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I’m back!!

I miss this space and am going to make an honest attempt to get back to here more often.

I have been out enjoying the summer and it is now winding down so I should have some time to write again. There has also been some reading. 🙂 I’m on track to reach my Goodreads goal of 25 books this year. Go me!!

Over the summer I have had the opportunity to visit/meet up with various friends and family. Great for my spirit, not so good for my wallet.

A couple of years (dang way too long), back I started an impromptu book club and I let it fall by the wayside. I will be reviving some sort of monthly or bi-monthly get together with my friends and family.

This will also get me to deep clean my place a lot more often. 😉 I just need to settle on my living room arrangement. A reorganization of my furniture is long overdue. I would like to change my TV stand and have been going back and forth with myself as there is nothing wrong with my  current one. However, I would like something with drawers to store my DVDs in to reduce the visual clutter.

I am slowly getting rid of things that are just taking up space. I am having honest conversations with myself regarding the likeliness that I really need all these things. It is a work in progress.

I have put off my kitchen renovation until spring. I would like to have less before I start as I will have to store everything in my kitchen throughout the rest of my place and that is a bit overwhelming right now.

Next year will be an expensive year as not only do I want to do these renos, I also want to travel. I have a cousin in Portland who teases me with the most gorgeous scenery pics. A visit is long overdue. To assist with this I am looking for a part time job. Not sure how successful this will be as I only want to work 1 or 2 nights in the week and on the weekends. I have applied to a few places and fingers crossed I can find a company that works with my lifestyle.

I was inspired by one of my cousin’s who managed to work a full time and a near full time part time job in order to come up with the down payment for her house. She has young-ish children and made it work for the year. My kids are pretty much grown. Diva will be 18 next month, so I have a lot of  some extra time which could be best used to make extra cash.

This is my short term plan; declutter, work more, exercise, repeat. Short term pain for long term gain.

Brain dump

I have so many things in my head to write about and now that I am sitting in front of my computer, my mind has gone blank.

Say what!?!

So here are the bits and pieces that I can remember.

For 2015 I challenged myself to read 20 books and I did it!! YEAH me!! 🙂 I didn’t count any cookbooks I went through but I did count 1 children’s book and 2 essentially picture books (the Humans of New York books). This year I increased the number to 25. Given that I sort of started a book club I expect that I will be able to fulfill this task.

On the topic of the book club, I started “The Girl on The Train” mid-November. I am struggling with it. I read 2 other books since November … I have 13 days to finish it. Time to put my nose in a book.

I also started “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up“.

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I love the concepts of this book and will try to implement them as soon as I am finish reading. I see a tidied house in my future. 😀

For Christmas I received a small purse similar to this one, a few colouring books and some pencil crayons. I forgot how much I love to colour. Princess had her eye on my colouring books so I got her one of her own. Now she’s a happy girl.

I have exercised every day since December 1. Last Friday I stepped on the scale and was not happy. How do I weigh more than usual? Not impressed at all. Then I told myself the old muscle weighs more than fat line. I also took my measurements and even though I feel thinner, I’m about the same size I was in 2012 when I started taking my measurements. 😦 Somebody’s got a lot of work to do.

I tallied up my 2015 budget and it was not pretty. My food spending was out of control. I really need to keep a closer eye on this. Reducing my trips to Costco should help. I am also going to try carrying over any excess or deficiencies month to month and see how that works out. I’m all stocked up with meat so there should be some carry over this month.

I was thinking about doing a no spend challenge for the month but I think I would rather dedicate my energies to tidying and colouring. 🙂 If I am home decluttering and colouring I can’t be spending money right? 😉