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Mama’s (tardy) Mission of the Month: May 2018

 

Hello May

Here it comes, May 2018’s Mama’s Mission of the Month. Sorry about the delay, but I may have fallen asleep before the prime time line up on the networks made it to their first commercial break. Then, I woke up soaked in sweat. Apparently, the kids felt the need to crawl in bed with mom, and each sleep on half of her. Last time I checked, they have each other in loose choke-holds; silly little cuddle monsters.

If this is your first time reading a Mama’s Mission, you can find out all the details about it here. Otherwise, without any further to do, here is May’s edition.

 

Self-Care (Physical)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • 2,500 steps (minimum) a day
  • 64 ounces of water (minimum) a day

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • Minimum 7 hours of sleep a night
  • Read 30 minutes per day on average

Health

  • OB-GYN appointment to (hopefully) get scheduled for an ablation **
  • Keep INR *** appointments and keep my levels between 2.0-3.0
  • Schedule Landry’s 7 year well child check up (eeeeek)

Parenting

  • Get a routine going
  • Keep/get appointments and couseling as needed
  • Schedule for all the end of year events at school

Household

  • Continue streamlining storage and organization
  • Keep planners up to date
  • List of things to keep a look out for (make lists by room?)

Financial

  • Stick to budget
  • Meal plan
  • Keep registers up to date

Blog/Online

  • Self-Care Challenge
  • Schedule and stick to it
  • Clean up and keep up with social media sites

Miscellaneous

  • Tweak BASS
  • Take/give all medications daily and journal
  • Figure out what kids will need for school for 2018-2019

 

* I’m a member of Boho Berry, so I get free downloads of all manner of printables on the Boho Berry Tribe Free Resource Library. I printed out the May Monthly Tracker and use it in addition to the monthly tracker in my Academia. Feel free to check out Boho Berry here.

** An ablation is basically getting your uterus cauterized. I’m on blood thinners, and have yet to reach even a hint of menopause, so I have some monthly bleeding issues on a horror movie/crime scene level. I can’t do hormone replacement on account of the Factor V Leiden, so a hysterectomy is out, as is anything hormonal, leaving me this as my potential out.

*** INR stands for International Normalized Ratio, which is a measure of how a person’s blood clots. Being that I have Factor V Leiden that has reared its vile head twice, I should be on blood thinners for life. “Normal” is 1.1 or lower. For a person on thinners, its 2.0-3.0. I’m currently flirting with the high side… yikes.

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Mama’s Mission of the Month April 2018 Recap (not good)

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Remember that? Unfortunately, I do. April was a month for big dreams and bigger frustrations. My medications aren’t quite where they should be, which led to a lot of frustration and tears on my part. I also figured out what was off and will address that with my doctor this month. The kids being at home for a week with that wicked stomach bug didn’t help, either.

I’m going to strike through what I accomplished, and turn the disappointments a lovely shade of red. Anything that was at least started, but not completed, will be green.

Self-Care (Physical)

  • AM/PM routines
  • Walk a minimum of 2,500 steps a day
  • Minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night (partially dependant on Ryli and Landry)

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Journal at least every other day
  • Weekly therapy (only missed once, thanks to the stomach bug from HELL)
  • Read 30 minutes minimum a day, and take a half hour all to myself.

Health

  • Keep up with everyone’s medications
  • INR* appointments as scheduled
  • Schedule with dentist

Parenting

  • Nail down routines
  • Address need for counseling
  • Finalize things for “House Cup” (trust me, that will get an entire post to itself)

Household

  • Streamline storage and organization 
  • Meal plan
  • Set chores

Financial

  • Budget
  • Keep registers up to date
  • NO extra purchases

Blog/Online

  • Make and follow blog calendars
  • Facebook and Twitter regularly
  • Reorganize my Pinterest

Miscellaneous

  • Planners up to date (final set on Sundays)
  • Minimum of 64 ounces of water per day
  • 30 Day Self-Care Challenge (that would be on top of what I have previously listed here)

 

As you can see, it was not my proudest month. That shall change this month, I know it. I’ll unveil May’s a bit later. Until then, my friends.

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Mama’s Mission of the Month April 2018

What can I say, other than it’s been awhile since I’ve posted much, and I think February was the last time I posted a Mama’s Mission. Like I said in last night’s post, I got into quite the rut without really noticing. It took Nicole to make me open up my eyes. Par for the course, I found my boot straps, but nearly got bowled over soon after. Oh well; I’m still standing.

