well that was not as useful as expected

Apparently y’all are just as noncommittal about what I should do for the June challenge as I am. I guess I’ll just have to make up my mind for myself. Oh the horror!

Part of why I want to embark on this little journey right now is because I really kind of feel like I’ve lost my mojo when it comes to taking charge. I’m a little behind with some rather important tasks at work, I’m kind of half-assing it with the whole getting healthy thing, and I honestly haven’t really been finishing things lately. I find all of this frustrating and I want to do something about it. So I’ve decided.

The theme for my 28 Day Challenge will be finishing the craft projects that I have started. Those projects will include:

  • a knit shrug (almost half done)
  • the black and white vest (probably about 1/3 done)
  • the crocheted vest (not even 1/4 done)
  • small dragon cross stitch (about 1/3 done)

That gives me one week to finish each project. I’m committing a minimum of one hour per day. If I finish a project in less than a week I will almost certainly start on the next. And I might cheat by getting back to the black and white vest before Monday since I had said I wanted to try to finish that for this week’s regular goals. Hey, it’s my party and I will cheat on myself all I want. I plan to post my official plan on Sunday and then start in earnest on Monday. Progress reports, complete with photos, will be made on Sundays. (last time it was Fridays, but this feels more right somehow, so I’m just going with it)

little flower dividerWe had the appointment with the plastic surgeon yesterday to discuss options for Josh’s ass. It’s finally starting to heal but now that the swelling from the infection is mostly gone it’s a lot easier to see where it tunneled under the skin from one site to another. It actually changed the contour of his ass. Weird, to say the least.

Anyway, the surgeon said that Josh is definitely a candidate for surgical intervention for this shit. He explained what he’d need to do, that it would be an outpatient procedure, and that Josh would be off work for about a week recovering. Insurance would cover this since it’s medically necessary and not at all cosmetic.

Here’s the crap part; there’s no guarantee that the infection wouldn’t come back in another location and then that could potentially require surgery as well.

So next week we’re going to see my dermatologist to see what she can offer. We’re already doing all of the preventative things at home that are possible, the surgeon confirmed that yesterday. The dermatologist had mentioned antibiotic therapy as a possibility and Josh is probably more of a candidate for that than I am given that I’m allergic to damn near all antibiotics. There’s also some kind of blue light thing that she’s mentioned before, but I can’t remember if that’s only really effective during flare ups.

At this point we really don’t have quite enough information to make a decision, hopefully the visit with the dermatologist will give us that. I know that I don’t want to see him have to go through this again if we can possibly avoid it. Beyond that, I don’t know much of anything.


need y’all’s input

I realized last night that while I really want to do this 28 day challenge in June, I have no freakin’ clue as to what I want to use it for. DUH! So I’ve been doing a little brainstorming while eating my salad for lunch and came up with some possibilities. I think they’re all decent and would be good things to do, I’m just curious as to what y’all think.

28 Day Challenge for June

There was some talk earlier (this month maybe?) about doing another 28 Day Challenge. I’m going to do it for sure but I don’t know if anyone else is up for it for or not. The basic premise is this:

  • Select a big task, goal, project, etc that you really want/need to do but have been struggling with.
  • Break it down into 1-hour chunks to be done each day.
  • Every day do that chunk. You can do more but you don’t have to.
  • Every Friday report progress on your blog.
  • At the end of the 28 days you should have your big project complete and will have a great reason to celebrate.

I’m still working on the details for what I want to do, but I know I’m going to do it. June 1st is next Monday and that’s when I’ll start. Feel free to join me.

If you need more info, here are links to my original list from the February challege and my first update plus Deborah’s original. (this is her awesome idea)

life worth living weekly update – May 24th

reach for the starsIf you’re just joining me for the first time, I’ve got a list of 10 Major Goals I want to accomplish before I turn 40 in 2016. That’s what I refer to as my Life Worth Living; it’s a DBT thing. If you don’t want to stay stuck where you’ve been in life, you have to figure out where you want to go and what it would take to truly make your life worth living.

Every week I do a Creative, Stress Management, Health, and Financial goal that tie back to my Building a Life Worth Living project. I’ve also added a Simplifying goal that ties into my plan to declutter my life this year. Bit by bit I’m reaching for the stars.

