Friday, February 4, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 2)

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1) I tried the whole scheduling my day out thing again this week. After that first week of "Bringing a little structure into my life" I kind of fell off the wagon. I got lazy and started just making a mental list of what I wanted to accomplish that week, but never came up with a more concrete plan. I planned out this past Tuesday in detail with times for each thing I wanted to do. Luckily I only planned my day out through 2:30pm because some things took a little longer than expected and I forgot to include taking a shower after working out and going to the grocery store (oops!). So, the day was quite busy. I opted for a "to-do" list for Thursday and Friday but didn't create a strict schedule. This seemed to work out ok, but I was (am) definitely more likely to only do the things that I deem more important and tell myself I'll get to the other stuff this weekend (knitting is what got pushed to the side so that's not so bad, right?).

2) Earlier this week I read this post and the very first point Jennifer made was about how "your priorities are the things you plan for." This is one reason I decided to give the whole "planning out my days" thing another try, but also because I realized my priorities weren't what I want them to be. I made a point this week to plan on going to daily mass. Now, this can sometimes be a feat for me because I hate getting up early, and even though mass starts at 9am it can still be a little difficult for me to drag myself out of bed in the morning. This post compounded with a conversation I had over the weekend made me adamant about getting my rear out of bed and to mass. It's not like there was anything stopping me. It's not like I have children to attend to or a job preventing me from going to mass, so what was holding me back? Well, after some thought I realized it was my own selfishness and desire to sleep in. But what did this say about my priorities? As I thought about it it was quite clear: sleep is more important to me than time with our Lord. I hope that I will be able to readjust my life and get my priorities straight because if I can't get them straight when it's just me at home during the day, how in the world will I do it once we have children?

3) I got my first flu shot ever yesterday. I don't know why but I just really didn't want to get one. I can't remember the last time I've had the flu, but I knew I needed one at the doctor's request. Yesterday wasn't so bad - my arm hurt a little but nothing very noticeable. Today it's definitely noticeable and kept me from sleeping on my left side last night (*gasp*). Hopefully the pain/tenderness will dissipate quickly.

4) I felt the baby kick for the first time this week! I was on my way home from babysitting on Wednesday and thought I felt the baby but wasn't sure, so I poked at my belly and sure enough the baby responded! For some reason I found it easier to feel the baby when the music was turned down low. Does that make any sense? I guess it helped me concentrate on feeling the kicks more since they're so faint right now.

5) I've decided that you can't go wrong with the recipe that comes with the package. What I mean by this is the recipes that food manufacturers give you HAVE GOT TO BE foolproof, right? The recipes are intended to encourage you to continue buying their product, so they wouldn't put a recipe on the product if it weren't good, would they? I've contemplated doing a series on food package recipes and just trying out the different recipes on different packages of foods. We'll see if I ever get around to that.

6) I can't decide whether I'm happy or sad that the big snow storm missed us. On the one hand - I love a good snow. On the other hand - snow can be quite inconvenient. Regardless we only got a little freezing rain. I guess it's a good thing. At least it got up to nearly 50 degrees on Wednesday! Maybe that groundhog was right - maybe spring is right around the corner. I definitely wouldn't be sad about that.

7) I've decided that my 7th "Quick Take" each week will be my favorite Facebook status from the week. A little background info to put this particular status in perspective: Ally is the first daughter of my friend, Emily. She's an adorable 21 month old with what we'll call a "strong sense of self" :) Here's my favorite Facebook status from this week: 
"so ally just threw a piece of food, looked me square in the face and said "i a stinker"--ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh boy."
Emily, you are a brave woman, and I am sure you triumph over those terrible twos :)


Cassie said...

Congrats on feeling the baby! Hope your schedule making gets easier. Enjoy reading :)

sarahlantry said...

You felt the baby! Yay!

Amy said...

Hi! I just popped over here for the first time from Conversion Diary. I love what you say about priorities and daily Mass--it doesn't start till 10 at my church, and I never seem to make it (even before the baby was born!). Selfishness is the exact reason for it (Oops, I say that like I am proud of it, which is not the case!)

But I really had to comment because I just this week came across a blog that shares all sorts of recipes from the side of the box:
I thought it was funny that now, the first time I see your blog, you are talking about the same thing. Maybe that is more interesting to me than to anyone else!

Congrats on feeling the baby kick! I am off to explore your blog some more :)

Betsy said...

Cassie - The scheduling is still in progress (yay!) and seems to be helping me manage my time much better. The fact that I'm on week 2 and have already scheduled this week is a good sign :)

Amy - I just checked out that website you suggested. It looks amazing and I can't wait to poke around there and try out some recipes! I can't wait until I have a big family who I can feed (so I don't end up eating everything. hah!).

Feeling the baby kick was/is awesome! And it's very comforting :)