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  • Originally posted by tomi View Post
    when my kids were younger and I still did ALL the laundry I would set out each childs clothes basket and as the clothes came out of the dryer they were sorted into the appropriate basket -- then get folded to be put away. Now that the kids are grown and gone or doing their own I only have to deal with hubby's and mine. I put up a hanging rack in the laundry room. When I take the basket of clothes from the bedroom to the laundry room, I gather up all the empty hangers from the closet and take them with. Everything gets hung up as it comes out of the dryer - with the exception of his work T's, our socks and under things - they all get put in dresser drawers. It sure makes it go faster - and no wrinkles. The towels are a different story. I hate folding towels!
    I don't mind folding towels. It's fast.


    Originally posted by tomi View Post
    First on the "honey do" list........... Fix that closet rod!
    Have you met my husband?? First on his list is the race car!!! I'll end up fixing the rod when I get to that point.



    Originally posted by tomi View Post
    Purging is an absolute necessity when kids are growing! If they have so many toys that the house is cluttered with them - then they have too many toys! Same goes for the clothes. Keep a box in the laundry room or garage if its close to the laundry. If an item is damaged it goes in the trash, or too small it goes in the box. When the box is full it goes in a bag to be taken to charity. Put the bag in the car and stop at the charity drop site on the way to work or home.
    Goodwill is NOT on my way to or from home/work. I would kill 30 minutes easily just going to and from. Goodwill is typically a Saturday job. But I get your point.


    Originally posted by tomi View Post
    It takes 2 minutes to sort mail and a daily basis. Junk mail goes in the recycle bin (if your area has that) or, keep the shredder in a handy place --- shred it as soon as it comes into the house. You can also notify the post office that you don't want ANY 3rd class mail. Nothing that isn't specifically addressed to you. No more "current occupant" junk mail will come to you.
    I didn't know I could make such a request. Conveniently, our post office used to have garbage cans for people to place anything they didn't want. Then the budget cuts came through and they stopped offering "trash collection". They must have gotten tired of the less-than-considerate people who left their mail on the table anyway, b/c they recently placed a recycle bin. No junk mail makes it to our house...

    When I get home at night, it's usually really close to 6 pm, so it's more important to get dinner started and on the table than it is to sort the mail. I have a shredder and I need to make it a point to shred things as they come in, but seriously, what do I do with all those damn insurance explanations of benefits? Maybe I'll see if they have a paperless option... THAT alone would cut down about 50% of the mail that comes into our house. With two insurance companies, there are a LOT of EOBs.


    Originally posted by tomi View Post
    I don't mean to sound flippant about it all......... its just dang hard when you're raising a family. But there are small things you can do on a daily basis that helps keep your world a little more managable and tidy. You just have to get serious about it and be dedicated to it - then it will become just a normal part of life.
    Agreed...


    Originally posted by tomi View Post
    Baby steps. Pick ONE thing and make it your mission. Say the laundry -- NO MORE piling the laundry onto the table - it gets washed and put away the same day. Or whatever........
    Easier said than done... lol However, I have folded two loads of laundry today - mine and Brad's. Mine is put away. Brad's is placed inconveniently on the bathroom counter. He will be asked to put it away before bed so I can have the basket back. He's a good one at just putting the basket in the closet and living out of the basket.


    I'm off to finish sorting the kids' clothes. 1st load of towels is done drying too... time to fold them (5 minutes tops) and reload the dryer with towel load #2.

    I took a pic of my table pre-folding and plan to take another pic of it cleared and free of all clothes. I'll share my progress.
    Last edited by jenn26point2; 11-20-2012, 01:19 PM.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Like mother, like daughter.. I watched my mom come home from the office at 5pm, start dinner, start load/s of clothes, help with homework, "pick up" around the house, serve dinner while discussing everyone's day, do dishes, immediately fold clothes after drying, usually by that time in den while watching evening news, begin preparing clothes for next day for everyone, ironing, baths for everyone, a little tv while making her to-do lists, bed at 11pm, up at 6am to start all over again. I still marvel at how she did that every single weekday/night. Weekends were heavy duty cleaning, shopping, picnics/boating, movies, flower garden, church. She was and still is the most organized person I've ever known.

