Get Sh*t Done

Get Sh*t Done: July Goals

I am linking to Steph The Bookworm’s Get Sh*t Done post for July and trying to motivate myself in some small way. So, I’m going to set some goals for the month of July.

  • Get outside! For part of the month, this will be very simple. I’ll be “camping” for a week. I put that in quotation marks because this year, instead of staying in a tent like we have the last three years, we are staying in a cabin next to the campground. It is furnished, has a full-size refrigerator, wi-fi and all the amenities, so it doesn’t really seem like camping. But, I’m hoping that it allows us to enjoy things more than we did last year. The tent was fine when it was just my DD and myself, but last year it was all three of us and it stormed one night and we had not put the rain cover on the tent (because when does it rain in July where we were? Hardly ever!) and it was rough. We still had a good time, but It was miserably hot and while everyone else we were camping with had an air conditioned trailer to go to, we did not. So, there was no escaping it. So, this year, we have a cabin with AC that is in the campground the group is staying in and we’re staying in what is supposed to be a cooler area (although with the way things are going, it will be in the high 90s there as well). Anyways, other than that week, my goal is to be outside at least 30 minutes everyday with my DD. Today I went to our local park twice. Once with just my DD to collect some driftwood to make a craft. Then back this afternoon with a friend of my DD’s for them to swim in the river. It was great. Tomorrow, we’re taking a friend to the local public pool to swim. The next day it is a water park in a neighboring community. After that, I don’t have plans, but will be making them.
  • Redecorate the house. I have been wanting to do this forever. I don’t know how much I will be able to do, but I have finally settled on a style of decor I want. Rustic Farmhouse. It seems to fit with all of our animals, our deer head mounts in the living room, etc. So, now I just need to focus on a few key pieces. A new dining room table and chairs is definitely on the short list. I also would not mind getting a new couch. My daughter’s room needs a makeover as well. It would be nice to get some paint on the walls after 10 years of living here. So, I’ll be asking our landlord. I would love some new floors too, but that may be too much to ask. We shall see.
  • Eat at home. I realize I won’t be able to do this every meal the whole month. But, I feel like we have been preconditioned to eat out almost once a day, every day. It is truly ridiculous. I’m a horrible meal planner because I will plan something and then find it too difficult or not appealing when it comes time to cook it. Mostly it is habit. Well, that and doing dishes so the counters and sinks aren’t overflowing with dishes.
  • Declutter the house. Seriously declutter. I got rid of seven coffee cups today, a monopoly game (one of the three or four that we own, all with different themes) and two stadium chairs we used once three years ago and never again. Tomorrow, I plan to continue on the route of getting rid of things.

I will leave it at that. That seems like a lot when I look at it. I plan to track my trips outside, my changes in the house, my meals at home and what I get rid of decluttering. I will do that for the month and report back at the end of the month with how I did. Thanks for the inspiration Steph!

Thursday Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up Thursday #11 – Healthy Things Edition


I am dedicating today’s Thursday Thumbs Up to healthy eats.  I am NOT by any means a healthy eater typically.  I do my best to incorporate as much healthy food as possible in my life, but I just tend to take the easy way out and eat what is easy.  But, I want to highlight a few things today, including my own recipe for a healthy breakfast that I just enjoyed this morning!  Here’s to a year of healthy eating in 2014!

Trail Mix Rice Bowl Breakfast:  Of course I didn’t take any pics because I never think anything I make is going to be share-worthy.  But, I am going to go ahead and share the recipe with you all because it was so, so good!  I remember my mom making me left over rice for breakfast when I was little, with a little milk and brown sugar.  It was so good, especially on cold winter mornings.  I had not had it in a long time, but last week I made some Costco Orange Chicken and made some rice and veggies to go with it and had some left over rice.  So, this morning I put some rice, some milk and a handful of trail mix I had in my snack basket.  The trail mix has cashews, white chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, and some other tasty things.  I added just a touch of brown sugar.  It was really, really good and somewhat nutritious!  So, that is my recipe of the day.  Save it – I don’t have them very often!  Maybe I will make it again tomorrow and actually take a picture and put it on my Pinterest!

Sleep:  Sure this is not at all revolutionary, but I went to sleep at 9:30 p.m. last night.  I played a little Candy Crush and Pet Rescue (I only play at night…those games are majorly addicting) and then went to sleep.  Unfortunately my daughter did not sleep through the night, so I was up at 4 a.m. with her for a little while and had some problems going back to sleep, but we slept until 7 a.m.  So, overall, a pretty good night’s sleep.  I am not a good sleeper, but I would like to go to bed earlier and get up earlier this coming year.  I get a lot more done in the morning hours and I love being the only one up in the house in the morning.  It is different than at night – the day is ahead of me, I’m not tired, I can drink coffee liberally.  I love the mornings.  I just need to not stay up AND try to get up early (or wake early due to insomnia).  So, this is a good change for me right now.

Working/Exercising Outdoors:  This is another thing I don’t do nearly enough of…get outside!  Today was a gorgeous day – 68 degrees, no wind.  My daughter wanted to play outside despite her current runny nose/coughing bit, so I decided we could both do with some sunshine and while she dug around a bit in the dirt I cleaned up some of the mess in our backyard.  Our backyard got some great use this summer and then it became the collector of summer past.  We had our blow up pool crumpled up in the corner with the tarp it had sat on and the broken hose I had given up on trying to fix towards the end of the summer.  We had lawn furniture strewn about that needed to be put together.  Dead plants in planters, empty planters strewn about…just a mess.  So, I picked up a lot of the garbage and put it in our garbage can since there is plenty of room this week as it got picked up today because of yesterday’s holiday and we will be gone to my mom’s this weekend.  I moved some pavers over by the patio to store the BBQ on and give us more room on the patio itself.  And I cleaned out a few of the planters.  Overall, it was nice to be outside, nothing too strenuous and the backyard already looks a ton better.  And, I count it as exercise since I was hauling things around.

So, there is my Thursday Thumbs up Healthy Things Edition!  Starting the New Year out with some changes that feel positive.  How about you?