I’m going to catch you up real quick with my Thursday Dare challenges so far this year that I haven’t already mentioned. So far, I haven’t done anything today, but I am thinking I will challenge myself to learn how to view video on my camera. But that comes later. Now for the past:
February 27-Ali and I went to Target and upon coming out of the store, learned that my van wouldn’t start. Darn cold weather! I waited and tried again. No luck. Bob was at work and the in-laws were not answering their phone. Ali got her boyfriend and his dad to come pick us up and take me home. When Bob got home from work, we went back to Target and started the van with a jump start. I learned not to let the black and the red parts touch. I learned that since my battery is imbedded deep in the front of the van, you have to use alternate means to hook the jumper cables up. Since the weather was below freezing, I wasn’t interested in learning much more than that. Van got started and I got it home. That was enough learning for today!
February 13-I have wanted to art journal for a few months now. I have been reading about it and it looked fun and interesting. I have always kept some kind of scrapbook, even when I was young. It was hard to start the journal because I wanted to do it “right”. I am learning that there is no real “right” way to do it. You just have to start! Here is my first art journal page:
And if you are wondering what else I have done since then, I have to say……nothing. I’ve got to change that.
January 30-I took a Blast Class at Westland Skateland with my team from Buddy Up 2.0. It involved lifting some light weights and doing weird body movements. Okay, so they were weird to me, the uninitiated. It was an interesting workout, but not one I would actually pay for in the future. I also did another new thing this morning. Since I was able to get a one-month membership to the Wayne Rec Center as part of Buddy Up, I decided to walk the indoor track over the pool. I’ve always observed people doing it when I’ve taken the kids swimming in the past. Today was my day to try it. A little over 12 laps constitutes a mile. I made the mile and counted it toward my triathlon mileage, however I won’t be walking there anytime soon. It was very hot and humid in there (the pool, you know?). I shouldn’t complain because outside it was below freezing. So I won’t complain.
Here are a couple pictures. Imagine us all on the skate floor with our yoga mats and weights. The lady in gray to the left behind the one in orange is my Buddy Up team captain-Sandi Franka. Next to her is her co-captain-Julia Miron to the right in orange. They are such great captains!
Jaunary 23-I swimmed my first laps. I just learned how to swim last fall when I took classes at Lifetime Fitness. I was able to complete 6 laps before I was ready to collapse. Feeling lightheaded does not mix with being in water. But I was now 6 laps into the swimming portion of my Buddy Up triathlon, so I was pleased. Yea me!
January 16-I failed to challenge myself.
January 9-I had to pick up Ali from her dorm on my way home from UofM. It was awful on the roads-snow, ice, slow-moving traffic-so I decided to try a new way to get to EMU. Probably not the best thing to do with all those factors AND darkness, but I did it anyway. I really wasn’t sure where I was supposed to turn off of the road. I just kept following the signs to EMU. Not easy to see either in the falling snow. Snow had only been around for a couple weeks at the time, so I wasn’t too concerned. Anyway, I eventually found the road to turn off on and made it to campus. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. I also learned of some new restaurants along the way that would be interesting to try. When the weather warms up and the snow melts, of course.
And that is it for my Thursdays in 2014. If I skipped a date, it is because I have probably already written about it.
Thanks for reading! And stay warm!
As much as I want to be daring every day, I haven’t been able to. I like to think the reason is because the weather has been just so horribly yucky since Christmas. It does tend to keep one from wanting to go out and do things. However, it shouldn’t have stopped me from stretching myself and trying new things within the home.
How many days have I dared to do nothing? This is my February count:
Feb 1 (Saturday)
Feb 3 (Monday)
Feb 6 (Thursday)
Feb 12 (Wednesday)
Feb 15 (Saturday)
Feb 17 (Monday)
Feb 18 (Tuesday)
February 20 (Thursday)
Feb 23 (Sunday)
It doesn’t seem like there is any obvious pattern of certain days that I don’t dare to challenge myself. I do see that I do manage do challenge myself on Fridays as that is not a day that shows up on my non-challenging days.
My hope going forward is that I can challenge myself more and not be so set in my ways.
Until next time!
Just got home from the gym and before I start the chores for the day, I still have some free time to play catch up. This is hard for me because I can type and write to my heart’s content. It’s adding the pictures that stresses me out because I am not good at it and it takes a long time. So here goes the Tuesday catch up.
I got wild and crazy with my breakfast and changed it up. Instead of my usual peaches and cream oatmeal with a strawberry smoothie, I tried the strawberries and cream oatmeal.
It’s actually more colorful than my regular peach oatmeal. And it was tasty too. Well, as tasty as oatmeal can get.
