January 2016

Holy cow! Is it really already January 28th? Not sure why I’m surprised. For the first month of the new year, January is a terrible way to start. It seems someone always gets sick. We stay inside way more than we should. Plus it is always cold.

For 2016, I have big plans. Those plans require actions. January has slipped by with very little done to move anything forward. But as Scarlet O’Hara says, “Tomorrow is another day.” I feel like February will be a better month. I did get some things accomplished for January.

Videos:

I edited a couple of videos for my daughter’s You Tube channel. I also made a video for my crochet channel. Both of those accomplishments felt good and like real progress. It reminds me how much I love the editing and shooting videos. It’s a real throwback to the early days of my first career in television.

Web Comics:

I made two web comics. Granted they are one panel each but at least it’s content. I have so many ideas that I just need to start putting out there hoping that it will entertain someone besides me.

So yeah. January wasn’t a complete wash but hoping to do more in February. I think I am slowly learning that I cannot do every idea I have and that I must choose which projects I want to pursue. That alone will hopefully keep me focused and motivated.

2015 Goals Update – May

Wow. Already May, huh? This is month five of 2015. Let’s see how those goals are coming along.

Here it is. The last day of March already.

Freelance full-time
(Feb)Still would like to do this but exploring options right now.
March – Still wanting to do this and thinking either by the end of the year of next spring is my goal to make it happen.
May – This month I plan to actually do some writing for two content websites. I’ve worked with them before but it has been a while. I plan to write 2-3 articles for each.

Debt Free
(Feb)working to dwindle down the smallest student loan which should be paid in March. Two more to go and then the car. This goal is pretty much on track.
March – The IRS wants more of our money for taxes so this will hinder paying this off until April.
May – Got the IRS their money and also knocked out another student loan. 2 more to go. Both are $2800 so should be relatively fast. Then it is just the vehicle.

Save at least $3K
(Feb)I haven’t started saving this yet.
March – no change. Haven’t started saving.
May – Sadly no savings.

WRITE
(Feb)Have written very little. Have to do more.
March – Have done a few blog posts and have an idea for Camp Nano which will start in April. I have a goal of 15,000 words.
May – Failed Camp Nano. Had less than 3K words. But I am working on a novel idea and a short story.

Draw
(Feb)I’ve drawn a little bit and bought a drawing book that I’ve yet to open but looks promising.
March – I try to draw everything – at least something. My new project is work on one comic for a week and then post the best drawing of it.
May – I haven’t drawn much. Have plenty of ideas but just can’t get them out of my head. ARRGGHH!!!

Lose Weight and RUN!
(Feb)have gained a pound. Must tighten up this even if it means doing a diet like Atkins to get started just to see some progress.
March – Not much progress here. I did buy a stepper exercise thing that I enjoy using and am gaining some stamina. Now that it is better weather it will be time to get out more. That is if the pollen doesn’t dictate otherwise.
May – Have lost 9 pounds but haven’t started running yet. The goal is to do a 5K by September.

Organize and clean house
(Feb)House is still an utter chaos but have started working on a plan.
March – The living room is now in order. This weekend we will shampoo carpets, wash curtains, and rearrange furniture.
May – Downstairs not bad – The big stuff is done but still plenty to do.

(Feb)While I haven’t had a lot of progress, I hope the next update to have the clutter under control and to have lost 5 pounds. Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
March – Not too many updates and not where I’d hope to be. But that is the whole reason for doing an update is to remember these goals and to work on them.
May – I feel good about where I am. Ofcourse I would like more progress on the writing and drawing but I feel the more I do to organize our home, the more focused I can be on other tasks. Here’s hoping for a great May.

Day 3 – Christmas Notebook

Advent ornament for day 3

The first year I bought gifts for everyone in my family I was in college. It was easy to keep up with the whole crew as there were my two brothers, four nieces, and a nephew. Years later and that number has significantly grown. My nieces now have kids of their own and there is also my husband’s family. So family gift giving has become way more joyously complicated. Now we just buy for the kids under eighteen but still that number is a glorious twenty-two!
I started keeping a notebook to make my Christmas list a few years ago. I would use one sheet just as a list of people I wanted to buy for. Then another sheet for a budget. On either of these sheets or even a third one, I keep up with what gifts I have bought and for whom which comes in handy the next year. Since we travel to during the holidays, I also keep track of when the gift was wrapped and packed as the last thing I want to do is shop a few days before Christmas.
A composition notebook is what I use, and it works just fine. They cost less than two dollars, and one notebook will last you for several Christmases. It’s an easy way to organize your holiday gift giving.