      I never had kids and just work part time, but let that dryer buzzer go off and I'm like a robot getting those clothes out, sitting down in my chair, fold and put back in basket. I fold everything, DH's dress shirts and pants go to cleaners, I rarely iron, I find dryer sheets help with no wrinkles and getting them out/folding quickly is important.

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      • Everything but jeans, sweaters, tanks, PJs,and underthings is hung here. The only reason I don't hang tanks is the "sweater file" thingy I have that hangs from the closet rack has room for both those and all my sweaters throughout the year. I can see everything I have (aside from PJs, underthings, and workout clothes) without rooting around. Even my jeans have a permanent home on the floor of my closet.
        Then again, I'm also the freak with the uberorganized closet: organized in order: color (black, grey, white, rainbow scheme); then broken out by sleeve length (tank, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve), then broken up by light to dark. Same goes for my pants, sweaters, and tanks. Even my jeans are stacked from darkest to lightest.
        Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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        • I also do the rainbow arrangement. It just makes me happy to look at.

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          • For me, it's easier in the morning. Go over to this color, grab something weather appropriate, throw it on.
            Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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            • I'm a little less organized! Pants and longer items go on the dress length rack, then to the side are to shirt racks - top rack is short sleeves, bottom rack is long sleeves. done.
              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
              2. Eat to heal
              3. Move to live
              4. Embrace today
              5. Live with intention
              6. Respect my body
              7. Cultivate joy
              8. Find my passion
              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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              • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                BRAD GOT THE JOB!!!!

                He will now be on 1st shift full time instead of the 1st/2nd swing shift!! Doing happy dances in my kitchen!!!
                Yay! Gotta run now, but I wanted to congratulate you!
                5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                - Lewis Mumford

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                • Thats so awesome You'll like will be a bit more simple with both of you on the same schedule YEAY!!!!

                  Hope the little one is feeling better........ now - just don't get it yourself!
                  1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                  2. Eat to heal
                  3. Move to live
                  4. Embrace today
                  5. Live with intention
                  6. Respect my body
                  7. Cultivate joy
                  8. Find my passion
                  9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                  • Hey Jenn, Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I am starting a W30 today. Just wanted to let you know.
                    Primal since 9/24/2010
                    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                    • Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                      Hey Jenn, Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I am starting a W30 today. Just wanted to let you know.
                      Hi Paula. I have one more Thanksgiving meal to tend to - and from the sounds of it, it will be far from paleo... *sigh* After that, I plan to hook up a Whole27, lasting until my first Christmas meal, which will likely also be far from paleo.

                      Daughter is doing well. I stayed home with her again on Wednesday. Her fever broke midday so we went and got some stuff for Thanksgiving dinner and then had a little emergency with my car - mechanic who was replacing our tires discovered a crack in one of my rims. Had to go to a used car parts store to buy a "new" rim, then drive back to the mechanic's shop to give him the new rim so he could finish our job.

                      Learned my neurosurgery student cousin-in-law is Paleo and has been talking it up to the in-laws (read: MIL with fibro) talking about how great it is for us, how healthy it is and how if we all continue on our current course with our current manufactured food options, we'll all end up with diabetes. Can't wait to sit down with her tomorrow at our non-paleo dinner. Brad was telling me this and we got on the discussion of carbs and how excess carbs turn to fat and aid in the uncontrolled growth of cells - including cancer cells, and how Alzheimer's is now being tagged as a Type III Diabetes. He started asking questions about certain carby foods - veggies, milk, etc. Then we got on the topic of taking dairy away from Brady for 2 weeks to see if there's a difference in his behavior. This whole cousin talking paleo thing is just verifying with everyone that I'm not nuts and I'm not killing myself by eating bacon. And with the way Brad is talking, he's getting closer and closer to cleaning it up...

