Drowning in boxes!

I have been offline for a while, because we recently purchased a house, and I’ve been in the middle of moving. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to put it in boxes and move it from one place to the other. WHERE DOES IT ALL COME FROM?

Since the military usually takes care of our moves, I’ve never had to do much before now. I also never had to pay for it before now. Holy cow is moving expensive! I had no idea how much it cost! We only moved 11 miles and the cost was staggering. With all the stuff we have though, it was worth the money. Our movers were absolutely fantastic. They worked HARD. I made sure to feed and water them well. I didn’t want them collapsing from weakness or hunger while hauling our stuff around.

Our new house is HUGE and gorgeous and I love it so much! I don’t know that it will be our forever home, but I’m hoping for a good 10-15 years, minimum. I’ve never lived anywhere that long! I can also paint and decorate any way I want. The possibilities are endless! If only the budget was!

Isn’t it beautiful?

Now that all our stuff is moved, I feel like I’m drowning in boxes. They are stacked EVERYWHERE. Honestly, I feel like they’re multiplying in the night. For every box I unpack, I swear 2 more pop up.

I’m going to try to post more now that the bulk of the move is over, but if I’m MIA for a while, send help! I’m probably trapped under a box.

Slón

Family goals and freebie

Until we move into our new house (next week!) I won’t have much interesting to write, unless you want to hear me complain about packing and cleaning. I mean, I complain about it to myself and I’m tired of hearing about it, so I doubt you want to read about it.

So, since I have nothing to really write about, I thought I’d give you another free printable. This one is something to do with your kids, to help them feel a little more in control in this new year. The past 10 months have been difficult on everyone, but especially kids, who don’t really understand what’s going on. My 9yo helped me on this, and decided he wanted a comic book theme. Awesome! He also helped come up with some of the ideas for the panels.

You can print this off and let your kids color is with bright comic book colors or add drawings to the panels to illustrate the answers. For our word of the year, instead of asking him for just a word, or giving him a list of words to choose from, I asked what he wanted his life to be like for the year, then chose several words that gave an impression of his ideas. Some of the things he said he wanted 2021 to be were fun, exciting, have lots of laughter, opportunities for exploring, and back to normal. Well, that’s not a big list, is it? The last one really broke my heart. He wants life to just be “normal.” My poor love. Of all the words I gave him, the word bloom seemed to capture his attention the most. He asked what that meant and how it applied to him. I explained that like flowers, it meant growth for people, too. Like a plant growing in a crack in concrete, people can make the best of a situation, persevere, even when it seems impossible, and continue to grow. That really seemed to work for him, so our family word for the year is BLOOM. I like it.

We spent a good 30-45 minutes working on our goals and had fun doing it. He hasn’t colored it in yet, but plans to some time this week. I promised to watch. 😂 I hope you and your family can use this and spend some time thinking about what you want to get out of 2021.

Have a great day, everyone. I should go back to packing, but I think I’ll go to bed, instead.

Slón

What day do you start your week?

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing first weekend of 2021. We are (mostly). The dogs, Jack (Pomeranian) and Bella (Yorkie) went to the groomer, today, so it hasn’t been quite so relaxing for them. They look adorable, though, wouldn’t you agree?

This photo completely sums up their personalities. Jack is just happy to be anywhere, and Bella thinks he’s ridiculous.

Anyway, after many years of living in Europe, I got used to having calendars that started on Monday, unlike American calendars, which start on Sunday. Sunday is part of the weekEND, so why do our calendars start on Sunday? WHY? WHY??? I always make my journal calendars, and have my phone calendars set Monday start, so having a wall calendar that starts on Sunday is a bit of a pain. It makes me a bit crazy, TBH, because sometimes I get my days mixed up if I’m just doing a quick glance. Gah!

It’s so difficult to find a Monday start calendar, I simply make my own now, just to make it easier on myself. I thought I’d share a version with you, in case you would like to print your own.

