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13/04/2017
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11/05/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-08 23:26:09

    Preparing for baby 2.

    Not even pregnant yet, but want to be ready when I am. The numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

    Budgeting For A New Baby
    This little member of your family will be a big expense. Find out what you need to budget for and how to save.
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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-23 17:51:24

    Bedtime routine

    So A was up late again last night, a bear to wake up this morning, and late to school today. I sent her to bed at 9:30, she resisted until 10, and then proceeded to read for a bit with her flashlight, until an hour later she was up again saying she couldn't sleep. Exasperated, I told her to go back to bed and go to sleep, already knowing she wouldn't be able to get up in time in the morning.

    This has been an ongoing battle for years and I'm at a loss as to what to do. Here's what I'm going to try enforce though:

    No screen time after 7pm on weekdays
    In bed at 9 pm
    Lights out, including flashlights, by 9:30

    12 year old daughter won't go to bed at night, get up in the morning, always late for school
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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-23 00:57:53

    Volunteering

    A's school has been volunteering occasionally at a nursing home and she always seems to enjoy the experience, more so than food bank work, so I'm planning to contact them about doing more regular volunteering there together. I have it on my list to call but have not been prioritizing it this month. I think I will add it to my list for June.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-12 22:41:32

    Reading

    A is becoming more and more of an avid reader, which I am glad to see. She reads 1-2 short chapters nearly every night and will still sometimes request that I read to her, which we both enjoy. The downside is that this tends to run counter to establishing a better bedtime routine. But we're working on finding a balance.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 4 cheers 2017-05-13 03:53:22

      @aenea When I was growing up, my mother always took us to the library. We always checked out the maximum number of books that they would let us. Mom and Dad still visit the library. That is great that reading is important in your family.

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        aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-13 16:29:10

        @wyverndust that is great to hear! I love the library and often wish I could work at one.

        We try to go to the library at least once a month and they have unlimited checkout. So the only limitation is how much you can realistically read before things are overdue. We usually come home with mountains of books and the hard part is keeping them all together for return later. They also allow dvd checkout but I limit her on that to 3 books per dvd, max 3 movies and one tv show. Our library also does fun monthly events, including a free movie screening for kids, which we try to do when we can.

        The summer reading program will be starting soon too and I think A will have a lot of fun with that this year. I used to love doing those as a kid.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:39:14

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-12 03:31:53

    subgoals:

    Remind A to spend time reading every day

    Volunteer with A once a month

    Limit screen time (tv/dvd and phone apps)

    Help A with her spelling drills

    Help A learn piano

    Help A get to bed by 9 and wake up by 7

    Take lots of photos, back them up, and print photobooks twice a year

    Prepare all of us for baby #2

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11/04/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-23 01:30:21

    Savings for long term goals, travel, and large expenses

    some of our wedding funds are being set aside in a savings account to help with our home remodel. It's small, about 5% of what we'll ultimately be needing, but it's a start.

    More urgently we are also needing to save for the potential maternity gap in my wages, which for a three month period will be considerable. I have not worked long enough to have paid leave available for the duration.

    Visitation travel expenses amount to about $3k annually, and cannot be overlooked either.

    Travel beyond that, to visit my family who all live 5000 miles away, is also a consideration.

    On a positive note, I've convinced A to start a savings fund to visit Disneyworld. So she does extra chores for a small allowance that she is putting away for her goal. I'm hoping she learns something about money management, perseverance, and being goal oriented in the process.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:39:56

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-06 23:00:00

        Two weeks in and A is already giving up. She hates chores more than she loves Disneyworld. Which makes me sad. Im at a loss as to how to spark motivation in her on many fronts. All suggestions welcome. Next will be no electronics until chores are done. Which she will not like at all.

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-06-12 20:38:05

      @aenea i LOVE that you are teaching about money management at a young age. i wish my parents had taught me more. most of what i learned was from watching my parents make mistakes.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-23 01:09:50

    Build an emergency account

    I get so focused on paying off my personal debt that I often overlook the importance of building and maintaining my emergency account. Currently I have a paycheck and a half worth of savings but I'd like to build that to:

    A. 1 month worth of savings by end of 2017
    B. 2 months worth of savings by end of 2018
    and ultimately
    C. 3 months worth of savings by 2020

    All while also balancing this savings with saving for longer term purchases (like home remodel and travels) and saving for retirement.

    It's so discouraging when the amount I have available to contribute is so small and then has to be split four ways to cover all my needs. rowning;

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-23 01:00:39

    Student loans

    I'm on an income based repayment plan at the moment but it's not doing me any favors. When I have my personal debt under control I'm hoping to tackle this next.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-16 05:25:44

    Monitoring spending closer with some financial apps.

    I've been using Mint and Prism and now I'm trying Wallet. I'm going to try to be more consistent about entering data with Wallet.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:40:34

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 03:59:18

        Wallet is a very nice app. I'm not ready to subscribe though, so the search continues.

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        • joycultivation
          joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-06-12 20:39:28

          @aenea i LOVE wallet. it has helped me TREMENDOUSLY. i have the free version so i pay 0 and it meets all my needs. i did some creative workarounds with the functionality

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          • aenea
            aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-12 21:41:42

            @joycultivation hmm. After I downloaded I was told I had 14 days to try it for free but would then need to subscribe to keep my accounts active.

            Looked interesting though. I'm glad you were able to find a method that worked for you.

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            • joycultivation
              joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-06-12 22:24:39

              @aenea you probably had 14 days to try out the free upgrade to a paid account. the basic account is always free. i have been using this app for over a year now. i have never paid a penny and i have achieved majorly positive results. i went from a substantial amount of debt to routinely saving 38% of my income in the course of a year.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-28 20:39:18

        I've had Goodbudget on my phone for awhile but had never put much time into it. So I think I'll try that next.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-06 23:04:22

        Been using Goodbudget for June so far and it's definitely useful though more complicated than I'd like. Perhaps it'll get easier with time.

