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Blogging and Weight Loss: One day at a time

26 Jun

This is a wonderfully busy chapter of my life.

I’m helping launch an online magazine and a print magazine. (Two totally different magazines with two totally different subjects.) It’s fun, exciting work. And it’s exhausting and time consuming. My husband and I just started running. It’s really hot out, so it kind of sucks. But it’s also great bonding time, and we both feel great when we’re done. So mostly it’s wonderful. I also just discovered Grey’s Anatomy, which is substantially slowing down progress on all of the above.

And with all of those projects* blogging and for-fun photography have somewhat fallen by the wayside. I haven’t fogotten about them. I’ve still been thinking of ideas for fun posts, I just haven’t had time to actualize those posts. And, I kind of haven’t been taking a picture every day.

I’ve been thinking of ways that I can make this blog work, with my now-limited free time. I’d thought of abandoning the photo challenge completely. I’d thought of a few replacement series. I’d thought about abandoning Living With the Birds. Everything made me incredibly sad and discouraged.

And then yesterday my husband interviewed a woman who has lost 200 lbs.

The advice she gave him: Take things one day at a time.

We’re human. We make mistakes. Sometimes we don’t follow through on things we plan to. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes we don’t have time, or we’re tired, or we come up with some other excuse.

Sometimes our goal is to run three times a week, and we go a week and a half without lacing up our tennis shoes. But messing up doesn’t mean you have to quit. That doesn’t mean you can’t run your heart out (not literally) the next week.

We need to learn to take life, and our commitments, one day at a time, because no one is perfect and no one is on their A-game every day of the year. And sometimes when things aren’t working out, instead of getting discouraged and quitting, we need to adjust our plans so that we can still acheive our goals.

So I’m following that advice. I’m adjusting my plan to make this blog, and this photo challenge workable for me.

The photo challenge is no longer going to be about taking and sharing one photo every day; that’s not really possible for me right now. I’m not quite sure what the photo challenge is going to evolve in to. I’m in thought about it. Maybe I’ll set a number of photos to take each week, or maybe I’ll come up with something else. I’m open to suggestions.

I’m not quitting. I’m evolving, and I’m taking life one day at a time.

*Yes, watching Grey’s Anatomy is a project. It’s how I watch TV; I’m a very active participant in everything I do.


Summer Lovin’

5 Jun

June 4 – Summer Lovin’

Sitting on the balcony watching a summer storm come in is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Summer is my favorite season.

Some of my favorite things about summer:

  • Abundance of ice cream
  • Warm weather
  • Spending evenings outside
  • Storms (Summer rainstorms always remind me of a Peter Rabbit video I had when I was little.)
  • Longer days and the sense of possibility they bring
  • Gardening

And since my blog schedule was kind of non-existent last week, I have a few bonus photos to share today. This year’s balcony garden has gotten off to a wonderful start.

What are your favorite things about summer? 

Busy. Busy. Busy.

4 Jun

Last week was eerily quiet here at Living With the Birds, a sign that my non-blogging life has been anything but.

Tuesday I began my newest project: launching a new lifestyle magazine. The company that owns the magazine already has several successful magazines in other cities, and this magazine will be following the same format as the other magazines, so a lot of the work is already done. But, there’s still a lot to be done.

I’ve been working part-time with the legal magazine I was with before this new project came along. I will be there in the mornings, and my afternoons will be dedicated to the new magazine. And there will be a few freelance projects and blog posts mixed in with everything else.

I’m getting the opportunity to work on wonderful, fun projects, and my resume is going to have some great new additions.

It’s going to be a busy season for sure, but I couldn’t be more excited for it.

May 30 – Crackers

For a household of two (plus a dog), we eat a lot of crackers. All of these cracker boxes were sitting on her counter Wednesday night. I’m pretty sure there’s part of one box left four days later.  Wednesday was our turn to take snacks to small group, and two of the boxes went with us to accompany the Reuben dip that Dustin made. Even with that considered, we still eat a lot of crackers.

May 31 – Pen Pal fun

I just started writing letters to my first pen pal. I’ve been exploring all kinds of stationary supplies, and I just discovered this fun decorative tape. It comes in a variety of designs and is great for jazzing up your paper — if you’re in to that kind of thing.

I’ve found the tape at Target and on Etsy.

June 1 – Weekend Transformation

Weekends always change the dynamics of our home quite a bit. During the week our lives consist of sleep, work, and a tiny bit of conversation with each other. Weekends are almost always filled with friends, family, and an abundance of activities. This weekend brought a few family members, several adventurous outings, and several hours spent playing Killer Bunnies.

My sister has recently discovered Transformers, which is one of Dustin’s childhood favorites. It was talked about a lot this weekend.

June 2 – Feed the Giraffe

Saturday morning brought a much-anticipated trip to the zoo. And of course, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feed the giraffes.

