Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kitchen Declutter

I decided to start early on Zone 2 which includes the kitchen. Before I can really clean it, I'm supposed to declutter it! Last month, I was able to make headway with the files, the desk and the glassed shelves. This time, I'm attacking the cupboards.

Here's some stuff that I'm finally letting go of:

  • A broken hand blown votive holder. It was beautiful! Someday, I was going to do something with the pieces, not sure what.
  • Fridge Magnets. I must admit to something here. I covered the side of the fridge that faces the stove with magnets. Why? Because I could never keep that side clean! So, I'd switch the magnets out and throw away the dirty ones. And the magnets were things that I thought I should keep. But why really, do I need them?
  • Expired food
  • Matches - for some reason, I have a big box of these.
  • Napkins from our wedding. I had these idea that I'd save the leftovers for our anniversary party. But let's face it, these napkins - we didn't even want to use them when I was trying to use them up!
I have rediscovered:
  • 3/4 of a shelf free, under the pans. I can keep all my pots on pans on one shelf. the 2nd shelf in that cupboard holds our waffle maker, that's it.
  • My yarn dyeing drawer

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mornings - Who Knew?

I've been getting up early 3 mornings a week to go running since about July or August. So as I was trying to figure out how to get in all my Fly Lady tasks, I thought, why not add one thing onto each morning schedule? I can slowly work it in, and if I can't get it done in the morning, then I can do it later that day. The driving reason behind all this, was that I would like my evenings to be free, and not have to do any cleaning.

So, new tentative schedule made, we'll see how this goes.

This morning, I hit the snooze button a couple times, hoping my husband would get up and take the dog out. No such luck. I got up, took out the dog, did my list and then it was time to go vote. Came back, had breakfast and then went to work. All of this in the morning and I am not a morning person. Granted, I wasn't fully awake the whole time and maybe that's a good thing. And I am very grumpy still in the beginning. But I did get through my stuff and still had time to spare. It was like magic!

Now, though, I'm feeling pretty tired. Do you think my work would mind if I scheduled in an afternoon nap?

First 5K Report

It was a beautiful morning, a little chilly but warming up. We picked up my friend, Cris and headed over to Como Lake for the Fearless 5K and 2 laps around the lake. I had my hand knit mitts and cowl, so I was ready to go.

Oddly enough, I wasn't nervous. In fact, I think I was a little too laid back. I remember in high school I did a presentation where the teacher commented that we were a little too laid back. Maybe when I get too nervous my nerves shut down and I just survive that way.

We lined up in the back of the pack. What I didn't realize until afterward, was that they started the 1.5 mile walkers at the same time! So we were lined up with the walkers. Because of that, it was hard to start running. So we had to walk until there was open space. There were a few people in costume and even a wedding party.

I think that I started off too fast, even though I didn't think I did. I started to run a minute, walk a minute and had a hard time running just a minute! What happened to my 6-8 minute runs?! For the recovery walks, I was going faster than usual because Cris can walk just as fast as I run. So perhaps I wasn't getting my recovery walks in quite right. Whatever the case, I was feeling very turtle-like.

May I just say, that I had the best cheering section? My brothers & sisters in law came out to cheer me on. Even baby Sam made an appearance, but apparently sleeping was more important to running to him right now. I even got flowers and a balloon.

And so we started our second lap. We seemed to hit more of our stride. I started to walk slower, at a better pace and was able to run at least a minute in between. I also noticed that there were not many people behind us anymore! That must have been when the walk was over. The crowd was definitely thinned out and I was thinking, "are we last?"

But there were at least a few people behind us. There was one lady that was very inspiring. She walked and ran like us and was always just a few yards behind. This whole time, I was running and walking, and I realized that my mind was still thinking this was a training run. That I didn't want to push too hard and get injured or tired out or whatever. But then I said to myself, "Hello - this is a race! This is what I was training for." And then I pushed myself more. I was still frustrated that I couldn't run as much as I had in the past. I'm not sure if it was because I hadn't run much the 2 weeks before, if it was a different location or if it was just nerves. But anyway, we did finish.

I was hoping for 45 minutes, but the time was flipped to 54. We were some of the last ones, but hey, I knew that I might be last going in. The good thing is, there is a lot of room for improvement for the next race.

This was a good race to go to for a first one. It was fairly low key and we only had about 5-6 people pass us during the first lap. The people were very friendly and helpful as well. Thank you to all of my cheering crew!

First race done. Now we'll see what's next.

November Legs

Before my race report, let me get my legs out here...

Excuse the messy floor. The puppy seems to drag in leaves and such each time he goes out.

Garage Sale 2010

A couple weeks ago, I had my garage sale. This was after the FlyLady had said not to do this because you can't recoup the money from all the stuff you bought. Well, I had been saving stuff up for quite awhile. I had decided not to save things that I might price less than $1 in order to have a nicer and not a junk sale. The rest I either threw away, recycled or donated to charity.

I was actually kinda dreading the sale. But with my new FLY tools, I was able to prepare 15 minutes at a time and could plan out my set up better. Before FLY Lady, I most likely would have worked like a dog until I dropped. But this time, I stopped every 15 minutes to drink some water and think about what was next.

Last time, I remember being so tired. When it went to take down the signs, I recall being so weary that I could barely pull them up. And we didn't make much more than $200, so why bother? But for this time, it was too late to NOT do it. I had boxes of good stuff saved and a bit of small furniture to unload. My prayer the night before is that it would be a "joy and delight" to everyone, including me.

By the end of day one (Weds), we had cleared $200. Day two, I decided to do 1/2 price because it was my last day. We cleared $450! And got rid of a bunch of junk in the process. A few people told me that they hadn't been to such a nice sale in a long time. A few people went away very happy. One lady commented that she felt like I was giving her things, boy did she have a big smile. Another lady said that she had almost lost her faith in garage sales and was going to stop. But my sale renewed her faith in garage sales. I had no idea there was a faith in garage sales, but whatever it is, that lady had it.

By the end, I wasn't exhausted, not energetic, but pleased. It was my best garage sale yet. Will I do it again? Not for awhile, maybe in 2 years. But then again, I am getting rid of stuff NOW so maybe I will never again have that much nice stuff at one time to sell.

Whatever the case, it was a Joy and Delight.