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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 7 cheers 2017-08-05 06:58:10

    8/4/17

    i'm grateful for an office with a view. and ducks in the pond.

    I'm grateful for a library with good landscaping. and for seeing other people taking pictures and enjoying the landscaping too.

    I'm grateful for the old man sitting in his yard with his pug in his lap, just watching people and traffic go by.

    I'm grateful for mellow music in the evenings.

    I'm grateful for remembering to do my travel request this week.

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    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-04 06:55:01

    8/3/17

    I'm grateful for progress at work. Three breakthroughs that have been a long time in the making.

    I'm grateful for melon that's in season.

    I'm grateful for young adult fiction.

    I'm grateful for college radio.

    I'm grateful for finding a potential cat rescue.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-03 06:27:44

    8/2/17

    Today I'm grateful that D is starting to feel better again.

    I'm grateful to have a meeting over with that I was dreading.

    I'm grateful to have at least one or two coworkers who support me. At least I think they do. Which is somewhat better than being convinced that everyone is either against me on some level or indifferent.

    I'm grateful for work days that fly by.

    I'm grateful for productive meetings where I feel like I'm not completely incoherent in explaining my needs.

    I'm grateful that it's August which means A is coming home soon.

    I'm grateful that the state fair is next week and I get to work at it and get in for free.

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    aenea Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-02 05:33:22

    8/1/17

    I'm grateful for informative documentaries.

    I'm grateful for tiramisu.

    I'm grateful for not being sick. D is sick now and he feels miserable. I feel very bad for him. He rarely ever gets sick.

    I'm grateful for interesting work. I never feel like I'm caught up but for the most part it is very interesting and gets me through the day.

    I'm grateful for my silly girl who gave herself a big hicky on her forehead with a suction cup. Such a goofball.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-30 17:48:47

    7/30/17

    Early in the day yet, but I wanted to add something already:

    I'm so grateful for this community at 43t - so many supportive, strong, and inspiring people here. It makes me proud to be a part of it and restores my faith in humanity.

    I'm grateful for all the extracurricular opportunities that my daughter has here. Some of them are truly outstanding groups.

    I'm grateful D got home today. It's very good to see him again.

    I'm grateful for a cleaner house. It was a lot of work, but it's worth it. I spent most of my time on Sunday cleaning and decluttering the bathroom. And you can hardly tell just by a cursory look at it, but most of the work was in the details. and it makes a huge difference in the usability of the space.

    I'm grateful for taco salad. and taco pizza. and tacos in general, but especially taco salad, which I had for dinner on Sunday night. seems like one of these gratitudes always has to be about food. I do enjoy good tasting food I guess. in moderation, of course.

    7/31/2017

    I'm grateful for big hugs. I had a stressful morning on this day and it was so wonderful that D was there to give me a big hug at lunch.

    I'm grateful that sometimes things turn out to be not as bad I feared.

    I'm grateful that sometimes I actually feel competent at my job rather than secretly clueless and bumbling.

    I'm grateful that my husband loves me and appreciates me. I have a hard time believing he's sincere about it sometimes just because of all my past relationship baggage but he's really never given me any reason to doubt him. and even when I doubt him and I'm snarky, he's impossibly patient and understanding about it. where did this man come from??

    I'm grateful that my husband knows how to cook, and cooks very well. cuz i sure don't.

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    • juliejordanscott
      juliejordanscott Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-31 15:24:59

      @aenea I add my gratitudes in the morning. It works for me - It is an amalgam "day before and right now" sort of thing.

      I love 43things and am so grateful it is back. Glad to see you participating in this goal!

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-02 06:00:08

        @juliejordanscott I like to do mine in the evening sort of as part of a meditation/reflection thing I have going on. In the morning it's all I can do just wake myself up enough to get moving usually. I aspire to be more of an early bird though so maybe I'll give it a try sometime.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-25 05:17:05

    My ex has given my 9 year old a phone. Is that really necessary? Shouldn't there be parental discussions about this sort of thing beforehand? cell phones are like internet gateway drugs. i was thinking the 13-14 year old range might be more appropriate.

    now commencing fevered internet research on parental guidelines for phone use amid preteens.

