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Sometimes….you just have to let them get messy.

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He was so bored… He has a hard time getting a spoon of food in his mouth without turning it upside down. He can fork just about anything…but the spoon is a bit of a challenge when it comes to gravity.

But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t try…

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Give. Me. Your. Spoon!!

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My spoon?

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Yes! My spoon. 🙂 (feeling proud)

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But then…

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Decides he doesn’t need a spoon.

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And this made him waaaaaay happier than winning the fight over the spoon (that he only won because the Big Kid didn’t want to wear spaghettio’s too!)

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Love.

What about you? Do you let your kiddos get messy every now and then? Or are you like the Mister? His OCD and tiny phobia of germs makes moments like these few and far between.

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Questions, Questions, Questions. Tell Me About You!

So…there I was checking out my favorite blogs when I found another great one!! 🙂
http://suzie81.wordpress.com/

Suzie commented on one of my favorite bloggers posts and I hopped over to her page and love it so far!!  So I added another page to my faves.  I loved that Suzie did an interactive post!!  So now I’m doing my homework and looking forward to her follow up post on everyone’s answers.  So if you have a few minutes “Press” it and answer the 7 questions!  It’ll be fun to learn a little about everyone!

After my 7 questions I am going to crochet about 15 minutes before bed…(yep, still at it!).  Tonight I am learning the “treble stitch” 😀 (Heck yes, I am that cool!!)  Then I’d like to do a blog inspired by Rarasaur’s newest post – maybe in the morning though…and by morning I mean after I sleep and wake up.  It’s 3:30am now – so technically it is already morning…and I have 8.2 billion things to do tomorrow – I seriously shouldn’t be awake right now.  And so I ramble on…and on…. and on.  OK!!!  Homework.

1. Why have you chosen your blog name? WahmCat – Well – it is in 2 parts. Wahm: That stands for Work At Home Mom and Cat: my nickname (it’s actually Cathy – but that is also my mom’s name so I go by Cat.)  When I started this blog – I wanted it to be to inspire moms (and dads) to believe in themselves, realize we are all human and go through different trials, and reach for their dreams.  My life now, is all about being a Wahm and that is such a lovely, lovely thing.  So that’s where the inspiration came from. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

2. When you have an hour of free-time, what do you do? Aren’t you just the cutest thing ever?!  An HOUR of FREE time?!  You really are in touch with your imagination – you must have been an excellent student in Kindergarten!  An hour….haahhahahahhahaha.  Oh. You were serious.  You mean people actually have that for realsies?!  Well…. I suppose IF I had an hour of free time I would spend it um…. gosh, I just don’t know!  I schedule EVERYTHING!!  Even recently when I took up crocheting, I had to fit it into my schedule.  I suppose, if I could muster an hour to do anything I wanted, that wasn’t scheduled… I would enjoy sitting back and reading a great book.  No noises.  No phone. No children, dogs or husbands.  Just me, my book and a glass of wine…. sigh. Now I’m jealous of that chick in my imagination. Dammit.

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be? Now see, this one is tough for me.  I’m one of those “I would never change anything about my past – because I wouldn’t be who I am today.” kind of people.  So staying one age forever kind of squeezes into that realm.  At 18 I thought I knew everything – and all the adults in my life – well…they knew I didn’t.  At 21 I realized they were right.  By 25 I had a pretty good head on my shoulders, but I started feeling short on time.  I mean I want to be one of those red-heads that live to be 100!!  And 25 is 1/2 of 50 – and 50….well, that’s half dead!  By 29, I was dreading turning 30 because then I would no longer be the girl in my 20’s celebrating life.  Then I turned 30 – and they became the best years of my life – so far.  So, I’m happy with aging…I mean sort of happy.  It’d be nice if my skin and body stayed at 25. 🙂

4. If you could learn to do something, what would it be? Well, as a matter of fact I am learning to paint and crochet. 🙂  I’ve been taking classes at Painting With a Twist (that is where they teach you to paint while you drink wine).  I’ve done 3 paintings so far and may be doing another one soon. 🙂  I picked up crocheting a week ago.  I have learned a couple of different stitches.

5. What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I am so selfish.  I would buy an SUV.  A super nice, super cute, super practical SUV.

