Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week In Review - October 16 - 22

This is the state of the household today!  Witchdoctor's Brew, followed up by doses of Nyquil and Dayquil.  Mine went right to my chest, Savvy's is in her head.  Lady K can sneeze and what looks like massive amounts of brains pour forth.  Texter not much better.

But got "J's" recipe for the brew she makes.  Lemons, ginger, honey, cinnamon, cloves and coriander.  I added oranges and dropped the coriander.  Coriander is the seed of cilantro.  I don't know if the seeds have the same taste, but cilantro tastes like soap to me.  After having a cup this morning, I thinned it out a bit.  Think I went overboard on the ingredients, particularly the spices.  And it needs to be a bit sweeter for my taste.  But it smells great!

Otherwise this week...

Turned in my early voting ballot, along with Texter's.

Witnessed some really great sunrises this week.

And Lady K attended her first football game!

Friend's son was in it and they had won their division championship.  This was the last game of the season.  The weather was nice, so we went.  Unfortunately, Lady K was in the throes of coming down with her cold and the noise was a bit much for her, so she and I left early.

As far as the rest of the week went:

  • Dentist and therapist appointments for Lady K
  • Watched the "Hamilton" special on PBS (was really great - will be watching again!)
  • Walked 46,245 steps or 66% of goal
  • Finished 1 book (in the middle of Crimson Death by Laurell K Hamilton - yummy!)
  • Wrote 6 posts
  • Did some planning for NaNoWriMo - both as Municipal Liaison and for myself
  • Started clearing my desk off 

The coming week:

  • Therapist appointment for Texter and I in conjunction with Lady K's treatment
  • Lunch with Savvy (belated birthday present)
  • MORE NaNo prep
  • Getting further on the TMNT afghan - 1 green stripe done and started on the first color stripe
  • Get my Bee Hive block done and in the mail
  • Get tops for two lap quilts pieced and sewn

Well, now for more coffee.  I can't get the taste of the Witchdoctor's Brew out of my mouth!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Potions Day

So what do you do when there is a full moon and you are coming up on All Hallow's Eve?  You have a "Potions Day", of course.

Savvy, a co-worker and I got together and made three 'potions' last Sunday.  One for general cleansing (for when you don't feel grounded and connected and to generally get rid of funk), one for wealth (I needed enough to bathe in!) and one for health, for when you feel that tickle in the back of your throat.

And even if nothing comes of it, it was a fun thing and all the 'potions' are harmless, food-grade ingredients (only one we actually drink - the health one).

Because of the ingredients being used, they also smelled really good 'cooking'.  Two of them, the cleansing and wealth, we strained and put in bottles to dab on our throat and wrists.  The health one is the one we will drink and right now it is 'cooking' on my desk.

Herbs in gin!  What could be better?

So while Savvy, "J" and I were acting like MacBeth's witches, "J's" honey was also in the kitchen cooking up something - some fantastic smoked chicken breasts!

Now I am not a fan of smoked meats, but those chicken breasts where out of this world!  I watched him sear the breasts in a cast iron skillet with a bit of olive oil and a generous coating of lemon pepper and then add a dab of butter.  Once seared, he moved them to the smoker to finish up.  I think, personally, what he fixed was a 'love potion', because I am in love with those chicken breasts!

"J" and Chef Smoker also have a Witchdoctor Brew they concoct.  It is his grandmother's recipe to heat up and drink when you feel sick.  Since the base is lemons, water and spices, what's the harm?  I can't wait to fix up my own batch to have handy.  It's that time of year (and Lady K woke up with a fever and runny nose this morning).

I will be dabbing and drinking our potions and will let you know how well they work!  And wishing for more of Chef Smoker's meals!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My "Hobo" Has Arrived

I feel a bit bad about calling this cheery, yellow dotted planner a "Hobo".  After all, hobo conjures up images of some dirty bum walking down the tracks.  And Hobo is anything but.

I have wanted/desired/needed/lusted after one for several years, but have resisted.  But after researching for my planner class (and countless hours of Hobonichi unboxings and use of videos) and letting Texter have my Purple Trail planner (or at least that's what I'm telling myself), I succumbed.  Especially after I got to fondle a 2016 Techo.

I ordered and patiently waited (not really) for my box to arrive.  And it did arrive.  On Saturday.  When everyone was gone and the box needed to be signed for.  I had to wait until Monday morning to 'rescue' it from the clutches of the post office.

