1-Get more exercise (of course). The irony is that since we aquired the mutt in April last year, I've been walking her a lot. My legs and bum are not bad but I'm not burning nearly as many calories as I did on the eliptical. That has resulted in excess flesh around the waistband. I've never had much of a waist but it's actually starting to look more out than in. Not good.
2. Get out more. If you met me you'd never take me for an Introvert. (Stop chortling everyone who knows me.) However, when I do the Myers-Briggs thingy, I come out as an INTJ, - the "I" standing for introvert. Now, when they say "introvert" they're not meaning the wall-flower type. Heavens, no. They mean - someone who prefers to work on his/her own, which would be me. Once I've dropped the Little Guy off at school and walked the dog, I have a habit of spending the rest of the day on my own in the house. Bliss.
I can't blame myself really. If you'll remember, because of the enormous age gap between my kids, by the time Little Guy went to school full time, I had spent
However, to stave off batty old woman-ness, I have decided that I need to meet people for lunch at least once a week, and other wise to go out and talk to others. (The writing class ticks some of these boxes thank heavens.)
3.Finish house projects - Again, in my own defenc/se, we moved into this house 7 years ago when I had a 5 month old baby (plus two big kids) and a brand new publishing deal. I was a bit busy to say the least, so things like the guest bedroom never really got the full interior decor magic wand, and other things around the place were left for a while. Ok, for 7 years. Unfortunately now the list is growing before my very eyes. After 7 years of wear and tear, there are new items, like - should I have the kitchen cabinet doors replaced, does the front hall need a paint job, should we replace the handles on the Queenagers' dresser? (Probably a yes to that one since they appear to have disappeared completely. Hmmm..better check under her bed.)
4. Don't do them all yourself - Being a bit of a crafter, I like to make curtains, padded headboards and the like. I'm not always that good a finisher-offer, whether through lack of time or just plain old-fashioned loss of interest. Occasionally I bite off more than I can chew, like the day I puchased $150 of gorgeous brown chenille fabric (50% off) to cover an over-sized armchair. I bought a pattern for a loose-fitting slip cover and was ready to go. Cannot understand the sodding pattern at all, and I'm not cutting into expensive fabric until assured of a happy ending. So it's sitting in the guest bedroom like a discarded bridesmaid's dress. I thought about getting someone in to do it, but that would put the finished cost at well over the worth of the chair itself. I think I will make the slip cover out of old sheets first, then battle the extreme boredom I always get when doing something over again exactly the same way. (I hate knitting sweaters because I get bored on the second sleeve.)
Moral - get the professionals in to start with.
OK, I think that's enough to be