Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blissfully Happy

Holy cow!  I don't think I could be any more blissfully happy than I currently am.  Makes me think all our hard work (DH and I) is finally paying off.  As you saw in my goals update post, we've paid off our credit cards, which is amazing.  We were looking at our finances last night and just so happy to be where we are right now.  We're trying to figure out what our next financial goals will be.

Potty training is also going very very well.  I don't want to jinx it, but they just seem so much more ready.  Liam can be stubborn sometimes, but if I remind them that they can go back to playing when they are done and show them how happy it makes me and how proud I am of them, they seem to be very much on board with the whole thing.  Which was also great yesterday visiting the preschool they will be in full time starting the first week of September.  It hit me yesterday that in two years they will be in Kindergarten!  I mean when is this all happening???!!!  My babies are getting so big, but it makes them so much fun.  To see their facial expressions when they talk and their personalities really being all out there it's just fantastic.  Never thought it could be this good.

And Phoebe is the best too.  So smart and very together in her head.  She's going into 6th grade and she's taking PreAlgebra for math this year, which is the top math class they offer to 6th graders.  She's sounding so excited to go back to school, which is very different than years in the past.  She never really sounded like she liked school that much.  I wonder if now that she sees her hard work paying off, makes her excited to learn something new.  She was really funny last night at the mall with us and her friend.  I was hanging back listening to the two of them talk, as our daughter was going to buy something with her own money.  She was looking at new sunglasses since her old pair broke.  She said to her friend, "These are $12.50!" and her friend said, "Well, it is Hot Topic."  As in my daughter is being cheap with her own money saying she wouldn't spend that much on sunglasses and her friend is telling her it is a store that sells pricey stuff.  Cracked me up as they sounded like two old ladies.

Work has also had some strange interesting things going on.  I can only discuss them with one of the directors here at work and totally mum with everyone else.  I'm curious to see what will happen.  Basically my team may end up reporting into another area.  I'm OK with it and I think it's all great, although I know my director's boss, would probably not like it, but I don't think he'll get to have a say in it.  I think it would be better for me an my team though.

And last but not least, I'm going to the chiropractor this afternoon.  I'm very happy to get my lower back sorted out.  I also need to get back to exercising again, which I fell off the wagon again!!!  But I know one of these days when I get back on it will finally stick.  Saw a picture of Gwen Stefani with some amazing abs and all I could think of was, "I want that!"

Monday, July 16, 2012

July Goals Update

Some things are going well toward progressing on my July goals, others I need to work on.  But I'm very very pleased. Crossed off items are done!


Family
  1. Date nights with DH 4 times (currently scheduled on 7/6, 7/14 and 7/28)
  2. Ensure the boys are scheduled for preschool starting the Tuesday after Labor Day (BTW, this is September 5)
  3. Potty training both boys - going very well.  Tommy had a dry pull up this morning and went first thing this morning and kept his underwear dry all morning until I put a pull up on him for nap time.  Liam still needs encouragement, but when he has a success, he's so proud of himself and we show him how proud we are of him.
  4. Make sure Phoebe is doing her summer reading and practicing math skills - Yup.  She's moving forward. 

Work

  1. Write and deliver mid-year reviews - still need to work on.
  2. Hire two new developers (we got the requisitions approved and posted on Friday last week!)  - still working on.  No internal postings yet.
  3. Document new development guidelines - still need to start this.
School

  1. Ensure finances are in order to pay for school in August 2012 - keeping an eye on the process, but not complete yet.  I've done everything on my side.
  2. Finish pre-work from email
  3. Finishing reading the book Strengths Finder 2.0
  4. Complete the Personal Biography and email to coordinator
Health and Fitness

  1. Get cardio every day - LOL, need to work on this!
  2. Eat very healthy - yup!
  3. Drink 3-20oz bottles of water per day - yup!
  4. Try 4 new healthy recipes - sort of
  5. Menu plan for week - did last week, need to do this week.
  6. Make chiropractor appointment
  7. Make follow up appointment with vein doctor (had one treatment already - looks great!)
Personal

  1. Post on blog daily - Need to work on this!
  2. Catch up on reading other blogs - Ditto - needs work.
  3. Meet with Marcia in NYC - Scheduled, need to work out the details.  Can't wait!!!
  4. Find a way to get Tom's old information off his MBA program laptop (power supply died) - Need to take this to the shop
Financial

  1. Pay off credit cards with what is coming in from the sale of stock at Tom's old company - Done today!!!!! We are officially credit card balance free!!!!
  2. Create new budget and stick to it! - We just reviewed the budget I created today and think we are both very pleased.  Now I need to help us stick to it!!
  3. Meet with our Financial Planner about the new budget and identify next steps - Just found out our financial planner is leaving his job.  We have been assigned someone new and he'll call us in August to make an appointment.
So encouraging thoughts????  At least I know what I need to be working on!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Menu Plan - Week of July 8, 2012

I'll be updating my July goals later today.  Things are progressing very well.  Part of my goals is to get back to menu planning.  It will help prepare me for the fall when we'll be in school, the boys will be in preschool and I'm starting school again in August.  Plus menu planning saves us money!!!  And keeps me more stress free!  Anyway, we've already eaten through Sunday and Monday.  Was very yummy!

