Monday 5 Countdown #9

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It's Monday again, so it's once again time to do the Monday 5 Countdown that I got from Bookish Penguin.
Five Things I'm Grateful For:
  1. Successfully being able to stick to my diet for the last week and losing 3 (of 10) pounds!
  2. Above 0 temperatures.  It's been bitter, bitter cold here for several days in a row now (talking negative temps and -20 windchill) and it makes me appreciate the slightly warmer days.  Expected high of 20 today!  Mid-30's tomorrow!
  3. Having people to swap recipes with.  I got a couple of recipes from my mom yesterday and swapped one with a friend today.
  4. Ambien.  For helping me get a good night sleep last night so I could start the week off right.
  5. The opportunity to work at such a wonderful company.  I was hired 11 years ago next month while finishing my last semester in college.  The company was only 4 years old at the time and just celebrated its 15 year anniversary with a big party this past weekend.  I am blessed to work with and for such wonderful people. 
Four Things I Can't Stop Thinking About:
  1. Germs.  Lots of people around me have been sick lately.  It's that time of year whenever everyone seems to catch something.  I'm a bit of a germaphobe and get a little nuts when surrounded by people who are under the weather. I'm constantly worrying about what I'm touching.
  2. I've agreed to write another guest post, centered around Valentine's Day, for Christina and when I find myself with a few spare minutes I keep pondering what to write and partially composing in my head. 
  3. Keeping warm.  The house has felt colder than usual this week so I've been using extra blankets and turned the heat up a couple of extra degrees.
  4. Food.  I have been extra conscious of what I've been putting in my body this week and trying to plan out most of my meals ahead of time.  This eating well thing is kind of a lot of work (but well worth it).
Three Things I Want To Accomplish This Week:
  1. Clean the oven.  The kitchen got a good cleaning this weekend but we didn't get to the oven.
  2. Write thank-you notes.  I can't even believe how late I am on these  :(  Must get done early this week.
  3. The scarf I've been knitting for my mom is now 60 inches long.  I thought this was a decent length and so asked her how long she wanted it.  She said 70 or 75, which means it's still not done.   Hopefully I'll get the last 10 inches done this week.
Two Things I Am Working To Be Positive About:
  1. My diet will go as well this week as it did last week.
  2. I will see temperatures above freezing again, and I will see my grass again, right?  Right.  
One Random Thing:
  1. I saw True Grit this past weekend.  I don't really go to the theater much these days, but this was one movie my boyfriend and I, and another friend, all wanted to see and felt it was worth the $10 to go see in the theater.  It definitely was.  If you haven't seen this movie yet but have been thinking about it, I recommend going.


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I am conscious of germs as well. I think it's a holdover from when I worked in daycare. The second I hear someone is under the weather, I step up washing my hands & wiping down common spots everyone touches.

It is a lot of work to incorporate healthy eating into your routine, especially getting used to planning meals ahead. We have it down to a science now. On Friday evenings, we browse the circulars online, check our in-house inventory, look for any coupons that are about to expire & plan our menu for the up-coming week. We get it all done in about 30 minutes now, other than the actual shopping.

Thank you for reminding me that I wanted to add 'clean the oven' to my To Do List & forgot!

We really enjoyed True Grit as well. I especially loved the dialogue and the acting by Jeff Bridges & Hailee Steinfeld--all of which were outstanding!

Dawn, thanks for the long comment. Love it.

I didn't used to be so conscious of germs when I was younger, but something that seems to have happened over the last few years. I am usually fine unless people around me are sick. Not sure I would be able to handle working in a day care!

Healthy eating (and healthy habits) are more work, but I think you hit the nail on the head in that after a while it becomes routine and not as difficult after a while. We do pretty well overall, but I was getting sick of the items in our usual rotation and it was taking a lot of time and effort to find some new things we both like and would fit within the diet.

Hopefully you have a sparkly clean oven by now! :)

I am glad you liked Tur Grit, and totally agree about the scenes and dialog between Jeff and Hailee. She did such a wonderful job holdering her own against those seasoned actors!

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