Monthly Archives: December 2010

Week 10/11 Update

Hi Friends. I’m sorry I haven’t been around in two weeks, but aside from Christmas (and those few pesky holiday pounds), there hasn’t been much to report.  Aside from my previously posted resolutions, I resolve in 2011 to report back weekly – is that a deal??  I will virtually extend my hand to shake your hand 🙂  Here’s the latest updates:

#35 Pare down and organize my favorite articles from magazines in my hall closet – half way there (like Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin on a Prayer’ – sing it with me peeps “Woah, we’re half way there…..”!!)  Thank God.  We are looking to redo our kitchen in 2011, so this is great because I can use my “Inspiration” Binder for ideas (side note:  I already feel bad for the people who will have to deal with me – I’m mapping out 3 different scenarios in my head, each with two different countertop option)

#64 Go to see Mets in Washington DC – I’m on a kick to see every baseball stadium in the country and the babes gave me an awesome Christmas gift (well one of two, see below).  On July 30th, we have tickets to see the Mets/Nationals in DC (I had previously gone to RFK – which was a dump, just sayin’).  I’m über excited!!!  For those baseball enthusiasts out there, I’ve been to the following stadiums:  Fenway (Boston), Old Yankee Stadium (Bronx, New York), Shea (Flushing, New York), Citi Field (Flushing, New York), The Vet (Philly), Citizens Bank (Philly), RFK (Washington DC), Camden Yards (Baltimore), Pro Player (Miami), Minute Maid Park (Houston), Rangers Ballpark (Arlington), AT&T Park (San Francisco).  I hope to see Chicago soon!

#67 Find a local boot camp workout and complete it – My BFF Val always talked about this boot camp that she does in Texas.  Since I’m nowhere near Dallas/Ft. Worth, it would be impossible for me to attend (and sorry Val, I’m still not moving to Texas).  For whatever reason, I checked out the classes at my gym (Future Fitness) and found that they have a boot camp class. So far I’ve gone twice, had two great workouts and I’m eager to go again.  My only wish is that this class ran more than once a week – I wonder if the gym has a suggestion box?

#98 Buy a new pair of Coach Sunglasses (I’m overdue) – I am not one of those accessory types (although I’m trying), but my one must-have accessory is a good pair of sunglasses.  I will buy a pair and keep them for years (in fact, I purchased my first pair of Coach sunglasses in 2003 and I still have them, in great shape and scratch free!).  The babes bought me a pair for Christmas (I was totally surprised that he would even dare to buy me something like that) and I love ’em.  Here I am rockin’ the new glasses (although Tyra might not be pleased at my cheese factor):

**Just as a final update for 2010; I’ve completed 11 tasks and I have 11 in process – High Five!**  Happy New Year – I wish you the best that 2011 has to offer! xoxo, Shan

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Christmas Recap

Aaaah, Christmas is over 😦  I love the holidays, so it’s a bit tough for me when it’s all over.  I love getting together with family and celebrating.  Here’s a recap of how things went:

Thursday I ran with my awesome running group (Road Runners Club of Woodbury – you can link to their Facebook page here) and we had a small gathering @ Vic & Maria’s (thank you again if you are reading this – the stromboli was awesome).  It was great to talk about different races/training, and getting to know each-other outside the running world.

Friday morning I did my traditional grocery run @ 6:00 AM (yes, I’m crazy, but I do not deal well with crowds) to stock up on some essentials and get whatever I needed for Christmas dinner.  I cooked a great breakfast, did some running around and went to dinner @ Filomena’s in Blackwood (Steak + Crab = YUM!) with Eddie and my in-laws.  Ed loves Christmas Eve, but I’m more of a Christmas Day person.   Eddie went to a friend’s house and I stayed home, wrapped his gifts, and just sat with the doggies by the fireplace and the tree.  It was nice to just relax and remind myself how lucky I am to have a great family, husband, and friends.  I’m truly blessed.

Saturday (Christmas Day) was filled with craziness.  Eddie and I exchanged gifts (thanks babes) and I cooked and cleaned all day.  The family (Ed’s parents/sister, my sister Jen/2 kids, Bernie/girlfriend Linda, Sister Kelly/husband Paul/2 kids) were all there.  It was great to joke around, cook together, watch the kids open their gifts and just hang out. To quote my favorite Christmas Song “I wish every day could be like Christmas ” (by Bon Jovi – love it).  Here’s some pictures from the day:

All the kids (L to R): Riley, Dana, Colton, Makenzie

My big brother Bernie (wearing Riley’s pimp gear)

Whip-it shots – why do I let Bernie talk me into these things (also, I think this was how the food fight started Christmas 2003)

Kids opening gifts

And of course – this post wouldn’t be complete without my babies (and you know they are absolutely adorable – Mia & Mario)

I hope you all had a very wonderful Christmas!  Tell me all about your celebration!  I do wish each of you a fabulous 2011 – filled with love, happiness, health, success, and wealth!

Week 9 Update

Hello Friends.  I’m back with my 101 in 1001 weekly update and as of last Sunday, I was two months into this challenge (whoot whoot). Sadly, I don’t really have anything to report.  I’m still working on paring down the magazines in my hall closet (#35) and I’m more than 1/2 way complete and I’m working on getting the expand-a-file set up and deciding what we want to do with the office (#73), but that’s really it (and I hope to complete these two before 12/31). 

