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My blogging has been a bit sporadic lately and with good reason. I’ve been trying to find a balance between all the things I want to do and learn and practice:

Montessori
Yoga
Teach Baby D Spanish
Go Green
Read for leisure (like not something that tells me how to do anything that’s listed here…fiction please)
Declutter & simplify my home
Finish my business plan
Start market research for said business

Let’s back track a bit and finish something that should have been done ages ago! Do Good December was not a total flop. I wasn’t as committed as I could have been and ended up completing 15 days worth of Do Goods well into 2008. To finish up the remaining Do Goods for the month we did several things: clothing donation to the Good Will, subscribed to Good magazine, donation to neighboring town’s library and finally we purchased several items that donated a portion of their proceeds to charitable causes. I’m happy with myself despite not being able to do all my goods in one month. It was a nice feeling to purposely go out of our way to make Do Good choices.

As for the list above I’m doing pretty good. I just started a great new book “My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead” edited by Jeffrey Eugenides which is a collection of love stories. So far so good but excited to be reading again for leisure. I am rigorously studying several Montessori resources and taking notes like I’ve got a test coming up. Yoga I’m not doing so good on. I have started reading Baron Baptiste’s book and doing some light (and by light I mean like 2 seconds worth) of meditating and doing sun salutations. Hopefully by next month I can get back in the groove of things and start up my hot yoga classes again, if at least once a week. If you haven’t tried hot yoga, you must! It’s insanely addicting and really, well, amazing and spritual and cleansing…all the crunchy, hippy vibe stuff you hear about yoga…it’s it. The business plan is well under way and in much, much better shape than it was. I have a clear vision and am starting to work on doing research on the market. The Spanish lessons are going great. They’re not so much lessons as me talking without end about everything and anything in Spanish to Baby D. I also just ordered a Cuban lullabye CD which should be in by week’s end. I keep reading that music is a great way to teach children a new language so I’m hoping that this CD will be the first of many. Going green has been going really well. We’ve been using earth friendly cleaning products now for what seems like forever and we couldn’t be happier. We recently switched all our personal care products to the Suki and Pangea Organics line. Both have worked really well for us and it’s nice to know we don’t have to worry when Baby D decides to take a big bite out of our cheek. The last, and most stressful to do, is the decluttering of our home.

I don’t know how in such a tiny living space we have managed to accumulate so much stuff. And stuff that we just don’t need or don’t use. We went through the kitchen last week which was great because we got rid of a ton of crap that was sitting on our counters (the two coffee makers that haven’t been used in years and that terrible bowl with the pears on it). We’re onto the limbo room which is between the kitchen and the dining room. It’s got a wine rack and our computer desk plus a coat closet. Sounds like a small space right? It sure is and somehow jam packed with crap. That’s our focus area for the rest of the week. Slowly but surely.

Awhile back I had posted about my desire to Martha up my life. Knitting is kaput. I’m ok at it but I just get no joy out of it (or even the finished product for that matter). I tried the embroidery. I really tried. It just wasn’t for me. Zero joy in the tiny needle and all those tiny lines to follow. Sorry Jenny Hart but not even your trendy designs could lure me. Sewing is still in the horizon but much, much further off. I’ve recenly gotten it into my brain that I want to try silk-screening shirts/onesies. I want to be a DIYer/crafter so bad but I think after a few more attempts I’m going to have to call it a day and just realize that I’m not one of those chicks. I’ll let you know how the silk-screening goes.

Well, I’m off to drink some Yogi Tea to boost my immune system. Hopefully this wretched cold will leave me by morning.

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