Monday Motivation**April 16, 2018

I got in 1 run that was 2.3 miles on Monday then nothing until some gardening on Saturday, there is still just so much to do at the house. I don’t in any way feel like I am sitting on my butt every night so I can’t beat myself up too much.

We will see what this coming week holds.

Progress on the house

Thanks to this plastic bag protecting what has not been sealed we now have a working shower!!!!! It was AMAZING to take a shower in my own house for the first time in over a month hahahaha.

I am so in love with the tile. It turned out even better than I hoped.

Oh yes we did, it will go perfectly with the other décor hahahahah.

One of my birthday presents from Brandon was a new memory foam cooling mattress!!!! My mattress is now 14 years old and though it was a really good quality mattress it is starting to kill my back so new mattress time!

It takes up to 48 hours to fully re-inflate.

Now that the house is slowly coming together a steady cleaning schedule is developing which means I need a halfway decent mop. I found this on amazon, it is all reusable and refillable so I think this will be my starter mop.

Welcome to home ownership, you are constantly cleaning and take care of your house. I am slowly building weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly maintenance lists. BUT I LOVE IT!!!! It is our HOME and I want to have pride in it.

Look at that face!!!!

Oh my god she is so flipping cute!

April goals

April

The goals for the year broken down for this month:

PROPERLY train for and run a half, full and ultra marathon, Miles needed this month: Running the half marathon, a week off to rest then start training for marathon- 77 miles

Revamp my diet and STICK TO IT!!!!

Breakfast-juice and coffee

Midmorning snack– Slimfast or smoothie

Lunch– Soup or salad

Dinner– Anything I want as long as it is make at home

After dinner– tea or hot chocolate, popcorn is fine

 

Drop two clothing sizes, go from a 10 to a 6. Maintain size 8

Stop overspending!!!! Keep no money on you, put at least $20/month in accts and at least $75 in savings

Take a few minutes every day to sit in quiet reflection, meditate, and do something spiritual. Change 5 minutes a day to 10 minutes a day and celebrate full and new moon.

Plant 3 plants a week minimum.

Continue to work on and grow my relationship with Brandon- 1 weekend outing, 1 meal a week and 1 hour a week gardening together

Read 1 non-school book a month

March goal check-in

PROPERLY train for and run a half, full and ultra marathon. Need at least 95 miles, Actual Milage: hahahahahaha less than 10 miles

Revamp my diet and STICK TO IT!!!!

Breakfast-juice and muffin or toast and coffee

I have been having awesome juice 4 mornings out of the week and am feeling great! My energy is increasing!

Midmorning snack- Slimfast or smoothie

Lunch- Soup or salad

Dinner- Anything I want as long as it is make at home

After dinner- tea or hot chocolate

I have been varying a little from the rest of this but I am eating small portions more frequently and I can feel a difference, it takes less food to get me full which is great so I am eating less overall I think.  

 

Get A’s in all my classes this year. Final Grade: I got a C, but I already addressed that.

Drop two clothing sizes, go from a 10 to a 6. Clothing size: pretty much the same but I am finally starting to feel better so I am on the right track.

Stop overspending!!!! Continue to not keep money on you, send $15/month to both accounts and put at least $50 in savings. Amount saved: $0 moving is expensive.

Take a few minutes every day to sit in quiet reflection, meditate, and do something spiritual. Continue last month’s 5 minutes a day and add in celebrating the new and full moon. Out of 31 days I did: about 5 min total unless you count 2 counseling sessions this month but that isn’t really quite or spiritual.

When move into the house, plant at least 3 plants each week. Number of plants planted: like 75 seeds started! and 8 actual plants planted!

Continue to work on and grow my relationship with Brandon. Continue to plan something every weekend and add in 1 night of cooking a meal TOGETHER every week.

4 weekend outings:

  1. We did a 2 mile run together 1 weekend which I count as a date because I LOVE running with him.
  2. Our date box night! which I reviewed a few days ago

4 meals cooked together: I pretty much did all the cooking this month since he is still slaving away in the bathroom.

