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shadowmoonsedai

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  1. The answer to all of it is pretty much, "yes". I generally don't have anxiety about talking to people but I don't like setting up new patient appointments because, for whatever reason, I always feel like I'm being a pest - don't ask me to explain it, it just is. And then all of the stuff with my eye doctor popped up, so it seemed like a good idea to just keep putting it off. I did finally call and make an appointment today, after I read your post. Sometimes I just need a third voice to go, "Why are you being ridiculous?" and then it's like, yeah, okay, I'll get it done.
  2. I've fallen off the wagon but a friendly rebel checked in on me, so now I'm back to try again.
  3. Haven't done this yet either. I did finish going through the books we have, so now I have 6 boxes of books that need to go to their new home. Goodwill is coming on Friday to do a general pickup. I'm not giving them the books but there's a ton of other stuff that needs to go to. It'll be nice to have it all gone!
  4. Thank you for checking in. The answer is, well, it's not, but I'm still trying! 1) By 01/15, make a doctor appoint to address carpol tunnel and back pain, including making a treatment plan - Obviously it's passed 1/15 and I still haven't done this. Definitely need to, though, because I went to my eye doctor and may now need surgery to correct an issue with my eye muscles. It's not a huge surgery but I need a primary care doctor's clearance aaaand I don't have one of those. Yet. The eye issue is also behind a lot of other things falling behind, because my new glasses haven't come in and my old glasses have a goofy sticker on one lens to help keep me from getting double vision except it's, y'know, a sticker, so I have blurry vision instead. I guess that's a trade off? New glasses are coming (hopefully) by the end of this week, which should help with my headaches and general tiredness at the end of the day from trying to make sense of looking at the world through a $40 piece of saran wrap. 2) Begin grip strength exercises, work up to 3x a week - I've fallen behind in these, unfortunately. Will try to start them back up. 3) Bring lunch, get $$ - So far, I've brought lunch both days but I honestly can't remember what lunch looked like for the rest of last week. I know I ordered lunch twice, so we'll go with that. 4) Review expenses with spouse for 30/min, 2x a week - need to do this. Did you know that infants on corticosteroids for croup are little flesh-gnawing, head-butting squirm monsters? Or maybe it's just a 9-month-old thing. In any case, cannot put child down, child does not want to be held, child is up waaaaay past her bedtime and is usually asleep only just before I crash too. 5) Create one EFT per credit card per week to put money towards credit card debt every Monday after payday - I think I might just call it with this one and kick it to the next 4 weeks. There's too much going on between work and publisher and house. Brain is fried.
  5. I mean, Trump is president so he might be on to something? XD +6)Put boxes in car (because KaitSith told me to)
  6. No, I know. I've been getting good at purging all the things everywhere else but I have a super sentimental attachment to books. I'm working on it, though. I organize events for our local chapter of National Novel Writers Month (Nanowrimo) and we sell books on consignment to raise funds for our region, so I'm starting there. Well, I say that, and there are three boxes of books in my garage that were supposed to go to the consignment place and they've been there for... two years? Something like that.
  7. Oh honey, I'm sorry. Cars are such a pain in the butt and so are pedantic tickets. You honestly have to do what will help you the most in the long run - with anxiety, sometimes it's just paying the fee and moving on so you can focus on the car. I don't know anything about points in Florida, but in Michigan, they aren't permanent and drop off after a few years. If Florida is the same, it's worth taking that into account. Anxiety makes it really hard to stick with anything, much less life-change goals, and you are ROCKING IT RIGHT NOW. Seeing through the illusion of "healthy" smoothie and going with the protein and veg? Amazing! Take some time to appreciate everything you've managed to do despite everything that's in your way. It sounds cliche but it's been the #1 thing to help me with my anxiety in highly BS life situations.
  8. Day 7 update! 1) By 01/15, make a doctor appoint to address carpel tunnel and back pain, including making a treatment plan - not done yet but I'm holding off until after an appointment I have tomorrow - the outcome of that will sort of dictate the rest of my health stuff for the year. It sounds super ominous when I type it out, but it's really not, haha. 2) Begin grip strength exercises, work up to 3x a week - doing! 3) Bring lunch, get $$ - So far this week, I've brought lunch on Monday, Tuesday and today. I ended up getting lunch out on Monday because it turns out PB and waffles is not sustaining - who knew? 4) Review expenses with spouse for 30/min, 2x a week- Haven't done this once this week 5) Create one EFT per credit card per week to put money towards credit card debt every Monday after payday - Nope This week has just been crazy - work is overloaded with project deadlines, the house is still a mess post-Ikea (though the shelves are up) and The Husband's job keeps making him do stuff in the evening, so I'm primary parent and can't get anything done. Also, I own too many books. I used to think that couldn't be a thing, because I'm 100% book nerd, but it really is. I think at least a quarter of what I own, I've never read, and probably half that I really won't ever read. I have some series that I was really into for the first few books but never finished even though I own the whole series. Jeez, girl, get it together.
