Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Makeover Madness

I have mentioned just about every day this week that I am getting my crafting bug again. It's been warm and sunny this week so I can get outside, however getting into that mode last week makes it hard to leave. I think the weather last week showed me that summer really is gone. I suppose since last Saturday was the first official day of fall, and October will be here in less than a week, that's true. I just hate seeing the summer end. But I do love the fall.

Fall is my second favorite time of year; early fall anyway. It's still warm and sometimes the weather is so gorgeous that I want to spend time outside - and I can without feeling too hot or too cold. The leaves start to change and their colors are so beautiful; especially when the sun shines through them. It's a good time to get outside and run because the temps are about perfect for running (for me). I love early fall... The new decor, the new clothes that hit stores, wearing boots (although I do miss strappy sandals that are not, in general, fall-appropriate), football, baking - especially with pumpkin, walks outside, the fall drinks at Starbucks (but I do miss the Mocha Coconut Frap - non-fat, no whip, and half the flavoring, of course; and am looking forward to the Christmastime beverages), hot chocolate on a chilly night, and of course prepping for Halloween.

I'm not such a fan of late fall since that, far too quickly, transitions into winter. It seems that by the time December hits I'm already counting the months until the warm weather comes back. Despite my birthday and Christmas both being in the winter, I'm not a fan of it. I think that if I lived in another place, where snow wasn't so abundant and the wind not so bone-chilling (thank you, Lake Michigan), I might be more of a fan of the season. I don't like driving in snow (why do you have to be so dang slippery!? I just wanna drive normally!). I don't like walking or trying to run in it (I'm a faller). And I really, really do not like the fact that it is so darn cold! I'm pretty sure I'd be very content in a place like Arizona.

Anyway... With the fun of early fall comes the crafting bug. With the crafting bug comes the re-decorating bug, which is often accompanied by brilliant ideas. I am particularly fond of makeovers. While I LOVE fashion, styling, and all things related to looking pretty - I'm talking about furniture. I so badly want to go buy some old pieces and the supplies to make them new again. It's taking all I have not to jump in the car and drive to a Habitat Resale shop or a Goodwill just to see what kind of junk I can find. Naturally I'd have to follow that up with a trip to Joann's or Hobby Lobby. Or both. Maybe even a stop my Michael's would be necessary. It's beautiful outside... The perfect day for cleaning, sanding, and panting an ugly old chair or end table. I've also decided that I want to paint my bathroom (last week I wanted to redecorate my bedroom but decided I needed to think on that more; 'tis the season)... It really wouldn't be a bad day for that either. Hmmm... I don't know that I should do that without assistance/supervision. It does need a nice paint job though! Maybe this weekend. It's small; won't take long.

However, I must workout. If I go shopping, I won't workout because I simply will not have the time. As much as I would love to do a makeover today, I don't want to skip my workout. It's a beautiful day for a furniture makeover, but it is also a beautiful day for some outdoor exercise. Later in the evening there will be time for crafting, although it won't be a furniture makeover.

Today I am going to run since I haven't done that in a while. I'll do between 30 and 45 minutes on the treadmill (as soon as I'm done with this), and then after that I'll take the dog-children on their daily hour-long walk. I should put in 45-60 on the treadmill but I'm not feeling it today. Ugh. I get in these ruts where running just doesn't sound like it's something I want to do. I love it but there are days that I'm just not into it. Today would be one of those days. I'll try to pump myself up and make myself excited for it before I start, otherwise I'll probably see 30 minutes and decide that I'm done (after what will end up being a miserable time).

After all of that and dinner... I'm crafting. I was going to last night and didn't get around to it. I started the walk a little later than planned, which of course through my whole schedule off. I decided relaxing for a bit longer after I changed was necessary. Oh well. I walked and then got home and got dinner ready. Prep took a bit longer than I had expected it to. While it cooked, I biked. I thought about biking again but it was later than I planned so I cleaned up the kitchen and picked up a few other things... Then I was just too tired to work on anything, so I relaxed. Of course, by that time it was after 9. I didn't feel like getting everything out and making a mess that I'd be cleaning up an hour later. It just didn't seem worth it.

Today the plan is to get up, change, and get moving as soon as I post this!! It's so easy to say "I'll relax until..." or "I'll sit for one more episode of ____ (Friends or Reba) and then I'll go." By the time I get home, I'm tired from working all day and working out doesn't always sound fun. However, working out in the morning is even less appealing... Mostly because of how early I have to get up and it's cold in the mornings! It's just odd because I'll have the energy and be ready to go home and kill it all afternoon at work then when I get home relaxation sounds so much better.  I think that my ideal workout time would be mid to late morning or in the afternoon.  If only my job would allow for this! Those are the times I feel at my best and feel like I have the most energy.

Tonight's dinner should take less prep time too.... I'm making sweet potato latkes. They sound so amazing; I'd like to eat them now. They're pretty low cal so that's a plus. I'm hoping they freeze well. I did that with some of last night's dinner portion. It should be okay for a week in the freezer... It was stuffed chicken breast. I still have spaghetti squash and meatballs in sauce from earlier this week. I wasn't sure how that would freeze.  I'm never sure how that will work out...

For those of you who cook for the week on Sunday - how do you do it? How do you know what will keep? Do you just make whatever and throw it in the freezer until you're ready? Are there certain things I should cook or shouldn't? Obviously  I haven't gotten a good handle cooking in bulk yet.

I've made a meal each night this week, which is rare for me. Hmmm...I should post more food pictures. I haven't done that in quite a while. So, cooking... Normally I'll make one or two and live on leftovers....Mostly because it's easier and because I don't know how/what can go in the freezer for a week. I don't like to throw food away because wasting is just not something I want to do. I generally try to shop for two weeks worth of meats/dinner supplies when I grocery shop.  Other cupboard items obviously stick around longer. Produce is bought for the week, every week.

Anyway.... Any tips on how/what to freeze?

I suppose I should go hit the treadmill...I can't avoid it much longer or I'll, again, throw my plan off course. I really would like to do some sort of crafting this evening, even if it's not a furniture or bathroom makeover.

Hope your week is going well! I'm glad that mine (my work week) is more than half over!


Edit: No run tonight. I'm repeating last night's workout. I twisted my ankle on the stairs and running seems to be a bit much (it's kinda sore). Off to try a walk...

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