        Also, budgeting is extremely depressing.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-10 07:22:56

        Today was not good as far as spending goes. We went to a movie, bought concessions, had dinner out, bought ice cream, and bought some books. Fridays are my weakness I think.

        We did bike to a free concert at the botanical garden yesterday though, so that was good.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-12 22:51:32

    Pay off credit card debt

    We received a generous cash gift from my parents for the wedding, and my parents insist it should go towards our honeymoon. However, I'm not sure they realize the weight of our debt, and I'm leaning towards applying it to pay off one of my cards.

    The second dilemma is which card: the one with the highest balance or the one I can wipe off completely and possibly free up for a no interest balance transfer (something which I'd previously sworn off). Leaning towards option two, but I sure hate looking at that balance on card one. I just have to keep in mind that if I remain persistent, it will disappear too, eventually (after mountains of interest accrue...).

    Decisions decisions.

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11/04/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-11 08:02:22

    Practice Eating Mindfully: Drink more water, eat more whole foods, and eat less refined sugar

    So I noticed the last few days I've let myself get over full at meals, which I know isn't good for me. I think it's ironically the result of financial stress and anxiety about my weight creeping up. So I'm going to make a conscious effort to eat slowly and take breaks during meals to assess my fullness.

    Many years ago when I was on the dieting treadmill with my mom I remember there was this one tactic recommended to eat half your food and 'destroy' the rest by over-salting it or adding undesired condiments to it. It was a horrible waste of food. It was also very effective. I don't think I'll need to go to such lengths this time around though.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-06 23:26:12

    Go on regular evening walks with my family

    I have a dog so I already do regular evening walks. Often my husband will walk with me just because he likes my company, even when it's twenty below. And the whole family walks with me when the weather is nice, which it has been lately.

    Last night my daughter wanted to take a time-lapse video of our walk. It turned out pretty cute and will make for a good memento.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-06 23:19:12

    Find a good naturopath

    So I procrastinated on this so much that my thyroid medication has run out again and I will have to do an appointment with my general practitioner again whom I'm not wildly fond of. She will re-prescribe the meds and it won't be a big deal, I'd just really rather not deal with her.

    The reality is that I don't have the time or money to shop around for a doctor at the moment. So I'm pretty much just hoping I don't get too terribly sick in the meantime.

    I'd love to do an acupuncture appointment for my birthday this month too, but since my insurance won't cover it, that's $200 I can't afford either.

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    • AeneasSubgoals
      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-06-08 18:50:22

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-08 20:13:28

        Went to the doctor today to have my thyroid checked and meds represcribed. The doctor wanted to go over my symptoms from last time I saw her last spring, which she had tried to address in many many different ways but was never able to resolve. She did not realize that I was still having symptoms and wanted to do more MRIs and more blood work. However, as I told her, I don't have the money or time to keep throwing at some mystery illness she can't seem to figure out. Then she proceeded to suggest that it might be my thyroid, apparently having forgotten that she already checked my thyroid levels three times last year.

        Maybe I'm just too impatient, but this appointment really upset me. Her bedside manner is atrocious and she acts likes she knows it all but then doesn't have any real answers just more tests, more flailing. I'm really fed up.

        also, adding insult to injury, that number on the scale went up two pounds since last time (about a month ago). 😞

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-13 01:39:22
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    aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-10 21:08:56

    Subgoals for this include:

    Be the change: treat my body as a temple and honor it daily

    Go to the gym at lunch at least 3x per week

    Develop a set of healthy weekly meal plans

    Incorporate yoga into my nightly routine

    Incorporate floor exercises into my morning routine

    Ride my bike somewhere every weekend

    Practice Eating Mindfully: Drink more water, eat more whole foods, and eat less refined sugar

    Go for more hikes and picnics

    Go on regular evening walks with my family

    Meditate more

    Take that martial arts class I've been contemplating for years

    Get to bed earlier

    Find a good naturopath

    weekly weigh in

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02/05/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-24 23:22:18

    So the hair appt took two and a half hours and since I had a two pm meeting, I did not get to the gym. 😞 kinda set myself up for failure on this one. I'll continue to go on Thursday and Friday however and try again for the whole week next month. I'm a completist after all and four days just won't do. ;)

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-23 21:10:53

    I'm exhausted from too little sleep last night, but day two is done. And we have a trend. Tomorrow will be the real test.

    Also, my lunch salads went bad from sitting in the fridge too long while I was sick. And I was looking forward to a nice salad today. 😕 I'll have to pick up one for tomorrow as a reward perhaps.

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    aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 00:22:56

    Training at work went long so I only had time for 20 minutes today instead of thirty, but twenty still counts.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-22 06:44:17

    Last week to do this in May. My haircut of course falls during my lunch break on Wednesday. And D is on a different shift now so that he is at home during lunch. But here's the thing: this week I am prioritizing my health come hell or high water.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-05 00:57:26

    Day four complete. This is doable. Taking the morning out of my morning workout was definitely a good choice.

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11/04/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-10 07:31:31

    Help A cull her possessions

    We went though all her books earlier this month and freed up a lot of shelf space. Now we're slowly tackling her toys.

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    aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-13 01:46:12
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    aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-10 21:24:42

    Subgoals for this include:

    Do first things first

    Ensure that my goals are S.M.A.R.T.

    Compile Home Inventory Lists

    Organize my recipes

    Organize my files

    File paperwork as it arrives

    Reapply for my citizenship certificate and passports

    Cull my books and catalog the keepers

    Clean the interior of my car each summer

    Do a 43things review each month

    Preserve my wedding memories: dry clean and store dress, create a scrapbook, send out thank yous, and assemble photo album

    improve my time management skills

    Make a 5 year plan and periodically review it

    Update my will

    Start implementing my home maintenance zone routines again

    Create and maintain a capsule or minimalist wardrobe (Project 43)

    Back up my Digital Data

    Help A cull her possessions

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    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-14 22:39:11

    I still have devices that over a decade old waiting to be addressed. I need to consolidate photos and music especially and declutter and organize these as well. Documents are another thing altogether. And I need to update my operating system on my current machine. I think it's still plenty robust enough that I don't need a whole new machine, but it definitely needs some serious housekeeping.