  9. Yeah, I haven't been successful at banishing electronics either. The Twilight app seems to help a lot - I get tired a lot faster and fall asleep easier when it's on vs. when I forget to turn it on. Maybe you need something like this.
  10. I've been trying to figure out what your avatar is from this entire time, because it's so gorgeous. Please link all the places I can see all your things! That was a dinosaur - wtf, Florida, wtf.
  11. 100% this counts - sometimes you have sneak in what you can when you can. A (published, fairly well known) author that I know did all of the writing for his first three books on his breaks at work.
  12. 1/16/17 Update for Day, uh, 4? 5? Whatever 1/15/17 was supposed to be. 1) By 01/15, make a doctor appoint to address carpol tunnel and back pain, including making a treatment plan Gonna do this today, for real. 2) Begin grip strength exercises, work up to 3x a week Didn't do any exercises yesterday, unless trying to give a pill to the Tasmanian Devil of stray cats counts. Spoiler: I was successful, even with her boyfriend trying to beat me up because he thought I was killing her. Bah, cats. 3) Bring lunches to work. Reward with money into trip savings account. Lunches brought - they are neither healthy nor homemade, but still worth the reward! I packed whole wheat waffles and peanut butter for me and pizza rolls for The Husband. 4) Review expenses with spouse for 30/min, 2x a week Likely not happening today, as we're going to "Ships Passing in the Night" after work 5) Create one EFT per credit card per week to put money towards credit card debt every Monday after payday This didn't happen after all, though I will send him an email and tell him to put some money on something somewhere.
  13. Try adding a blue light reducer to your laptop - F.Lux is a good one that's free. I use an app called Twilight on my phone and it really seems to help. I've noticed that, when I have it off, I get headaches from my eyes working too hard (I have a muscle imbalance in my left eye which makes focusing for long periods a real pain in the butt). You could also go as far as "banishing" electronics from your bedroom and bring magazines and books to bed to help you fall asleep. Go you! This is awesome!
  14. We're 2 hours and some change from the nearest Ikea but some how this was still an impulse purchase...? The anxiety attack came from the horrendous mess that The Husband created clearing off the old shelves but then also tearing apart the dining room and kitchen after I went to bed so that I woke up to a house that looked like a test house for a hoarders reality show. I get KidSith - I wouldn't mind going to Ikea all the time, especially if there's $2 breakfast. So far, we've just reviewed the once and don't even get me started on budgeting. I have vague (really vague) budgets set up in Mint and run all of our accounts through that. Mostly, the budgets are just reasonable guidelines so I can show The Husband what that looks like and how far off we are. My goal with 2x weekly reviews is mostly to say, hey, we've spent $X so far on such-and-such this month, can we plan to dial it back a little bit? I don't know if it will help, but I'm hoping it will!
  15. 1/15/17 update for Day 3, 1/14/17- 1) By 01/15, make a doctor appoint to address carpol tunnel and back pain, including making a treatment plan - Still not yet. Legitimately told myself after my Friday update that I would call and make an appointment, then had a flash of, "But I'll probably be bothering someone and it's Friday so I'll wait" and didn't. Thanks, anxiety. 2) Begin grip strength exercises, work up to 3x a week - I've managed 1x a day so far but not at a consistent time or in a consistent way, so I need to work on that. 3) Implement spending penalties on non-critical item purchases - designate charity to donate penalties too I did a lot of thinking on this and talked it out with The Husband. We've decided on a new plan, which will be rewarding ourselves for not screwing up instead of punishing ourselves for screwing up. One of the things we struggle with the most is getting out of the door in the morning - we have a baby but, truth be told, we've always been like this. So, now we've set a reward to start doing some of the morning stuff we usually skip because we're very-nearly-running late, like make lunches. For each day that we bring (and eat) lunches at work, we get $5 into savings, each, towards some sort of trip-like thing. We haven't decided where we want to go yet, but the thought of $50/week going towards it sounds pretty fantastic. Replacement challenge: Bring lunches to work. Reward with money into trip savings account. 4) Review expenses with spouse for 30/min, 2x a week - Reviewed expenses today! Decided that maybe impulse Ikea trip to buy new shelves for the living room was a bad idea, though The Husband maintains that it was worth the $1,000 and the anxiety attack. 5) Create one EFT per credit card per week to put money towards credit card debt every Monday after payday -Didn't get this far during the finances talk this morning, will revisit tonight.