                      Ordered a few more things from Amazon so Tash and Naiad can be expecting more dollars in their Amazon referral accounts. Speaking of Christmas shopping... I went "Gray Thursday" shopping. I spent $45... on stuff I could have bought any time of the week... but it was fun helping everyone else score their deals.

                      Oh, and I ate McDonald's twice this weekend. A McRib each time. Yes, I know... don't judge. I'm only telling you this to tell you all that since that first McRib, my right knee, left hip and left foot have been bothering me - and the area of my sacroilliac joint. Whole27 starting Sunday should help to clear all that up. Quickly I hope.

                      Oh, and the Paleo Miracle is now available on Kindle if anyone wants to hook it up. The Paleo Miracle: Christina Lianos, Joseph Salama: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Holy crap! I just noticed I have 5 stars! When did that happen???
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Whole30 starts tomorrow. Son is going gluten-free and dairy free as well for 2-3 weeks. I'm hoping that within 2 weeks we'll notice a change in his behavior and unbridled energy level. "What's Eating Your Child" has me believing that dairy is likely the problem.

                          Sister-in-law said to me from across the room tonight that she's going to need a whole30 after all this non-paleo cheating we've done. I told her I'm starting one tomorrow. She said she's feeling pretty bloated and yucky. I don't think she'll be ready to do one right away tomorrow. Probably in January - at which point I will be joining her b/c I planned to do one in January anyway.

                          Daughter is starting to exhibit signs of her asthma kicking up again. She's coughing like she's got a tickle in her throat. Tonight her cough resulted in vomiting. Going to have to ease her into using her inhaler again. Going to dig the humidifier out again too and open the air breather that's installed on our furnace - which means running the fan all the time to keep the air circulated. Stale and cold air seem to cause her the most problems. Keeping the air exchanger open and the fan blowing keeps the air moist, but prevents the growth of mildew/mold. Since our house is new (2007) and relatively "air tight", humidity gets trapped and this humidity promotes the growth of mold. Every winter before we discovered the air exchanger resulted in mold growth on my windows, which required me to bleach the areas. The air exchanger/fan combo prevents that from happening, and keeps her asthma symptoms at bay. Having discovered paleo, I can't help but wonder if her symptoms would go away completely if we removed dairy from her diet. Might be something worth looking into. She's coughing now and I'm tempted to give her a puff or two off her inhaler while she sleeps. Might be easier to get the meds into her lungs if she's sleeping...

                          Put up our Christmas tree tonight. This is unusual for me as I usually don't put it up until after my birthday, and NEVER during November. But something is different this year. I feel more interested in Christmas - however, gift buying has not been as easy as it's been in the past. I've been shopping 3 times already and only purchased 2 outfits for Makenna, 1 tshirt for Brad, and an outfit for my niece. I ordered presents for 3 of the kids' cousins online but other than that, actual shopping trips have been less than successful.

                          Anyhow, I'm gonna go visit Makenna with the inhaler. Have a nice night everyone.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • It will be interesting to see how it goes with the dairy elimination. And it's so nice you have someone in your family who is on board with you. Someone with medical credentials, no less. Much harder for people to dismiss that.
                            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                            - Lewis Mumford

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                            • Whole30 Day 1 Recap:

                              Day 1 went really well. Started the day with 3 eggs and about 5 slices of bacon. Lunch was leftover turkey breast, about 3 or 4 leftover paleo deviled eggs, and celery with cashew butter. Dinner was 1 1/2 catfish fillets cooked in ghee, sweet potatoes diced and cooked in coconut oil, and steamed broccoli. I have the same for lunch today - I am uber excited about lunch! My fatty snack for the day was a hunk of refrigerated coconut cream (hard as a rock!!)

                              The coconut cream gave me an idea last night. Next time I make coconut fudge, I will use coconut cream in place of the coconut oil. Maybe it'll maintain it's shape at room temperature that way.

                              Day 1 went very well. If I remember correctly, day 1 has always gone well. Hopefully day 2 goes well also.

