Start small

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus! Not intentionally; life has just gotten in the way. Busy times at work, preparation for a trip to Europe, trying to get my head around all that needs to be done. You know the drill!

With all this “life” going on, it’s been hard to find the time I need to write a blog post. It seems to take me ages to figure out what I want to say, ages more to edit it – and I never seem to find those blocks of time to do the task justice.

I need to remind myself that every blog post doesn’t have to be long. If I am going to chronicle what I’m up to, I can do it with a photo, a quick note, or even a quote that has meaning to me.

So I think I shall start small. Short and sweet. To the point.

Here you go!

Goodwill haunting

IMG_0060[1]There is a Goodwill Superstore right by our church, and every Sunday we stop in to check out a few important sections. David heads to the board games; I check out the Target housewares and look in the stationery section for Creative Memories stuff; and Quinland… actually, Q would rather be left in the car, so he comes in reluctantly (and I am not even sure where he goes first). He drags his feet and whines, “Why are we here? We don’t need more stuff!”

He is right, of course. We don’t need it. Our house is filled and overfilled with board games and housewares and scrapbooking supplies. But we have a habit, a rut we can’t get out of, an addiction to the thrill of the bargain find. So we find ourselves heading through those doors with our blue cart, again and again.

I try to rationalize it: I will only get things we need. Light bulbs. Clothes hangers. A bathroom scale. Curtains. These are all things I have purchased at Goodwill lately, and they are all things we needed and will use. But – worst of all – I get sucked into the book section every. single. time… and I can never seem to get out empty-handed.

My loot today: a Louisa May Alcott anthology (of her adult writings! I had never seen it!), some pre-WWII copies of Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom (I don’t have that edition of those!), a book on re-wiring lamps (a task I need to do!), a January 1947 Sunset magazine (wow, what cool ads!), and – oh, the irony – another book on organizing. One, in fact, that I have previously owned (and previously donated to Goodwill myself, essentially unread).

Don’t worry, though – this is the new expanded edition! I’m sure it’s guaranteed to get me that much more organized (at which time it, too, will go back to its home away from home… and mine).


Getting fidgety again…

fidgety inigoI’ve been checking out some cool blogs lately. Started at the beginning of Ben Does Life, and I am incredibly impressed. I found it while searching for exercise programs – sort of like Couch to 5K, but easier, since I am so out of shape – because I am going to get into shape.

I’m trying to firm up my plan. I’ve been going to Bikram Yoga twice a week for the last few weeks. We just joined Southwest Community Center as a family, and I need to check out some of the classes there. Pilates is supposed to be really good for people with MS, and some kind of beginner cardio class would be fun.

I need to look closely at what i have been putting in my mouth, too… and when. I am really bad about eating breakfast, and then I eat way too much for lunch and snack instead of eating a healthy dinner. I need to balance my food intake over the whole day, and make sure that the food I am eating is high-quality.

Of course, all of this wants me to fidget with the blog, too: to start a new blog, or change the format, or change the look of it, or change something. But I won’t. This blog is about my life journey, and it can contain anything that is a part of how Lori Does Life.

I’ve given myself the freedom to change the things posted on the corkboard, and I can amuse myself with that.