Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cleaning, planning, and journaling - who am I kidding? I hate all those things. Except maybe planning.

Hey look - I've managed to write TWO posts in the SAME YEAR! Will wonders never cease?

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but we're more than halfway through February. How the hell is that possible?  As with all things, I start with the best of intentions and then get thrown off course and sidetracked somehow. In an effort to get control of this that and the other, I ordered a planner/calendar/journal last month from Ink+Volt. Told Matt about my plans, how this was going to help me be a better 'whatever hat I'm wearing at the moment' - he may possibly have rolled his eyes. I suppose after 22 years he might know me a little bit... I managed to sit down on Super Bowl Sunday (because yeah I don't watch it...) and tried to plot out the next week, anticipating lots of accomplishments and organization. Did any of that happen? No. I think like 30 minutes later my throat started getting scratchy and I started sneezing, and just like that I lost a week of productiveness.

Aside from that, the planner is really cool, if I can get into the habit of using it. Lots of space to organize your month/week/day, and set goals for each day/month/year.  It's all about those daily habits, isn't it? Matt is REALLY REALLY good about his routine - get up/work out/work/do the thousand little things that need to get done when you have a full time job and a business and kids and a house/relax for 15 minutes/go to bed and do it all again. Me? Not so much. I've always flown by the seat of my pants and gotten along by the skin of my teeth.

I get overwhelmed and panicky, and like to bury my nose in my kindle and pretend there aren't a thousand fires burning around me demanding attention. You can only get away with this behavior for so long before something has to give (and I totally wrote 'behaviour' - I think - HA! I TOTALLY KNOW -  I was British in a former life..) ← see, sidetracked!

So in an effort to get control of my home/kids/life - I'm trying on the Flylady method for size. I know she's been around forever, but I never really paid much attention. Do I need a computer to tell me how to clean? Yes - yes I do. Her positive words of encouragement throughout the day, reminders to throw on that load of laundry to keep the mountain away, and her 'good enough' cleaning tips and zone management are totally up my alley. My bathrooms are cleaner, the kitchen counters are getting under control, and the laundry is all folded and put away. We may be on to something here....

What else is going on? De-cluttering. Projects. Work. LIFE. Checking out the new snap chat filters every morning 😀(Matt hates them by the way - so I usually send him a couple of the worst ones lol!) Yeah I'm really good at wasting time. I'm hoping between the journal and Flylady, I'll be able to finish the project I've had on the back burner for THREE YEARS - and the others that haven't been waiting for my attention quite as long, but are waiting nonetheless. 2017 is the year, I am determined. And if I actually finish something, I'll have something to talk about - and pictures! Wouldn't that be something....

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cleaning House, Literally and Figuratively

I'm staring at this blank page, wondering what to possibly write. It's been so long - and so much has happened in the last two years (really, four years since I posted anything regularly) that I don't even know where to begin. We bought two businesses and sold one - Matt's had 3 jobs and is finally somewhere excellent and stable - Evie's in high school, William's a teenager, and Sarah and Jason are like an old married couple - they crack me up DAILY. I drink too much wine and have the extra padding to show for it, but my doctor complimented me last week on my excellent lung capacity and low blood pressure, so I've got that going for me! 😃 And look at that - blogger has emojis now - that's excellent because I use them all the time!

2016 was a wild ride, no? I'm still gobsmacked that Donald J Trump is the President of our United States. A year ago I would have thought it was a joke. Six months ago I thought there was no way the people in charge of it all (because you know it's not We the People...) would ever let anyone other Hillary Clinton win. I stayed up all night November 8th watching returns come in because I couldn't actually believe he pulled it off - but here we are! Time will tell what the next four years will bring, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

So 2017 is here, and we're off to a good start at the House of Harried Mom. The Grand Purge of Stuff is under way, and it feels SO GOOD to clear out the clutter. A long way to go, but we've made a good start. I'm making a serious effort to feed my people cleaner - less packaged, more whole foods, and to get my exercise in every day. If you can't change the world, change yourself - right? I'm determined to get my head out of the sand and actually make progress on all the stuff I need and want to do, rather than burying my nose in a book and ignoring the things that need attention. Goes against my procrastinating nature, but I'm going to give it a shot. Last night Jason was rattling off the things he's looking forward to this summer, and pretty much all of them with the exception of going to the beach (omg I miss the beach, it's been too long!!!) were things we did last summer, so I guess I'm doing something right. It's hard to know, with this mom thing....

Since I always feel like I need a picture with a post, I'll leave you for now with this - our Texas sunset from last night. Four years in and no regrets - I love Texas.

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