Saturday, January 28, 2012

Random Friday Facts



Yeah yeah, I know, it happens more often than it should.  I dozed off before I finished writing my post--so here are your Random Friday Saturday Facts for the week.




1.  I desperately need to tweeze and/or wax my eyebrows.  Unfortunately, I can't find my tweezers--so I look like I have caterpillars growing over my eyes.


2.  I love cupcakes, yoga, and oxford commas.


3. I woke up embarrassingly late for work this yesterday morning.


4.  Based on #3, I should have had a terrible day--but really, it was awesome.  (It included Happy Hour at Lyon Hall; if you've never been, you really should go!)   


5.  I love it when I post a comment on someone else's FB status and I get more "likes" than anyone else's response.


6.  I need more yoga clothes, but I don't really want to buy them from Lululemon, Lucy, or Target (which is where most of my current clothes are from.)   


7.  I was late to Happy Hour today because I started applying to two graduate programs.  Because I'm insane.


8.  I now have a key to my yoga studio.  It makes me stupid happy.  But I only kinda work there so it's also a little weird.


9.  I haven't been very creative in the kitchen lately.  I need some inspiration.


10. Thanks to a few posts on Twitter in the past few days, I started the process to register as a donor on the national Bone Marrow Registry.  Kyle, a 4-year-old with aplastic anemia, is searching for a half-Asian, half-Caucasian donor.  I fit the bill, so I figured there would be no harm in trying.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Three Things Thursday



1. It's been great to get back to yoga this week.  After my yoga-filled weekend, I took Monday off then went to Yoga II on Tuesday, Core Focus yesterday, and Yoga I today.  I'm definitely feeling a bit sore and out of shape thanks to the three weeks earlier this month during which I had a light yoga schedule.


2.  I'm still debating about grad school.  I already have a master's degree, but I'd like an administrator certificate.  The certificate itself is 27 credits--but I move over a pay lane at Master's + 30 and the degree is 33 credits.  So it makes sense to just do another degree right?  I'm debating between the UVA program--through which I could get an Ed.S. (a degree higher than a Master's but lower than a Doctorate), or whether I should go through GMU and get a second Master's.  UVA has a higher degree and more prestige, but GMU would be more affordable... which is important, thanks to the basement disaster.  I have about a month to figure out a plan--and to take the GRE so I can be admitted.


3.  I've been creative with my wardrobe this week.  Between donating clothes, clothes wearing out, clothes that don't fit because they're too baggy, and not having a washer/dryer connected, I've got a seriously limited wardrobe.  I desperately need to go shopping.  (Fortunately, we finally re-connected the washing machine--I just need to get around to doing all of the laundry that piled up last weekend.





Wednesday, January 25, 2012

[Almost] Wordless Wednesday: Dear Universe, I don't understand your message...



Last week, I posted Before & After photos of our basement demolition.  


Unfortunately, the post was a bit premature.  While I was off rockin' some serious yoga this past weekend, Duff Man took a hammer to our basement.  You see, once we pulled off the drywall in order to install the much-needed basement waterproofing system we realized that neither the guest bedroom nor the living area had been framed and insulated--they basically had drywall glued and tacked to the concrete block.  Even better, whoever "finished" the basement punched holes in the concrete block of the foundation to run outlets--and there was even a spot where we could look through the blocks and see outside.  We're fortunate that we didn't get any critters living (or worse, dying) in our walls.


Here are the (I think) final "After" demo pictures.  


Guest Bedroom










Living Area (JMU Room)










Skipping steps like covering our furniture (and other belongings) before demo'ing drywall
is one of the big things that scares me about this project.




Bathroom/Laundry Room... now combined!




These pipes will get ripped out and moved... we just don't know how to do it yet.


Ditto to the vanity in the far left corner--it's going buh-bye (it's seriously gross) but
we don't know how to disconnect the water.
Now that you've had a chance to admire the destruction I've got going on at home, check out the most awesome thing I found out at work today.


[after a little back story, that is.]


This is a photo of the trophy shelf in my band room:



The trophies used to live in the main hallway of the school--until this past summer when the administration decided to move the trophy cases around and sent my trophies to my room.  Back in August, I asked my facility director to install a shelf in my band room to display the band bling.  It was finally installed last week.




