Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Found above the cupboards...

While listening to a talk about the how one guy fought off the "asshole voice in his head" via practicing mindfulness, I finished taping the next half of the kitchen to paint and while perched near the ceiling on a ladder I found this odd mix of stuff lying in a 1/2 inch of dust above the cabinets... a dog chewed nerf football, a tin foil ball, a hot pink bouncy ball, a wallet (sadly empty) and a picture of a sorta cute guy standing by a hunting/fishing boat.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Day 100 (4) & Moving Forward

Yay, so I've made it to 100 Days for a fourth time, essentially documenting over a year of phone camera captured (or screenshot) "happy things."  And what it really boils down to is being grateful for small daily joys or productive achievements or meeting goals, etc. So now that I have a good feel for practicing gratitude I will most likely keep it up, but in terms of this blog, not in such a Day Count way, more in an organic/instantaneous way. 

And what I am moving on to, or adding to the mix, is now the practice of mindfulness, which I have alluded to on Day 93 when I shared how I had started doing short guided meditations at least twice a day. I have kept it up this past week and am really getting into it, even going solo and just doing it on my own with a 15 minute timer set. It is almost like taking a nap but staying awake for it. One time I even started crying, but in a good way. Except I was crabby the rest of the day so maybe not...

Anyway I will share more as I go along (trying to catch up and get in on the 31 Days Mindfulness Challenge) but for now I will wrap up Day 100 by explaining the image above, which is from a "Mindfulness Bell" App that I downloaded a couple days ago when looking for zen chime/bell sounding phone tones.  This bell isn't a ringtone but a little app that you can set to have ring a "silver bowl" throughout the day in order to pause and reflect on what you are doing/feeling at that time. So far I have it set to ring about every half hour which is a nice way to realize oh crap I've been sitting here close to 30 minutes already? 

Day 100
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Monday, October 05, 2015

Day 99 (4)

On Sunday we went and saw The Martian and all thought it was pretty good. It stayed fairly true to the book except for when it didn't, but I was OK with the changes.

Day 99
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Day 97 & 98 (4)

With all the wind & rain the days have been running together plus I've been crabby... just a combination of several things including my paint project. But I did finish first & second coat and pulled tape off and moved stuff back so that one hall & corner of kitchen are done, sort of. Still need to touch up places & do some of the white trim that needs it too. Plus the rest of kitchen which will be a lot of "fun" between & above cabinets and crap.  So I am taking a day or two of paint break for now.

Day 97 & 98
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Friday, October 02, 2015

Day 96 (4)

It is funny that early last week I was all "yay, we finally get a few days of rain!" and now a week later when a stalled low pressure system has been joined by a hurricane and we've had cloudy wet weather for days and days and days and now it would be nice to have sun come out and dry things out OK?  

However hearing we were due for more rain over the weekend and with the yard getting shamefully shaggy, I traded in my Thursday run for a Thursday lawn mowing... and was out there for 2.5 hours in a near constant breezy cool mist doing both front & back yards and laughing at myself like a crazy woman. I kept thinking how Dad always warned not to mow wet grass. Anyway I took a picture of my grass splattered legs & feet when finished to document my achievement.

Also I am happy with my daily attempt at moving forward with next house painting project. Even though it takes forever to tape, I know from bathroom experience it will be worth it in the end. 

Day 96
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