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December update

I don’t know how I thought I would update this every day. That was ridiculous. Well, for all of my progress during the month, it’s the holidays and I’ve taken steps back too. I had to stock up on some food for Christmas dinner, I’ve eaten out more than I’ve wanted to from being tired, etc. But I suppose being aware of what I’m doing is helpful, right? Right? Anyway, I’ve started formulating my resolutions for the year. I’m trying not to set the bar too high like I usually do. Usually I vow to lose like 30 lbs or something by my birthday and I think I’m going to go with a more casual lose 15lbs. The sooner the better, for obvious health reasons, butI think that 15 is more realistic and without a date I can focus on lifestyle changes as opposed to trying to drop weight fast only to put it on again later. In conjunction, I’m going to work towards exercising 1 time per week. I know it’s not much, but it’s a start. My other goals surround the house – save more/spend less, get organized and get the house ready to go on the market. Not that we’re going to sell any time soon, but we can’t list it like it is and I’d rather make the decision to sell whenever I want rather than put it off to get the house in order. I’m hoping if I change my thought process it’ll be easier to get these goals. Let’s face it – I make the same ones every year...
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Looking forward to December

I haven’t posted a blog in a long time. October and November weren’t my favorite months so I’m happy they are over (OK, I have 11 hours left in November. I’d wonder what could go wrong in 11 hours, but that’s only asking for trouble.). Now it’s almost December. I’ve got a busy few weeks ahead at work, the holidays are coming and Nathan’s 2nd birthday follows shortly behind all that. Plus I’ve got a lot of things around the house that need straightening out. I’m going to attempt to inspire myself by making December a month of preparation – for all the aforementioned stuff, as well as the things in my life that need changing. I really don’t see myself getting to my goal of getting rid of 2008 things by the end of 2008. I guess I’ll abandon that one. But I have a new goal (I always have new goals. Never accomplish them, always making them…). The new goal is to buy as few groceries and take out meals as possible in December. I just looked through the closests, fridge and freezer and I have enough stuff to eat for at least half the month. The rest of the month I probably have about 2/3 of a meal there, just need some stuff to fill in the blanks. I feel like my mind is always cluttered up with a bunch of nonsense. If I can get rid of that, I should think it would be easier to think about stuff that matters, stay on top of the things that need to be done and often aren’t and start to enjoy the rest of the stuff. It only seems right. I want 2009 to be a year of simplification – getting down to basics, getting my diet under control, decluttering my house, not being so stressed about work, etc. But I’ve got to think these things through. I need to have a plan so that I don’t fail at them all yet again. I will spend the rest of today cleaning up the house, getting ready for December 1. I have to make some lists – what’s left for Christmas, a to-do for work, some other projects I need to close this month. Then if I still have the energy, I’ll get to work on something. A few minutes a day, every day, for 31 days – that HAS to be enough to get some stuff crossed off the list. It just has to be. I’m going to try to post every day whatever I got done. If anyone is actually reading this, some encouragement would be really cool. Somehow I feel like it would help. Here goes...
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I am amazed by some people

I just don’t understand how some people can act the way they do and still sleep at night. I don’t get how some people can be so awful. To go into specifics would be to air a little more dirty laundry than I think I should right now, but suffice it to say that some people are just rotten. And I’ll never understand how some people can lie right to you and pretend that you mean more to them than you do. I will never understand how you can have someone in your life that you claim to care about and then throw them away like a paper cup. I will never understand why I mean so little to people that I should mean so much...
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Sunday 9/28

First of all, let me get this out of the way: 1 bag of sweaters, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 bags of disgusting frozen vegetables, 5 evil nutrisystem items. That’s 11, bringing my total to 65/2008. I’ve decided to scrap the idea of counting things against me that I bring in, b/c it’s just not realistic to keep track of. So there. We just got back from a lovely weekend away in beautiful CT. We gambled and I played black jack for the first time. It was fun – much better than slots. I wish I had played it sooner. And we actually came home slightly ahead, which was nice. Normally we’re down, I don’t think we even usually broke even. Now I’m sick, so is Kris. Nathan is just getting over his cold. He is going to school tomorrow though. After being out last week, I’m sure it won’t be pretty. But he must go and I must work. And now I must get some things done. I knew I’d be paying for my few days off and I was...
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I have discarded more things.

I cleaned out the pantry and fridge today. I know, this is so terribly exciting. Why am I even blogging this? Who gives a shit? Anyway, I’m adding another 25 items between the cleaning I did, a large pile of expired coupons and 1 pile of old receipts. Yay, I am now at 54/2008 items. And for the record, this only took me about 5 minutes to blog. 4 minutes were spent trying to figure out what 25 plus 29 was.
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Gotta get the crap out of my house

Last year I spent many months doing decluttering challenges. I basically would set an arbitrary number of things that needed to be removed from the house by a certain deadline. It worked well, I cleaned up, organized things, used up stuff that has been hanging out too long. Using up pantry food counted, donating, selling, throwing things away, they all counted. I didn’t count stupid things – like I used 1 tea bag – but I will count the frozen chicken that’s been there for 6 months waiting to be eaten. I haven’t done one since around December of last year, so I thought it would be good motivation to start again. There have been some positive happenings that look like our move could possibly happen some time in the next year or so, and I must get this house in order. Not only does it need to be neat to sell, but everything in it has to be moved. Thus, I’d like a lot less things in it. So I’ve set the (arbitrary) goal of 2008 things out by the end of 2008. But I’m going to step it up. Everything I bring in that is not a necessity will count against me. For example, a container of milk won’t count against me, but a new pair of shoes will. Buying a new box of Cheerios won’t count against me, but buying 10 on a good sale (yes, I almost did that the other day) will have 9 counts against me, assuming I needed that first box. No more stocking up the pantry and freezer as though we will never go shopping again. The other rule is not hard and fast, but I’ll try to stick to it. Today I’ve gotten rid of baby clothes. Instead of saying 50 items, I’ll say one bag. I won’t say 200 sheets of paper, I’ll say one pile of paper clutter. I’m not going to waste time counting every little thing. That’s silly. The goal is to get the garbage out, the excess out, the clutter decluttered and the stuff set aside to be sold actually sold. Here is the tally so far: 1 large bag of baby clothes 15 pieces of outdated make up 5 pairs of eyeglasses 6 eyeglass cases 2 mutilated highlighters 29 items out. Enough procrastinating now, I have to get back to...