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Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Subject:Drawer audit
Time:7:16 pm.
About a year ago, a church friend of mine, Carmalyn, did a "closet audit" on her blog www.yougotjoy.com . She cleaned out her pantry and learned (and shared!) a life lesson in the process. The bottom of one of the drawers of my high-class, high quality IKEA dresser keeps coming out of the groove meant to hold it in place, leaving the potential for my unmentionables to slip right out the front of the drawer. Today I looked at it and figured that maybe if I lightened the load of the drawer it would be less likely to do that. It ended up being a bigger project than I thought.

First, I took everything out of the drawer and took inventory.

Dresser Drawer


Here's the inventory:

I have a total of 74 pairs of underwear currently in the drawer. This does not include the week's dirty laundry in the hamper. Holy cow! Six pairs were worn out and I threw away. Eight pairs are too small and I put in the Goodwill bag. A whopping SIXTEEN pairs were still rolled and taped, being straight from the package, but had been "lost in the sauce" like my kids at school like to say.
I have 21 bras, not counting workout attire. Eighteen of those do not fit, and seven of the 18 will not ever fit again unless a miracle happens. Guess what also went into the Goodwill bag!

At Target today I bought some eyelet screws to hopefully actually fix the drawer, but it was definitely good to go through everything as well.

Like Carmalyn, a few lessons can be learned here...
What is overstocked? What is outdated? What is "off limits"?

Overstocked---clearly I have more underwear than I regularly wear. If you can go over two months without washing underwear, there's a problem!!

Outdated---some of the items in my drawer I have not worn since college and can no longer wear because I have gained weight. But that's a whole other blog for a whole other day.

Off limits---erm...nothing in here is really off limits, so I guess this doesn't count here.

What in your life is overstocked, out-dated, or off-limits? What can you rearrange or get rid of to simplify your life?
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Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Subject:Goal list update
Time:7:19 pm.
Goal List UpdateCollapse )
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Friday, July 10th, 2009

Subject:Updated goals list
Time:3:36 pm.

The long versionCollapse )The long versionCollapse )The long versionCollapse )So I've got some more done, but there are still a lot to go! I'm really not sure I'm going to make it on my debt-free goal. I would really have to scrimp or go nuts earning extra money. I'm going to see if I can take on some more private lesson students and re-evaluate my budget to make it work.
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Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Time:1:27 am.
"What offering should I bring when I bow down to worship the LORD God Most High? Should I try to please him by sacrificing yearling calves? Will thousands of sheep or rivers of olive oil make God satisfied with me? Should I sacrified to the LORD my first-born child as payment for my terrible sins? The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: 'See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.'" --Micah 6:6-8

"Let love be your only debt! If you love others, you have done all that the Law demands. In the Law there are many commands, such as, 'Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.' But all of these are summed up in the command that says, 'Love others as much as you love yourself.' No one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands." --Romans 13:8-10

"Do your best to improve your faith. You can do this by adding goodness, understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for others, and love. If you keep growing in this way, it will show that what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful. But if you don't grown, you are like someone who is nearsighted or blind, and you have forgotten that your past sins are forgiven." --2 Peter 1:5-9

"Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us, God sent his Song to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts. God has given us his Spirit. that is how we know that we are one with him, just as he is one with us." --1 John 4:10-13

"You did not choose me. I chose you and set you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last. Then my Father will give you wahtever you ask for because you are my followers. So I command you to love each other." John 15:16-17

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Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Subject:Goals
Time:12:33 pm.
Here is a list of 101 things I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days.
Make your own list.
Day started: Sunday, August 24, 2008
I have until: Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yet to do.
In progress.
Completed!

