Category: Resolutions

[Resolutions] – Hashtag TreatYoSelf

Not gonna lie, this one won’t stress me out or bore me at all.

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I have so many ideas for this one, but first on the list is to either get or give myself a pedicure. Right now I have flakes of purple nail polish left on 8 or 9 toes from several weeks ago. Except for my big toe, which has bright orange streaks as a result of testing out a new polish a few days ago. If you’re looking for a picture, you can just stop right now.

So yeah, that’s on the list. I’ve been thinking about getting a facial as well, but I’m a little nervous because I’ve never had one before. Does anyone remember the “Sex and the City” episode where Samantha had a chemical peel and looked like she was a burn victim? Kind of afraid of that.

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I watch too much TV and pretend that it’s real life.

[Resolutions] – Gift Week All Wrapped Up

I need to stop with the puns. I really don’t think I can though.

So gift-giving week was a lot of fun! I wish I could have done more (Halloween treats in people’s mailboxes at work, sending packages to friends, etc.) but that’s the biggest problem with smushing your resolutions into one week – there is not enough time to do everything! This is one that I will definitely be trying to continue throughout the year though.

The fact that I had a friend with a birthday this week made it almost too easy. I would also like to point out that this friend is older than me and always will be older. It wasn’t so fun when she was 16 and I couldn’t drive yet, or when she was 21 and I couldn’t drink, but it certainly is fun now! For me.

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Then the Red Sox won the World Series this week and made my gift-giving even easier! I bought one of these t-shirts for my friend and another for Dan to wear to the parade.

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I didn’t go to the parade because I was visiting some high school friends back in my hometown (as a result of a previous resolution!), but I used that as an opportunity to bring another gift to my mom. There is a bagel chain with a store down the street from me, and people wait in line for 30+ minutes just to get a bagel and coffee in the morning. I’ve done it myself many times, including this past weekend. Instead of bagels, my mom really loves their pickles, so I brought her a few of those.

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The last gift is the one I mentioned here as part of a little giveaway. Only three people commented, so the odds for the three of you were very good! I wrote all three names (can I say “three” a few more times?) on little slips of paper, folded them up, and then stuck them in the cookie jar because shockingly that happened to be empty.

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I think the winner will really appreciate my choice of container.

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Congrats Kel!!

Gift-giving week wasn’t totally selfless however. Starting today, Nordstrom was giving an 8-piece gift with any $30 purchase at Clinique, so I got a few presents for myself as well! Hmm, there’s gotta be a pun there….presents…presence….presentable….nope, can’t think of one. I’m not that gift-ed. Ha.

Sorry.

[Resolutions] – Week 45 Gone Wild!

I’m liking this one.

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I have no idea what I’m going to pick. I was kind of thinking that I should decide before I post this so that I can tell you what I chose, but I’m too overwhelmed by all of the possibilities to narrow it down right now. I’m going to think about it for a couple of days and decide Tuesday night so that I can start my wild* week on Wednesday!

Here are a few of the things I’m considering:

  1. Finally learn Photoshop or Lightroom (at least a few basic things) now that I’ve been taking a lot more pictures.
  2. Do one thing every day that excites me.
  3. Sell all the things on eBay that I’ve been throwing in a pile to get rid of.
  4. Take a week off?

I probably won’t do that last one because I’m pretty interested in all of the options before it, but I threw it out there as an option to take a little break from always having something to do or accomplish.

*Is this a good time to let you guys know that “wild” is kind of a relative term for me? A wild night for me is using the real dinner plates that aren’t made of plastic or paper, or not washing my makeup off before bed because I’m so badass (lazy). Yeah. It’s going to get crazy up in here…

And not that I want Kellye or Michelle to have any less than 50% odds, but if you want a chance at a $10 gift card to Target, check out this post. I will be drawing that on Tuesday night and letting you know Wednesday who won!

[Resolutions] – I Don’t Do Windows

Earlier this week I had visions of a sparkling clean apartment, kind of like the ones in commercials where you can see yourself in every surface and a trail of cartoon flowers follow you around from room to room.
Yeah that didn’t happen.

But I did clean a couple of things that don’t normally (or ever) get touched during routine cleaning sprees. I wish I could have tackled more, but it’s just so discouraging to clean things that end up dirty again a few weeks, hours, or minutes later. I used to clean my first apartment from top to bottom every weekend, but slowly I began realizing that the dust bunnies were always going to win.

