Saturday, May 12, 2018

Week in Review 5.12.18

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This week was punctuated with a massive amount of yard work, construction and writing. I had a long list of deadlines and cranked through them while being super happy that Scott was back home. I'm getting hopeful that the two big piles of dirt in my yard will be leaving soon. 

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Exercise

I rocked my workouts this week! I did three boot camps and two barre3 classes. It was a bit rough going back to 6 a.m. workouts after sleeping in last week but I also liked getting them out of the way. I'm at 9 workouts for the month. 


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Food

I'm doing a story on a new doughnut shop so Maggie and I headed down to check them out on Friday morning. They are delicious and I wish I had gotten two dozen instead of one. 

I also did a story on a new service called MealPal. It is a subscription service where you buy a set number of lunches for $5.99 each at the beginning of the month. Then you are able to select a meal from over 150 restaurants for lunch each day. My only complaint is that they are only in the downtown/SLU neighborhoods so while I LOVE them, I won't be using them until they expand further north. I do understand start-ups and starting out with a limited location for best results. I've had some delicious salads and poke bowls this week which is aces. 

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The Girls

The girls got new bikes this week and have been insane riding them. Their old bikes were way too small and rusted. I did have to take the bikes to a shop to get their brakes fixed up but otherwise the new bikes are working out really well. 

They also finished up this session of swim lessons and did awesome. Molly had some private lessons which she loved and I hope to do more of later. They are pricey so I don't see us doing them regularly. Both girls are really advancing in their swim abilities. 

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Other Goings On


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The basement is zooming along and I am experiencing decision fatigue. I thought we had made all the decisions but it appears there are more to be made and more springing up every day. The basement is looking amazing though and I'm getting excited about the space. 

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

May Goals

I really liked having set goals for April and while I may not have accomplished all of them, they gave me great direction and helped me focus especially while on Spring Break and then catching up from a week of pure relaxation. 

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Here is how I did on my April goals:

  1. Exercise 18 times - I got in 19 workouts! Having this goal really helped keep me on track after barely exercising while in Hawaii on Spring Break. 
  2. Buy a trellis for my garden - I purchased this on April 30th at Swansons in the nick of time. It's a great addition to my garden and will hopefully be a benefit for my peas. 
  3. Catch up on the Bible - I'm getting there but am not completely caught up. 
  4. Read Moby Dick - I'm still working on this. It is such a slow read for me. 
  5. Knit Nanoo - I need to devote some time to knitting on this but end up so tired at night after the kids are in bed. 
  6. Knit my April Hat for charity - Done! It's a mish-mash of yarns but it is warm and cozy. 
  7. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books - Ehhh, I didn't do very well on this goal.
  8. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Den - I deep cleaned the den but need to do it again. I never got to the Dining Room. Part of my issue is that I'm storing stuff from the basement in my dining room and when I look around at the clutter, I freeze up. 
  9. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash - I did not get this done at all. 

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Here are my goals for May! These include some 2018 goals and some specific goals for May. 

May Goals

  1. Exercise 22 times  
  2. Catch up on the Bible
  3. Read Moby Dick
  4. Knit Nanoo
  5. Knit my May Hat for charity 
  6. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books 
  7. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Kitchen 
  8. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash
  9. Work on Hand Lettering
  10. Knit 4 miter squares for my blanket
Monday, May 07, 2018

Week in Review 5.5.2018


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It was a long week. Scott was in Sydney and I had the kids 24/7. I did start out the week with a babysitter and some CityCycle which was fantastic. I also got in some really amazing workouts (that I'm still sore from) and got my work life more organized. 

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Exercise

This week may not have had the same quantity of workouts as last week but I did have some serious quality in my workouts. I got in two boot camps, one Studio 45 class, a CityCycle class and did major yard work twice. I was seriously sore from Studio 45 for days. 



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Food

I kept things simple with Scott gone. The kids devoured the salmon dish I made one night and asked for thirds. I always forget just how much they love fish. We also went out for sushi one day for lunch. 


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The Girls

The girls got in some serious playtime with their friend, Lucy. Her Mom was also solo parenting this week so we hired a babysitter one day and I picked her up from school another day. The kids LOVED playing with her and I was glad for the distraction for them. 

