Monday, June 15, 2009

THE PLAN -- Day 1

Today is the first day of MY cleaning plan -- an altered form of a popular tutorial on cleaning. I am taking one area each day and cleaning -- each room should be completed once a week and, in my book, that is clean enough. Today I started with my bedroom and bathroom. It has taken me about four hours but that four hours included, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, gathering laundry, changing sheets, cleaning out from under my vanity and part of the closet. It also included cleaning the tub which is jetted and requires running for 15 minutes with a mixture of bleach/dishwasher detergent and hot water. It is then rinsed with plain water by filling the tub again and running for another 15 minutes. So.. I don't know if four hours is good but it is what it is. I took several breaks -- just can't focus on drudgery very well -- but, now I am done and I can reward myself with some fun time -- I think it will be reading time while I have some lunch.

So, tomorrow -- the living area and kitchen/dining. That is the largest area in the house so it might take a while but, maybe not considering it doesn't involve laundry and such. Hmm..I feel accomplished -- sort of.
What Dreams May Come -- Again

A previously posted, I had requested the movie "What Dreams May Come" from Netflix and when it arrived it was defective and I couldn't watch it. I returned it for a replacement which came last week. The movie was recommended to me by my son and I usually trust his judgment. I had heard conflicting reports about it being depressing and "ughy" and all sorts of things which didn't deter me but rather made me want to watch it more. So, I did. Here is my take on it.

The cinematography and special effects were outstanding. They even managed to make Robin Williams looks convincingly younger - I need to find their make up person. I have to say that Williams must have been taking his ritalin because he was CALM. I really like Robin Williams but find that his hyperactivity is sometimes a big overwhelming. That wasn't the case in this movie.

I didn't find this movie to be sad. Or depressing. I found it to be hopeful and uplifting. From the love story perspective it was a soulmate sort of thing. From the parent/child perspective it was representative of things we all have done as parents -- and children -- that we have regretted and learned from, questions about how different the outcomes would be if we had made different choices -- all that real life stuff. From a spiritual perspective I found it to be very hopeful. It was boldly religious yet I was surprised about references to non-Christian beliefs until I realized that this wasn't necessarily a movie just for Christian beliefs.

There were parts of it that I found boring. A small teaser here -- there was just too much time spent sliding around in paint! I won't say anymore, don't want to spoil it for those who may not have seen it.

I would recommend it to anybody who isn't offended by religion or anybody who isn't offended by a couple of non-Christian references.

Outside my window I see blue sky, not rain clouds -- yet, it is still early.

I am thinking about my new "life" plan -- eating and housecleaning -- boring I know but both need to be done! I just need to do them better!

From the learning rooms -- I am learning a lot about self-discipline.

I am thankful for today, my family, my church, my health -- you know, all those things that are gifts to us.

From the kitchen I am thinking about making some zucchini bread

I am wearing shorts and a striped shirt. My DOK cross and NO SHOES!

I am reading "The Shroud of the Thwacher", "The Rosary, A Path Into Prayer" and "Eat and Stay Thin".

I am hoping to stay on my new schedule today -- so far so good.

I am creating two quilts although I am going very slowly.

I am praying for our clergy at the ACNA Conference coming up in a few days.

Around the house -- well, what can I say -- new plan! When my children were small I cleaned my house with a garbage bag and a vacuum cleaner -- I find that is still the best way, one room at a time.

One of my favorite things is my ridiculous video game that I am playing -- Animal Crossing! Too much of a time killer but so much fun!

A few plans for the rest of the week include "The Plan", doing some reading, cooking and quilting!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you -- first ever ice cream cone -- 1977!

Friday Fill-in's #128

1. I grew up thinking I was fat.
2. Facebook was the site I was at before coming here.
3. Why don't you just snap out of it?
4. Playing Animal Crossing helps me relax! So pathetic!
5. Thanks for the memories!
6. Badly measured quilt squares are very off putting!
7. As for the weekend, since I am late, Friday we watched a movie, Saturday we went to a hot rod shop (we apparently don't realize our age), and Sunday we visited with DD's inlaws.