Thursday, March 31, 2011

Survivor Redemption Island: Apr 7

Thoughts So Far:
1) Yay Matt! Another win and he lives to play another day!

2) I found another Survivor watcher.

3) I love the conflict over crispy rice. Philip makes Survivor fun. Where does the "red-headed step-child" come from? He doesn't have red-hair, is it a reference to something?

4) I love close reward/immunity challenges! I also love when my guesses where right. Zapatera lost and had to vote out another member! Philip's victory speak was also awesome.

5) I am surprised who Zapatera voted out. I thought for sure David was going home.

Predictions for March 30th:
At the duel I expect and hope for Matt to win...again! Is a sixth win too much to ask for?

I think Zapatera will win immunity and the reward and Ometepe will be heading to tribal council Philip.

Thankful Thursday #49

I am thankful for...

1) Honestly even when it hurts
2) Sleep when sick
3) My life group
4) Challenging conversations
5) Good books that challenge me
6) Free books
7) Music

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Decluttering Day 16

Day 16:The Bathroom and Linen Closets
It's the continuation of yesterday...nothing really to report other than I'm sick.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Decluttering Day 15

Day 15:The Bathroom and Linen Closets
Only 16 days to go...yay! The project is half ways over...not half done but half over. And even though last week could be counted as a epic failure I am not giving up. I will overcome!

I am starting afresh today. I'm going to accomplish today's challenge to sort through the bathroom and linen closet, the task shouldn't be that hard, my bathroom is small and there are no linen closets in my house.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 52

FOR TODAY: March 27, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...Wolfville's main street.

I am thinking...about Japan the books I'm reading and how to respond to a friend whose disappointed with God.

I am thankful for...free books!

From the kitchen...salads.

I am wearing....black flats, black flower printed dress, pink pull over, denim jacket, and a scarf.

I am creating...between projects but been thinking creatively about a story I thought I was done with.

I am going...home.

I am reading...Jesus for President.

I am hoping...for a miracle.

I am hearing...Newsboys with coffee house chatter in the background.

Around the house...week three of the 31-day challenge starts Tuesday. I have less than 20 days to finish my "impossible" decluttering project.

One of my favorite things...Jesus to the Nation weekend.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Decluttering Day 11

Day 10: Something I Hope
Nothing happened again yesterday. I went home and went to bed. My head was too full and I was too tired. It looks like tonight and tomorrow are going to be the same way. Grrr -self! I am keeping Monday clear to do much sorting, discarding, and cleaning. Maybe I can do a week's work of challenges in a day.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Decluttering Day 10

This week has not gone as planned but exactly as I had expected. I'm feeling like I'm too far behind on the decluttering challenge. If I hadn't already posted before pictures think I would just give up. But I did so I am going to keep going. I have to start thinking of the 31-days like NaNoWriMo. Some days I miss the daily word goal but pulling out a 10k-word day makes the 50k words possible. Decluttering is a similarly impossible task. My deadline is just 21 days away but failure is not an option. Between now and April 15th my house will be clutter free.

Day 10: Small Task Thursday
Um...I'm going to wash my dishes. Right now that is all my head can handle.

Thankful Thursday #48

I am thankful for...

1) Blog comments! -thank you friends for all the encouragement, feedback and support for the 31-day-declutter-challenge
2) My life group
3) Games night
4) My church family
5) New music
6) Girls night +concert
7) Meetings at Just Us

Survivor Redemption Island: Mar 30

Thoughts So Far:
1) Philip is the new Coach, "Hell has no furry like a lion or a gorilla when he thinks he's been provoked.

2) Best moment: On losing the duel, Krista gave her luxury item, her Bible to Matt to help and encourage him while alone on Redemption Island.

3) The previews make it appear like Rob is in danger. I hope he's not voted out next week.

Predictions for March 30th:
At the duel I expect and hope for Matt to win...again! Yay for four duel wins!

I think Ometepe is due another tribe challenge "Win" and that Zapatera's Dave will be heading to the island.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Decluttering Day 9

Day 8 Follow Up:
Nothing happened. I was at work all day. Joined my girls for supper and then we went to the concert, which was awesome! But it meant a late night and I knew I had to be wake for mom's playgroup and story time this morning...so I just went to bed.