Money Challenge 2014

So last year I had wanted to do the money challenge where you save $1 the first week of the year, then $2 the next week and so forth. By the end of the year, you have what could be a very nice Christmas budget. Last year I made it until February or March before totally forgetting about it. This year I plan to try again but with a twist.

I read a suggestion to do this money challenge backwards – that is to start with $52 the first week, $51 the second week, and so forth. This way the challenge gets easier plus you see more saved money sooner which is always exciting. I will post monthly my progress since blogging is one of my resolutions for the new year. It’s amazing how much I miss blogging but never do it. It’s all about finding balance. So with blogging I will do what I can – no set number of posts and posting multiple times a day if the fancy strikes.

So hopefully I can keep to the money challenge and have a nice Christmas budget.

My Valentine

Here is my Valentine working on her Valentines for her class. It was seven years ago on Valentine’s Day that I took a pregnancy test that was positive. Needless to say, that was the best Valentines ever. She is such a joy to our lives. I highly recommend being a parent. Kids are awesome and a ton of fun. It’s not all fun and games but there is always joy. I love that girl of mine!

Part 3

Welcome back me! This is my second restart of this blog. I had let registration passed months ago but decided that I really would like it again. Luckily it was available. Best of all, I never deleted the information from my web hosting, so my old blog is all here. So this time I won’t be starting again from square one.

I have a few blogs but wanted one where I can talk about some subjects that would be off topic from my other blogs. Instead of making a blog for each topic, I will just roll them all together here.

I have started decluttering our house and am selling a lot of it on eBay. That is one subject that also goes hand in hand with our plan to get out of debt and manage our money better. I’ve lost 30 pounds and still need to lose about 20 pounds, so the dieting category will also stay. I’m also planning on running my first 5K at the end of February. I’m still Catholic, blogger, and a crocheter so those subjects may creep up every once in a while. My daughter is now 5 and we are getting ready for kindergarten(darn those late fall birthdays or she could have started this year).

So this blog will be very eclectic and hopefully informative and entertaining.

Wet Toilet Paper and Other Nonsense

I remember the first time I heard about wet toilet paper and thinking that’s the dumbest idea I’d ever heard of. Well apparently I was wrong. My husband soon bought some and loved it. I have to admit that it is a great product. But it’s one of those products that sounds like a total waste but is actually pretty useful.

I thought satellite radio was a ridiculous idea. Who is going to pay for something you can get for free? Yep, we have satellitel radio now and love it. It’s great for travel since you don’t lose the station you are listening to.  Now I can’t imagine not having satellite radio.

When I first thought of posting this, I was going to try to think up a nice long list of products but so far have only thought of 2. So what are some products that you have bought reluctantly but now can’t live without?

My Top 5 iPod Apps

For Christmas, I got an iPod Touch. I have to say that it’s one of my all-time favorite Christmas gifts ever. I have to admit that I use the apps more than I listen to music. There are many apps available. I check the top 25 paid/free apps almost everyday and download those that look interesting or read/hear about on TV or online.

5. Flixster is an app that displays movie show times to theaters. Just put in a zip code for find a cinema near you. It’s easier to use this app than it is to go through the local theater’s website.

4. Flashlight turns your iPod into a flashlight and it works well. We live close to Grandma and sometimes walk out there at night. Flashlight comes in handy when I can’t find a real flashlight.

3. Colorsplash is a fun app to use with your photos. Colorsplash removes all the color of your photo and then with your finger, you can color it back in. You can save then email your creations to you friends.

2. Doodle Kids is an app I heard about on a television news program. It was written by a nine year old and he wrote it for his younger sister. My little girl loves it. It uses shapes like triangles and circles that change color as you draw on the screen. My toddler figured this out that if you tap it with two fingers, the background changes color. We play ‘Blues Clues’ with it(a doodle, doodle, doodle..guess!) and draw our favorite shapes. Her favorite shape is a circle, mine is a triangle, and Daddy is a square!

1 Bejeweled 2 has to be number one of my list as it has become my nightly routine to play a few rounds before bed. It’s my favorite app game so far. It’s a great representation of the PC version of the game.

31 days to build a better blog

I’ve just signed up for the April 31 days to build a better blog over at Problogger.net. It could be a very busy month since I write for 11 blogs.

Most of my blog network blogs I post more frequently on than my personal blogs although it’s always been my goal to do more with what I own. Hopefully this challenge will help me do more with my blogs.

Now that I’m home again full-time, I really want to take my blogs ‘to the next level’ instead of this just being a hobby. Hopefully this challenge will give me some insight and motivation to do just that.

I have been working to clean up my blogs as I used to do paid posts. For me it just became too much about the money and not about my content. I want to write useful content and hopefully that will eventually mean money through advertising. We’ll see how it goes. If not then I’m just happy knowing that what I write is helpful to someone.