This is a photo of the ceiling above my percussion shelves in my storage room:


See those streaks?  Yeah, I'll bet you can see where this is headed.




Because of water damage at my school (!?!), some time in the next two weeks my percussion shelves are going to be removed, the entire back wall of my storage room is going to be ripped out, my BRAND NEW trophy shelf is going to be taken down, and a hole will be cut going from the floor to the ceiling of my classroom so the contractors can take a look at what's going on behind the walls.  


Basically, even work isn't going to be a sanctuary from the water-induced construction in my life.






Dear Universe:


I don't understand your message.  I knew what to do with the last two-by-four you hit me with... but this one?  I'm at a loss.  There's a lot of basement flooding and demolition in my life.  What's your message?  What am I supposed to do with all of this water and rubble?  


You don't have to leave a blog comment, but an email or a text or a tweet with some guidance would be great.  


Still grateful but just a little confused,


~Me





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pumpkin-Oatmeal Protein Pancakes



I asked Duff Man what he wanted for dinner last week and he said Breakfast for Dinner.  Given the choice for dinner, Duff Man will ALWAYS pick either Mexican food or BFD.


On this particular evening, I decided to make pumpkin pancakes--but with an added kick of protein so that DM wouldn't start tearing the kitchen apart looking for a snack 30 minutes later.






Pumpkin-Oatmeal Protein Pancakes


3/4 c. Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
2 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (right now I have the Trader Joe's brand)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger


1/2 container plain Greek yogurt
1 large egg
1/2 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. milk


Heat up a skillet or large frying pan.


Put the dry ingredients (oats, flour, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger) together in the bowl of your food processor and whir together for 30 seconds until the oats are coarsely ground.


Add the yogurt, egg, pumpkin, and milk and mix until blended.


Pour batter into circles on griddle, 1/3 c. at a time, and cook 1-2 minutes.  (For pretty, perfect pancakes, use a cast iron or nonstick griddle and do NOT grease the pan.)  When the edges of the pancakes are dry, flip and cook 1-2 minutes longer.  


Serve hot with butter and syrup.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Fun Yoga-Filled Weekend!



For the first time in... well, in way too long, I spent the weekend doing yoga.


After school on Friday, I went over to the new yoga studio to help finish the little details before the staff meeting at 6:30.  The contractors were still furiously working to finish when I got there, and I helped do little things like putting the props away, decorating the large studio, and anything else that needed to be done.  It was fun seeing the staff again, and we had a great time christening the space with a light practice.  We ended up ordering food and working until late into the night to get everything together.  By the time I left it was well past midnight and the roads were slick and icy.  


My friend K picked me up early Saturday morning to head back to the studio for the Grand Re-Opening celebration: a mala practice!  A mala practice is a ritual practice which usually consists of 108 sun salutations.  It takes about 2 hours and, physically, it's pretty brutal.  Knowing that I had a long day ahead, I modified a lot of the repetitions--but it still took its toll!


Afterwards, K and I headed to Tranquil Space in DC for an a five-hour Advanced Assisting Workshop with Alanna Kaivalya.  Alanna is an energetic yoga teacher, teacher trainer, and co-author of one of my favorite yoga books, Myths of the Asanas.


"Myths of the Asanas" tells the stories behind many of the most common yoga poses--a fun and fascinating read!
I had a great time at the workshop.  We talked about appropriate ways to assist clients and how to build (and maintain) their trust, and we also went through assists for many poses--including even more sun salutations.  What was especially great about the way were taught assists was that Alanna worked with a physical therapist to develop assists that were helpful to the client but also safe for her.  She would adjust the yogi's pose while the therapist adjusted her hold.  

After the workshop, I headed back home to change and head to a party hosted by one of my teacher training classmates.  Even thought Duff Man and I only knew S and her husband, we had a great time.  I started talking with one of S's friends... who, it turns out, also went to JMU and marched in the MRD's.  Even though we went to school four years apart, it turns out that we had some mutual friends.  Earlier in the day, I ran into someone at the training who knew one of my colleagues at school.  It's funny how small the world is sometimes.

