Week in Review 7

So it’s been 2 weeks since I checked into Meghan’s weekly list love party… I’d say sorry but I’m not :0 We’ve spent the past two weeks in total re-do mode painting and deep cleaning majority of our house and it’s starting to feel like home.  Here’s the rundown.

So. Much. Paint. We spent one weekend doing the first floor with a little help from my dad to reach the tallest point of our ceilings.

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We spent the next weekend painting our family room together and then I knocked out our bedroom by myself when Z went to work.

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I borrowed my aunt’s steam cleaner and deep cleaned all our carpets, especially former bird room turned office (yay no more bird poop carpet!).

Z went on a de-spidering spree, collecting and freeing almost a dozen of them to the backyard.

I ventured back into the world of crafting by giving our couch pillows fresh covers and painting the really cool (if I do say so myself) waveform piece that’s going to hang above our bed. IMG_7605

We successfully built an office desk (even if it took two days). We also built a bookshelf, a coffee table, and two nightstands. I’m calling it quits on the furniture assembly for a while.

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My dad came back over to help us remove the (awkwardly placed) ceiling fan that was in our hallway. While he was here he helped me install the wall grates that I’d unsuccessfully tried to hang on 3 previous occasions.

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Our furniture was delivered (no assembly required!) except they forgot our couch feet… so some assembly required after I pick those up later this week.

After a whirlwind couple of weeks I’m looking forward to using my spring break from work to settle. I’m hoping to hang some pictures, maybe touch up some of the trim painting, and continue our ongoing war with the spiders. I’ll probably watch a decent amount of food network too because #balance.

 

Week in Review 6

This week has been a big one, so big in fact that I don’t have anything particularly witty or creative in terms of an introduction to give you, so let’s get right into the list love.

This week was moving week! We spent Monday and Tuesday packing the last of our boxes (and barely sleeping) in preparation for our close on Wednesday.

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After an (almost painless) close Wednesday morning we were proud owners of a house! Of course, we happened to have like 30mph winds that day which added an extra layer of fun to the whole moving in process. We spent Wednesday moving boxes with our cars and Thursday moving furniture with a Uhaul. We spent both days doing a very thorough cleaning of every single surface.

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Friday morning was back to work, but that night we broke in the place by having my cousin and her husband over for pizza and games. I’m pleased to say the island I assembled (and the chairs Z assembled) both survived their first use.

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I’ve also decided the house must be lucky because I won my first ever game of Catan! 

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The rest of the weekend was spent welcoming more family (my mom, my aunts, and a few of my cousins all came by on Saturday), settling in, and starting work. After a big trip to Home Depot we started in on our first projects.

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I put up a ton of test patches for the paint we’re going to use on the main floor and in the family room. I’m happy to report that the top color (which was my favourite) looked great in all the different lighting possibilities I put it against.

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I also dusted our realllly tall ceilings, and gave the walls their first washing followed by patching all the cracks and nail holes. By the end of this project I’m hoping to feel more comfortable up on a ladder. IMG_7425

Z worked a good portion of the weekend but he still found time to put a (much needed) fresh coat of caulk around our bathtub. Our first week into home ownership has been a whirlwind to say the least (not at all helped by the fact that I have a ‘want-to-do list’ that’s a mile long) but it feels really good to have finally achieved the goal that has been a year and a half in the making.

 

Monthly Challenges March 2017

Spring is just around the corner and so is the purchase of our house! for my March monthly challenges, I’m embracing the new beginning to try a little self-improvement that (in my mind) is long overdue.

30 days of Hairstyles

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I have always been jealous of the girls who know how to do things with their hair. 99.9% of the time mine ends up in a messy ponytail to keep it out of reach of grabby hands when I’m on behavior calls with my students. That being said I know plenty of women who manage to maintain a balance of beauty and function when it comes to their hair… this month I’m hoping to become one of them.

Morning Routine

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I’m planning to use this month do develop a morning self-care routine. Right now I have a lot of things that I do inconsistently and a lot of things that I want to try. My plan is to use this month to try them out and develop a routine that is suited to me. I know that consistent routines are an important part of keeping me from feeling overwhelmed and I’m looking forward to using my space (in our place!) to find the balance I need.

Are you an expert at doing hair?  Do you have a morning routine you love? Shout out with any advice you have in the comments.

 

List Love: February 2017

February has me feeling weird. From finding our future house to managing a downswing in my mood I’ve hit the highs and lows in seemingly equal measure. Lucky for me there’s no craziness that can’t be combated with a list. Here’s all the February had to offer:

Currently Watching

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Z and I are still keeping up with The Walking Dead and Supernatural. We also started Westworld this weekend, time will tell if we keep up with it or not.

Currently Reading

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I worked my way through a couple of books including The Autistic Brain, Why Not Me, and The Queen of the Night. I just picked up a new stack at the library this weekend, I’ll probably start with The Miniaturist.

Currently Listening

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I’ve been digging into my Podcast feed as I’ve been trying to get in a few more run/walks as of late.  My favorite episodes of the month were That’s So Maven episode 6, The Minimalists episode 60, and every episode of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (because I always need a laugh on my Monday commute).

Currently Making

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A huge stack of materials that I’ve been procrastination for work. I’ve been slowly developing a library of functional life scripts for my life skills students and my dementia patients. If you need to teach anyone to send a text or use a Keurig I’ve got the visuals for you!