Sunday
Turkey burger sliders (setup in freezer already)
Asian cole slaw (DH makes this and I need to get the recipe from him!  I'm addicted!)
Grilled zucchini (from garden) with garlic and onions

Monday
Personal pizzas (I will admit I had the Boboli brand mini pizza crusts)
Salad - I actually had salad on my pizza.  I put an arugula salad on top of my pizza after I cooked it.

Tuesday - after orthodontist appt (we'll be home by 5PM)
Rotini pasta with pesto (made from the garden's basil), mozzarella cheese cubes and halved cherry tomatoes

Wednesday - crockpot night as we'll be getting back from ice skating practice a little after 6PM
Asian tomato beef with brocolli
Sushi rice
Cucumbers (from a friends garden) in shoyu (fermented soy sauce)

Thursday - need to have dinner at 5PM, so we can leave for ice skating by 5:30
Hot dogs
French fries
Asian cole slaw (made on Sunday)

Friday - DH back from Colorado work trip he's been there all week!
Barbeque chicken
Roasted veggie quinoa salad

Saturday
Who knows!  DH will be back and we have date night.  Maybe just leftovers before the sitter comes over.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

July Garden Update

It's the beginning of July and the garden is doing amazing.  Ignore the paint bucket in the picture, this is how I transport all my garden tools down to the garden.


Do you remember the fig tree we planted this year?  My has it grown!!!


How about my tiny little strawberry plants?  They are doing amazing!!!  They really love being in the garden.  So do Japanese beetles which took some chomps out of the leaves, but no harm done.


We've picked several zucchini and yellow squash already.  I'm getting all excited for the tomatoes that will be coming soon, as well as the cucumbers.  Look at all the flowers on my cucumber plants!!!


I think next year I'm going to convince DH to let me make this my herb garden and build us an even bigger garden for our veggies.  I could really have some fun then!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

July Goals

I'm going to try to post my monthly goals here, especially since I need to ensure I'm staying on track and organized as I start the MBA program the first week of August.  Here we are for July!!!

Family
  1. Date nights with DH 4 times (currently scheduled on 7/6, 7/14 and 7/28)
  2. Ensure the boys are scheduled for preschool starting the Tuesday after Labor Day
  3. Potty training both boys
  4. Make sure Phoebe is doing her summer reading and practicing math skills

Work
  1. Write and deliver mid-year reviews
  2. Hire two new developers (we got the requisitions approved and posted on Friday last week!)
  3. Document new development guidelines
School
  1. Ensure finances are in order to pay for school in August 2012
  2. Finish pre-work from email
  3. Finishing reading the book Strengths Finder 2.0
  4. Complete the Personal Biography and email to coordinator
Health and Fitness
  1. Get cardio every day
  2. Eat very healthy
  3. Drink 3-20oz bottles of water per day
  4. Try 4 new healthy recipes
  5. Menu plan for week
  6. Make chiropractor appointment
  7. Make follow up appointment with vein doctor (had one treatment already - looks great!)
Personal
  1. Post on blog daily
  2. Catch up on reading other blogs
  3. Meet with Marcia in NYC
  4. Find a way to get Tom's old information off his MBA program laptop (power supply died)
Financial
  1. Pay off credit cards with what is coming in from the sale of stock at Tom's old company
  2. Create new budget and stick to it!
  3. Meet with our Financial Planner about the new budget and identify next steps
Wish me luck!!!

Monday, July 02, 2012

DH Is Still Employed and Other Updates

Today is the day we found out the fate of DH's employment status as the sale of the old company he worked for happened on Saturday.  Good news is he is in the bucket of being offered a permanent position.  His title is staying the same of a Director, so they are not trying to offer him a lower position than he used to have, so it seems.  The salary is with a 19% pay cut, but we have checked the budget numbers and we can handle that.  However, he can't say a lot of his employees and co-workers had similiar good fates today.  As my old mentor used to tell me, "Good people do get laid off."

Other than that, I've been working hard at my office.  I heard a rumor that there may be a reorganization that affects me and give me a new manager.  I have heard who the new manager would be and I think I'm OK with it.  I'm sure there are more details, but I don't know when they will be making these changes and I have to stay completely mum as I was told in confidence by a very good source in management that swore me to secrecy.

I've also been working on my pre-work for school.  Today I finished doing an online evaulation that goes with the book Strengths Finder 2.0.  It's been very interesting.  Apparently my top 5 themes are:  Responsibility, Consistency, Communication, Arranger and Connectedness. We are told that the Leadership classes we will have this first module will be focusing on this as well as our professional coaches will be using these in conversations with us.  It's a very interesting book.  I like the concept that working on improving your weaknesses and making them "less weak" is not very productive and that instead you should focus on your strengths and make them even stronger, as obviously that is where your natural talent lies.