On Sunday, K and I--both still feeling the after-effects of Saturday's mala--headed back to Tranquil Space for three more hours of assisting training.  We're hoping to get together some time this week to practice and refine the assists we learn.  Eight hours is simply not enough to really perfect everything we learned!  

I spent the rest of Sunday downing Advil, watching TV, grocery shopping, and listening to Duff Man demo the basement living area and guest room.  At the moment, he's demoing the basement bathroom and laundry room.  I'll post pics of those disasters in a couple of days.

How was your weekend?  Did you learn anything, do anything fun, or destroy anything?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Random Friday Facts

1.  I'm proud of Duff Man.  He doesn't like to negotiate (he's an introvert and negotiation usually involves some type of confrontation), but he's learning.  Last week, he hired a plumber to snake out our kitchen sink and ended up paying $50 instead of the original $300 quote.  


2.  I pre-wrote four posts on Wednesday night, including most of this one.  It's a new personal record.


3.  I'm a big fan of Greek yogurt, but some of the recipes that Chobani posts on Twitter are just disgusting.  Yogurt Guacamole?  Blech.


4.  All of the talk of SOPA and PIPA this week made me think of sopapillas.  And then I had a vision of a hoarde of evil desserts trying to take over the internets.


How could these pillowy pockets of cinnamon-sugar goodness be plotting to censor the interwebz?
Source
5.  Speaking of evil desserts, I wanted something sweet on Tuesday night so I made devil's food cupcakes.  I used shortening instead of butter (which is what the recipe called for).  They were good, but not great.  I get why Paula Deen always uses real butter and sugar.



6.  I have decided that cupcakes fall into the same category as pizza and sex.  Even when they're bad, they're still pretty good.


7.  Photos of my puppies also fall into this category.




8.  I use technology for most everything, but I am most efficient when I keep a paper to-do list on a yellow legal pad.  And yet, I haven't kept a paper to-do list in months.  


9.  I still regularly use a typewriter.


10.  Sometimes I play out entire conversations with other people in my head--which is silly, because you never really know how someone is going to react to something.  It's bad because sometimes I let those perceived reactions affect how I approach a situation.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Three Things Thursday



1.  The waterproofing contractor finished their work yesterday but the basement looks pretty much the same as it did on Tuesday (with the exception that all of the plastic has been removed.)  Now the real work begins.  We need to figure out exactly what we want to do it, in what order steps need to be taken, how much we want to contract and how much we want to do ourselves, and how much it's all going to cost.  Whew.  I hadn't quite realized exactly how much of a basement overhaul we had signed up for.


Our contractors did, however, leave this beauty in our yard.


2. I've been fighting of a cold for the last week or so.  I think the combination of the crazy weather (30 degrees one day, followed by 60 degrees... then 24 degrees... then 53...) and the lack of yoga has done me in.  I've got a full blown head cold and have been sneezing like crazy for the last few days.  Boo!


3.  I'm SUPER excited for my return to yoga this week--and what a week it is!  My studio is still closed, so my friend K and I took a few classes at a different studio--one was okay, one was FABULOUS!  I finally, FINALLY get to back to my studio for a special teachers-only class tomorrow, and then the official opening Mala Practice on Saturday morning.  Hopefully 108 Sun Salutations will detox me enough to get rid of this stupid cold.  After the Mala practice, I'm going to spend the rest of Saturday and a couple of hours on Sunday at an Assisting workshop at yet another yoga studio in DC.  3 yoga studios in one week--it's a new personal record for me by far!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Rowdy has been working on his modeling portfolio.

 Blue Steel?
 Ferrari Le Tigre?
Pensive?  Damn, I was going for thoughtful.
You're hilaaaarious!
Very "grrrr," baby.
 Aaaaaand, I'm spent.

 Whatever, you love me.

Millie is not amused.

Basement Improvements by Osho

"The search for truth is negative.  It is not a positive search.  You don't have to add something to your being; rather, you have to delete something.  You have to cut something away from you.  The search for truth is surgical.  It is not medical, it is surgical."


From "Yoga: The Science of the Soul" by Osho.




Cut things away?  You got it!


Bathroom
Way before - this photo was from our inspection.