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11/05/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-24 14:14:02

    Layoff notices have been rescinded. Hooray! San Diego, here I come!

    My legislators better watch their slimy political backs come election time. That's all I have to say about that.

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-17 13:22:47

    Idea journal

    I first read about this when looking for advice on developing a more effective morning routine. But apparently becoming an idea machine is a thing.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:45:25

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 04:08:56

        I now have an idea journal. The hard part seems to be thinking of topics for ideas. once I have a topic though, I usually have no problem coming up with ideas.

        my first two topics for brainstorming were topics for my blog and book ideas

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-17 13:00:00

    Improve my coding skills.

    I'm looking at doing a micromasters or similar program at edx, udemy, or udacity. Lots of courses to dig through.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-16 05:21:03

    started a science blog: HMS Arctica. haven't actually blogged anything yet. but I now have a blog.

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:45:46

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 04:10:31

        first entry, an introduction, has been posted.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 08:27:00

        So I've barely gotten a handle on this whole science blog thing but just got a positive response back from scienceblogs inviting me to join with a six month probationary period, based solely on my submitted 255 character background description.

        It would give me more readership possibly but I'd also feel more like I'm in a spotlight, which I'm really not wild about. Also SB has something of a sordid and controversial past apparently, although they are currently under new management to some extent. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try it out.

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-12 05:15:40

    Subgoals:

    Find work that I can feel good about

    Develop a Strong Work Ethic

    Think about trying for my PhD... again.

    Be the change: remember where I'm going and know what's important

    Update my CV and LinkedIn Profile

    Start a Blog

    Improve my coding skills

    Volunteer

    Join Toastmasters

    Start an Idea Journal

    Request regular performance reviews

    Increase my new product knowledge

    Join some local user groups

    Continue and promote my geo-mentoring

    Keep track of my professional society memberships

    Eat That Frog (improve my productivity)

    Try the Ivy Lee method

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11/05/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-26 15:31:40

    Be Compassion: Spend more quality time with friends and family.

    I'm thinking I will make lists here of things I can do for the people (and pets) I love, starting with doing something special for my special someone.

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-18 06:22:41

    Documentaries to watch (to be updated):

    The True Cost
    Minimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things
    Consumed
    Poverty, Inc
    Sicko
    Before the Flood
    NOVA - World in the Balance: The Population Paradox
    The Plastic Ocean
    Grow!
    The Other Side of Immigration
    Capitalism: A Love Story

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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-23 02:46:02

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-23 04:15:11

        broke down and subscribed to netflix dvd service, for the express purpose of watching more documentaries. local video stores don't carry most of these titles, nor does redbox, and streaming service where I live is prohibitively expensive still.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-29 20:01:01

        We watched the minimalism documentary last night. It featured many of the usual suspects - project 333, no impact man, life-edited, etc. I did learn the titles of a few promising books that could be helpful: 10% Happier, Enough, Clutterfree with Kids, and the Minimalists book itself - Everything that Remains. The film had minimal (no pun intended) guidance, touching briefly on topics such as tiny homes, Murphy bed living, wardrobe reduction, meditation, environmental impact, and minimalism with kids, with these last two given about thirty seconds of screen time combined. The only concrete advice seemed to be to do what feels right.

        So the movie, while entertaining, was not at all instructive, making it rather disappointing for me. I was hoping to be fired up for a day of family decluttering today, but instead am left still wondering if I'm just chasing the unattainable.

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        • ExplorerSoul
          ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-05-30 15:18:15

          @aenea I also didn't find the documentary to be particularly inspiring, which is why I'm also a bit unsure about the minimalism challenge.

          I've watched several interesting documentaries on different topics, but it would be interesting to find a good one on decluttering.

          I just came across this film, which seems humorous but kind of interesting, too (not quite sure about the rules or practicality of it all, though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUBVl0FG6Yc

          My Stuff trailer
          Watch film here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mystuff/162674607 The rules of the film: 1) One year experiment 2) All stuff into a storage 3) One item back per ...
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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-09 23:18:11

        We watched a BBC 3-part series documentary on Galapagos this week. It was fascinating. I too now wish to see some blue footed boobies. The term, I learned, comes from the Spanish word for clown, apparently named such because of the way they walk.

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        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-22 02:05:54

        Watched The True Cost and Before the Flood. Both were worthwhile and well made, but given my prior familiarity with climate change issues, I found The True Cost to be much more personally eye opening. I feel kind of paralyzed like I never want to buy anything from any retailer ever again, yet I can't seem to afford fair trade. So I suppose that's one more thing to ethically budget for.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-24 13:46:31

        Still thinking about The True Cost. I was sitting around the campfire with some other school parents last night and third world industrial labor came up. The people I was talking with had traveled extensively and seen first hand the poverty of some of these places. And their feeling was that the industry was hugely beneficial to the local economies regardless of horrible working conditions. That in their experiences the workers were far better off than those not working and conditions on the streets were so horrendous that anything was an improvement for them. this is a perspective they mention briefly in the movie as well, but with much condescension.

        No one should have to tolerate horrible working conditions. But how do we get here from there, and what is the solution in the meantime?

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-16 05:29:23

    Practice Self-care, Honor Divinity, Be gentle with myself, and Pamper myself occasionally: go for a haircut, facial, massage, spa day, manicure/pedicure, etc

    Aiming to do this at least once a season but no more than once a month.

    Year to date:
    February: haircut
    March (wedding month): facial, manicure, professional hair and make-up
    April: haircut
    May: highlights / scalp massage
    June (birthday month): eye treatment or acupuncture



    I have an appointment on the 24th to get highlights. I'm afraid I might chicken-out though. Last time I got highlights it was awful. I don't want it to look cheap and unnatural. I know they can be done nicely, I just don't know if they can be done nicely on me. and i don't need extra anxiety like that in my life. ugh!

