Monday, February 28, 2011

Random Pictures of my Life

Through there is an application called Cozi.  Cozi provides a download that takes all the pictures on your computer and makes a continuously changing collage.  I thought I'd share a few of them with you.

 Welcome to our home.

Our philosophy

Party Central

Kitchen Sink during the Renovations

At my brother's wedding

Baby Widget ... not impressed.

On way downtown

Toronto skyline

Barry hanging around

on a cold winter night ....

The happy couple

Mr. Widget

Valentine's Day - 2010

One of my home made lattes - sorry Starbucks ... you don't hold a candle to mine LOL

Me and my lil sis

Widget loves Nutkin

Scotter (l) and Rufus (r)

I think I might do this periodically ....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Procrastination and Perfection

Hello ... My name is Sandy and I am a procrastinating perfectionist. I know, admitting it is the first step.

I've kind of immersed myself in FLYlady's teachings lately. She seems to sit on one shoulder telling me to "jump in where you are" and Bill Phillips on the other shoulder who is telling me to just get up, get moving and don't let anyone or anything get in my way. it's a little noisy in my head lately 'cauz they've both been nattering at me a lot.

So when the alarm went off Wednesday morning, I hit the snooze and then got up on the second alarm and did my cardio/ab workout. And felt much better. Getting up at stupid o'clock was much easier Thursday morning.

I got sick a couple of weeks ago and have really struggled to get back in the swing of things. The hardest part is getting my butt in gear. Like a locomotive or rocket, 90 percent of the energy is consumed in lift off. But once moving, it's hard to stop it.

I've been feeling tired, lethargic and pudgy. Time to change that. I took a good long hard look at my goals this morning. They're posted on our fridge, freezer, in the office and most notably in the gym. I stopped and really looked at it.

I've been slacking on my tracking, my planning and updating sessions. The "old" me, the perfectionist, would have just waited to get back to her workouts back on track until she had all her ducks in a row. The "new" me, who has these two wonderful, amazing people nattering away at me telling me to get moving. FLYlady says that housework done poorly is still housework done. So even if I don't have everything just so, if I get and keep moving, things will happen.

The "old" me would have thrown her hands up in frustration and would end up doing nothing. No more. I have been reformed.

And even if I don't post every day, I am still working on this project (me).

I would encourage you to start. Or re-start. Or keep moving. Its a whole lot easier to keep moving rather than having to get that locomotive moving again.

Until next time ....

Saturday, February 12, 2011

All it takes is one comment ...

It's amazing how sometimes all it takes is for one person to say one thing ... and your world changes....

I was chatting with my sis one day, catching up on happenings when she casually mentioned   I know I've mentioned this site before.  Barry bought me her first book, Sink Reflections, for my birthday.  He debated because he knows how extremist I can be.  But he likely decided that having a neat freak is better than having a slob.

One of the things I love about her teachings, is taking it slow.  Doing a little at a time.  That doesn't always work for me but then again our house wasn't a disaster ... just a little untidy and very disorganized.  As I look around the house and open doors, I'm realizing how far I've come in a short period of time, noticing how many other things need to be done, but accepting that it's going to take a few weekends to get where I want to be.  I had loads of energy this morning/early afternoon, so I took everything out of the linen closet, wiped down all the shelves, organized the shelves - one for Christmas, one for summer, one for linens (very few), and 2 for serving pieces, including a fondue set which we have yet to use.  Did I ever feel great!  I thew out a few things and have a few more pieces for charity.

Then I tackled my fridge.  I threw out a TON (not literally) of stuff, cleaned containers, emptied bottles, scrubbled shelves and drawers and now I can see surface!  But now I'm done in.  I'm not sure what I'm doing tomorrow.  Probably the pantry but I do have a bunch of other stuff to do tomorrow.  My ironing has piled up so I'm hoping to get that done tonight after a break and dinner.  If not, tomorrow.

Even though I have a long way to go before the house is just where I want it to be ... and it will get gone ... I'm ok with not killing myself over it.  Slow and steady ... a radical concept for me :)

Barry's been busy sanding and plastering the bathroom ... due to my allergies I've been banned from being downstairs while he's working.  I'm ok with that.  I have lots to do upstairs.

I can't WAIT for all this freeking snow to melt.  I realized that there's a TON of stuff in the back, in the shed and out in the utility area, that I've been holding onto because I "might" use it.  Well ... it's time to do some purging outside too.  I just have to wait until that yucky white stuff is gone :)

I guess the moral of this story ... you never know when you will say something off the cuff to someone, or have someone else say something ... that changes your life ... or at least makes you look at things differently.  I, for one, am loving this.  It's even spilled over into my work environment and I'm cleaning out one drawer at a time, one section at a time.

Have an awesome weekend!

This has nothing to do with the post ... I just thought it was spectacular.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reality Check

I can't believe how fast time is going. I blink and a week has passed me by. It's made me realize that we really do have to make the most of every day. From planning at night for the next day to getting up early and working out to eating healthy meals and drinking plenty of water and little coffee to recording progress to encourtaging other people (this is actually very important to me despite my lack of presence in blogland).

Life is just far too short to waste it. I guess its just really hit me recently (bday perhaps?) that we really have to make the most out of each and every day ... we never know which one wil be our last ... or how much what we do and say affects other people. You never know who's listening or reading ... Maybe you'll write something one day that makes people really stop and think ... Perhaps it will stop them from doing something they'll regret.

I had a fun experience this week. I was working with a mildly moldy file (I'm allergic to mold and asthmatic ... great combo) ... Anyway, long story short ... I now have a sinus infection. It seems to have been brought on by allergies which explains why I don't feel dreadful like I normally do. Anyway, my point is, you never know when something can derail you from regular workouts. It can be as minor as a bad cold or sinus infection to an accident, an illness or the death of a loved one.

I think this post is more for my own benefit ... A reminder to myself ... More than anything else.

The past couple of weeks have been so hectic, getting ready for the party last week, catching up this week.

I've been reading's newsletters lately (Barry bought me her first book for my birthday). I love her acronyms .. FLY is finally loving yourself; CHAOS is can't have anyone over syndrome. I think I feel a separate post coming on ....

So the moral of this story ... Carpe diem! Seize the day! It's so much more rewarding than just thinking about it.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!!!!

I can't believe it's my birthday.  Another year older, wiser and better looking! LOL

I also can't believe how long it's been since I posted.  Time continues to get away from me.  I really must change that....

We had our annual tiki party last night ....and at midnight everyone stopped talking to sing me Happy Birthday.  We really do have an amazing group of friends and family.  We ate, we drank, we laughed, we played a really wacked out game .... mostly we just had fun.  And a conga line.  Our house is perfect for it.  All women.  Go figure. 

So I thought I'd share some pics from the night ...

Nutkin and friends ....

One of many decorations

our luau monkeys

gotta have the pink flamingos

 fun skewers ....

my first attempt at jello shooters ... huge hit 

drinking and conga-ing

through the kitchen ....

Barry, Nukin and Me

Laura (left) Me (the monkey in the middle) and Krista (right) = trouble :)