After




Laundry Room
Before
After
Duff Man's Office (No Before Pics Available)

Guest Bedroom
Before.  Actually, WAY before.
I had nicer lamps on the end tables too.
After, from pretty much the same viewpoint as the "Before" photo.


 Basement Living Area - a.k.a. "The JMU Room"


Before (without furniture & decorations)




After


Kitchen/Dining Area
Before
After



Basement renovations by Osho: The anti-HGTV.




Saturday, January 14, 2012

Random Friday Facts... A Day Late

Yeah, yeah, I know.  I'm the world's worst blogger.  Whatever, sue me.  If you're reading this, you probably came from a Russian website anyway so what's the chance you really know what I'm talking about anyway?


Here are your Random Friday Saturday Facts.


1.  I've been reading a zillion responses to the New York Times article on How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.    I was going to write a response of my own, but I think there are people far wiser and more experienced who have better things to say than I.  YogaDork has a Complete and Exhaustive Guide to the existing responses.  These are some of my favorites.

2.  Today I slept in until 11am, made myself an omelet, stayed in my PJs, and have watched 6 episodes of Grey's Anatomy.


3.  I know I've already posted about my home yoga practice, but I still find it really hard to stay motivated to practice on my own.


4. I love sushi.  Especially tuna nigiri and spider rolls.


5. I miss the farmer's market.


6. I still have two Christmas presents to send and one left to open.


7. I took down our Christmas decorations yesterday.


8. I told myself that the last time I donated my hair that it would be the last time.  My hair is so long right now, that I'll probably just finish growing it out and donate it...again.


9. I'm contemplating going on a bike ride tomorrow, but I don't know that I have the gear--or desire--to ride my bike in the cold weather.  But I need to get out and do SOMETHING.


10. I am a die hard, dedicated, loyal, tried-and-true, would-help-bury-a-dead-body kind of friend.  But sometimes I feel like my friends wouldn't do the same thing for me.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Orange Peel Tofu Deliciousness



By the time I got home for dinner tonight, it was fairly late.  Duff Man had been home for a while but hadn't thought to take any meat out of the freezer.  Luckily, I had a block of Extra Firm Tofu in the refrigerator.  I looked around my kitchen and came up with this delicious (although possibly not the healthiest) recipe for Orange Peel Tofu.  Even Duff Man liked it--although he'd never admit that in public.






The key to most Chinese-style recipes is to prepare your ingredients in advance, keep your pan scorching hot, and move quickly.  


Orange Peel Tofu


1 block of extra firm tofu
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. vegetable or peanut oil (NOT olive oil--the smoke point is too low and the oil will burn before it gets hot enough)


2 Tbsp vegetable or peanut oil
1 Tbsp ginger, minced or grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. shredded carrots
1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
3 scallions, sliced into 1/2" sections
2 dried red chili peppers, chopped
zest and juice of 1 large orange (about 1/2 c. juice)
1 Tbsp cornstarch mixed into 1/2 c. water (aka "cornstarch slurry")
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil


Heat the 1/2 c. of vegetable or peanut oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  (I used my cast iron skillet.)


Squeeze the excess water out of the tofu using a clean towel or some paper towels, then slice the brick into 1/4" slices.  Blot the slices with a towel again, then cut each slice into thirds.  Liberally coat each piece of tofu with cornstarch, then shake off the excess and set aside.


Once the oil is hot, carefully add the tofu in a single layer being sure to not crowd the pan.  (I cooked it in two batches.)  Allow the tofu to cook for 7 minutes.  Flip the tofu over and cook for another 4 minutes.  Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.


While the tofu cooks, heat 2 Tbsp of oil over high heat in another pan or wok.  Once the oil is hot, add the ginger and garlic to the wok and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the carrots, mushrooms, and scallions and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the chili peppers, orange zest, and juice.  Bring to a boil, then add the cornstarch slurry into the wok and allow the sauce to thicken.  Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and stir, then add the fried tofu to the pan.


Garnish with scallions and serve with jasmine rice.



Monday, January 9, 2012

A Week Without Yoga... and a Personal Practice



The first yoga sutra is "Atha Yoga Nusashanam."  It roughly translates to "Now the discipline of yoga."


