Talk About Reinvention!

2 05 2011

I hope I’m doing the right thing.  After a 8 year run at her K-12 school, my daughter has finally impressed upon me how much she wants to change schools.  I got the go ahead today from Minneapolis Public Schools that her school change request has been accepted and she has been placed!  I have to say that my daughter was very open to having lengthy respectful conversations and that was what sold me on the idea.  She clearly and objectively expressed her feelings to me without any drama or histrionics.  I was so impressed by her delivery I couldn’t say no!

It’s like the end of an era.  When she first started there, I couldn’t imagine that she wouldn’t graduate high school there.  I even decided not to leave the state after my mom died because I wanted her to have this one thing…  An uninterrupted elementary/middle/high school experience.  Especially since academically, she is thriving!  It’s the social stuff that is killing her.  I mean lets be honest, if you have social issues in 7th grade, those issues will follow you into high school at a K-12.

Honestly, she’s lucky to have this opportunity!  She gets to change schools before it’s to late to matter and she gets to remake herself or not as she pleases.  How many of us wished we could have done that at least once during puberty?!  Right now, I have her working on a vision board of what she hopes to get out of this experience and who she wants to become.  Her attitude has already changed so much it’s wierd! LOL She is already counting the days till she is outta there knowing that she can do anything for a little while!

My inner pessimist however, says that we should be careful what we ask for.  What if she goes to her new school only to find she likes it less than her old school?  I don’t want to scare her, but how do I let her know that she very well may not find what she’s looking for at this new school either.  Then what?

I know I’m putting the cart before the horse right now because this school year isn’t even over yet, but I just worry about my baby y’all!


This Little Piggy Went for a Walk…

30 04 2011

And her mother played with her camera!  Wait doesn’t that make me a sow????  Anyway, I decided to go for a walk because I still can’t figure this .COM to .ORG business out and I am still frustrated.  I got my kid to be my unwitting model and she is still a bit salty but I’m chalking that up to tween angst.  She is after all still grounded!  Please don’t ask! LOL

I came up with this in Photoscape and I must say that I am pretty pleased…

Photoscape is so darn fun.  Once I finished up this I thought about those scarves that I bought the other day at the Somali mall and the fact that I haven’t b/vlogged about it yet.  Thus the following .gif was born!  So yeah, all of the scarves you see here were purchased at Somali malls in Minneapolis.  I’m telling you these are the best deal in the TC!  $4 a piece and these babies are not small.  They are the big 40×40 size that the Somali women use with their hijab.

I hear you all saying that this has nothing to do with my blog, but really it does.  All this playing around in photoscape and playing around with my camera is going to help me bring you a better end product.  I promise I’m not giving up even if I don’t post as much as I did in the beginning.  I’m just getting my stuff together!  And with that, I’ll leave you with a money shot.

Link to instructions for the money shirt are aqui…

Back to the Gym…Again…

21 04 2011

UUUHGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  You know why I wish I hadn’t stopped going to the gym?  Because it’s so flipping hard to start back up!!!  That is why I am sitting here typing this post 30 pounds heavier than I was in February.

Now before I start being too hard on myself, I did quit smoking and that is a large part of why the weight came back on so fast, but that really isn’t any excuse for me to not have been going to the gym for the last several months.

So I have to get my behind in gear now and get a plan going.  Now that I am working 12 hour shifts, two things are going to change.  The first is that I will NOT be working out on days that I work.  I will be walking the stairs again on a regular (yesterday, I did over 150 steps!) instead when I work.  The second, is that I will have a lot more time to go to the gym when I am not working because my days off are now in three to nine day stretches at a time!

I would like to say that I will be going to the gym everyday that I don’t work, but to be honest, I know that I won’t do that because on a day like today, my body already hurts from doing the stairs and 24 hours working in a 48 hour period.  So maybe I will take a day off after my work stretches and then get to the gym.

Also, I think that I am going to get to add a bit more variety into my workouts.  While I adore my personal trainer, I can’t expect that he be around for every calorie I burn, but at the same time, I love having company when I work out.   Therefore, I am going to pick up a ten class card for Core Power Yoga.  There are two very near where I live and I have co-workers who are more than willing to go with me.  I expect that it is going to be so challenging and that my co-workers are going to give me a lot of crap.  I also suspect that it is going to be a blast!

