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Here's What a Tired Type-A Personality Looks Like

I just don't have the energy to be a perfectionist all the damn time anymore. From a conversation with a friend:
I'm going to treat this like Whole30. I'm a failure (according to their standards), but that's ok, this is what a work in progress looks like ... Scratch that, I am not a failure, I am not a perfectionist.

I've been slacking. Not quite the procrastination bug, but something like that. More like the "I don't know where to get started" bug. I jumped on the Passion Planner bandwagon, got my Staples Arc folder (and now I found another one that's more perfect), and printed out the first month. Here we are in week three, and I am still looking at other's planners at least once a week and going to the tips section of the Passion Planner website to see why I am having so much trouble "getting it." I mean, pens, washi tape, post-its, color coding, the list goes on and on. Where is a practical, no-nonsense, non-artistic person suppo…

Always Do a Patch Test

After I got out of the shower this morning I noticed a burning sensation on my neck. The only time I have that sensation is when I wear a less than pure or top-quality necklace. However, I did just color my hair. Crap. I lifted my braided bun and ...

You might have to zoom in, but at the base of my neck is the irritated area. No, that is not a dye stain, which I kind of hoped at first. It feels different to the touch from the surrounding skin (patchy and angry, not smooth and soft). I have to wonder if it's the interaction of the dye with my necklace because my hands and scalp feel fine. It's just that little area that burns like the dickens. And this chain is pure silver. I've been wearing it almost everyday since 2010.

The Importance of Patch Testing Well, beyond the obvious opportunity to avoid a severe allergic reaction (just google it), I will now have to take allergy meds until this clears up and washing my hair will be interesting since the last time I went purple I …

Menu Plan Monday: Plated - Week 2

Honestly, at this point in the year, it's kind of nice to not have to come up with new things to cook. I am not one of those people who can eat the same thing all the time, or have a "night" for a specific meal, but even with the internet, I am running out of quick, tasty, and healthy dinners.

We are heading into week two of Plated and only having to grocery shop for the weekend is a load off my mind. One less thing to schedule time for. I did forget to go in this week and change everything to be Whole30 compliant, but I think we will be ok since it's only one serving.

One more gushing thing that I am not being paid to say, Plated is letting me travel through my mouth! I know there is no way I would have been able to find the aji paste for last week's Peruvian's Aji Chicken around here.

As of this week, I have five referrals available via email, so let me know if you would like to try a week of Plated at a deep discount (like free).

Monday - "Sunday"…

Deliciously Steamy Recovery

I went to the gym at 8am today. Crazy right? But you know what? It was practically empty!!!! Anxious Introvert heaven! Locker room - empty. Floor - like three people. Cardio machines? Only two in use! I had my pick!

The elliptical seemed like a good choice again. 45 minutes on an interval program and I did the majority of this week's video lectures for a Coursera course. I was feeling productive even though I hadn't had any coffee yet. Trying out this thing called "Time Management."

Not too bad if I do say so myself, considering how I feel about cardio.

I felt good as I got off the elliptical and then I had a brilliant epiphany. I had enough time to try the sauna! My trainer has been encouraging me to use it ever since the weather turned but I never make time for it. That is going to change STAT! I'm going to have to get over not wanting to be seen naked, or disassociate like crazy, but I'll figure it out. Did I mention that the locker room was EMP…

New Year, New Me?

Resolutions or No Resolutions?  I don't make resolutions, but I do try to maintain any good habits that I may have picked up in the previous year. Currently, that's journaling. I started in April 2017, and I haven't been consistent, but I am working on it. That, and going to the gym. Love snow or no snow? Snow is for visiting. And throwing snowballs. And a good reason for drinking hot chocolate and marshmallows while reading a good book. Not for shoveling, and being snowed in, and being frozen in, and cleaning up the salt that the dogs track in. Let's just say I am ambivalent about snow now that I have to live in it. It is not just a pretty backdrop.Name a new place you want to go this year? Spain and PortugalWould you rather have a new haircut or hair color? Given the investment in my Sisterlocks, new color. I'm thinking purple.Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year. Lose weight. I have no idea why it isn't coming off and I am beyond frus…

It's the simple things that make technology seem like magic

This morning's pre-coffee adventure involved looking for something that I have seen time and time again and yet couldn't find. My reserved Zipcar!