6. What is the thing that makes you absolutely unique? Well, I am a natural redhead – and we are a different breed of people – but that makes “us” unique not me. I am going to be doing a blog on the things that make me….me, in the next few days – so I’ll save this answer for that post. 🙂

7. What is your favourite blogOk, I honestly can’t pick just one.  That’s like asking me what my favorite candy is!  Or asking a politician what their favorite lie is!  Or asking a grandma which grandkid is her favorite?! I can’t pick just one!!  I enjoy Rarasaur‘s because she is flippin hilarious, I like Mummy Flying Solo’s because she posts things we all “think about”, I like Kate at Did That Just Happen – because A) that title defines my life and B) we are neighbors (:)), and  just found Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy. – whom I love for so many reasons and I love Doodlemum because her drawings are lovely and always make me smile – Oh! and I can’t forget Don of all Trades – another one that makes me laugh (and sometimes gasp!)  See this isn’t fair – there are so many more I want to list and feel so guilty not listing them that I almost want to delete this whole answer….lol.

So there ya go – my 7 thingys.  Now I’m off to sleep for about 2 hours before I get up and start my day.  Lots and lots to do today!!  Take a second to click on the post below that got me going and answer the 7 questions yourself.  Go on.  I dare ya! (Ha! – Now you have to do it!) 😉

Questions, Questions, Questions. Tell Me About You!.

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Looky Looky!!

Look at what I just made!! 

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My first attempt at crocheting! I’ve knitted before (years ago when the Big Kid was brand new), but I’m really digging this crocheting thing!!

What is it you ask? Well, after another 8.2 billion hours of practice, this will be a dishcloth!  Then after I turn pro I want to make Little Man a teddy bear blanket. 🙂 Only time will tell!!

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Crap happens…. but you can always clean it up!

Goals for the week

November 17th – November 23rd

So there is this weird thing that happens to me from time to time… it’s called crap.  Crap happens to me all the time!!  Does crap happen to you?!  By crap, I mean anything and everything that can hop in my way, get everything all messy and completely remove all sense of time from my mind while I try to figure out how to clean up the mess.  I hate crap – and crap hates me.  Crap stopped me from posting my goals for the week last week and crap did not allow me to finish all of the things I wanted to get done.

I’m done with this crap!!  It is almost the end of 2013 and how the heck can I start off on the right foot in 2014 if I keep stepping in crap with the wrong foot!! Ugh!!  So…looky looky at me – here it is Sunday night at 10:00pm and I am blogging my goals for the week!  Yippee!!!

Since crap got in my way last week I am going to take the goals I announced two weeks ago and just update them:
This means that I did not get anywhere near my goal. 😦
This means that I did work on the goal but did not achieve exactly what I planned. :-/
This means that I hit my goal – and basically that just proves that I am awesome. B-)
{This}… just extra bits of info.

Habit of the Month :{November: Menu Planning} To make this a little more do-able I am going to commit to cooking twice this week.  It’s just so hard to coordinate our schedules, but I am going to make the crock pot my friend.

  • Sunday – Everyone fends for themselves.  I go to work at 8:00 pm.
  • Monday – Early dinner, eating out with kids after eye appt.’s and errands.
  • Tuesday – Barbeque Meatloaf (in crock pot).
  • Wednesday – Plans with friends.
  • Thursday – To each their own tonight.  I work from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Friday – To each their own tonight as well.  I work from Noon to 9:00 pm.
  • Saturday – Smothered Pork Chops.
  • And I might try this Cheesy Squash Casserole one night….maybe.

{My goal and the Flylady’s are two different ones.  It just isn’t an option to do a menu for my family all week really – not to her level of planning.  However, I was able to schedule it a little bit.  Tuesday was tough because it is Taco Tuesday at Rosa’s Café.  It is very economical and we eat there almost every Tuesday – so we stuck with what we know.  Saturday – I don’t even remember what happened (It’s been over a week – don’t judge me… I’ve slept at least once since then.) And the squash casserole I do still want to do – I just haven’t yet.  HOWEVER – in the week that I missed – the Mini Me and I made stuffed Bell Peppers AND recorded it so we can do a VLOG about it AND decided that we are going to cook something every Monday and upload it to YouTube to see how many followers we can get.  SUPER EXCITED about that!!…so there!  I feel super accomplished!  – And just wait till you see that cooking video!!)

~ Read daily :I am currently reading ‘The Read~Aloud Handbook‘ by Jim Trelease.  I will read this at least 15 minutes a day.  If I happen to finish it I’ll go back and re-read my highlighted sections. The book club thing sounds fun – but I think I am going to put that on the back burner for a bit.  {I did put the book club on the back burner – soooo NOT a priority.  I have to start thinking of my NEEDS and not WANTS or HEY I THINK THATS A GOOD IDEA’s.  As for reading don’t think I’ve read that book in 2 weeks.  I will try again this week.}

~ Blog daily :Even if it is just a thought of the day – I will blog every day in November.  Leaving this one the same.  Going to catch up since I am 4 days behind – and then I’ll blog once a day. 🙂  {So yeah….that whole “I’m going to…” thing – man, I have a hard time with that!!  I am going to change this to “I will try to…”  Hopefully, I’ll have more success with that!

