Sunday, January 31, 2016

Let It Snow

Yesterday was a beautiful day in the mid-60's and today it's snowing. That's just how it goes sometimes. Honestly, my only complaint at the moment is that it's not snowing harder. It's peaceful with the snow sifting down, and this is one of those few days that I don't have to go anywhere (now that I'm home from Mass) and I can relax and enjoy being home. I have no idea how much snow there will be; there was talk of up to 18", but often when they say a foot and a half, we might get 2 inches. So, no one knows. I'm thinking Star Wars (the originals, which I think is silly to have to even differentiate. They are the ONLY Star Wars as far as I'm concerned, though I kind of liked the newest one), some tea (I'm especially enjoying this peach herbal tea with my own coconut milk creamer- I added vanilla and, viola! creamer- it tastes like peaches and cream) and I made some chicken soup the other day. Not chicken and noodle, of course, but chicken with a ton of vegetables and some good bone broth. Obviously blogging is also on the list.

I don't know if it's because of the cutting sugar, but I got so much done yesterday! I went hiking with a friend, then she helped me finish my movement challenge on Instagram. (That was so much fun, and I wish I had a monkey bars in my house now!) Then I got home, made food, did laundry, went to the grocery store and went through all of my books, getting rid of over 60 of them. I had my hiking clothes completely cleaned before I even sat down. The dishes were even done before I went to bed. Like I said, a bunch of energy due to a lack of sugar? Who knows, but I'll take it! Oh, yeah, and for those of you who are not on IG, this was my first time ever of successfully completing the monkey bars. Yes, I know, just a bit of a developmental delay there, but I was never able to do it even as a child, so I'm super excited to have made it, and I can't wait to keep working on things.

I am currently reading the book of the hour (or of the last hour, because I'm a little slow), "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". I really like the underlying concept of keeping things that bring you joy. Many of the books that I had were not making me happy, but I felt almost obligated to keep them for various reasons. It was eye opening as I picked up each book to realize how many were not something that were meaningful to my life anymore and that I really could let go. Between that and a big purge a couple of months ago, I'm down from 5 bookshelves and 2 large storage bins to 4 bookshelves and a little room left over. I'm sure that they are still more books than I could read or re-read in my lifetime, but I don't much care. The books I have now are the ones that I love and/or that I'm really interested in. Honestly, not sure that I'll fold my clothes or hang my closets as she suggests (partly because I'm a visual learner and reading how to do it isn't much help), but I am really looking forward to sorting my papers trying to do it as much as possible like she suggests- i.e. get rid of it ALL! I also previously sorted my clothes mostly according to her method; I already thought my wardrobe was small, but I still got rid of 50+ more items. I'll let you know if it changes, but so far I have yet to miss even one single thing out of the hundreds that I have gotten rid of in the last months.

I want to thank you for the encouraging comments on my last post. I don't like to admit to depression (who does), but it is a part of my life. To be honest, while I hate going through it, it is a part of who I am, and not always or even mostly in a bad way. I have learned a lot from it, or rather from getting through it.

What are you up to today? I hope you are enjoying whatever weather comes your way today!


  1. I haven't seen your monkey bars post yet, but when I saw the ones of you on that swinging bar, I thought, "Man, I would love to have one of those!" And not just for my kids.
    I am a constant purger. I like to get rid of things. REally, really like to. I drop things off for donation at least once a month. And yet, I look around and see so many things I could get rid of if I just took the time.
    Good for you being so productive yesterday! That was a ton of stuff to get done!

  2. Your productivity inspires me. I want to purge stuff badly! I need to go buy some big black garbage bags. I have taken to scanning in the important papers that I am supposed to let go of but I still deep down think I may need some day. (Old school syllbi and paperwork.)

  3. After organizing, purging old stuff and giving away so that life is simiple there really is a magical feeling! Maybe not magical but life just feels so much more freeing.

    Hearing about your reading makes me miss reading so much... life is just so busy and finding good books in English here in Mexico is so hard!

  4. What an amazingly productive day you had!!!!! Is that book worth the read? We declutter a few times a year but prObably could do more, with more focus. Peaches and cream. ...mmmmm!!!!!

  5. Cutting sugar really does give you more energy, I'm convinced! And I'm dying to read the tidying up book...although I'm such a purger already, we may end up with like, three possessions total once I do!