Saturday, January 16, 2010
I'll hopefully take another nap after I get a little work done. I also need to accomplish some housework, but each time I get up and move around a little it seems like my temperature rises. The mounds of laundry and dishes may just have to wait.
I guess this is like a mini health and weight loss update, huh?
The sad part? Not having one person who will stop by to help out, bring a pizza and some fun for the children or anything that will temporarily relieve the stress of not getting what I need to done. I always think it has something to do with the invisibility of my illnesses. I wonder if I broke my leg, had cancer, was in a car accident or something would anyone come through to help me out. Unfortunately, I seriously doubt it.
The super comes in the form of three little people who have undying energy. While I napped they chased each other through the house screaming and giggling; they played in their room; they drank water; helped their sister in the bathroom and who knows what else. I'm glad there weren't any fights and I was able to sleep relatively well with the noise level, which is a true indication that I definitely don't feel well. Sleep + running, playing children normally = mom irritation, but today I was thinking that I'm glad they're enjoying their day despite the cloudy, rainy weather and their mother passed out on the couch.
How's your weekend thus far?
Friday, January 15, 2010
On January 1, more than 100 million Americans will make a New Year’s resolution, according to a University of Washington survey. By March, however, most resolution-makers will already have broken their newly minted promises.
In his new book, Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals (Amazing Life Press, $29.95, http://www.amazinglifepress.com/), Jason Harvey provides a blueprint for personal success that can make 2010 the year that resolutions become reality.
Most resolutions fail because people try to change too fast and accomplish too much all at once,” said Harvey, a Certified Life Coach. “My book is about learning how to make small daily changes and be your own personal life coach.”
The most common resolutions - to quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more, spend more quality time with family, etc. - are also the easiest to break. “The truth is, we set ourselves up to fail by making resolutions that are sweeping and unrealistic,” explained Harvey.
The resulting cycle of making and breaking promises is self-defeating - so how can individuals make resolutions stick? Achieve Anything in Just One Year equips readers with the tools to:
- Be truly committed.Don’t just go through the motions - act like you’re making a promise to your company, or to your best friend.
- Be specific. A resolution like “I want to lose weight” is easier to ignore than “I want to lose five pounds by March.”
- Set a deadline. A timeframe equals commitment and helps quantify success.
- Avoid overwhelming yourself. You may want to lose weight, quit smoking, achieve moderation with martinis and cut up your credit cards all at once, but let’s get real. Focus on a limited set of goals and plan on taking stock mid-year.
- Change one thing at a time. Recognize that change is hard. Wait to achieve one goal before starting on the next.
- Be realistic. Taking charge of a fitness regimen is a realistic goal, while exercising seven days a week may not be. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment with lofty goals.
The idea is to take daily action that creates a ripple effect in your life,” said Harvey. “By transforming your life with small steps, you can stay motivated, focused and balanced. Best of all, you’ll feel happier about pursuing your personal success.”
Achieve Anything in Just One Year is available to BUY NOW at Amazon.com.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
It's been days since reporter Elise McBride has heard from her sister, Ashley, She's convinced Ashley has met with some kind of foul play, especially when she learns that bodies of other missing women have surfaced in around Chicago - all the victims of a brutal serial killer. Convinced her sister is still alive, Elise vows to risk everything to save her...There enters the hunk of the story: ex-cop Trent Brady who not only has skeletons in his past, but commits to helping Elise find her sister. In the process they, of course, fall for each other. Bad thing is; the psycho has his eyes on her as well.
I'm loving the novels that mix suspense, drama and mystery with a little romance and sexual tension. It's the fabulous change to chick lit called romantic thrillers. If you haven't figured it out yet: I really enjoyed this book.
One of the things I found most fascinating about the author is she's the wife of bestselling author Jim Butcher. She learned to write from him by helping him with his stories. The urge to create her own was too strong and the industrial engineer is now a full-time author. (Inspiring, right?)
If I were you I'd order a copy, and to make it a little easier for you I'm including a link to Amazon here. Yes, it goes through my Amazon associates account, but I know you wouldn't mind clicking through to support a hard-working, freelance, single mom of four. ;D
To really experience The Art of Meaningful Living you'll have to see it for yourself. If you like beautiful artwork with the added benefit of a purpose, or vice versa, then you'll definitely want to grab a copy of this one.
That daughter, who's almost 5 years old, still enjoys her legs and feet massaged so I am glad that I have that bond with her. And with the "Mommy, Draw Stars on My Tummy" book I could have learned more techniques to develop a massage touch and play routine with all of my children. If you're looking for a way to enhance the interpersonal communication, promote health and well being as well as cognitive development then grab a copy so you can begin drawing stars on your little one's tummy.
*Groeneveld is a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist, certified infant massage instructor and mother of two.
I received the above mentioned books in order to compose these reviews/synopsis. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise indicated.