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    • DianeRenee
      DianeRenee 3 cheers 2017-07-27 18:00:45

      @aenea Don't forget to trust yourself! You are 100% in charge of how and when she can use that phone when she's with you. My ex did the same thing. I found out she was staying up WAY too late, texting or whatever with friends. My first rule was, bedtime,the phone gets turned off and left in my room until morning.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-27 20:22:37

        @DianeRenee funny you should mention that. I got a late night text from her just last night. 😕

        I read an article once about a similar situation where one parent sued the other for not allowing the child to use the cell phone they gave them. The second parent won the case. So that makes me a little more confident about it. I'm already planning on limiting use to between after school and bedtime. I like the idea of putting it in my bedroom at night though. Thanks for the suggestion &#xsmile;

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-08-04 04:24:44

      @aenea Oh, this is a tough one. I agree with your way of thinking and do wish you had been consulted first. I'm not sure of the level of communication between you and your ex but maybe you can discuss this and agree on some common rules for usage, or at least, as DianeRenee mentioned, decide on the use when she is with you.

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  • 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
    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
    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
    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
        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
    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
    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
    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
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-25 05:01:14

        I've started a few courses at Codecademy and I really like their interface there.

        I'm also looking into coding bootcamps - there are some specifically geared toward women that sound pretty promising, though I'd have to figure out how deal with room and board for the duration of the training. I wish they would let you do these things remotely. Also, I'm a little concerned that I'd be a lot older than other participants and feel out of place. I'm already socially challenged as it is, so it'd be good if there was a decent cross-section of ages.

        My experience at the ESRI UC really opened my eyes to how much I miss coding. It's so much more challenging and interesting to me than my day job. But at the moment it doesn't pay the bills. Perhaps if I train up enough though, I might be able to find a side-hustle for when I'm on maternity leave. That would be awesome.

        I checked out a bunch of coding books too and am hoping to start working through a couple during my weekends and evenings. I also learned about some coding groups that I might consider joining if I can find a local branch. My city is so far removed from civilization though that it'll probably end up having to be a group of one. But that's ok. It would force me to set aside the time to do it at least monthly.

        I'm almost inspired to blog too, which I haven't done much of lately.

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

        first entry, an introduction, has been posted.

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      • aenea
        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
    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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  • 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
    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

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

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      • aenea
        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
        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
        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 0 cheers 2017-07-02 02:05:19

        Watched NOVA's World In Balance and it was fascinating and thought provoking. In particular, I was not very familiar with China's economy or current politics beforehand, so this film proved to be very insightful for me. And it's also, I think, what got me to finally start reading The Three Body Problem, an acclaimed scifi novel set in China by a Chinese writer, which I've been wanting to read for some time. The discussions of population in Japan and India were also interesting. I had no idea that Japan's birth rate was so low. I was more familiar with the misogyny in northern India, but nevertheless seeing it on the screen left quite an impression on me.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-25 04:51:29

        So this month I watched Greedy Lying Bastards, which is about how corporate greed is destroying the planet and driving climate change, and Plastic Planet, about plastic toxicity and ubiquitous-ness. (I looked for Plastic Ocean, but Netflix doesn't have it yet 😞. I did check the book out at the library though and it seems like it'd make a good movie, so I'm hoping Netflix does make it available at some point. )

        Greedy Lying Bastards covered just what you'd expect from the name and didn't really profoundly expand much beyond that. It's an important issue, but I felt they could've done more with the film to drive home the seriousness and urgency of the matter and make it less of a name calling spectacle, which seemed to be how it was treated. I wish there had been more hope at the end, or something concrete that might suggest how we can improve our lot. In Hocus Pocus there was a quote that I'm reminded of: Profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their eyes and ears to you.