I didn’t do anything on this day. The winter weather and all the snow we have accumulated does not make for exciting times anymore. It’s exciting when it first comes down, but now that we’ve had constant snow and ice on the ground for 1 1/2 months, it is old. So old. Melt already!
I went to a book club meeting at the library. I hadn’t been to an afternoon book club where I don’t know anyone. But they were going to discuss the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. I read the book several years ago and really liked it. It was the basis of my inspiration to hike the Appalachian Trail. In case you’re wondering, I haven’t done that yet. Why Appalachian and not the Pacific Trail? Well, the Pacific Trail is not as well marked as the Appalachian. Don’t want to get lost. Both have rattlesnakes, so no difference there. And it seems civilization is easier to get to on the Appalachian. They have groups that come in and clean up the trails and the overnight spots. However, maybe the Pacific Trail has those things now too. The time frame for the book was back in the 90s I believe. Anyway, there were 3 other ladies there plus the moderator. It was an interesting talk. Most hadn’t liked the book, so I was a minority. I enjoyed my time there, but I don’t plan to go back next month. (this month). The book they were going to read next didn’t excite me and for anyone who knows me, I have bookshelves of books at home I have yet to read. Those took priority over one that didn’t interest me.
I used to belong to a book club I started at my old church, but it has since disbanded. I would like to be part of a bookclub that has meetings that are themed to tie in with the book. Oh, I am in the process of joining the Wayne Ladies Literary Society (over 100 years old!). They just read Annie’s Ghost’s that focuses on the Eloise asylum. Liked that book too!
Do you belong to a book club? Tell me about it.
No challenge tried today.
After physical therapy for my neck, I stopped at Barnes and Noble. I love love love looking at (and buying) magazines. I always gravitate to the same ones-the crafty ones and ones on writing. I decided I would step outside my box and buy a magazine I wouldn’t normally. I bought a writing magazine that is based out of Great Britain. I can’t recall the title and didn’t take a picture. I haven’t even finished reading it, but I did buy something I wouldn’t normally. Maybe next time, I will buy a magazine that is outside of crafting and writing.
Today involved trying a new food. We were at Kroger looking for something for dinner when I saw Beef Pasties in the deli section. My father in law talks a lot about pasties, so I thought maybe we should try them out. Good for me, they were high in calories. Yum Yum! Thumbs up or thumbs down? I’d give it a thumbs midway. It wasn’t something I would jump right up and buy again, but it wasn’t something I would absolutely avoid. Have you tried anything new lately?
And that completes the Tuesday roundup for the year so far. Well, I have to do something today, but that hasn’t fallen into my lap yet so we shall see. Stay tuned.
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I don’t know why the photo didn’t show up in the original post. Still trying to learn all this stuff.
Since I am not great with uploading photos from my camera, I have fallen behind in updating my posts. I kept telling myself I would get to it each day, and alas, each day passed. However, I have continued to do new things each day and I am going to at least attempt to get caught up with things I have done on Sundays. How’s that? It’s a start, right?
I haven’t done anything yet today, so that will have to come another day (if I really stay on top of things, maybe later tonight or tomorrow. Woo Hoo!).
SUNDAY: February 9
Bob and I went to see The Lego Movie at the MJR Westland Theater. They had a display for the movie in the concession stand area. You could go behind the stand and put your face in a cutout and become part of the scene. Most people would say this is for kids. Well, I brought out my inner kid and made Bob take a picture of me becoming a Lego. Check it out! (But first I have to get the camera, load the memory card and try to find the picture and attempt to get it here. Give me just a minute-or two or three….)
I was trying to get my at home scoring done for the M2CCA (2nd year medical student exam) at the University of Michigan. I had to watch 6 videos of students taking the exam on Friday and score them on meeting certain criteria. I have never had problems pulling up videos before, but today was the exception. Now we are doing a high stakes exam and I am having problems. It figures.
I emailed my trainer about my problems and she asked me to send her a screenshot of what I was getting when I tried to view the video. A screenshot? I knew what that was, but I had no idea how to make one. She emailed me some instructions which I tried to follow. You know how that goes, right? You follow the instructions to the “T” and it doesn’t work. It certainly can’t be the operator of the computer who is at fault! So I googled getting a screenshot and found that to be a tad more helpful. I was finally able to figure it out and grab a screenshot. I was having a few problems with my email inbox displaying, so I decided to reboot my computer before I sent her the shot. I decided one more time to try to get the videos to open and lo and behold! they worked! So I didn’t need to send the screenshot after all, but I did learn to take a screenshot! Now let’s see if I remember that whenever I need one. No picture of this.
