Sometimes you need an adultier adult

Last Friday morning Ani left for her Airrosti appointment. A couple minutes later she called because she thought her car’s wheel had fallen off and needed an adultier adult to help.

She wasn’t far off. It was still attached, but the ball joint had broken and the drive shaft had pulled out of the differential (no, I have no idea what that means).

I immediately knocked on my parents’ bedroom door to ask my dad to come with me to rescue her because I needed an adultier adult as well.

Even though it looked like the car bled out on the ground (transmission fluid everywhere and it’s a reddish color – it really looked horrible), the guy at the shop says it’s a pretty easy fix. We’ll see if he’s right.

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Keeping the House Clean

As I mentioned in my post about my morning routine, I really like to have the house clean all the time in order to make my days go smoother and for me to be a better mother. I also mentioned that keeping the house clean and organized does not come naturally to me. It is something I have worked on for years, tweaking what I do and incorporating new routines as needed.

For the last few years, I’ve used my bullet journal to help keep me on track and reach my goals for cleaning. Each month I make a page for my daily/weekly/monthly to do’s with squares for the dates to complete each task. As I complete each thing, I color it in. I love coloring in those squares. Having all the day’s boxes colored in is such a great feeling, almost better than the feeling of having a clean house.

I of course have all the things in my morning routine on that page. Then I have some things on the computer that I do every day (daily thread on a Facebook group, adding to my letter to my aunt, updating our finances, a batch of indexing, taking a picture each day, and scrapbooking that picture for Project 365). Fritz does the 7 Minute Workout each day as well.

Once a month, on the first, I clean the dishwasher, the garbage disposal, and the washing machine. I deep clean the stove using the special cleaner and razor blade. I change my sponge and switch the little picture on the welcome sign my sister made me years ago. I rearrange our Lego calendar for the new month. I rub the vinyl letters on the living room wall to make sure they don’t fall off (vinyl letters and super textured walls don’t mix super well). And I clean the couch using leather wipes. Also once a month, on the 11th, Lola gets her heartworm preventative medication. Once a month, on the third Saturday I wash our sheets (twice a year I also wash the mattress covers and twice a year I wash the blankets and quilts).

I have several things I do once a week. Sundays I send an email to my oldest niece who is serving a mission for the Church in St. George Utah, Fritz cleans Rae’s cage, and we put the Sacrament in a baggie to take to church (those of us with Celiac eat Nut Thins instead of bread; for some reason when church switched from 9 to 10:30 we kept forgetting to take our special sacrament so I added it to my to do page). Mondays and Thursday I have a box for bringing in the trash cans (we can get fined by the HOA if they are still out the next morning). On Mondays, I clean the filter in our dishwasher with a toothbrush. Wednesdays I print the letter to my aunt and also send a copy of it by email to my mother-in-law in Ireland. Thursdays I mail the letter to my aunt. Also on Thursdays I make menus for the next week, order groceries (which we usually pick up Friday evening or Saturday morning), and make a list of what I’ll need to do to prep our food for the week once the groceries have been picked up. Saturdays I refill Ani’s pill containers for the week.

Not something I put on my to do page, but that helps with keeping the house nice, I often walk around the house while I read. It kind of kills two birds with one stone. I get exercise and I get some reading done, too. Sometimes I’ll grab one thing that is out of place as I make my circuit (which goes around most of the bottom floor). I put it where it belongs (or on the stairs to go up) as I continue around the circle. It’s a really painless way of straightening up.

It’s amazing how much these things, none of which take very long, contributes to the beauty and mood of our house. I encourage everyone to come up with simple things you can do each day in your home. I guarantee you will not be sorry!

I Tried Trim and Burn: A Diary, Month One

Straight off, I want to say that Jamberry/M Network did not pay me to do this nor did I receive the stuff for free. In fact, I spent $100 of my own money in order to try Trim and Burn. Which is kind of insane. My daughter is a Jamberry consultant (the links go to her page, by the way, so go buy stuff from her) and she kind of cajoled me into asked me to buy it. Apparently I’m willing to spend a hundred bucks for my daughter. No one asked me to write about my experience.

I started trying to lose weight on May 1st. It seemed like a good thing to do. I weighed 282 pounds at that point. See, I want to have a breast reduction and I have to get below 200 to have it done. My goal is 175 pounds. By the time I tried the Trim and Burn, I was down to 250. Or something like that. My scale likes to give random numbers. (Side note: Do accurate home scales even exist?)

September 6th
My Trim and Burn arrived the evening of the 6th. Less than a week to get to me. Apparently the thought of taking the stuff really caused some subconscious anxiety. I had the weirdest dreams all night. Including a dream where I had to swallow a whole cockroach.

September 7th
250. I am sick. I have a cold and all week I have had no energy and have done the least amount necessary. So I took the Burn at breakfast and lunch and drank the Trim at 3. Even if I lose nothing, I’m already sold because it gave me so much energy. I am happy to report Trim and Burn do not actually contain cockroaches. Though they do contain pep. So much pep!

September 8th
249.6. Still sick. How can one body produce so much mucous and require so much sneezing?!?! I’ve had the energy to do several things I didn’t get around to avoided because I felt like I was dying during the week. Energy is a good thing! Yay, energy!

September 9th
249. Trim is a water additive. It tastes like kool-aid. I’m not a fan of kool-aid. But it’s not horrible. It’s just not that good either. I take the Trim at 3pm because I’m usually starving and have no energy about 4 every day. For the whole three days I’ve had that 3 o’clock 16 ounces of water with the Trim powder mixed in I have not been hungry and my energy level has been stable (or higher). It could be a fluke. Or it could be the Trim.

