Believe In The Little Things

I like to ‘fill my karma cup’ up as much as I can.

My husband is about tired of hearing, ” karma cup!! KARMA CUP!!!” as he ignores merging guidelines and forces his way through traffic.

It seems that what you send around really does come back around your way. Perhaps I am more attuned to noticing it when its positive, but when a stranger stops to compliment my shoes / offers to assist me with my four grocery bags full of bananas / allows me to cut in traffic when I seem to need it most, I feel vindicated for past good-doings. No, I am not saying I expect to be ‘paid back’ for everything I do. Rather I find joy helping others knowing that when I need it most, though I may not even know it, Karma steps in.

I certainly throw my share of nasty adjectives at other drivers on the road sometimes… and I sense the repercussions of that as well… When I’m late to a meeting and its totally because that O-must-be-a-cool-guy-to-not-let-me-through-grid-lock sedan blocked me (not because I’m habitually late), my mind darts around over the past week to all my wrong-doings. I didn’t let that pedestrian cross the street / I left no tip at the bakeshop / I could have helped that woman to her car / ……………

So I try as often as I remember to call the number on the utility truck and pay that driver a compliment; I’ve surprised more than a few call center employees with that one. I tip as often as I can (delivery folk / baristas / etc ) and always tip more than 20% when eating ; the only way to really botch that is to be excessively short or rude. So when I saw this ad for a free futon on craigslist I sent him an email telling him he was awesome lol

 

Awesome(ly Terrible) Black Futon Mattress (South Arlington)


Date: 2012-09-05, 9:13PM EDT
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Need a bed for your horse sized dog/starter for your bonfire/bedding for your unwanted house guest that you grudgingly agreed to put up but secretly want to suffer like shit so they leave as soon as possible?? Take my free, standard sized, black futon mattress! I slept on the thing for ohhh, six months straight and could feel every rail and rod that held my shitty futon frame together. If there had been a pea under there I would’ve felt that too and could’ve had a damn children’s book written about me. Alas, I’ll just have to dream about ruling my minions while hunched over the sink eating 711 taquitos like a criminal. But you don’t care about that, you’re all like “Give me the deets of the free shit, you wordy hooker!” Ok, ok, no need to get all impatient huffy pants. . ..here goes. . ..

• Free!
• Futon mattress
• Black
• Standard size
• Are you a playa that wants that ho gone once you’ve had your way? No one wants to sleep over on this! Once they leave you can make your way back to the coziness
of your own bed!
• The only murders that have taken place on it are the late night, drunken demolishing of Mario’s Pizza. (Don’t judge, 24 hours yo!)
• Possibly inhabited by the ghost of the ex that I inherited it from.
• No weird smells or stains.
• Dog and cat hair add character and make you seem like a compassionate individual. “I LOVE animals! I foster homeless ones!” I’m willing to vacuum the hell outta this shiz
if you are willing to bring me a six pack of bud light or a shitty mixed CD in exchange. (No country!)
• You must pick up and help me carry from my front room to your car/truck/pack mule. (I have weak girly arms.)
• No taquito crumbs.

If you plan on murdering me, please don’t reply

 

 

I love craigslist – just reading random posts makes my day

Becoming AWESOME

I want to be awesome.

Wether that’s to my husband and children or to a community….

I want to be a person that they say,
‘Oh her?’
‘Yea she’s awesome, isn’t she!’
‘She created this from the ground up!’

I want to fulfill a purpose. Sometimes my purpose involves going back to school. At times my calling seems to be just to work my butt off to pay for what the future may hold. And yet at other times, I swear I’m being called to draft a few like minded friends to drop everything, take up farming and live communally….

I feel like I need a plan. A plan to be awesome!

Is there anyone who can say they successfully balance all their ‘purposes’? Give focus to one goal and it always seems to eventually lead to slack with another goal. Do successful people learn how to leave bits of the goal buffet off their plates?