The dragon has officially been slayed. A plea was entered this week, which has been a weight off my shoulders. The little ones are getting better and better the further January and February fade into the past.

If this is your first time reading a Mama’s Mission, you can find out all the details about it here. Otherwise, without any further to do, here is April’s edition.

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Self-Care (Physical)

  • AM/PM routines
  • Walk a minimum of 2,500 steps a day
  • Minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night (partially dependant on Ryli and Landry)

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Journal at least every other day
  • Weekly therapy
  • Read 30 minutes minimum a day, and take a half hour all to myself.

Health

  • Keep up with everyone’s medications
  • INR* appointments as scheduled
  • Schedule with dentist

Parenting

  • Nail down routines
  • Address need for counseling
  • Finalize things for “House Cup” (trust me, that will get an entire post to itself)

Household

  • Streamline storage and organization
  • Meal plan
  • Set chores

Financial

  • Budget
  • Keep registers up to date
  • NO extra purchases

Blog/Online

  • Make and follow blog calendars
  • Facebook and Twitter regularly
  • Reorganize my Pinterest

Miscellaneous

  • Planners up to date (final set on Sundays)
  • Minimum of 64 ounces of water per day
  • 30 Day Self-Care Challenge (that would be on top of what I have previously listed here)

 

* INR stands for International Normalised Ratio, which is a measure of how a person’s blood clots. Being that I have Factor Five Leiden that has reared its vile head twice, I should be on blood thinners for life. “Normal” is 1.1 or lower. For a person on thinners, its 2.0-3.0, and as of my last check, I’ m a 2.8. Go, Me!

I have a good feeling about this month. Money may be tight this month, but we will get by. I hope to announce “Mission Accomplished ” on May 1st, when I unleash the new Mama’s Mission and recap this one.

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Recap of February 2018 Mama’s Mission of the Month

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Wow… I’m really glad February is a short month, because Mama’s Mission was nothing if not a glaring failure. I’m not even going to bother posting the results; too much red.

February has pretty much been a crap month for me since 1995. I have been known to jokingly refer to February 1995 as the month that tried to kill me twice, but failed both tries; meningitis to kick off the month, the stroke to end it. The epitome of awful for anyone, particularly a nineteen year old. The only truly stellar February I’ve had since has been 2010, when I had Ryli. She’s tempered every February since, but this one was rough, nonetheless. My dragon had yet another court date on Valentine’s Day; that was a tad nerve-wracking, No fear, however, as there was another reset. Then, there was the spectre of Valentine’s, and those innocent little questions that just remind me that I am single. Then, add to that the fact that Mother Nature has been temperamental, and someone has been sick at all times this month, and it’s been pretty craptastic.

It wasn’t all bad. My dad did come down. I did the tourist thing with him downtown, and he took the kids swimming at the hotel. I think the most fun, however, was going to The Magic Time Machine for Ryli’s birthday dinner. Princess Jasmine was our server, the kids surprised their grandpa in how much they ate from the “Salad Car”, and they had their caricatures drawn on the way out.

I already know one thing that will definitely get its own category on March’s Mama’s Mission and which one will be going by the wayside. I’m not telling about the swap, since that will be revealed tomorrow.

For now, I have small people to get off to bed, and then I have to finish up getting things ready for March. See you in the morning.

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A slightly delayed Mama’s Mission of the Month…

Grab your popcorn and get comfy on the 28th, as you will either be cheering or jeering as I yet again attempt Mama’s Mission of the Month. I figure anything has got to be better than January’s, right?MamasMission

I didn’t get it all done as planned yesterday, because I got caught up in housework and then, Nicole brought over my “new” iPad. We spent quite a lot of time getting her 600+ pictures and screenshots off of it before I got to wipe it and start setting it up. I stayed up a bit later than intended doing that, too. All the bills got paid, however, and I got a few groceries before the bus dropped off Ryli and Landry, so, all in all, it was a pretty damn good day.

This month, I’m going to add-on things that I plan on doing to hit all my goals for the month. I figure in doing that, I will add a secondary level of accountability for myself. We shall see, right?

Before I get to the subject at hand, remember, if you’d like to know more about Mama’s Mission of the Month, or get a copy of the printable, just head over to Mama Jenn’s intro post.

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PERSONAL

  • Continue working on AM & PM routines to get them well established and keep drinking my water. Lay stuff out the night before; review planner for the day; fill water the night before and keep by the bed. Keep a tracker of it.
  • Read at least an hour a day. This one shouldn’t be that hard, as I have stumbled in to several books I legit NEED to read.
  • Schedule my appointments. This I just need to do. No questions, no excuses!

