The 100 Thing Challenge

Friday, October 29, 2010

Have you heard of the 100 Thing Challenge? Started by a blogger earlier this year, he decided to minimalize his life and attempt to live with only 100 personal items. Wow, what a challenge, right?

Apparently this phenomenon has caught on and minimalists everywhere are reducing the amount of material items they own. They claim their inspiration or catalyst for this challenge was brought on by the economic downturn and readjusting their perception of need. While a minimalist myself, I don’t think I could get down to 100 items. I easily have over 100 books alone and would have trouble parting with any. But I love the idea of reassessing what we think we need on a day to day basis. We really don’t need all that much.

In the spirit of the 100 thing challenge, I’ve been thinning my wardrobe and getting rid of a lot of clothes. I’ve had to be realistic about what I won’t and can’t wear anymore (thank you breastfeeding). I found this great consignment store (where I bought Hannah’s monkey costume) that has accepted most of my clothes and I’ve already made about $50 selling my clothes through them. Now I’m on a roll and have to restrain myself from selling all my clothes.:)

But it's a good lesson in what matters and what lasts. And that really we should only invest in what lasts in life. People, relationships, faith.

Do you think you could take on the 100 thing challenge?


videoHannah in her monkey costume at storytime yesterday. (It's probably best to listen to the video with the sound off, the librarian in the background is kinda loud

Book Worm

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This is Hannah's newest skill, pulling all the books out of the coffee table and off the bottom shelf of the bookscase. Matthew thinks it's a good sign, that she'll be bookish. I think it just means she likes to pull books off of things. But she sure is industrious. Every morning, first thing, she gets to work pulling those books. And do you notice that she looks at the books right side up? She's a genius.

7 Quick Takes

Friday, October 22, 2010

1)Is it Friday already? Goodness. I think I may have mentioned I’m coaching soccer this season. I’m coaching a 7th grade team for a nearby boarding school. It’s a good time and I love the girls. But the school emphasizes that winning is not important and for this competitive lady, that is not easy. Half the players are really talented and the other half, well, let’s just say we’re working on their foot-eye coordination. You know that Dunkin’ Donuts commercial with the little girls soccer team chasing all the butterflies and the coach yelling, “stay focused tigers.” That’s so me. Yesterday, my players were chasing leaves all over the field. (Just realized that Dunkin Donuts doesn’t exist in California and thus no Dunkin Donuts commercials. I’ll see if I can find the commercial on YouTube.)

2)Matthew has a pretty bad cold right now. Does anyone ever notice how men become such little boys when they’re sick? Oh my, I’m taking care of two babies right now. Someone mentioned to me that they hoped I was feeling all right and I told them simply, I can’t get sick. Moms can’t get sick. Who would take over?

3)I have a second part time job teaching Saturday mornings at an English-Chinese school in Boston. I love it. I’m teaching 5th grade English and Math to about 15 students. They’re really good kids and I admire the fact that they show up every Saturday for more school. I feel really blessed with both my part time jobs. St. Joseph really came through for me. The jobs are super easy, enjoyable and pay pretty well. I am blessed.

4)Hannah has started pulling herself up on everything. She’s so proud of herself when she is able to pull herself, so we make sure to clap and cheer for her a lot. She also has four more teeth on top. They’re poking through, so she likes to bite down on everything. Hence the bitemarks on our coffee table.

5)Has anyone else started their Christmas shopping? I can proudly say that I’m about halfway done. Hannah is only getting a few things this year and some empty boxes that we’ll wrap. She loves wrapping paper more than anything, so we might just wrap up a bunch of things. But my favorite gift we’re, I mean Santa, is giving Hannah this year are these Saintly Silver felt saints. She’s getting St. Clare and the girl guardian angel. They’re a tad expensive, but so cute and I figure something she can play with during Mass too.

6)It’s Fall in New England and I’m loving it. In my opinion Spring and Summer and pretty much miserable here, but Fall, oh the Fall, it’s incredible. All the leaves are beautiful and the weather is perfect. We’ve been trying to get outside ever weekend. We’ve taken a train ride, gone to a Cranberry Festival, a local elementary school Fall Fest and we would have gone for a few bike rides, but unfortunately it’s against the law to take a child younger than one on a bike ride. Crazy.

7)My parents just returned from their European whirlwind trip to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like they had a blast. They were able to visit the town where my great grandmother is from and hike to the local chapel she hiked to every day in the Austrian Alps.

8) Hannah is 9 months old today! I can't believe it, 9 months sounds so old now. My baby is growing up:)
I hope you are all doing well! I miss you all!

My Apologies

Okay, so I'm the worst blogger ever since it's been about oh, two months since I've last posted. I apologize to my three loyal readers:)

I promise to start posting regularly again. Until then, here is a cute Hannah picture. I swear, I'm going to make her wear her Halloween costume every day just because she looks so dang cute in it.

**We were planning on having her be a roller derby girl for Halloween so she could wear her helmet. It was going to be a cute costume, but alas, the helmet is now too small, which I suppose is a good thing. So a monkey she will be. (Plus, I got the monkey costume for 5 bucks.)
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