Monday, June 11, 2007

Makeover Monday #2

Mind - Finish my book. Mission: Accomplished! I finished Cleaning and the Meaning of Life by Paula Jhung yesterday. I still don’t think the title of the book accurately reflects what the book is about. Paula Jhung has a very zen-like approach to decorating and cleaning. I really loved the chapter about Chi – and what makes Chi happy. The book is also written in an easy-to-read manner. Kind of like a magazine. That makes it much easier for my little A.D.D. brain to finish.

This week, I want to finish the parenting book I picked up.

Body - Yoga one night a week after work. Walk or run twice during the week. I didn’t do so hot at this one. I did go for a walk one night and aside from the gnats, it was nice. I’m going to consider the second walk done, too, because we played golf Saturday and I walked most of the way (except when I got to drive the cart!), then we went “Outside Mall” shopping and then I made my garden on Sunday. But as much as I wanted to, I didn’t do yoga.

My goal was supposed to be “Elliptical 3x this week” – but we didn’t get one…again. We stopped in at Sears Saturday night and found a great NordicTrack one on sale from 799.99 to 499.99 – right in (okay, at the very top of) our price range. The Man said “We should buy it tonight! What if the sale ends?” Me: “I triple checked the tag – the sale runs 6/3 – 6-23! Let’s wait until we have the Blazer to pick it up.” Fast forward to Sunday night, racing the hour down there – in the truck – to find that they raised the price a hundred dollars and changed the dates to 6/10 – 6/23. I would have talked to the salespeople about it and asked them to give me the original price (I worked retail for a long time – I KNOW I could have done it) – had there been one willing to stop gabbing with their friends long enough to notice me standing there – OBVIOUSLY waiting. The Man must have seen the steam coming from my ears because he suggested we ‘just go.’ We have spent AT LEAST 10 hours of our time trying to replace this flippin’ machine. It doesn’t help that we live so far away. I’m done. I’m done. I’m done. It took a long time for me to calm down and come to that conclusion, but that’s it – I’m done.

That said - I’m going to keep the same goal for this week.

Soul - Meditate once during the week. Unless you count me deep-breathing to stop the nuclear explosion that I would have become after my Sears visit, I didn’t make this one, either. But I’m scratching the idea. The only time I’ve ever found to meditate was when I went part-time during DCP’s maternity break and I listened to my guided meditation podcasts while waiting for the bus to come. Until I find some extra time like that again, this idea is up in smoke.

My new one that will save my soul better than any reflection: Stop Yelling. This, I’m sure, will be an ongoing battle. I’m a yeller by nature. I can get pretty nasty. I fricking hate it. This coincides a bit with the book I’m reading now, (“Chapter one: appropriate punishment. Yelling is an inappropriate punishment.”) so maybe it will be easier with a little help from the book. And hey! While I’m taking my “time out” (when I get too frustrated and want to yell) I can do yoga or meditate or something. Probably ‘Or Something.’


Want to join in the fun? Here's what to do:
- Choose a goal. (It can be a new one each week or something more long-term.)
- Write a Makeover Monday post to share your goal for the week ahead. State whether or not you accomplished your goal from the previous week. It's okay to brag! If you are working towards a long-term goal, report on your progress.
- Spread the good karma by visiting other Makeover Monday participants to encourage and congratulate them on their own makeovers. (check out Moodswinging Mommy for a list of participants)
- Feel the love coming right back at you!

Don't let Monday be a downer! Start your week off right by celebrating your accomplishments and those of fellow bloggers.


Brillig said...

Ewwww! I'm so annoyed with Sears on your behalf. I too would have been livid. Surely a good, strong, NASTY letter is in order, no?

As for the rest, congrats on all your accomplishments! How exciting!

Absolutely Bananas said...

good goals. speaking of yoga, CJ said to me last night, "Mommy, is yoga where a lot of mommies go?"
Umm, yes...
"To get their hair cut?"
I've confused him (again).
But my point... isn't yoga GREAT?!

whiskeymarie said...

I should have goals.
My goal is to have a goal by the end of the week.
Unless you count watching yet another "Law and Order" marathon a goal, 'cause that's what I'm hoping to accomplish today.

Casmee said...

"Stop Yelling" That would definitely be #1 in my list of things to change!I think I need to join the Makeover Monday bandwagon--next Monday!

exskindiver said...

stop yelling is good.
my kids will thank you for that one.
happy monday.

Sugar Kane said...

Good for you! You did really well for your first week.

Good luck on the no yelling. I've been trying to stop using so much profanity and it's really tough!

Goldy said...

Good goals. Similar to mine and I am failing at all of them right now. :(

Cherann said...

I'm a yeller by nature as well. What's REALLY annoying is the fact that my daughter is becoming a yeller too. Huh...I think daughters often are a reflection of your worst traits. or at least...they make you more aware of your worst traits.

Butrfly4404 said...

Well I sure am glad I'm not alone in the yelling. I always kind of looked at it like "Hey, it's not like I'm hitting them!" but I think yelling can hurt just as much. It's funny that you say that, cherann, because seeing my mom in myself is what made me want to change.

Thanks for the support everyone! I'll try to be back later with a green challenge, but *maybe not* (It's my last day covering for Vuty - YAY!). If not, I'll redeem myself wednesday with the story on how I almost went to jail.

Brillig said...

ooooohhhh! Jail story! I'm waiting with anxious anticipation. ;-)

Worker Mommy said...

A - I'm so sad because my work computer is not liking your site (it took me 3 times to access it before being able to finally read everything).

I've been getting some bizarre error message for which I totally want to call the IT guys only I'm not sure they will understand. :(

They gotta know you are a very important part of my day maybe I really should call them!

Congrats on your goals and like Brill I too am anxiously awaiting the jailpost!

Butrfly4404 said...

Worker Mommy - That's insane. I was wondering where the hell you were (kidding!).

I thought maybe it was something on my page not loading right (like that stupid Photobucket Slideshow) but I can't find anything.

I hope it works itself out. Email me if you are still having trouble tomorrow.

Shauna said...

I need to work on the yelling, too.... I also need to get back on Makeover Mondays.

Becki said...

I used to work retail, too, and poor customer service really frosts my fanny. I think I will march down to my local Sears and smite the salespeople as if they are proxies for the ones that snubbed you.

moodswingingmommy said...

Well done last week! I just noticed the Complaint Room, and am assuming that sucky Sears is on your list?

Not yelling as much is a fantastic goal! If you find something that works, let me know. ;)

Lee said...

Btrfly....go to for your elliptical. They're great.

Enjoyed your comments at Suburban Turmoil as well.

Have a great weekend!

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