But to celebrate my two month mark overall I’ve decided I’ll give a ‘total update’ as to where I stand.   I’ve completed 10 tasks and I have 9 in process (click here to see my full list and things in progress so far).  Although I feel like a failure for not completing a task recently or starting something new, I am proud of what I have done so far.  How have you been doing?  Any news to report??? Have a great week!!!  Merry Week before Christmas!!!!

Resolution

Recently, my friend Jen posted an interesting question through her business Facebook page Get There From Here and asked “Have you begun thinking through what 2011 is going to be about for you?”  The first thing I thought of was the dreaded “New Years Resolution” – I usually get a little crazy with this, as do most people with making lofty goals that are often abandoned by the 3rd week in January. 

However, I’ve decided to forgo the traditional resolution and I’ll work on me this upcoming year. Call me selfish, I dare you.  But it’s not selfish. We are all a work in progress and I want to be the best me that I can be (ok, so that was a little Dr Seuss-ish). If I’m the best version of me, then I can be a better person to those I love. Here’s my plan:

*Continue with my 101 in 1001 goals – hell, the point of it was to find things I want to do and by using 1001 days I have plenty to time to achieve these goals;

*Exercise my body and mind (work out and read/take classes or seminars on things that I want to learn about). Just re-reading some of my blog posts, I find that I tend to talk about organization a lot, so that’s something worth exploring;

*Learn to say No.  I’m no different from my peers and fellow colleagues, I tend to take on too much between work and other outside the home commitments and I leave myself very little time to do things I enjoy or explore other interests;

*Continue writing the blog (as part of my challenge) as it has already proved to be a learning tool;

MOST IMPORTANTLY –

*Appreciate those people who want to be in my life instead of wasting time/energy on those who don’t.  I find that I put more energy and effort into relationships that aren’t mutually beneficial and I’m just tired of sacrificing my personal feelings and time on those who really don’t care or appreciate it.

What about you?  What do you have in store for 2011?

Week 8 Update

Hi Friends!  I’m back with my weekly update for my 101 in 1001 challenge.  Sadly, there isn’t much to report as I was very busy with my Annual Holiday Party (which was a huge success).  Here’s the latest standings:

#73 Organize office; shred old bills and set up a yearly expand-a-file for all current bills, med receipts, etc – I’m all about cutting down on clutter and our home office seems to be one of our most disorganized areas.  I would like to be able to clean up the whole space and utilize it as something other than a dumping ground.  I have a few thoughts in mind and saw some really good ideas as I was pilfering through my magazine build up (go to Real Simple; they have fabulous organizing ideas for everything).  I figured I’d start with the filing cabinet.  It’s an old cheap piece of crap that’s overly stuffed with utility bills dating back to 2001. My ultimate goal is to go completely paperless (and we already do with several payments, just not 100%), but I think that could be tackled in the next few years.  I decided that our best bet is to have an expand-a-file.  Everything would be labeled accordingly for paid items (mortgage, gas, electric, various credit cards), a designated section for currently due bills, medical receipts (handy for tax time), bank statements, and of course the tax return/notes (i.e reciepts for charitable contributions, etc).  At the end of the year the whole file can be filed away (yes, that was an intentional pun).  I think the hardest part will be to get Eddie to convert, BUT I’m also thinking that if we start this right from the beginning of the year, we can work on the file cabinet and get rid of the stuff we don’t need (and hopefully that awful file cabinet) and move on to other areas of the room.

#80 Host a brunch for my girlfriends – this is actually in process and scheduled for January 30th.  I love entertaining and since some of my good girlfriends are having some major life changes coming soon (marriage and babies), why not celebrate them!  I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I’m working on my theme/menu (yes, I plan things like this way far in advance).  I’ve already sent the save the date via Facebook and everyone seems on board.  I will certainly post about this when it’s all done (gotta get my inner Martha Stewart on).

Anyone have any fun holiday plans or goals for the New Year; any organizing tricks to share?  Hope you have a great week!!!

Week 7 Update

Hi friends!!!  Tis the Christmas Season!! I’m back with my weekly update for my 101 in 1001 challenge (and yes, I’m late, but I’ve been pretty consumed with work/Christmas – my apologies!!). So sit back with a leftover turkey leg (if it’s still good) and read away (by the way, I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are eager to start in the madness of Christmas!!!!)

#35 Pare down and organize my favorite articles from magazines in my hall closet – I have two baskets full of magazines (Martha Stewart Home and Real Simple – my favorites) in my hall closet dating back to 2004. This is totally ridiculous and a complete waste of space (added bonus for Eddie, I will soon have 2 baskets at my disposal so I’ll hold off on adding to my basket collection). So I spent about an hour for 2 nights going thru them, ripping out pages that inspire me for decor, cooking, organizing. I’m going to sort them into 2 binders called “Inspiration Binder” and “Recipe Binder”. When I’m ready to tackle more home improvement projects or cook a new dinner, I’ll have these bad-boys handy. Here’s a picture of my baskets overflowing – ridiculous, right (don’t you also love how Mia is just posing too)???

#69 Start hosting Thanksgiving dinner – so 2010 is the first time I’ve hosted Thanksgiving for a few years. I’ve resisted for so long, partly because I host Christmas (that I didn’t want to get too involved two holidays in a row), and partly because I miss having the entire family with me on Thanksgiving . We kept things basic – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin cheesecake, and a cherry pie (I made everything except the pie and cranberry sauce). It was a nice day with the family (Ed’s parents, his sister Paula, and my sister Jennifer). I’m thinking this could be an annual thing, as it wasn’t as bad as I had thought. Now only if I could come up with some cool traditions – maybe next year! I definitely need to decorate more!

Have a fantastic week!!!