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    • rainbowssparks
      rainbowssparks 2 cheers 2017-05-17 11:36:29

      @aenea Go for it! πŸ™‚ I think they can be done nicely on everybody, but a lot depends on the skill of the hairdresser. What works for me is to acknowledge that I don't know anything about hairdressing at all. So when they ask how I want it done I tell them which length I want it, what model I think looks good, but then ask them what their opinion is, because I have basically no clue about what fits my hair type and my face. I noticed a lot of hairdressers like that you really want to work with them to get that great haircut, instead of telling them just what to do. Most share their plans about which colour and which technique they will use, so I get confident that they know what they are doing and am happy to put trust in their skills. It really takes a lot of the anxiety away, for em at least. You might try to talk to them and say that last time it ended up looking unnatural and that you really don't want that to happen again? You can always decide not to do it if it doesn't feel right of course.

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        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-24 23:33:39

        @rainbowssparks so I went in armed with pictures of before and after from the last time, as well as Internet photos of dye jobs I did and did not like. I wanted to enhance my current hair color by bringing out natural high and low lights in my hair. she did a good job and it looks nice. Only problem is that it matches my natural colors so well that I barely can tell anything was done. So now I'm kind of left wondering what I paid for. Idk. Maybe it's more noticeable to others.

        I also got a nice scalp massage while there, so there's that.

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-12 03:54:25

    Subgoals:

    Maintain my Happiness Journal, in which I: List things that make me happy; Reflect on things for which I am grateful; Choose to be positive and hopeful; Recognize my accomplishments.

    Honor Divinity: be gentle with myself, practice self care, and Pamper myself occasionally: Go for a haircut, facial, massage and/or manicure/pedicure

    Honor Divinity of Others: Be gentle and compassionate with others; Spend more time showing people that I love them and give more quality time to friends and family; Keep in better touch with friends and family; Take the dog to the dogpark once a week for a month

    Honor Divinity: Make a family tree

    Be the change: ask myself, what would the best me ever do?

    Be Compassion: Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

    Landscape my property

    Learn how to maintain my perennial garden

    Memorize a poem

    Share my favorite quotes and poetry

    Write haiku periodically

    Write an article/book and have it published

    Participate in NaNoWriMo

    Work in a bookstore

    Start a vinyl collection

    Do one sketch a month for a year

    Sketch portraits of each of my family members

    Watch 43 documentaries

    Read more

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11/05/2017
  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-18 05:22:20

    On recycling.

    I sold 50 items of barely used kids clothing today to a consignment shop for about $80. I go to replace the outgrown clothes, intending to buy 10 items and am expected to pay nearly $200. How does this equate? How is this sustainable?

    Reminds me that I still need to watch The True Cost.

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-12 03:40:13

    Subgoals:

    Start using my reusable bags again

    Practice mindful consumption - less plastic, less packaging, fabric gift wrap

    Reduce my environmental footprint - minimize and reuse wherever possible

    Start composting

    Start growing my own food

    Rededicate myself to recycling

    Advocate for science and use my knowledge to educate others

    Fight Climate Change

    Get more involved in Marine Cleanup efforts

    Start a Science Blog

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    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-08 22:00:08

    Headlines from Women's eNews.

    At the old 43t someone used to always post headlines from women's news and I always found it very insightful and inspiring. I was glad to find that they are still up and running.

    Thursday, June 8th

    U.S. Maternity Leave Policies Aren’t Just Inadequate, They’re Unequal Too
    A recent study found that women who take maternity leave tend to be college educated, white and married. This injustice became clear to Kristin Budde one night after seeing one of her pregnant patients.

    U.S. Congresswomen Push for Menstruation with Dignity for Women, Girls
    We don’t hear about the challenges of managing menstruation as much in the U.S., but they do exist. A set of bills introduced this year to the U.S. Congress is trying to improve access to menstrual hygiene products and information.

    U.S. Export of Political Reproductive Health Policies Threatens Women’s Health Globally
    While some are celebrating the new director-general of the World Health Organization as a champion of reproductive rights, the U.S. is threatening to reverse progress on these rights globally. But Americans can change that with the recently introduced Global HER Act.

    http://womensenews.org

    Women's eNews - Covering Women's Issues, Changing Women's Lives
    Covering Women's Issues, Changing Women's Lives
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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-12 03:59:38

    create a world where women can walk ANYWHERE, EVERYWHERE.

    Advocate for women's rights and women's health

    Support planned parenthood

    Mentor younger women in science

    Fight for equal pay

    Be a positive role model for my daughter

    Demonstrate the compatibility of feminism and femininity

    Document times when I felt discriminated against because I am a woman

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-12 03:36:09

    subgoals:

    Visit Estonia

    Visit all 7 continents

    Revisit Edinburgh

    Revisit Germany

    Hike the Appalachian Trail

    Revisit the Grand Canyon

    See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Visit The Great Wall of China

    Visit the Taj Mahal

    See St Basil's Cathedral, Russia

    Visit Santorini, Greece

    Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

    Attend Cannes Film Festival

    Ride a gondola in Venice

    Ride a bike around Iceland and Ireland

    Visit Scandinavia

    Visit Japan

    Visit a tropical island for my honeymoon

    Visit our good friends in New England, and maybe Stars Hollow and Martha's Vineyard along the way.

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      ExplorerSoul 0 cheers 2017-06-09 04:26:38

      @aenea Are these in order of preference or priority?

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        aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-09 14:48:29

        @ExplorerSoul neither. They're in order of when I thought of them. :)

        This whole list is out of reach at the moment but it doesn't hurt to dream a little. When I have a basic lump sum saved up for a trip I'll take another look and decide where to go. Right now I can't put anything towards travel though. I need to pay down some debt first.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-06 23:31:58

    Read two books per month: one fiction, one nonfiction

    June: Hocus Pocus and Untangled

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-11 13:33:37

    benefits of reading before bed.

