Happy Valentine’s Day, or not…

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day. In fact, if my husband were to buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day I would probably be annoyed.  Mainly because I know he would have paid way more than he should have and for what?  I like flowers but with a household to maintain they have become just one more thing for me to take care of.  Is that terrible?  Also gifts these days mean one more thing to own and take care of and that idea is overwhelming.

Let me explain,  I like having a clean and tidy home and for me that means no clutter.  These days it has become clutter-full and I think it’s starting to affect my psyche.  In my mind I have grand plans to sell and donate a bunch of things and finish some unfinished projects that have been that way for years now.  So far I am off to a pretty good start but with a toddler to entertain and my belly just getting bigger. I think my grand plans need to either get moving quickly or change.  I find myself wanting to do more than I am physically capable of.  I am 23 weeks pregnant and still running.  I also work fulltime, cook dinner almost every night and attempt to maintain a 2,200 sq ft. home.  It’s hard.  But I have to get rid of “stuff” because its taking over and I just can’t anymore.  It seems like a constant struggle and the struggle is real.  Anyone else with me? How does everyone else do it?

I think my main problem is that I am a perfectionist.  I want things organized perfectly but life isn’t perfect.  I can’t just throw everything in plastic bins and throw it in the basement for a later date.  If an item isn’t going to be used again, I cannot just store it.  It affects me to have it but if it’s still useful, I can’t just throw it away.  Especially if I think it has some sort of value. I would rather sell it than donate it. So I think my best plan of action is to make a list of easily achievable goals and start there.  Get those things done and start on the next list of items. So here is my first list:

  1. Frame the print that’s been sitting in my basement for almost 4 years now
  2. Purge some of the 20 sweatshirts we currently own, we literally have 15 too many
  3. Paint the random frame we have in the basement and create an artwork display
  4. List four items on eBay
  5. List four items on the local Facebook yard sale group

My goal for this list is February 1st.  This gives me about a week.  We will see how I do…

All about me…

Today, It’s About Me!

I saw this on another blog and decided to fill it out today.  If you have a few minutes, you should do the same. I’d love to read your thoughts as well.

-I am… a woman named Gladys, I guess we’ve established that

-I think…  I have a lot going on right now and it’s about to get busier

-I should… get my real estate license

-I dream… of running a 100 mile race one day

-I want… to have a healthy baby boy

-I know… its going to hurt

-I don’t like… inconsiderate people

-I fear… I am losing who I am with motherhood

-I usually… run in the mornings and it makes my day better

-I search… ways to make my life easier

-I miss… alone time with my husband and its going to get worse before it gets better

-I always… lose my temper too quickly and pregnancy doesn’t help

-I regret… not going to college sooner

-I wonder… what this new little boy will be like

-I crave… everything, I am pregnant

-I remember… the smell of my dad’s hat and love that my brother’s hat smells the same

-I need… more money to pay off all these damn mortgages

-I forget… everything again I am pregnant

-I feel… stuffy, I have the cold that will never die!

-I can… still run so at 23 weeks pregnant I am pretty excited about it

-I can’t… breathe normally through my nose and its driving me crazy

-I am happy… when I am with my husband and he makes me laugh that deep gut laugh that makes your eyes water and your belly hurt

-I lose… my keys and cell phone constantly

-I sing… only toddler songs these days, Wheels on the Bus anyone?

-I listen… to my very loud coworker talk all day, inside voice please.

-I shop… for food and house stuff not so much for myself anymore

-I eat… everything again I am pregnant although breaded shrimp makes me want to gag

-I love… my husband because he is patient and loving and even when I am a jerk  – what can I say pregnancy is rough and these hormones are no joke!

It will be fun to look back on these when I am not pregnant and see what the differences in my answers will be.

Happy Thursday!

Goal Update

As of January 19th I am already failing miserably at this blogging endeavor, what can I say life is happening and it seems like all at once.    Either way, I have been advancing on other goals so far this year so here my update:

  1. I have run 32.12 miles so far this year and considering I have been battling a head cold for 2 weeks now and am officially past the half way point in my pregnancy; I am pretty proud of this number.
  2. I just transferred the first $1,000 to my savings account! Woot Woot! $5,000 left!
  3. In the past 18 days I have logged at least 10,000 steps a day except for one day. This one wasn’t part of my official list of goals but I am trying my best to remain as active as possible for as long as possible during this pregnancy.

On another note my husband recently gutted our master bath and extended it into our bedroom so we are in the midst of a pretty big home renovation project.  We are living in out of our guest bedroom and guest bathroom which isn’t ideal but manageable.  I am excited to have a bit more room in the master bathroom and just having all of the retched pink tile out of the bathroom is amazing! I found myself not caring on the cleanliness of that bathroom so much so that it was pretty gross by my standards so I am excited to have it all new and clean.  The shower will be wider and the vanity will be a bit bigger.  Here is what my master bath/bedroom looks like now:

Master bath with an extended wall into the master bedroom

Needless to say its a work in progress and my husband has been doing an amazing job!