Read 1 non-school book a month.

Books read this month: I have actually been reading a lot more this month and I love it. I have read the Tracy Crosswhite series on Kindle as well as a few others. I will try and get some reviews posted soon.

School+update

School is done and I couldn’t be happier. I ended with a C meaning I will have to retake the class to get at least a B which is what I need for nursing but I am ok with this. The last month of class I was sick and stressed and moving and so I let myself off the hook. I also have to remember that it hasn’t even been 3 full months since my brother died, my emotions are all out of wack. I am taking next quarter off school and feel great about it. This last quarter just exhausted me, I should have taken it off after my brother died but I didn’t and I know for sure that my health and well-being suffered for it. So I am putting me first and taking next quarter off. It will give me time to settle into the new house, which is currently still a mess, and settle into a new routine living with someone and commuting and all that. So that is that for school and here are more house and life updates:

The bathroom is finally starting to really come together! we have about 1/3 of the walls tiled now and even managed a bath yesterday which was AMAZING!! We couldn’t adjust the temp of the water because the spigot isn’t on yet so it was luke warm water coming out which we combined with boiled water hahahahaha, but it worked and being clean felt amazing!

We went for a short walk around the block on Friday morning, Artemis was very happy to get out of the house, though she is starting to settle in and spend longer amounts of time exploring the back yard.

Seed starts!!!! I am so excited about these!!! And I will probably have about 3-4 more trays before I am done! If even half of these survive we will have a GREAT garden and a good amount of food. I can’t wait to see how it all grows.

That is just a quickie update since I didn’t post on Friday. More to come tomorrow on Monday Motivation!!!!

House catch-up

Here is a lovely picture of me from when I was in the emergency room with the flu. They take this stuff seriously now!

Moving this past weekend! Shout out to the mama! She has helped me with every move. She is pretty much a life saver.

Managed to get some meal prep in! Mojito Pork Chops from a Home Chef meal box.

Just ordered this since currently our mail gets left to the side of the front door or on the counter and days later we realize one of them is a bill. Time to organize!

The coffee bar is slowly coming along! and check out the pretty flowers from my backyard!

We planted our first tree! Yep that large twig is a tree, a pear tree to be exact. Hopefully in about 2-3 years it will start producing many pears for us.

We also got 1 fig plant planted as well as 5-6 raspberry plants.

I have biodegradable seed pot starting things arriving tonight so I can get my seed starts done and just plant the whole thing in the ground in a month instead of having to take them out of the starts for transplanting.

I can’t wait to see how my garden grows!

March goals

March

The goals for the year broken down for this month:

Blog at least 3 times a week- Need at least 13 blogs this month

PROPERLY train for and run a half, full and ultra marathon. Need at least 64 miles

Revamp my diet and STICK TO IT!!!!

Breakfast-juice and muffin or toast and coffee

Midmorning snack- Slimfast or smoothie

Lunch- Soup or salad

Dinner- Anything I want as long as it is make at home

After dinner- tea or hot chocolate

Stick to this for 1 more month then will re-evaluate.

Get A’s in all my classes this year. Study hard for finals this month!

Drop two clothing sizes, go from a 10 to a 6. Any extra push to drop that first clothing size.

Stop overspending!!!! Continue to not keep money on you, send $15/month to both accounts and put at least $50 in savings.

Take a few minutes every day to sit in quiet reflection, meditate, and do something spiritual. Continue last month’s 5 minutes a day and add in celebrating the new and full moon.

When move into the house, plant at least 3 plants each week.

Continue to work on and grow my relationship with Brandon. Continue to plan something every weekend and add in 1 night of cooking a meal TOGETHER every week.

Read 1 non-school book a month.