Update from last week:

Creative:  I need to finish my illuminated letter for my summer drawing challenge. I would also like to spend some time working on either my vest/jacket thingy or the crocheted vest. The illuminated letter got finished and I worked on the crocheted vest. Hopefully today or tomorrow I can get that other vest done.

Stress Management:  This week will maybe be pretty stressful. I need to get an appointment for Josh to see a surgeon. (his skin is icky like mine but now it’s getting worse; he’ll have had 4 doc visits in 6 days) The treadmill really does help with this, so that’s my intention. I’ve walked a ton this week and it helped even more than I thought.

Health:  I got my Fitbit last week and have been using it faithfully. I finally figure out how to get it track my sleep and I think that’s going to be great. This week I want to focus on using the food diary to keep track of where I’m picking up extra calories I don’t need. I will say I’ve found some really interesting new recipes as a result of my quest to get fit. Huh, yeah… Still didn’t track my food but I did buy a healthy eating cookbook yesterday.

Financial:  Given the state of things right now with all of the doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and medical supplies, I’m really just not going to worry about it right now. We’re doing what must be done. Um, win?

Simplify:  I’m working to help Mom get all of her music digitized right now and she’s contemplating getting rid of the discs entirely. We’re just a few days from a having a whole new setup for that for her. And I had never really properly gone through her and Dad’s music stash so I’m uploading some of it to my cloud storage. The new setup is a brand new 65″ curved screen smart TV. Her music is all ripped and uploaded to the cloud. The old TV and stereo have been removed from the house. And I swiped everything I wanted.

flower dividerGoals for this week:

I don’t really feel like I’ve been finishing much of anything lately. I start all kinds of stuff, but there’s not been a lot of finishing, and that shit needs to stop.

Creative:  I will get that black and white vest finished before starting or going back to anything else.

Stress Management:  Continue walking on the treadmill as often as possible, at least 3 sessions of 20 minutes minimum.

Health:  I will figure out how to easily add my food intake in the Fitbit tracking app.

Financial:  Friday is payday for both of us so it’ll be time to pay the piper. Until then I need to minimize how much goes out.

Simplify:  One of the tasks on my list is to make another go through my jewelry armoire, so that’s up for this week.

I have survived (so far)

Here’s an update on the week that isn’t exactly the weekly goals update…

Since last Friday Josh has seen the GP 6 times (including today). The infection still isn’t really clearing up like it should be. Now you can actually feel the tunnel that runs beneath the skin and links the two sites. It’s disgusting to say the least. All of the stress from this has been causing difficulties between us that finally came to a head last night. In retrospect I feel like I handled things pretty well. I smoked a little, walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes, and just focused on taking care of me for a little while. Things are, for now, better.

I was off work at 10am yesterday and make really good use of my time. Mom and I got a bunch of stuff loaded in my jeep and hauled it to Goodwill, had lunch, made grocery lists, ran to Kohl’s, and went to two grocery stores. I got two of the bathrooms cleaned, all of my laundry done including the bedding, cleaned out my backpack, organized the linen cupboard in the upstairs bathroom, filled all 3 of my pill trays for the week, and had time to spend on my butt on the sofa crocheting in front of the new TV. Not a bad day at all.

Yesterday I walked 4.18 miles which is 9,711 steps. And no, not all of that was from the treadmill. A significant portion had to do with going to 3 stores and walking up and down all the steps in this joint while cleaning yesterday. But I must say, I love the Fitbit. Oh, and I lost another 1.5lbs. So yay.

Amazingly enough there’s still a ton to do. I hope y’all are having a good weekend and are enjoying whatever you’re doing to relax.

Love, Mama

and the results are in…

summer drawing challengeThe prompt for the first Summer Drawing Challenge entry was illuminated initial. Not sure if anyone has noticed but I put mine in a new header image here. By itself it looks like this…

M0002I’m wondering if I maybe started too hard seeing as only two folks joined me. Tessa made a really cool T and Easy did a particularly nifty combo F/U. Please go check out their drawings, they’re totally cool.

So for next time, which would be June 5, I think we’ll go with something a little less complicated. How about a flower? Yeah, let’s draw a flower.

If you’d like to play along all you need to do is draw your flower, take a pic, post it on your blog, and either link back to this post or leave me a comment with the link. C’mon, it’s fun, you’ll like it!