Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spare Time

i've got to say, i am loving doing and thinking about things that are completely unrelated to infertility/fertility treatments. it's been great filling my spare time with fun projects, time at the gym, and with my nose in a book almost constantly.

projects: i went last friday with one of my bestest friends, J, goodwill shopping. (i'm training her in the art of bargain hunting!) we have a few different second-hand stores around here, but we wanted to try out a location we hadn't visited before. i spent under $40 on two chairs, three picture frames, and 5 small vases. (i'll point them all out when i finally get around to finishing the virtual tour of my home.) one of the chairs is a vintage green fabric chair with a great woven print. we already steam-cleaned it with my handy-dandy bissell, but it will probably need another cleaning to get rid of the old lady smell. the other chair is wooden and will be refinished (i'll try to remember to post before and after pics) and used to replace one of the chairs at the table that seems a bit shaky. the frames need painting, too, but at least the vases are all good to go with just a simple wash. why do i keep adding to my to-do list before i even cross anything else off?!? oh, well, i like being busy.

gym: i've been back for a few weeks now and i already feel a difference! i did weights yesterday and i even increased on several of the machines. (i'm way too uncoordinated to work with free weights. someday...) i've also fallen in love with the elliptical. i never realized how many more calories that burns than running! overall, i've been putting in a minimum of an hour each time and i LOVE the endorphin rush i get about mid-way through. feeling good feels so good!

books: i am the queen of stacking way too much on my plate and my reading lists is no different. i'm currently reading the 2nd book in the maze runner series, the scorch trials, as well as a discovery of witches. they're both really, but completely different from each other. most of you know i work for the library (as a graphic designer), but one of the coolest things about my job is that we get advance copies of books to take home and keep. that means that before the book is released to the public, we get a free copy in the hopes that we'll love it and spread the word about it. i have a huge stack of them that i'm anxious to tackle, but the one i'm currently reading is called the night circus. it's already a big hit overseas and summit entertainment (the makers of the twilight movies) has already signed a deal to turn it into a movie. i'm just at the beginning, but i'll try to do a review of it when i'm done.

the good thing about all of this is that it keeps me busy during the week, so the time goes by much faster till B gets home. on the other hand, i really am enjoying my alone time and all that i'm working to accomplish. i hope to have some pics of my projects and continue the tour soon. next will be my kitchen. i just have to give it a thorough cleaning and finish one small project for it before i can take pics. so, pile on the pressure, people, to help motivate me to finish!

7 comments:

amiracle4us said...

Sounds like you are staying busy....which is a good thing! Let me know if you find any good books!

JustHeather said...

Yay for things to keep you busy! I too love the gym (need to get my behind in there this week. bad me) and books! Please do keep us informed if you read any good books. I too have physical stack and TBR list that is miles long, but I keep finding more books I want to read.

Bridget said...

So glad you are keeping busy! I can't wait to see pictures!

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

Can you please teach me the art of bargain hunting? Can't wait to see before and after photos of the chair!

A said...

yah, i'm really looking forward to your furniture projects! i wouldn't even know where to start with something like that! so glad you are keeping busy!

Rebecca said...

What an AWESOME job perk!!! I want that!!!

Sounds like some great things going on. I need to take a hint and get off my butt around my house and to the gym...

Kayla and Josh said...

I'm so glad you're finding great things to fill your time with. That is so awesome you get copies of books before they're even released..i'm sure you are LOVING that! Oh and good job on the gym!! I wish I could afford a gym membership...they're all sickly expensive out here. I'm super jealous you found such super gret things at good will! so i went there a month or so ago with the same intentions and i left with 1 picture frame and a few bowls for serving food at a party we had. lol i want to find some awesome deals, but it just didn't work like your apparentaly did. sorry this is super super long. we just need to text or call each other. i love you and i miss you! p.s...i'm needin me some more descent. :)

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