Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #8 (What I'm Not Going to Do Today)

My Thirteen Edition for Today is to list the 13 Things That I am Not Going to Do Today....Why, I'm I not going to do these things? Well, yesterday morning I was involved in 2 separate car accidents. Let me explain...I hit a patch of ice and got my vehicle under control and stopped to turn into the grocery store, the vehicle behind me wasn't able to get her vehicle stopped because of the ice before hitting me. We call 911, a wrecker stopped and said that he would block the traffic with his tow truck to avoid any more altercations. Well, 15 minutes after the first accident, a vehicle didn't yield to the two trock and drove around the truck, hit the ice and rear ended me. I was in the vehicle on the passenger's side getting my insurance card etc ready for the police officer to arrive. I didn't have my seat belt on or sitting in a position to brace myself. I went to the hospital last night because I had a terrible headache and my neck and shoulder was hurting. I have whip lash and I'm really sore this morning. So the 13 things that I'm not going to get done today are:

1. Bible Study

2. Take snacks to the sitters at Bible Study.

3. Lunch with my friends after Bible Study.

4. Laundry-whites.

5. Laundry-Darks.

6. Schedules for Spring soccer...I was planning on working on four brackets..U13 Girls.

7. U11 Boys.

8. U13 Boys.

9. U11/12 Girls.

10. Referees schedule for Futsal for this weekend.

11. Dinner prepared for this evening.

12. Change sheets on beds.

13. Get recitals packets copied.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tackle it Tuesdays #6 (Goal Setting)

One month in the new year has come and gone and I'm not any closer to getting my goals for the New Year in my routine. This week's Tackle it Tuesday is getting my goals and routines on paper and to start implementing them this month.

Here are the areas/routines that I would like to establish and accomplish this year:

1. Spiritual

2. Physical

3. Daily Routines for Work

4. Daily Routines for my Home

The first area, which I feel it the most important is setting goals and routines for my Spiritual Life and Well-Being. I think this is key to making sure that all of my other goals will be meet.

1. Have a small devotion and prayer each morning. I have several devotionals to choose from. I think I will start with "God Calling" Edited by A.J. Russell. Here is what the inside cover says about the book "Here is a devotional that will bring the reality of God and His constant concern for you into your heart every day of the year. Whatever your circumstances, God Calling cannot fail to bring you closer to God. It will help you overcome your daily worries and draw you ever closer to the peace you're seeking."

2. I am involved in 2 Bible Studies this Spring semester, they are Pathway to Purpose for Women: Connecting Your To-Do List, Your Passions, and God's Purposes for Your Life by Katherine Brazeltonand 12 Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur. Each study doesn't involve intense study like a Beth Moore study would but each needs attention. So each day I need to devote time to reading and doing the homework in each class. My plan for this semester is to alternate each day for reading and studying each book.

The Second Area is Physical, I would like to lose the extra weight that I have gained. Here are some concrete goals (establishing and carrying them out will be another story):

1. Start drinking water each day (as I take a drink of my Dt Dr Pepper!). I don't particularly enjoy drinking water. Most of you know that I'm a die hard Diet Dr Pepper fan and drink 6 to 7 cans a day. So weaning my system into drinking more water will require more effort on my part (and a miracle....I think that I will add this to my morning prayer to God....please encourage and remind me to drink water instead of soda each day!) I know this is key to achieving the over all goal...losing 50-74 pounds.

2. Start working out at least 3-4 times a week. My kiddos get on the bus by 7:45 am each morning, I can be at the gym each day by 8:00 am and get a good hour work-out in before tackling my day. is my plan for the week:

Monday-Work out 8:00-9:00 am
Tuesday-Work out 8:00-9:00 am
Wednesday-Work out 8:00-9:00 am. Weight Watchers meeting at 9:30 am.
Thursday- Work out after Bible Study/Lunch at home or at gym (depending on my mood)
Friday-Work out 8:00-9:00 am.

3. Start counting my points each day with Weight Watchers. I am allowed 26 points per day plus an additional 35 points for the week. I can add those 35 points equally to each day or save them for a special treat during the week, like a dessert, dinner out etc!

The third area, I need to tackle is establishing specific routines for work. I run a competitive soccer league and there are times when I don't have as much work to do and times where I can't seem to get anything done but work and I really don't to be working at midnight! I think establishing specific routines each day or setting a time line will help those weeks not seem so overwhelming.

Here is what needs to be accomplished for the month of February for work:
1. Brackets set and email out to teams. Need to complete by Friday.
2. Email referees regarding the remaining Futsal schedule. Get schedule set by Wednesday.
3. Email coaches and managers regarding the CMSL Referee Clinic. Need to complete by Wednesday.
4. Set up email group list for Spring 2007 season. Run a test email. Need to complete by Friday.
5. Email referees regarding the Spring season. Need to complete by end of next week.
6. Get black-out dates on spread sheet. Complete by 2/13/07.
7. Spreadsheet to Mick, all registered teams and amount due. Complete by 2/9/07.
8. Referee and Futsal pages sent to webmaster. Complete by 2/15/07.
9. Start working on schedule. Complete by 2/23/07.
10. Schedule coaches meeting and AGM. Complete by 2/12/07.