In this case, one reserved at the Rozzie Village Commuter Rail stop. I have seen the cars multiple times as I ride the train. You look out the window, and there they are. I swear, I couldn't find the car this morning. Part of the confusion, now that I am looking at the map, is that in the app it just says
 "Fit Bride / Roslindale Village Commuter Rail" The actual website has detailed information, but who would have thought to use that???? I was, of course, in the lower (South) lot. It was the only one I knew from driving into the Village Square.

If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you may be thinking, "Wait, you have a Jeep, why do you need a Zipcar???" Well, sometimes you just need a second car.  H needed to travel today for work, and normally in the spring or summer, commuter rail would have worked, b…

Menu Plan Monday: Plated

I've been more than a little skeptical of the home delivery meal kit plans for various reasons.

In Which I Nearly Embarrass Myself in Public at the Gym

I don't know if I'm really unfit or if I had a minor anxiety attack, but I could not get beyond the warm-up of Ropes and Rowers. I was dizzy and felt a fainting spell come on. I hate fainting in public. Left the class to get some breathing room and water and never went back in. Sat for a while and my heart wouldn't stop racing ... Right. Ok. No sense in wasting this trip to the gym. So I went downstairs where it was warmer and quieter and I knew no one would be looking and judging.


Since I had signed up for a class I didn't bring my headphones. From now on, I will always bring headphones. But it was kinda nice to just zone out on the elliptical for another 30 minutes. Listening to the hum of treadmills and just letting my brain wander while my body did its thing. I feel more relaxed than I have in a while (though while I wait for my ride to finish his workout I'm starting to freeze and seize up) and I got a few more ideas for this blog. So, i…

Menu Plan Monday: Ambition

I'm sitting here asking myself why did I sign up for this?
Nothing like a little ambition to start the new year. The #cook90 Starter Guide — Annette (@daNanner) December 25, 2017

But the madness works out because we're doing another #januarywhole30. The last time I attempted this was three years ago. I was over it pretty quickly. But, here I am again, in solidarity. I didn't lose weight or feel anything other than pissed off at the world last time, so we'll see if it's different this time around. Since I'm still mostly Paleo menu-planning is easy enough. And you can follow me on Instagram since I will be posting for both the Cook90 Challenge and Whole30. This is going to be a fun month.

Monday: Beef Short Ribs -  Get the recipe here.
Sauteed broccolini and Korean short ribs (@nomnompaleo instapot recipe). #januarywhole30 #cook90 #dinner A post shared by Annette (@dananner) on Jan 1, 2018 at 3:55pm PST

Tuesday: Pasta Primavera With Shr…

Just under the Wire

I made it! Had to add in a few audiobooks that I had forgotten to, but it all counts, right?

You can see my whole list here.
What was your favorite book of 2017? What are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

If you want to see big changes

I'm in the process of getting myself set up for a butt-kicking 2018. I found the Passion Planner, signed up for the free template download, and decided I'm going to try it out for the month of January and see if I can make that a habit. I'll be combining it with the Staples Arc system because I have a few personal project ideas floating around that don't quite fit into the Passion Planner setup.

Journaling with pen and paper is something I've been trying to get back to since last year when I started The Artist's Way (or maybe the beginning of this year? It's been a long year). I also increased my Moleskine and other journals collection exponentially, so I had better start using them.

So many ideas, so little time, and even less focus.

Motivation and Purpose

Now that I have my PMP, I seem to have lost mine -- my motivation and purpose that is. I find myself suddenly exhausted, tired, unmotivated, and unsure of what to do with myself next.

The first few days after I passed the test, I was still in shock. I went to work on Friday, we celebrated again that night, plus Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
Still waiting in line for theater 2 10:30pm showing of #LastJedi what gives @AMCTheatres BOS Lowe's location. Movie is supposed to start in 7 minutes. And no downstairs concessions!!! — Annette (@daNanner) December 16, 2017
Saturday was a whirlwind of getting Joy off to the airport (that was a minor misadventure), and I think I finally started collapsing on Sunday. I didn't want to do anything or go anywhere, especially since I had gym at 6am on Monday morning.
I don't have to study, the house is clean enough, dinner has been made and eaten ... and I have gym at 6am. But I have like 4 hours to veg out or whatever for the first time since Se…

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