~ Health :I will find 25 minutes at least 4 times this week to do my step aerobics video.  I burn 212 calories every time I do it!  I also plan to hit my goal weight this week to get closer to wining the DietBet I am doing for the Shayloss program!  I am only a pound and a half away!  There is still time to join the challenge if you are interested!  Just click on Shayloss and get started today! – As much of a joke as last week was I am going to try really hard to make this happen this week.  I am also going to visit the chiropractor this week.  I’ve been having headaches again and THAT is NOT an option.  {Ok…so I did not do the step aerobics hardly at all – but I was pretty active the last two weeks and I did eat pretty good and I DID hit my goal with the DietBet!!  I bet $30 that I could lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks.  I did hit my goal and for doing so I earned $43.12 – 1/2 of which is going to charity! 🙂  The friend that loaned me the step aerobics video and wave thingy wants it back so I am just going to buy a yoga mat and find another video to follow.  I hear there are some great free ones on YouTube. 🙂  I did go to the chiropractor that week and it felt great!!  I did not get to go last week though – and the headaches keep coming. :(}

~ Household : I am going to “Hard-Core” clean my bathroom this week.  I’ll probably pull a Fly-lady trick and just spend 15 minutes in it a day – but in the end it will be magazine worthy – which will make the Mister happy.  As much as men like the reason that bras exist, I know he can’t love seeing them hanging from the towel rack every morning…sigh. {Definitely did not happen.  I did do a 27 fling boogie one day (I am embarrassed to admit that even after picking 27 things and putting them where they go that my counter is still covered in CRAP!… There is that word AGAIN!! ugh.}

~ Family :I will make Little Man’s appointment for his 2 year check up and make appointments for all 3 kiddos to visit the dentist. {Not only did I actually make the appointments – I MADE the appointments!!  Instead of waking up late, finding some excuse not to go and rescheduling for weeks….I did it!!  And man was it tough. 😦  Turns out Little man was supposed to have an 18 month check up…. I thought it went from 1 year to 2 year.  So he had to get 6…yes 6…shots!!  3 in each thigh!  Even worse – they made me hold him down!  Even WORSE – when we thought we were all done they said that we had to have a “Lead test” done on his blood since he has Medicaid – and it had to be done intravenously.  So not only were they going to have to stick him with yet another needle (after I just got him to forgive me and give me kisses), they were going to make me hold him again AND it had to be an entire tube pulled from his vein. 😥  I just want to cry again just thinking about it.  It was horrible.

I’m really glad I didn’t miss out on the dentist appointments.  The Big Kid had 2 tiny cavities that they did quick fills on and cleaned his teeth.  The dentist said overall they looked good but he would need to make sure he was brushing better so he didn’t get more cavities. (Man, I suck.)  Then the Mini Me (who has a horrible fear of anyone touching her teeth) did really well with the initial appointment – but as it turns out one of her adult teeth grew on top of one of her baby teeth and split it in half. 😦  So…it was going to have to be extracted from 2 different places. 😦  I’m feeling like a super mom at this point. 😦   We took her back the next week so that she could have an oral sedation done to ease her anxiety.  It worked out so well!!!  She didn’t even know he had removed a tooth!  She thought she just went in for a cleaning.  Little Man’s teeth look good. 🙂  No cavities.  But we do need to make sure we are brushing really well – which he hates.  However there is some dark staining on his bottom teeth which the dentist said was from too much iron as a baby – but he wasn’t on any kind of supplements or anything – so I need to do some research on this.  However – I did get the task accomplished. :)}

~ Friends : I will absolutely choose a friend everyday to send an uplifting message to.  {I only did this once.  I did have a busy week, but crap kept creeping up on me…you know like crap does.  I really want to make this a priority.}

