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My New Office Setup!

I had a very special birthday gift last month.  David built himself a new computer last February and he happily donated his old computer to me.  Bill & David bought some more pieces and parts and worked several evenings fixing the old computer up for me.  I’ve been using my new computer for almost two weeks now, and it is glorious!  It is so much faster than my old one, which we figure was at least 10 years old, probably older, as we bought it used on Ebay.  It also has great graphics – no more jerky screens when I use Quicken!

As if a new computer wasn’t enough, Bill decided to put up shelves for my computer monitors and also build a raised shelf for my keyboard and mouse.  That was completed last Sunday.

Here’s the before:                                                                                                           And the after:

before

 

after

 

 

I am in heaven!  No more boxes.  I have more flat space to utilize.  I’m not chasing my keyboard around as the box it sits on slides one way or the other.  I can have multiple programs operating at the same time.  No more excuses for not getting work done!

2013 From The Rearview Mirror

Since it is mid-January, it seems high time to post some thoughts about 2013 concerning resolutions, goals, and accomplishments. Last year I only did one resolution – to walk daily. By admitting that I could not remember what that resolution was and that I had to check back here on my blog to figure it out, you should realize that I did not keep that resolution much past having made it. And it seemed like a good one to make!

I did make some physical changes that were very good for me, though. At the beginning of 2013 I had gone back to eating anything and everything, which led to a weight gain of about twenty pounds, up to my highest weight ever. Not good! So on June 17th, my youngest sister’s birthday, I started back to eating a (nearly) 100% plant-based diet. It was a good move for me and it felt sort of like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Many of the things that I had craved the first time I went plant-based (yogurt, cheese) no longer pulled at me. By the end of 2013, I lost fourteen pounds! Carrying around fewer pounds feels much nicer, but I have more pounds to go this coming year. The fun thing is that I have begun to eat so many different foods for breakfast! This morning I had vegetable stir fry and brown rice! One day last week I had soup. And I’ve begun to crave certain veggies, like celery. That’s not a bad thing at all!

Another big change I made in 2013 was getting rid of my computer chair and creating a standing desk. Last spring I bruised my tailbone, making it extremely uncomfortable to sit, and sitting all the time made the bruising worse, never allowing the tailbone to heal. It took quite a while to adjust to standing all day, but in the process my leg muscles became stronger and I had more stamina/energy throughout the day. Plus, my tailbone finally began healing!! While there is still some discomfort when sitting, it is not pain, and the discomfort is less and less each week. I love the standing desk, though, and have no intention of going back to a computer chair.

2013 was a year of limbo, as if we were constantly waiting for the other shoe to fall. Between unexpected endings to contracts, furloughs, and government shut-downs, Bill was out of work almost a month. That sort of uncertainty is not healthy! We hope to make some changes this year that will lessen that type of job uncertainty.

We didn’t travel much in 2013, other than many trips to Phoenix to visit family and for Bill to take certification tests. We didn’t take any square dance weekends. In fact, we haven’t been dancing since May of 2012.

Bill and I did drive to Alabama in late March, three days in the car to get there, five days there cleaning out personal stuff at dad’s and doing some repairs at both his place and ours (and getting to see Liana, Charles & Rebecca!), and then another three days drive home. I am pretty sure that is when I bruised my tailbone, all that riding in the Neon, me being heavier than ever and wearing tight blue jeans.

I did manage to accomplish a lot of crocheting, finishing some lovely projects, and I also spent good six months working at updates to my LeapingFromTheBox.com website. Oh, and I kept my Quicken up to date for a lot longer than I have done in any previous year. In 2013 I made it to late September! So that means I have just three months worth to catch up to finish up 2013 and be ready for taxes. Even though I didn’t make it through to the end of the year, I consider my Quicken progress a major victory!

Tomorrow I’ll post about my goals for 2014. Stay tuned!

Catching Up

I disappeared again! Did you notice? I’ve been busy updating state pages on my homeschooling website. And crocheting on Liana’s baby afghan, which I would like to have done by Christmas, but I’m not sure I will quite have it done by then. I am making good progress, getting about 4-5 rows done each day. At this point, the base blanket is about half done.

Horses and Ribbons Afghan

Once the base blanket is done, then you use yarn to cross stitch the design on top of the blanket. Never again will I ever ever do another project that uses the afghan (Tunisian) crochet stitch. And yeah, I’ve said that before. This time I really do mean it!

I saw this lovely moth on our patio Sunday afternoon:

moth

Aren’t the colors beautiful?

And last, but not least, this past Saturday marked four weeks of standing at my desk instead of sitting. I consider the experiment a success and will continue standing. I love being able to quickly come and go from my desk without having to get up out of a chair. I love being able to bounce/dance to my music as I’m working. My leg muscles are definitely stronger. My buttocks are much less sore, although the tailbone itself still remains sore. I suspect that will take a lot longer to heal up. The biggest drawback is how tired I am by the end of the day. The first two weeks were rough. By the end of week four, I’m doing well during the week, but by Friday evening I am pretty exhausted physically. I spend more of the weekend sitting to rest my legs, and by Monday I’m more than ready to be standing again! The small drawback is that I thought I would lose weight by standing more, but instead I have gained one pound over the past four weeks. Bill reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe gaining a pound is actually a good thing. In any case, I will continue to stand while I work at my computer and let Copper use my computer chair!

Copper the cat

I disturbed her sleep when I took the first picture!

Copper the cat

Never disturb a sleeping cat!

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