Day 90

While Paul was at preschool this afternoon, I was running some errands. I needed to find a new backpack for my husband’s trip in a few days, so I stopped by the Eddie Bauer Outlet to see what they had. Since I was there, I decided to try on a few things because I hadn’t been to the store in probably better than a year.

I picked up my standard choices of deeply discounted sweaters and cute spring tops. When I went to go try them on there was one lonely dress sitting on the rejected rack in front of the changing rooms. It was cute and a quick glance revealed that it just might be my size. On a whim I tried it on and shockingly enough, I have an adorable new Easter dress for a screaming deal.

There just might be a full picture of the gal behind the lens in the dress on Easter.

Day 89

My husband is leaving in a few days for an eleven day trip to Europe. I couldn’t imagine parting with my DSLR for that long and he couldn’t imagine lugging it around. We have an old point-and-shoot from many years ago that seems to still work, but we had been talking about getting a compact digital for a while.

On Saturday we finally took the plunge. This is a cute little 10 megapixel Canon PowerShot. It fits in my purse and takes video too. I’m looking forward to always being able to carry a camera around with me that has much better quality than my iPhone. Of course, I have to part with it in a few days.

Day 87

In a small way, today’s photo represents the choices I make. Pictured here are two books. One is the book I wanted to read and the other is the one I chose to read.

Not long after the beginning of the year, I started reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I started the fourth and final book somewhere around the beginning of the month. I do not get a lot of time to read. Actually, between a full-time job and being a full-time mom and wife, I do not have a lot of time to myself. The moments I do have are precious and few.

I try to stay active with the book group at my church. We meet once a month, which seems like a simple commitment, but I’d missed at least the last two meetings. This month I was determined to go. About one week before we were supposed to meet on the 20th, I still hadn’t cracked open the book for the group, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller. I knew that there was no way I’d have the time to finish Breaking Dawn and read this book. So about 150 pages before the end, I put down my fun book and chose to read the other book. I’m pretty pleased because I managed to get about two-thirds of the way into the book before our meeting.

Why write about all of this now? After our group met last Friday, instead of going back to Breaking Dawn and just returning Don’t Let’s Go to the library, I decided to finish the book from our group. I was finally able to finish it tonight. It really is an interesting book and a worthwhile read.

Breaking Dawn will probably not make it through the weekend before I’m done with it. I feel fairly proud of myself for having the discipline to finish what I started instead of opting for the more enjoyable read with my limited resources. But before you feel too sorry for me about putting a book down right at the climax, I am not quite disciplined enough to not skim ahead. ;)

I am considering starting to keep track of the books and possibly other things I’ve accomplished through out the year. Sometimes it gets overwhelming to think that I have so little down time. It’ll be nice to keep myself in check by seeing that I am actually accomplishing something. I’m going to try to make it my goal to read one book a month – aside from the ones for our book group. We’ll see how I do.

Day 86

About a month ago we made plans to go out to dinner with our friends for an evening of good food and adult conversation without the kids. We love our kiddos, but between the two couples, we have five children under five. A decent meal is nearly impossible let alone attempting a conversation.

We dined at The Cheesecake Factory, and we were not about to miss out on the full experience. Here is a picture of my dessert – Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake – taken with my iPhone in poor light, but trust me, it was divine. I look forward to enjoying it over the next couple days.

Day 85

We’re nearly a quarter of the way through the year and I don’t think I’ve even mentioned my job. I work a full-time schedule – three days in the office and eight hours worked into my time at home.

Today in the office, I looked at this comic on my calendar all day before I succumbed to pressure and had to get myself some hot chocolate. The comic is another one of my favorites – Baby Blues. In it Hammie has snuck Zoe’s hot chocolate and the chocolate mustache gives him away.

The mug is from one of our vendors. I work in sales for a fastener distributor. Don’t have any idea what that means? Neither does about 99% of the population. You should see how giddy we get when someone has a clue what we sell. This particular manufacturer makes retaining rings. Look it up.

Day 84

This is what I’ve been doing with my “free” time the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working on trying to get some stuff out of the house. I’m hoping to get Easter auctions listed in the next couple of days. If those do okay, then I’m going to work harder on more of the spring and summer stuff.

I have all sorts of stuff that I’m hoping to move out of the house over the next month or so. I’m going to park my car in the garage and maybe even have some play money.