PARENTING

  • Finishing touches to after school routines. This just needs a bit more time. January was brutal, between appointments, no after school activities for half the month, and the dreaded sick days.
  • ABCMouse.com with Landry. He’s doing well in school, but there are a few concepts that he struggles with. This takes care of those concepts while he has fun.
  • Get back into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with Ryli. We’ll just do a restart, and maybe even Landry will sit for it.

HOUSEHOLD

  • Tweak the large projects from January and start to nit-pick. Just finish moving things around, so then I can get down to the nit-picking business of making things look even better.
  • Chores. The kids are starting to figure out that I’m more likely to grant special privileges or get them a little something if they help me out. We may be negotiating allowances soon.
  • THE PURGE. Between the kids and I, we have enough clothes and footwear to clothe a small country. Time to do away with what doesn’t fit or never gets worn.

FINANCIAL

  • Stay in the black. Really this one is pretty self-explanatory. No overdrafting.
  • Save some money. I am so sick and tired of running out.
  • Keep up with the budget. And now that I have them started, keep up with my receipts and registers, because the register balances, if kept up with, are far more accurate.

FAMILY/FRIENDS

  • Hang out more.
  • Pick up the phone once in a while; let’s face it, some of my friends are rather far-flung. Some call me and ask “How ya doing, Stranger?”
  • Take Dad downtown and show him the sights. He wants to go to Dealey Plaza, see the old book depository, and ride the train. I can do that.

BLOG/ONLINE

  • Post. Write. Routine. They may not be in any particular order,  but I need to get into a routine of writing and posting. I feel better that way.
  • Expand my Feedly. I need to get back into reading more blogs like I used to do.
  • More activity on Twitter, Facebook Pages, Pinterest, Instagram, et al.

VOLUNTEER

  • Plans for GS meetings all laid out. Also, plans for cookie booths and outings.
  • Reading Buddies and volunteer for a bit after.
  • SBDM meeting.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Keep up with calendars. I started that on Monday, and will continue. I’m also making the switch from Cozi to Picniic.
  • Set up iPad
  • ME time

I just feel more optimistic than ever about this month. Hopefully, I’m right.

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Now this is a disaster

What’s that old saying about the best of intentions? The best of them are often laid to waste or something like that? Well, for all the pomp and circumstance of a month ago, things happened and a lot of what I had intended for the month of January fell way short. I also had some plans change, and those changes seem to be for the better, so I’ll just let things roll, and maybe, just maybe, things will be better in February.

Here is the graded sheet for this month. One thing that I’m changing up this year is showing the form from Mama Jenn Blog (you can find it here). It will be all filled out for the start of the month, and graded for the final day of the month.

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This month was awful. I wish I would have had a big, red marker, but I made do with a Sharpie. I was pretty ugly. Three goals were continued to next month, and I didn’t even complete half of the other twenty-one. I gave myself a big F.

I’m going to go work on a game plan for February. Stay tuned, I’ll post it tomorrow.

 

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Looking back to look forward…

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Well, 2017 is taking its last breaths today. It has been a hell of a year; I think that much is certain. I actually made my Goodreads Reading Challenge with a few days to spare. Considering that during 2017, there were weeks, if not months, that I didn’t even open a book, that is pretty amazing. I think that I have finally gotten close to finding planner peace; so what if it’s evolved into a several planner deep system. I have not been as consistent with the blogging as I would have liked, but it has been a learning experience, that much is certain.

In the new year that is preparing to dawn at midnight, I honestly intend to change quite a lot of things for the better. My head is screwed on a tad bit more soundly and tightening up more every passing day. To have gone from a stay at home mom with limited responsibilities to one that has nearly a full plate, it has been an adjustment. For years, I have been very limited in my interactions with the world beyond my abode and my social media. X really did have me squirreled away, and getting out of that cocoon that I was put in has been hard to extricate myself from. I somehow became more shy, and less likely to take chances. Now, I am a leader of a multi-level Girl Scout troop, a committee member on two committees at Ryli and Landry’s school, a member of the PTO, a school volunteer, and I have friends (besides the tried and true Coley), and things are looking better than they have in years.

As of the 26th, we have been in this apartment for a year. I represented myself in court pro se this year, and didn’t do so bad for us. Tucker chose to return to Iowa, and I have come to terms with that. Connor is working. Dacey seems to be happy. Ryli and Landry have both had a few little issues crop up at school, but I got those addressed as fast as is humanly possible. This Christmas surpassed last year’s, which in my opinion speaks volumes, as I had not only a string of parties and a parade of gifts to contend with, but Jeff Heath and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys to beat.