        Plastic Ocean was eyeopening and near made me sick to think of all the plastic I surround myself with and how hormone disrupting it can be particularly for people wanting to have kids. Made me look up non-plastic lunch kits for my daughter right away afterward. It's not just that it has to be BPA-free, but literally that no one knows what they make the plastic from - it's proprietary and seldom disclosed. and it's freakin' scary. This film was similar in style to a lot of Michael Moore films. The man's father used to work at a plastic production plant and died of cancer which was later tied to his work with plastics, so I can't blame him for being on a crusade of sorts. It makes me fearful for myself, my children, and the future of our world. I don't know if that's such a good thing or not.

        I also watched Table 19 recently, being a bit a of a fan of Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow. It was sweet and thoughtful and just the escape I needed.

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-27 14:51:33

        Speaking of Plastic toxicity:

        Of course some genius commenter on fb tried to blame it on women for putting birth control in the waterways, but that doesn't even register as a blip in the study compared to plastics use and fertilizer runoff.

        That said, I do love my paragard.

        Sperm count has fallen by nearly 60 per cent in richer countries
        An analysis of 185 studies has found a 59 per cent drop in the average amount of sperm produced by men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-29 18:18:40

        watched Maxed Out last night, which might be why my finances distracted me from my gratitude journal. Definitely worth watching. Really drives home exactly how predatory personal credit lenders and debt collectors can be. Features a lot of clips from Elizabeth Warren and some from Dave Ramsey, the former of which I like, the latter not so much.

        Maxed Out - Trailer
        Magnolia Feature Trailer
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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-03 06:35:03

        Watched the nutrition documentary Forks Over Knives. It was not what I was expecting but I enjoyed it. The emphasis ended up being on the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. Which I am neither. However it did make me reconsider my food choices and aim to eat more vegetarian meals and less animal protein.

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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): midnight sun baseball game
    July: California fun



    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! 🙂 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
        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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      AeneasSubgoals 0 cheers 2017-05-24 23:24:17

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 21:16:03

        In retrospect this is kind of an unachievable goal for me at the moment. I didn't do any spa days in June because I just can't afford to. I think I'll have to count the $75 midnight sun ballgame as my unofficial spa treatment for last month. it was a spa for family relations if nothing else.

        no idea what I will do in July. I'll be in Cali. so maybe i'll plan side trip to scripps aquarium or something. a little hard to do without a car though. i'll think of something.

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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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    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
    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 5 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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    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
    aenea Doing 2 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 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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        aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-29 06:51:12

        I read about the Digit app and decided to set up a micro-save auto-transfer just within my own bank account. Similar idea, just doesn't get passed through a third party.

        I was already doing a monthy auto-transfer, but I'm curious if the smaller weekly transfer might be gentler on my psyche. I've been tempted to shut off the larger auto-transfer many times already, but have been saved by my own laziness. however there have been occasions when I have to transfer money back to my checking account, which is always disheartening. but at least I'm trying, right?

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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 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 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 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 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 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 0 cheers 2017-07-02 01:49:08

        I was doing really good in early to mid June using GoodBudget. Their website is actually pretty nifty. But then I fell off the bandwagon and stopped entering purchases. and once you fall off, it's a pain to play catch up.

        what I like about mint and prism is that they link to my accounts and automatically deduct expenses. only problem is that often they don't categorize things correctly, so the charts aren't accurate. and again, it's a pain to go in and correct all their mistakes.

        so essentially i'm too lazy to budget apparently. this is no good.

        spending wise I have been relatively mindful. I had to buy a few things for A's trip, and for the packages I send her while she's gone. Nothing big or major, but even little stuff adds up over several weeks. Trying to minimize these expenses as much as possible.

        I also splurged a bit and bought some new-to-me shirts for work and for my trip. probably not completely necessary. clothing is one of my major weaknesses, and I know it, so I try to thrift whenever I can. oh and on that front, i was really bummed when I tripped on my own laces and ripped my favorite jeans during a hiking trip last week. so dumb. so hard to find good fitting jeans. 😕

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 18:26:38

        so after writing my last entry, today I went back into goodbudget and updated my expenses manually for the last 15 days using Mint info. It wasn't as painful as I feared, so I think I could make this a weekly habit perhaps.