We spent Saturday working on a Mother's Day present and eating sushi at UVillage. They also helped me a lot in the yard this week. Spring has really sprung in our yard and I had a lot of weeding to do. I still have a lot of weeding to do. 

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Other Goings On

In all the chaos of last week, the basement work continued with the window wells being installed and sheetrock going up on the walls. There is still much to do but it is coming along! I also discovered The Letdown this week and spent many hours laughing at the show!
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Monthly Goal Check-In (April)

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April flew by fast! I went on two trips which slowed down some of my goal achievement but I still crossed a few more items off my 18 in 2018!

2018 Goals
  1. Workout 218 times in 2018 - I worked out 19 times in April. My goal was 19 times and I wasnt' sure if I'd get it done but I did. I'm at and I did it! I'm at 79 workouts for the year. 
  2. Go Skiing 
  3. Complete "The Artist's Way"
  4. Learn Hand Lettering - This goal is still waiting for me to tackle.   
  5. Paint the Bathroom - I think I'm going to take on this goal when the construction is done in my basement. There is just too much going on right now and too much dust in the air. Also we are down to one bathroom which means painting it might get tricky.   
  6. Find a picture for the oval frame in my bedroom 
  7. Replace the sad Rhododendron plant with a Dwarf Japanese Maple (or another plant) - This goal needs to wait until late summer or fall.
  8. Build (or buy) a trellis for my vegetable garden - I got this done on the last day of April, barely slipping in. I like it and think it will be good for my peas, should they ever grow. I found a wonderful trellis at Swansons and picked it up for a surprisingly good price. 
  9. Buy a new dishwasher 
  10. Embrace Minimalism by doing the Minimalist Game for an entire month 
  11. Reduce our food bill and food waste - I continued to work hard at this goal but only did ok. Traveling really messes up keeping one's food bill down.  
  12. Read War and Peace, Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities and The Grapes of Wrath - I am still reading Moby Dick but it is a slooooooow read. I feel dreadfully behind on this goal. My plan is to read War and Peace all summer which leaves the fall for A Tale of Two Cities and The Grapes of Wrath. I really need to finish up Moby Dick.
  13. Read the Bible - I'm not quite caught up but I'm almost there. I need to get back in the daily habit of reading instead of trying to do large chunks of reading. 
  14. Knit Nanoo - Nanoo! I'm still working on this. Working, working!
  15. Knit 12 hats for charity - I finished my April hat and it is a mish-mash of yarns but makes a very warm hat. 
  16. Repeat Goal: Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I'm still thinking about this goal and what to do with it. 
  17. Repeat Goal: Finish my Miter Square Blanket  - Plugging away
  18. Repeat Goal: Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - Making slow but steady progress!
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Week in Review 4.28.18

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I spent the first half of the week away in Vancouver on a press trip which was absolutely wonderful. I stayed in an amazing hotel, ordered room service for breakfast and had an absolute blast. When I returned, Scott got ready and left for Australia. We were like two ships passing in the night. While I miss Scott, I am so grateful that he was able to arrange his schedule to take care of the kids so I could go on this trip. 


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Exercise

I concentrated hard on getting my workouts in this week. I got in 7 workouts this week! I did one boot camp, one City Cycle class, two amazing walks in Vancouver and three barre3 classes. I am at 17 workouts for the month which means I am so close to my 18 workout goal for April. Sometimes I find my workout goals to be silly but this week I was so glad to have it as it made me focus on getting my workouts in and not slacking off when I really wanted to just say, ehhhhh. 



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Food

Food was out of this world this week and I worked really hard at not over indulging. It was really hard when faced with the most delicious cookies ever upon check-in at my hotel and then when presented with amazing bites at the reception we were taken to along with the amazing at Honey Salt. I did also take time to enjoy an Earl Grey donut from Cartems Donuts


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In between, I did munch on salads and drank lots of water. I'm trying to really concentrate on my water intake which is honestly quite hard for me. I tend to have a coffee in the morning and then wait until I'm parched in the afternoon to gulp down some water. Not really the best way to hydrate my busy lifestyle. So I'm working on it! 