The Man loves to tell me everyone feels conflicted in their twenties…
I’m hoping that it’s a growing thing too…
If I continue to force upon myself competing achievements that one day I’ll magically have them all under my belt with hands to spare…
Like by 30. I think 30 is going to be an awesome year. And I’m just going to keep that envisioned awesome mojo going until it happens!

The internet makes things so damn exciting!

I am habitually optimistic – could be the wine, but I like to believe wine brings out your true nature 😉 –

Usually its great! I mean, all the time I think its great, but sometimes it becomes clear that I have too little doubt… like the time I fought to let The Boy take a (familiar and parallel!!!) hiking trail and he wound up on a nearby street with a bus driver stopping to help him… I totally trusted that he would be fine… I did not think about the fact that he would run like a bat out of hell to ‘beat’ us to the end of the trail…

It beats The Man’s pessimism any day…. or at least balances it out

Soooo… I mentioned in the last post that I had finally opened an Etsy.com shop, which is something a couple years in the making… I have had SIX sales since!! I’m so stoked about it! It has been thrilling every time I get an “Etsy Order Confirmation” email… I knew all the relics I stockpiled would be someones treasure one day!

Since signing on to Etsy.com a couple years ago I have drooled over the section aptly named “Quit Your Day Job”. I would read endless accounts of people realizing they could make their hobbies their livelihood whilst sitting at my desk, eyes spread wide – a bit of crazed jealously and caffeine will do that to you… Whyyyy could this not be me???? Granted my SIX sales aren’t going to be paying the bills BUT they definitely could … one day? 🙂

I’ve just been ogling over the most recent shop featured for “Quit Your Day Job” and they’ve definitely found their niche (waterproof “shower art”). I’m always laughing in amusement and showing my husband the things people actually buy online half trying to convince him that we can do this…! So freaking exciting that I’m making it happen…

So NOT exciting is my infected, impacted wisdom tooth… I have avoided the dentist for SIX years… I have many a gone filling and all three of my wisdom teeth are impacted with the fourth growing under the gum 100% perpendicular to the other teeth (I’ve really been telling people that I am one of those evolved humans that grew with less (only three) wisdom teeth : / ) … The dentist made it known today he would not be dealing with that mess… The oral surgeon will be responsible for cleaning up my mouth now… If only this could be a lesson to The Boy that he needs to be brushing more carefully! Anyhow…. I tell you all that since it forces me to be on a smoothie diet – no chewing for while – sooo I’ve been perfecting some smoothie recipes! YAY!

Since going RAW – and now maintaining a 90% RAW diet – I have come to love the DATE! Never had I had one before going RAW even though I am a huge fan of dried fruit… My sister had been raving and they’re in like 99% of RAW dessert recipes so I bought a box… Now I depend on them…

———-BEST SMOOTHIE YOU WILL EVER HAVE IN YOUR LIFE ———-

So simple and yet I crave it every day. I can literally taste like a caramel whipped frappe… So sweet and creamy…Gah!

I usually soak about 10-12 dates overnight (just leave them covered with water in the blender until morning)

Then throw in about 4 bananas ( Super Ripe bananas – if they’re not covered in brown spots It will taste like banana and not dreamy caramel)

and Blend!

Whoa! Best thing I ever tried and its 100% good for you… I have one just about every day and make a super big portion for after a workout…

First Camping trip with an infant to come this week! More to come!

Remembering how I live for CHANGE…

Soooo…

“My forte is change” <— Remember that?

My dear husband is still coming to terms with my fondness for all things new and shiny.  Big changes are headed our way and yet again each shift in our lifestyle is compounded with another seismic shift.  It’s all happening at once and keeping him stressed and me busy as usual …I’m enthused and he lets a little worry out the window each time he realizes I will win him over 😉 … he gives into my charms a bit easier every time.

All of the wonderfully awesome things I had been eyeing on Post 1 are on the back burner now… Fun-er, more exciting things I have found!!