June 2 – Underground Explorations

I love caves. I was a tour guide at a cave through most of high school and all of college. My sister and I took a trip underground yesterday and had a wonderful time. We learned some interesting things about local history and saw some pretty formations.


Summer is here.

30 May

It’s official now, guys. Summer is here.

I spent the first official weekend of summer enjoying life as fully as possible. I had long conversations with my two best friends. I played games. I ate great food. I sat outside for long periods of time.

I would say that summer doesn’t get any better. But the season has just begun, so I don’t want to have already had the best weekend it has to offer.

Here’s a peek at my weekend that will catch me up on sharing the photo challenge. Some of the photos are poor quality, because I was too busy enjoying life to take good photos.

May 25 – Date Night

Friday night was originally going to be a time for cleaning and getting the apartment ready for our weekend guest. But my husband has this amazing power to convince me that cleaning can wait (even when it really can’t). We ended up at Jimm’s Steakhouse and Pub fora  wonderful date night. I’d been there for a few business lunches, but Dustin had never been. He decided it’s his new favorite local restaurant. I’d say the night was a success.

May 26 – Cleaning 

Because we didn’t clean on Friday, it absolutely had to be done on Saturday. But we did it together while listening to the radio, talking, and taking a break to catch the ice cream truck.

about the typewriter: We found this a few weekends ago in a Goodwill store in Illinois for $5. It now sits on our dresser as a home for lovely messages.

May 27 – Pie

I love pie. I think it’s one of the most wonderful desserts. My beautiful friend Sarah brought an Oreo pie recipe she’d created, and we spent our Sunday afternoon making it.

May 28 – Journal Time

On Memorial Day Dustin had to work and Sarah had to go back home. So my afternoon was very quiet and reflective. I spent time writing outside. I also wrote out my summer bucket list.

May 29 – On your mark, get set, go!

Yesterday wasn’t actually part of the weekend, but it was a busy, fun, new type of day. It was the first day of a new schedule and a new job. I’m in the process of figuring out my routine and finding a lot of things that need to be done. It’s an exciting time!

I hope your Memorial Day weekend was as wonderful as mine. Leave me a comment and tell me how you spent it. 


P.S. My sister qualified for a world horse show this weekend. She’ll be showing in Oklahoma City on her birthday, August 5. Congratulations Patti!

Mrs. Fix It

16 May

May 15 – Mrs. Fix It

I bought a new planner over the weekend. I spent quite a while browing through planners, contemplating calendar layouts. I wanted something that had weeks and months. I wanted to be able to easily notate when something was going to take up a range of dates, and the format of most weekly planners makes this difficult. I decided on a planner that has the days of the week in columns on the weekly planner, rather than the typical rows.

It’s also covered in doodled owls. I love owls.

It was the perfect calendar, and I was excited.

But then I got home, and I sat down to start writing out my schedule in my perfect new planner.

It starts in July. This is May.

Epic perfect-planner fail.

I kept it on my desk all day Monday, giving it the occasional angry stare. But then I decided to fix the problem instead of spending the rest of May and June angry at an inanimate object.

So, I photo copied the month of July. On the photo copy I whited out the month and the dates. I made two copies of that copy(I could have just made one, but I would have had dried white out on one of my months). I cut the copies out so they would fit on the pages and taped them to the unnecessary pages in the front of my planner.

My planner has gone back to being perfect. Just call me Mrs. Fix It.


14 May

We had a beautiful weekend.

We spent time with friends. We spent time with family. We spent time outside. We ate good food.

It was beautiful.

May 11- Break Time

Some people take coffe breaks. Some people take smoke breaks. On Friday, I took a Mario and Luigi Adventure break.

May 12 – Horse Girl

We spent some time visiting with my parents and my sisters this weekend. One of my sisters is trying to qualify for a world show this year, so visits with the family always include visits with the horses to watch her ride. Some neighborhood kids asked for a quick riding lesson while we were there, so the other sister and I wandered over to the other horses. I love this photo. It’s one of my favorites I’ve taken recently.

May 13  – Sunday Afternoons

After a long, busy weekend of visiting with family and friends, Dustin and I took on Sunday afternoon some time to just be. We sat on the couch sipping Sonic drinks and watching the world pass by, and we went for a walk with our dog. We passed by this little guy on our walk, and Dyson spent some time staring at it trying to figure out why I was taking a picture.

Meet Bell Head

10 May

May 9 – Meet Bell Head

Dustin and I met Bell Head our junior year of college. He came to us in a Taco Bell kids meal. (Yes, I still eat kid’s meals. The portion sizes are perfect.)

We spent two years moving Bell Head from random place to random place in the student newspaper office. Bell Head spent some time on each of the desks. He spent some time on the book shelf. He spent some time in the refrigerator. He spent some time under the table.

Some times people noticed. Sometimes they didn’t.

When we graduated we debated leaving Bell Head behind. But we were too attached, so we asked Bell Head to move in with us.

He moves about in our apartment, but not as much as he did in his college days. He’s mellowed out in his old age.