    6 Reasons Why You Should Read Before Bed
    As if you need another reason to read
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    aenea Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-11 01:06:36

    subgoals:

    Read all of Kurt Vonnegut's Novels

    Read two books per month: one fiction, one nonfiction

    Read every evening before bed

    Keep my saw sharpened - read at least two academic/technical books this year, take notes, and set up a filing system

    Read all of Shakespeare's plays

    Read Robin Hobb's new series (third book just came out!)

    Read at least 2 classics in 2017

    Read more Margaret Atwood

    Read Thich Nhat Hanh in the mornings

    Reread the Tao Te Ching

    Inventory my books and ebooks

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      Airos Done 1 cheers 2017-05-17 06:42:53

      @aenea Sounds good, may I however suggest, since they are plays, go watch all Shakespear's plays (or movies).

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-17 12:50:23

        @Airos yes I'm working on that too, as a donor member of the Oregon Shakespeare festival. I find I get more meaning out of reading the plays, however, so it's worth it to me.

        The last play I attended was a modern rendition of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March this year. It was interesting and quite effectively harrowing at parts, but I preferred the performance of Twelfth Night that we saw last fall, also a modern take, set in the 1920's. Very different plays of course. We try to attend at least 2-3 plays per year.

        Have you seen the hollow crown series btw? It's quite well made.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-28 22:32:53

    I think I need to change this goal to Finish more books or maybe just Read more, to encompass journals and literary publications as well.

    Currently reading:
    The Underground Railroad for a book club

    Also started/finishing/reading/digesting:
    Hocus Pocus
    The Distant Hours
    To the Lighthouse
    The Sea Around Us
    Aurora
    Brave Companions

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    aenea Doing 9 cheers 2017-04-11 03:54:14

    people who read more books, live longer. periodicals don't count. just read this in the news yesterday.

    I'm aiming to read at least 30 minutes every night.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-07 00:53:41

    I think I will aim for two a year on this so I don't get Vonnegut fatigue.

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    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-02-12 21:03:35

    so here's what I have left to read: Hocus Pocus, Bluebeard, Jailbird, and Slapstick. I started Jailbird long ago but can't really remember a thing from it. Hocus Pocus has caught my eye though, so I think I'll restart this goal there.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9589.Hocus_Pocus

    Hocus Pocus
    From the author of Timequake, this "irresistible" novel (Cleveland Plain Dealer) tells the story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, j...
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      sahlavit 3 cheers 2017-02-23 06:56:04

      @postcard I have read some Kurt Vonnegut long long ago, can't even remember what exactly. Can you recommend any of your favorites? I will read it and we can discuss it later here πŸ˜‰

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        aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-10 19:44:02

        @sahlavit goodness i don't know how I missed your reply here. My apologies. 😞 my favorites by Vonnegut have been Mother Night, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos, Mr. Rosewater, and Slaughterhouse Five. But really, any of them. Sirens of Titan is quite challenging but interesting. Player Piano is also good and relevant to today's world, as is Timequake. A lot of people like Breakfast of Champions, but I thought it was just average for him. I just finished Deadeye Dick not too long ago and that was probably my least favorite, so perhaps not that one.

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          sahlavit 1 cheers 2017-05-12 10:16:12

          @aenea wow! That is a lot of homework and I love it !

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          taylor 2 cheers 2017-06-12 19:45:23

          @aenea I remember reading Breakfast of Champions around the age of 13 or 14 and thinking it was pretty great stuff, though I thought the ending was a bit of an anti-climax. I wonder how it would strike me today, 40 years later?
          There are some authors I read in school and college that I'd like to go back and rediscover, including Italo Calvino and Stanley Elkin.

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            aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-13 18:28:53

            @taylor I've really enjoyed what Italian Calvino I have read - two books I think. I should really read more of him. Thanks for the reminder. &#xsmile;

            I'm not familiar with Stanley Elkin however. Will have to look him up.

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            aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-13 18:38:26

            @taylor and now I remember why I did not read more Calvino. I got stuck on If On A Winter's Night A Traveler....

            Yes haha very funny writer.

            I did adore Cosmicomics though so perhaps I'll give him another go. I know I have Marcovaldo sitting around somewhere.

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              taylor 1 cheers 2017-06-13 19:06:32

              @aenea So glad you know Calvino! I think I read Cosmicomics or Italian Folktales first. Cosmicomics blew my mind, as did If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. What made you get stuck? I also have Mr. Palomar and Six Memos for the Next Millenium. One of my favorite stories is the Argentine Ant, which made my skin crawl!

              Stanley Elkin was a novelist from St. Louis. I read George Mills, which according to Wikipedia is "set in five parts, tells the family history of succeeding generations of characters named George Mills. The story covers more than 1,000 years from the First Crusade in Europe to the Ottoman Empire to present-day America. Elkin won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award in the fiction category for the novel."

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                aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-13 19:21:05

                @taylor george mills sounds fascinating - I'll have to add it to my reading list.

                The repetitive and unfinished chapters left me frustrated with if on a winters night. And I get that that's part of the point but I just did not have the patience to finish it. The second storyline was not appealing enough for me I guess.

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                  taylor 0 cheers 2017-06-14 21:52:46

                  @aenea I hope you'll like George Mills, who's somewhat of an everyman/commonman character. Throughout history, he's the guy who's mucking out the horse barn or doing some other lowly job.

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    aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-06-24 13:58:29

    Always wanted to do this and now I have. My daughter's first baseball game. And my first solstice midnight sun game. It was a lot of fun! May have to make a tradition of it. Though I think we'll get there earlier next year to get seats easier. There was quite the crowd.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 20:40:01

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-04-28 22:06:04

    So I now have 43 things hanging in my closet. However this does not include things that are folded sitting on shelves in my closet, so I still have work to do.