        I'm looking at my expenses however and trying to figure out places to cut spending so that I can pay down some debt. And it occurs to me that my income is at just the right amount for me to live on. My incoming and outgoing cash flow is about even if my outstanding debt is out of the picture. In other words, had I entered my job without any debt, I would be doing ok, not living extravagantly, just getting by. But how many people really enter the job market debt free? I guess they don't really factor that in when setting up payroll.

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    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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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-05-30 15:32:10

        @AeneasSubgoals Have you decided what you will do?

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        • aenea
          aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 08:17:07

          @ExplorerSoul yes, I set aside a small portion for savings and used the rest to pay off the card with the smaller balance (card A). I then obtained a 0% /18mo balance transfer to help relieve interest on the card with the larger balance (card B ). Unfortunately, though I requested those terms from card A for a transfer, they declined, so I looked elsewhere and now have more plastic in my life (card C).

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      • aenea
        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 01:35:20

        Making some progress on this. I'm currently applying the snowball method, paying down the highest rate cards first, which also means I'm currently essentially ignoring my 0% balance transfers for the time being and making only minimum payments on them. And if I leave those numbers out, my debt is not nearly as daunting to face. Still not pretty, but not anxiety attack inducing. Why, yes, I do take after the ostrich.

        I'm paying off my airline and amazon cards completely this month, which is easy enough to do, as I never let my amazon card get too high, and my airline card gets a break with A out of town. However, I'll have to spend a sizable chunk on it soon for the flight to go pick her up, so I'm trying to budget for that. Things would move along faster if I didn't have to do that, but it is what it is.

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-29 06:43:08

        This August I will pay off two of my cards, with a third one already zeroed out. Technically however, I will still be charging to both active cards, and the third one is only zero because of a transfer. For now I'm just going to pretend like the third one doesn't even exist; it was never used for spending anyhow, so I'll just put it in my safe.

        As for the rest:

        BOA 1 - my primary card - food, medical, and general expenses - will be down to 11K on Aug 3rd. I've carried a balance on this card for so long, I embarrassingly don't even remember how it got this high. I'm sure there were wedding expenses and medical expenses and unwise splurges sprinkled along the way.

        BOA 2 - travel, gas, and school expenses - I pay this one off every month, but it's no small amount and always has to be reckoned for.

        Chase 1 - gifts, clothes, misc online expenses - this one would remain zero except that the girl's birthday is coming up in September.

        once I have BOA1 halved (aiming for Feb/March timeframe), I plan to start paying down my transfers more aggressively before they catch up with me. 18 months can go by amazingly quickly. one of them is not very big, but the other is a sizable amount, due next November.

        I'd hoped to go see family for the holidays but I don't see how we can to do it without throwing the budget off track, especially if I get pregnant. My parents are elderly now and my nieces and nephews are almost all grown, so it's a difficult decision to have to make.

        D also wants to redo the bathroom this winter, but again it seems like moving in the wrong the direction. It really needs to be redone though. At least if we pay down some debt first, it will be more like treading water than being pulled under, I suppose.

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-06-12 20:40:30

      @aenea the one with the highest interest rate

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-12 21:31:02

        @joycultivation card A at the time actually had the lowest interest rate as it was the tail end of my last balance transfer. Otherwise though, you're right, I would have put it all toward card B.

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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 2 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 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 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 0 cheers 2017-06-08 18:50:22

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        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 Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-13 01:39:22
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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 02:16:25

        I did steps for twenty minutes today. most I've done all week.

        I'm hoping that having A out of town will help me to focus more on getting back in shape. No excuses now. I could get up in the morning and exercise before work if needed.

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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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  • aenea
    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-23 03:21:22

    So here's my options for my next Vonnegut book:

    Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut’s pen into hilarious farce—a final slapstick that may be the Almighty’s joke on us all.

    Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

    Bluebeard Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.

    The first two sound like a summary of our times. I'm leaning towards Slapstick, if only for the distopian aspect.

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    aenea Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-23 03:12:36

    finished Hocus Pocus. Interesting but not my favorite. it's dedicated to Eugene Debs, which is what drew me to it. And in fact the main character is named after the historical figure as well. The commentary of the book does tie-in to Debs' philosophy to some degree, in typical depressingly Vonnegut fashion. He also makes mention of another book, one by Arthur C Clarke, who happens to have a namesake character in Hocus Pocus as well. Clarke's book, Childhood's End, interestingly appears to be a sort of antithesis or counterpoint to Hocus Pocus, chronicling the downfall of humanity via the spread of universal equality. Vonnegut was a humanist first and foremost, forever advocating kindness in all of his works. That he would write an existential meditation of a book like Hocus Pocus is no surprise. He's also a fan and producer of scifi writing, so I'm not surprised that he references Clarke either. But in doing so, he seems to be throwing up his hands somewhat, as if there ultimately is no solution to the problem of societal inequality, which is disheartening.

    I found this book to not be as cohesive as some of his others. In tone, it is similar to Deadeye Dick, which was written 8 years and 3 books prior to Hocus Pocus. I know enough not to turn to Vonnegut for light-hearted feel-good stories, but man, these last two have been rough. Galapagos fell between the two in publication and it was more comical than dreary, so I'm hoping that Bluebeard may follow suit.

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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 😉

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

    Read two books per month: one fiction, one nonfiction

    June: Hocus Pocus and Untangled
    July: The Three Body Problem and Scale

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        aenea Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 01:19:40

        Still finishing both Hocus Pocus and Untangled.

        Untangled is an excellent read but it has taken me too long to finish and now I have to get it back to the library. I did order a copy to keep for reference however, so I do plan to finish it eventually.

        I have some travel coming up and I'm hoping to finish Hocus Pocus on the plane, as well as make a dent into July's books. Scale was written by the keynote speaker of the conference I'm attending, so I'm hoping to make some headway before I listen to his talk, and perhaps acquire his signature. 🙂 The contents are right up my alley academically too, so hopefully a rather quick read, despite its 500 pages.

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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
      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 Done 0 cheers 2017-07-26 16:35:02

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    aenea Done 1 cheers 2017-07-26 04:57:28

    you can do anything for 15 minutes.

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-07-26 04:55:13

    I'm in a rut. time for something new.

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    aenea Done 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 Done 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 Done 0 cheers 2017-07-23 01:48:20

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-04-15 15:52:58

    I am admittedly ridiculously excited about this. So much cool stuff to see and do and learn! I love conferences and this is an especially good one. I'm going to grab myself a map girl shirt too and I don't care what you think of me for it.

    Finalized my travel plans this past week. :)

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    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 1 cheers 2017-07-12 06:32:33

    My father-in-law passed away on Saturday. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a week before our wedding in March.

    He was one of the gentlest, kindest souls I have ever met and he will be missed terribly.

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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 2 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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          ExplorerSoul 0 cheers 2017-07-04 13:57:17

          @aenea I think it's okay to feel these things and then try to let them go (easier said than done. I am actually feeling quite low about where I stand right now in different areas of my life).

          I'm glad that you have love and support around you - this can make all the difference. I hope this will be the start of a wonderful new chapter in your life.

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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.

            Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
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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. 🙂. 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! ☀️

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

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

    Sushi is yummy.

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    aenea Done 2 cheers 2017-07-02 18:36:58

    a way to collapse entry threads so that all the replies aren't showing would be great.

    I like to review my past entries under each goal on my homepage, but scrolling through every conversation can be a pain.

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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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    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

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

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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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Eat more fruits and vegetables
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I had a salad every day with dinner and/or for lunch, and fruit for midday snacks. 

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

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Drink less coffee
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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.   i even made a sign.  it was a positive experience and many passers-by were very supportive. 

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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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