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January 26, 2011

A Trip to the Zoo

I managed to organize all of the areas in our house on my list. I still have a long list of stuff to do though.

We went to the zoo on Saturday. Alex loves going. His favorite animal, the giraffe, is being challenged by monkeys. The zoo doesn't actually have a monkey. They have a gibbon, which is an ape, not a monkey. Alex still calls it a monkey. We should probably correct him. Oh well.


I went to Big Lots today. I bought a wooden plaque that I am going to paint and redo.

Tomorrow I am going to start working on a valentine's project.

I finished The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer. I am almost finished with The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry. It was a book club selection that I didn't finish a few months ago.

Off to unload the dishwasher.

Pray for Jimmy. Send a card.

January 18, 2011

Back to the Nice Winter Weather

We returned from a trip to Illinois today. We went to see my nephew. We stayed every night until 9:00 p.m., when visiting hours were over. It was great to be able to spend a lot of time with him. Our flights were pleasant and I was able to read on the plane while Alex and Gabe napped. I finished Cross Fire by James Patterson. While Alex was napping at home, I started reading The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. It is the January selection for my book club.

I am behind on organizing. I need to play a little game of catch-up tomorrow. I need to do the medicine cabinet, under the bathroom sinks, the spice cabinet, my freezer and fridge, the laundry room, and organize toys. We also need to take down the Christmas tree. We started before leaving but had to abandon that project for more important things like packing. I am hoping to catch everything up this week. Really I would like to do it all tomorrow, but we will see how that goes.

Since most of our time was spent either in Jimmy's room or a hotel room, I don't really have any pictures from our trip. Here is one of Alex looking at the airplanes.


January 9, 2011

Lots of Spam!

Since I seem to have ignored my blog for a while I am fishing through thousands of spam messages. Good times!

I have organized my linen closet, my pantry, my chest of drawers, and my closet (not in the challenge). I also cleaned out my desk drawers (also not part of the challenge). With the linen closet cleaning I purged a lot of hotel freebies that we are not going to use. I am in the process of looking for a homeless shelter to take the goods.

Yesterday I went to a baby shower for a friend.

I think taking down the Christmas decorations is high on the list for today. Yes, we are those people. Everything is still up except for a single strand of light Gabe pulled down from our house a couple of days ago.

I will leave you with a picture of one of our dogs.


January 5, 2011

More Purging

Yesterday I cleaned out our tupperware cabinet. It wasn't too messy, so this was an easy challenge. I don't use most of it so it was easy to donate. Plus, I still want more Pyrex since those containers are the primary ones that I use. Today's challenge by A Bowl Full of Lemons is to clean out the linen closet. I will get to that later tonight. I feel another large container of donations items coming on.

I made Beef and Barley Soup yesterday. It is one of my favorites. I guess Alex really likes it. When I asked him what he wanted for breakfast, he said "soup". I made him waffles. He didn't eat them. I should have just given the boy soup.

I have been purging a lot lately. You might not notice when you come to our house though since a lot of it has been drawers, the garage, etc. In all of my purging I recycled all of our 20% an item at Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupons. I figure we rarely go there and there is no need to hold on to the coupons. Well, last night found me digging through the recycling bin to retrieve one. They were expired.

Gabe and I have been playing a Sherlock Holmes computer game before going to bed. We go through one "case" each night. The funny thing about this game is that Holmes has an Australian accent. It is quite hilarious.

So my post isn't all words, here is a pic of one of our dogs.

January 3, 2011

So far, so good

Well, the new year is off to a good start. I am way ahead on my Bible reading. If I keep it up at this pace, I will finish in three months. I actually think it will be closer to the year before I finish, but this way I have a little bit of give. I ran today. Go me!

Date night is up in the air. We are season ticket holders to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, but I am having trouble finding a sitter. So, we may or may not go on Friday.

We had a Grey's Anatomy marathon for New Year's Eve. We are now on season 6 (season 7 is on TV now).

Alex even agreed to wear a party hat.

Gabe's birthday was fun. We stayed home and grilled. I made a yummy and very chocolatey chocolate cake.

I am attempting to participate in the Getting Organized Challenge over at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Day one was organizing your junk drawer. Mine was recently organized, so I tackled the drawers in my nightstand instead. Day two was clean off the top of your desk. Done! She stressed only the top. So I am hoping we will be cleaning out the drawers soon. If not, I guess I can do it anyway.

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!


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Happy Birthday!

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2011 Goals

A new year and new goals. Here we go...

1. Read the Bible (I think I have found a plan that will work better for me)
2. Stick to a Strict Budget
3. Run in a Race (April 2011)
4. Read 36 Books
5. Lose 10 Pounds (Hopefully goes along with #3)
6. Blog Weekly (at least)
7. Scrapbook Monthly
8. Monthly Family Game Night (Alex loves games)
9. Monthly Date Night (even if it is just watching a movie together on the couch)
10. Go through Credit Cards

This list isn't crazy and I can do it!