1. One of the things I pinned on Pinterest way back when was the idea to do yearly interview with your child starting at the age of three. At the time I pinned it, Eli was weeks away from turning three and I remember thinking, "Okay, I'll make sure to interview him a couple of days after his birthday party." Well, I did interview him, in fact, I actually videoed him, but I never did anything with that video. I uploaded pictures and video from my phone, moved them into their appropriate monthly folders, and somehow completely forgot to blog about his interview. The other day I was going through iPhoto deleting photos that I didn't really want to save and had already blogged and found the lost interview! Seeing that reminded me I needed to do an interview with my now four year old child! You see how my brain works, people? It's like those "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" books...one thing just leads to another. It's scary! So I did Eli's four year old interview and now I have two interviews to blog about. I'm going to try my best to post both of those interviews (not the videos because those require WAY too much patience to upload) but we'll just see how it goes...
2. I've started running. Yeah, I know. I used to be one of those people that always said, "If you see me running, look behind me because someone is chasing me", but now I'm actually running for exercise. WOW! I actually used to run in college, but that was only for a couple of weeks while I was trying to snag my husband. He was one of those exerciser types and actually ran at night. In order to spend more time with him, I had to morph into a runner. Ugh! I'm so glad we fell for each other quickly because I don't know how much longer I could have kept up that facade. So pretty much since I met Josh I haven't run or actually exercised. I mean it's not like I just sit around all day, I've been active, but I just haven't really dedicated time to exercising on a regular basis...until now. My friend and neighbor, Angela, asked me during the holidays if I would be interested in doing the Couch to 10K program with her. I'm one of those people who have a really hard time saying no, so I immediately said yes. I really did think it was a great idea and since I've noticed my metabolism is not quite as fast as it used to be I figured I needed to exercise. I can't keep eating everything I want and not exercise anymore, which is another sure way to tell you're getting old. We started running after the holidays and we've actually been pretty consistent. I love the Couch to 10K app, because I like someone else telling me when to run and when to walk. I'm using too many brain cells as it is convincing my body that what I'm doing is actually a good idea, so I'm glad I don't have to use any extra to figure out when to run and when I should walk. Angela is a much better runner than I am, so I'm challenged every single time we run. We actually have been throwing around scary words like half-marathon. More than anything I'm really enjoying the friendship that's developing as a result of this running and I'm actually excited to run every other night of the week. Plus, buying cute running clothes helps, too :)
3. We're a juicing family now. Josh got an Apple TV for Christmas and we've signed up for a free trial of Netflix. He discovered the documentary section of Netflix and has been watching one right after the other. The other day he started watching one called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It tells the story of this guy who goes on a 60 day juice fast to cleanse his body and get healthy. He was overweight, sick, taking tons of medication, and had other health issues. He drinks nothing but juice that he makes from fruits and vegetables for 60 days and goes on to lose 90 lbs., gets off all medication, and inspires lots of people around him to get healthy with him. Josh and I like to think we're healthy eaters, but I know the carb loaded bagel smothered in cream cheese I just ate kind of negates that previous statement. Anyway, after watching the documentary and seeing just how good juicing is for your body, we are now the proud owners of a juicer. Josh made his first drink last night and that was his supper. This morning he made another one and drank that for breakfast. I have yet to try one, but I think I'm going to make one for lunch today. I don't think I could drink juice for every meal, but I think it's reasonable to say I could replace one meal a day. We'll see how it goes :)
4. I have so many painting projects I want to complete but I have yet to get started on any of them. I wanted to make a cute burlap snowman for my door for January, but now it's almost February so I scrapped that idea. Now I've started a burlap heart with chevron stripes for February, but I haven't put one ounce of paint on it yet. At this rate, it'll be March before that gets started and then I'll be in the same situation I am now. I did have a friend ask me to paint two canvases for her son's bedroom so maybe that'll inspire me to finish the projects for my house. I enjoy painting and crafting but sometimes life takes over and it'll be weeks before I go in my craft room to do anything. I'm hoping to change that!
5. I haven't read a book in FOREVER! This summer I consumed books left and right, but once school started I no longer had time to sit and read during nap time like I did during the summer. I subscribe to two daily emails that send me lists of discount and free books and I've downloaded tons of those, but have yet to finish a book. My mom even got me a $25 gift card to Amazon for Christmas to use for Kindle books, but I haven't spent it yet. I'm hoping Nicholas Sparks or Karen Kingsbury will write something soon so I can use my gift card on one of their books. I used to read before going to bed every night, but I haven't done that lately either. It's time to change that...any good fiction book recommendations out there?
Okay, I think that's it for now. I've had all these random thoughts in my head for weeks and it feels good to get them out. I'm off to enjoy my day with my son. He's out of school (again) and I didn't have a babysitter, so I'm with him today. We have lots to do and it's time to be productive!