shouldn’t be a problem.
There are so many benefits that this new house can bring & I can’t wait for it! It has so much more room which means easier organization though we will still be purging before the move. With 3 bedrooms it also means that I can do my workouts in the bedroom while Paul is downstairs & baby girl has her own room which means I will be more likely to do them. Plus it’s in a nice area so I can run in the evenings when it’s not freezing after Paul gets home & it’s not on the main road.
Inspired by my IDWTBAT girls I made a list of goals for this year. Us moving will affect a lot of them so it’ll still be a bit before I can really get progress going on them, but it’s going to happen!
- Cleaner house
- Family night
- Date night about once a month
- Exercise at least 3X week
- Walk 4X week
- Menu plan & meal prep
- Lose weight – even if it’s 20 lbs
- Purge a lot of stuff
- Get things organized & keep it that way
- More family time – his & mine
- Keep dogs brushed
- Get better with makeup
- Dress more fashionable – not sure if that’s the right word I want lol
- Look decent/good in leggings — yes that’s a real goal for me
- Be more consistent with everything
I know these are some serious goals but I have every intention of working on all of them & this new house gives me so much opportunity for SO much! I can’t wait. Our original closing date which was just from the date we made the offer is 2/17 but I’m hoping the appraisal & everything will get done so it can happen before then.
Here’s to goals, consistency & more updates!
I’m not very good at updating this thing, am I? haha We’ve found out our little baby to be is a girl which we are excited about. We only said boy initially because they’re easier. I say that being a female myself, growing up with a high maintenance sister & previously dating a guy who had both a son & daughter. Don’t get me wrong – I loved them both but she had MAJOR attitude from an early age & unfortunately I remember my bad attitude through my teenage years. But we’re VERY excited for her to get here. She’s already been spoiled a great deal because Auntie April (my sister) has already gone shopping for the baby quite frequently already.
No luck on the house yet. We’ve found several that we like from the website but when we get there, we know it’s just not the one. We still look but we’ve accepted the fact that we may still be in my house come December when she will be here.
The budget hasn’t really made much process. I do try harder but honestly I have been ordering some stuff for the baby when I see good deals that wasn’t originally in the budget so that throws things off a bit. I really struggle with self control on deals some days – it’s a known issue. Also being female doesn’t help lol
Paul was a liar as far as doing the dishes but he did buy me a dishwasher which I must say has made a great improvement. I don’t despise dishes near as bad & I’ve grown to love my dishwasher & never want to live without one again haha It’s definitely made cleaning the kitchen much easier.
I don’t want to jump the gun & say I’m in the nesting phase because it hasn’t been major & the house still has a ways to go, but I have made some improvements & I’m still working on it daily. The first 3 months I was too tired & sick to do much of anything but after that I’ve felt pretty good most days. However the fatigue is coming back so some days I struggle to do anything besides throw a load of laundry in. My main thing these days is to get the house in order so it won’t be so hard to maintain plus people will be coming over once the baby is home so I’ve got to whip it into shape before long. It’s coming along, just slower than I’d like.