Currently Feeling

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Pretty good. I’m not going to lie my anxiety flared up in a major way this month, understandable considering the huge life things that were happening, but always frustrating when I’ve managed to keep myself stable for so long. I’m making a conscious effort to keep tracking my moods and my triggers to help keep these flare-ups to a minimum.

Currently Planning

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All. The. Things. We move in 8 days and while we have a lot done there are all these last minute things still to do. Lucky for me Z is happy to let me make the list and just tell him what needs to be done.

Currently Loving

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Life. It’s hard not to feel good when everything we’ve been working towards the last 15 months is finally coming together. Whatever the future may hold Z and I are ready to face it our way.

Week in Review 5

I’m trying to live this year with intention which has given me an appreciation for the seemingly normal activities of daily life. What better way to reflect on the beauty of those simple moments than through  Meghan’s weekly list party?!

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I wrote 6 annual IEP’s, reviewed 5 potential students for admission, completed testing for 2 triennial evaluations, and evaluated a new home health patient. It has been the week from paperwork h*ll. The only bright side to having all the paperwork done is the 2-week break I have before my next batch of meetings starts up… just in time to do quarterly updates on my whole caseload.

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I also battled some sort of stomach bug on and off for this week. It wasn’t the plague that swept my school at the start of the month and it was probably (definitely) related to a certain friend being in town for the week, but it left me nauseous and sluggish in a way that I haven’t been for a long time. Obviously, the best solution to anything that makes you feel that crummy is Tumeric Tea and a good book.

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I finished the month strong with my #MinsGame challenge, clearing 73 unneeded items from my life in the month of February (hence the big trip to Goodwill).  I was less successful with my proposed handstand challenge, I blame the aforementioned stomach issues for limiting that challenge, but at least I did get moving a few days this past week which did my body (and my mind!) some good.

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Z and I made a trip to Ikea for our kitchen furniture and booked our Uhaul for the move. We also finished packing all but the essentials still in use… and took a huge pile of stuff to Goodwill.

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I decided on my monthly challenges for March and cleaned up some blog posts that have been sitting in my draft tab for far too long.

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I did the usual ironing/room cleaning/grocery shopping chores. It was super easy to grocery shop this week as we’re trying to clear out all the food we have before the move… it may be a little harder to eat as I try to use up the random bits of pasta/veggies/cheese/meats we have but what’s life without a little challenge.

What’s one challenge you’re facing this week? Any advice for a control freak who’s gearing up for a move?

Week in review 4

Sometimes I set intentions for a week, workout 5 days and eat full meals each day and read the stack of research journals piling up on my nightstand, and when I don’t achieve those goals I take it as an excuse to get down on myself. Nevermind the fact that I was already feeling down on myself to begin with, which is why I didn’t accomplish any of the things I had hoped… vicious cycle much?

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Rather than getting down on myself, I am choosing to recognize what I did accomplish this week, however small it may seem. Shoutout as always to Meghan for giving me the forum to spill the crazy thoughts in my brain.

I got at least 8 hours of sleep each night, with a little extra on the weekend in the form of naps. Sure my hair my look a little crazy when I rock a ponytail for the third day in a row, but who am I to argue with my body when it wants just 5 more minutes?

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I worked a full week at my regular job, including writing annual reviews for 2 of my most challenging students. I also saw two home health patients and continued getting set up for part-time hours in a local pediatric clinic. I may have an increasingly thick stack of articles I want to read to help me design the best treatment for the wide range of individuals I treat, but I always leave work feeling like I made a difference for somebody.

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I fully enjoyed all my co-treatment sessions with occupational therapy. From yoga to crab walking I got a full range of movement at work each day this week. I may not have had the motivation to do any additional exercise, but the movement I got did my body good.

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I spent Sunday afternoon/evening tearing apart all our belongings in the basement and reboxing them in some semblance of order. During this time I also bagged up several bags of unused items for donation and attempted to convince Z that he should do the same.

Annnd that’s about it. I’m hoping to move out of this funk in the week to come, but I’m also trying to be respectful of my body’s natural highs and lows by not pushing myself if my motivation doesn’t come back.

Do you struggle with your motivation? Do you push through or give yourself a break?

 

Week in Review 3

You’ll have to forgive me for skipping out on our weekly list party last week… you see Z and I were busy processing all the paperwork to buy our house!!

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We spent the last week going through home inspection and radon testing, settling the contract with the relators, and handing over more personal documents than  I can count to our lender. We close on March 8th which is just 30 short days away :0

Once the paperwork was done I was able to settle and do the rest of my usual week stuff. I grocery shopped and did a mini-meal prep including some Super Bowl snackage.

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I worked a full week at school (which was crazy busy since almost half our students/staff have been out sick), plus 8 hours of tutoring (my students are all taking the ACT next weekend), and 2 evaluations for new home health patients.

I cleaned the bedroom and did a massive pile of ironing I’d been ignoring all week.

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I only did two days of yoga and my body regrets it… it’s definitively back to the mat for the week ahead.

I finished a book. It was okay, not as insightful as I had heard but definitely an interesting glimpse into the world of some of my higher level students. I also hit up the library for a new stack in hopes of doing some more reading this week.

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Last week was crazy, to say the least. Exciting, exhausting, and crazy. And while I’m excited for all that’s on the horizon I’m looking forward to the calmer week ahead.

What does your week look like? Any excitement (or crazy) in your life these days?