I dropped everyone off at school and planned on waiting at the post office for an hour.  I thought they didn't open until 9 a.m.  However, they opened at 8 a.m. and I was back at home by 8:15 a.m.

I love how they pack the box in a thick, yellow shopping bag.  There is a HUGE part of me which would love to go to Japan to an actual store.  However, I know my purse couldn't stand it.  One day though...

Then it comes in this really nice, study (and reusable) box.  This year's color of the box is pink.  Apparently, every year the color changes.

And when opened, there was my cover-on-cover on top! And my excitement mounted as I could see the cover peeking out from underneath.

I love the fact they label this planner as a 'Life Book'.  To keep me on track and focused, my planner is my life.

The color of my cover is "Vitamin Dot".  Which is a bit ironic, since taking vitamins on a daily basis is part of my routine (and helps my depression).  The cover has a canvas or fabric feel.  So I wanted to have a cover over it to help protect the cover.  I selected this cover.

The inside of the cover has several pockets and I could actually use it as a wallet if I wanted. I like the fact the cover and inside are not the same color, but are contrasting.  And the blue is more of a dusky pastel blue and not a true baby blue.

I only have two bookmarks, but I think it will work.  I have a couple of ideas on how I am going to do a few things in the planner which will also serve as additional bookmarks.  While the planner has a monthly view, weekly views and daily pages, I also need an area for my monthly tracker, my spending tracker and blog post tracker.  So I am looking at doing some tip-ins which would also serve as bookmarks.

The only other thing I ordered (and it took massive restraint to only order this) was my Pilot Kakuno fountain pen.

It is a plastic pen, but writes far from cheaply.  I love the feel of the pen and think it's a great choice for a pen to throw in my purse with my planner.  And it has a purple top!

So I am now set for a daily planner for 2017 and can't wait to start adding information into Hobo.  I still have a couple of other decisions to make about my Writer's Bible I want to put together and my journal I want to use (or at least to start off the year with).

But for now I am really happy and have to stop flipping Hobo's pages!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

17 Before 2017

My family and friends will tell you (or at least nod their heads in agreement), I have hit the 'planning' button recently and am dragging everyone down up with me.  One of the things I have done (and only posting about it now) is "17 Before 2017".

I came across this idea from reading Kara of BohoBerry fame post.  She pointed me in the direction of Lisa of Marketing Creativity where she had gotten her inspiration from.  So...

Double rainbow on a Monday!

I created MY list.  In fact, being the OCD person I am in some areas, I have an 18 before 2018 list created too.  But that's another story.

My "17 Before 2017" are as follows:

  1. Order my Hobonichi for 2017 - yes, I know it's pricey, but not so much more than buying a planner in the States.  In fact, most of what I looked at would have been about this price.  And if I stayed with the traditional bullet journal, I would have paid about that much for the 3 books I would have needed to cover me for a year. 
  2. Attend Silent Writing Meetups - I need my writing mojo inspiration.
  3. Plan possible classes/workshops to offer via the library
  4. Sew one piece of clothing monthly
  5. Clean out my closet and the front closet and arrange my sewing better (this is the subject of another post at a future date already)
  6. Purchase 1 new towel and plant monthly and 1 new set of sheets quarterly
  7. Journal and/or write to prompt daily
  8. Do the Hal Elrod Level 10 Life sheets and add to my planner
  9. Start a "Masterminds Group" for goal accountability (and to socialize with 3 great women)
  10. Figure out my major goals for 2018
  11. Lose 10 pounds
  12. Hit 3 months of meeting my goal walking (already tell you I'm behind!)
  13. Have $20 in my 'bag' for monitoring my spending inspiration (up to $5 so far)
  14. Have a successful NaNoWriMo in 2017
  15. Catch up on the RSC16 Challenge
  16. Finish Sophie's Choice afghan (this was before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle afghan reared it's green head)
  17. Finish the Knit & Swirl Sweater (see the excuse in #16)

Some of these are already in full swing.  Some are already over and done.  Some have given way to other things.  But it was a really fun thing to do.

What are your "17 Before 2017"?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Swapoween Reveal!

Much to my surprise (since I wait until the last minute), I actually received my Swapoween package last week.

And not to my surprise, Texter and Lady K were front and center for the unboxing!

Kristen sent me a wonderful box of goodies!

Already the stickers have been put to use.  The black/white/orange pom-pom garland is hanging in the doorway behind my desk.  The inflatable pumpkins have been inflated (again and again).  And I had to find a tea light to put in the pumpkin candle holder so Lady K could see it.  Plus she's eating my candy!