Paul had complained before about my kitchen utensil basket because the stuff gets dust on it because it’s in an open basket & I had to agree with him. I love my dogs & would never give them up but they cause an ungodly amount of dust even up on top of the deep freezer somehow. Anyway, Paul was right & the other day at the dollar store I finally decided to grab a couple clear boxes that closed which will keep the utensils in arms reach but also keep them clean & dust free – yay for a win (picture below)! Also Pinterest inspired me again with this awesome looking pot rack for the cabinet from none other than a shower rod (picture below). While this looked awesome & I was able to create it at home, it only lasted about 15 minutes before crashing down. I do think part of the problem was I didn’t have the rod tight enough because it didn’t feel like I was tightening much so I’m going to have Paul look at it to see if he can get it rigged up better hopefully we can still use it like that. If not, it was a good thought I guess lol
I’ll try to update this more, I really will. & I’m sure when I’m off with the baby I’ll want to post every little thing she does but before then – I have to get my house ready & in order. So here’s to hoping I have more progress pictures soon of my clean & organized house lol
I’m still alive lol It’s funny the last time I posted was also the day my life changed! I had a dr’s appointment at 1 that afternoon for a checkup at by OBGYN – no biggie. That morning around 10:45 or so my friend sends me a text message & says she had a dream I was pregnant with twins which made me crack up & then stop suddenly when I realized I was several days late (sorry to the fellas reading this post). I decide it’s probably nothing & could the fact that I’ve been working out more & maybe it had just changed my cycle some. But the longer I sit & wait the more I can’t take it so I run to Rite Aid for a test. Within 10 seconds that second line appeared & I was in shock. I absolutely could not believe it. I went to my appointment & told them about the test & they had me do another one & took some blood work. Two days later I got a call that I was definitely pregnant & my levels were awesome. While this was not planned or expected at all, we are very excited! At this point I’m 3 months ago & next week we get to find out what our precious bundle of joy is! We’re rooting for a boy, but as long as the baby is healthy we’re happy!
Due to the unexpected news a lot of things have changed. We’ve started really looking for a bigger house & figuring out some other plans. So far nothing has been what we wanted & now we’re debating buying land & going from there but we’re keeping all our options open. Also wouldn’t you know it when I actually get into running & start getting fit, I get knocked up lol Which I’ve always heard the better shape you’re in, the better chance of it happening lol I haven’t been to the gym at all these past few months thanks to the sickness. I refuse to call it morning sickness because that crap lasts all day long. Thankfully now it only happens a couple brief times a week usually where before it was an everyday almost all day thing. Now I can actually enjoy it most days.
The budget hasn’t made much progress, but I’m planning to buckle down on that more. With Paul’s income added onto it things will be much smoother but I don’t think we’re actually joining accounts until later, but it still helps knowing I have that backup. & thank goodness he’s a wonderful man & financially smart which makes him that much more attractive! Even when our accounts our combined I’m going to run a budget for bills & my part of the stuff. Whether he decides to follow along is up to him.
The house organizing hasn’t really happened yet though some decluttering process has happened. I gave a friend of mine 2 large bags full & a huge box full of stuff I’d decided didn’t belong in my house anymore. I’m not finished yet, but there’s definitely been progress made. Also both Paul & I have been working on cleaning & discussing a cleaning schedule to keep the house more maintained. Especially if we might be here for a while after the baby is born & having people come visit. My good friend Jennie tackled my kitchen & dishes – she’s a God send. I despise dishes with everything in me. Paul says he’ll do the dishes since I hate them but we’ll see how that goes. He has good intentions but I think he hates them just as much as I do.
Overall things are absolutely amazing & there’s still plenty of changes to come but I can’t complain a bit!
I wasn’t sure how to word this & I’m still not so bear with me. We lost my wonderful mawmaw Geraldine on December 21st. She’d been sick with cancer & hadn’t felt good for months & she’s a Christian woman who was more than ready to go meet the Lord. While it was still hard on us here it helped a great deal that she was so ready & willing to go – it was almost like we could be happy for her because it’s what she wanted & had sort’ve lived her whole life for. She was our last grandparent which is really sad but we were blessed to have amazing grandparents even for a short while & I know now Heaven has some wonderful angels!
Well I managed to survive Christmas without using credit cards (not that I had a choice since they’re in a debt consolidation program, but still). The desire & dependency was still there even after all these months without using them. I think it’s because patience is something I’m terrible with & since I didn’t plan ahead I didn’t want to wait until I got paid to buy some gifts. But I had to because I didn’t have credit cards to fall back on. I still have my oldest sister & brother in law to buy for but luckily they aren’t coming in until next week & I get paid Friday so thankfully that worked out really well. The ones I already bought for still came out pretty good even with my budget way down, I just hope I can budget to up it a little once my credit cards are paid off.
