Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 127 - Pass Another Test

Today I passed the second of three tests that I need to take and pass my May 31! Yippee!! I am so happy to have that off my mind. I am going to take the rest of the weekend off and enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day with the family. Starting on Monday, I will start to prepare for the last of the 3 tests that I need to take. Each accomplishment brings me a step closer to creating a career and making a better life for myself.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 126 - Schedule To Walk With A Friend

I am now walking Friday mornings with a friend of mine. As she said this morning, it is a win/win. We get some much needed exercise while catching up. I now I keep talking about exercise and what I am doing to try to get more of it into my life. I am a work in progress! While I do work out several days a week, I am still trying to find what will work for me. I am also trying to find the perfect time of day to get my exercise in.

I do know that setting a side one day a week to walk with a friend will be an enjoyable way to get a work out in. I also go to the gym several times a week. The problem for me is that I don't really enjoy doing that. I think I need to start exercising with a friend at the gym to so that I enjoy myself.

With summer quickly approaching, we are planning on continuing with the Friday ritual. In June, I will have to attempt to talk her into changing it to Saturday mornings for a few weeks.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 125 - Take A Week Off From Facebook

I need to take a week off from facebook. Why? Because it makes me crazy to see how political it has become. People who are friends are fighting over things in the safety of the internet. You can tell someone off and it seems like your not because it is not face to face. Respect for loved ones and friends seems to be lost when out on the internet.

I also find that it becomes a time waster. I am a pretty busy person, so I am not out there a lot. But, when I am out there, I am having this internal dialogue with myself to find something more productive to do. In the end, that dialogue wins, but it takes a few minutes.

I am also tired of being invited to help people with their farms, mafias or pets. I don't care who needs help building their virtual barn. Plus, I have my own, real pets to take care of. A virtual pet on facebook will never take priority in my day.

Let us not forget the person who likes to give a status update about everything their kid has done during the day. I love to hear about first steps, funny things or occasional anecdotes about someone's child. I am guilty of doing that myself. But, sometimes, 5- 10 posts a day about one child can be too much. Or how about the person who likes to update us on every errand that they will be running. My favorite, 5 status updates in 1 hour about the 4 kids going to the dentist. It had me at the edge of my seat. So much so that I decided to permanently hide that friend from my wall.

Don't get me wrong. Facebook has it's many advantages. I have reconnected with a lot of old friends. That alone has been invaluable. I also like to play Scrabble with an old high school friend that I hadn't seen in years. It is fun to play a "board game" with a friend who lives a 100 miles. I also like to be able to put pictures of my kids out there for my family and friends who we don't see a lot. I also like seeing pictures of their kids. Those are all reasons why I stay on and check a couple times a day.

But, in the last few months, things are getting pretty hot in the world of politics. So much so that people are starting to say things that I personally find offensive. I don't want to be offended by friends, especially when they don't intentionally mean to offend anyone. So, I will take a week off and see what happens. Maybe when I get back on, people will have calmed down.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 124 - Stock The Freezer

Today I went to Whole Foods and found a great sale on meats. If I bought the family packs I got a substantial discount, so I bought the family packs. I was able to break apart the packages that I bought into individual bags for future meals.

I need to start shopping like this more. My schedule is going to add a 40 hour work week to it soon. I really need to start organizing my time better and my home. Both are still a mess, even with all the work I have been doing. But, today, I was able to make a small step. When I was done repackaging everything I had a total of 10 meals for the month of May. I also saved a lot of money, so I was being frugal as well.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 123 - Pass A Test

Today I finally passed one of the tests that I need to take in order to start work in June. While I am very excited, I realize that I need to start studying again for part 2. Ugh! Will it never end? I am just so happy that I finally passed because I was beginning to think that something was wrong with me. It turns out that I really was just analyzing the material too much and that the answers were all very obvious once I slowed down.

Saturday I take part 2, I am obviously hoping for another pass. After that it will be a couple weeks before taking part 3. I just want this behind me so that I can have a life again.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 122 - Meatless Mondays

Time to start implementing meatless Mondays. Obviously, a day without meat. Days like today prove to be cheaper and healthier. I am going to plan that we will have a dinner without meat every Monday from now on.

Tonights meal was a Mexican Bean Soup with Tortilla Chips. It was delicious.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 121 - Mission Accomplished

I guess I don't need to say much about this one. We all know that Osama Bin Laden was killed this evening. I have to be honest, I feel a sense of relief with this. While I realize that his death has nothing to do with my betterment, I do feel a bit of a relief in knowing that there is one less bad guy out there who wants to do us harm.

I am not in the group of people who were cheering in the streets when his death was announced. On the other hand, I am not one of those people who copied and pasted the fake MLK quote on my face book page about loving your enemies. I fall in the middle. I am a parent who is just happy to see that justice was served and that the world seems just a little safer.