Saturday, August 19, 2017

Week in Review 8.19.17


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This week felt like a whirlwind. Lewis, the new kitten got sick with a respiratory virus so I had to take him to the vet and then administer antibiotics along with probiotics and also a fun deworming medicine (that is sarcasm there)! He's doing a lot better but still has a few days on the meds. I set up a humidifier for him in the den and then told Scott I was officially a crazy cat lady. I think it helped him though! I also had to keep the cats apart so no further introductions were made. Mel-B did see him yesterday and quickly hissed so this might be a slow introduction. 


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Exercise

I got in 4 workouts this week - three boot camp classes and a barre3 class. Scott needed to travel on Thursday night which meant my Friday class was out. I hadn't planned well enough in the beginning of the week to get all my workouts in but 4 is still good! My friend, Shelly came to boot camp with me and had the best time. I love sharing Sync with friends. 



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Food

We had a lot of seafood this week but since we all like seafood that was a treat! We tried a new to us restaurant, The Ballard Bros. which was surprisingly good. The restaurant looks a bit sketchy but the food was so good. The fries were amazing. 


Molly's lunchbox came and we are ready to do a trial lunchbox run this week during Jump Start. She's super excited about her lunchbox and about bringing it to school which I hope keeps up as school goes on. I know we'll nail in in September but well things will slip in November. I also set up a lunch account for Molly. You can set up an electronic account and add money to it for school lunch which is so much simpler than when I was in school. I figure there will be days she wants school lunch or forgets it or something. This way she'll have funds for lunch. 

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The Girls

Both girls had their last week of outdoor swimming. We love the pool and instructors so much and will miss them. We'll be back next year though. Maggie moved up a level this week too which was exciting. 



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Molly had a big week with field trips and was therefore quite tired. It made her a bit of a pill. I think we are going to have a lot of exhaustion and emotional outbursts in the coming weeks with the transition to Kindergarten. I'm going to work to be extra gentle with Molly and even try to take her out on some one-on-one time. 

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Other Goings On

Yesterday I decided to just paint the back patio cover. Scott and I had talked about it last year but had a disagreement on the paint color. I decided to just go with what I wanted and it came out so fantastic! Black was the right choice. Now I'm debating re-painting the back door from beige to black. 


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I cleaned out the chicken coop and hauled a hay bale into it. I didn't realize how big the hay bales were though and the coop is bit overwhelmed with hay! I'm still going strong on The Minimalist Game. I cleaned out the back porch and a lot of the basement this week. There are still lots of areas to clear out but doing 10 minutes a day is really working well!  



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Stories Published

Seattle Refined: Adaptogens are hot right now - but what the heck are they?

Seattle Refined: A Guide to Exploring The Grand Tetons

Seattle's Child: Share the Joy of Knitting by Teaching Kids to Knit

Seattle's Child: Create a Backyard Oasis of Childhood Fun

Seattle's Child: The Best, Fresh Summertime Meals for Your Family

Seattle's Child: Head out on the road with 5 nearby Family Road Trips
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Week in Review 8.12.17

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Our big news this week is we got a kitten! His name is Lewis and he is a 2 month old ginger kitty. I've never had a ginger cat so I'm thrilled. The kids are so excited about him that they can barely sleep. Mel-B is less enthused. We have not introduced them yet and are keeping Lewis confined to the den but she knows there is another animal in the house. We're hoping to do some introducing this weekend but are taking it slow and seeing how the animals react to each other. 

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Exercise

I got in 5 workouts this week - two boot camp classes, two barre3 class and one Project November boot camp session
Project November was so awesome and full of hugs and high 5s. This week felt really good and I almost got in 6 workouts but skipped a boot camp due to angry wild animals either fighting or having sex in my backyard at 1 a.m. on Wednesday night. I was on high alert to protect my chickens. Poor Scott was almost run over by me in the middle of the night running to the window to check on them. Maybe I should count that adrenaline rush as a workout! Otherwise the hard barre3 class I took on Tuesday combined with the intense Project November bootcamp really made my rear sore! 



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Food

I got my first Gobble delivery this week. I got a promotion to try a free week so I figured why not try it out. Guys! This is so good! The girls loved the mac and cheese meal and I can't wait to try some of the other meals. They also sent me two balls of cookie dough to make cookies with which were delicious. 



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School starts in less than 4 weeks and before that Molly has something called Jump Start where she'll go to school from 9-Noon in about a week. My plan is to make her lunches as if I was making her school lunches. She'll eat them here at home but that way we can get in a groove and I can see if there are any logistical issues with her lunchbox set-up. 

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The Girls

The girls started a rock climbing class this week. They loved it and emerged sweaty and spent after their class. I consider that a HUGE win. They've been rock climbing all over the place when they aren't swimming or playing with the kitten. 



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Molly lost another front tooth which took forever. Scott finally convinced her to let him pull the tooth out and it was so loose, it just took a small tap. I remember hanging onto my teeth as a kid too so we've been trying not to pressure her but this one was just dangling there. 

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Other Goings On

I'm still going strong on The Minimalist Game. I cleaned out the entire linen closet this week and found way too many shampoo bottles. I took care of my subscribe and save orders on that one! I also cleared out a bunch of books and hope to really tackle my yarn this week. I've given away, thrown away and donated so much stuff. I'm loving this. 
Thursday, August 10, 2017

July Book Report

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I didn't get through as many books as I envisioned last month while on vacation but I did get through 4 really good books. I'm chugging away at the 2017 Summer Book Bingo and checking off my boxes. 


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I read "Stories of Your Life and Others (Arrival)" by Ted Chiang for the "Adapted into a movie" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. This is a collection of stories with the one, Arrival being based on a short one within this book. I preferred the movie version but have been thinking a lot about another of the stories - Tower of Babylon. It is the story of Babylon as told from one of the miners and it was so entertaining. I am vastly interested in the stories behind the Bible and what was historically happening at that time. I felt like this story was one that could have been true, one that had little to do with worshiping God. 

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I read "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin for the "Choose a book by its cover" category. Rubin took on a project to see if she could influence her happiness over the course of a year. I loved her ideas and some of her goals. They were all great ideas. One idea I've really taken away is, Boomerang Errands. Boomerang Errands are those ones that you attempt to complete but keep coming back to you for various reasons. i.e. You go to the doctor but then get sent for tests and appointments with other doctors so you never quite finish the task of going to the doctor. 

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I read "The rules do not apply" by Ariel Levy for the "Biography or memoir" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. Levy was at the top of her game in a passionate marriage and a baby on the way when she lost it all. She was on assignment in Mongolia when she gave birth at only 5 months along. When she returned home, her wife left for rehab and her world fell apart. Levy's writing drew me in. I was practically unable to stop reading while at the same time itching to write like her. This is one book I think everyone should read. It is unapologetic and heartbreaking. 


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I read "The Widow Nash" by Jamie Harrison for the "Fiction" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. Dulcy has lived her entire life overshadowed by her father, Walton and his travels around the world as he chases cures for his syphilis. On his last trip, he loses a fortune and gains the wrath of his business partner and Dulcy's ex-finance, shortly before dying . As Dulcy travels from Seattle to New York with her sister and her father's body, she decides to disappear. Things get interesting from there. This was also a Refined Reads.


Yearly Book Total: 27/52

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