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The Girls

The girls had quite the week and are slowly recovering this weekend. They were super anxious when I was gone and really missed me which was super sweet. I didn't realize how much they would miss me. Scott travels quite a bit and they usually just flow with it. They  might mention that they miss Daddy but they are usually ok with his trips. Not so with mine. This wasn't my first trip away from them at all but I realized it was my first trip away during the week which was different. On Tuesday, Molly's t-ball game timing got screwed up which didn't help matters so they ended up eating dinner quite late and not getting to bed on time. By the time I got home on Wednesday, they were a mess and I've been working to get them back on track. Scott told me that they were just so sad everyday that I was gone. 


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Saturday was a busy day with them going to b3 childcare and then out to Duvall to visit Molly's teacher's parent's farm in the pouring rain. It was a fun but exhausting day. We got to pet goats, chase chickens and do a maypole! 

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Other Goings On

The basement is cruising along. We are now at the insulation point of the game with sheetrock in view! I'm getting excited and a bit nervous about the finishing touches. Once the construction is done, that is when my work will pick-up. There will be painting, decorating and lots of other fun things to do! 


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We also had the upstairs toilet repaired this week. It was leaking which I'm so glad Jeremy, the construction worker caught since finding out after sheetrock and everything else was installed would have been terrible! 

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Week in Review 4.21.18

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We hit re-entry hard and fast! I had a bunch of work due this week, a lot of catch-up at home and so many questions about the remodel. We desperately missed the sun and easy days of our Hawaiian spring break. I met a baby pony who decided to hug me which was a bit shocking but still cute. 

I ordered a salmon share from Drifter's Fish this week and I'm so excited. We won't get it until October but this is fresh salmon direct from the source. 
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Exercise

I somehow got in 5 workouts this week - three boot camps and two barre3 classes. I have a goal of getting in 18 exercise sessions this month and I'm currently at 10 workouts with 10 days left in the month. It's going to be close especially as I'm traveling the early part of next week and then Scott leaves for a long business trip. I'm going to make it happen though!  



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Food

The girls started making dinner again this week. We had fallen off and I'm determined for them to learn important life skills. Molly made Macaroni and Cheese while Maggie tackled Chicken Noodle Soup. Molly was able to do most of the work herself with some guidance from me. For Maggie, I prepped all the ingredients and then had her put them in the pot and stir, etc. They were both so proud of themselves and I'm looking forward to this becoming a more regular thing. It is definitely more work for me but I'm hoping that by the time they are 10 and 12, they will be making me dinner without any help. I have dreams!


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Maggie and I tried a new sushi restaurant this week, called Sushi Naomi. I had high hopes and while the sushi was delicious, it was quite pricey and the atmosphere left much to be desired. Oh well! There are other sushi restaurants to explore. 


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The Girls

Molly had a fun field trip to the Zoo this week which started out a bit dramatic. I had planned for Maggie to stay at school late that day so I could chaperone the field trip (younger siblings were not allowed). Then the preschool's boiler burned out and the school was closed on that day. I emailed Molly's teacher and it turned out, I wasn't the only parent in this situation so I was allowed to still chaperone and Maggie joined the field trip. In the end, it all worked out well and everyone had a blast! 

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The girls are both loving their swim lessons and Molly is obsessed with t-ball. She insisted that I buy her a glove and a bat. Now she is asking for balls but I'm feeling a bit more hesitant about making that purchase.  

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Other Goings On

The highlight of my week was meeting Baby Zara at the MI Funny Farm. She's a fell pony and just the cutest thing ever. I spent of lot of this week running around like a chicken with its' head cut off. I'm excited for next week though. I have a press trip and the weather is promising some nice days which will be beneficial since I need to get out in the backyard and spruce it up. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week in Review 4.14.18

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We spent this week in Maui, Hawaii on Spring Break. It was a wonderfully relaxing time where we slept a ton, played in the pool and explored the Road to Hana. The girls loved splashing at the Pirate Pool before discovering that the big pool had a slide which led them to ditch the Pirate Pool. 

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Exercise

I somehow got in 3 workouts this week. I went swimming twice and did a hike on the Road to Hana. It was nice to really be on vacation though and just chill out. I'm not very good at chilling out but this week I really did. 


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Food

Food was amazing this week! Maui has some of the freshest and most delicious food which I enjoyed to my fullest. I had amazing seared ahi tacos, korean beef tater tots, hula pie and more. It was so good. We also ate many meals in our condo and had an old fashioned lunch of PB&J with apples and chips on the Road to Hana. I think the kids liked that meal the best. 

