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2020: Week 13 done; ready for week 14

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Palm Sunday - the service was beautiful. Like so many other people these days, I "attended" virtually.

My daily routine has become strange as a result of the stay-at-home order. It's been a week since I set foot outside, but I enjoy my own company and am not struggling the way so many people are. I've often joked that my fantasy is to commit a crime that is juuust naughty enough to get me sentenced to house arrest. Then I'd have an excise to stay in and read books and potter about in my home. emoticon

I do need to make sure I am disciplined and don't let the days bleed one into another and lose sight of my goals. So here goes ....

1. Say good-bye to one item a day, and if something comes in, something goes out = 366 fewer items.

I'm well on pace, although I had a bit of a setback this week. I ordered a box full of books to read, intending to donate them to the prison project when I'm done. Still, I didn't really need them - I just wanted them. I've told myself to knock off the non-essential spending. It's not a good idea right now. (Although I do really look forward to reading those books!)

2. Read one pleasure book a week that meets the requirements to donate to the prison program = 52 books a year.

I've been reading a range of nonfiction and fiction and enjoy it so much. I've been re-reading Jasper Ffords's Thursday Next series. So inventive! Such fun!

Total for 2020: 15

3. Happiness Planner project.

I have not been perfect with this goal, but I have been consistent, and I think that's a strong beginning. It's the day in, day out choices we make that determine who we become and what we achieve.

4. I will try one new recipe each week.

I tried America Test Kitchen's chicken with warm bread salad. It was ... awful, but I'm pretty sure it was my fault. My oven was dirty, and when I preheated it to 475F, it began smoking, so I had to turn it off, wait for it to cool, clean it, and then put in the chicken. It threw the timing off. And it's getting harder and harder to find things in the shops, so I had substituted a few things that might not have been good choices. So ... I'll try it again.

This week, I'm going to try a Jamie Oliver recipe. Can't wait!

Stay tough, Sparkfriends. This, too, shall pass!

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    Geez, I'm a horrible SparkFriend - can I blame lack of notifications on the fact that I’ve missed your past quarter’s blogs!!??!!
    Glad to read you got past your kidney surgery & its complications, congrats on your weight loss!
    I’m casting a side-eye at my bookshelves - I’ve pulled out half-a-dozen old favorites & new ones, but I’m way overdue for a purge... There’s no reason I can’t box up now & haul into Half Price Books when quarantine lifted.
    292 days ago
    I am a homebody as well and always have been a loner. Love to read, but don't do as much as I would like. Busy exercising, practicing qigong and keeping up with online friends. Staying with my Mom and sister has meant way more TV watching then I would ever care to (I don't have a TV for a reason) I miss my time to myself and privacy, but my poor Mom is highly anxious about this virus and needs all the support she can get. My city continues to have double the number of cases of any other city in my province.
    Good luck with your goals and continue to stay safe!
    295 days ago
    We are sisters of another mother. I love to be alone. Love being at home. Love a good book. I have to make an effort to be part of the universe.
    295 days ago
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    295 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I love that Jasper Fford series! It's so much fun to read. Don't kick yourself for buying the books. "Essential" spending is just as much about mental health as it is physical health. It's not just food/meds/hygeine, for the body, it's also stimulation for the mind. Books, games, movies, etc. give a variety of things to do that feed the mind and aid in mental health. You're going to donate the books, so they tie directly to one of your annual goals and won't increase clutter long term. Nothing wrong there.

    I have stacks of books that I've yet to read, and I need to set aside at least an hour a day of reading time. In the last few months I've been spending too much time online and not enough time with my books that I love and I need to work on that. That's actually a piece of this week's goal for me.
    295 days ago
    It's good you are one who is comfortable being a homebody.
    I do like to get out and about, but the stay at home hasn't been bad at all. Right now, it makes me a little anxious when I do need to go to the grocery store. I guess because I feel like I am taking a risk any time I go out into a public place.

    Good work on your goals!

    295 days ago
    Ooo I love Jamie Oliver!! I watched him make a steak, Guinness and cheese pie one day, vowed to do it, found and ordered the book with it and made it. Perfection!!! And then I worked my way through the rest of the book!!
    296 days ago
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