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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today was a marvelous rest day. Hubs and I showed the house to a potential renter - it went well. Keep your fingers crossed that everything works out!

I have been totally crafty lately. I've been a regular at Michael's and AC Moore, and I have my own little craft corner set up in my living room. Today I picked up some new keychain baubles, a new stamp, and some other little things. I made a birthday card! I got the idea from the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. i LOVE the way it turned out. I am so excited! One of my good friends has a birthday on Saturday, so I know she'll just love getting my homemade card.

My personal trainer material came today! I can start reading and studying for my exam, which is coming up in November. I have a weekend workshop - the schedule looks so great! - and then a written and a practical exam to pass. I feel so good about doing this!

This weekend I'm heading down to my mom's house to do a photo shoot at her church. They are having a bazaar and need some pictures, so I'm taking my stuff there on Saturday morning. I'm looking forward to getting my stuff out there!

I've been feeling really good lately. My eating has been really good, and I've been drinking all my water. I feel like I have three really awesome hobbies - fitness, photography, and crafts! And all this happened because I finally embraced my unemployment. I admit, I am enjoying the time off, but I'm also excited to get into my new field when I'm done with school next spring.

- drink more water
- make a keychain or two
- enjoy the night with my hubs!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/20/2012 11:47AM

    Very nice! Happy to hear you are discovering these new hobbies!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/18/2012 10:18PM

    What a happy Carrie blog!!! Love it!

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TIGGER622 10/18/2012 9:36PM

    yay!!! yay!!! yay!!! yay!!! yay!!! yay!!! woo hoo!!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/18/2012 9:22PM

    I am excited for you

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AMANDAROX 10/18/2012 8:30PM

    You're awesome for doing what you love! I have to sit in an office all day and dream about what I'm going to do as soon as I get out of there! So I'm envious :) Enjoy!

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LYNNANN43 10/18/2012 7:17PM

    I need to have you make the invitations for my daughter's wedding and be their wedding photographer emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/18/2012 6:44PM

    emoticon Fantastic new hobbies!

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Cleaning out...?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Every week I organize more and more of my teaching stuff. Each time I go through it, I find something else that I'm ready to let go of. I'm not getting rid of EVERYthing, but there are lots of books I have that I never used in my six years of teaching. I've just been holding onto them "just in case" and haven't ever used them.

So letting go of them is like clearing out the old to bring in the new. I have a potentially very exciting opportunity to kind of reinvent myself! I can kind of make a new identity. It's a little scary, but it's also very liberating. I am going through some books and some old papers; magazine articles that I have had in binders for years... songbooks I've been hauling around with me... I'm actually really enjoying this process.

At the gym this morning, I talked with one of the girls in my swim class. She said to me that getting laid off was a great opportunity to reinvent myself... I think that's why I'm so hung-ho about this today. The scale of positive-negative about my situation is seriously weighted toward the silver-lining side! I'm feeling good. I guess it's like the stages of grief...

The rest of the day:
- clean out another box or two (or more!)
- drink lots of water
- vacuum
- bask in my productiveness awesomeness.

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/17/2012 7:16PM


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KNYAGENYA 10/17/2012 3:54PM

    Throwing things away makes me feel better. Good luck with your reinventing.

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CFMOSS 10/17/2012 3:49PM

    doing good my lady:) i know how it is scary to reinvent oneself. i've had several opportunities during my life and it is just as you said - scary and liberating!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I did it! I went for a run after school! It's much easier for me to get out if I just take it one step at a time. If I think too far ahead, I end up just coming home and sitting around. But I ran!

I think it's going to be a serious couch night. I did a swim this morning and a run after school... I'm beat. Maybe a load of laundry, but nothing planned.

To do:
- drink some more water (only one more bottle to go today!)
- read - I got the book Drive - about what motivates people. It's pretty interesting so far!
- couch

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BILLALEX70 10/17/2012 9:24AM

    I'm quite jealous! I've got to rebuild my entire base. I should write a "marathon to couch" blog

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AMANDAROX 10/16/2012 6:53PM

    Good job on your run! I will be reading on the couch for a while myself :)

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LINDRAY 10/16/2012 6:34PM

  That is so cool. A little bit at a time and the minutes and miles add up. I am so proud of you.

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Water - check.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today was one of those days where I failed to plan what I was going to eat when I came home from school. Therefore, when I got home, I proceeded to tear through the kitchen like a madwoman eating anything I could get my hands on. Sigh. So knowing this, the first thing I need to do when I get home tomorrow is get a big glass of water and pull out my journal.

On the productive side, though, I finished painting some keychains, I made a new stamp, and I sparkled up a candleholder with some shiny gems.

Tomorrow afternoon I am subbing for phys ed. I'm actually glad for the half day - I'm going for a swim in the morning. The other good thing is that when I come home, I'm not totally exhausted. Tomorrow night is supposed to be nice; I'm thinking about going to the local group run. I MUST get back to running on a regular schedule. Sigh.

Drank all my water today! This is the first day in a long time where I have drunk all my water. I feel good! Now when I remember to get a big glass right when I come home, I'll be in even *better* shape!

Time for a hot bath!

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CFMOSS 10/16/2012 7:08AM

    Glad for the crafty high points of the day. Here's a hug for a good day and a swim and a chunk of subbing and most of al a reminder that You are so worthwhile!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm feeling good today. I started off my day with a swim - I am getting stronger in the water and more efficient. I'm looking forward to next year's tri season to put my swim lessons to good use. Went to the craft store to pick up some beads - I am making keychains from wine corks. So far, so good. I am excited to see how cute my stuff is turning out.

I spent time making dinner tonight - it was easy, but I made chicken tostadas. Hubs made the chicken so I all really had to do was put it together... very delish. I had the most perfectly ripe avocado to use!

I also made some granola this evening - it's super easy. I toasted some pecans, added sunflower seeds and coconut, and then dried cranberries at the end. A little sugar, olive oil and vanilla extract... super good. It's going to be great on some yogurt!

Off to catch up on some TV!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/15/2012 4:45PM


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BILLALEX70 10/15/2012 9:17AM

    That granola sounds fab!

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CELIAMINER 10/15/2012 8:20AM

    I want a day like that, when I do fun things! Unfortunately, last weekend (the three-day one), this past weekend, and next weekend are crammed full of obligations. Can't wait to get away with DH!

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CFMOSS 10/15/2012 6:36AM

    A good day....a good thing. Keep up the good work.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/14/2012 10:21PM

    Sounds like a good day!
You will have to share the pics of your crafty projects!

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LUVS2BIKE101 10/14/2012 8:46PM

    You got alot accomplished today! And all for the benefit of better health!

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