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The Fog

This morning I read a short article I found on Pinterest on budget decorating. I am a sucka for decorating, organizing, and gardening articles. Preface those topics with the word “budget” and I’m all yours…well, almost.

I am still living in a Netflix haze. Once I start a new TV series, I let it play all day on one device or another while I do things (not really accomplish things) around the house until the series finale. Except for 24–I got stuck in season five and have never returned to that series.

BUT after reading that article this morning, I felt a tiny, little tickle stirring in my breast. I recognize it as the need to create something pretty, something wonderful, something beautiful just for me. If I keep this up, I’ll be back on track by March…2016. Prayers are appreciated.

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Renovating Me

After reading this article (http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/natural-mommie-tiny-farmhouse?ha=1&src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1453_128880338#slide-1) this morning, I can’t help but wonder what is wrong with me. I live in a four bedroom, three bathroom home with a bonus room above the three car garage and I still cannot find space for all my stuff. Three of us live here with two dogs. We don’t even have a guest bedroom.

Every year at this time you see all the information that people have on reorganizing, updating, down-sizing, renovating, dieting, and the list goes on. The message is clear: you are not good enough. Where you are living, and the way in which you do so, is just not good enough.

I love our home and surrounding property; I really do. I have just been having problems with pockets of clutter mysteriously growing (like those mushrooms in the yard) in different parts of the house. I have also been struggling with keeping the house clean. It’s no mystery as to why. I know the reason. I just don’t want to. I want the clean, sparkly house in the magazines; the beautifully organized closets; the tastefully appointed living rooms; and the tricked out kitchens. Let’s not forget the uber organized garage! BUT I just don’t want to have to do the WORK to get there.

I’ve been watching way too much television lately. I’ve become like the vast majority of Americans, who are content to sit and be entertained by Hollywood. Heaven, help me! I should just ask for a LazyBoy for my upcoming birthday, and kiss my dreams of the perfect living room goodbye.

As you can see, I am in a bind. I can’t decide which life I’d like to live: functioning, organized, responsible woman in a pretty home OR pajama clad sloth too attached to the television to care. Too many of my thoughts start with “I used to…” Or “I wish…” My closest friends are fictitious. I suppose I go through this every winter (without TV, of course, this is the first in ten years that we’ve actually had access) and come out of it come spring. At least that’s the hope I’m holding onto this year (read: this is the current lie I tell myself).

This sedentary lifestyle has wreaked havoc on my health. Since getting Netflix and Amazon Prime, my thyroid has conked out and I’ve had a host of other health issues including arthritis and and shingles. But I understand more pop culture references than I did this time last year. Ha! I realize that I CAN change. I just need to decide to do so. Of course, for now, I’ll go see what’s on Netflix. It is Saturday, after all.

Getting Started

So, today is as good a day as any to start changing my not-so-stellar eating habits. I visited a chiropractor for the first time ever this morning, and was told I have inflammation.

Really?

Like I couldn’t tell from the reflection I see in my mirror everyday, or how tiny my jeans feel lately. Haha. All kidding aside, I’ve got issues with pain: pain and inflammation. I have a follow-up appointment next week, and, in true fashion, have vowed to get rid of as much inflammation as I possibly can before my appointment next week–then I can go back to my old habits, right? NO!

So I did what everyone does nowadays: I Googled. Apparently, INFLAMMATION is the new buzz word. There are pages and pages of cleanses, diets, and tips out there. After spending an hour reading a few articles, I can feel myself slipping back into apathy mode. You know, the place where you cut yourself another slice of coconut cake to soothe your overwhelmed soul. Sigh…I LOVE it there; I HATE there.

I hate being overweight and in pain. But do I really need to rush out and buy a juicer and all the ingredients for glasses of liquid that’ll make me gag? How does one start? While I solidify a plan, I’ll do some laundry and a little yoga. Meanwhile, anyone out there who can point me in the right direction, please help!

Happy New Year Resolutions! NOT.

Happy new year to you! Last year I resolved to post something on my blog everyday. I didn’t write it down or even speak it out loud. I thought it in my head. I thought that doing so may help me keep the resolution. Haha, I was so wrong–so, so very wrong. Every year I read articles by “the experts” with tips to help achieve your goals and keep your resolutions. Number 1 is usually “write them down”. I’ve tried all their suggestions to no avail.

I haven’t made any resolutions this year because of my past failure rate. I’m thinking of something like the following list.

1. Eat less than my husband. (I usually do anyway. Is this setting myself up to gain more weight?)

2. Exercise every time I think of it–immediately.

3. Do push ups, jumping jacks, or crunches every time I say I’m too fat–immediately.

4. Eat ONLY the things I want to.

5. Don’t keep friends who are jerks.

6. Chat with my children more. Chat with my introvert hubby more.

7. Turn off the television. (We haven’t had TV in years, but 2014 was the year of Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix. And considering we hadn’t been plugged in for ten years, I had a LOT of catching up to do!)

8. Read more books.

However, I could probably go on and on and never finish the list and because the list would remain unfinished I would always feel like I don’t need to start. Ha. Believe me. I’ve done it many a year past.

My real list is this:

1. Do what you want, but only after you’ve done what you must.

2. Be joyful in all you do.

I wish you a prosperous New Year! Downton Abbey starts up again tonight. I must go. 😉