my week on the mill

This week I’ve been pretty busy, so I haven’t had a lot of time to do much writing. I’ve been doing most of my last few runs on the treadmill because of snow and ice. Yesterday was pretty hard because I had to go 3 miles, but I think I have figured out a way to make the treadmill more enjoyable. Normally I run too hard for the entire run, but yesterday I tried to gradually increase my speed. I started out walking for .25 miles, then increased to a light jog for .75. At 1 mile I increased to a comfortable but relatively fast speed. At mile 2 I slowed back down to a light jog for .75 miles, and walked the last .25. I think it worked out pretty well because I was tired afterwards, but my legs didn’t feel like jell-o and I felt pretty good. I think I’ll be stuck on the treadmill until the weather clears up a bit.

As far as other things keeping me busy this week, I did finish organizing the desk and have been using it everyday. It’s really nice to have a designated spot, rather than sitting on the couch. I feel so much lazier on the couch. I also reupholstered my diningroom chairs. The chairs were very nice, but the fabric was dated. Now I have a nice looking chair to sit in a the desk!

I also started going through my clothes. It’s something that’s needed to be done for a while now, but kept putting off. I decided to go through each room and take care of the things I no longer have any use for. I wasn’t too excited about going through my clothes, but I plan to consign a bunch of stuff, and I’ve already given some items to a friend of mine, so I’m happy about that.

As far as Kiddo goes, he rolled over for the first time last week! I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud (although it might be something weird to be proud of, I didn’t have a whole lot to do with it, he’s just getting bigger). Lately he’s been content to sit in his excersaucer all day and likes to chew on the sides.

Unfortunately, I’m not feeling up for running tonight. I’m disappointed because I only have to run one mile. However, I am not feeling well. I felt fine all day, but around 4:30 I started to feel very tired. I took a short nap, and hoped that would help, but it hasn’t seemed to. Tomorrow is a rest day, so I will go then, as long as I’m feeling up for it.

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urge to purge

This is the current state of our living room. It’s been this way since we got back on the 1st. I don’t know about anyone else, but there’s something about the holidays that make me want to get rid of EVERYTHING! The same thing happened last year at this time. Back then I thought it was simply because we had just been in Thailand and we were backpacking, so I had just experienced living minimally. Lately, Paul and I have talked about selling the house and living in a van for a while because we’re so sick of having so much stuff. We realize that’s pretty silly, and not very feasible with a 3-month-old and a cat. Not to mention, using cloth diapers would be a pain without the convenience of our washer and dryer.

Anyway, I’m sick of all the stuff. Apparently, owning your own home means that Christmas becomes more about the stuff and less about the giving. So, in order to regain my sanity, I have made two decisions. First, in 2012 we will not give or receive any gifts unless they are consumable. It’s not that I have a problem with gift giving, it’s the pointless nature of the stuff that’s being given. One of my favorite gifts this year were homemade Cake Pops (which never made it back home because we ate them so fast). I’m much happier with baked goods or homemade gifts because I know they serve a purpose. Even if it’s just to satisfy a sweet tooth.

OK, on to decision number two. I am working my way through the house and purging. I’m getting rid of the stuff. We have a closet in our basement that has become our “garage sale” closet. It’s basically a dumping ground for anything we don’t use. My original intention was to save these things until we decide to move and then have a garage sale. Right now I’m not sure when we’ll be moving again and I think I’ve built up enough stuff for a decent garage sale. So, I’m starting my spring cleaning. I’m going through the house, room by room, and purging of all the things that aren’t necessary. I’m also going to fix a few things up so they serve a more usable purpose.

I’m starting this week with the living room. We have a nice desk that was left to my family when my great-grandfather passed away. The desk and our dining set are two items that I accumulated when we moved into our house because my parents didn’t have the space for them. Unfortunately, we don’t have a dining room, so the table and chairs are stuck in the basement, and the desk is in serious need of some reorganization. So, that’s where I’m beginning. My goal is clean out the desk and actually use it as a desk. I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like to, and hopefully if I create a workspace (that doesn’t face the TV), I’ll be able to write more.

I feel pretty good about getting things organized and getting rid of things we don’t need. So far I’ve found 28 mechanical pencils, 11 Sharpies (including 3 brown ones. Who uses brown Sharpies?), senior pictures, a map of Bangkok, tons of post-it notes, passport pictures, a ruler, a tennis ball, duct tape, and a graphing calculator (I can’t remember the last time I took a math class). I also found back issues of Runner’s World from April last year (which happens to be when I stopped running while pregnant).

Anyway, I’ll let you know how the organization/purging turns out. But for now, Kiddo is demanding my attention, and I need to get ready for a run (it’s 58º – in January!)