Liar liar

I’m the biggest liar huh? While honestly I would love to update this thing regularly I’ve accepted I am one of THE worst at time management. No joke, it’s pathetic.

I had my beautiful baby girl in December & she’s been absolutely AMAZING! Sadly, I’m back to work but I loved my time off with her & look forward to spending my evenings with her. She’s a super good baby which helps things also – she’s absolutely the best!

I always try to do updates after being MIA so here goes:

The budget is still non existent. I try & I at least plan out most of my paychecks but I can’t grasp the budget in a way that will work for more. I haven’t given up though & still pin stuff to read later when I’m browsing pinterest at the early AM feeding. I’m hoping one day it will click for me.

The nesting didn’t really last. I did some stuff but my house is still a disaster. It’s so far from what I want it to be. I don’t know how people have such clean & nice homes most of the time. They can’t have dogs that shed & a full time job lol Sweeping I don’t mind & it doesn’t take long but I can never seem to stay on top of the dog hair it’s crazy. Laundry is about the only thing I can keep up good with & that’s pushing it because I make it all the way to being folded but struggle with getting it into the drawers. At least we have clean clothes though, right?

I’ve been in the mood a lot recently to just purge & get rid of the stuff especially since we don’t have the room for it & I’ve had it with being cluttered in. So here’s to hoping the mood stays with me. I remember back when I did a big cleaning before I was with Paul & had the front bedroom showing SO much carpet & I was so proud. The kiddo is in there now & the poor guy has a good bit of our clutter to deal with simply because we don’t have room at this house. Some of it can go though & I plan to go through it soon to get rid of it. I want him to like his room & for him to want to keep it clean.

We really don’t have any broken or junk stuff, we just have a lot of stuff we don’t exactly NEED. It could be useful stuff IF we had the room for it. That’s the mentality I have to get past – that just because it’s still good & useful doesn’t mean I need to keep it. I don’t have the room for it therefore it’s of no use to me. Paul is bad about that too which doesn’t help things but we’re both trying to purge down what we can as we still continue to combine 3 houses – yikes. I’ll try to update this more, I promise. Hopefully I’ll be back with tons of great before & afters … hopefully.

100 Happy Days – post from 4/9/14

So … yeah … a follow up to my last post lol I did have to pick up the kiddo but I also got some cleaning done. I definitely didn’t get any pinterest time or a schedule in place but that’s okay. I don’t remember what all I got done that evening but I did some more over the weekend while the boys were at baseball practice. I hardcore mopped my kitchen & entry way floor more than I’ve done since I moved in over 2 years ago. No, I’m not kidding lol I love swiffer & their wet wipes & the mop are great but when you have 3 dogs & live on a road where coal trucks run which means my dogs track coal dust in the house too – the floors ain’t real pretty. Thank God they aren’t white though. After going over it several times old school style with a mop & bucket I finally got them clean. I’m sure it’s already bad again which pisses me off but I’m going to try to start for real mopping them at least once a week or once every 2 weeks so it won’t be as bad.

Then Sunday I think it was Paul joked about cleaning off my kitchen table or as he called it the catch-all. Ugh I hate that & really need to break that pattern. I told him I’d already planned to do it that day & he started cleaning it off to help me. Could he get any better? I mean seriously, could he?!

I’ve been to the gym a few times since my last post & I’ve upped my weights on all the machines to where I have to push through to finish a set of 10 which I repeat a few times. I read online that’s a good place to start for fat loss & that’s my goal. I feel really good afterwards too! Sometimes I have to pause before I even get the 10 done, but by golly – I knock them out! I also started C25k with my cousin on Sunday. I didn’t get as winded as I thought I would but I’m sure everything about my running needs work – my form, my breathing, etc. At first on the running intervals I would end up checking my phone when there was about 10 seconds to go. It just seemed really hard & I was worried I couldn’t go much longer but luckily it was just enough push. By the end I had stopped looking so I felt better about it.