    I'm also not including the following specific clothing categories in my 43 things closet, mostly because I don't want to and also because these things are either self limiting or require extra vigilance in minimalization (eg shoes).

    -underwear and socks
    -workout-wear and swimsuits
    -outerwear
    -shoes and handbags
    -jewelry, scarves, other accessories

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-17 17:50:21

    Because 33 is just so arbitrary and unobtainable and every one knows 43 makes much more sense.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 19:02:00

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 19:01:32

    Today I am being compassionate to myself and practicing self-care. I'm sick, tired, and frustrated that I have not been able to follow-up on my lunch workout goal. and that's ok. things will get better. I have faith in myself to not give up.

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    aenea Done 6 cheers 2017-05-03 16:20:53

    IF I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,
    I shall not live in vain.
    -Emily Dickinson

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-05-03 16:18:13

    Today I will prioritize others' needs and do all I can to help them reach their goal without delay.

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    aenea Done 3 cheers 2017-04-26 19:20:25

    Today I will get the seasonal trunks out for D. He's been dreading doing it because it's kind of a pain to access.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 18:55:10

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 18:54:56

    i'm sick today, and trying to keep my mind off of how crappy i'm feeling, so i'm going to take this time to rearrange my goals.

    I've decided to narrow down to about 10 main goals and then post about subgoals within that.

    some goals I will mark as done, but continue to update as ongoing goals, including this one.

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-05-02 00:56:51

    I'm thinking of doing subgoal definitions too. Have to work out the shorthand still.

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-23 06:23:11

    i've color coded my goals by type using the prioritization flags.

    Red = for improving my mind
    Pink = for improving my body
    Yellow = for improving my home
    None = community and maintenance

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    aenea Done 6 cheers 2017-04-18 22:19:45

    So this goal for me is about setting goals with intention/mindfulness, and keeping the big picture in mind. It's where I will keep track of my goals and make sure they are organized and serving a larger purpose.

    Ultimately, it's about constantly re-examining my goals, choosing again, and deeply understanding why I have the goals that I have. The primary driver of my goals seems to be peace of mind. 2/3rds of my goals contribute directly to my mental health and the remaining third contributes to my physical health, which in turn affects my mental health as well.

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    aenea Done 6 cheers 2017-06-22 02:19:05

    I turn 40 on Saturday. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

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      ExplorerSoul 0 cheers 2017-06-22 03:30:44

      @aenea What are some of your thoughts?

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        aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-06-22 04:16:10

        @ExplorerSoul age is just a number but physiologically there are certain unavoidable aspects to it that I'm not all that excited about. My biological clock is definitely sounding the alarm too now that we've decided to have a second child. Career and health wise I'm not where I want to be and it's easy for me to get stressed and depressed about it.

        My thirties were rough however, so there's something to be said for not only surviving them but also coming out on top with a healthy family who love and support me. Things will be ok. I just have to take heart in what I have.

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      bob1623 Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-22 11:43:42

      @aenea Happy Birthday. I hope you have a great day and celebration.

      How old do you feel? And how old do you think?

      As one who has been there (and it was a while ago) don't think about it too much, you will have another birthday next year.

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        aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-06-22 17:34:16

        @bob1623 thanks :)

        I feel ageless but also tired and haunted. If that makes sense. And I think I could do many things if I just had more time. How do you gage how old you think?

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          bob1623 Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-23 02:06:46

          @aenea I think I do understand. I don't know how old I feel. I think I feel younger than I am. I know I think younger because age group peers think old people stuff. Stuff I never think about.

          Maybe that;s how you gauge it. How old are the people who think the way you do?

          That haunted feeling, I do understand that.

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            aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-06-23 15:33:37

            @bob1623 interesting perspective. My closest friends have invariably been younger than me, even in grade school. I have always struggled to identify with my same age peer group, feeling strangely intimidated and out of place. As if everyone knows way more than me and I must just be immature or mentally stunted or something (which I'm 99% certain isn't the case, and most likely just stems from low self esteem issues).

            Add to that that I had a child while my peers were still largely focusing on school and my isolation feels complete. Usually when people learn that I'm a mom they're shocked and scandalized and their whole perception of and behavior towards me changes. Not sure if that's an age thing or something else though.

            Have you heard much of Band of Horses? I know you're a music aficionado. Haunted has me thinking of their cease to begin album.

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              bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-23 17:41:25

              @aenea I'm sure having a child young puts you at a disadvantage, especially when you are the only one. But children do have a way of keeping you young. You have to think young and be in shape to keep up with them.

              Enjoy your 40th birthday. To me, that is still young. You have a lot of living to do. Do things a 20 or 30 year old does. Or just enjoy doing what you do.

              And yes, I do know Band of Horses. they have some excellent music. Cease to Begin is a great album. I'm listening to it now in your honor.

              Is there anything I can do make you smile?

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                aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-06-24 13:34:56

                @bob1623 just keep on living life to the fullest like you and so many other 43ers always do. Knowing that there are people out there doing that makes me happy.

                Maybe take a scenic bike route today around your town. πŸ™‚. And enjoy the ride, wherever it takes you.

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                  bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-26 01:22:20

                  @aenea I hope you had a great birthday. And that you have many more.

                  I did not get out on that bike ride yesterday. But I did get out today. I rode my favorite route to a village about 15 miles from my house. It was the most glorious day to ride too. The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky, warm temps and only a bit of wind. Everything was perfect.

                  And I thought of you and your birthday celebration. I hope you got to smile some, hopefully a lot. And laugh too.

                  This ride gave me a big grin on my face the whole way.

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      qwertygal 1 cheers 2017-06-23 07:36:46

      @bob1623

      Happy Birthday!!

      I think you should feel happy. 40 is a great age to be. When I turned 40, I freaked out. I'd kill to be 40 again.

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    aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-06-22 02:18:29

    Happy Solstice! β˜€οΈ

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 20:35:27

    I've done this!


