Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Inspection Day


To those who know me, I am not neat. 
I am not filthy but I am not neat. 
When I moved back to Pickleland, I hit the ground running. I moved a bunch of stuff on March 1. Moved out of my old apartment March 7 and into my new one March 10 and started my job March 11. I have been going nonstop since then.
It all came to a crashing halt at the end of December when my landlord had to let Terminx guy into my upstairs apartment so they could get into the attic. 
My apartment was little messy to me. But to him, there was too many boxes and stuff around. I was told that I had 30 days to clean up.
It was not an easy cleanup because I had to make some tough decisions about what to keep.
I knew this day would come especially living in a one bedroom apartment with two bedrooms worth of stuff.
And here’s the kicker—there is still more stuff at my friend’s house.
I have donated six boxes of stuff to the local thrift store, gave my best friend a bunch of my purses and given away stuff to other friends.
After weeks of donating, giving away and throwing away, the apartment looks really good. I still have some odds and ends to pick up, some mopping and cleaning the bathroom.
Honestly, the best thing that the landlord could have ever done was send me that letter. My apartment really feels like home.
It is nice to see the floor and not get anxious thinking about all the cleaning I have to do. I hope my landlord isn’t expecting Martha Stewart because that will not happen. I’m just me. I will never be neat and tidy but I will be clean and not filthy.
DAILY DOSE
1.   My new pink cape that I brought brand new. I saw it and fell in love.

2.   The camera that a friend gave me that he didn’t want. I love hand-me-downs!
3.   Having a long weekend with my best friend at the Lake!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Leaping outside of my comfort zone


I have been living on the edge. Well, as much as a book-loving pen hoarding nerd can.
I ate several pieces of lamb on Wednesday evening. Yes, lamb.
I had covered a really nice event involving the military at this nice gated community. I was invited to have dinner with a colonel and others.
It was a choice between fish sticks and macaroni and cheese or eating at the clubhouse. It was a very nice dining room and I had good dining companions. They were the ones who persuaded me to not order the Chicken Caesar Salad but to order outside my dining comfort zone. 

After much thought, while looking at three menus, I ordered New Zealand grass fed rack of lamb with pearl couscous, red quinoa, micro argula, crispy curry onions with a garlic cucumber yogurt sauce. It was pretty good.


 Of course, I only ate four of the six pieces of lamb. As I was about the eat the fifth, I saw a little lamb that said “baaaaaaa don’t eat me!” I was done.
For dessert, I ordered a deep fried doughnut dipped in maple bacon caramel sauce. It was topped with maple bourbon bacon ice cream and candied bacon. OMG!!! It was amazing.  

I have dreamed about eating that ice cream again. And I am going to find away to get myself a pint or gallon of it.
It was a really nice night. I am really trying to not work so much and get off the couch and do things.
Tonight, I am attending a belated Christmas party at the Mad Boar Resturant with co-workers. Tomorrow, I am headed to Battleship NC in Wilmington. I am trying to be a little more edgy and less couch potato.

Daily Dose
1. Grape soda has become my new favorite thing!
2. Having plans on a Friday night!
3. Downton Abbey has returned along with awards season!

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year but a better me

It is the 12th day of January. Time has flown by. It seems like yesterday that I was swinging in the New Year with an almost septuagenarian friend.
It was nice New Year’s Eve filled with KFC potpies, sweet potato pie and plenty of cupcakes.
This is probably why I have gained ten pounds. And I am not stressing about it. It was nice to ring in another year with an old friend . Pun not intended.
After a pretty good 2014, I wanted to ride that momentum into 2015 and I set some goals for myself.

2015 goals
--Spend as much time with JJ as possible. He is not getting younger.
--Cook more often. 
--Get my eyes examined.
--Get out of my comfort zone and explore more.
--Visit my family more.
--Start the Repair Jackie's Smile project.
--Plan at least one weekend day-trip every month.
--Get those piles of photos into scrapbooks.
--Tackle one craft project each month
--Stop drinking so much soda.
--Resolve to work ahead and stop waiting until the last second.
--Read all of the books collecting dust on my various bookshelves. And maybe not buy so many in 2015. Maybe.
--Write more letters. I plan to back snail mail in my little way.
--Find a way to give back to my community.
--Make my bed five out of seven days every week
--Get up and walk more.
--Call people instead of texting.
--Be diligent about drinking water every day.

I will admit that lately I have a case of the blahs. Maybe it was working so hard during the holidays or the fact it has been cold and rainy.
I had my doctor’s appointment. They discovered I have several uterine fibroids. They are non-cancerous and just make things uncomfortable during girl time each month. I was presented with several objections but I have decided to wait and see. I am not ready for surgery and early menopause but if things start to get crazy, I will explore those options.
I am happy to know that I am not crazy and know my body.

DAILY DOSE
1. Finding a really good doctor.
2. Making significant progress on organizing my apartment.
3. Finding my favorite scarf while unpacking!

My new smile

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