September 10th
248.6. I’ve lost a half pound a day since I started taking the Trim and Burn. Over the course of just over four months, I had lost 32 pounds. Now, I did go on 3 1/2 weeks worth of vacations during those four months where I mostly watched didn’t pay attention at all to what I was eating. So, if I do the math, taking out the days I was on vacation completely, I have averaged a loss of 1/3 of a pound per day. So I am seeing some acceleration on this stuff. But will it continue?

September 11th
248.6. For the first time since I started Trim and Burn, I didn’t lose anything day to day. I’ve been wearing size XL for a long, long time. Today I wore a large. And it fit quite nicely. So that was kind of amazing.

September 12th
248. The taste of the Trim is really not the greatest. I have been experimenting with when to add the powder. Before the water means the last bit will be gross super-sweet. Adding after the water means the first bit will be nasty overly sweet. I think adding it halfway through works best. I am considering splitting it between two cups of water. I just don’t like how sweet it is (but I might be a little unusual because if I add flavoring to water I don’t like it to be sweet at all).

September 13th
247.2. I guess today makes up for Tuesday since I lost almost a whole pound since yesterday morning. My average since starting the Trim and Burn is still 1/2 pound per day. By the way, I’m still sick. And this stuff is still giving me energy.

September 14th
247. Mid-afternoon I started feeling run down and munchy. I looked at the clock and it was 3:30. I quickly made my cup of Trim and within minutes I felt much better. I was no longer hungry and I had energy again. So I’m thinking it’s not a fluke, it really does help with the mid-afternoon blahs. PS I lost 3 pounds this week.

September 15th
255. Yes, you read that right. I ate sushi last night and “gained” 8 pounds. I might have eaten am quite sure I did not actually eat 8 pounds of sushi. I retain water way too easily. And then it takes pretty much forever for it to go away.

September 16th
251. Half of that water weight went away. I only took one Burn and drank the Trim today. I managed to get another virus so mostly I stayed in bed yesterday and today.

September 17th
250. I’m kind of thinking thank goodness for the Trim and Burn because I’ve been sick for over two weeks now and I’m convinced I’m dying functioning pretty well mostly because of that stuff.

September 18th
250.4. I’m a little annoyed that the rest of the water weight isn’t coming off, but I am smaller anyway, so whatever. I can feel that my waist and hips have shrunk and this makes me happy. I realized I should’ve measured myself before I started, but I didn’t think of that until today.

September 19th
250.2. It hit me this morning that I’m probably retaining water longer than normal because of the week it is. I had a hysterectomy almost 3 years ago. But I still have fully functioning ovaries and because of that, I’ve noticed that my weight loss stalls for about a week every month. I just made it worse this month by eating sushi which always bloats me up. Of course I never realize what week it is until my weight loss stalls because without a uterus I have no other signs of the time of the month (which is awesome, by the way).

September 20th
248. Almost back to where I was before the sushi. Weight is weird. Yesterday I wore the outfit I wear when I take my progress picture every week or so. The different between how I looked May 1st and now is incredible. There is a slight visible different from before I started the Trim and Burn, too. So, yay me!

September 21st
249. Sigh. After seeing my weight inexplicably go up, I knew I had completely failed reminded myself that my scale isn’t very accurate and the number on the scale is kind of meaningless. I usually wear leggings and dresses, but today I need to do laundry decided to wear jeans and a t-shirt. I rarely wear jeans. The ones I have are size 18 and are actually a bit loose. Considering I wore a size 22 five months ago, I really am succeeding kicking butt with this weight loss thing. Even if the scale is evil doesn’t always tell me what I want to see.

September 22nd
249. I.

September 23rd
248.2. Give.

September 24th
247.8. Up.

September 25th
247. Just kidding. Weight is the most important thing just a number.

September 26th
248.6. It would be nice if my weight was anywhere near stable. I’m not sure whether to blame the scale or if I really do fluctuate all crazy-like so much.

September 27th
247.6. So I really, really don’t like the taste of the Trim. But with the exception of when I avoid drinking it I’m so busy it’s suddenly 4pm and I haven’t drunk it and weekends when my schedule is so off of normal, I’ve been good and have had it almost every day. I really do see a difference in how I feel and my energy level so it is worth it. I also eat less at dinner.

September 28th
247. Back to my low of the month! I’m so much smaller. It’s kind of weird fabulous honestly.

September 29th
246. Imagine my surprise delight when I saw the number on the scale this morning. I know it’s just a number, but it’s also proof to my brain that I’m not a failure heading in the right direction.

September 30th
246.2. I’ve ordered another set of Trim and Burn. I’m definitely giving this at least another month. My energy level is up, I’m smaller around, and I just plain feel better even if the scale hates me isn’t quite showing the results I’d like.

October 1st
247. Ugh.

October 2nd
247.8. Well, that was fun while it lasted. I know it’s all partly my scale. For this reason, I’ve decided to step on it only one time each morning and whatever it tells me I’m going with. It’s not uncommon for it to vary 1 1/2 pounds within 20 or 30 minutes and even go up after I pee, which makes no sense.

October 3rd
247.2. I’m amazing at how much energy the Burn pills give me. It’s very nice, especially on days after I underestimate how much Creon I need because I’m guaranteed to feel worse those days (and that’s how I always used to feel which is crazy).

October 4th
246.2. Ahem. I like today’s weight.

October 5th
248.2. But I do not like today’s. What the heck???

October 6th
246.8. That’s more like it. And so here ends my first month on Trim and Burn. I’d say it was a great success. Not necessarily for pounds lost because my scale and/or body suck, but for the way I feel and inches lost. Taking my starting weight of 250 pounds and subtracting my lowest weight of the month, 246.2, I only lost 3.8 pounds this month. I blame the sushi. But I can wear clothes that I’d outgrown again! And I need to get some smaller sizes, too. So, yes, definitely a success. Yay, me!