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Failing in 7 QTs

Friday again.  Linking it with Kelly to recap the week in 7 shorties.

  1. This week I fell down on the job at #Write31Days.  My week just overcame my writing time, however, rather than quit, I’m just going to say that HEY, out of 28 days so far, I’ve blogged 25 or 26.  Win.  I’ll finish out the best I can and go from there.
  2. Hubby and I have made it two weeks in a row of getting up and going to the gym in the a.m. on Wednesday and Fridays.  As in o dark hundred (5 am)  Today, however, the pool was closed.  So we came home and I walked the dog.  Win for the dog, win for me and Hubby gets an earlier start on the day and will get a good ride in at lunch.  Win.
  3. Paleo-ish is going mostly good.  This past week has been a struggle.  Someone brought in Halloween candy and honestly, my willpower just isn’t THERE yet. Further proof that the devil is all over Halloween.  But, I’m still eating my other meals good, so just keep on keepin’  on.  Not quitting.  So another win.
  4. Our pup has (we and the vet think) a sensitivity/allergy to grains and so we switched him several months ago to grain free food, which is working well.  First,we used the stuff the vet had, Science diet, and then after some research to Canidae–better quality and lower price.  Win.  This week, I went to buy his food and the pet store I get it from is no longer carrying it, so what they have left is marked WAY down.  Heading back today to get 2 more bags.  Win.
  5. Our good friend and former marriage counselor is putting on a marriage conference in December in Melbourne, FL.  Unveiled Marriage Conference.  We are planning on going.  Still working out the details on kid care, but this is sure to be amazing.  If you are interested in attending, click the link above and we will see you there!
  6. Almost 7 takes and it’s time to get in the shower and get the kid/breakfast train started.
  7. Point of my 7 QTs today, every FAIL can be a WIN.  It’s all how you look at it.  We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28  

Happy Friday to all and go turn those FAILS around today!


Letting go of perfect

I saw an instagram pic on Elizabeth Foss‘s account today which was an encouragement in letting go of the journey for perfectionism.  You know the one, where you are running yourself and your family ragged doing everything and doing everything perfectly until you hit that snag and BOOM down comes the house of cards, leaving us wilted, frustrated and maybe even angry.

Elizabeth’s picture reminded me that we are our own worst enemies.  No one is tallying up our laundry piles, dirty dishes, extracurricular activities and perfect baked goods for the umpteenth bake sale.  We are the ones doing that, no one else.

The picture was perfectly timed for me today.  Hubby and I both had evening meetings tonight and somehow shuffling our daughter to cheer practice in between.  It’s been a long week and frankly, it’s been a long two weeks!  In this picture, it triggered something in me….the world WILL go on if I miss the occasional meeting (actually it will go on if I miss every meeting) and our evening will become a lot less hectic and rushed.  And I was able to give myself that permission.  Permission to let it go, permission to stop running for a minute and just catch my breath.  I was able to make dinner for my family (really good, see tomorrow’s post for recipe!), not stress about getting our daughter to practice–which was great since the Hubs hit traffic and never would have made it in time.  Time to shower.  In fact, Hubby also skipped his meeting.

It wasn’t a total bon-bon night, but it was a good breather and exercise in letting go of perfect.  An exercise I come back to time and again.

So, keep those Instagrams pretty but hey, let’s keep it real, too.  Life IS good, but it sure isn’t perfect and there is much encouragement in the reality.

Rolling back to normal

Post Hurricane Matthew and we are slowly returning to “normal”.

The kids have one more day off of school.   The total number of days to make up due to inclement weather so far this year:  5.

It will be weeks before tree debris is cleared out of neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods are checker boards of properties with missing, partially missing or severely leaning fences, granting new vistas all over town.  A little weird.  A little cool.

Our dog (and many others)  will be leash walked instead of enjoying his backyard to run and sniff and dig at will.

Sooner than we planned, our home renovation will begin with our master bedroom since a small part of the carpet sustained water damage from water seeping up through the ground.  For now, we’ll get an area rug to cover the concrete rectangle that used to have carpet.

Electricity has been restored to our city, although there are still areas nearby that are out; it is coming along though and for the most part people seem to be getting the hang of 4-way stops at the non-functioning traffic lights.

Our refrigerators and freezer are sparkly clean and slowly filling back up with replaced food.

Our garage has been purged and shelves re-organized.

The inconveniences have been truly just inconvenient.  Yes, they will cost money to repair; money that had not been earmarked yet, but somehow, I have faith it will all work out.  It always does.  The “damage” we sustained was so ridiculously minor to others in our neighborhood, area and state  as well as in in the other states that hosted our unwanted guest, Matthew; that it doesn’t even bear complaining about.  Blessed.  We are so blessed.

I do know we are dealt our hand, which we have little to no control over, what we do with that hand is completely on us.

The storm gave us an opportunity to hunker down with all  of our kids through the meat of the storm, even playing Monopoly for an hour or more until we were all tired of it.  And Clue.  And Gin Rummy.  And I really am not a game player.

We had plenty of food and snacks and down time.

So now we return to normal.  Back to the election nausea.  Projects due on Wednesday at school.  Homecoming week (now 3 days).  Laundry.  Schedules.  Life.

It’s all good.