Thursday, January 17, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Randoms

This post has next to no flow, but if you stick around you'll read a story about me catching money in the alley.

I got a fitbit yesterday. You can read the longer than needed twitter thread on why here.

C and I are taking a trip to DC and VA in May (I told you about that last week) and I am so excited. I may be over planning it, but I haven't had a night away from the kids since who knows when (definitely pre-February 2018) so can you blame me? I'm planning on buying new Costco tennis shoes for the trip!

In preparation for sing Hamilton, C and I are watching John Adams on HBO. This is for my sake, as he is already a walking US history book. My brain is currently saturated with the most history it ever has been. If only there was a show to correct my spelling and grammar.

I'm trying to eat healthier. I keep starting and then find more Christmas junk food OR eat four rice cakes in one sitting. I figure I'll work on the exercise now and the food when I'm done pumping in a few weeks.

I'm done pumping in just a few weeks. More like a month, but isn't that crazy? The first thing I'm going to do is go to bed at 9:00 p.m.

Speaking of our third born, he is our worst sleeper.  It's still normal for him to wake up in the night. Just to say hi and then to refuse to go back to bed.  Saturday night we C spent an hour trying to get him to sleep.  Oh yeah, and he doesn't like to be rocked AND is my clingiest baby (not that I mind) so those two aspects don't help.  I think he's afraid he's going to miss something.

In a book update, I've finished my first book of the year and am working on two more.  One is a short story compilation by BJ Novak. I told Charles I wanted something different for Christmas that I normally wouldn't pick for myself (read, "British chick lit") and I'm quite happy with his selection.

In closing, today I walked to the bank to drop some money off for work (I wasn't depositing it, just dropping it off) and got an email that I had two books in at the library. Since I was just a block away and want the fitbit steps I decided to go pick them up.  I didn't have my keys or wallet, but that's not an issue, because I have my 14 digit card number memorized and could just use the kiosk.  But what I didn't have was a dollar ($0.30 was all I needed) to pay off my fine enough to be allowed to check the books out.  So I called C, whose office is on the alley corner, and asked him if he could throw a dollar out the window so I could pick up my books (I didn't feel like going upstairs and had a meeting to get back to).  Surprisingly, he agreed without a single, "I'M A PROFESSIONAL I CAN'T BE SEEN THROWING MONEY OUT THE WINDOW!" comments. Although he did want it to be from the back window, not the side.   I collected the dollar and walked a block over the the library.  Since I had to pay down the fine I had to go to an in-person check out. I told her I didn't have my card or ID, but I could tell her my number.  She told me she wasn't supposed to check people out without their cards or IDs, so I offered to pay the fine and check out at the kiosk, but she said she'd do it.  Probably because I knew my library card number.  The end.

Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 resolutions

I came up with some resolutions for this year. It's really a lifestyle make over, but resolutions nonetheless. I started the day after Christmas. It's an extensive list that will take some work, so if I don't make it everyday with all the things, I'll just try harder the next day. You'll notice I do not have "keep my nails painted" on the list. 

Read more - It shouldn't be hard to read more than 11 books this year.  I already finished #1 the other night.

Devotions everyday - I try to do this when biking.

Bike everyday (or take a really good walk come Spring/Summer) - Currently starting out of the slower end. Biking every day but not for too long. Gotta get in the groove first.

Eat better - currently focusing on NO pop and less mochas (dairy, really), more water. And will build from there. So far, so good.

Keep a tidier house - Wednesday was a good day for this  I folded five laundry baskets, baked some stuff (and cleaned up!), and had the dishes done while keeping the house picked up. My hope is this is easier in a month or so when I'm not spending two hours of may day sitting down pumping.

Be more present with the kids - This is my top priority. I'm going to try to say YES to more requests to color or play games or play paw patrol or today's request, dig for dinosaur bones in our yard.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Reading Log

I read a whopping 10 books this year! I'm working on the 11th which I'll finish tonight. Last year I read 45 and in 2016, when I resolved to read everyday (and did!), I read 70. This year it's 10.5.  It's like I had a baby or something.

Don't worry about grabbing a cup of coffee, getting cozy, and taking your time to read through this list. 

2018 Books
1. Conditional Love
2. A Leap of Faith
3. Chocolate Wishes
4. The Endless Beach
5. The Could Change Everything
6. The House of New Beginnings
7. Blind Kiss
8. Five Years From Now
9. One in a Million
10. Christmas on the Island
11. The Generous Gardener*

*I will finish this book by the end of the day


Some of my early 2019 reading includes:

Hidden Figures
Becoming
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Present Over Perfect

Thursday, December 27, 2018

a very merry christmas

There's something about Christmas Day with littles. Where the parents can hardly sleep and have to wake the kids in the morning. It's really the best. 

We were lucky enough to have Grandma and Grandma Elsea with us this year to celebrate the birth of Christ (and unwrap all the presents).  Did you know the REAL Jesus is in the 1968 Little Drummer Boy movie? True story. Just asked GMac.  

Christmas Eve consisted of mini gingerbread houses, watching all the old Christmas movies (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, and The Little Drummer Boy), broccoli cheddar soup, and Christmas Eve service. 

Christmas Day consisted of waking up the kids at 7 a.m.  We were expecting them to be up at 6 a.m., but even the baby slept in. Yes, GMac got his "medium sized Look Out Tower," Monkey got her "Hatchible," and Dex got the teddy bear GMac thought he should ask for. But, the Santa surprises were the best! A digital camera for our budding photographer and a "Tar Wars Torm Trooper" bike for the almost four year old who will probably be ditching the training wheels before his sister. Dex was surprised by all the plastic packaging! A win-win for all! 

As for me, I was gifted a professional weather station for the Elsea house! I'm able to measure rainfall; wind speeds (yes, C mounted the device on the tippy-top of the kids fort for ultimate readings); and indoor and outdoor temp and humidity all from the comfort of my pumping chair!  We're supposed to get high winds and lots of rain today and I couldn't be more excited! 

In other gift news, C will be going to Hamilton! in February (hopefully taking me) and then we'll be traveling to DC and VA in May for my first trip away since having Dex. Woo-hoo! (I think.)

We're continuing with Christmas celebrations until the church calendar says to knock it off (9 days to go!).  



If you look closely, you'll find C trying to coax the Hatchimal out of her shell. 



These robes!

Ainsley's Art Cart was a huge hit!





Christmas candy for everyone!