~ Usborne :I need to make a list of possible charities to benefit from my event in NovemberI also need to contact 5 daycares every day.  I need to do 5 Customer Care Calls at least 3 times this week. I also need to do one YouTube video of the book I choose for the Book of the Week.  Keeping these goals and adding this one: Calling all of the surrounding cities and getting info on the Chambers of Commerce for each.  I have made the choice to move forward with this as my career – so I MUST make these things happen!  {Ok…so I did work on the list of charities and am still doing research on them.  I only contacted 1 daycare, didn’t do any customer care calls, no YouTube videos or calling about Chambers.  BUT – in the last few days I did contact someone about a possible partnership that could be BIG – and I do mean TEXAS BIG!!  I can’t say anymore now…don’t want to spoil the possible surprise. 😀  And I did post a Book of the Week and video tonight!! …although that won’t count until next week.  Also, this last week on Thursday morning I got up and went to a women’s networking group!  I had a ton of fun, made some new friends and was super proud that I got out of bed and went on a Thursday!  Since I bartend Thu & Fri – I usually don’t do anything but sleep in before I have to go to work.  I’m going to try and start getting up!}

~ Avon : I need to touch base with the 3 ladies above me in Avon to let them know my decisionThen I need to begin building my long list of inventory so I can sell it and clean out the space in my living room that has been my Avon office for the last 3 years.  This is a good thing… {I did talk with my 3 uplines/friends personally to let them know about my decision to leave Avon.  My direct upline is going to allow me to be a helper for her so I can still get Avon to my family and friends (which will help her sales) and I will still get a discount on my personal products.  This is a total win/win.  I get to still be a tiny part of Avon – but focus all my attention on the other things in my life.  I have not cleaned out my inventory though – and I definitely need to get that done.}

~ Office :I will do a 27 Fling “Email” Boogie in each email account every day.  This means I will take the top 27 emails in my in-boxes and do with them what needs to be done.  (Delete, Move, Print, Follow-up, Reply, Unsubscribe)  I will also do a 27 Fling “Trash” Boogie on my desk every day.  This means I will throw 27 things on my desk in the garbage. 😀 {I worked on my email a little here and there but never once did I do the 27 Fling Boogie. 😦  I did do it to my desk once and it looks better – but is not clean.}

~ Self :I am going to check into the spa in Dallas that my friend told me about.  I plan to pick a painting to do in November – maybe 2I am also going to complete my FAFSA application and touch base with the TCC offices to see about what classes would be best for me to take when I enroll again next semester. (Yes, I realize I am just going to add something else to my plate by going back to school…however – I think I can make a difference in the world and I need to be educated to do that.)  {I did not have time to check into the spa…maybe I’ll “try” to do it this week.  However, I did pick a painting that I want to do this month.  It is beautiful – now I just have to try and fit it into my budget.  I also did complete my FAFSA and contact TCC about what course of action to take.  Now I just have to wait until Nov. 22nd to register. :)} 

And these are my goals for this week — and I am going to try super hard to do better.

Habit of the Month :{November: Menu Planning} To make this a little more do-able I am going to “try” to cook twice this week.

  • Sunday – Everyone fends for themselves…mainly because I’ve had a long day!
  • Monday – Momma Cat & Mini Me’s Cooking Show (stay tuned!)
  • Tuesday – Taco Tuesday…let’s be honest – it’s going to happen…lol.
  • Wednesday – Smothered Pork Chops in the Crock Pot.  I’ll try to blog about it….no promises.
  • Thursday – To each their own tonight.  I work from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Friday – To each their own tonight as well.  I work from Noon to 9:00 pm.
  • Saturday – Depends on the weather.  If it is getting cold again I will probably do Chicken and Dumplings…if not – I’ll probably still do something with chicken – just not sure what.
  • And I might try this Cheesy Squash Casserole one night….maybe.

~ Read daily :I am currently reading ‘The Read~Aloud Handbook‘ by Jim Trelease.  I will read this at least 15 minutes a day.  If I happen to finish it I’ll go back and re-read my highlighted sections. Going to keep this on the list.  15 minutes isn’t too much to ask!!

~ Blog daily :Even if it is just a thought of the day – I will blog every day this week.  Leaving this one the same.  I won’t be catching up….too far behind now.  However – I am also going to commit to leaving at least 5 comments on someone else’s blog this week!  And if I find it needs to be shared – I’ll Press it – which will count for my blog for the day. 🙂

~ Health :I have downloaded a new app that is supposed to make me 5K ready in 8 weeks.  I really, really, really want to do the Zombie Run next year which I hear is going to be in February – although dates aren’t listed on their website yet.  I also want to do the Run or Dye but their website isn’t really that updated for all locations yet either.  So I am going to try really hard to use this app daily.  Every day it tells you what the challenge is.  I want to get up and go running in the mornings but the problem with that is that A. It’s about to get really cold and B. I’m not sure what my schedule is going to be once school starts.  So I’m going to check into a gym membership so I can do the challenge there on the treadmill.  Also, I have a really old treadmill that I could use if I could just get the garage cleaned out enough to lay it down and use it…hmmm…

~ Household : I am going to “Hard-Core” clean my bathroom this week.  I’ll probably pull a Fly-lady trick and just spend 15 minutes in it a day – but in the end it will be magazine worthy.  I am going to try this again.  This week I am going to put this on my calendar.  I find that when my phone says, “Hey dummy – you need to go do this right now!” I tend to get up and do it.

