Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm Back!

Although you probably didn't know I was gone because I'm a paranoid Mommy Blogger who was afraid to let the world wide web know that I wouldn't be home for a week.

We took a great family vacation back to my hometown of San Diego.  As soon as I get caught up (that will happen, right?) I'll  tell you more about it and get caught up on  my blogging.  In the meantime, here's some San Diego sunshine (and a cacuts) for you:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Did you know...

...that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month?  Take time to learn more about how YOU can stay healthy and, hopefully, prevent cervical cancer by visiting Pearl of Wisdom:

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Need A Personal Assistant?

If you don't already follow Tip Junkie, and you're looking to get organized in a fun way, you'll want to check out her new Personal Assistant each month.  Great tips and free printables.  I can't wait to get started.

Reading Challenge Updates

Well, I didn't quite make any of the book challenges I joined in 2009 but I did finish 21 books and I still think that's not too shabby.  For 2010 my goal is to read 30 books (down from 50 but that's ok).  Of the 30 I'm also challenging myself to include10 library books and 10 by authors new to me.

Here's the final 2009 list:

1. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

3. The Rivals by Joan Johnston

4. The Next Mrs. Blackthorne by Joan Johnston

5. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

6. The Passion of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland

7. Miss Julie by August Strindberg

8. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

9. Edith Wharton Short Stories

10. Daddy by Danielle Steele

11. Witness in Death by JD Robb

12. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

13. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

14. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Myer

15. The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton

16. What am I thinking; Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman

17. Literary Savannah by Patrick Allen

18. The Mighty Queens of Freevile by Amy Dickinson (LOVED this book)

19. Red, White and Blue by Susan Iassacs

20. The Deception of the Emerald Ring

21. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It's A New Year

First, let me just say that I don't make resolutions.  The only one I've ever kept was the one I made around seven years ago:  not to make any more New Year's Resolutions.  That being said, I do like to set certain goals for myself.  I just don't put that pressure on of having to accomplish something by the end of the year - that just doesn't work for me.

So, I've thought a lot about what I want to work on this year and I decided that getting my life organzied is a good way to go.  I don't just mean clutter on the dining room table (oh there's plenty) but rather clutter in my life.  Little by litte I want to fix this.  I realize this will be a process and I may need to take baby steps in some sense.

I posted a week or so ago about going back to work.  You see, I've been browsing around The Professional Family Manager for at least six months and thinking how right Michelle is:  Motherhood is a job.  A full-time job at that.  So why don't I treat it like one? 

I get to the end of every day, get the baby (ok, toddler) in bed, and start scrambling to finish about a million chores before bed.  If I decide to relax, then the chores pile up for the next day and thus the vicious cycle begins.  By the next morning, I'm exhausted and don't get up till I hear babble (or cries) coming from the other room.  I then trudge, toddler in tow, to the living room in my pajamas and slippers.  By the time I get dressed for my day, it's already half over!  This just can't go on.

Now, if you didn't click on either of the above links yet, do.  Then come back.

My plan is to start reorganizing my routine.  I need to set my alarm, get up, get showered, dressed, etc. and start my work day.  Hopefully, I can get some of my chores, even if it's just the sit-down computer type, done before the ltitle guy is up and clamoring (rightly so) for my attention.  My goal is to get my evenings back - I want to be able to sit and relax before bed not always scrambling to get everythign done.  I realize that won't always be the case but my hope is that it also won't be the norm.

Wish me luck!  I've never been an easy riser (I'm the queen of the snooze button) so this is definitely going to take some doing.  Baby steps.  I just need to remember it doesn't all have to happen at once.

Happy New Year!

*Photo Credit to Laurie|Liquid Paper on Flickr