I do a horizontal calendar in my journal, and may use a larger print version on my wall. I’m including a copy of that, too, in case you’re interested.

So, what’s your preference, Sunday or Monday start?

Slón

Setting Goals for 2021 and a free printable

I hope this New Year’s Eve finds you safe and sound and snuggled up at home, waiting for this year to end. I have a bottle of Veuve Cliquot chilling in the fridge. If you’ve never had it, you should try it. It’s pricey (about $70), but as we only have it every now and then, I think the splurge is worth it! We visited the Veuve Cliquot Caves a few years back in Reims, France, and it was fascinating. But, that’s not what I planned to write about.

One of my favorite things is my planner/journal. Tomorrow I will be starting my 6th year. I even teach classes on it. It’s one of my most popular classes and has helped many people become more organized. TBF, I’m still struggling with organization in my home, but on paper, I am SUPER organized. Many people use their journals to set goals, which is a good thing. Writing down your goal makes it more real, IMO. The downside of setting goals is that people often feel guilty when they don’t achieve that goal. This isn’t due to any fault of their own, but because a goal without a plan is just a wish. A lot of people set a goal to lose weight, but looking at that big goal can be intimidating and discouraging. Goals need to be broken down into manageable steps. You know the old adage: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

You come up with a goal, and you write it down. Great! Now what? How are you going to reach that goal? Think of what you need to do to achieve that goal. What steps do you need to take? Write them down! Break those steps down into actionable events. I personally LOVE to check things off. I get a weird high off that little check mark!  

Let’s look at the example of losing weight. Say your goal is to lose 25 pounds. If you keep looking at that goal, it’s going to seem like a weight around your neck (for you literary types, think of it as your albatross).  Break it into smaller goals. If you give yourself 6 months, that’s 4.15 pounds a month. If you give yourself an entire year, that’s just over 2 pounds a month. That seems MUCH more doable, doesn’t it?  Absolutely! At the beginning of every month, you can have a mini goal to lose 2 pounds. You can TOTALLY do that.  What are you going to do to lose those 2 (or 4) pounds a month? Cut out soda? Workout a few times a week? Skip dessert? Give up your afternoon snack? Break it down! Write down what you need to do next. Do you need to research healthy lunches or snacks? Make a note to do so. Want to find new workout routines? Make it part of your plan, and takes notes of what you find. If I don’t write something down, it doesn’t get done.

In the interest of helping you set, and accomplish, your goal(s) in 2021, I’ve made a freebie goal worksheet! I Print it out and start your year off with a plan! There’s a plain black and white version, for those who like it simple, but if you like a bit of color, I’ve also made versions with splashes of pink, blue, or purple. PDF download links at the end of the post.

The downloads are letter size (8.5×11”), but if you want to print them smaller and paste them into your planner (or print them on matte sticker paper you can write on), here’s a little conversation chart to help with some of the most popular size.

If you don’t see your planner size listed, here’s a little formula I found to help you figure out what percentage to print it (yes, sorry, math).

WIDTH of your insert ÷ 8.5 = ?
Number from above x 100 = Percent to print

Example: Let’s say my planner insert is 4.5” wide x 6” high.

4.5 ÷ 8.5 = .53

.53 x 100 = 53%

You need to print at 53%. Easy easy, right?

Okay, I think that’s enough for now. Go set some goals (not too many) to crush in 2021.

Happy New Year!

Slón

Random Thoughts Tuesday: 2020 is almost over!

Stacy Uncorked

I’ve known Stacy, from Stacy Uncorked for several years. We originally met through the blogging world, then ended up living near each other, and becoming friends IRL. She’s hilarious, and MAKES HER OWN WINE! You should absolutely follow her. She hosts this wonderful thing called Random Thoughts Tuesday, where you can ramble about all sorts of things and no one thinks you’re (totally) crazy. You know, all those shower thoughts you don’t share, random tidbits of info you can never work in to a conversation, or musings you’d like to chat about, but aren’t enough to make a full blog post. It’s really cathartic, and I highly recommend you participate, if you blog. It’s like a brain dump!

