Friday, August 19, 2011

Falling Behind

Well...this is embarrassing. I'm apparently not a blogging pro. But I'll try to get back on track!

Let's start from the beginning. I moved! I'm officially in my new house, and loving it...well, mostly. I've dealt with more icky-gross-headache inducing responsibilities in the last 6 weeks than I did in my 13 months in Kaukauna. First, I had maggots. After an afternoon of scrubbing and gagging, the maggots were gone (or so I thought). Within the next week I had flies. Not just a few here and there. Hundreds. All very attracted to my kitchen window, with a few exploring other areas of the house. Fly paper and a few sprays of Raid got rid of those. Then a few weeks of quiet before...the mouse. I had friends over grilling and while in the kitchen, one tells me that I have mice. In complete denial and naivete,  I respond with, "No, I don't." Well, the droppings on my stove top said differently and I really couldn't deny it. So with two friends and the help of a YouTube video, I got two traps set up - one on each side of my stove. By 10pm that night, I had a mouse. Now what? No one would answer their phone so I put on my big girl pants (which were perfectly happy hanging in the closet, thank you very much) and 'took care' of that mouse. A couple coworkers have also had encounters with mice recently so we all pitched in to buy a 4-pack of Ultrasonic Rodent Repellent. All seemed well. Until Sunday morning (430am, to be exact) when I heard a quiet scurry and not so quiet clamor. My fresh mouse trap and caught a mouse... by his leg. Thankfully (seriously, more than I can even explain) my friend Matt woke up to my frantic text and talked me through bringing the mouse (with trap attached) outside to release him. It didn't help that I had already been up since 3am thanks to my bike tipping over and a group of unruly guys walking through my yard before peeing on the side of the house. But yes, I love this place. I still loved it when later that very same morning my bathroom ceiling turned into a shower and soaked a full box of kleenex and "cleaned" my toilet. I almost feel ready for home ownership after all of this. Almost.

**NOTE: I am NOT dirty, and my house really isn't either. The maggots came from a chicken tray that didn't get taken out quick enough. The flies obviously followed that because some things just can't be seen. The mice are inevitable in a 130 year old house. However, after the scrub-down of my stove, I'm thinking they'll be less happy to come in.

Here is my favorite room in the house:

What else is new? Well, I have a few more goals (actually, resolutions) set. The Happiness Project Meetup that I'm co-organizing is up and running and we had our first official meeting on Friday.

In no particular order, and still lacking a few details, here is what I'm focusing on:
  • Impress Yourself. Sometimes I say yes, when I really want to say no. Sometimes I go out when I'd rather stay in. Why? Because I've fallen into a pattern of doing almost anything to make others happy, to impress others. I can think back to a specific time in my life where I literally did not think of anyone but myself. I don't mean that in a bad way - I was not hurting anyone, I was just so focused on my own happiness, that there was no room for me to care about what others thought about it. I miss that. So it's time to make my way back to that, to at least find a better balance.
  • Tidy Up/Declutter. I am a messy person. Not to be confused with a dirty person - that I am not. But I am messy. And disorganized. I've been this way for as long as I can remember. My mom and I have spent countless hours, and far too much money, on organizational tools to try to teach me to be less messy, but none of it has ever really stuck. But I'm going to try again. Differently. I know that when my house is organized and presentable, I am much less stressed and definitely happier. So I need to make it a priority to have my house in that condition more often. Thanks to another optimist in the Happiness Project Meetup, I have a great new resource...flylady.net. The website gives babystep instructions on how to declutter and tidy up your house. By taking the babysteps and turning them in to  habit, I really have a chance at changing my lifestyle and becoming more organized. I like it.
  • Spend Right, Save Better. Like many others, money is one of the biggest stressors in my life. I know that money can't buy happiness, but being financially stable and healthy definitely has an impact on my happiness. I need to find a way to create a budget and really stick to it. I'm also going to create a calendar with all of the due dates for my bills, their average amount due, and whether it is an auto-withdrawal or manual payment. I hope that this will help lessen the stress I tend to feel between paychecks
There are a few others, but these are the first resolutions I'd like to focus on. I'm very excited about them and the positive changes that they can potentially bring to my life!

This has truly been one of the best summers I can remember. I love where I am in life and I love the people in my life. The last few weeks I have literally had something on my calendar every single night. My mom asked me the other day if I was happy with that, and I can honestly say that I am. Yes, it makes it difficult to have any impromptu plans or to schedule things with people I don't necessarily see that often...but I love having such a busy life. I enjoy being out in the community and being surrounded by such fantastic people.

I'll try not to go so long between updates again!