~ Family :  I am going to try really hard to keep up the “Momma Cat & Mini Me Cooking Show”.  We plan to cook something every Monday and then post it by Wednesday.  This means that I am going to have to be diligent about editing the videos so I can get them uploaded.  I did purchase Thank You cards today so I am going to try really hard to get them filled out from Liam’s birthday present, let him “sign” them and get them sent out.

~ Friends : I will absolutely choose a friend everyday to send an uplifting message to.  I am going to add this to my calendar too. 🙂

~ Usborne : This is really important to me so I am going to make it a bulleted list.

  • November Charity – Finalize details with Cooks Children’s Hospital
  • Daycares/Preschools – Call at least 5 this week
  • Customer Care Calls – Try to connect with 1 customer every day
  • Book of the Week – Try to make a YouTube video or at the very least post a picture of it on my FB pages and Pinterest with a link to my website.
  • Community – Contact local Chambers of Commerce and Community centers for activities I can be a part of – I will contact at least 1 this week.
  • Place orders for all “Christmas All Year Long” customers.
  • Go to the women’s networking group I went to last Thursday.
  • I’m doing an event Friday from 7 to 9 pm and all day Saturday to benefit the American Cancer Society.

~ Avon : Must work on getting this inventory out of my house!

~ Office :I will try do a 27 Fling “Email” Boogie in at least 1 email account every day until I’m caught up.  I will also try do a 27 Fling “Trash” Boogie on my desk every day. 😀

School : Adding this category because it is now a daily thing.  This week I need to pick my tentative classes and then try to get them first thing Friday morning (the 22nd) when open registration starts.  In the mean time I need to call and find out if I can go to 2 different campuses in the same semester.

~ Self : This category is the easiest (because I know what I want to do) and the hardest (because it makes me feel selfish.)

  • I am going to look into gym memberships – although I need to be careful because they should be offering killer deals soon to accommodate everyone’s New Years Resolutions.
  • Possibly pay for the painting class that is on the 24th…if I can squeeze it in.
  • Picked up a new hobby (crocheting) and I’d like to commit to doing that at least 1 day this week for 15-20 minutes before bed.  I KNOW I have a million things to do – here is my justification.  Crocheting is relaxing.  I can make gifts for other people.  Heck – if I get good enough – I can sell stuff on Etsy!!  This isn’t a priority – and I won’t even mark it red if I don’t get to do it – but I’d like to try and fit it in.

Let’s be honest – we all step in crap from time to time.  Nothing can change that… however – we can try to look out for it, avoid it if we can and clean it up if we didn’t see it coming!!  It’s not the crap that is the problem really…it’s how we choose to deal with it that really counts.  And that is that. 🙂

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14,000 things to be happy about.

**November Daily Blog Self-Challenge**

Friday, November 1st, 2013 (Better late than never?!)

To begin my challenge I thought it would be nice to do a post about the things I am thankful for – since this is the month that lots of people celebrate the very same.  Everything that I am thankful for also makes me very happy – so I decided to take inspiration from this great little book I found at the Half Price Bookstore.

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Every now and then when I am having a rough day I pick up this book and go to a random page and find something new to be thankful for.  Some days it gets really funny… like on page 546 when it says “kitties licking” and “blue light bulbs”…sure I guess those things might make someone happy.  What makes my day is when I flip open to things like on page 209 – “low, rolling thunder in late fall” and “extra kisses” on page 208. 🙂

While flitting through Google to find other bits of happiness I came across the neatest little website.  http://www.thingstobehappyabout.com/  Apparently, this website took motivation from the same book and started a website where others can leave things that make them happy that aren’t already on the list. (What a BRILLIANT idea!)  As of today it lists 146,047 things to be happy about!!

There is also a special link for kids to find something to be happy about too!  Things like “earning a scholarship”, “asking about someone’s day and caring about the answer”, and “biking undisturbed by thought”.  What lovely ideas!

