Busy Busy as a Bee

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I’ve had a lot on my to-do list as of late. But, luckily, I’ve also been making steady strides toward checking that list off.

Special Kids Race

Check.

It was cold. Really cold. So my goal of less than 45:00 for the 5K went out the window somewhere near the 1-mile marker. I made it in 47:29, which is 2:36 faster than last year… overall, I’m happy. Anyone interested in being inspired should check out Special Kids Inc. They are truly a fantastic group of people.

Garage

Check. {kinda}

Mom & I finally finished my work table. We also hi-jacked two small cabinets that were being utilized as catch-all’s, and will be most likely storing sewing related, umm… clutter-junk. I’m really excited to have at least something completed in the mess I’ve made in the garage. Weather permitting, I will have a major purge party this Wednesday and Thursday. This needs to extend to my room upstairs, too… but let’s not do anything rash. I have 3 shelving units of garage stuff that needs to be condensed and organized. Once I’ve finished with that, I can give everything a thorough scrubbing and decide where my craft goodies can be stored.

Feeling Fat

Check-in-progress.

I just started the 30 Day Shred. I hurt. A lot. It’s a good hurt. I’m finally doing something {besides whining } about the way I feel. My clothes don’t fit right. My “girls” don’t sit right. I can’t play with my son without needing a literal breather after just 15 minutes or so. And thank you, American Dream, for conditioning my self-worth to be based on my physical aspects. As much as I want to tell myself that I am more than a pretty face or a dress size… it still makes me feel like crud to realize I’m getting older & the things I took for granted are slipping away. I know that I will never, ever, ever squeeze into a size 2 again. I’m fine with that. Really. What I’m not fine with is the fact that just a year ago I was able to {comfortably}  wear a size 4, and I have now had to throw out that size 4 because my thighs rubbed a hole in the inseam. The easy solution is to throw in the towel and buy bigger clothes. The harder, but more rewarding, solution is to work hard and get healthy. I really am doing this more for health than vanity. There are a lot of scary things out there for people who let their health get away from them. While, yes, I’m getting older… I’m still too young to just not do something about it.

Right. So now to “The List” {Dun Dun Duuun!}

Tea Party – After school lets out. Several DIY tutorials. Lots of fun for the kids & us.

Home Décor – More DIY tutorials. I’m really excited because the two projects I’m currently working on were practically free.

Crochet – I’m slightly overwhelmed with projects, but there’s an end in sight! And some fun, nerdy projects I’m going to start after these are done.

Prayer Squares – My church’s ladies ministry is going to start making lap quilts for the sick and recovering members of the congregation. I’m really looking forward to this endeavor, and hoping it will bring some unity to our group. Can I ask for prayers for our group leader Linda as she follows God’s call in her life?

Purge – There are a lot of things in our house that have outlived their usefulness. We need to do a major purge from one end to the other. I say “we” but it will likely be “me” and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Doctor Who – A little nerdy fun. I started watching the show a few weeks ago on Netflix. I’m somewhere in Season 4, and really really excited {I need to find a new word. I get “excited” a lot… } to get caught up to the current season. It’s fun. Not sure why I never got into it before. I always wrote it off as being “very British” and maybe it is, and maybe that’s why I like it… Hubby Dearest & I tend to fall into a TV rut where all we watch are crime dramas. They are rather predictable after a while. The Doctor is a lot of things, but predictable is not one of them.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Hubby Dearest bought it for me on Amazon for next to nothing, after a friend of mine threatened to revoke my Nerd Card for not having read it. It should be in my mailbox soon. I’m excited! {See! There it is again!}

And so, in closing, I wish everyone the very best of luck with their own Lists. Time to tackle a few more bits of mine. Do what you love!

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About fromlondonwithlove2011

In no particular order, I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a lab rat, a poet, a gardener, a craft goddess-in-training, a daydreamer, a painter, a doodler, a bookworm, a some day entrepreneur, a rock star, a super hero, a fixer, a coffee enthusiast, a music lover, a beach dweller, a treadmill dreader, and a would-be tree-hugger. I love beautiful things, and sometimes have a really different take on what's beautiful. I have a wonderful (albeit stressful) life that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. Some days I want to pull the covers over my head and stay indefinitely, but other days I want to jump up and find something amazing to see/ do/ make. I want to share the things I am passionate about with other passionate people. And so it begins...

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  1. Great to hear where you’re at with all of your goals and projects. It’s a great reminder to me that I don’t always need to have a project completed in order to share something of substance. It’s valuable for readers to hear about the in-between time of preparing and and making progress and backsliding and re-evaluating goals and all the ups and downs of working toward an end. Sounds like you’re on your way, girl! And I’ve never seen Dr. Who but my theatre students were telling me about it, and it sounded very interesting. Now, you’ve got me even more intrigued! It’s on Netflix, too? Guess I have a new series to start! Happy weekend to you, London. Enjoy it!

    • I agree. Some of my favorite blogs are about the fact that it’s OKAY if we aren’t all little Martha’s 24/7. Life is not picture perfect, and there are so many different ways we (moms, wives, women in general) are under assault for not being able to do everything. all at once. perfect the first time. It gets old… with a quickness. I told myself when I started blogging that if I wasn’t going to be real, I wasn’t going to do it. There’s no reason to create a fake me for the benefit of strangers. I don’t even invest that kind of energy for people I know IRL. It’s exhausting just trying to be a pleasant “Me”…

      Anyway, thanks for the love. I always appreciate hearing from you. As for Doctor Who, I recommend starting with Season 1 with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. It helps with the “big picture.” Hope you have a great weekend!

      • London, you are very wise my friend. Very wise indeed. I re-read your comment reply and definitely resonated with that pressure to be Polly Perfect 24/7…and I haven’t even yet ventured into motherhood! I imagine the pressure only increases.

        I think it’s so important to have voices in our lives telling us otherwise, that we are enough as we are…because God says so. And that our self-worth and identity are not wrapped up in how well we can recreate a project we found on Pinterest or how clean our countertops are. And like you said, we can be committed to showing our real selves on our blog, rather than masking it. Who are we trying to impress anyway?

        And thanks for the Dr. Who recommendation. I always like to start at the very beginning. According to Julie Andrews, “it’s a very good place to start.”

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