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    aenea Done 7 cheers 2017-05-05 00:58:40

    Sushi is yummy.

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    aenea Done 5 cheers 2017-05-04 19:59:31

    May the fourth be with you.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 18:52:12

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    aenea Done 7 cheers 2017-05-10 18:51:35

    old 43t had something called zeitgeist, which would show recent activity across the site. could we do something like that? recently active goals across the site could be interesting to look at.

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-05-04 03:00:01

    how about a return to top of page link that scrolls with you down the page like the feedback link?

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    aenea Done 4 cheers 2017-04-17 17:37:05

    If you could show the activity or number of entries for a goal in search results, that would be helpful. I sometimes will join a goal if it is similar to what I want to do but has more activity, and therefore more potential for group support and community interaction.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 18:57:58

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    be out of bed before 7

    don't go online before 7:30 AM

    yoga + floor + meditate

    tidy up for at least 10 minutes

    lemon water

    Read in the morning with tea

    No coffee

    make A's lunch and have breakfast

    make sure A is awake and moving by 7:15 AM (A is out of town for two weeks)

    pet meds + walk dog

    vitamins

    update daily journal

    bike to work from June 29 - August 25

    stand at desk

    water my proverbial lettuce + photo-document

    Go to the gym at lunch

    eat at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables

    update this list

    turn off tv and internet by 9 PM

    no cell phone in bedroom

    read some more before going to bed

    Gratitude journal on Sundays

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-27 19:54:59

    be out of bed before 7

    don't go online before 7:30 AM

    cardio + yoga + floor + meditate

    tidy up for at least 10 minutes

    lemon water

    Read in the morning with tea

    No coffee

    make A's lunch and have breakfast

    make sure A is awake and moving by 7:15 AM (A is out of town for two weeks)

    pet meds + walk dog

    vitamins

    update daily journal

    bike to work from June 29 - August 25

    stand at desk

    water my proverbial lettuce + photo-document

    eat at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables

    update this list

    turn off tv and internet by 9 PM

    no cell phone in bedroom

    read some more before going to bed

    Gratitude journal on sundays

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-26 19:09:00

    be out of bed before 7

    don't go online before 7:30 AM

    cardio + yoga + floor + meditate

    tidy up for at least 10 minutes

    lemon water

    Read in the morning with tea

    No coffee

    make A's lunch and have breakfast

    make sure A is awake and moving by 7:15 AM (A is out of town for two weeks)

    pet meds + walk dog

    vitamins

    update daily journal

    bike to work from June 29 - August 25

    stand at desk

    water my proverbial lettuce + photodocument

    eat at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables

    update this list

    turn off tv and internet by 9 PM

    no cell phone in bedroom

    read some more before going to bed

    Gratitude journal on sundays

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-24 19:03:31

    be out of bed before 7

    don't go online before 7:30 AM

    cardio + yoga + floor + meditate

    tidy up for at least 10 minutes

    lemon water

    Read in the morning with tea

    No coffee

    make A's lunch and have breakfast

    make sure A is awake and moving by 7:15 AM (A is out of town for two weeks)

    pet meds + walk dog

    vitamins

    update daily journal

    bike to work from June 29 - August 25

    stand at desk

    water my proverbial lettuce + photodocument

    eat at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables

    update this list

    turn off tv and internet by 9 PM

    no cell phone in bedroom

    read some more before going to bed

    Gratitude journal on sundays

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-06-22 02:16:39

    June Update

    Finish wedding scrapbook not started. Likely won't be completed.

    Go to the gym at lunch for an entire week I'm thinking I may need to modify this goal to something more achievable like, 'go for five days' (not necessarily consecutive) instead.

    Finish two books, read every night one fiction, one nonfiction. 3/4 thru hocus pocus, about halfway thru untangled.

    Apply for new passport completed the form and had some (awful) pictures taken. Just need to mail it in. Wondering if I should go get my bangs cut and retake the pictures first.

    make some solid progress on 4 work projects i made some progress on one. I may be temporarily laid off at the end of the month so that's kind of put a damper on things.

    set up some volunteer work deferred to fall.

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-05-28 18:57:45

    Goals for June:

    Finish wedding scrapbook really need to wrap this wedding stuff up. I dry cleaned my dress and have it stored. Thank you notes are done. So I just need to tie up loose ends and put away my mementos.

    Go to the gym at lunch for an entire week where there's a will there's a way. Not happening week one due to travel. Aiming for week two.

    Finish two books, read every night one fiction, one nonfiction. Aiming for Hocus Pocus and Untangled.

    Apply for new passport need to get this out of the way. And technically it falls under wrapping up wedding tasks.

    make some solid progress on 4 work projects this is intentionally vague. But I want to hammer out at least one PD per week and improve my productivity.

    set up some volunteer work

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-05-28 18:41:43

    May summary:

    Reduced my goals
    Finished thank you notes
    Made going to the gym a habit
    Finished one book

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    aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-05-17 17:53:18

    Reduce my goals to 10 and finish my 43T review. completed. Yay.

    Scrapbook my wedding and finish my Thank You Notes. made progress on both of these. I bought a scrapbook yesterday and have begun to put a dent in finishing my thank you cards. My cold has been lingering however and slowing my progress on all goals.

    Complete going to the gym for 1 week, and begin my 'go to the gym for one month' goal. No dice. Been sick for the last week and a half. The irony is that I know a good workout would probably help to clear my system. May have to improvise at home until I'm feeling better.

    Finish 2 books aiming to finish Hocus Pocus and the Underground Railroad before June. I'm about halfway in both. I have my book club meeting on Tuesday so will be focusing on the Underground Railroad this week.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 21:00:39

    I've done this!


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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 18:56:41

    I've done this!