I did it again for day 2 & I didn’t look at any to check the run intervals! I felt so proud of myself! However I also don’t know my pace or  distance or anything since stupid ass Runkeeper decided to mess my shit up & try to say I ran 5 miles in 24 minutes at a 4:44 min pace. Really? Come the fuck on! I was so mad because I really like to watch my pace & get even more motivated because on Sunday when I finished my average pace was 14:29 which is AMAZING for me. I was telling my mom I never thought I’d be one to have that good of a pace … or run … or really even want to walk at all lol I’ve never been athletic or healthy but I’m really starting to love it & I keep wanting to maintain & beat my records which is awesome. Cardio is my least favorite thing to do as far as interval exercises but I’m really starting to enjoy jogging so hopefully I can keep that shit up lol

I’ve been slacking with my eating some though & I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my body. The worse I eat the lazier I am & that 2 pm slump hits HARD! Plus I just don’t feel as good overall so I’m going to buckle down again. I did have pizza yesterday for the first time in weeks (which is a record for me because I used to eat it multiple times a week – no joke) & it was gloriously amazing & totally worth it. Something like that once a month or several weeks I can deal with but all these little snacks & late night eating have got to go because I’m really worried if I got measured anytime soon it would be all bad as opposed to any good & I don’t want that disappointment because I felt so amazing from the progress I had made before. Plus my beach trip is right around a month away & if I can tone up some more before then I will reward myself with a new bathing suit & I really want that! & as always – who doesn’t want to look good naked? I feel like that should maybe become my tagline because I do reference it a lot, but hey – it’s the truth.

& finally the 100 happy days – I’ve seen a few people on IG tagging things regarding 100 happy days & someone on facebook posted the challenge link also so I checked it out & dove right in. I already knew it would be easy but after starting this I realized it’s actually kind of hard to keep it to just 1 thing a day that I’m thankful for. I post to my private IG multiple times a day & I’m finding myself holding back on some pictures so I can use them for happy days for another day. I already had a great attitude about life but this just helps fuel it SO much more because it lets me express & elaborate & share on the MANY MANY things in my life that I’m thankful for. If you haven’t checked it out yet I strongly recommend it – it’s made me realize even more in life just how much that I’m blessed with.

So much shit to do & no motivation – post from 4/4/14

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You ever have one of those days where you have so much shit to do – especially crap that sucks like cleaning a lot at home – & you just don’t want to do any of it? Yeah I’m having one of those weeks. Ugh! First off – I hate washing dishes with an absolute passion. If I could afford that many paper plates & disposable products & could use it for everything, I would. That’s how much I HATE dishes.

I don’t so much mind the other stuff but I’ve been a slacker lately. I get tired of sweeping every day & sometimes multiple times a day because the dogs are constantly tracking dirt in. I love them with all of my heart but ugh the dirt on all my hard wood floors kills me. I don’t mind sweeping in general but I do dislike having to do it everyday. Whether I want to or not though the shit still needs done & I’m way behind on a lot of it. I just can’t get that “I should really clean” mood & I wish it would hit me anytime now. Apparently I just need to toss the headphones on when I get home & suck it up & do it. Somehow music bumping in my ears keeps me going & doesn’t make me want to slit my wrists as bad.

I also need to work on organizing & getting my systems together like woah. I really do. Especially the kitchen table. I grew up in a house where it was the drop zone & that horrible trait has morphed its way to my house & I hate it. It annoys me to have a kitchen table with miscellaneous crap all over it, yet I continually put almost everything I bring in the house on it. WTF?! Break the pattern Jess, just break it!

I’d like to go to the gym after work today & get a short workout in or run at the park but I might have to pick the kiddo up. Which I love having him so I’m fine with that but if I get him – I’m going into my headphones/cleaning zone for a little bit as soon as we get home & maybe I’ll try to get my run in once R gets home.

There’s just so much that needs done at home I still don’t want to do any of it. Ugh! I’ve got to work on a better system to get this shit in order so it’s not as dreadful & so I don’t get so far behind. I’m going to try to tackle at least several things tonight & work on a schedule & get sucked into pinterest for some ideas & tips. Wish me luck!

Got her saved in my phone under “big booty” – post from 4/3/14

I can’t get enough of this song! At first when it came on the radio I thought it was ridiculous & would change it but somehow I heard part of it & it got stuck in my head & now I’m embarrassed to admit I have it on repeat sometimes. Yes, it’s that serious.

