Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Embarrassing Book Addiction


I so want to be that girl who reads education books, biographies, mysteries anything non-fiction, but I’m not.  <sigh> 

Hello, my name is Christine and I’m addicted to historical romances.  I make no apologies, but I’m not proud either.  I mean, seriously, to walk in to the library with it’s amazing collection of non-fiction, DIY, self-help, political, religious, science… all that wonderfully educational stuff and I’m sneaking out with a paperback with some dude in shoulder length hair, making out with some half-dressed chick with a Cinderella’s castle in the background.  I’m so lame! 

I mean, I go to Bible study, I read the Beth Moore books, watch the videos, and work in the workbooks, journal… I do, but after a few weeks I get bored.  <sigh>  Just recently I started reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and it’s wonderful.  But my Kindle says I’ve only read 20% of it.  I’m too embarrassed to tell y’all how long ago I started reading it. 

I can’t begin to tell y’all how much I love my Kindle.  I mean like, the house is burning and I have to decide between the family photos and my Kindle… I might hesitate.  I’m not proud folks.  Really… NOT.AT.ALL! But the Kindle means no more book covers that keep the pages ‘protected’ when really it’s just meant to hide the embarrassing cover photo.  No more checking out books and having the librarians ask if that’s all… like she might point you to the erotica section hidden in the back… I mean… I have no idea where they keep that stuff.  Pfftt! 

I wish I could blame my mom and her 3,000+ collection of romance novels, not kidding folks, it might be more.  But at around 12 or 13 my cousin and I started trading our Harlequin’s back and forth.  Our mom’s never knew it.  And how embarrassing would that have been.  Like… oh my gawd!   ;)

But her collection didn’t start until I was probably a junior or senior in high school and even then we didn’t share books.  It was more like the college years and later.  And then it got really embarrassing.  She and my aunt would rate the books and give descriptions like “Slow to sizzle”, “Sexy” or the most embarrassing, “HOT!”  Those were reserved for Susan Johnston's writing who started out with Playboy.  I know… I was traumatized at a young age.  (Love you mom!)   

So anyway, for the last few years I have really tried to read ‘good for me’ books.  I just finished one called Weak and Loved by Emily Cook.  It was great.  But again, it took me longer than it should have.  I used my Amazon Prime (Yes, I <3 that too!) and borrowed it, I had 3 days to finish and borrow another before August ended and I missed this month’s free book. 

Because I had just watched a marathon of Dr Who I thought hey, maybe a time travel book would be great.  And since I’ve read a few in the past and liked them… why not.  So thanks to Amazon I found the perfect book… time travel + knights in shining armor + a doctor…okay, she’s a sleep specialist with a doctorate…close enough = totally awesome. 

I mean, okay, so no Noble Prize or anything, but for a SAHM who hasn’t left the state of Texas in, wait… I need to do the math… (10 carry the 1, minus 3 kids = ) it’s been a long time.  I needed a fast and fun read, but admittedly it’s embarrassing that I’ve read 60% of it in 18-hours.  <sigh>  Seriously folks, I need a dozen cats, an afghan, reading glasses and oh wait… besides the cats I’m set.  <double sigh> 

Oh, I guess I should tell y’all that the book is Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh.  I’m not done, so it could totally blow at the end, but so far, it’s so romantically, time travel cheesy… my heart is happy.  And my kids got to watch Netflix today… so they are too.


 
*And yes... I like The Guild.  ;)
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

I Love Lists and Schedules!


Like a lot! I have them for housecleaning, workouts, grocery lists and the kid’s chores. I make them so they flow with the set-up of the house, the workout and grocery list are written to follow how the gym and store are arranged.  And the kid’s chores so they can do them in order and little time is wasted.  I LOVE LISTS!!! And now that school is back in session I have even more reasons to make lists and stick to them.

OH! OH! And alarms; I have alarms on my phone for potty training every 2-hours, to remind me to pick up the oldest from school daily (have to get the twins ready… takes some reminding), Girl Scouts on Monday, Tae Kwon Do Tuesday and Thursday… yes, yes I like alarms too.

Some have told me that alarms and schedules stress them out, but for me it’s just the opposite. I can relax knowing I won’t show up late or miss it all together. *Yes… I’ve done both. YIKES!