Take a moment and check out the site – it might make your day.

I’m going to leave you with 30 things that make me happy.

  1. My first will just be my life.  This is all inclusive of my family, friends and everything and everyone that makes me…me.  The next 29 things will be things that I have picked from the book that this blog post is titled for. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
  2. “a new canvas” – I have a new love for painting and I really enjoy starting with a new blank canvas and making it what I want.
  3. “sexy music” – I love, love, love me some saxophone.
  4. “leaves becoming a restless golden drift, a wine-red flurry in the wind” – I absolutely love Fall and this little ditty makes me want to sit in the falling leaves and write a poem about why it makes me happy.
  5. “strawberry champagne” – yum.  Just yum.
  6. “peaceful countryside” – nothing sweeter on a Fall afternoon than a drive down a country road.
  7. “Thanksgiving dinners” – my absolute favorite day of the year to eat. everything. in. sight. Period.
  8. “hearthside” – could be very romantic or just relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.
  9. “a yummy gourmet shop” – yes.  I like to eat. 🙂 …and yummy is good.
  10. “3-D movies” – Love it!!  We have a 3D TV at home and we love it!  Saves a ton of movie from the theater fees and makes a great – inexpensive date night! 😉
  11. “Coca-Cola commercials” – Yes!  Just thinking about it makes me want a coke right now – and I’m a Dr. Pepper kinda gal!
  12. “the purr of a kitten” – I am allergic, but I love kitties!  I would have one tomorrow if the Mister would let me!
  13. “opening a nearby window to let in sounds and smells of spring” – I’m all about the nature.  Good tunes and a nice breeze and sounds of nature – nice afternoon.
  14. “fresh flowers at work” – or anywhere for that matter.  I’m actually considering to add buying fresh flowers for the kitchen every week to my to-do list!
  15. “pre-Christmas hustle and bustle” – I know lots of people hate it…but I love it!  There is just enough people left in the world that enjoy the Spirit of Christmas that makes me feel all jolly. 🙂
  16. “the color, scent, and deliciousness of strawberries” – they can be used for so many things.
  17. “the sweet and simple indulgence of an afternoon nap” – especially outdoors!
  18. “watching it snow” – nothing else need be said about that.
  19. “tickling and silly songs and cookies and hot chocolate in bed” – just a lovely way to make memories.
  20. “the perfect outdoor café where you can hang out with a newspaper, sip, nibble, people-watch” – I don’t really have one of these that I know of – but I can’t wait to find one. 🙂
  21. “this thing called love” – indeed.
  22. “accepting a compliment” – and really mean it when you accept it.
  23. “places to go antiquing” – especially the ones with little tea rooms.
  24. “gentlemen rising when a lady enters or leaves a room” – doesn’t happen much anymore
  25. “recreation and leisure” – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…and that is just no fun.
  26. “A word to the wise is sufficient” – makes me happy and is a lovely piece of advice!!
  27. “your best friend and a good bottle of wine” – yes ma’am!
  28. “not just seizing the day but making the day” – absolutely!
  29. “your signature” – who doesn’t practice to make their signature the best?
  30. “photographing children” – seriously the most fun

And that is just a tiny little bit of what makes me happy…there is oh so much more!!
I challenge you to come up with your own list of 30 random things to be happy about and thankful for and link back to this post so your friends and followers can do it too.  When you look for those small things in life it just perks you up.

I wish you all a lovely day! 🙂

It is 3:55 am and I have to be up at 6:30 so I’m hopping in bed for a little nappy poo. After the kids are up and off to school I’ll hop on and get my other blogs on here to catch up to my challenge.

Catsiggy

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Goals for the week!! (Nov. 3 – Nov.9’13)

Goals for the week

Well, well, well…we meet again – Mr. Procrastination and Mr. Crappy Time Management!!  I’m pretty sure I caught a glimpse of Mr. Crazy For Thinking I Could Do It All, too. Ambitious is one thing – psycho….completely different definition.  I know!  It surprised me too!!  I do think I want to keep it going though. (Psycho kind of defines me from time to time.)  So I’m going to keep it going to the end of November and if I haven’t gotten a wrangle on things (is wrangle even a word – maybe just in Texas?!) – then I’ll slow it down a bit.

Here were the goals for last week and how I did on them:
This means that I did not get anywhere near my goal. 😦
This means that I did work on the goal but did not achieve exactly what I planned. :-/
This means that I hit my goal – and basically that just proves that I am awesome. B-)
{This}… just extra bits of info.