I got some wonderful gifts – much more than I deserved as all. My favorite was a personal appearance from Paul Bunyan rocking some Santa wear. He wouldn’t let me take a picture, but I’ll never forget it. That’s an inside joke so I’m sure many of you won’t understand but I wanted it written down for a memory hopefully years from now because I would love for Paul to hang around that long.
I got a new set of cooking pans which is awesome because I’ve really been needing them since the ex moved out years ago. I’m not one to so much splurge on myself as I am to buy gifts for others that make me think of them. Even though that would’ve been a useful gift I didn’t have the spare money & never got around to it. Hopefully this will help with my budget so I can meal prep more & plan ahead for the weeks to come & eat healthier in the meantime. Rob is wanting to drop some weight too so hopefully we can figure out some healthy meals for dinner. My aunt who always buys the best gifts ever also bought me this ear warmers that have headphones attached inside (see what I mean!) & it’s perfect because I’d recently been thinking how badly I need to get back on track with walking/jogging. I felt so good when I was doing it before & cold weather shouldn’t be stopping me for as little time as I was out there doing it. Plus I’d mentioned before how NOT sexy it is when your man’s hand lands on a fat roll when you’re spooning, right? Yeah well it’s also not sexy at all when he’s caressing you during adult activities & grabs a fat roll. This shit has got to go! The fitness ladies I follow on IG have been a big motivation to get my butt in gear besides I feel so much better when I exercise & plus who doesn’t want to feel good/sexy when you’re naked. That’s what it’s all about right? I’m kidding … maybe.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & is gearing up for the new year!
I thought only children went through the terrible twos?! Apparently not because my fur babies are wearing my patience thin. I love them more than life itself but lately they’re killing me!
In my post the other day those incidents had actually occurred on Thursday the 12th which is still less than a week ago. Since then the hooligans have been back at it! Leonidas has chewed another hole in the carpet as well demolishing a down comfortor that was near his cage that he apparently felt compelled to pull in his cage & tear feathers out of.
Oh but he’s not alone! Sir peed on said down comforter. & when I got home Monday (keep in mind Rob was already there so they were out of their cages & had free reign of the house) I walk into the bedroom to find a trash bag destroyed into tiny pieces (credit to Sir) & the blankets that had been in said trash bag ripped even more (credit to Leonidas). The blankets were in the bag to be thrown away I just hadn’t taken it outside & apparently they thought it would be a good idea to tear into it & shred the blankets even more. Also yesterday when Rob got to the house he let the boys out & while they were out Sir demolished another trash bag that was just a small bag in the bedroom & then after getting in trouble for that thought he was going to get away with chewing on my tennis shoes on the couch right in front of Rob. Please tell me this is just a phase?!?! Sir is almost 1 which I sort’ve understand but Leonidas is almost 2 & Blaze was out’ve this chewing/destroying phase by at least 10 months. These boys are going to be the death of me!
They haven’t been able to play outside as much as they could before the weather got bad & my yard became a mud pit so I’m sure that’s some of the issue but it just seems much more extreme in the past couple weeks but nothing else has changed. A lady at work mentioned maybe taking them for a walk in the evening so I might do that because hell it couldn’t hurt me to get out there & do it either & if it helps save my house from being destroyed I’ll try it. If that doesn’t do any good I’m going to see about some anxiety meds or something to maybe help them chill out until it’s warm enough for them to work off some of that energy outside. So here’s to hoping that going for a walk helps save my house!
Yes, I literally titled this post “Slackapotamus.”
Has it really been a month since I posted last? That’s just terrible. My life is nowhere near that exciting that I don’t have enough time to throw a quick update on here.
I’m still working on the bedrooms. I have finally acknowledged the fact that I have too much junk. It’s actually nice stuff but I call it junk because it serves no purpose for me except to take up space I don’t have so I need to start thinking of it as junk so I can get rid of it. I’m terribly bad at being one of those people who keep things because “I’ll use it one day.” No I won’t & I know that yet I can’t part with some of this junk. Maybe because I don’t have an overflow of extra money in case I would need said junk replaced? Who knows but I’m working on it.
