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Today's mantra.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I think I found my new mantra. And even if it's only for a little while, it works for me. Here it is:

The only way to do it is to do it.

I read it in a book a while back (it was similar, I don't think it's exactly what was in the book...) and I have been thinking about it a lot lately. It applies to almost anything. Painting the closet room? It's not going to get done by itself. Putting together a table and then taking out the trash? The cardboard isn't going to walk itself out to the garage.

Phone calls? They aren't going to get made just by wishing. Getting stronger? Thinking about it isn't going to make it happen.

Tonight I have to go pick up my veggies and then I'm meeting a friend for dinner. I have been wanting sushi... mmm.

I made it to the gym today. Tomorrow afternoon I have to go get a mole removed (ugh) so I don't know how long I'm not going to be able to go to the gym. The mole is on my freakin' forehead. Not smack in the middle, but still. Luckily, it's in a place where my hair can cover it easily. Sigh...

Off to take out the trash...

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JUST-AMY 7/21/2011 1:29PM

    Love it! I've returned to DOING IT too! Let's stay on track!

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KALIGIRL 7/20/2011 12:25PM

    Here's to Doing It!

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CAMROLA 7/19/2011 10:20PM

    So true!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/19/2011 5:04PM

    I'm a procrastination expert!! I like your method better. Good luck with the mole removal.

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SUZIEQS65 7/19/2011 4:38PM

    I agree - like Nike says - Just Do It!

Have a great dinner!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

I love love love the summer.

The problem (well, kind of a problem) with the summer is that I don't have a schedule. I don't set the alarm, which is nice and not nice. No schedule means no scheduled workout time, which means a fluffy Carrie.

A little while ago I stopped making to-do lists. I don't know why, I thought maybe I could get by without them. But I don't know how much I like the idea anymore. Like today, I sat on the computer and did some "window-shopping." Just what I *don't* need to be doing. There is so much to do!

So tonight I gave myself a little ultimatum. If I go to the gym tonight for some cardio, I can have some blueberry crumb later tonight (if I want it).

Off to drink some more water.

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KALIGIRL 7/19/2011 12:34PM

    Good ultimatum!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/19/2011 10:38AM

    I'm finding I give in to excuses more now that I'm working from home! But I've had to crack down on my to-do lists so I don't waste the day on Facebook (or SP...heh...) instead of trying to make money!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/18/2011 6:33PM

    I can totally relate.

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MOHAW54 7/18/2011 6:27PM

    I hope you pass on the ctumb -- just have the blueberries -- good luck :)

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    Carrie-great idea!!! I would think with no job to wake to and no kids..there's be lots of time to workout. But, 'the grass is always greener."..right?
Glad that you're making yourself some compomises to get 'unfluffy'. Make sure you tell us how the w/o goes!!!

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Closet room!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My inspiration for my room was a pair of curtains - I saw them and just HAD to have them.

I love my little walk-in IN my closet room! I finally cleaned it out and made it useable. It was holding junk and random stuff since we moved in three years ago, but I could use the space!

I found the perfect little vase for my room...

This morning I found a great rug! It's actually bamboo - so not soft like I wanted, but it was only $40.00 and it matches perfectly! Turns out I really like it.

This is my favorite wall - I love my jewelry against the teal color. I put up some cork boards so I'd finally have somewhere to put my inspirational stuff! Notice the Spark patch from JASR!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I didn't spend a ton of money, and I really feel like I have my own special little space now. No more using my room for storage!

Tonight I am having a treat of an Italian hoagie, some chips, and some cookie dough ice cream. I put half the hoagie and a few chips on a plate, and I ate much less than if I would have just eaten the chips out of the bag. The other half of the hoagie is for Brad when he comes home from work. I haven't really gotten to talk to him about the restaurant a whole lot... he's been so busy!

Off to clean up a little bit before I enjoy my ice cream!

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PILLOWFOOL 7/23/2011 2:44AM

    girl, I am SO jealous!!! what fab space for you to have :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/18/2011 5:51PM

    Love it!! When we buy our house next month I'm going to get a whole room to turn into a closet/laundry room, I am so excited about that. :) I love your style!

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KALIGIRL 7/18/2011 12:56PM

    Very cool!

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/17/2011 9:52AM

    Great closet! How fun to have that space!

How did you get the patch, btw?

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BILLALEX70 7/17/2011 7:14AM

    That's quite a closet you've got there...even I'm jealous of all that space!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/17/2011 7:01AM

    Wow! That's an enviable closet woman! LOVE the teal colour! Great job!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/16/2011 10:43PM

    That is totally my dream closet!! I should send my shoes to live with you--they deserve a closet like that (they're worth a ton!)!!

