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Still Here.

I promise I haven't fallen off the earth!

Normally, my busy is fairly low key because I hate being busy.  Hate it, but this year, I seem to be struggling with the just-too-muches.

Between kid stuff, husband stuff, tutoring stuff, mommy stuff, and Spanish stuff, I just have too much stuff to do.  And, I have too much stuff.

And, when I feel overwhelmed, I sort. 

Do other people do this?

Two weekends ago, I took 13 trashbags and 15 WalMart sacks worth of stuff to a friend's house for her friend's community rummage sale.

It felt so good that I decided to remove everything from every surface in my house.

Wow- did that create one serious deep breath!

Then, my parents came for Thanksgiving, and I had to pause my purge. (More on their visit later. Short version: Delays, traffic, migraines, and more!)

They left yesterday morning, Tony and I spent the day together (AKA- long nap), and by last night, I had reorganized the pantry, my closet, the bathroom shelves, and my email inbox.

Weight/Exercise/Eating Update

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It has been a long time since I devoted a post to my health goals.  Overall, I could not be more pleased with how the whole process is going.  On the weight front, I'm at a new adult, healthy low of 137.5.  I was in a hurry that day so I didn't grab my camera to take a picture.  (I weigh myself daily, but I don't photograph it each time.)  I'm comfortably fluctuating between 137.5-139.5. 


Here is picture from a few days back when I started planning this post. Exercising is not my thing.  It just isn't.  I try to remind myself how amazing I feel after my runs, but that doesn't always get my butt out of bed.  In an attempt to motivate myself, I decided to start a 10k program (and I turned the a/c warmer in our bedroom at night.  It felt like trying to get up on a winter morning in Illinois in there!).  Since July, I had been working a 5k plan designed to increase your finish time.  It's been pretty much a colossal failure.  7 weeks of faithfully following it…

Basketball Banquet

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Last night was the basketball banquet for Carson's basketball season. It was fun to gather with all the parents again without having to focus on a game. Lots of fun conversation!! Carson receiving his participation certificate with Coach Ezekiel.
Carson receiving the "Hardest Worker" plaque.  We're super proud of him and the (little) man he's becoming!

Yes.

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Yes, it is.   Why, yes, that is Cosita wearing a diaper.  Why?  Because Cosita went into heat.  2 weeks before her surgery to be spayed.  And 2 weeks before her 7-month birthday.  I know.  You're jealous.

Reason 156.

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Why I love Chloe.

I found this on the kitchen counter this morning.  I love that she made clear whom it was for and whom it was from.

Healthy and Yummy.

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And Vegan.  And Gluten Free.  Quite possibly the perfect lunch.

  First, a chocolate-zucchini muffin made gluten free by substituting Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose flour and guar gum for the the wheat flour.  Zero fat, low calorie, and chocolate.

Then, I made a green (though it's purple) smoothie with banana, spinach, pineapple juice, blueberries, frozen tropical fruit, and, for a little extra protein, chia seeds. 

The best part was that Coralynn enjoyed the exact same lunch with me.  Happy, healthy mommy and Bits!

A Must Read.

Okay.  I'm not a reader by nature.  I don't mind reading, but I certainly will find lots of other ways to burn time before I decide to read.  I do have a kindle, though, and I enjoy reading on airplanes so I keep my eyes open for book recommendations.

I almost exclusively read Christian autobiographies and biographies.  I don't love fiction in any form-To Kill a Mockingbird and Frankenstein the exceptions.  Several weeks ago, I was online when I saw a recommendation for a book.  I have no idea which website I was on that recommended it, but it captured my attention.  And it's secular nonfiction, but I was intrigued by the title.

I ordered the book.  In paper form.  I love actual books.  The kindle is nice because it's hard to get English-language books here and bringing them from the United States is heavy, but I ordered it.  It was delivered to my brother, and I got it while I was in Los Angeles.

I finally finished it.  I. Loved. It. And, I had to recommend it to …

Been a while.

Sorry.

I learned something this week.

Something about myself.

I always thought I was very transparent.

And, I am.

I learned, though, that there are somethings I'm not sharing.

Well, at least one thing.

And, I was busy with that this week.

So, sorry I wasn't here.

We're good.

All is well.