Not much progress as far as the Dave Ramsey envelope system. I still like it & want to do it but just plain don’t have the self control yet. I’m a disaster! Can I just say that Christmas is extra difficult when you don’t have credit cards at your leisure & you didn’t plan ahead & have money saved like a smart person would’ve. Luckily the ones in my family that I buy for isn’t a huge # but our limit is definitely going to be brought down a bit this year because I honestly just can’t swing it & I’m not ashamed to admit I made horribly poor credit card choices in the past that I’m still paying for today. Hopefully I can get the hang of this soon though.
My boys (the dogs) are still wonderfully amazing as always even though they dirty up my couch with their filthy paws & shed like it’s going out’ve style. My baby Blaze is 5 years old today! I remember when I got him at 5 weeks how excited I was to see him & I still get excited everyday when I come home to him. He’s the biggest baby & such a fun boy. I’ll try to post some birthday pictures later.
As far as weight loss I don’t have much to update there. I pretty much fell off the exercise wagon but I need to get back on it asap especially since my blood pressure is starting to hit the high levels & it’s because of my excess weight. Not to mention I’ve got to do something about my belly pudge any way. You know the belly pudge is bad when you’re cuddling in bed at night & your guy wraps his arm across you & his hand lands on a fat roll. Sexy, right? NOT AT ALL! Luckily he’s wonderful & doesn’t care but I do & I hate it. It’s got to go!
Speaking of going can we have a moment of silence for the end of No Shave November. :( I’m not a super huge facial hair person but I’ve grown to enjoy a well groomed beard on a good looking man & I’m sad to see part of it go. He’ll still keep his beard for the most part but it won’t be as thick & I can admit I’m sad to see it go.
Thanksgiving was wonderful – so much great food & good times with family. I really enjoy it & I’m so glad all of our family gets together to spend the time with each other. It’s definitely a blessing. I hope everyone had a wonderful November & Thanksgiving now we just have to try to be prepared for Christmas! It’ll be here before we know it – yikes!
So last week on 9/10 I finally decided I was going to go walking regardless of the pain. It seemed to just come & go & some days it felt as if the pain would be gone but then the next day I would be in more pain than when I initially started hurting. It was a disaster but I was so miserable from just sitting that I decided I was walking anyway. I walked 2 miles which felt like nothing & I still wanted to do more but I didn’t want to push it. My ankle was still okay the next day & then the pain still came & went throughout the week. For about a week now it’s FINALLY been pain free!!! I majorly took for granted how awesome my body feels on a regular basis just to be pain free! I haven’t been walking like I should though but that’s going to change – there’s just been a lot of activities going on but there should be NO EXCUSES! Because this is what I want most! Also next Saturday – literally a week from today is our next 5k. It’s on where you can walk or run so that’ll be good. Jamie & I are going to try to get as much walking in this week as we can to prep for it – especially me since I’ve been laid up for so long. I’m pretty excited for it though!!!
Tonight is my cousin’s 30th birthday party so I’m pretty excited for that too. I love when the family gets together & has a good time – it’s always entertaining to say the least. & we are almost at the end of September which means October is just right around the corner!!! & you know what that means?! Bridge Day!! I look forward to it all year & can’t wait – it’s Oct 19th this year. I love Fall in general but especially October because the cooler weather, Bridge Day & of course Halloween.
I made my first omelet this morning – woohoo. I don’t have much experience cooking in the kitchen really so this was a decent step lol I didn’t have a small pan like I really should’ve used but hey it turned out & wasn’t too hideous looking & it tasted good so that’s all that matters.
I think I’m actually going to get some walking in tomorrow regardless of the weather. I absolutely hate the track but it’s so close & convenient that I’m going to try to suck it up & at least get 2 miles in, but we’ll see.
I still need to go through the house purging at full speed but I have yet to do that. I started some in my closet though while looking for huntin clothes & I made at least a little progress there so that’s something right? I picked out a large box to use as my purge box & my plan is to fill it up before it leaves this house – I’m thinking I’m going to do some damage on the front room here pretty soon!