I'm impressed with your style too! My favorite part is the rug in the third pic! (My absolute FAVORITE colors!) I'm not good at styling up a room like that. I'm lucky my house got painted more than one color (different rooms, different colors :P)


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FITKITTYMAMA 7/16/2011 10:38PM

    That is an amazing closet! And I agree with an earlier post that its like a sanctuary.

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CAMROLA 7/16/2011 10:32PM

    It's like a sanctuary--lovely! And I think it's as big as my NY bedroom LOL! Enjoy--it's beautiful!


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KIMBIES1124 7/16/2011 8:09PM

    This looks like the closet my daughter-in-law is envisioning for my husband to make her!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 7/16/2011 8:05PM

    I want that closet!!!

You did a great job!

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PORTO44 7/16/2011 8:05PM

    Everything looks great!! And I'm soo jealous! I really wish I had a room to devote to a closet. :D

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What a day...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Closet room is DONE!!! I am SOOOO excited. I will post some pics probably tomorrow. I still have 2 or 3 little things to do. But it looks great! I feel like it's MY room now, not just some room I moved into. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.

Phew! It's time to crash on the couch.

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BOBBYD31 7/16/2011 6:31PM

    you can come here and paint

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    YAY!!! you're right-a fresh coat of paint does WONDERS for walls/rooms!!!and boy, you gotta believe me when I say that right now...after painting 6 of the 7 past days...

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AARONSGIRL420 7/16/2011 10:47AM

    A whole room for clothes...oh how I wish :)

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PINKCOCONUT 7/16/2011 8:35AM

    Great job! Can't wait to see it!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/15/2011 10:43PM

    YAY! come do mine!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/15/2011 10:29PM

    Sounds great!

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/15/2011 10:25PM

  glad to hear that the closet room is done. have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's been a nuts-o couple of days. Yesterday was the soft opening of Brad's new restaurant - I think it went well, it was just SO busy. It was so busy, in fact, that I had to work as a prep cook! It's a good thing I knew how to do stuff from home - I prepped trout, cut steak garnishes, got cheese ready, and tons of other stuff. So much for the cute hair I had when I left my house! But Brad was SO happy I was there. He thanked me a million times for my help. And he told me that the owner's brother told him "you would have been screwed if she wasn't here."

Today I went out to buy some paint - my closet isn't going to paint itself! It's all primed and ready to be painted. And I'm really looking forward to getting organized and KEEPING my closet that way.

Bread is in the oven - Brad has a meeting tonight, and I have no idea when he's going to be home. Late, I assume. Bleh. Looks like I'll be eating cheddar-broccoli bread by myself. Oh well, he's very happy at this new job, so I'll take it!

Off to get some water...

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GIANTPANDA 7/15/2011 2:43PM

    It sounds like such an exciting time for your husband and you. I admire anyone who can cook like that, and being able to properly chop veggies is a highly under rated skill.

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KALIGIRL 7/15/2011 12:40PM

    Very crazy - but super productive!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/15/2011 11:04AM

    Sounds like you have a summer job lined up. It was really nice that you were able to help out.

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PINKCOCONUT 7/15/2011 10:31AM

    Way to pitch in! Feels good to help, eh?

Man, too bad you weren't closer! I have the evening to myself as well, Alan's working late!!! I'll try at least to get a move going in Words With Friends (it's been loading super slow over the last month hence the lack of plays)!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/15/2011 7:46AM

    Wow!! I'm just now checking in after some busy times myself (summer school starting) and wow, look at you, big major life events happening here. Congratulations on getting married!!!! I've been with my husband almost 7 years myself and we got married after we'd been together for 5 years, so I can relate to marrying my best friend and it is the most amazing feeling in the world. Enjoy these happy times!!! Congrats again!

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LYNNANN43 7/14/2011 11:13PM

    The pic of your closet made me drool with envy! emoticon

Best of luck to Brad on his new restaurant!

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BOBBYD31 7/14/2011 10:23PM

    awesome! what about canada?

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/14/2011 8:44PM

    That is so exciting. Glad he is happy in the job, that helps so much.

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/14/2011 8:36PM

    I envy your knife abilities! I tend to take off appendages when I use my big chef's knife. (literally hacked my thumb in half last Memorial Day making cucumber and onion salad!) I bet it was fun to be part of your husband's kitchen though!!

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