The last area is establishing daily routines for getting my house in order and de-cluttered. This, I believe, is also key into having a happy and healthy home for my family. I get emails each day from the FlyLady and haven't looked at them much during the last couple of weeks and my house looks like it! I like how she divides your home into zones and each week she tackles that zone. For the month of February, however, I'm going to make a general To-Bo list of everything that needs to be done and tackle it over the month of Feb and starting in March after I have put out all of my Hot Zones I can start the weekly zones and work on keeping my house clean!

Here is what I need to get done this month:
1. Catch up on laundry and put laundry away! Not just set it in each room.
2. Run sweeper in each room.
3. Mop kitchen and bathroom floors.
4. Dust.
5. Organize my closet.
6. Pick up LR and FR and return items to appropriate rooms.

This list doesn't look like much but with my work schedule, it's a doable plan for this month. that I tackled my goals for the month of February, you will need to check back and see if I'm getting them accomplished! Check out other Tackle-it-Tuesday participants at 5 Minutes for Moms! Have a good week!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Menu Planning Monday (Week of 2.5.2007)

Well-I'm back to my daily blogging! So I'm starting with my weekly Menu for the week of February 5th.
Monday (Dance & Basketball)-Farmer's Casserole and Salad
Tuesday (Dance & Basketball)- Cranberry Chicken, Rice and Salad
Wednesday (Dance)-Philly Steak and Cheese Sandwiches & Salad
Thursday-Honey Pecan Chicken, Green Beans, Cresent Rolls & Salad
Friday-Pizza and Salad
Saturday (Baton Contest, Soccer, Basketball & Church)- Leftovers
Sunday (Soccer)-Italian Soup and Sandwiches
I like having a plan for each's keeps me from wondering what I'm going to make. I transfered my list to my desk planner so when I start the morning, I can check and see if I need to set anything out or not. I do need to set out the Farmer's Casserole-this meal is from my Once a Month Cooking Co-op. I anxious to try it because it was one of the meals that I made for this past month!
Check out what other bloggers are eating this month at I'm an Organizing Junkie's Site

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Slacker off Duty! Dreaming of Spring...

Greetings fellow bloggers!

I have taken a little break (not by choice) in blogging and haven't blogged in a week and a half except to blog on Thursday why I haven't been blogging!

Blogging keeps me accountable for getting things done around my house, with my job, etc. I really enjoy the Tackle it Tuesdays, the Works For Me Wednesdays and the Thursday Thirteens. I am able to get many things accomplished because I blog about them and show my before and after pictures. I love crossing things off my to do list on my blog because not only am I seeing my progress but my blogging friends are too and you are encouraging me along the way!

It's a new month and I am still working on my goals for the New Year. I made very little progress during the month of January, it might be because of the ice storm, snow and the freezing cold weather that depresses me and I'm just not motivated to get going on those goals. So.....with one month of winter behind month closer to spring....I need to get a move on my goals and to do list. What are they you ask? I'm glad you accountability blogging friends....I'm going to start the first full week of February with what I need to get done this week....

  1. Workout.
  2. Clean off desk.
  3. Menu plan for this week. Post on Monday.
  4. Get Recital packet information from Sherry....get packets out this week!!!
  5. Get caught up on laundry. Put laundry away.
  6. Straight each room in the house.
  7. Work on brackets for CMSL.
  8. Read first 2 chapters by Tuesday for Bible Study. (Tuesday's Bible Study)
  9. Read for Thursday's Bible Study.
  10. Mop floor in kitchen.
  11. Mop floor in bathroom.
  12. Run sweeper through out house.
  13. Clean out car....unload car from dance competition.
  14. Hotel information ready for Booster meeting on Tuesday evening.
  15. Check on iPod status for the girls' shuffles.
  16. Meet with Mindi.

Well...this should give me a good start. Check back to see if I get everything crossed off this week!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #7 (Reasons I Haven't Blogged!)

Look, I see the last blog entry was 6 days ago and it was a Thursday Thirteen! Today, my 13, will be 13 Reasons Why I Have Not Blogged in 6 days....

  1. Friday....packed, cleaned out car and got things ready at home. My girls first Dance Competition was Saturday and Sunday. My boys had a busy weekend of soccer and time for Mom that day!
  2. Saturday....Dance Competition! The girls were awesome...they looked awesome! They did great for their first competition!
  3. Sunday...still in STL with dance!
  4. Monday....caught up on emails from the weekend.
  5. Tuesday...picked up the house from the weekend.
  6. Tuesday....balanced checkbook.
  7. Tuesday.....worked on budget for the next couple of months.
  8. Wednesday...laundry...folded 5 loads of clothes that piled up on the love seat by laundry room.
  9. Wednesday....worked on soccer brackets.
  10. Wednesday...worked on Father-in-laws blog.
  11. Wednesday...worked on Mother-in-laws blog.
  12. Wednesday...cleaned house (still need to do more cleaning!)
  13. Wednesday...worked on hotel reservations for next dance competition.

Now that I'm in the swing again...I will be posted on a regular bases!