6/101 done, 6% complete
  1. Run a marathon
  2. Be debt-free (exception allowed: mortgage) (ugh...$26,000 to go...but working ahead on it in good faith!)
  3. Be at least 1/3 done with my Masters in Music Education.
  4. Start investing for retirement, contributing every month.
  5. Visit 3 states I've never been before.
  6. Visit 1 country I've never been before.
  7. Get my school orchestra to get straight 1's at UIL contest.
  8. Compose a piece for orchestra.
  9. Find an occasion to wear my prom dress again.
  10. Find an occasion to wear my recital dress again.
  11. Get beyond the bunny slope on a skiing trip.
  12. Take a ballroom dancing class.
  13. Get a pedicure (for all you who think I just want an excuse to pamper myself: I'm afraid of people touching my feet!)Completed 9/19/08
  14. Learn to jump start a car.
  15. Drink no soda for a whole month! (0/30)
  16. Have a professional bra fitting.
  17. Paint a border in one room of my apartment.
  18. Read the entire Bible.
  19. Organize my important papers and documents.
  20. Pay for the person behind me in the drive-through.
  21. Eat no fast food for a month! (Subway only counts if I don't get soda) (0/30)
  22. Write positive, healthy entries in LJ at least once a week (0/143)
  23. Vote for President in 2008.
  24. Watch Spanish TV for an hour every week (0/143)
  25. Consume a whole bottle of vitamins before it expires.
  26. Write a Christmas letter to family and friends (0/3)
  27. Visit Owatonna with Chad.
  28. Learn to cook 10 new ethnic meals. (0/10)
  29. Take up quilting.
  30. Take horseback riding lessons.
  31. Procure allergy medication for said riding lessons.
  32. Stick with the budget I started until the end of 2008 (at least!)
  33. Donate twice to Locks of Love--10 inches or more. (0/2)
  34. Go for a whole weekend without watching TV or being on the computer.
  35. Set up an indoor herb garden. 3/14/09...but I cheated--I bought already grown plants! :oP
  36. Go completely Wal-Mart--free for one year.
  37. Host two clothing swaps. (0/2)
  38. Build an emergency fund of 3 months' wages.
  39. Keep my weight under 145 for at least 3 months. (should be easy, once I start working on goal #1!)
  40. Identify 100 things that make me happy.
  41. Learn to change the tire in case I get a flat.
  42. Attend a wine tasting.
  43. Try lobster.
  44. Wash/wax my new car every 3 months. (1/11)
  45. Get scratch in car paint fixed.
  46. Watch the top 100 on IMDB's list. (11/100)
  47. Foster an animal from the SPCA or Humane Society.
  48. Read all the Harry Potter books. (2/7)
  49. Complete my collection of the seasons of Friends. (2 to go)
  50. Submit my lesson plans on time for an entire school year.
  51. Go camping in west Texas.
  52. Reduce my electricity consumption by 25%.
  53. Buy a flat-screen TV to celebrate being debt-free.
  54. Buy a harp (a troubadour counts).
  55. Write one pen-and-paper letter every week. (1/143)
  56. Go to a drive-in movie theatre
  57. Complete my state quarter collection (91/100)
  58. Buy books and organize coin collection.
  59. Attend Tara's senior recital.
  60. Teach private lessons again.
  61. Set this up.
  62. Try surfing.
  63. Watch the sun rise from a mountain.
  64. Make it to the end of this list. Complete 3/1/09
  65. Carry on a decent conversation with someone who only speaks Spanish.
  66. Get 4 students into Region Orchestra. (5/4)Five in 2008!!
  67. Learn how to change the bulbs in the taillights of my car.
  68. Convince my boss to let me teach harp.
  69. Retain 85% or more of my beginners.
  70. Go to the gym twice a week for a month.
  71. Go to the gym thrice weekly for a month.
  72. Attend a ballroom dancing course.
  73. Finally replace the windshield in my car.
  74. Have five parties/gatherings/get-togethers at my place. (1/5)
  75. Give a gift no one else could give.
  76. Try real sushi.
  77. Finish posting pictures from the tour to Spain.
  78. Post pictures of life in TX.
  79. Finish baby gift in time for my new niece/nephew.
  80. Take voice lessons.
  81. Get a library card.
  82. Find and go to a dentist.
  83. Read 10 books. (1/10) Life of Pi,
  84. Watch a show from season 1 episode 1 to present. (Grey's Anatomy Season 1 complete!)
  85. Find 5 new LJ friends.
  86. Do 26 Things.
  87. Floss every night for a month. (0/30)
  88. Remember to bring reusable grocery bags for a month.
  89. Go on a mission trip with Northwoods.
  90. Go snorkeling.
  91. Get a string quartet together.
  92. Make a new friend.
  93. Participate in an Urban Prankster event.
  94. Get in good enough shape that my clothing size changes.
  95. Explore and photograph an abandoned building.
  96. Learn to get up without hitting the snooze button.
  97. Clean the litter pan daily for a week.
  98. Donate $20 to charity for every unfinished task.
  99. Help Chad find a job in Houston.
  100. Go on a road trip with no particular destination.
  101. Indulge in a very expensive bottle of wine on a special occasion.
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Time:7:42 pm.
This video CRACKS ME UP! "An engineer's guide to cats" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4
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Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Subject:101 in 1001
Time:6:07 pm.
Here is a list of 101 things I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days.
Make your own list.
Day started: Sunday, August 24, 2008
I have until: Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yet to do.
In progress.
Completed!