I gave them a good fight this week, though. I wiped down each and every one of our kitchen cabinets, as well as the microwave, dishwasher, and oven doors. Those usually only get washed when something spills on them, which actually happens fairly often, but this is the first instance since we moved in where they have ever all been clean at the same time.

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I frequently wipe paw prints off of our windows (and everything ever), but I have never cleaned the outer side of them since our apartment complex has them power washed every year. Unfortunately, this year they ended up looking like the photo below after the power washing. Yes, after.

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Even more unfortunately, I wasn’t able to clean that off since only the bottom half of our windows fold in and that’s on the very top. I’m sure there may be some way to reach it, but I wasn’t in the mood to fight with a stuck screen and dangle 4 stories up with a bottle of Windex and a paper towel.

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So while there are no trails of flowers or sparkles, the rest of the windows are squeaky clean inside and out, as is all of our bedding, including the mattress pad and extra blankets.

For about 5 minutes.

[Resolutions] – From Me to You!

It’s like Christmas this week on my blog!

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Don’t worry, I nearly choked on a mac & cheese ball when I wrote the word “Christmas”, so that’s probably punishment enough. Let’s just call it a very giving week and stop rushing things.

I’m really excited about this week though! To kick it all off, I have a gift for one of YOU! I have a little $10 gift card to Tar-Jay (“Target” for the less weird) that will be going to someone reading this. Here’s all you have to do:

  • Leave a comment either here, or on my Facebook page, under the link where I put up this post, and let me know what the best gift you’ve ever received was. Or you know what? If you want to tell me the worst gift you ever received, that’s fine too! Just make sure Great Aunt Bertha isn’t reading about that macrame tissue box cover.
  • After the end of the blog week (Tuesday night at 11:59pm) I will put the names of everyone who commented into a cup and pull one name. You may comment multiple times, but only one comment will count. If it’s your name that’s drawn, you get a gift!
  • If you’re someone who is not local to me, make sure you’re ok with giving me your mailing address for me to send the gift card to if you win.

That’s it! I’m looking forward to some good stories to get us all in the mood for the Christm….er, gift-giving season!

[Resolutions] – Spontaneously Combusting Week

Let’s talk about being spontaneous.

It’s expensive, but fun! It keeps me up late on work nights, but is totally worth it. It’s hard for a serial planner to get the hang of, but a great way to change things up.

Earlier last week, before this resolution began, I heard the tail end of an interview with Seth Meyers on the radio. Like the absolute tip-of-the-tail end because they were saying goodbye to him and throwing in a plug for his upcoming appearance in Boston.

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I have loved Seth Meyers for years, and I try to catch him on SNL’s “Weekend Update” every Saturday night, but I didn’t pay too much attention to the fact that he was coming to Boston. It registered, but celebrities I like come to Boston all the time for concerts or shows and I just don’t have the time or money to see them all.

Fast forward to a few days later when I opened up Boston.com to see him staring back at me with a link to buy tickets for his appearance that night. THAT night. And then fast forward again to about ten minutes later when I messaged Dan saying “um, we have plans tonight.”

Honestly, the tickets were not really that expensive, even though it was something that I hadn’t really budgeted for that week. The thing that gave me second thoughts was that the show started at 9:45 on a week night in a venue about 25 minutes away and we didn’t know if there was an opening act at that point either (there wasn’t)! If you’ve been following along, you know I’m normally in bed at this hour, so the spontaneous plans involving a late night and more than $20 were HUGE for me!

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It was definitely worth it though and I would probably do it again if he ever comes back around. He was hilarious and both Dan and I laughed the entire time.

Then the weekend rolled around and we were driving back from a day trip thinking about what we would make for dinner (stir fry?) when I had the spontaneous idea to stop at Whole Foods and grab dinner from their prepared foods department.

We’ve both been there before and had even taken a tour of the newest local store, but we had never eaten there before, other than me putting together a small salad for lunch. I knew it could get expensive fast (it’s charged by the pound), so I kept mine fairly small, but I also added cookies, soup, and a drink. Dan did the opposite and filled his tray to the brim, but didn’t get any extras.

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$48 later we left with full stomachs and happy mouths. Mm hmm, $48. For one meal. See, spontaneity is expensive! It’s also delicious and neither one of us regretted it.