  16. I like it quite a bit so far! I like the idea of the charity thing as well, but I just can't bring myself to donate to an actual group that isn't inline with my own views. Like, I don't even put money in the Salvation Army buckets at Christmas because I know the non-profit behind it gives money to support anti-human rights initiatives. I'm thinking of revamping the idea overall - I'll put it in my write up.
  17. Do you have a bedtime routine? (Most of the time) You can trick your body into going into sleep mode if you do the same things every time before bed, like take a shower, drink a cup of tea, etc. I will admit to not having the best luck with trying to have a routine because I tend to run myself until I'm exhausted and then just pass out. Maybe I should put that on the list for future challenges.
  18. That's a lot of people to DM for! Most of my experienced DM friends won't do groups larger than 5 - I'd like to think I inspired that, because of that one time I brought the box of giant pixie sticks to the game with 8 people. Also, none of my games have ever had professional voice actors either, just The Husband who likes to yell ridiculous battle phrases. Keep it up! It sounds like a lot of fun. Yeeeeah, hush you.
  19. Came for the Fairy Tail, was not disappointed (especially that Cana reference, bahahaha). These look great! Keep it up, Erza!
  20. Make sure to bring your winter clothes but also an umbrella and rain boots because our weather is even more non-nonsensical than usual. Thanks, climate change!
  21. I keep all of my appointments in my Google calendars - one that's just for me and another that's shared with The Husband. Otherwise, I write stuff down and completely forget about it. For goal tracking, I'm going to use my day journal - it's a weekly spread, so I'm just making boxes only for that week. It seems like daunting that way.
  22. 1/13/17 - Day one update for 1/12/17 1) By 01/15, make a doctor appoint to address carpol tunnel and back pain, including making a treatment plan - Not done yet 2) Begin grip strength exercises, work up to 3x a week - Started doing wrist and finger stretches intermittently through the day 3) Implement spending penalties on non-critical item purchases - designate charity to donate penalties too -Not done yet, but the conversation was started with The Husband re: amount and what charities. Just haven't finalized anything yet. 4) Review expenses with spouse for 30/min, 2x a week -Nope - I was too busy hardcore cleaning our bedroom and he was too busy building all the Ikea shelves 5) Create one EFT per credit card per week to put money towards credit card debt every Monday after payday -Today is payday! Will work on creating this EFT before Monday.
  23. I feel like your son and my husband MUST be related somehow, because a forge sounds exactly like something my husband would start planning if he ever went down the knives rabbit hole. If you're in the Michigan area, we can definitely figure out how to share this bounty with you. I know honey never expires but, seriously, I want my closet floor back. >_> I totally forgot about stairs - I used to do stairs push ups at my old job. I would actually take the stairs up to the top floor and then do push ups - it's like a double workout. Definitely should do that again.
  24. KidSith sounds like an awesome kid, while also being somewhat overwhelming haha. He actually sounds a lot like my husband, so I have a feel for what that's like. We currently have 7 gallons of local honey in one of our closets because he's into homebrewing and read that local honey is the best for mead and hey, maybe it will help with my allergies because local honey is basically the cure-all for everything, which justified buying 10 gallons when he only needed, like, 3. TL;DR - if KidSith needs more honey, I got your hookup. I can also understand the lure of the vegetable katana - I want one too! But, because I'm an adult, I have to agree with the good, regularly sharpened knives. Maybe having a knife that's just his will help soothe the wound of being denied the glory that is Japanese steel. I'm not at all sure who thought it would be a good idea to suggest push-ups assisted by a dining room table. I've done that too and nearly gave myself a concussion when the table slid out from under me. I just use the counter now - it's a little taller but bolted to the floor, which is a plus.
  25. I feel ya on the push ups/pull ups. I can do pretty well with free weights but pulls ups - yikes. I've been looking into improving my hand grip strength, because I think that's part of the issue. So far, the advice on the internet has been, "Do more pull ups", so... there's that, lol. A good, sharp knife is the best thing for a chef! Dull knives tend to slip and then people get cut. Maybe get him to save his allowance for a smaller chef's knife? Big bucks doesn't always equal better - heck, I've heard good things about the Ikea knives for general day-to-day use.
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