Geez, Louise! What a week! It’s almost Friday (well, technically I guess it is Friday) and I haven’t posted since Monday. I haven’t even had time to think about it, really. I’ve been swamped.
I’ve also been stressed. But that’s getting better.
There has been no progress on my condo this week. The insurance companies and the general contractor are trying to hash out the details of the estimates and payment. I did meet with a woman to pick out the color of the hardwoods and the type of carpet I’d like to put in the bedroom and office. I also met with an interior decorator for a one-hour consultation I won at my condo association’s holiday silent auction. She was great! She gave me some really good advice on picking out paint colors and such.
I’m hoping we can get started in the next week. I’m really anxious to get my place back in order, and it’s kinda been stressing me out.
I’m also considering swapping the location of my bedroom and the office. The bedroom currently is a little larger and has a private full bathroom, but it’s also located directly under the kids upstairs and their morning (loud) shenanigans. It’s also right by the front door and the breezeway, which means it can sometimes be a little louder than I’d like when I’m trying to sleep in on lazy weekends.
Also, the office gets more natural light, and it’s located across from a larger bathroom, but that’s the bathroom that guests currently use. Some folks in my community have installed French doors to separate that entire area off into a master suite of sorts, and it looks kinda nice.
My main challenge to moving the two rooms is getting the treadmill through the doorways. When it was initially delivered, they set it up inside my office, and it’s too wide to push through the door. So Guy is going to try to help me carefully take it apart little by little until we can get it through.
Meanwhile, work has been a little nuts this week. It’s always like this for me…either I am so incredibly bored with nothing to do…or I am slammed. This week, I’ve been slammed.
I also had my Lasik evaluation yesterday. They did a very thorough exam and dilated my eyes more than I’ve ever been dilated before. I couldn’t see anything within five feet of my face until this morning, and for most of today my pupils were still large and very sensitive to light. But I am a great candidate for the procedure, and my appointment is set for January 27! Woo hoo! I have to go back next week to try to get the Custom Lasik measurements again. Apparently you have to be incredibly relaxed while you look down this tunnel with a red light at the endthey don’t want you to actually look at the light. You have to kinda let your eyes space out and look at nothing. If they can’t get identical pictures/measurements three times on each eye, they can’t do Custom Lasik, because they use those readings to program the laser.
Cross your fingers they get what they need at my next appointment!
Beyond that, I am on a renewed mission to focus on some of my goals. They were not resolutions, per se, but they are things I really need to work on. Like, bad.
Firstly, I have actually been doing a very good job of taking better care of my skin. I’ve been using Mary Kay products for my face and am noticing the results already. I use the TimeWise cleanser and moisturizer as well as the Day and Night Solutions. I also use the undereye dark circle diminishing cream at night. Tonight when I got my brows waxed the very friendly Korean spa technician complimented me on my skin and guessed that I am four years younger than my actual age. I’ll take that.
I have also been eating reasonably. I haven’t been eating very well, because it’s hard to do that when I don’t have my own fridge and kitchen handy to prepare meals, but I have been managing to eat okay. Which is a good thing, since I gained about three pounds on my Whistler trip. I’m also working on my next goal (reducing my credit card debt) by taking advantage of eating breakfast and lunch at work (I get free meals in our cafeteria). I usually have a bowl of Raisin Bran with 2% or low-fat milk for breakfast, and then I’ll get a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce and tomato, along with a squirt of spicy mustard for lunch. Dinner has been varied, but I had a Lean Cuisine tonight. Once I get back into my place, I’m going to start following my eDiets.com meal plan for The Zone.
I, like so many other people in America, would like to reduce my credit card debt. I go through phases where I am super-motivated to do so; I am in one of those phases now. Usually they occur when I am reaching the point of feeling like it’s never going to be paid off…I am close to feeling that way now. I guess that’s not such a good thing. But I have made a few changes in my finances to give me greater resources to pay them off. I also checked my FICO score today from all three bureaus and was pleasantly surprised, actually. They are pretty darn good, and once I pay down my cards they will be excellent. I will be able to finance that dream yacht I’ve always wanted!
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about selling more stuff on eBay and also selling some prints of my photography to help make my debts disappear. If you have any feedback on my idea to sell 5x7s, 8x10s, and 11x14s, please let me know. I’d appreciate some objective criticism and input!
I need to go to sleep. I’ve got a 9 a.m. meeting and I still need to read the notes on the client so I can look prepared. Especially since it’s for a business trip I’m taking on Tuesday to Florida, and I’m leading the demo in the meeting.