Sunday, April 1, 2012

Today I... April 1, 2012

Today I'm feeling great about myself.  I got a lot done and I'm making strides toward turning myself into the person that I want to be.

My husband and the boys had church in the morning, then Pokemon League in the afternoon (though my youngest, Pete, is too young to play, he loves to go and watch).  During the time they were at church, I went to Wal-Mart for cleaning supplies and a few other odds and ends that I needed.  I did not overspend, which is often a problem with me.  I have a tendency to impulse buy out the wazoo.  But I managed to keep a bit of self-control, and the only two impulse buys were a copy of Spiderman 3 that was in the $5 movie bin and Phineas and Ferb wall decals that were in the clearance aisle for $5.  Everything else was on my list.

From there, I filled the tank on my husband's car (since he had the van for toting the kids around) and went to Walgreens to pick up the one thing that I couldn't find at Wal-Mart - EZ Moves Furniture Moving System with Lifter Tool & 8 Slides.  I have a bad back and I need all the help I can get when it comes time to move furniture for cleaning.

I got home a little before Rich and the boys did, ate lunch at home with them (rather than going out, which is what usually happens on Sunday) and started cleaning the downstairs bathroom before they left for League.

And cleaning is where most of my rocking was today.  I'm a horrible housekeeper.... to the point that if I don't get things under control, we'll be looking for a new place when our lease runs out at the end of May.  So I've been trying to focus on getting everything to a point that it will be a) easy to maintain and b) good enough for the apartment complex to agree to renew our lease.  It's only been a few days, so I haven't gotten tons done.  But I've gotten a good start.  Today, I managed to:

  • Clean the counter tops in the bathroom, including the sink and the faucet
  • Clean the toilet
  • Go through the books and pieces of paper on the little table in the bathroom and remove clutter
  • Clean the mirror in the bathroom
  • Sweep the floor in the bathroom
  • Finish straightening up the living room
  • Move the entertainment center so I could clean behind it
  • Clean off the boys' TV trays, the coffee table and the entertainment center
  • Clean off the TV screen and the electronics around it
  • Vaccuum the whole living room and the entry way, including moving all but the couch, end tables and incredibly heavy bookcases out of the way.
I had planned on this weekend being both bathrooms and the pantry, but when I got the first bathroom finished, I really wanted to finish the living room instead.  I wanted to have two rooms that I could look at and say "This is finished!"  And really, the only things left in these two rooms are cleaning the walls in both, mopping in the bathroom, and cleaning the windows in the living room.  So I'm doing really good.

On the non-cleaning front, I managed to finish Countdown to Final Crisis, Vol 1, watch the end of season 1 and the beginning of season 2 of Supernatural while cleaning, make my A is for.... A to Z April Challenge Post for today, and start this blog.  I shared dinner with my family in the dining room, got things cleaned up from dinner, and am about ready to go to the living room to watch some Spiderman and His Amazing Friends with my boys.  There may be more accomplishments tonight, but right now, I'm happy with what I've gotten done so far.  If I just sit back and relax for the rest of the evening, life will be good.  Because I've done damn good today.  And tomorrow is the start of a new day.

Accomplish something every day of your life. - Walter Annenberg

Today I.... Introduction

I often have a difficult time remembering that I'm a pretty awesome person.  I forget the good things I do, the accomplishments I've made and the progress I've made.  I need to remember these things because it's so easy to be bogged down in the negative.  To this end, I've started this blog - Today I... in which I will talk about the positive things that I did each day.  Sometimes it will be in paragraph form.  Sometimes it will be a list.  Sometimes I'll have pictures to add to my text.  It will just be whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.

Yes, I probably could have added this to my every day blog, Sanity's Overrated.  But I wanted a place I could come to that is just for the positive, just for the accomplishments, just to remind me of what I can and do do without having to go through labels and the like.  A place of positive energy feeding back to me every time I read it.

I'm not sure if I'll be linking this over at SO.... or even really putting it out there at all.  But eventually, I may.  This isn't as much about tooting my own horn for the world to hear (though it is a little... otherwise I'd be doing this in a paper journal instead of on the internet for the world to see).  It's more about having a blog for me to look back on and remind myself that I'm a fantastic person and I can - and do - get a lot done in a day.