Tuesday, November 17, 2009

somewhere in the middle

compromise
i've admitted in the past that i tend to be an all-or-nothing sort of person when it comes to getting things done -- either i'm superwoman, or i'm nearly comatose, camped out on the couch with nary a productive thought. yesterday, i posted a list of triaged to-dos, and then somehow wound up on said couch, feeling dejected about the magnitude of what i had yet to accomplish.

but then . . . a little glimmer of a thought occurred to me. i realized that i didn't have to do EVERYTHING. that perhaps just doing enough would be . . . enough.

as in,
enough laundry to have clean clothes to wear this week
enough cooking to create food with some nutritional value
enough cleaning to make the apartment habitable
enough shopping to get us through a very abbreviated week

and then i peeled myself off of the couch and actually started cleaning up the kitchen. i have decided that this week will be a week of compromise. my standards may be lower, but i will be more relaxed/happy, and i will be heading off into the vacation sunset in the right sort of mood.

instead of madame martha (and my own blood/sweat/tears) providing our nightly meal, there will be more reliance on miss amy and miss annie. maybe a little help from the geniuses at the loop, too.

not-so-ambitious meal plan for the week

last night, instead of giving the bathroom its usual bleach-intensive scrub, i just washed down the counters and tidied up a bit. i did just half a load of laundry (about to go fold it now!) and i'm planning on a very short whole foods run for staples in conjunction with a workout in just a few minutes.

and so far? IT FEELS GOOD to go halfway. who knew?

important announcements
if this blog had a PA system and we were all still in high school, i would read these to you out loud during homeroom. ahh, memories . . .

1. last chance for the honest foods giveaway! go here to sign up to win an assortment of bars (they are very cookie-like and delicious!) and granola planks -- it's easy (and your chance are still great!).

2. local meetup: this thursday! if you live in the area and don't have plans . . . come drink some wine with me, allie, and several other local bloggers! i am super-excited to hang out with these ladies, and it should be a fun evening. email me if you would like me to send you the invite!

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11.16.09

workout: 8 miles (with hills, and stops for video/photos), average 8:20/mi pace

doin' time: catered by my good old friend annie, with assistance from some 365 brand frozen peas and canned salmon. essentials checklist: protein, carbs, vegetables, and deliciousness? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK!


reading: i know, i triaged it to a 2 and still didn't get it done! maybe during a lull at work today.

11 comments:

marathonmaiden said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

as an "all-or-nothing" girl myself it's great to read the "enough" reminders. and i wish i lived close enough to do that meet-up!

inmytummy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's okay not to get everything done. Just try to remember that.

Have fun at your meet up! Take lots of pictures for us non-North Carolinians to enjoy.

Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Annie's mac and cheese has saved me more than once. Can't beat it when you just don't feel like spending time in the kitchen!

Luna 22 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm an all-or-nothing girl too. I think that your new mindset is very healthy. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do...And only that.

Lu said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

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Chelsea said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm pretty "all or nothing" too. There are so many things I feel like I "should" do for some reason, but it's kind of liberating to say, "No, I'm not going to do that because I don't want to."

Jess said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I tried Annie's last week thinking I might like it more than other boxed mac 'n cheese, but I don't really. Sad.

Just catching up, so this is a super late comment, but I loved Sweet Valley High and BSC!

Claire said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I tend to be that way too and am TRYING to get better at it. I'm okay in some thing and other thing it' all or nothing. A meet up would be fun...too bad I'm not on a flexible month next month or I'd come with my friend when he interviews! have fun!

caryn said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate to admit this, but we had exactly the same dinner as you did tonight(mac & cheese, peas and canned salmon) and I had not read your post until now!!!! Either "great minds think alike", or more apropos: lack of planning results in an annie-type dinner!

Still rather amazing!!

Mom

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm proud of you my little fellow all-or-nothingan!!

I definitely have those BLAH weeks....this past weekend was exactly like that. Get pumped for Thursday!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have trouble with the "all or nothing" mindset as well! You are so right about enough being enough!

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