Sunday, January 26
This particular Sunday, we had lots and lots and lots of snow. It never seems to stop! When I went to wipe off the back window of my van, the snow was at least 6 inches deep. I couldn’t believe that much snow could stick to a vertical surface. It was below-freezing outside. I had to bundle up, put on boots and trudge outside to shovel the driveway before Bob returned from work. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to drive into the driveway and that would make for a very grumpy hubby. We don’t want that! So there I was, huffing and puffing and trying to decide where I was going to put this snow. We already had high piles on one side of the driveway where our yard was. So I bit the bullet and piled all the snow into the neighbors yard. I felt bad about doing it, but I can only lift so much snow (you do realize it is heavy, right?) at a time. So more grunt grunt and heave ho and I finished just before he came home. I can’t be two places at one time, so I wasn’t able to take a picture of me working hard. So just imagine it….
Sunday, January 19
Remember how I wrote a novel during NaNoWriMo in November? I had been so proud of myself for the accomplishment. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a rough draft and that was a big deal to me. On Jan. 19, I copied the novel onto a flashdrive (something I am still a novice at) and took it to Office Max where I had it printed and bound. I could show you a picture, but I would have to take the memory card out of the computer where it is currently residing, take the picture, and then try to download it. That’s too much work for right now, so just believe me-it is a beautiful piece of work. Now I just have to schedule times to go through it, mark it up, make lots of revisions and rearrangements and have a new draft to print out. Maybe when all the snow melts and the temperature gets to the 70s–will that time ever come? It sure doesn’t feel like it.
Sunday, January 12
No picture for this one either. I made a note that said “spinach/broccoli”. I can tell you I ate something that had spinach and broccoli in it-2 things I don’t eat. I think we may have gone to Bob’s folks for dinner and had a stir fry with those items in it. So I dared myself to eat something I wouldn’t ordinarily eat-spinach and broccoli. And you know what? They weren’t half bad. Actually, I used to eat spinach when I was a wee one. But then I started elementary school and you know how everyone goes “EW” when the spinach is put on the school lunch tray? Well, I certainly couldn’t be the kid who was going to eat what everyone else said yuck to. So I no longer liked spinach and let that carry over through many, many years. Isn’t it funny how school and other kids can influence us? Is there something you were influenced to no longer like or do because other’s didn’t think it was cool?
Sunday, January 5
On this day, I reached out to a friend I had made while working for Social Security in San Diego. Carla was a wonderful and welcoming person when I first started at the office. While Bob was at sea, she even went out to dinner with me on my birthday. I had seen a post on facebook about her, so I sent her a message asking what she was up to and telling her a bit about me since San Diego. It felt good to reconnect with an old friend. So often we move on from a place, a job, a club, etc and lose contact with those who were our friends. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone reached out to someone they hadn’t communicated with in a long time and just said “hi, I’m thinking about you?”
And that’s the end of everything I did that was new to me on Sundays in 2014.
Wait! I do have a new item for today. Ali and her friend Bree dropped by the house before going out to dinner. They had stopped at Panera Bread for a snack after leaving EMU. Ali bought me and Bob each a chocolate frosted brownie. I’ve had brownies before, but never one from Panera, so I can count that as something new. It is actually very good as I have been taking bites of it and working on this since it arrived halfway through this blogpost. The best part of it is the frosting. Now that would be a fantastic brownie–all frosting!
A dear sweet lady I knew from my old church passed away recently. Her memorial service was yesterday, Jan 4. I went to the service even though I no longer feel comfortable attending this church itself. Many of the people of the church, however, are wonderful people that I truly miss seeing from week to week.
I am all about pushing myself out of my comfort zone this year. At first, I wasn’t going to take communion because I did not feel comfortable going to the front of this church. However, my love of the Lord overrode that discomfort, and I bit the bullet and stepped up. I was trying to look at the bigger picture. I still felt terribly uncomfortable, but I know in my heart I did what was right for me spiritually.
So, all in all, not a big experience/adventure…but a big one for my heart.
And one other beautiful thing I experienced…Pat had belonged to a Polynesian Dance group. She loved dancing with the girls. Before the luncheon/dinner was served, the group got up in front of everyone and danced the Lord’s Prayer. It was the most beautiful and moving tribute to a wonderful woman. Thank you to all those Polynesian ladies who honored their sister in dance.
I made it to Day 3. On Thursday night, I was reading the newspaper article about the 2014 NHL Winter Classic held at the Big House. I would have liked to have gone, but as you are getting to know, I am not a fan of the cold. A gentleman talked about coming from Canada and how he had dressed for the weather, including thermal underwear. I have not had thermal underwear since I did my travelling to Alberta and Saskatchewan in the 1980s for Portland Winter Hawk hockey games. You would think by living in Michigan now, thermals would be part of my wardrobe; they are not.
Since I am pushing myself to do cold weather items, I decided I should buy myself some thermals. I went to KMart where they had a buy one, get one sale going on. I bought 2 sizes of pants and 2 sizes of tops; once I got home where it is warm and cozy, I could decide which sizes fit best and return the others. I went with black to absorb the heat. It also looked better than the white.