~ Habit of the Month :{October: Paper Clutter} {November: Menu Planning} So this week there are only 2 days left of October. So I plan to spend at least 15 minutes both days on clearing the clutter out of my office area – starting with my desk. {Didn’t do even 5 minutes either day!  I started and then got side-tracked.} Friday will start the new month with Menu Planning. That is tough for me because all of my family members are on a completely different schedule – so I’m excited about making this challenge. I plan to spend 15 minutes on both Friday and Saturday planning a menu. First stop – Breakfast.  {Menu-shmenu….phthbpht (that is how I think you spell the sound that your tongue makes when you stick it out and blow), I didn’t do this either.  It is going to be a real challenge!!}

~ Read daily :I am currently reading ‘The Read~Aloud Handbook‘ by Jim Trelease. I will read this at least 15 minutes a day. If I happen to finish it I’ll go back and re-read my highlighted sections. And I am going to look more into starting up a book club with my girlfriends. {I did read my book one night and set the timer for 15 minutes.  I enjoyed what I was reading so much I actually re-started the timer 2 more times!  So I read for a total of 45 minutes – plus I finished the page and a half of the chapter I was on after the timer went off the last time.  So technically…I got 3 days worth of reading goals in! 🙂  I did not have time to look into the whole book club thing though.}

~ Blog daily :Even if it is just a thought of the day – I will blog every day in November. {Yeah – so no.  However, today is the 4th and I am going to post 4 blogs tonight to play catch up. I am going to mark it red since I didn’t do it last week though.}

~ Health :I will find 25 minutes at least 4 times this week to do my step aerobics video. I burn 212 calories every time I do it! I also plan to hit my goal weight this week to get closer to wining the DietBet I am doing for the Shayloss program! I am only a pound and a half away! There is still time to join the challenge if you are interested! Just click on Shayloss and get started today! {I just burned several calories laughing my butt off at the thought of me actually exercising everyday for 25 minutes.  What the hell was I thinking?! (says the completely lazy bum in me!)}

~ Household :I would like to do a load of laundry every day. Wash, Dry, Fold & Put Away. I am currently working on getting the Big Kid and the Mini Me to do their own laundry. So on their days I won’t do the laundry but I’ll make sure they do. {Ok…so I did “some” laundry.  I washed three loads, 2 of them are sitting on the table in the laundry room to be folded and put away – which means I’ll have to re-fluff them to get the wrinkles out (because the one thing I do not do… is iron.  Ever.  Period.), 2 load is in the dryer and I’ve tossed a few things in the washer today.  I will get this laundry 3 step system down one day.  Or win the lottery and hire a house-keeper. 🙂}

~ Family :I need to make Little Man’s appointment for his 2 year check up and I need to make an appointment for the Big Kid and the Mini Me for their annual eye exams. {Eye exams – check! Have not made little man’s appt. yet.  I honestly was waiting for my new insurance packet to come in so I can switch Pediatrician’s.  It came today.}

~ Friends :I want to text or PM on FB a different friend everyday that I haven’t talked to in over a month – just to say Hi and wish them a great day! I also want to send someone a card in the mail this week. {I did call 1 friend for no reason and 1 friend to vent but didn’t send any “Have a great day” messages or cards. 😦 }

~ Usborne :I need to make a list of possible charities to benefit from my event in November. I also need to contact 5 daycares every day. I need to do 5 Customer Care Calls at least 3 times this week. I also need to do one YouTube video of the book I choose for the Book of the Week. {Big. Epic. Fail. I thought about charities – I did not make a list.  I thought about which daycares I should call – I did not call.  I did 1 Customer Call – sort of – I happened to see a customer out and about and talked to her and her husband about how their son enjoyed the books he got from the book fair – but that doesn’t really count.  You Tube?! Ha! I viewed someone else’s video and it gave me motivation – but that wasn’t until tonight, and I never even picked a book of the week. Ugh.}

~ Avon :I need to make a final decision if I am going to continue on this journey or let it go and focus on other priorities. {I believe I have come to my final decision – just need to do the final bit of business to make it final.}

~ Office :I will do some email cleanup on each account I have for 5 minutes each every day. That means reading, deleting, responding, etc. {Nope, not even a little bit.}

~ Self :I am going to contact the massage parlor in my town and ask about the 1 hr massage for $30 special I heard about. I will do a painting class this Sunday. {I did not contact the massage parlor – however, a friend of mine told me about another in Dallas.  I looked at their website and I think it might be too good to be true.  I will be blogging about it soon, hopefully!  I DID do the painting class.  (I will do a blog about that later tonight.)