Day 8 Task: Organizing the Kitchen
Thankfully organizing the kitchen was a two day task, so I still get to work on it today. Sadly it means I have two days of organizing to do in one evening (between meeting with a student and going to life group). I am not sure there is enough time. What happened to all the day?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Decluttering Day 8

Day 7 Follow Up:
Thanks for the encouragement Steph! Yesterday didn't go quite as planned. It wasn't unproductive just not as productive as I had hoped. I managed to sort through the "memory" boxes and limit them down to one keep box but that is as far as I got.
  • Garbage bags filled: 2
  • Recycling bags filled: 4
  • The "sell/donate/give away" pile is now larger than the "keep/decided later" pile.
Even with that little bit I'm feeling positive and motivated to continue the decluttering. The two challenges I'm facing this week setting aside enough time each day for the tasks and storing "sell/donate/give away" pile till I can deal with that stuff.

Day 8 Task: Organizing the Kitchen
I have to run, tonight the girls and I are going to the Steven Curtis Chapman concert. When I get back I am going to start by cleaning out the fridge, freezer, and maybe even clear off the counter.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Decluttering Day 7: Deal With It Monday

Day 7: Deal With It Monday
The point of today is to deal with all the piles I created last week. My personal goal is to sort through the five boxes I found with artwork, school work, and toys going back to preschool. I would like to only keep two (or less) boxes worth of memories.
I also need to create a better location to place the "get rid of" pile.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Decluttering Day 5

Day 5: More Small Jobs
Today I'm going to sort through and declutter my front closet, the entryway, and my laundry shelf. I'm also want re-establish my "landing strip" so I'll be pulling out the Apartment Therapy book for suggestions and rewatching the Fall 20/20 Home Cure video on the subject:

Day 8 - 20/20 Home Cure - Fall 2010 from maxwell gillingham-ryan on Vimeo.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Decluttering Day 4

Day 3 Follow Up:
The sock drawer organizing went well. It didn't take much time and it looks good. I love simple tasks!

Day 4: The Hallway
Today was another simple task. I finished before leaving for tonight's youth group overnighter-Lock-In-event-thing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Decluttering Day 3

Day 2 Follow Up:
Wednesdays my Life Group meets. We're normally done by 10ish. Last night ladies and I chatted much much later. I didn't get home till after 1:00 am. I was so tired; I just wanted to crawl into bed. Instead I did entered the mess and sorted for about an hour. I knew that if I didn't do something last night it would be easier to just skip another task and another task till thirty days had past and nothing had changes. I think it went well:
  • Total garbage bags filled: 1.5
  • Total recycling bags filled: 2.5
  • Downside: the boxes I was working with were covered in dust which triggered my asthma not fun.
  • Upside: the "sell/donate/give away" pile is now larger than the "keep/decided later" pile.
  • Cool Finds: pictures and memorial from Japan that I didn't think I brought home, a story I wrote in gr. 6, some old love letters, essays and school work going back to gr. 1, and my childhood toys.
  • Question: what to do with all the music CDs I've accumulated? I don't really listen to the music any more. I could just get rid of it all or burn the songs and then get rid of the collectionl...or some combination of that. But what if the computer crashes and I want the music back...then what?
Day 3: Small Task Thursday
One of the modifications I made the the 31-Day-Declutter schedule was adding the "small task" or simple activity day. Thursdays are my busiest day of the week so to keep but I don't want to use momentum by having a "free day." Today's small task is sorting and purging my sock drawer.

Thankful Thursday #47

I am thankful for...

1) London Fog (tea)
2) Late night talks with friends (twice this week I've talked past midnight)
3) 24 hour grocery stores
4) Controversial topics -more the conversations they bring up
5) Local music and open mics
6) Sleep
7) My favourite coffee shops

Survivor Redemption Island: Mar 23

Thoughts So Far:
1) Even if Rob doesn't win I think he is the best Survivor player of all time. He just gets the game.

2) Wow, Philip is crazy. I don't want his tribe to vote him out just because he makes things interesting.

3) "Russel's Girls" may look good in yellow (the other tribes colours) but they're not going to make it to merge. Their whole tribe is against them. But I applaud their effort.

4) I'm finding interested in this season. First, none people I chat about the show with are watching this season. Half the fun is speculating whose going to win or compare why we like or dislike a player. Second, in general I've been watching less television this winter which has removed the "must watch show" pressure.

Predictions for Mar 23:
At the duel I expect Matt to win...again! He's already had three wins.

I think Ometepe is due another tribe challenge "Win" and that Zapatera's Stephanie Valencia will be heading to the island.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Decluttering Day 2

The Before:
"...and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:22

I wanted to wait till the 31-Days was finished before sharing the "before pictures." Then I could be like, "see how bad it was but I have overcome!" Which I think would have been less embarrassing than showing the clutter in the midst of the process. But I also need to be honest with myself. So here it is, my clutter:



Note: The boxes and stuff in the first three photos were actually in the "office/storage" room (the last two photos) before the "before shot" but I had to relocate them to the living room and kitchen table make enough room in the "office" to get in the room and begin decluttering.