John has challenged me to go skiing. Does anyone in the Detroit area ski? Maybe you can take me on my inaugural run at some time.
Today, Day 4, I wore the thermals. I have to say they have kept me toasty warm, but drats if the temps didn’t rise to the 20s today. Let’s get back to the single digits so I can really try these babies out!
Do you have any items you wear to keep you warm during this cold weather that maybe I should try?
Ali got a set of circle looms and rectangular looms for Christmas. While in college, she learned to knit and joined the knitting club. When she’s not studying, she is knitting. We joke that we sent her to college to learn to knit.
Ali has been wanting to teach me to use the circle loom, so I was open to the opportunity to have my daughter teach me something. We went to JoAnn’s today; I picked out some yarn and got my own circle loom. I am going to make a hat to keep my head warm when I partake in more cold-related activities. I was hesitant to start this because it would take time to do; all I could think about was my list of things to do for today that I hadn’t done yet. This project is all about getting me out of my comfort zone, so I bit the bullet.
I still don’t understand making the slip knot (Ali lost patience with me and did it for me) to start knitting on the loom, but after my first few times around the circle, I had the hang of it. I “knitted” all during Project Runway All-Stars. The picture shows how far I got in that time. Now the challenge will be to finish the hat. Hopefully before spring arrives!
Do you have a circle loom and what have you made with it lately?
Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not like to be cold. I like my house to be warm in winter. I like to dress warmly. I enjoy sitting beside my electric fireplace (it takes a lot of work to light an actual fire in the fireplace, although that is something that is on my list of things to try this year as Bob is the one who makes our fires.) I like my warm, toasty blanket. I like the heat on in the car during Michigan winters.
All that said, I have decided I need to learn more about the cold. When I would take the kids sledding, I would sit in the car with the heater on and my cup of hot cocoa. That’s all about to change. I am going to go outside and make a snow angel. I don’t have to do anything else outside, just make a snow angel. Seems like such a simple task.
I put on my hoodie and put the hood on. I put on my coat and zip it all the way to the top to cover my neck. I have on my socks and my new snow boots. I don’t have any snow pants, so my jeans will have to do. All I can think about is how wet my jeans are going to get and I will have to find something else to wear when this is over. I put on my gloves. I am ready. John will be my photographer today, and I have to wait for him to finish shoveling the sidewalk and driveway. I tell him we are losing light and he can finish shoveling when I am done making a snow angel.
The time has come. I plop down on my back and start waving my arms up and down. I feel snow making contact with my skin at the waistband of my jeans. It’s really not as cold as I imagined it would be. John reminds me that I need to move my legs in and out too. He gets a kick out my comment that the snow isn’t as cold as I thought it would be. After I am sure John has a photo, I get up. I am surprised that my jeans are not wet. I won’t have to change my clothes! I am so energized, I throw snow at John several times. The snow is not hard enough to make snowballs, but I can make it snow on him. Then I let Bella outside and we run back and forth on the sidewalk and play for a few minutes.
I am now done and go inside. The worst part of the experience is the small wet spot on the small of my back where the snow got me. At least I will be better prepared for covering that area next time I venture out in the snow to play. I learned the snow is not as cold as I imagined it to be. While playing, I temporarily forgot about the cold. What will I do next?
How long has it been since you made a snow angel?
Having just turned 50 and with a fresh new year upon me, I decided I would move out of my comfort zone and dare myself to take action on new things. This came about after reading 2 great books-I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day by Luann Cahn and No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan. Excuse me for not providing a link for these books, but I don’t know how to do that. At least, not yet. In I Dare Me, author Luann dares herself to try something new, or a first, everyday for one year. It could be something she has done before but maybe way back in her childhood. As for Phil, he advocates N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted). Instead of saying no to things, start saying yes and see what happens!
With these 2 books as my foundation, I started a list of things I would like to do or haven’t done in a very long time. I currently have about 200 items on the list, so I figure I’ve got over half of 2014 covered. My plan is to dare myself to do a “new” thing everyday. I did break my list down into items I could do to improve, well maybe change is more like it, my appearance; items to do in the winter, items to do when the weather is nice out, items I can do in the house, items I have to leave the house for, items I want to learn, etc.
I was all set up for January 1. I was going to get this blog started up and learn to make changes and make the blog look the way I want it to look. Yesterday, my mother in law mentioned it was going to snow lots today. That meant if snow was on the ground, I needed to concentrate instead on my snow-related challenges. So sometime today, I will tackle one of those challenges and share all about it with you tomorrow.
Stay tuned and thanks for checking my blog out. I hope you will decide to follow my blog. Perhaps I will challenge you to do something new that day too!