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Quick Takes Friday (on lists)

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I have been a list maker since I can remember. I love all kinds of lists: grocery lists, to-do lists, wish lists, bucket lists, goals,  benchmarks, ideas.
I even love outlines.
Remember in high school when you had to “brainstorm” your essays before writing them? Yeah, I was the nerd who always used an outline instead of a thought bubble matrix.
Recently, as you know, I started my 28 by 28 list.
My longest list, by far, though, is my to-read list. Once I found the Good Reads app and website, I thought I’d cruise through my list finally. Not even close.
I just keep adding… and usually when I go to the library, I get something that wasn’t even on my list.

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The same with Evernote… I use Evernote for everything… and then I start cleaning out some of my notebooks.
Oh, look, a grocery list from October.
Oh, look, a to-do list for the weekend I never finished.
I hate finding lists like that.
Or my goal charts that never happened.

— 3 —

Yep, I’m still obsessive about the lists.
I have a running list on my fridge for the 10k coming up in May. I am so excited about it, but it’s almost stressing me out seeing in on the fridge.
I also have a list of things I decided I wanted to do when I moved to my new place… it’s pinned up right next to my calendar at home… I’m only doing a few of those things.

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Now I have the 28 by 28 list… and seeing those past two items, I’m worried I won’t complete it either.
And part of me says, that’s OK, it’s the journey not the destination.
But I don’t want to give up. These are all things I really actually want to do.
I don’t want to forget about them… but I also don’t want to stress about them.
Ugh…

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I think a budget is considered a list, too, right?
Well, I have that as well. I’m a huge Dave Ramsey fan and am in my debt snowball, while trying to save money for a car.
It’s hard because I know my car is falling apart (underneath me), but I want my student loan debt gone.
Since I’ve gotten serious about paying those off, it’s been really great to see the number come down… but I’d like to feel better about having a car savings account built up.
I imagine I’ll need about $8,000 for a car (I’d like to move up from the car I have). The one I have now cost me about $6,000… six years ago. Wow I can’t believe it’s been that long.
The car is old too… from 1999. They don’t even make Pontiacs anymore!
Oh boy. So when I look at my budget, and my debt snowball, I just feel out of control.
A list is supposed to make you feel in control.

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Thankfully, I’ll be able to start riding my bike or walking to work as it warms up (ie: quits snowing and stays lighter longer at night).
That will help extend the life of my car… AND save me money. Bonus.

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I tried really hard to keep this whole quick takes post about one topic… it kind… of… worked.
OK, it didn’t.
If you’re curious, this is the running schedule I’m doing, these are my 28 goals for the year and these are some great kitten videos.
TODAY AND TOMORROW IS EAGLE DAY!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO BRING BACK PHOTOS FOR YA’LL.
 

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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What I Read: mid-October

collar

mercy

feasts

Because I haven’t done this in a while.

Here’s what I’m reading right now. As we speak, The Collar is on my desk at work, actually.

So far, everything is SO GOOD.

The Food and Feasts is by some protestants, and I think they’re missing a lot of the symbolism of Catholicism in there, but it works. It’s very interesting anyway.

Peace! God Bless.

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Where have you been?)

quick takes

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Where have I been?
Oh right…
writing, reading, book club, baking, finding a new apartment (not finding a new apartment yet), running, finishing C25K, running a 5K, training for a 4-mile run in August, watching, growing, planting, weeding, on the lake… it’s been busy.

I’ve been doing summer like I’ve always wanted to do summer. I’m the tannest I’ve been since I was a kid because I’m spending so much time out side – weeding the garden, reading, working.
I like it. I like being outside. I like being in the garden, I like dirt under my nails.

It’s been great so far.
I have also been trying to get back into writing some fiction.
I was going to submit to a competition last month… and I didn’t. I just couldn’t get around to doing a final edit after I had my boss read it.

I’ve been busy in the good sense of the word.