February goal check-in

 

Blog at least 3 times a week- I need to do 12 posts minimum this month Actual number of posts: 21

PROPERLY train for and run a half, full and ultra marathon- Half marathon training continues, I need at least 64 miles Actual number of miles-5

Revamp my diet and STICK TO IT!!!! –

Breakfast-juice and muffin or toast and coffee

Midmorning snack- Slimfast or smoothie

Lunch- Soup or salad (since I’ve been sick I have been having a lot of soup hahaha)  

Dinner- Anything I want as long as it is make at home

After dinner- tea or hot chocolate

Did you stick to it? Yes and No, my eating definitely improved this month but there is still much farther to go.

Get A’s in all my classes this year. Keep track of current % Current % 80

Drop two clothing sizes, go from a 10 to a 6. After this month my clothes should be fitting really well and maybe even loose. How are clothes fitting? the same lol

Stop overspending!!!! Still not keeping any form of payment with me I also want to consistently send $10 a month to my tiny Edward Jones acct and my savings account that I do not have a debit card for. Money saved: $100 about

Take a few minutes every day to sit in quiet reflection, meditate, and do something spiritual. Keep the goal of last month of 5 minutes a day. Out of 28 days I did: maybe 5 but I have seen a therapist 3 times so that is 150 minutes of self reflection…..

Continue to work on and grow my relationship with Brandon. Keep the goal of last month or getting out once a week.

4 weekend outings: we went to the movies for valentines day (the rest of the weekends have been working on house. I will be very happy when we can settle back in to some couple time.

Read 1 non-school book a month.

Books read this month: Quarter acre farm

We picked a date

Good morning!

Artemis loves riding in the car. Normally she is relegated to the back seat or laying down in the front but we were parked so she stood up.

The bathroom no longer looks this bad which is amazing

The kitchen is slowly coming along, I got all the top cupboards cleaned

We have a tub!!!! We carried that tub back and forth several times to make sure everything would be right when he mortared it in. I got very lucky with this guy, he is amazing! Doing this whole thing himself.

she is finally starting to feel a little more comfortable in the house, coming out to explore a little more instead of staying tucked in the corner.

the floor we chose for the bathroom, its tile!

I got one of the bottom kitchen cupboards cleaned and painted. There were at least 3 different layers of wall paper/contact paper glued in there.

Free fridge from Brandon’s parents. We got really lucky with this one. Its in good condition too.

Building a little half wall behind the tub.

and step 1 for my coffee bar, a new (to us) Keurig!!!! I got it slightly used on amazon but it came in the original box and had the filters and stuff still so it was barley used and I got it for $50 bucks less than the same one new.

I have given notice to my roommates, I now need to be fully moved out by the 15th of March. Sh*t just got real!!!!!

 

Snow and the bathroom

It may suck to drive in the snow with a bunch of people who don’t know how (cough cough, PORTLANDERS!!!!) But it sure is beautiful to see all those trees covered in snow and the river lined with snow on the banks.

Trying to defrost my car this morning. And I clocked in almost on time woohoo!!!

Artemis LOVES the snow!!!!! She loves to run around in it. And look you can actually see her against the white backdrop haahahhaahah

He is replacing some of the old floorboards that didn’t hold up quite as well as others.

We spend a great deal of time wandering around Lowes and Home Depot now. That is currently our version of a date out of the house.

This was only a few days ago! Scroll back up to see the progress.

Oh look more Home Depot!!

YES we are finally finished with the taking down part of the bathroom and are starting the building back up! As is evident by him putting flooring stuff back in. I even hammered a nail and screwed in 4 screws Monday night Woohoo! Now I can pretend that I have actually helped.

We have bought the flooring already, a dark wood-looking tile. I think by the end of next week we will at least have a working bathroom and be able to move in!

So we have the new flooring, new bathtub, new sink and vanity already bought. We still need to buy the wall tiles and are trying to decide if we want to keep the old toilet or buy a new one. I guess we will decide that after we bleach the crap (no pun intended) out of it and see what it looks like. We also still need to buy a shower curtain rod, shower curtain, shelves and decorations along with hand towels and wash cloths (we bought new towels for pretty cheap at Costco but it was just the towels).

I think within 2-3 weeks the bathroom will be done and I think within 1-2 weeks we will be moved in!!!!