Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Slow Mornings

It never fails.

I turn off my alarm at 6:00 and get out of bed at 6:30. I rush around getting ready and leave the house at least 5 minutes later than I should.

The next morning...

I get up with my alarm at 6:00. I try to get ready as fast as possible, since I know I can do it with 30 less minutes. I leave the house 5-10 minutes later than I should.

There's a good chance I will never be a morning person, although I am much better each year that goes by, but why can I never be ready early? I do the exact same things every morning and I don't dawdle if I get up early since I know that used to be my problem. I try to take 5 minute showers (I literally count to sixty - and not slowly - five times), because otherwise I would just stand there under the water as I slowly woke up.

There are a few things I do the night before, and maybe a few more that I could, but I don't know how much that would actually help me in the mornings.

I'm actually a little better now that I have to get a baby ready also, since I know I can rush/skip a few things I do in the morning. But I can't do that with H's morning routine. He can't eat breakfast on the way to daycare yet. :)

Maybe I should try to be more specific with my goals, since I always say I want to be earlier in the mornings.

My Goal: I want to be able to get ready in the mornings, without running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and be SITTING at my desk at 7:30 each morning by September 30.

Maybe I'll even be a more pleasant person in the mornings. D (a morning person who gets up almost an hour after me, by the way) might appreciate that!

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Little Notebook

Quite a while ago my dad gave me a hard time about not having any scratch paper for him to write on when I gave him a new notepad. Growing up there was always a stack of paper in a drawer that had a blank side. Anything that had room to make a list, notes, whatever - we kept it.

I hadn't started my own collection, mainly because I didn't have a good place to keep a stack of paper.

Then I got this great idea the other day. Why not make my own notebook? I always have one lying around to write lists, notes, and sketches for scrapbook layouts, and this would be a great way to keep a stack of scratch paper together. So I cut up some empty cracker boxes, covered them with some scrapbook paper I had lying around, and put everything together with some rings. The only new thing was the rings, and they were even leftovers from another project.

It's pretty, useful, it keeps all my lists in one place, and it saved some trash.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Learning to Change

It seems as if I have a never-ending list of things I want to change, improve, or just work on. And that doesn't even include the regular "to do" lists or the home improvement projects we are/plan on undertaking. I need a place to think through, prioritize, track, and review all of my ideas, since often when I'm feeling indecisive I just need to talk things through with somebody to realize I already know the answer.

My life has never been routine or boring (buying and remodeling 3 houses in 4 years of marriage will guarantee that), but since having a baby my daily "schedule" and priorities have changed a lot. And I know my life will keep changing as H and our family grow over the years.

I need to get our finances and stuff in order. I have everything managed and organized, but it's mostly in my head, and I need to make it so D or somebody else will be able to figure things out should something happen to me. He may not be interested, but he does need to be kept updated.

The house also needs to be cleaned/organized/spruced up. I've been making do since we plan on making several changes inside yet, so a lot of things get put here or there until they have a real home. But I can't live like that for several years and need to stop the "if and when" thinking and live in the here and now.

I want to change our eating habits, too. I'd say I'm on the healthier end, but I want to learn how to make healthier, "rounder" meals that appeal to D. I could give or take meat, and mostly eat it just because I'm not sure I get enough protein from other sources, but my husband is a carnivore. Unlike my pre-baby life, I can't be outside every evening after work helping D on the house. I used to come in, tired, at 8-9:00 and try to pick the easiest meal on my menu for a quick supper. But now I have a little more time, and if I would put a little more effort into planning I think we could eat healthier.

I'm also putting more effort into being more economical, or "environmentally friendly." Partly for the planet, partly for the pocketbook. It's a general trend right now, which makes some changes a little easier, but I want to be a good steward of the earth. It seems like conservatives, or the "right wing," has the reputation about not caring about the environment. I'm not going to get into the politics of it, and I may not agree about global warming, but I know there are a lot of improvements I, and everyone else, can make each day to cut back on our impact on the earth.

I'm trying to cut back on spending, which ties in to all my above goals. I'm pretty frugal and our lifestyle is quite simple to start with, so that and the current inflation is making it difficult to cut back. We aren't struggling, which is why it can be hard to decide to cut back on some things, but I know we could be doing better, especially about saving.

Check back in the future to check my progress. :)