Ironically, I “spontaneously” lost my debit card the next day (does anyone ever unspontaneously lose things?). (Is unspontaneously even a word?) (Is it even legal to use parenthesis this many times?) I think it was my card’s way of saying “settle down!” and it definitely worked.

Until Seth Meyers comes around again. Or this?

[Resolutions] – Cleaning Up Week 43

Well, it had to come up at some point.

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I’ll be so happy after this week is over. That isn’t me complaining about having to clean, although I’m going to be doing that also (surprised?), but when it’s over with and there are vacuum streaks in the carpet, sheets that smell like fabric softener, and no dust covering…well, everything, THAT will be heaven.

When I pulled this out of the jar and showed it to Dan, I said “Good thing we don’t have plans next weekend.” To which he replied, “Yeah. Wait…WE?!” Haha. Ha.

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[Resolutions] – Friendly Update on Week 41

Had a little trouble sticking to the Sunday & Wednesday posting schedule this week. Hopefully you didn’t notice, but it’s actually my resolution’s fault: Sunday night, when I would normally be posting, I was out with a friend at a haunted corn maze, and Wednesday night I was out getting froyo (shocking.) with a couple friends. My 90-year-old-girl brain can’t handle doing more than one thing in a night, so…no blog.

But I’m here now! And I definitely succeeded this week with my resolution to get together with old friends. Er…young friends. Who I’ve known for a long time. 4-Eva. Or at least since 4-Eva was an actual thing you wrote in notes and then folded up in little squares to hand to each other between classes.

Right. Back to 2013. So on Monday, I met a friend for a walk around a local lake.

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We chatted and walked for over an hour, and then we also talked about plans for the next time we meet up, which will be in a few weeks. Surprisingly, the first date we picked in November was wide open for all four of us girls, so the whole group will be getting together again in a short time.

This was another one of those resolutions that didn’t really feel like a resolution. Some of them have certainly been a little on the boring side, or felt more like a chore, but this was definitely a favorite! I think the “resolution” part of it really involves just doing it more often!

[Resolutions] – Planning to Be Spontaneous

This should come as no surprise to anyone here, but I am someone who likes to plan. I like to know what I’m doing for the weekend by Thursday night and I may or may not (read: always do) freak out when something comes up unexpectedly.

Have I mentioned that I’m a lot of fun to be around?

This week’s resolution is going to require me to do something on the spur of the moment. No planning, no scheduling, just a lot of spontaneity.

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Immediately my mind wants to plan all the things I could do this week – all the places I could “spontaneously” take off to after work, all of the things I could surprise Dan with, and all of changes I could make, but I’m trying not to go there.

And I’m actually kind of excited!

Even if I won’t be making it to Nebraska.

[Resolutions] – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

Remember when I said “This week is going to be so easy!”? Good, because I don’t either. I try to forget most of the stupid things I say.

It wasn’t necessarily hard, but I guess one could say that I cheated a bit and counted things with fruit or vegetable flavors as actual fruits and vegetables. I’m pretty sure that on any given day during this last week, I did not eat 5 actual, raw fruits or vegetables. I did, however, have a lot of pumpkin-flavored waffles, cherry-rhubarb jam, and apple cider.

I forgot all about my resolution until after 5pm last Wednesday, so I had to scramble to put a dinner together that would get me close enough to 5 fruits and/or veggies. We ended up with Trader Joe’s Eggplant Towers, corn, and mango slices. With cider, of course.

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I hear there is some discussion about whether corn is a vegetable or a grain, but as long as this bag says it’s a vegetable, I’m counting it as part of my 5.

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For the first few days, I found it easy to get my 5 fruits & veggies (as long as I counted the items where fruit was an ingredient as opposed to the only ingredient). So much so that I stopped writing down every meal on paper because I was confident I was eating way more than 5 each day.

And then Sunday happened.

Sunday. The Day of Rest. The Day of Not Showering or Moving Off the Couch Because You’re In the Middle of Your Own Breaking Bad Marathon. The Day of Eating Pasta for Lunch and Ordering Pizza for Dinner While Snacking on Pirate’s Booty ALL Day. At least there were tomatoes on my pizza?

After that little…er, mishap, I paid Trader Joe’s a visit on Monday to make sure that I wouldn’t be stuck without fruit again if I couldn’t (um, wouldn’t) leave the house all day.

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And then it was back to smooth sailing for those last two days. Plenty of salads with carrots and cranberries, wraps with tomatoes and peppers, and froyo with strawberries and blackberries.

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DE-licious!