2010 so far…

My mom today reminded me that I’m not meeting my blog goal of writing about the everyday life. Thanks Mom. =)

So, here’s a summary so far of what’s been going on:

Volleyball
My Wilcox boys have officially started as of February 1. We have to share the gym with all 4 basketball teams and badminton.  So, gym time has been a little scares so far.  We had a lot of conditioning for the first couple of weeks.  But now, we’re in there more often which is great. My varsity team had it’s first scrimmage against James Lick last night. They played ok. I’m glad that we had this scrimmage because it really shows the areas that we need to work on the next couple of days before our season really starts on Monday, March 1.

I think this years team is going to do very well. We definitely have a chance of making the top 2 of our league. Our major issue is going to be mental. We’ll see what happens.

As for my club team, Eclipse, we should be called Eclipse Bronze instead of Eclipse Gold. In 2 of our tournaments, we finished 3rd. The girls can play well together, which is a good thing. We just need to continue to work on some fundamental things. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do this season. If we can pull off at least 1 tournament win, I’ll be happy.  But as long as we continue to be in the top 3, that’s good too.

Crafts
I took a workshop this past Saturday and LOVED it. I finally got to scrapbook our road trip from 2001 to Canada. This was a project that’s been on my mind for awhile.  Maybe because I want to go back again.  The concept of the project is awesome. You basically layout blank pages and put your pictures on them in the order you want them displayed.  There’s actual steps involved.  But, in 4 hours, I had 30 pages layed out.  So, when I finally got home, all I had to do was glue everything down.

I finally finished the adhereing everything last night.  Now, it’s all about the titles and journaling.  I’m so excited to show Gary too.  He’s not allowed to see anything until I’m done.  So, hopefully by Saturday I can show him. =) This will be I believe project number 3 completed towards my 10 for the year. Not bad considering it’s only February.

I’m thinking I’m actually going to use this concept again for the pictures I have from vacations over the years.  It’s very simple.  I figured that I can easily add some additional things during the journaling phase. It’s all about getting it done. =)

Facebook
I live on this website consistantly. I’m so addicted it’s not even funny.  Maybe it’s because I can easily access it from work and home.  My games are so part of the every day life.  I have no idea what I’m going to do if they decide to start charging.  Gary has already said no he doesn’t want to start paying for it.  So, we’ll have to see what happens.  If it’s not too bad of a cost, I’ll have to do some negotations. =)

Family
My family recently moved to a new house in February. The house is smaller than their other one, but the great part is the location. It’s literally a minute from Wilcox.  I’m glad that they found something so quickly.

The one thing I realized during this event is that people that really do love you comes out of the woodwork to help. They had to get out of the house within about 3 weeks.  So, there was a lot of purging involved.  I believe Roy ended up going to Salvation Army 3 if not 4 times in one day.  We got rid of a lot of crap.  The great part is that we left all of the garbage either in the house or in the backyard in a pile. When I cleaned out the shed, majority of the stuff could not be saved.  So, it went into the pile.  It was awesome. I’ll try to post a picture if I can find one. I heard that it took the new owners at least 2 large dumpsters to clean out everything that we left.  I guess when you’re downsizing that’s what happens.  Things get donated or thrown out.  I’m sure this new house will accumulate great memories like the previous homes they’ve lived in. (Donohue, Stubbins, Corlista, Glade).

Work
I’m still hanging in there. I’ve learned to except the early hours. Which has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I don’t have an issue with parking. And I can actually get a lot of work done before people show up. Plus, I can still get out of here after my 8 hours are up. So, the traffic either going home or to Wilcox is much less.

So, I think that’s about it for now. My life in a nutshell.

 

10 for 10 Goals

I came up with my list for 2010. Majority of goals is focused on my crafts. I use my crafts as my outlet from the every day life. Let’s see if I can accomplish some of these things this year.

1. Complete 10 projects. These can be new ones I haven’t started yet or complete the ones I have started that I just need to add journaling or pictures. Believe me, I have so many kits that I’ve purchased over the years. This goal can be accomplished, if I just sit down to do it.