Day 1 Follow Up:
I started last night frustrated and overwhelmed, I mean defeated and ready to give up overwhelmed. So I took a break and did my devotional reading which included Philippians 4:13 "Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." That helped me get started two hours later:
  • One extra large garbage and two recycling bags left my house
  • I had found two library books I lost three years ago, a painting I was looking for, my deely-boppers, and some other "lost" items
  • And my "sell/donate/give away" box was about the same size as the "keep/decided later" box.
Day 2: Finishing Up the Storage Room
Tonight I am returning to the "office/storage" home. I have a wall the totes and boxes in the last picture to go through, a shelf of craft supplies, and all my CDs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The New Apartment Plan

I've decided to put the 8-week Apartment Therapy project on hold.

It seems that everything I've been reading lately is connected to decluttering, downsizing, simplifying life, or the pressures North American culture pushes on us to consume. It's all got me thinking that my place's primary need a massive decluttering and downsizing. I love the home cure challenges and want to finish the eight-weeks some day but I want to work on all the stuff I've accumulated first. So I did some research on how to declutter a home.

The New Plan: I'm modifying the 31 Days to Declutter Youth Home to fit my apartment and schedule. If you're interested in following my progress tune in everyday. I'll have an update on my process and the days task. By April 15th I should have an organized home.

Day1: Get Sorting Your Storage Space
Today will be a good start. My storage space is the apartment's second bedroom. It's my office, attic, basement, and garage. I'll let you know how it went tomorrow.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook 51

FOR TODAY: March 13, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...sign's of spring

I am thinking...about Japan, plans for the week, the books I'm reading, and that I flu has finally caught up with me.

I am thankful for...everyone who helped me set up the "space theme" at the church especially tall friends.

From the kitchen...going to try some new recipes from a cookbook I bought last summer.

I am wearing...."Alien Costume" made up of sparkly "cosmic" black tights, black skirt, pink shirt, blue wig, and star antenna.

I am creating...a story submission for an online magazine.

I am going...home to sleep.

I am reading...The Book of Awesome, The 100-Things Challenge, and Jesus for President.

I am hoping...to avoid sickness.

I am hearing...TV.

Around the house...I said a few weeks ago that I was restarting the Apartment Therapy eight week Home Cure. Only I got bogged down and didn't really start. So this past week I re-re-started. So far productivity is "mleh" but hopefully two starts tomorrow -for real.

One of my favorite things...tea.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Survivor Redemption Island: Mar 16

Because I watch Survivor online Thursday evenings I'm moving my response and prediction posting to the Thursday before. That way the episode if fresh in my mind and I don't make predictions after the episode has aired.

Thoughts So Far:
1) Russell is GONE! I'm not surprised his tribe voted him out. If the Villains tribe had had a chance to watch his first season of Survivor I doubt they would have kept him as long as they did. I am glad Matt won...but I was kinda looking forward to seeing Rob and Russel face off after the merge.
2) I don't like the "duel" element of the game right now. I might change my opinion at the merge, but for now I miss the finality of the vote and the torch being extinguished.
3) I hope Matt wins all the duels.
4) If immunity idols are this easy "just to find" why give clues?

Predictions for Mar 16:
Matt is going to win another duel!

Thankful Thursday #46

I am thankful for...

1) Tea
2) My Health...and that the flu hasn't hit me yet
3) Opportunities
4) Anticipation
5) Dreaming...brainstorming and imagining not "dreaming during sleep"
6) Meeting new people and interesting conversations
7) My ipod, without which I would not remember after my meetings or things I need to do

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Apartment Therapy is Back!

What is Apartment Therapy?
ə-pärt'mənt thĕr'ə-pē:

1) It's a book. 2) It's a website. 3) It's an eight-week home improvement challenge. Last year while searching for DIY projects I stumbled upon Apartment Therapy. The site is an online project that allows people to share apartment tours, cool finds, sale items, and home improvements. Their mission is "to connect people to the resources they need to improve their homes, while reducing their reliance on stuff." Intrigued I bought the site creator's book "Apartment Therapy" but only managed to complete two and a half weeks worth of challenges.

Completing the four-week 20/20 Home Cure this past fall boosted my confidence. So, I'm making a second attempt at completing the 8-Week Home Cure. This time it's going to be different....I hope. The downside, the site hasn't launched their Spring project yet and the daily videos, articles, and general community support definitely helped in the Fall. Upside...if I keep at it I should be done on my birthday!

