Who will the hubby gas out first?  His office, the cats, or me?

Lunch for the week::

  • Pancetta *
  • Kale
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Cruciferous Mix
  • Canned Chickpeas
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Quinoa
  • Olive Oil/Balsamic
  • Salt/Pepper

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but it was pretty flavorless and uninteresting.  Probably should have mad sure I had all of the spices.

* I thought I bought pancetta, but the package said prosciutto even though it was in little cubes. I didn’t know prosciutto came in little cubes so I’m sticking with Pancetta


Today’s Accomplishments:

1)  Signing up for a half marathon a month away w/few miles under my belt.

2)  Getting a hair cut that makes me look like Edna E. Mode.

All in all a day of smart decisions.  Please excuse me while I go nap…I mean run.

yoga mat drawing

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Happy New Year!

After my WAY overly ambitious cleaning/organizing goals, I’ve re-strategized the organization project and made some decisions about my athletic goals.

-Spend 15 minutes doing a quick Cleaning sweep of our home everyday.
-Spend a minimum of 3 hours a week on the organization project.
-By February 1st have the living room re-arranged, and the DVDs sorted, organized, thrown out…(or should they be saved for a cool craft proj NO, no saving. The goal is to remove useless crap from our home)

This year is looking like it will be very busy, and no, realistically I will not be getting my ass outside for a run in ten degree weather. I kept these things in mind when thinking about what I want to accomplish this year.
-Run two Half-Marathons
-Take Belly-Dancing
-Take Yoga three times a week
-Lose Weight/Flab (5 lbs in 4 weeks to start out)
-Gain Strength
-No alcohol for 4 weeks

My plan is to use January (and probably February) to get in shape to get in shape. Lots of classes, and exploring.

Stay Warm!

My home looks like a bomb went off.


I knew this was going to happen.  I know its part of the process.  But damn, if it doesn’t suck.  I was definitely too ambitious, and my new goal is to restore things to some semblance of order before we leave in two weeks.

I was even feeling super smug and confident when I decided I would hang S-Hooks on a tension rod in my bedroom closet for my bras and camis….but the S-hooks are just too small.  And No, there were no bigger S-Hooks available in bulk, and No, tension rods don’t come any smaller at any Chicago area Home Depot.  My temporary solution is to drape my bras over the tension rods, and hang the camis from S-hooks hanging from a hanger.



Look at them mocking me.  Just waiting for a Monday morning, when I’m running late, to come crashing to the floor as I rip a shirt off the hook in a hurry, metal flying everywhere, cat hair targeting the few clean and hair-free garments in my closet.

Deep Breath.

There are quite a few corners stuffed with outdated forms of information.  DVDs we haven’t touched in years, with a handful of exceptions….books, magazines, craft supplies

How would you handle this stuff in a city apartment?





My goal for December is pretty aggressive since I really have only two weekends before we are traveling for the holidays. My thought is if I focus 98% of my energy on getting rid of junk now, deep cleaning will be significantly easier later. I also love the idea of coming back from Christmas to a clutter free and organized home.  Luckily, the weather is cooperating….

I was going to list all of the nooks and crannies that need purging, but that would be impossible. Even though seeing a really long list getting crossed off is always motivational. Instead, my plan is going to be pretty vague. Once I get going, I tend to go where the mood strikes, and there’s no need to adhere to a strict schedule if I’m getting things done.   Here’s my plan with some before pictures, though they don’t do justice to the amount of crap shoved in drawers and hiding in corners.

By EOD 12/8/13 clean out:



Living Room

Hall Closet

By EOD 12/15/13 clean out:


Dining Room

Storage Unit

Happy Organizing!!

Christmas Penguin
I think New Years Resolutions are stupid. Why wait until January, in the dead of winter, when you’re hungover and feeling lumpy from holiday indulgence to start trying to improve yourself? It seems like a great excuse to give up for months until next January.

Buckling down in December, however, isn’t exactly a great time to go hardcore on any goals. I plan to enjoy the season and refuse to feel guilty for indulging, or hibernating, occasionally. So my goal this month is to research, refine, and plan my goals, while building a base and getting back into a fitness routine.

Research: I want to read more about EVERYTHING, but to start, my reading list is below. I want to make informed and reasonable goals instead of biting off more than I can chew. I could use suggestions for strength training and yoga.

Hansons Marathon Method
Born to Run
Moonwalking with Einstein

Refine: Look at my goals with a more informed eye and ask the following questions:

What goals are most important to me?
What is the specific goal? (5 chin-ups in a month? Loose 10 pounds by March? Run a spring marathon?)
What goals are reasonable while still enjoying good friends and a social life?
What will determine if a goal is met? (Keep a clean house for a month means…no dust bunnies ever? Keeping horizontal surfaces free of clutter? All of the above?)
How do I get back on the wagon when things get derailed?

Plan: Put all of this homework in a super colorful, easy to read spreadsheet, as an executable plan.

Building a Base:
Run enough to survive the Polar Dash 10k in January.
Weight Training 3 times a week.
Only eat high quality French Fries. No Ruffles and Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Liquid.
Alcohol on trivia night only.
PURGE everything in our home. Empty closets, throw shit out, be RUTHLESS.

How do you prepare to be successful? My usual “wing it” method has not worked tremendously well, so maybe this will? Suggestions for reading material?




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