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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.


Life Lately

9 Jun

Life lately has been busy. And wonderful. And stressful. And fun.

June 6- Patterns

I’ve been photographing patterns a lot lately. It’s a phase.

Some people go through food phases and eat a lot of sandwiches. Some people go through clothing phases and wear jeans and T-shirts almost every day. I go through photo phases and photograph all the patterns I see. It’s a quirk.

June 7 – And then I joined my generation

I downloaded the Instagram app on my iPad a few months ago. I played with it for about five minutes, decided it didn’t live up to the hype and didn’t touch it again.

But then on Thursday I gave it a second try. I’m pretty sure I love it now. If you want to follow me, then you should. I only have 4 followers right now, and that’s kind of lame. My username is mrsktbarton.

June 8 – Good Intentions

Friday consisted of non-stop work, until about 3:15 p.m. And then I decided my weekend was going to start early. I abandoned my responsibilities for a tuna sandwich and a conversation with my husband. It was a good trade.

Of course, around 11 p.m. I realized I still hadn’t taken a photo. So, I searched my house for something photogenic and found my flowers. I thought they looked nice, glowing in the window reflection and back lit by the street lights. But, now that I’m looking at it again, the photo really just seems creepy.

You can’t always be a winner, guys. And really, however creepy my flowers look they’re still 10 times more photogenic than a tuna sandwich. You should be thanking me right now.

June 9 – Do-nothing Saturday

Today was a wonderful do-nothing Saturday. Dustin brought me an iced coffee while I was still in bed, and he ventured out to buy breakfast ingredients. (We aren’t very diligent grocery buyers, so we’re out of normal things like eggs and milk a lot.) After we enjoyed our breakfast on the balcony, we abandoned our plans and goals and just let the day happen. Nothing is more wonderful on a Saturday.

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!

Lovely, Inspired

22 May

Today has been a lovely, inspired day. 

I don’t want to be selfish, so I’ve made a list of some tasks that have inspired me today.

-Sipping watermelon Sprite from Sonic.

-Enjoying the beautiful weather out my window.


-Adding fun assignments to my planner.

-Looking at beautiful photos.

-Reading e-mails about future article possibilities.

-Admiring my growing Sharpie collection and day dreaming of fun doodles.
(There may be some dinosaur doodled stationary in my future.

What has inspired you today? 

Pillows, Blankets, and Thankfulness

17 May

May 16 – Pillows, Blankets, and Thankfulness

Dustin is recovering from a minor illness. So we canceled our plans for the night, covered our balcony with pillows and blankets, and sat outside talking until it was time for bed. We went through our relationship, starting with the night we met, and we talked about all the things God has done for us in the short time we’ve known each other. It’s been a wonderful journey.

Happy Afternoon!

15 May

I hope you are all having a wonderful afternoon.

I was going through some memory cards, and I found this photo I took a few weeks ago. I get really excited when businesses do simple, normal things in fun, creative ways. Caribou Coffee is an excellent example.

Their cups are fun. (They’ve doodled all the things you should stay awake for on their cups.) Their napkins are fun. They offer fun products. I liked this napkin so much I tacked it up with my collection of random things that made me smile.

I’ve also gone out of my way to go to Caribou Coffee more than normal, because this napkin made me smile.

Caribou Coffee, congratulations on your marketing success. You won me over.

What are some simple things you have seen done in fun, creative ways recently?