Survivor Prediction: I don't want to write a second post, so here's my thoughts. I think Russel will win the duel tonight but I want Matt to win and Russel to go home.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook 50

FOR TODAY: March 6, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...melting snow

I am thinking...about lunch, prayers, books I'm reading, plans for the day and if I want to cook, nap, or eat out.

I am thankful for...friends.

From the kitchen...had roasted veggies this week.

I am wearing....black and white printed skirt, black tank, pick sweater, white scarf.

I am creating...a story submission for an online magazine.

I am going...either to Just Us or home. It really comes down to which is more important food or sleep.

I am reading...The Book of Awesome, The 100-Things Challenge, and Jesus for President.

I am hoping...for a good week and answered prayers.

I am hearing...silence and the computer hum.

Around the house... Apartment Therapy week two starts tomorrow.

One of my favorite things...good books.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Thankful Thursday #45

I am thankful for...

1) running into people I need to call or email
2) surprise visits -its good having former students home from college
3) getting together with other pastors, churches, and sharing ideas
4) long drives
5) talking with friends and family
6) good chats
7) the grace friends show me

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Survivor Redemption Island: Mar 2

Survivor's back! It's actually been back for three weeks but no one has gone home...yet. This year Survivor has added a twist. Those voted out are sent to "Redemption Island" with a chance to return to the game. When another evicted outcast arrives on the island the two will "duel." The winner remains alone on the island while the loser is out. At some point the person who survived on Redemption Island will re-enter the game (I'm guessing after the merge).

Thoughts on the First Two Weeks:
1) Boston Rob and Russel are back! They're on opposite tribes each wanting another chance to be sole survivor. I can't see either one winning...but I am cheering for Rob.
2) I think the Redemption Island twist will mess up alliances and Rob's strategies.
3) Jeff Probst's recap blog is my new favourite part of watching Survivor.
4) Boston Rob will always be my favourite, but I'm also a becoming a huge fan of Ralph and Matt. I really hope Matt makes it back from Redemption Island.

Predictions for Mar 2:
It's hard to say what the "duel" will be therefore really hard to predict whose going home. I am hoping Matt will win and Francesca will be the first heading home.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Oh, the Places We've Been

Oh, the Places We've Been
or Our Two Days at Universal

Seuss I am not but a rhyme I will try
To explain the two days I didn't stay dry.
Our time, it was spent,at the Universal parks
Where the joy that we shared was like firework sparks.
We began the first day with a really good scoop
On trouble being caused by a villainous troop.
We discovered Doc Oc and his sinister plan.
We were trapped and afraid as we shook in our van,
Thank goodness for the Amazing Spiderman.
With his fast web-working he kept evil at bay;
Allowing my family to get on with our day.So off we went looking for new things to discover
With nothing to fear from boredom or blover.
There was so much to do and so much to see
From animal actors to the home planet of E.T,
Or a playland inspired by Fievel Goes West.Which brings us to the thing that Lee-Ann loved the best,
An amazing place called 'Seuss Landing'
A Seuss-filled space that was simply outstanding.There was the Lorax, his forest, the Cat and the Hat,
And even Sam-I-Am and his Green Eggs and Ham.
We met strange animals we never knew
As we walked through the maze 'If I Ran the Zoo'.And on the sky trolley we saw wonderful sights
Like Star-Belly Sneetches from those very high heights.
In every direction you could possibly look,
You'd think you were in the pages of a Seuss storybook.
There were many of the Seuss characters you'd like to meet.
To think I saw it all on Mulberry Street.
Then a ride devoted to beloved story we did past;
'One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish' promised to be a blast.
And my dear little sister had one simple wish
That I would join her in a green fish.
"Sure," I said, "how bad could it be?"
The error of this choice soon I would see.
For the ride had fountains that squired in time
To the words of a song -a musical rhyme.
Around and around all the fishes did go
And we had the power to fly high or fly low
While from above and below water did spray
And my dryness that "helpful" rhymer did betray.
So after I was thoroughly covered in water
We decided it was time to visit the world of Harry Potter.
The next day my water woes were repeated
In Curious George town were my joy was almost defeated.
I thought i was safe on a water-free trail
Where nothing would splash me or fall from a pail.
But at some point I must have gone left when I should have turned right.
So we played and had fun unaware of our plight
Till suddenly from above a great flood began to pour.
And again I found myself drenched to my core.
To cheer me up we joined the Men in Black
In saving New York from an alien attack.
And we learned a true lesson on that fateful day,
Our mother would shoot things if she had her way.
Oh, the places we've been and the fun that we've had,
It is all truly thanks to my wonderful Dad!