Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Cubbies and Challenge Updates 1.10.2018


Creating is my passion, my sanity, my sense of being "up to something", my way of contributing a little bit. I always have a few projects going, many left to the side for months or even years before I pick up the best and carry on. Here's some of what I'm working on this week:

We removed some paneling, spackled , caulked, sanded, primed, painted, and prepped the corner. We built the cubby shelves, and maybe played in them a lot.

Then we got a storm that delayed the delivery of our new dryer by a couple of weeks. 

We still have to finish the edging paint behind the shelves, attach them to the wall, and to the edging trim that will make it look as though they've always been there.

Once our new dryer arrives and we get this beast out of our living room, we will finish the walls, lay in the flooring that matches the rest of the room, and build a simple desk and office area.

Even with a last minute army military family holiday party in Boston over the weekend, we did really well on our challenges!

Myrrh’s Burpee Total: 320

My form has definitely improved and I already can tell that my back and arms are stronger. It took about four days to get used to just being pleasantly sore most of the time.

I can do “real” push-ups for about half now where I did push-ups from my knees before. I hadn’t expected my knee caps to complain but it’s extra incentive to get them off the ground.

Marvelous Meals Made at Home:
Apple BBQ slow-cooker pulled pork sliders
North African inspired goat hand pies
Sloppy Joe’s
Homemade bread
Spanish Mackerel parchment pouches
Chicken stew
French crepes with nocciatella
Korean Bibimbap
and more that I’m forgetting.

Not eating out for meals has been quite easy. We certainly aren’t suffering from a lack of good food or variety. I have been a bit surprised at the challenge of not going out for treats. During that ever-so-cold snap when we call got a bit of cabin fever, any other month I would have loaded the girls up on at least one morning (when the heat hadn’t quite caught up yet) to go buy bread and a croissant, or a cup of cocoa.

It’s been a great exercise in shifting the idea of “treats” away from purchases and food in particular and toward time together or rewards of time doing what we love. Many cups of tea with a little honey or intentionally journaling or reading together.

I've also kept up practicing my French with Duolingo.

Duolingo Streak: 370 days.

Within their app you can "buy" a streak freeze with points you earn from completing lessons.

I missed five days last year.

Looking forward to this next week!

What are you working on? What are you excited about attempting? What are you proud to be working on? Take a picture or two and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link or a few words in the comments.



  1. sounds great! it's crazy how time-consuming going out to get supposedly time-saving treats can be!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to the rest of that paneling coming down. :)

  3. Ooops. I forgot to put in my Duolingo streak total. Fixed.