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    aenea Done 5 cheers 2017-04-14 22:25:45

    Thoughtfully written guide to the resistance.

    http://harpers.org/archive/2017/02/trump-a-resisters-guide/

    [Forum] | Trump: A Resister’s Guide | Harper's Magazine
    We have a new president who is also a new kind of president. Our previous chief executives — at least those of the post–World War II era — were not in the business of outright bigotry and misogyny. Nor did they make common cause with white supremacists, boast about sexual assault, or threaten to jail their opponents. Nor did they openly deride and undermine the traditions and institutions that it is the president’s duty to uphold. Donald Trump is different. Since he was elected in November, many Americans have struggled to assimilate our changed reality, the radical discontinuity that his victory represents. It has been a long winter, a season of fear, grief, and, perhaps above all, rage — a feeling compounded by its seeming futility. “Impotent hatred is the worst of all emotions,” Goethe said. “One should hate nobody whom one cannot destroy.” As a once-unthinkable Trump presidency gets under way, it is time to recognize that we are not as impotent as we may have felt — that even if we cannot destroy Trump, we can resist his primitive vision to the best of our abilities. There are no guarantees that we will succeed, but, as the writers in this forum all make clear, not to try would be a dereliction. A new kind of president demands a new kind of citizen.
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I had a salad every day with dinner and/or for lunch, and fruit for midday snacks.Β 

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My daughter and I have gratitude journals that we write in on sundays.Β 

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-06-08 17:34:40

    I had some time to kill before a dr appointment this morning so I pulled into a coffee shop on my way there. After parking I realized I had zero desire for coffee and really didn't want to needlessly spend money on things I didn't want or need. So I opted to just stay in the car and read the news before heading onward. Felt pretty good not to need coffee and know I'm saving money in the process. I still like coffee but the havoc it wreaks on my body makes it doubly not worth the cost for me.

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    aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-05-02 01:01:18

    I had half of a 12oz white mocha on Friday after not having coffee for a week and suffered all weekend for it. I'm wondering if I'm sensitized to something about the coffee beans, mycotoxins or whatnot. Not a good feeling whatever it is.

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-04-24 22:50:16

    I've done this!


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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-13 18:34:21

    Ultimately trying to eliminate all caffeine, but for now just aiming to switch to tea.

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March for science on April 22nd
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i heard about the national march and looked up information for a local march in my town. It was very easy to find on google, and not hard at all to participate. Β  i even made a sign.Β  it was a positive experience and many passers-by were very supportive.Β 

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Invest in some quality probiotics.
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went to a natural health food store and splurged on my health.

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Find old 43T friends
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Keep a Bullet Journal
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I read an article about it on Quartz and gave it a try.Β 

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Support ACLU
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go to aclu.org and support in whatever way you can, as often as you can.

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Post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :)
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    aenea Done 3 cheers 2017-04-28 00:00:26

    I need a new name. My old and current names have too much baggage. Suggestions?

    How did you come up with your username?

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    • rainbowssparks
      rainbowssparks 1 cheers 2017-04-28 13:02:56

      @aenea It is quite hard to suggest a username for somebody else I noticed (was thinking about this for a bit and have really no clue as to what to suggest).

      Mine basically came to life on the old 43T (I was Ziekenwagen in the very beginning) as an alter ego that would be fearlessly and assertive and somehow it'd help me attain my goals quicker. That didn't work out as much as I'd hoped though, but the name stuck and it was only logical to return under that name. I only use it on 43T. There is not really a deeper meaning to it than that I like rainbows, sparks, stars and all these things. :D

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      wyverndust Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-28 15:31:29

      @aenea according to google translate, the Swahili word for compassion is huruma. since one of your goals is be compassion, you might find a language you like where the word for compassion fits you.

      My user name came from the old days of the internet in the old century, when I used usenet. I was a member of a group where this elderly lady in England posted that she found some mystery herb powder at a local herb shop in Cambridge that had been labelled Wyverndust. I liked the name so I started using it. Now there is a cartoon character named the same and a band called Wyvern's Dust.

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        aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-28 21:35:34

        @wyverndust I love the translation idea! Thank you for the suggestion. And I've always thought your username was very nice. It's interesting to hear the backstory on it.

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          wyverndust Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-28 23:02:47

          @aenea thanks. I used to use a different name online prior to Wyv but there is way too much baggage attached to that old name. I never used it on 43t, thankfully

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      fredvoorhies Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-28 15:35:43

      @wyverndust How do you change your user name?

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      anne89 Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-28 18:44:53

      @aenea back when I was a 13 year old girl, chatting on forums to creepy old dudes, most of the kids would put their name, gender, and age or year they were born as their nickname so everyone knew who they were dealing with. so I was annegirl89, which I kept using for online profiles, and it was my first name on 43things as well hahah. somewhere along the way I ditched the girl part but yeah that's what i still use. not very original sorry ;P

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      anne89 Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-28 18:54:37

      @aenea as for suggestions, I would look for something you like (PinkSkies) or someone or a character you're a fan of (LanaisQueen), or maybe something else that reveals a little about who you are as a person (LexaDeservedBetter)

      (I might actually use these for future profiles lol)

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        aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-04-28 21:41:01

        @anne89 those are all very appealing names - you seem to have a knack with them. πŸ™‚ I usually take my names from books (aenea, mareinfinitus) or things I like (postcards, arctic heather). I've come to associate those names with periods of my life though, and as I'm starting a new period in my life I wanted a new name and to redefine myself somewhat. I have not come across any new favorite books in awhile though.

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          anne89 Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-28 22:07:59

          @aenea that's how I got my name for my popclogs account! I felt like I started a new period in my life as well, and I also happened to really like the name Nova at that time so it was perfect ^^ (cause it means New)

          you could focus on that change, like something that has to do with this new you..

          oh you could also take something you like and use the Latin name for it, or in another language you like.
          or just use any phrase that pops up in your head honestly! (on Tumblr I'm isingintherain xD)

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    aenea Done 0 cheers 2017-04-11 03:59:18

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booked a venue and took the plunge

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A friend told me about a cabin for sale

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Slaved away for five years and finished two years after I'd already taken a job. Β 

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