Saturday, June 6, 2015

Making a list, 6.6.15

No, Christmas is not on my mind yet. I just think I need a(nother) list. I can't remember the last time my mind felt this "jumbled". I think I've had so many plans in mind for my summer break, that I just can't get my head around any of them at this point. I honestly feel like I have some sort of attention issue. And I don't really like that. Today, I found myself going from laundry, to cleaning the garage, to working on a stitching project, to reading a book, to planting flowers- all within a couple of hours. And I'm not even exaggerating! So enough of that nonsense....I'm going to make that list. I wrote about this a couple of summers ago (you can read about that here) and it really does help. As I've gotten older, I have become much more routine oriented. When I was younger, just the word "routine" made me cringe. To me, "routine" coincided with being old and crotchety. It was definitely the opposite of "free-spirit", which had always been the way I thought of myself. But now, I need it. As much as I like having a break from lesson planning, getting up early and dealing with teenagers every day, I also enjoy the routine of it all. Without the routine, I get to sleep later, but when I wake up, I feel aimless and my mind drifts from one thing to another. Yep, a list is definitely what this wandering mind needs. So, I'll write my daily list in this cute little notebook (one left over from the last time I wrote about making a summer list)  and I'll be on track from here on out and this summer will be my most productive one yet. The power of positive affirmations, right?!

Well, enough about lists. I'll update on how well the list is working, as more blog time is on the list :)  For now, I'll leave you with my "lately" (and there has been a LOT, lately!). Oh, and just a warning: PICTURE OVERLOAD AHEAD.

Making: I have three projects in the works that have to be finished by mid June, so expect updates on those. And my daily paintings will pick back up tomorrow. (Thanks to M. for always reminding me how important that is.)
A glimpse of project #1.

Drinking: Still stuck on Starbucks Decaf Flat White with coconut milk (It's way too easy to hop in the car and go to Starbucks now!)

Eating: A lot more. Yay! My test results came back and I have no dairy or wheat sensitivity but I am sensitive to corn, clams (of all things!) and a few other things, including MSG. So I have been avoiding gluten and dairy for several years now and replacing it with corn based products and this whole time I've had a sensitivity to corn! No wonder I wasn't getting better. I will say that I have felt SO much better eating the clean, whole foods for the last couple of months, though. So, even though I know I can have certain foods now, I'm still going stick to the "no processed" or "less than five ingredients" foods. But, will I have pizza with cheese and a slice of pie every so often? You bet I will!!

The first piece of REAL pizza I've had in several years. REAL cheese and REAL crust. Imo's. SO GOOD!

Watching: The videos from my son and daughter-in-law's rehearsal dinner and wedding. On the emotional scale of 1-10, I feel like I've been at 11+ for the last few weeks.  I go from missing my boy (so much!), to being so happy for him and his wife, to feeling so sad that his dad isn't here to witness this, and so on and so on, many times, over the course of each day. Wow.

Reading: Catching up on some books that I've had for a while- Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and just starting The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Yoga for Life: a Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom

Listening to: Beautiful Boy by John Lennon- can't stop listening.

Thinking about: All of the time and effort my new daughter-in-law and her family put into this wedding. It was beyond beautiful and I'm so grateful to them for giving my son a day that he will never forget.

The bride and groom, Jamey and Alicia (aka Eddie and Falicia) dancing up a storm at the reception

A gift from my daughter-in-law. I love this :)

A gift from my son.

My boys with their girls.

These two are more like sister and brother than cousins. By the way, she will be giving us another Baby G in June :)

Eddie and Sister visiting with some long-time friends.

Peanut, dancing up a storm with two of his MawMaws.

Beautiful cake and beautiful couple.

My mother's rose. Perfect white rose.
Ruben J was a significant part of the ceremony.
M with his Brooklyn girl and her boyfriend, who were home for the wedding.

Laughing at: Myself, for backing into my son's girlfriend's car the morning of the wedding. It was so stupid that I have to laugh at myself. And I'm glad his sweet girlfriend laughed about it, too.

Disliking: Myself, for backing into my son's girlfriend's car!

Loving; My bonus kids-son (in-law) and daughter (in-law) and Little Man's girl. I couldn't have asked for kids who are so easy to be around and who feel like they have always been a part of our family. I'm so lucky. And M's kids- I don't see them often enough, but have such a fun time with them when I do see them.

And a few random photos that I just felt like sharing:

My boy- the Carhartt model! So proud!

And our other set of "boys". Love them to pieces!

Have a great weekend!  Juli

1 comment:

  1. 1. Lists save me! 2. I backed into a picnic table Friday - lol - I feel your pain. 3. Corn?! It's been corn?! I never woulda guessed that! 4. Your son is a carhartt model? 5. Glad you are painting & stitching again! 6. Great photos!