  1. Run a marathon
  2. Be debt-free (exception allowed: mortgage) (ugh...$27,000 to go...)
  3. Be at least 1/3 done with my Masters in Music Education.
  4. Start investing for retirement, contributing every month.
  5. Visit 3 states I've never been before.
  6. Visit 1 country I've never been before.
  7. Get my school orchestra to get straight 1's at UIL contest.
  8. Compose a piece for orchestra.
  9. Find an occasion to wear my prom dress again.
  10. Find an occasion to wear my recital dress again.
  11. Get beyond the bunny slope on a skiing trip.
  12. Take a ballroom dancing class.
  13. Get a pedicure (for all you who think I just want an excuse to pamper myself: I'm afraid of people touching my feet!)
  14. Learn to jump start a car.
  15. Drink no soda for a whole month! (3/30)
  16. Have a professional bra fitting.
  17. Paint a border in one room of my apartment.
  18. Read the entire Bible.
  19. Organize my important papers and documents.
  20. Pay for the person behind me in the drive-through.
  21. Eat no fast food for a month! (Subway only counts if I don't get soda) (3/30)
  22. Write positive, healthy entries in LJ at least once a week (0/143)
  23. Vote for President in 2008.
  24. Watch Spanish TV for an hour every week (0/143)
  25. Consume a whole bottle of vitamins before it expires.
  26. Write a Christmas letter to family and friends (0/3)
  27. Visit Owatonna with Chad.
  28. Learn to cook 10 new ethnic meals. (0/10)
  29. Take up quilting.
  30. Take horseback riding lessons.
  31. Procure allergy medication for said riding lessons.
  32. Stick with the budget I started until the end of 2008 (at least!)
  33. Donate twice to Locks of Love--10 inches or more. (0/2)
  34. Go for a whole weekend without watching TV or being on the computer.
  35. Set up an indoor herb garden.
  36. Go completely Wal-Mart--free for one year.
  37. Host two clothing swaps. (0/2)
  38. Build an emergency fund of 3 months' wages.
  39. Keep my weight under 145 for at least 3 months. (should be easy, once I start working on goal #1!)
  40. Identify 100 things that make me happy.
  41. Learn to change the tire in case I get a flat.
  42. Attend a wine tasting.
  43. Try lobster.
  44. Wash/wax my new car every 3 months. (0/11)
  45. Get scratch in car paint fixed.
  46. Watch the top 100 on IMDB's list. (11/100)
  47. Foster an animal from the SPCA or Humane Society.
  48. Read all the Harry Potter books. (2/7)
  49. Complete my collection of the seasons of Friends. (2 to go)
  50. Submit my lesson plans on time for an entire school year.
  51. Go camping in west Texas.
  52. Reduce my electricity consumption by 25%.
  53. Buy a flat-screen TV to celebrate being debt-free.
  54. Buy a harp (a troubadour counts).
  55. Write one pen-and-paper letter every week. (1/143)
  56. Go to a drive-in movie theatre
  57. Complete my state quarter collection (78/100)
  58. Buy books and organize coin collection.
  59. Attend Tara's senior recital.
  60. Teach private lessons again.
  61. Set this up.
  62. Try surfing.
  63. Watch the sun rise from a mountain.
  64. Make it to the end of this list.
  65. Carry on a decent conversation with someone who only speaks Spanish.
  66. Get 4 students into Region Orchestra. (0/4)
  67. Learn how to change the bulbs in the taillights of my car.
This is a work in progress. I've run out of creativity for the evening.
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Monday, August 11th, 2008

Subject:ARGH
Time:12:34 am.
So...on the night when I actually have to be asleep to be up for something important, three people call me. One at 10:45, one at 11:15, and one at midnight. All important people, all important topics. WHY TONIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS?!