Anyway it’s a good song for the gym so it works. I had a 7am session this morning – bright & freaking early but Tai always makes it worth my time. After we got through the first set he said we’d try to get 2 more in – I thought he was kidding. He wasn’t. I pushed through & it was hard & definitely a struggle but he kept me motivated & I kept going & we got 2 more sets in. I keep forgetting to wear my damn heart monitor for our sessions but I know it was definitely up this morning. I had to sit my fat ass down on the bench in the bathroom for awhile with a wet towel on my neck to cool down – it was that serious. But when I see his muscles flexing when he shows me the moves I’m about to do, it motivates me to keep going so hopefully mine can get more like that. Let’s keep it real though – I don’t want to be as buffed out as him, I just want to be fit. I ain’t trying to compete or anything. But I didn’t throw up this morning so that was a plus. It was a struggle to change clothes though as my muscles were still in shock haha

I had been walking on lunch recently because I bring mine most times but I didn’t today because I had some errands to run & it was hot & muggy as hell outside. No thank you. I don’t mind getting all sweaty working out or walking but not when I have to come back to work & sit for several hours. Yuck. I’m not someone who can stand to just hangout in my sweaty clothes & nastiness – I need a shower STAT. But my lifemate has mentioned walking after work so I think we’re going to do that – still getting it in … that’s what she said. & if anybody could speed this clock up at work that would be great.

Go big or go home

Do work son! {I love me some Rob & Big & if you don’t know what I’m referring to then you’re missing out! So this year has been off to a heck of a start – in a good way!

I filled out my budget & I’ve had my first paycheck to follow through with it though some of it will change later once I get some dr bills paid off in a few months. However this also happened during West Virginia’s aquapocalypse. If you don’t keep up with the news or you haven’t heard, it wasn’t pretty. A chemical leaked into our water supply (why the chemical plant was allowed to be open just a mile UP river from the water treatment plant is beyond me) but anyways it’s not been good. We’ve only been able to use the water to flush the toilets & have had to rely on the trucks coming in from other cities, out-of-state & other organizations to be able to use the water – to fill up jugs to shower or wash clothes/dishes in & lots of bottled water for drinking. Luckily I have several friends in close surrounding areas & my sister so I’ve been blessed to not have to depend on the water stations but it’s definitely been a trying time for the community. I’m very thankful at this point I don’t have any children especially young ones during this time. Not only has the water been an issue but school, daycare, restaurants etc have been affected greatly by all of this. We finally got notice this morning that the water levels are back to safe & areas can begin flushing their lines out by zones. I’m sure I’ll be one of the later ones but the fact that we’ve reached the okay is a major relief. So the budget got adjusted a little bit & didn’t go quite as planned but I tried to stay on point as much as I could though the gas definitely went up a good bit & hopefully next paycheck things will be settled down & more manageable.

I like what I’ve tried of T25 so far. It seems fun, hard & definitely a calorie scorcher! {That’s what she said haha} Also after reviewing my budget & seeing a deal from the local gym I signed up for a gym membership where my best friend goes. I’m much more likely to do something if I have a partner plus if I’m paying for it, I’ll go. It wasn’t in the budget initially but I did have enough wiggle room to make it happen. This is going to be my year to look good naked … or at least be well on my way!

I hope everyone is enjoying their nice dependable water! I know I can’t wait to have that convenience back & I will surely be appreciating it for quite a while. It is definitely not something to be taken for granted. It also put a bit of a damper on my attempt at a gym routine since I can’t shower at home but that’s not stopping me, it just delayed things a bit.

Blame it on my A.D.D. baby

There’s so many different subjects I’m posting about today that it’s going to seem like my A.D.D. is in full blast effect so sit back & enjoy :)

First off I borrowed the Zumba 2 game from a friend for the sole purpose that I wanted to do the dance to “Pause.” From the first time we did that dance in a class, I was hooked. I loved Zumba from the get go anyway, but I really liked that song for some reason. I’d just like to say that I got a 95% on it my first time doing it. Yes I’m that awesome haha I haven’t been to a Zumba class in forever & I hate it but I just can’t afford the monthly fee right now as much as I’d love to be in classes again. So this was the second best thing & it was still fun, but not as fun as being in class & doing it.