Well, I have a confession to make.


I haven't been disciplined--at all--this week.  In fact, I didn't practice even ONE time for the first 7 days of the year.  I don't even know the last time I went that long without a yoga class.  I could find out, but I don't feel like checking the magical spreadsheet at the moment :)  


Life got a little busy (back to school after winter break) AND I got sick (a cold, which I've now passed on to Duff Man) AND my studio is currently closed (boo!) due to construction.  I had my first studio staff meeting--which was supposed to include a practice--but the studio wasn't quite ready enough for us to do more than the "business" of the meeting.  


Anyway, I decided that streak needed to end at 7 days so last night I took out my mat and completed my first practice the year--a personal practice in my living room.






It looked something like this:

  • Intention
    • To have a good balance of stretch and strength.  
    • To stretch out hip flexors after spending a lot of time in the car this weekend
    • To quiet my mind by focusing on my breath.
  • Pranayama
    • Ujjayi breaths in Siddhasana
  • Grounding/Opening Movements
    • Lateral stretches in Siddhasana, thread the needle (ballistic, then held facilitated stretch)
    • Table to various motions of the spine (catch/cow, horse, "cement mixer").  
    • Spinal balance, spinal balance with arm/knee curling under, spinal balance while grabbing opposite foot
  • Flow sequence
    • Tadasana, utthita tadasana, uttanasana, runner's lunge, anjaneyasana (hold to stretch hip flexor), down dog, runner's lunge (opposite foot forward, holding again), anjaneyasana, down dog, vinyasa
    • Tadasana, utthita tadasana,  uttanasana , runner's lunge,  anjaneyasana (hold to stretch hip flexor), runner's lunge with flat back/reach forward, skandasana,  virabhadrasana II,  reverse Warrior, extended side angle, reverse Warrior, virabhadrasana II, ardha chandrasana, virabhadrasana II, reverse Warrior, vinyasa, jump to utthita uttanasana, uttanasana, utthita tadasana, thumbs to heart tadasana.
      • This is the full sequence.  I started by only going through part of the sequence, repeating it on the opposite side, then going through it again and adding on a few more poses each time.
    • Surya Namaskar B - 3 full repetitions (i.e. 6 chaturanga - 1 repetition)
  • Strengthening:
    • Core work (laying on back on mat)
    • Shalabhasana (5 breaths, 7 breaths, 10 breaths)
  • Deep Stretch/Twist:
    • Cat's Tail Twist (with leg grab)--both sides
    • Number 4 stretch (stretch facilitated with hands under thigh)--both sides
  • Savasana
I have to say that I'm pretty proud I was able to work up a light sweat (especially since my living room isn't as warm as the studio).  I was able to bring my focus back to my breath when my mind started to drift.  

My goal was to practice for approximately 60 minutes.  When I came out of savasana, my stop watch said 70 minutes had passed--but really that's because I spend 15 minutes in savasana instead of the 5 I'd planned.  That's a good thing, really--I had no idea I'd been in savasana for that long.

I'm crossing my fingers that the studio re-opens this coming weekend--but whether it does or not, I'm committing myself to ensuring that I return to a regular practice routine.  Even if it means my living room is my yoga studio for the rest of the week.




Friday, January 6, 2012

Random Friday Facts

1. I am much more likely to be productive when there are 30 things on my "To-Do" list than when there are 2.  


2. My favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor is Coffee Heath Bar Crunch


3. I don't like olives.


4. I always try to finish reading to books I start--even if it means I start a book, put it down for months or even years, then later pick it back up and finish it.


5. I LOVE Amazon Prime.  I spent most of break watching Grey's Anatomy.  (I just finished Season 5--that finale is heartbreaking!)  The free two-day shipping has been pretty sweet too.


6. I managed to NOT check my work email at all over Winter Break.  This is a huge accomplishment.


7. The Phantom Tollbooth has been one of my favorite books since I was in the fourth grade.   Up until this week, I thought the author's name was Norman Juster.  It's apparently Norton Juster.


8. My yoga studio is currently closed, so I haven't done any yoga in 6 days.  I think this is the reason why I've suddenly caught a cold.