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on here, but I’ve started a tumblr blog for all my fitness/running/health stuff.
I am by no means a super-fit or healthy person. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love peanut butter M&Ms. It happens.
If you’re into twitter and not so important ramble, check me out at jaderuns.tumblr.com. Or don’t. I’ll be OK.
Mostly it’s just to keep me accountable.
I want to make sure I’m running and doing the things I want to do.

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I’m moving at the end of the month… still haven’t found a place, but I’m set on leaving where I’m currently at.
This will keep me away from the blog for a while yet still.
I just don’t consider this my priority.
After the move, my budget priorities are a new bed then a new computer… but I might have to suck it up and get a (new used) car first.
so a computer may be way in the future.
I just don’t have a lot of time to write blog posts at work.

And really, I just want to write and research for my posts at home with good coffee. 🙂
Pajamas not vital but good.

— 4 —

In other news Pope John Paul II is becoming (is?) a saint! wooooohooo! too awesome.

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maybe this is important, I have been at my current news writing job for a year and three days today (Friday).

— 6 —

This is less important, I am going to buy a swimsuit and go swimming in my lake soon.
This month. There. I said it, I’m accountable for that. It should happen.

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Here’s a photo.

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To be honest, I edited this photo… there was a guy on a jetski in the middle.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

Make sure to check out everyone else’s posts at Conversion Diary! They actually post regularly, unlike me.

I just realized it’s a month to the day since I last posted. My apologies!

What I Read – May 2013

Books

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

I read this for my first book club meeting tomorrow! I can’t wait for the meeting, but I can’t really say I loved this book.

It’s a quick, light read though if you’re looking for someting.

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman

Still in progress on this one. It’s about two women journalists to circumnavigate the globe during a time when women wrote for the fashion pages.

It’s exciting to read about pioneer women journalists. I really like this historical writing.

Non-fiction and full of interesting facts about the time period.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I read this quick. It’s good. Twisty.

It kind of just… ends, at the end.

Do Life by Ben Davis

I may have listed this last month. My apologies if I did.

It doesn’t spark me like other books in this genre, but it’s a good story.

Wisconsin Garden Guide

Because you know, it’s that time.

I’m going to share photos from my garden sometime. Soon.

Next week.

A History of the Wife

I know I’ve mentioned this one before… I ended up not finishing it.

It was just a little too… liberal and anti-traditional roles. Not that I’m anti-new roles, but I’m not against traditional roles. If that makes sense.

Little to no serious blog posts or readings.

But I did write something!

More on that next week when the contest is due.

God bless.

What I read – April 2013

Reading list:

-Finished Lord of the Flies

-still reading History of the Wife

-still reading Heaven’s Song

-Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling

-Why we are made to bear children

-a lot of gardening books

But my reading (and my writing) kind of fell off last month. I don’t have a good reason. I’ve been watching a lot of TV which I hope to quite now that it’s summer.

I’ll be weeding, reading and writing.

At least that’s the plan.

Part of my plan is to join the Daughters of Isabella. I had never even heard of them until I read Sunday’s bulletin.

It’s the women’s auxillary to the Knights of Columbus. It’s just what I’ve been looking for.

I bet most of the women I see at daily Mass are a part of it. I’m especially excited because I never made it to the ‘youth group,’ and it never excited me that much anyway.

I just miss my old parish’s youth minister and activities.

I also have so exciting it’s nerdy plans about my garden.

I was washing the food processer and I realized I’ll be growing everything I need to make pico de gaillo.

You know, the diced tomato, pepper and onion mix. Like a salsa only not liquidy.

Which reminded me that I can make salsa, too!

And I already thought about pickels. Maybe some steamed tomatoes.

What else?

Pestos with fresh herbs!

I also plan to share the extra food I grow with everyone at work. Everyone loves tomatoes and cucumbers, right?

God bless.

Also, I am not taking part in Jen’s quick takes this week because I don’t have anything nice to say… well, not something nice and important enough to warrant a blog post.

I’ll be back in it next week… I still haven’t shared my experience at a new church in San Diego!