2. Learn Photoshop and WordPress. I should probably call this goal learning technology. Photoshop is somewhat easy to use. My SIL showed me the basics and it looks easy enough, but when I go back to do it myself, forget it. As for WordPress, this is be blogging software. I seriously need to learn how to use it. I would love to do different things with my blog, but I just don’t know how to do it.

3. 10 Digital Scrapbook Pages. I’m forcing myself to learn photoshop so I can do different things including scrapbook pages. I can accomplish 2 goals by doing 1. So we’ll see what happens.

4. Organize photos. I seriously need to get my photos organized that are currently on my harddrive. Right now, they are listed only by dates. I have to go into Kodak Easy Share Software to find the picture I want to figure out what date it falls under. So, I learned something from Maureen the other night. To use catagories instead of just dates. Since I have about 6 years worth of pictures, this will be a huge process. Baby steps…

5. Learn how to use the manual feature on my camera. Since it’s going to be awhile until I can afford to purchase my dream camera, I figured I better learn at least the basics of photography again. This is where my easy share camera is going to help me. If I can just learn how to use it in manual mode, I’ll learn the basics of how things work in general. So, I’ll be ready to take the huge step when the time comes.

6. Take 10 Photo Challenges. I learned recently that there are a ton of photo challenges out there that I can participate in. By learning to use my camera, I can get feedback from other people to become a better photographer.

7. Walk to 10 new locations. I figured I can get my body used to walking at least a mile 10 times this year. I need to take baby steps remember. =) We live in an area that I can easily just pick one location and walk to it. Plug in my iPod and go. It has to be at least a total of a mile. Plus, I can bring my camera too and take pictures along the way.

8. 10 sick days. Last year, was a bad year for me at work. I was sick so often that I really believe my boss was going to fire me. The crazy part is that I believe they really weren’t official sick days. More like, I rather not be at work days. So, this year, I want to challenge myself to only stay home when I’m really sick. Now, granted, there are times when I have to be at home to take care of something, but I’m hoping I can work from home those days so they don’t count. I’m talking about the days when I wake up and say forget it.

9. Blog about the everyday life. I read other people’s blogs about their everyday lives. It’s great because they now have a journal of the everyday to look back on. I recently found my journal from last year and read it. It was great remembering what happen a year ago.

10. Save $100 a month. If we start to save at least $100 a month we can have a very nice vacation next year. So, I’m hoping to just transfer that money into our savings account so we’ll have at least $1200 to use. Then again, maybe I should just withdraw the money and put it in a box at home. This way, I know it won’t be used.

So, that’s it for 2010. I know everything can be achieved. It’s a matter of just doing it.

Before & After

I decided it was time to organize the craftroom. It got to the point of no return. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to do my annual purging of supplies to donate to Ronald McDonald’s House. So after a day of going through everything including my rubber stamp collection, it’s finally clean. =) I’m planning on donating 2 large boxes full of supplies. Hopefully the kids will enjoy the stuff.

I thought I would include a picture of before and after to show the craziness of just my craft table. Keep in mind, this is where I’m supposed to sit to do my scrapbooking.

Before:
Before

After:
After

A New Family Member

Kimo proposed to his girlfriend Jackie on Christmas. We spent Christmas day talking about different ideas of how he should do it. I continued to tell him the main thing is he needed to get down on one knee. I think that’s so important.

He finally left Mom’s house around 7:30pm. He came up with the idea of calling Jackie when he got near Elk Grove to have her come get him because his truck broke down. He did this near a park that had Christmas lights, which is a perfect location. He then had to come up with a story to get her over to the bridge. So, he used the fish to distract her. It worked because she turned around to find Kimo down on one knee. =) She said yes, so now we’re going to have a new family member some time in the future.

This is their first engagement photo.
Kimo & Jackie Engagement

10 for 2010

I came up with an idea of setting goals for 2010. My slogan is going to be “10 for 10”. Basically, I want to come up with 10 goals/projects to achieve in 2010. There are no real rules to this. Just I want to be able to hold myself accountable. Basically, make myself think before I do something. For example, 1 major goal is saving money. We have a huge vacation planned for our wedding anniversary next year. So, I need to start thinking twice before I actually spend money on something that we really don’t need.

So, I’ll get started on my top ten goals for 2010. We’ll see if I can get my butt in gear.