Another thing I am looking forward to is being a non-smoker while working out.  I have to admit that last year while I was always proud of myself for the strides that I made, I always felt like I was setting myself back by smoking.  That was why I would never take my cigarettes in my purse with my when I went to work out.  Now there are no more setbacks and I don’t have to feel all kind of ways because I came home from the gym and had a cigarette!

Wow just typing this post is actually getting me excited.  Like I said, my legs are killing me from all those steps yesterday, but I think I’ll go for a walk today.  Maybe I’ll even post some pics from the neighborhood….


2 04 2011

I’m sorry I have been gone so long.  People have been asking me where I have been and I’ve been here, I have just been unmotivated.  That is why the fifth item on my reinvent list is follow through.  I did very well for the first few months then I just sort of fell off.  To be honest, at first I took a break because I was thinking about how I could improve this blog.  There are a few things about my blog that I am really unhappy with but in order to change those things, it will require a bigger commitment from me.  When I realized that, I ran.

One thing that I learned though was this, I really like blogging and youtubing.  I came back because I missed it so much!  I had never felt so official before.  I really felt like I was making strides in taking over control of my life.  With that freedom though comes some responsibilities.  I can’t run just because I’m scared, that was why I even started doing this right?  To get out of that habit!

I’ll be honest, in my experience, it’s this coming back part that is the hardest.  So I feel as though I am facing my biggest challenge to date now.  I’m gonna keep trying though because like I said, this is so much fun even if it is work!

So what have I been up to?  I am almost 2.5 months smoke free!  I am so excited about that.  However, I have gained back 26 of the 29 pounds that I lost last year.  I’m really trying not to be to upset about it because I gained it back because I quit smoking.  It isn’t surprising, but it isn’t acceptable either.

So I have been easing back into working out as well.  I’m back on the stairs at work now and I have been doing short type workouts at home again.  I am thinking that I need to start recording them as more motivation as well.  I can’t quit and I will blackmail myself if need be!

Financially, I have been very complacent as well.  I am still contributing to my 403b but that is about it.  I haven’t really been sticking to my budget and I haven’t saved anything more that the $1,000 emergency fund.  But hey, I haven’t touched that and the rent is paid on time.

Not much to brag about but that is where I am at.  I’m back, and I’m doing everything that I can to stay back!!

What oh What Have I Been Up To???

1 02 2011

Like I said yesterday, I have made some big decisions lately.  You see, here’s the deal, I quit smoking for mostly financial reasons.  I wanted to save $2000 and I thought I could use my cigarette money to do that.  However, what I realized was that was very short sighted.  First of all because my health and the health of my daughter should be my first priority for quitting smoking and second because I waste way more money than just $150 a month on smokes.  I realized that in order to achieve my 2011 financial goals, I am going to have to take a broader approach and do more than just cut out lunch money and cigarettes from my budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Motivation Plain and Simple

18 01 2011

I have one last post to fix with the watermarks, but I had to stop and come in here and make this post.  I was feeling really frustrated yesterday.  To be perfectly honest, blogging everyday isn’t easy.  Not just because like everyone else I have a full time job, but because in the past my follow through was awful.  I was half tempted to slip back into old ways.On top of that, I’m a commitment-phobe! LOL I purchased my domain name but I won’t commit to hosting!  I know I’m a dork but whatever!

So I made a deal with myself.  Just change out your pictures.  Then you can tackle something else. Read the rest of this entry »

Just A Quick Check-In

17 01 2011

Toiling away with a smile on my face!

Hey there!  You all are gonna see some changes going on here and tonight I am working on one of them.  I am taking down all my pictures and putting up watermarked ones in instead.  So while I’m not officially posting, I am working on the blog and that counts right?

I would love to have your opinions though, I am trying out three watermarks.  Can you all tell me which ones you like?  One has an outline and one doesn’t and one has a shadow effect.  To be honest, most of them don’t have the outline or shadow effect, the Shea Butter Tips post is the one with the outline, and this one has the shadow effect.    I am not that competent in my photo editing program so I just tried something different but then I kind of liked it.  I think there’s also a yellow one in there because the black wouldn’t show up.  Sorry to dissapoint those of you who are more eclectic but there will be no yellow watermark unless I can’t do any beter LOL

So please leave a comment and let me know what you think!