To start – I have opened my Etsy shop (!) … Aaaannd have had two whole sales! Yes!!  It’s still very new and green but I’m working on building it and feel thrilled that I have crossed that bridge!  I joined Etsy two or so years ago with the intent to open a shop.  I let life sit her ass in front of me too long – I leap-frogged and got a clear view of what I needed… The Man better hang onto his seat 🙂

I have also (finally!) convinced my husband to let me Home school our eldest!  Trust, when I say convince, I don’t mean I just asked.  My friends literally congratulated me when I divulged that he finally agreed.  To be honest, this was one time when I was nervous that he wouldn’t budge…  Sooo YAY!  I am very excited for what this means for The Boy and ultimately our family.  At this point I am still in planning mode – I lean more toward ‘un-schooling’ though am not completely convinced that’s best for us and I am trying to keep my excitement to a minimum and keep my mind open to possibilities.  I could use any input I can get!  This year ( “first grade” ) is a “trial” and The Man has made it clear he wants verifiable proof that things are actually getting done and evidence of behavioral/academic improvement for The Boy… 🙂

Lastly,

-THIS major life change is one brought on by The Man for once –

My mother-in-law will be moving into our home when she returns from a trip abroad.

It’s amazing how small our three bedroom home seems now trying to figure out where everyone’s  life will fit.  We have been anticipating this change but had thought we had some time before it happened…. either way there will certainly be ups ( live in sitter = first date night in three months, at least) and downs (any tips for privacy, anyone?), but it’s happening and we ought to make the best of it.

— maintaining a High-RAW diet (about 85 – 90 %)  but more on that soon 🙂 —

Cheers to CHANGE!

Day 18 said and done…

Day 18 Journal Entry :

I think I felt less fat when I grabbed my elbows whilst stretching… and see less fat when I look in the mirror… but it could all be imagined. Maybe, this is what ‘they’ call feeling “lighter” (?)

Here’s a classy bathroom pic for ya!

I have to have my (technologically-more-advanced) little sister figure how to put our Day Fifteen photo aside our Day1 pics. Hopefully there’ll be a difference…? We repeated our measurements and both have lost about an inch in our waists though no other measurements really budged. Perhaps we’re a little overzealous in our expectations? Is it too soon?

For this first 30 days RAW I had thought I was committed to not increasing my exercise as I wanted to see untainted results from going RAW alone. As of late, exercise included a hike or two (< one hour) a week , and maybe some walking with one or both kiddos – which means I'd literally have to walk circles around my eldest in order to get a workout at his pace — although I am hulking around a twenty-six-pound-five-month-old on my chest— any-who…. The point is, exercise has been little to none – haven’t been to the gym or exercised alone (aka vigorously) in 6+ weeks (not by choice). In the last few days however, I have craved it… my body asked and then begged for a long walk… something…I gave in last night and asked my husband, who would be home from work, if I could go today. Yes.

Its been quite the productive day since! Me typing up a post should be all the proof you need… Now, that could be attributed to my actually getting sleep last night. Either way, I feel great! I worried about energy and getting ‘the shakes’ especially since going RAW (although looking back – ‘the shakes’ I get were probably caused by low blood sugar which would be near impossible on a RAW fruit-based diet). I tend to push my limits at the gym. Especially when I feel the visit is well deserved. Sometimes my heart-rate climbs to 190. Sometimes I have to quit because I get shaky or I’ll see stars (which’ll happen when I’m plugged into a continuous playlist, get in a groove and just go, go, go…) But, none of that today!

I’m excited to try again! Really looking forward to gym-ing it up and only having to stop for a hungry baby…

Cant say I’m feeling more energized daily yet – again, could be attributed to chronic lack of sleep (co-sleeping/breastfeeding/random cleaning at 4am) – but I definitely felt the difference today while working out!

Kudos to you Carbs!