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The Girls


The girls were in heaven this week. They got to swim all they wanted, watch all the tv they wanted and eat all the food we normally limit. They got a little sunburned, a little over sugared and had a whole lot of fun! 

All in all, it was a nice relaxing week without much to report on. I'll share our trip up the Road to Hana soon. 


Saturday, April 07, 2018

Week in Review 4.7.18

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The week before vacation is always filled with the humdrum of getting ready to leave. I did lots of laundry, cleaned a bunch, packed, packed and packed some more and ordered a bunch of things in a panic. All in all, I got it done. 


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Exercise

I only got in 2 workouts this week. I did two boot camp classes and I decided that was ok. Even though I'm probably not going to get any workouts in next week, I just don't care right now. I may have pushed it too hard last week. Oops! 


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Food

I visited the Seattle Biscuit Company this week for a piece I'm working on it and it was amazing! I ordered a ton of food and took some home for our construction guy. Delicious! Seriously, these biscuits are like heaven! 

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The Girls


The girls started swim again this week. It's a crunch to get Molly from school at 2:20 pm and to the pool for her 2:30 pm lesson but we made it work. 

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Other Goings On

I started my 100 Day Project this week. I'm already having so much fun with my Instax and figuring out how to take the best photos with it. I'm being conservative because film is expensive! You can follow my progress on Instagram with the hashtag #100daysofreebeckiinstax.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

April Goals


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I really liked having set goals for March and while I may not have accomplished all of them, they gave me great direction and helped me focus. 


Here is how I did on my March goals:


  1. Exercise 20 times - I worked out 22 times! 
  2. Complete "The Artist's Way" - Finished this up! 
  3. Embrace Minimalism by doing the Minimalist Game - Follow along on Instagram at ReeBeckiMinimalistGame - I did this and purged more than 450 items from my house!
  4. Read Moby Dick - I started but did not finish this book. 
  5. Catch up on my reading of the Bible - I'm nearly caught up! 
  6. Knit Nanoo - Still working on this.
  7. Knit my March Hat for charity - DONE! 
  8.  Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I  - I'm thinking about tossing this goal aside. 
  9. Deep Clean and Purge the Living Room, Bathroom and my Bedroom - I did everything but clean the Living Room windows. 
  10. Inventory and Purge my Yarn Stash - I did a good purge but now need to organize my yarn into Ravelry. 

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With that in mind, here are my goals for April! These include some 2018 goals and some specific goals for April. 

April Goals


  1. Exercise 18 times (Spring Break might hinder some of my workouts) 
  2. Buy a trellis for my garden
  3. Catch up on the Bible
  4. Read Moby Dick
  5. Knit Nanoo
  6. Knit my April Hat for charity 
  7. Work on the Girl's 1-and 2-year-old photo books 
  8. Deep Clean the Dining Room and Den 
  9. Update Ravelry with my Yarn Stash
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Float On...

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to check out Urban Float and try out floating for myself. I am not somebody who can relax easily and usually has a million things going on so I was intrigued by the concept of floating in salt water for an hour. 

I arrived at Urban Float and was led back to my float room. There was a large pod in the center of the room and I was told about the lights, how the lid worked and what to do if I got salt water in my ears or eyes. I quickly disrobed and hopped on into the water. I decided to wear a swimsuit because I wasn't sure if you floated naked or not. I'm kinda glad I wore a suit but know if you decide to wear one that you need to really rinse it out once you are done. I did a preliminary rinse but needed to wash and soak my suit later that night. 

I slid into the water and adjusted my body to a nice floating positing. I opt'd to leave the lights on but closed the lid. You can either leave it open or close it. They recommend closing it to keep your body warm. I ended up having to crack the lid when I got too steamy about 20 minutes in. I honestly had a hard time relaxing and while there was lovely music playing, got completely bored about 40 minutes into the float. I feel like 30 minutes would have been plenty for me. I tried to hang out but after 45 minutes got out and took a long shower in the provided showers. The salt water quickly started to dry on my skin and took some effort to wash off.


Overall, I'd say the experience was good. I still have a few more floats available for use but I'm not sure if I'll use them or not. The whole experience took about an hour and a half which is a lot for my schedule. However,  I could really see the benefits of relaxing and floating. It would be really good for injury healing. 


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