                              Day 2 Plan:

                              Breakfast: 3 hard boiled eggs, 3 slices bacon, many many supplements
                              Lunch: catfish, sweet potato and broccoli leftovers
                              Dinner: I'll probably do pork chops, mashed potatoes and peas for Brad and the kiddos. Swap a sweet potato and green beans for me. Or just do all green beans so I don't overdo the carbs today - since I'll also be having sweet potato for lunch.

                              Other stuff:

                              Brady did well with no milk yesterday. Sadly, I think we'll be replacing milk with juice b/c he does NOT like almond milk. Last night he asked for a bottle of water (then added a powder to it to make lemonade) so maybe we can get by with water after the initial no milk shock has worn off. We'll continue this for 3 weeks and reintroduce milk over the holidays and see what happens. Hopefully he has a change in behavior that is very noticable within that time so we know whether or not to continue.

                              He was complaining of a stomach ache this morning so I hope he's not getting the same whatever crap Makenna had last week.

                              Got my Maca this weekend. Took 1.5 gm last night. So far today I have taken 1.0 gm and plan to take another gm at bedtime. So far, no noticable effect.

                              Need to sneak off to the bathroom at some point and take some measurements for the start of this Whole30 - before I start losing weight and bloat. Starting weight (forgot to weigh yesterday) was taken today: 191. Booo hisssss... Hopefully that won't last long. My hope with this Whole30 is a 10 lb loss. Get me down to 181 so I can officially say I've lost 40 lbs instead of saying "roughly 40"...

                              Brad goes on straight first shift after the start of the year. They have to backfill his position so his current team has a mechanical resource when they're on 2nd shift. If he starts the 1st shift now and there's no one to fill his old spot, his team will scream that they can't fix the machines when they go down. It will be SOOO nice having him home every night. So nice! I am so stoked about it. No more will I be a single mom every other week. I do have to say that I feel bad for SIL b/c her husband also put in for the 1st shift position so she's still going to be doing the single mom thing every single day (they both work at the same place, but they're on opposite shifts for daycare convenience - no one wants to continue providing daycare until 11pm, ya know?), but she will soon be leaving the company to do her own daycare services, so it will be shortlived that they're on opposite shifts all the time. Starting in January, she will basically have the same schedule I had - single mom every other week. Don't get me wrong, it's not horrible or impossible, but it certainly does suck. Hopefully before too long BIL will find another opportunity to go after that'll put him on straight 1st shift as well.

                              This opportunity certainly changes things for Brad. He has been talking about leaving his company to find a 1st shift job elsewhere. He absolutely hated his job b/c he wasn't allowed to do any real mechanical work. He wasn't allowed to fabricate anything - even if it would help the line run more smoothly, benefit the company, etc. He was just supposed to find the cause of the problem and fix it as best he could - seriously this place is crazy. You're not even allowed to run a cordless screwdriver unless you've had specialized training offered by them (luckily, Brad had gotten it). It's a safety thing and it protects the company, but it sucks when a mechanic who knows how to use the tools isn't allowed to use them, thus is unable to fix the problem, which required him to call someone who DID have specialized tool training so they could fix it. It made him feel inadequate, so he was going to leave to do what he knows how to do and loves doing... but now with this new opportunity, he'll enjoy his job more b/c he'll be able to recommend fabrication projects, improvements, etc. He'll be in a position that will afford him the trust he needs to do the type of work he's done for YEARS but was unable to actually do while on the clock at work.

                              I have a lot of catching up to do since I didn't do much when I logged in this weekend. I hope everyone's having a great start to their week.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Originally posted by Judg View Post
                                It will be interesting to see how it goes with the dairy elimination. And it's so nice you have someone in your family who is on board with you. Someone with medical credentials, no less. Much harder for people to dismiss that.
                                I learned that she doesn't practice it, but she supports it. I was disappointed to hear she doesn't practice. Oh well. At least she's a medical professional (as professional as you can be as a med student) supporting the ideals.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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