I have friends that I can see any time I want, who put up with my stubborn ass and encourage me like none other. Friends that will gladly drive us to visitation exchanges or the store or any other place that we need to be rather than think of us taking DART.

Without further ado, I present to you January 2018’s Mama’s Mission of the Month, the first of twelve unveils planned for this year. I am enough of a realist to not expect much to stick until the week of the 9th, when school resumes and we get back to more of a scheduled deal. This time, I’m also going to let you all see what I will see each and every time I sit at my desk.

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SELF-CARE

Self-Care is going to be a big one this year. If I don’t take care of myself, I am going to be useless to anyone else. It is not being selfish, but doing things for myself so that I function better in all my myriad of roles.

  • Implement AM/PM routines: Some of this will seem to be ridiculous (getting dressed and other things that should be “no brainers”) but they are things that I need to do FOR me to be the best I can be for all those who depend on me.
  • 5 Minute Journal twice per day: A new one on my part, that I acquired through the Add-On program of my quarterly addiction, FabFitFun. Journal first thing in the morning (most likely, after the morning sprint to the bathroom), and then last thing at night. Hoping it’ll keep my head space much clearer.
  • Increase water intake to 64 ounces per day: No, I have no intention on totally giving up my supreme vice of caffeine,but I NEED to drink more water. I’ll also put chia seeds or lemon or something in it to change things up. I’m probably going to pee… A LOT.

PERSONAL

This is personal for my improvement and/or so I can scratch out a bit of a life for me.

  • Read at least 6 books in January: I fully intend on completing another Goodreads Reading Challenge, but this year, I’m shooting for 75 books by this time next year. That translates to roughly six and a quarter books per month.
  • Get up and get cute daily: Cute is relative, but I intend on getting up and dressed every damn day; make-up and all most days. It just makes me feel good, and it makes people wonder.
  • Routine, routine, routine: As I mentioned above, I am willing to concede that routine will be a bit of a farce until school resumes on the 9th, just because two kids means a handful of wild cards. Practice through the 8th, and the 9th we get down to business.

PARENTING

The big job.

  • Routines for the Littles: They need it as much as I do.
  • Read NIGHTLY to them: Just because it’s a good thing to do, they want me to, and any excuse to read Harry Potter again.
  • Restart counseling: They do so much better while in it.

FINANCIAL

Let’s face it; when the finances are in order, I’m happier, which typically results in everyone being happier.

  • Budget: I want to be better prepared for Christmas, back to school, and all that isn’t planned for.
  • No overdrafts: Must I explain?
  • Start savings accounts: One for Christmas, one to back up accounts.

HOUSEHOLD

Things to improve upon our home.

  • Schedule a project a day: Whether it be reorganizing the kitchen, cleaning a desk, or anything else to make this apartment more of a home.
  • Finish sorting clothes: The good, the bad, the ugly, the outgrown.
  • Meal Plan: Rather self explanatory, as well as a money saver.

ORGANIZATION

What helps all the pieces come together.

  • Sundays are planning days: And as you will see a week from today, I will start taking pictures (and possibly video) as I set about tending to everything that helps me keep things running around here.
  • Rearrange kitchen: As always, I’m just not happy with the current set-up. Time for yet another change!
  • Redo storage closets: Clean out and rearrange the closets on the porch and in the hallway, so as not to need to store seasonal things with clothes and shoes.

BLOGS/ONLINE

To keep you all entertained.

  • Blog regularly/Make a schedule: May this come to fruition this time!!
  • Tidy Pinterest boards: A fear that they have become a bit of a clusterf**k as I have added to them so much.
  • Use Twitter more: I like it, need I say more?

MISCELLANEOUS

Because not everything fits in the aforementioned categories.

  • Start Book Buddies and find more volunteer opportunities at the school: Book Buddies will be the lunch period after I eat with each little on their allotted day, and will help a kid with their reading. I’ll find more chances to volunteer as well, just because.
  • Plan Girl Scout Meetings at least one month out: I have the majority of the books (late addition of a Daisy means I need another set). This way, Nicole and I can coordinate our efforts further.
  • Get out more: Whether to take a walk, go shopping with a friend, or whatever.

Here’s to the last of 2017, and to 2018 being nothing short of phenomenal. On January 31, 2018, come back  to see how much is completed, and what my “final grade” for the month is, right before the unveiling of February’s Mama’s Mission.

 

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