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I also tried out a method for cleaning mold out’ve the bathtub. Yes you read that right, mold. Disgusting, gross & yucky mold. I’d tried several things to clean it but nothing really worked & honestly I’d given up even though that’s so unhealthy. Then on the awesome world of Pinterest I saw a pin about cleaning it with a bleach mix & the cotton wraps for perms (which I don’t exactly have lying around the house). Then I saw where someone had linked to that original blog post but she used cut up towel strips I think to let the bleach soak in. I didn’t feel like doing that either because I still wasn’t sure it was worth the effort but I did have regular paper towels that I figured would stay moist long enough to give it a shot. I think I let them soak for 90 minutes or so & then I had to take a look because patience is most definitely not my virtue & viola! It looks MUCH better. It’s still far from perfect but so is my entire bathroom. There’s not a single thing I like in my bathroom except my poop fan. Yes, I call it a poop fan. I know it’s an exhaust fan or whatever you want to call but let’s be honest & call it by it’s greatest purpose that it serves – being a poop fan.

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I also went to town in the bedrooms by rearranging some furniture to serve better organization purposes. Go me! I turned one stand mostly into our Sam’s overflow of lunch packing goodies which has seemed to work out well so far but I’m not 100% set on the setup just yet. I also moved a storage cage to the front bedroom that I’d had setting on a dresser in my bedroom just taking up space pretty much but now it’s serving several useful purposes & fits this space much better.

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I had a friend try a Jack Skellington manicure on my nails which turned out SUPER awesome especially to be free! I LOVE Jack Skellington & The Nightmare Before Christmas – such a classic! It made me really pumped for Halloween! Also another Fall favorite celebration of mine was Bridge Day which happened recently. I love it mainly because it’s in Fall & I love almost everything that’s in Fall plus luckily it was cool weather this year so it was that much more awesome. There’s always yummy food, lots of vendor booths plus watching people jump or get thrown out of the catapult – can’t beat free entertainment lol
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I have to confess I think I’m going to finally buckle down & get on board with the Dave Ramsey cash envelope budgeting system. I’ve been reading his stuff for years now & there’s not much I disagree with or don’t understand about his system. It’s plain & simple & quite honestly makes damn good sense I just absolutely suck at self control. Which is obviously my problem since I unfortunately have quite the credit card debt. I’ve been trying to manage better but I think I just need to suck it up & do the Dave way & get it under control & reigned in. So here’s to hoping I succeed in that venture!

Lastly here’s a few pictures of my silly boys just because I haven’t posted any in awhile & they’re too darn cute not to share. The dinosaur is actually Sir, but I’ll include his story in a post for a different day :)

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31 Day Organizational Challenge -Progress – Part 2 (pics will be in next post or added later)

I’ll try to take updated pictures tonight because progress is really starting to show now – finally! I reorganized the black stand to hold more totes which got a lot of stuff off the floor & really opened the space up.

As far as the bunk beds – hopefully they’ll be out before April now! I realized for the most part they were still in pretty good condition except the one bed needs a few new slats on the bottom which really wouldn’t be hard to do & the other one just needs some work where Leonidas gave it some love marks (chew & bite marks). So I posted it on fb for free since it’s obviously not in prime position & got 3 interested people in a matter of minutes so I feel better about someone still being able to use them even though they aren’t pretty but it’s better than sending them out with garbage when they’ve got at least several years left on them.

I really got in the mood to attack the room the other night & did some work. I put all the stuff I’m keeping in the room into one corner & everything else is either on the other side of the room, outside for trash or in the car to deliver for donation. I was very happy to see more than a few feet of carpet – it’s been awhile. There’s still a lot of work to be done & the closet – don’t even get me started but that might have to wait until I have an out building because it’s really just storage because it’s already been sorted except for the VHS tapes I might purge.

It feels to finally be tackling that room — now if I only had some extra $ to do some work on other rooms in the house … story of my life. It will happen one day though, proabably right before we sell it, but hey it’ll happen.

-jess