So, let’s get on with the dumping random.

-It’s the last Tuesday of 2020! This crazy, awful, weird year is almost over! I remember last December how excited everyone was for the “Roaring 20s.” Ah, what optimistic fools we were.

-COVID-19 side effects SUCK. Despite being very careful, my teen (I don’t have his permission to use his real name yet) and I are just getting over active COVID, but the linger side effects are the WORST. Some days I feel fine, but then I’ll have a day where I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. The randomness of it makes it worse, because I never know when it’s going to happen. I also tire quickly, even doing the slightest thing. Teen occasionally gets out of breath just walking up the stair! I know some people who have these side effects MONTHS after getting over active COVID. That’s no way to live.

-My younger son had COVID back in Jan, before we even knew what it was. They tested him for everything, and couldn’t figure it out. He was sick for weeks and weeks and it was a very scary time. He eventually got over it, but still has days where he tires quickly. Now we know why.

-We found out he’d had it months later when a blood draw showed the antibodies. How did he get it? Probably from a kid at school whose parents had just come home from some deployment or TDY (temporary duty) in Korea. Maybe.

-The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, is in a series of commercials that all end with him saying: “Wear the damn mask.” They make me giggle for some reason.

-Do you watch The Mandalorian? If not, WHY NOT? IT’S AMAZING.

This is the best thing ever! Seriously, watch The Mandalorian!

-I really want to try aerial yoga, but I’m fairly certain I’d manage to fall off and make a fool out of myself. That or get tangled in the fabric and have to be cut out or something.

-I took our tree down early, to make room for packing boxes and it makes me sad. I love Christmas trees!

-I started working on my 2021 journal/planner. It’s always exciting to start a new year. I have such great intentions, and while I always finish the year, it never goes the way I intend. Stupid, non-predictable world. Why can’t things just go the way I plan?

If I had a doctorate, I’d have it embroidered on all my clothes and tattooed in multiple places in my body. Just saying.
I long to be a morning person, I really do, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t make it happen. How do people do it?

Okay, that’s enough for today, I guess. I mean, I have more to say, but I really have to get packing.

Click the link above and visit Stacy for other fun and randomness.

Slón

Hello and welcome!

Little old me. No filter!


Hi there! Thanks for stopping by (even if it was by accident). My name is Slón (pronounced like Sloan, but spelled weird—a fact I thank my parents for on a frequent basis). I used to blog years and years ago, but Google+ ate 7 years of photos and I lost my passion for it. After living through 2020, and the colossal crapfest that it was, including a bout of COVID-19, I decided I needed to get my ass in gear and get back to the world of blogging. Why, you might be wondering? Well, mostly to stave off boredom, find some focus, and make myself accountable. Accountable? Yes, accountable. I found that if I have readers who count on me and will say “hey, remember when you said…” motivates me to follow through. So please, remind me when I don’t do something, okay?

What will I write about? Um, everything? My life as a military spouse, the mom of an adult teen, a tween, our new house (moving Jan 2021!), and the projects we have planned, having my mom and stepdad live in an in-law suite (one of the aforementioned projects), my small craft business, tiaras (I have several and I like to wear them when I do stuff around the house), high heels, journaling tips, organizing and cleaning (hahahaha—just typing that made me snort), our dogs, our turtles (yes, we have turtles as pets), my never ending obsession with Stargate, my undying adoration for Baby Yoda (yes, I know his name is Grogu, but he will always be Baby Yoda to me), my love of tangents and random thoughts/trivia (and parenthetical comments), books I read, plays I (hopefully) will see, trips I take with my fangirl friends (again, hopefully in the near future), maybe a bit of golf, and whatever else pops into my mind.

I hope you stick around. I love getting to know readers and other bloggers.

Slón

PS: Why is 73 in my blog title? Because the adayinthelife was already taken, and 1973 is the year I was born, so it was easy to remember. Now you know how old I am!