Come on; show me whatcha got!
Revel at The Velveteen Mind has quite a few lurkers as does Greeblemonkey so get a little out of your comfort zone and reveal yourself. For me? :)
Even this post seems randomly, meaningless and just yuck.
Okay, deep breathing is in order here.
Let me try this again.
This week has been crazy. The heat in the van, the heat in the house, the printer that won't load to aforementioned laptop (the one I'd like to shoot into the trash can), the misunderstandings, irritations, money issues, children, forgetful brain and all have literally sucked the life right out of my It's-a-woman's-world writing brain and pushed it somewhere else never to be seen from again.
Okay, the end of that was a bit too dramatic, but you know what I mean.
An-t-way, just wanted to let you know that I'm around. Look for me all over the place: Super Amazing Savings, Coupon Trunk, Facebook, Twitter... send me an email even 'cause I've been in my in box more than I've been here.
Enough shameless plugging? Good. But be on the lookout for some more information about a little project I'll be participating in. I'm a little excited 'cause it'll be another opportunity for me to share my wonderful self with the world. As if you wanted more of me, right? :)
Hope your week is going well. Leave a comment and tell me all about it.
Monday, January 11, 2010
My morning began at 3 a.m. when the baby woke up crying. It was one of those cries that said, "Come get me." Then a misleading pause to make you think they went back to sleep before the "Come get me" gets louder. I stumbled into the children's room and scooped up the baby before she woke up the other children. She was very warm.Click here to read the rest of the post...
It took me a minute to get out of my fog, but I realized that her warmth was not a result of being snuggled comfortably under the blanket... it was coming from the inside of her body. My baby had a temperature.
I grabbed the diaper bag, her sippy cup from the fridge and took everything to my room turning on the light so I could get a good look at her. She was breathing very rapidly and she seemed drowsy. I immediately gave her a dose of Tylenol and encouraged her to drink. She drank thirstily...
I've looked at some Online Colleges as I've considered this new chapter (transition?) in my life. I actually think I want to go back to the classroom; even if it's just on a part-time basis. Whatever I decide to do - online or in a classroom - I'll have to consider the pros and cons.
A few of the benefits of taking courses online are:
- lower costs
- saves time
- easier to balance work, school and family
- ability for a more specialized degree (some profess)
For me, the benefits of attending classes on a campus are:
- Face-to-face feedback on writing
- Interaction (I already work from home)
- Meeting new people
- Change of environment
What about you? Have you ever taken classes online?
Until I got started on my day...
The first thing I noticed when I stumbled out of my bedroom was the temperature. 'Guess I better get someone over here to look at it,' I thought as I quickly showered and dressed.
I sent a text to the neighborhood handyman and he was on his way before I even had a sip of my first cup of coffee. I turned on my computer and found a few things still amiss so I called my computer, best friend guru.
Between the hold ups of getting to work on my computer and discovering that one of my units (the compressor, I think it's called) needs to be replaced... I started getting a little irritable, but I resisted being overcome by my irritability and tried to continue what I was doing. I hoped over to Maternal Spark to read the Weekly Inspiration post and was immediately inspired and encouraged to tackle large projects in bite-sized bits. So how can I do that with my computer issues, my heating issues and other things on my plate?
That's an ongoing question. A question that I can't forget to keep at the top of my mind. If you have large projects that you need to tackle then take Heather's advice at Maternal Spark to bite off a little at a time. (Be sure to check out her post today and join in by sharing your inspiration this week in the comments or on your own blog.) That leads me to what's inspiring me this week
Being me is what's inspiriting me right now. More specifically: Being a blogger. My job/work as a writer and editor inspires me. It's not only the thing that makes me a little mullah, but it's the thing that I most enjoy. I get a high out of writing, creating, being artistic, inspiring, educating and sharing. I can't say that I don't sometimes get frustrated or stressed about it, but at least it's something that I love.
I need to use my love of what I do to fuel me throughout this week and every week. When I get stumped or have writer's block, I should be able to pull up a document on the computer or open a file in my cabinet and use something that has sparked me in the past.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
He's given me a little more time to get the money together to get the laptop I really want. I'm kind of on borrowed time and I'm going to try not to get too attached to this one 'cause the next time he gets his hands on it (he fixed it virtually this time), he said he's going to wipe it clean and start all over.
Oh, the fun of technology.
It was all fun until I finally sat down today to get some work done and realized I had to install Microsoft Office stuff and re-do all of my settings, etc. So instead of actually beginning with work I've been doing a lot of restarting, downloading and trying to figure out what I'm supposed to be doing.
Now it's time to get some work accomplished. If you need me, I'm the lady sitting on her couch with eyes blurred and frantically clicking and typing. Oh, but it's not that bad: Even with the technology wrestling I have really enjoyed my day so I'm not going to complain or get stressed out.