This past week my schedule was way off.  I normally only bartend on Thursday and Friday – but I covered for another bartender so he could fly his girlfriend to California for the weekend for her birthday (must be nice! lol).  So I also worked Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 pm to about 4:30 am both nights – which really threw off my Sunday and Monday mornings – since you know sleep is kind of a big deal.

All in all I didn’t get 1/2 of what I wanted to checked off my to-do list and the 1 thing I did actually accomplish was in my “Self” category!  Can you say selfish?!!.  I got started late and had so many things going on I just didn’t get all my ducks in a row. 😦  Now that I’ve seen all the red on my list above – I am so much more motivated to get my little quackers ready to quack this week.

And these are my goals for this week — and I am going to try super hard to do better.

Habit of the Month :{November: Menu Planning} To make this a little more do-able I am going to commit to cooking twice this week.  It’s just so hard to coordinate our schedules, but I am going to make the crock pot my friend.

  • Sunday – Everyone fends for themselves.  I go to work at 8:00 pm.
  • Monday – Early dinner, eating out with kids after eye appt.’s and errands.
  • Tuesday – Barbeque Meatloaf (in crock pot).
  • Wednesday – Plans with friends.
  • Thursday – To each their own tonight.  I work from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Friday – To each their own tonight as well.  I work from Noon to 9:00 pm.
  • Saturday – Smothered Pork Chops.
  • And I might try this Cheesy Squash Casserole one night….maybe.

~ Read daily :I am currently reading ‘The Read~Aloud Handbook‘ by Jim Trelease.  I will read this at least 15 minutes a day.  If I happen to finish it I’ll go back and re-read my highlighted sections. The book club thing sounds fun – but I think I am going to put that on the back burner for a bit.

~ Blog daily :Even if it is just a thought of the day – I will blog every day in November.  Leaving this one the same.  Going to catch up since I am 4 days behind – and then I’ll blog once a day. 🙂

~ Health :I will find 25 minutes at least 4 times this week to do my step aerobics video.  I burn 212 calories every time I do it!  I also plan to hit my goal weight this week to get closer to wining the DietBet I am doing for the Shayloss program!  I am only a pound and a half away!  There is still time to join the challenge if you are interested!  Just click on Shayloss and get started today! – As much of a joke as last week was I am going to try really hard to make this happen this week.  I am also going to visit the chiropractor this week.  I’ve been having headaches again and THAT is NOT an option.

~ Household : I am going to “Hard-Core” clean my bathroom this week.  I’ll probably pull a Fly-lady trick and just spend 15 minutes in it a day – but in the end it will be magazine worthy – which will make the Mister happy.  As much as men like the reason that bras exist, I know he can’t love seeing them hanging from the towel rack every morning…sigh.

~ Family :I will make Little Man’s appointment for his 2 year check up and make appointments for all 3 kiddos to visit the dentist.

~ Friends : I will absolutely choose a friend everyday to send an uplifting message to.

~ Usborne :I need to make a list of possible charities to benefit from my event in November.  I also need to contact 5 daycares every day.  I need to do 5 Customer Care Calls at least 3 times this week. I also need to do one YouTube video of the book I choose for the Book of the Week.  Keeping these goals and adding this one: Calling all of the surrounding cities and getting info on the Chambers of Commerce for each.  I have made the choice to move forward with this as my career – so I MUST make these things happen!

~ Avon : I need to touch base with the 3 ladies above me in Avon to let them know my decision.  Then I need to begin building my long list of inventory so I can sell it and clean out the space in my living room that has been my Avon office for the last 3 years.  This is a good thing…

~ Office :I will do a 27 Fling “Email” Boogie in each email account every day.  This means I will take the top 27 emails in my in-boxes and do with them what needs to be done.  (Delete, Move, Print, Follow-up, Reply, Unsubscribe)  I will also do a 27 Fling “Trash” Boogie on my desk every day.  This means I will throw 27 things on my desk in the garbage. 😀

~ Self :I am going to check into the spa in Dallas that my friend told me about.  I plan to pick a painting to do in November – maybe 2.  I am also going to complete my FAFSA application and touch base with the TCC offices to see about what classes would be best for me to take when I enroll again next semester. (Yes, I realize I am just going to add something else to my plate by going back to school…however – I think I can make a difference in the world and I need to be educated to do that.

And that is that. 🙂 (It is official.  I have decided that this is my new self-motivating tag line.)