Friday, July 31, 2009

You Put Your Weed In There

Today I got online, hoping to get some tips on trimming the lawn and weeds. I am terrible at trimming. I spend more time replacing the nylon string than trimming. OK, it isn't that bad, but close.

I typed "weed trimming" into Google Search.

Now that I know how to more effectively trim and prune cannabis I can get to work on the yard. Just one reason why you want to think before you google.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Love to Sweat.

Am I the only one that likes the feeling of being sweaty after a good workout?

Maybe I should add, I love the feeling of the sweat, but look forward to the shower after. I don't want to sit in the sweat. I have been attending the gym more frequently, the only draw back is how late I go at night. Sometimes I can't get to sleep, but it at least I am getting to the gym. They finally got a Cardio Cinema room at the gym nearest my house. It is great. I love it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cleaning Charts

I just finished typing up some cleaning schedules and charts. Some are for me. Some for the kids. They are getting better at making their beds, well, Corban is getting better. I taught them to make themselves into the bed and then try to sneak out,then straighten. Corban loves it. We will see how successful the lists are for keeping the house clean.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Master Cyclist . . . almost.

Today I took my usual ride up the Provo River Parkway to Bridal Veil Falls. Sometimes I take the kids (in a bike trailer- you try towing 40-80 lbs behind you) and a couple times I have been able to ride solo. It is a beautiful ride. Altogether the ride is 10.92 miles from my house to the falls and back. I have now done this ride about 10 times. I was all set to ride on another few miles up to Vivian Park, but Izzy became vocal about getting out for a better view at the falls.

She was so cute, gently patting the water. After my warnings that it was almost time to go, she willingly got in the trailer. She is so much like me. She is stubborn, but as long as she has warning/preparation then she is obedient- except for bed time. She is being a real silly at bed time lately. When I say silly I mean naughty.

Well, on to the point of this post. I was extremely pleased today as I made my way up the last few hills before the falls. I passed 2 cyclists! They were riding next to each other and a little slower than my pace. That is right, I passed someone. This is a huge thing for me. Usually with the trailer I am slow, and the morning winds make me slower. The wind pushes into the trailer and, man, it makes pedaling harder.

So, there you have it. I am pretty much a master cyclist now. Right? One of the biggest reasons I started bicycling is for the exercise, plus the bike trailer is the second way I can strap my kids down legally.

I have been dormant in my efforts for weightloss this month. I must get back in gear.

These are my main guildelines:

- No eating after 7 or 8. (It should always be 7, but if I stop eating by 8 I am happy.)

- Water, water, and more water. I try to drink as much as I can. I love water.

- Eat smaller portions of food. I try to be satisfied with 1/2 my "regular" portions. I overeat often, so it's probably a normal size.

- Exercise as many days as I can. Be creative. Even if I just chase the kids around the yard for a bit it counts. Try to do something 6 days a week. I usually change into my exercise clothes early, if I know I will be exercising, it takes away my excuse that I am not dressed for it.

Anything else I should be thinking of? I am in no way strict. I don't want to feel trapped. I just need to change my habits, and there are many to change.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I am a roller coaster

"I want to go to there."
(Vanish. A roller coaster that goes through a tunnel in the water. Location: Yokohama, Japan)

Friday, July 17, 2009

A little too honest?

I have decided to try something new. I will be sharing some thoughts, ideas, etc. I need a place where I can be totally random and talk about things without boring my family to tears. Here is the blog where I can do that.

A little about me:

I am just a regular girl- self conscious, quirky, and a closet depressive. But don't let that get you down. I love life. I love my religion. I love my family and I love you. So, be ready for some seriously awesome and seriously lame posts.

I love movies, reading, bicycling, and much more. My house is never as clean as I would like. I go through spurts. I get lazy for a week or so (and the house suffers), and then for a while I become a cleaning machine. I become temporarily OCD/The Drill Sergeant. I rearrange furniture and clean things out.

I am not crazy, but sometimes we all wonder if there is some crazy inside me, fighting to get out. Anyone else go through this? I know I may be going on on a limb here. But, it is time for me to be myself. "It's time, wooo" (Can you name the movie?)

My advice to others struggling to control the crazy within:

Find what works for you. Keep experimenting with new things. Find something to be happy about everyday. It can be big or small. Gratitude makes a huge difference for me. Decide to stop worrying about others' feelings toward you (which is nearly impossible for me) and work toward the daily improving of yourself. Are you any better than yester you? Are you worse off?

Make simple goals- make your kids laugh at least once daily, make the bed, clean one room a day, etc. Accomplish at least one goal a day. Or make a long list and try for 5 a day. Find something that works for you. I know that there are thousands of women, and maybe some men, out there trying to hide their mood swings or faults or what have you.

I am probably the last person who should give advice on the how-to-be-normal subject.

The Gospel makes a huge difference in my level of happiness, but, sadly, it isn't always the first place I turn. Eventually, it is the thing that helps the most. I also find that exercise is important. I have been feeling so much better since I began exercising regularly, again.

Is this all too much information? I will stop here for now.

Thoughts? Discuss.