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Resolutions update: January
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Currently, pre-squish edition
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Friday 5: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks

Resolutions update: January

We are twenty-two days into January. Most (of my) resolutions die by now, so here’s an update on Where have I been? What do I want?

Beauty: My nails are growing, but I had to trim them down (!) because they got in the way of the guitar strings. Like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Face and floss are good. My face has stopped breaking out and flaking off at the same time, which is a relief. I’m chalking that up to all of the moisturizers I’m using. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Face Mask once a week helps too.

Tip: run the unopened foil packet under warm water so that you’re not slapping ice-cold goop onto your face in the dead of winter.

Food: Doing well at eating the lunch I bring. This was last week’s lunch:

salad
spinach, carrot, onion, tomato, hard boiled egg and Italian dressing.

I wasn’t sick of it by Friday, so I’ll duplicate that this week. I’m nailing the water goal, too. One bottle at home, one at work.

Fitness: The bad: I’m 4 days behind on Yoga with Adriene – the first time in 4 years I fell behind – but I’m still plugging away. It’s been so cold OR rainy lately that I can’t make myself get outside to walk. Some of the yoga workouts are less than a half-hour, making it hard to close my exercise rings every day.

but my battery’s almost 100%!

The good: I’m closing the move rings, so my Watch overlord suggested I up my move calories to 330 from 300. I accept.

Spirit: I’m leaving my desk for 20-30 minutes every day at lunch. TNP has a television in our common area that is always on CNN. I can’t deal with that, so I go downstairs to the building’s cafeteria to eat. Guitar practice has stabilized at 4x/week instead of 5. I’m blogging, too!

Dry January: Still dry.

No-Spend January: I, uh, bought a new desk. And girl scout cookies (2 a night with my evening coffee). And a blazer from NY&Co that was 75% off. All three bring me joy, Marie Kondo. And a bday present for Nephew B that I couldn’t pass up. And an order from Grounds & Hounds Coffee.

What about you? Which resolutions have you nailed and failed?

Currently, pre-squish edition

Sitting here:

Someday we’ll deal with the ivy. Today is not that day.


While I’ll be sad to see summer go, I’m pleased that I squeezed in so much outdoor time. Instead of dorking on the internet for a half hour in between each household task, I just do all of the crap at once so I can spend a chunk of that time outside. I’ve done most of my blog planning here, too. My pepper plants, planted too late, are finally bearing fruit! Er – veg!

Planning on planting some lettuce, garlic and beets this fall. Why not try? I may get to be the COO of “Angry Man Farm” (that’s what we named our house) after all!

Celebrating: National Dog Day with these goobers.

“happy national dog day bitches”


Ollie is kicking ass, post ear infections and dental surgery. He’s been on walks 2 days in a row and is not only making it through without stopping due to fatigue (he always stops to pee on trees), but he’s leading me again! He’ll be with us for 11 years next month. He’s great.

Anticipating tomorrow’s mammogram. I called last week to make an an appointment, expecting not to be seen until October.

Receptionist: We have a cancellation on Monday at 10:45!
Me: Oooooh. Oh. Um.
R: You didn’t expect that, did you?
Me: Noooooo. But I’ll take it.
R: That’s the spirit!

I’m sure it’ll be fine. If you’d like you can read the accounts of my first mammogram as well as my second. I just think that if this teenaged blog becomes a lifelong work of mine, I should be honest about getting older and the seven thousand doctor appointments that come along with it. Maybe someone will find this through Google and feel better.

Reading: The Widows of Malabar Hill. It’s set in 1910s and 1920s India and I’m really enjoying it. It’s numbered #1 in the Perveen Mistry mystery series, so I’m assuming our heroine lives.

Fitnessing. I’m on track to meet my (meager) fitness goals every day this week as long as I get up right now and go in and get to yoga-ing.

I AM UNLEASHED!

Six days a week I either practice yoga or hit the Total Gym. In sixty days, even if I don’t lose a pound of weight I will be a stronger, fitter, and more flexible human bean.

Friday 5: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks

Happy Saturday! I had this lined up to do last night, but a few weeks ago I saw 3 NYT Crossword puzzle books that weren’t even touched so I’m forcing myself to do a page a day so I can get them off of my shelves. I’m considering it necessary mental exercise. Too bad I can’t close a fitness ring on my Apple watch by doing that.

We set up a new fish tank at work. Fingers crossed they make it through the weekend.

Tonight I’m meeting up with some family to eat and catch up, 2 of my favorite things. 🙂

Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks which is a four-letter word meaning underworld. Let’s get to it!

1. What are some titles in your to-read stack?

There are 222 books in my Goodreads to-read list. The one that’s been there the longest has been there for almost 10 years. It’s called “The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries” by Marilyn Johnson. I added it back when I worked at the C-P and obits were a big part of life. For more bookish talk, see Tuesday’s Show Us Your Books post. I love those linkups even though it takes me a week to get to everyone who shared.

2. What are the highlights of this weekend’s to-do list?
I’m taking a trip soon and I’m going to attempt to go with only a carryon suitcase and a backpack. I’m already panicking so on my list for this weekend is to to a trial packing run. I’ll also try to do a capsule wardrobe, which I always fail miserably at because by day 3 I’m “OMG I’m so tired of gray, black, and blue!”

3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to?
Not a movie person.

4. What’s something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week?
I have to make a well-person physical appointment with my primary care physician, but they close early on Fridays so I’ll call on Monday. I put this off every year but my rescue inhaler is woefully expired.

And since I kind of overshare here, I got my period on Thursday night, only 2 weeks after the previous cycle. I know this is likely a symptom of starting menopause but yesterday morning I called my GYN, connected to the nurse line, and left a message like a good rule-following Do-bee. The outgoing message said the calls would be returned in the order of importance. Which, I get.

(deep breath)

But you know, it’s been over 24 hours and I haven’t received a call back. And even though I know it’s a common symptom of menopause and I’m 45 and this is kind of low on the importance scale but maybe someone could have called back by now?

(heartrate increasing)

Because I don’t have a history of calling them for emergencies. And unexpected uterine bleeding is likely a symptom of menopause, but sometimes it’s a symptom of OTHER THINGS. Should have said that I was pregnant to get a same-day call back?

(full-on rage)

Because between this, and my ER visit for food poisoning last year where despite repeating that I was in gastrointestinal distress and having elevated white blood cell counts, I was given a vaginal ultrasound and ultimately diagnosed as having fibroids (which I already knew, but they cause me no pain) and discharged with no medicine other than a “oh, hun, if you still have a stomachache just have some Milk of Mag!” …

This is why women walk around with 20-lb uterine tumors when told they’re only having a stomachache, and why women with GI problems are told it’s just period cramps and THIS IS WHY WOMEN DIE because we are told to contact our doctors when something happens outside the range of our “normal,” and then our symptoms are ignored and/or minimized.

Like I said, I’m sure it’s just a quirk of my age, but a return call would have been lovely.

(shoves cookies in mouth)

5. What’s an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven’t touched in at least a year?
I have not made any jewelry since we moved to this house. I know eventually I’ll get back into it (I’ve been poking around Pinterest for inspiration and my earring supply is lacking) so all of my supplies remain neatly organized and ready to go.
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I’m currently chilling in the shade in my yard, with the new DMB album playing (I like) on the Amazon Tap, acting like I don’t have a care in the world, or clothing to test-pack or a pasta salad to make before dinner…

I love summer!

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