I guess the one good thing about still being awake is that it just occurred to me out of the blue why I hadn't been able to log onto the district network. Stupid me was putting in the wrong password. IDIOT! (a la Napoleon!)

My mom is going to have yet another surgery. The surgery she had last summer on her foot didn't hold. She's got a screw loose--in her foot. No wonder her foot hurt! I'm so glad I pestered and pestered her to call the doctor back in June.

Seventeen days.

Tara's boyfriend had better pass my approval now!

I have an idea for a holiday, and I hope I'm not over-extending myself.

Life is strange and beautiful. It's boring and insightful. It's awkward and wonderful.

It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In [Houston], nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.
A bit ago I had an idea for a wonderful post and I think over the next few days I'll work on it. I'd start it tonight but I'd be up all night working on it. I need to get at least a bit of sleep.

There is a kitty in my lap purring contentedly. She's such a dear. I think she might be outgrowing her emotionally-needy stage. But I don't think she'll ever outgrow the need to sit in my lap every time I'm sitting. Did I just contradict myself? I'm getting confused.

Either my ring is getting bigger or my finger is getting smaller. If it gets any looser I'm going to have to get it resized! Who in the world has a size 5.5 ring that is too big?!

Come away with me in the night.

It's times like this when I miss my friend Tony. The friend I've never met, who lives in Nova Scotia, who I've been emailing since I was 12, whose life has changed so much he hasn't written me back in almost two years. We had so many important and wonderful conversations. He was one of the most important people in my life in my teenage years. And I've never met him.

It's funny how a song can elicit a flood of memories and emotions. I find time and again that the randomizer on my media player is inside my head. It plays exactly the song I need to hear at that time. When I was just writing about Tony, it started playing one of the songs that I listened to a lot my junior and senior years of high school when I was going through a lot and when Tony and I talked the most. It's one of the kind of song that just makes you want to sit still and breathe and just be.

I think in my longing for things and people and experiences, I've forgotten to take notice of just being.  One thing I haven't done lately is stay up late doing nothing but spending time with myself. Like what I'm doing now. I'm sitting in the dark listening to chill music thinking about life. Back in high school when I felt lost I did this a lot. I don't think I would say I miss that period of my life, but I miss nights like this. Even though I know tomorrow I'll be sorry that I'm not currently asleep. I miss nights when I felt a part of something bigger, when I felt tiny, when I knew that there was a life-force that flowed, even if I didn't necessarily feel alive at the time.

Sometimes I think I avoid things because I don't want to bring back negative emotions, but when I actually experience them I have a sense of relief instead. That happens a lot with music. If I'm feeling melancholy and want to feel better often I'll listen to more upbeat music to try and feel better, but it's often the sad songs that make me feel better. Breaking Benjamin's Rain is one of those songs! Counting Crows' Round Here is another. That one, again, reminds me of Tony. I miss him and often wonder how he's doing.

Well, I should try to get at least a bit of sleep.
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Time:1:41 am.
I've always said that I hated chick flicks. They're awful and fake and always leave me depressed because real life, no matter how romantic, is never that scripted and "perfect."
However, I think I just realized that I only hate modern-day chick flicks. I do so enjoy a screenplay of Jane Austen's work.
"I must confess that my heart has been and will always remain...yours." How romantic and elegant!
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Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Time:6:08 pm.
You can make up a quarrel, but it will always show where it was patched.  ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911


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Monday, August 27th, 2007

Time:8:33 pm.
Because of my grownup job, all my internet forums (LJ, Myspace, Facebook) have become friends-only. So if you read my LJ, you need to be friends with me (and logged in) to read it now. Let me know if you want to be on my friends list.
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Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Time:4:55 pm.
Because of the impending student teaching, all my internet forums (LJ, Myspace, Facebook) have become friends-only. So if you read my LJ, you need to be friends with me (and logged in) to read it now. Let me know if you want to be on my friends list.
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