This necklace was also included and the first item to 'disappear'.  I do know where it is, I just know the odds of me actually wearing it is slim.  Texter is the biggest Supernatural fan in the house.  And I imagine Kristen could have felt the vibrations from the squeal of delight all the way to her home.

I have been designated as Donatello of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween - because I have purple hair. Actually, what I plan to do for Halloween is to turn off the lights and pretend I'm not at home while Texter, Lady K and Savvy are off trick-or-treating.

Once again another great swap!

Upcoming swaps?  Not that these swaps aren't great, but I have some really intense goals for next year and don't know if they really fit in with my overall plans.  We will see how tempted I become.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mandala Monday

When two friends understand each other totally, the words are soft and strong like an orchid's perfume.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week In Review - October 9 - 16

It's been a wild and wacky week, weather-wise.  And not much better in other areas either!  Right now I am in inner turmoil because my Hobonichi, with it's bright yellow cover, is sitting in the post office in Helena, awaiting a signature to turn it over.  We were all out of the house yesterday when the post office delivered and they need a signature. So now I have to wait until Monday to pick it up.  

My plans - a Starbucks run and then stalking the opening of the post office after dropping Texter and Lady K at school.  

Otherwise - 

Some snow and low temperatures caught this guy unprepared.  Of course, I'm taking pictures in my shirt sleeves the next day.

Got my mug back from The Painted Pot.  It now houses this...

I wanted the cup, because it's so crazy and 'happy' where I could see it all the time.  

Savvy and I were joined by Lady K as "Wonder-something" for our Karaoke Cupcake night.  Actually, I was making some mini-cupcakes for Lady K and Savvy joined us with her music in tow.  We dancer-cized for an hour, waiting for the batches of cupcakes to cook.  Of course, the screwdrivers Savvy and I were drinking did help.

But we moved to everything from the oldies to the goodies, singing and dancing along.  Fun time!  (Note: Texter was in her room attempting to study!)


A zen moment was had at the park.  The water fountain there, which is a huge, concrete thing, looks so peaceful.

This past week also held the following activities:

  • Books finished - 5
  • Steps - 41,480 steps or 59% of my goal
  • Posts - 3
  • Helped out at the Jensen Jeweler's Invitational Event (I had out the thank-you gifts)
  • Mailed out my Halloween Swap gift
  • Had a goal setting meet-up for 2017 goals
  • Set up my November planner pages and a section for NaNoWriMo
  • Crimson Death arrived
  • Ordered and received the PDF version of Rituals for Living Dreambook

The coming week will be busy and full also:

  • Pick up my Hobonichi!
  • More NaNoWriMo prep
  • Write up 3 book reviews
  • Photograph and write up about the Halloween Swap and my Bee Hive swap
  • Work on my Bee Hive block for October
  • Set up December pages and figure out a date for a cookie swap
  • Print out a copy of the Rituals for Living Dreambook and really look it over
  • Sort through a couple of bags of Lady K's old clothes and take to daycare for their use
  • New Book Group meet-up
  • Couple of doctors visits for Lady K (nothing major, just time consuming)
  • Hamilton on PBS on Friday night!
  • Basically, just a lot of reading, writing and planning!

So off for more coffee and on with the show!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Some Cocoa Daisy Love

In preparing for my planner workshop, I contacted Cocoa Daisy and received a typical monthly planner box to show what a subscription box would look like.  I chose them because I had seen some unboxings of their products by Miss Vicky Bee

Although I am not a 'pretty planner', I really loved the look and feel of their product, so much so, I subscribed to their Facebook page so I could follow along.  And thus, I was able to enter a giveaway by someone who works there and had tons of stuff left over from previous years.

A bit of a disclaimer.  The box I 'won' was for scrapbooking.  I am not a scrapbooker, but I can still use most of what I received in my planner.  Plus, Texter has her eye on some of the stuff.

So what do you do when you can't sleep at 2 a.m?  You get up and sort through the box.

Tons of little envelopes filled with buttons and stickers and 'stuff'!  Some awesome goodness.  Or as Lady K would say - "a-door-able".

And this doesn't include the huge stack of scrapbook papers, almost all of which is double sided.  I can see some journal making in my future!  

So two hours later (and two cups of coffee later), I had sorted and touched all the little goodies in the box, separating things into like groups.  I have to tell myself to use them and not save them for something 'special' or they will never get used.

I can see 2017 will be a bit more 'colorful'!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mandala Monday

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. 

e. e. cummings