They also make playing online guilt free. Yes… I can play online guilt free. :) My mama used to tell me that as long as I did a chore during TV commercials I could watch it. (‘cause hey, internet wasn’t around when I was in school… stop laughin’ you youngin’s!) Later TV was replaced with reading. For each chapter I read I had to do a chore. Now I manage my time by doing them between Blogger updates, Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter tweets. ;)

*As for workouts, it’s a great way to stay on top of what I’ve worked and my weak spots. But I may be changing the list up soon. This is the schedule my trainer set up for me; I just typed it out so that it flowed with the gym and lined up easier so I could mark them off. I’m finding I don’t have the time needed to do this much work… nearly 2-hours… I burn out easy. :(

The truth is most organized people are lazy, lazier than most really.  I love the saying: Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness.   :) 

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My House Cleaning Schedule:

Daily Maintenance:  Should only take 15-minutes

1.        Make beds

2.        Wipe down bathroom counters, sinks & toilets

3.        Wipe down kitchen counters & sink

4.        Put away any items such as shoes, bags, toys, newspapers…etc.

5.        Sort mail & update checkbook

Weekly Maintenance:  You can split this up during the week

1.        Vacuum

2.        Sweep & mop

3.        Dust

4.        Clean mirrors

5.        Wash bedding

6.        Take out trash

Deep Cleaning:  Only one area per week

*This means cobwebs in corners, cleaning windows & window seals, baseboards, dusting under everything, light fixtures & ceiling fans.  This is also the time to prune & fertilize plants.  Think Top to Bottom!

1.        Porch, Patio & Entryway

2.        Dining area

3.        Living/ Family room

4.        Kitchen

5.        Bathrooms

6.       Bedrooms (turn mattress)
 
My Workout Schedule:
Exercise
Sets
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Day 1
 
 
 
 
 
Hip Abductor
4x20
 
 
 
 
Hip Adductor
4x20
 
 
 
 
Leg Extension
4x20
 
 
 
 
Leg Curl
4x20
 
 
 
 
Calf Extension
4x20
 
 
 
 
Shoulder Press
3x20
 
 
 
 
Torso Rotation
3x20 (l & r)
 
 
 
 
Dumbbell Lat. Raise
3x20
 
 
 
 
Reverse Bar Lunges
3x20
 
 
 
 
Cable Squats
3x20
 
 
 
 
Ab-X
3x20
 
 
 
 
Hyperextension
3x20 (3 ways)
 
 
 
 
Cardio 30-minutes
BP 112-150
 
 
 
 
Day 2
 
 
 
 
 
Torso Rotation
3x20 (l & r)
 
 
 
 
Barbell Double Crunch
3x20
 
 
 
 
Plank Hold
3x40 seconds
 
 
 
 
Cardio 45-minutes
BP 112-150
 
 
 
 
Day 3
 
 
 
 
 
Chest Fly
3x20
 
 
 
 
Chest Press
3x20
 
 
 
 
Seated Cable Row
3x20
 
 
 
 
Wide Grip Lat. Pull-down
3x20
 
 
 
 
Close Grip Lat. Pull-down
3x20
 
 
 
 
Arm Extension Ropes
3x20
 
 
 
 
Biceps Curl
3x20
 
 
 
 
Incline Dumbbell Curl
3x20
 
 
 
 
 Roman Chair Knee Lifts
3x20
 
 
 
 
Hyperextension
3x20
 
 
 
 
Ab-X
3x20
 
 
 
 
Pushups
3x20
 
 
 
 
Bench Dips
3x20
 
 
 
 
Cardio 30-minutes
BP 112-150
 
 
 
 
Day 4
 
 
 
 
 
Hip Abductor
4x20
 
 
 
 
Hip Adductor
4x20
 
 
 
 
Leg Extension
4x20
 
 
 
 
Leg Curl
4x20
 
 
 
 
Calf Extension
4x20
 
 
 
 
Shoulder Press
3x20
 
 
 
 
Torso Rotation
3x20 (l & r)
 
 
 
 
Dumbbell Lat. Raise
3x20
 
 
 
 
Reverse Bar Lunges
3x20
 
 
 
 
Cable Squats
3x20
 
 
 
 
Ab-X
3x20
 
 
 
 
Hyperextension
3x20 (3 ways)
 
 
 
 
Cardio 30-minutes
BP 112-150