21 January 2013

Valentine Challenge

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I love a blog called Women Living Well. Have you heard of it? I am going to take their four week marriage challenge. This first week is about praising your husband. I know I take a lot of what Bob does for granted. In the past week he cooked dinner, took my car to get the oil changed and, while he had my car he washed it and filled it with gas, played the drums for my first graders in front of our Board of Education, warmed my car up in the morning and made me a healthy lunch for school. Sure, I said thanks and gave him a hug and a kiss, but real gratitude, the kind that spills over into your eyes, has been lacking.

So I am taking the challenge, to let Bob know how much I appreciate those small acts of love and kindness. I hope he will forever know the depths of my gratitude, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live.

06 January 2013

A Month in Review December 2012

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This month My365 had a lot of issues, so not all pictures were loaded correctly.  I tried to wait them out as far as getting the app updated, but it is taking too long for me!  So here it is, faults and all!


What's even more distressing is that what is on the website does not match what is on the app!!  Oh well, here goes:

1.  The first tree decorated and up was the Mizzou tree which won second place in a Christmas tree contest!!
2.  I held a Cookie Swap in New Town!  Lots of fun and met some great people!
3.  Pointsettias planted in the ground in Hawaii
4.  My favorite Christmas tree of all time, painted by my mom!
5.  A shot of all my favorite Christmas decs, mostly made by my mom.
6.  Lights and more lights at Tilley Park.
7.  The manger scene in Augusta, MO.
8.  Stockings hung at the mansion on SLU campus.
9.  New Town annual ornament.
10.  Wilson and Truman getting to visit Santa!
11.  All the ornaments from the GLU ornament swap.
12.  Our tree
13.  Lights at Fort Zumwalt.
14.  2CPU playing at Prison Brews.
15.  Lovely luncheon for PEO.
16.  Shopping at Frontenac, hearing some holiday tunes on the piano.
17. The stockings by our fireplace
18. Our dinner and a movie theater  Excellent!
19.  Candlelight tour at the First Capitol.
20.  Bob playing the drums for my first graders.
21.  Santa at school.
22.  My school stash!
23.  My mom's tree
24.  Me being NICE.
25.  CHRISTMAS!!
26.  All of us at the hotel before seeing a movie.
27.  TSO!
28.  At the history museum.  I think these were my clothes.
29.  Ashley and me at the KC Plaza, admiring the lights.
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31.  Happy New Year's Eve!!

04 January 2013

13 Things to do in 2013

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My brother-in-law, Gary gave each of us Field Notes booklets for Christmas this year, reminding us of how Jake used to carry a tiny notepad in his shirt pocket to jot down anything and everything he found interesting, or thought would be useful at some time or another.  He had Ashley's skating events marked, with what place she took in that event, what grades she got, graduation dates, how much each of the grandkids weighed at birth... all kinds of stuff.  Writing with pencil to paper has become a lost art, with the invention of a phone that keeps your notes, contacts, email, internet, etc all in one place.  I really became attached to this idea immediately, blurting out at Christmas, "we should bring these back next Christmas and share what we wrote this year..." getting a hardy "YES!" from Gary.

My first entry is this:  13 Things to do in 2013.  I want to keep track of these things I want to do to make 2013 a year to stand out.  Here is my list:

1.  Get rid of 50 things.  You all know how much stuff we sold or gave away when we moved.  I still feel burdened by STUFF.  I am going to find 50 things to remove from my life this year.

2.  Exercise.  Blech.  I wrote it down so I must want to do it deep down somewhere.

3.  Organize my study.  I see all these great organizational ideas on the ThirtyOne website, or at The Container Store... but I have two desks in this tiny study stuffed with things and papers and junk.  Gotta organize it once and for all.

4.  Rework my wardrobe.  My clothes are just coverings for my body so no one runs screaming from me at school.  I have to apply myself here and try a bit harder.

5.  Rededicate myself to blogging.  (check)

6.  FINISH MY DISSERTATION.

7.  Volunteer.  New Town is full of opportunities to help.  Just gotta jump in.

8.  Take the 21 day Relationship Challenge with The Happiness Project.  Signed up and waiting for the first challenge.

9.  Learn more about my camera.  I fiddle with it all the time but actually knowing what each setting means and does isn't there.  I got a great lens for Christmas.  Gotta learn how to come up with some great photos!

10.  No cell phone at dinner time, except to take pictures of food!

11. Read at least 25 books and find a book club!

12.  Visit a new city.  This one is harder.  Gotta think about my possibilities and how I can get this one in!

13.  Have a picnic.  Used to do this all the time and have not done one for awhile.  With all the beautiful gardens around here, shouldn't have any trouble with this!

Just think, this all started with a Field Notes notebook.  Can't wait to see how else it will inspire me! This fits right in with my word for 2013 which is WRITE.  I want to improve my writing and with the dissertation coming along, this is the perfect year for this!