9. I've been craving cinnamon tea this week.  I didn't find any at the grocery store, so I resorted to adding cinnamon to my tea.  This morning, I found an entire box of cinnamon apple tea on the shelf in my pantry and it made me stupid happy.  I've had 3 cups so far today.  


10. I am outspoken and confident today, but I was a totally nerdy, introverted bookworm when I was a kid.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Gumbo Deliciousness!

Now that the weather has turned cold, I thought I'd pull out one of my favorite recipes.  It requires a little bit of prep work the night before, but coming home to hot gumbo on a cold day was definitely worth it!

This is the original recipe I've used for a long time--however, I lightened up the recipe a little bit by using half the amount of roux and using Trader Joe's Smoked Chicken & Turkey Sausage instead of regular Andouille.  I also modified the recipe to work in the slow cooker--but you can follow the stove top instructions in the original recipe if you'd rather just cook the whole thing in your Dutch Oven.


Delicious Slow-Cooker Gumbo with Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp




1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 pound smoked chicken sausage, quartered and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper (to taste)
Creole seasoning (to taste)
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
2 large chicken breasts
1/2 lb large raw shrimp (shelled and deveined)


Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. When hot, whisk in flour. Continue whisking until the roux has cooked to the color of chocolate milk, 8 to 10 minutes. You can cook it until it's darker if you prefer the flavor, but be careful not to burn the roux. If you see black specks in the mixture, start over.  (Note: If you prefer a thicker gumbo, double the amount of oil and flour to create more roux.)


Stir the onion, bell pepper, celery, and sausage into the roux; cook 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook another 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning; blend thoroughly. Add the chicken broth and the bay leaves.


Place the chicken breasts in the crock of the slow cooker and pour the rest of the gumbo over top of it.  Cook on low for 8 hours.   


About an hour before you serve the gumbo, remove the chicken breasts, shred them, and add them back into the gumbo along with the raw shrimp.


Serve over rice.  

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Goals



I don't make resolutions, I make goals.


I've read that statement so many times in the last week or so that it sounds almost cliche--but it's true (for me, at least.)  I feel like resolutions are overly broad statements, while goals are specific and measurable.  I teach my students to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely), so my personal goals generally follow those guidelines--even if I don't formally delineate each step.


For the past few years, I've set a specific, fitness-related goals for myself, which I've tracked via the magical spreadsheet.  In 2010 my goal was to get in the habit of exercising regularly (twice per week.)  In 2011, my goal was to workout at least 10 times per month--and as you already know, I smashed that goal.  


I've mentioned several times that the big, overall goal that I'm working towards is finding balance in my life.  Because I feel like I'm pretty firmly rooted in my workout habits, my focus is going to be on becoming healthy in other, more well-rounded ways.  Leslie Bradshaw's "5 Things I Am Doing to Live A Better Life" is definitely providing both an inspiration and a starting point for my goals.


So, without any further ado, here they are:
  • Exercise 3 days per week, Every Week.  This one should be a "gimme."  Last year, there were a total of 5 weeks when I only exercised once or twice.  I never took a week off--and I had way more weeks where I worked out 4-7 (or more) times.  However, I think it's important to include exercise as a part of my goals for the year so that I'm not tempted to neglect the habits I've worked to develop over the past two years.
  • Eat Better, Eat Regularly, Eat Better Regularly.  I tend to forget (yes, forget) to eat breakfast--and sometimes lunch too--on many occasions at work.  When I don't plan well enough to pack breakfast and lunch, I end up eating fast food, snacking on the generally unhealthy munchies left in the office, or eating from the school cafeteria.  When I am diligent about packing (and eating!) breakfast/lunch, I have a lot more energy.  Crazy, right?
  • Plan.  Make Plans. Stick to the Plan.  Plan breakfast/lunch ahead of time, then pack it and eat it.  Make plans with friends in advance.  Plan to spend more time with Duff Man.  Plan enough time to get from one place to another.  Difficult to track?  Maybe.  Important?  Definitely.
I'll be tracking my progress through my spreadsheet (as usual) and will update periodically on the blog here.  I've got a few other goals I've been playing around with in my head, but I think I'll keep the official list short and sweet in order to keep it manageable.  

What are your goals for 2012?