Possible Mild Insanity & Progress

Ah, the second week of January is already under our belts and, speaking of what’s under our belts, how’s everybody doing on their resolutions so far? Anybody still working on theirs?  Finances in order, that great novel nearly finished, fluency in another language achieved — whatever your goals, I hope you’re making progress.

Getting fit and healthy — or just losing that holiday weight — is a common goal for many people this time of year. Most people resolve to shed what I call “Christmas Tummy”  and take on all sorts of challenges, diet programs, cleanses, detoxes, and exercise regimens to help them reach their goals. Great!  You only have one body so I say, “Experiment on it!”  Then let me know how it works out!

This week in 2014, I took some steps toward a healthier me. I finally set up an appointment to have my foot problem officially diagnosed.  Early last year I developed what could be Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia, and/or a stress fracture in my left foot. This makes walking even a few steps painful and running torture which, in turn, makes me feel a bit cut off at the knees. Walking and that feeling of just having run are two of my favorite things and I’ve had to severely limit myself. I still walk Moose as often as I can, but the walks are shorter and normally leave me with a hankering for drugs, or a bone saw.  The point is, by this time next week I should have clear idea of what’s wrong and what we can do to fix it.  Hooray!

I also went in for my bi-annual dentist appointment. Gotta keep the chompers chompin’.

I am more terrified than I appear.

I am more terrified than I appear.


Shameless selfie with my wonderful hygienist, Wendy

Shameless selfie with my wonderful hygienist, Wendy

I didn’t have any epiphanies this week. However, I did realize that I have a peeve with the phrase “Just sayin'” tacked on to the end of comments. It reminds me of that belief that one person can say whatever they want about another person, however rude or nasty, if they simply append some form of “bless,” (him, her, her heart, etc.) to their statement.  “That Sally is such a moron,” is kind of mean but “That Sally is such a moron, bless her heart,” is somehow acceptable.  To me, the phrase “Just sayin'” is a dark-spirited, backhanded phrase in the same family as “bless.” It’s kind of like a pimple on the face of conversations  – ugly and just as useless.  (Sorry for the pimple image that’s probably stuck in your head now.)

I also realized that I may be slightly insane. However, I’m enjoying it so that’s what counts.

First, I’ve started organizing my puzzle table by shape. My dad says that spending that time up front to organize the pieces in ranks by shape makes the process of completing the puzzle go much faster. I’m convinced this is true when you get the pieces down to a manageable number or organized by color, but I’m not quite sure it’s working out with 1000 pieces staring up at me. I may have to report back to let you know if that much order in one’s life is insanity or genius.

Moose may suspect my hold on sanity is loosening...Or is it?

Moose may suspect my hold on sanity is loosening…Or is it?

Second, I’m seeing faces in the pellet stove window. Anybody else see a face here? If not, no need to point out that I’m crazy. We’ve already established that.

Can you see the face?

Can you see the face?

OK, so that’s my week in 2014. What’s going on in your world? Any epiphanies? Any progress on your goals?  Whatever you’re working on, or being slightly insane about, enjoy!

Oh, and just for fun…another shameless selfie…

Me tormenting the dog.

Me tormenting the dog.

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12 Responses to Possible Mild Insanity & Progress

  1. Trish says:

    I’m still working on my soda new year’s resolution. Day 15 without – here I come!

    Wow – that is some serious puzzle organization. Never seen that before. Now I want to start a puzzle. My problem is our four cats. Pieces of a puzzle in progress disappear no matter what we do!

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      Funny you say that, Trish! Every time I drop a puzzle piece on the floor I have to pick it up right away before our suction master, Moose, snuffs it up! Hope the new year’s resolution is still going strong for you!

  2. Gwen says:

    Hi Leanna – I enjoy your blogs (and pics). I have started 2014 determined to improve how I handled 2013. Last year I went through some big changes – new job, moved to a new apartment, oh, and I re-gained the same 25 lbs. that I that I have gained and lost so many times. But…this is a new year so that means a new beginning with the hope that this time it will be different. I am reading the book ‘The Power of Habit’ and I am becoming very aware of my everyday habits both good and bad. I am working tracking what I do each day and writing it down. When you see it on paper in front of your eyes you start to realize how often we do things so automatically. So, I am shaking up the routines in my life.

    I enjoy doing puzzles also. My Mom (82 yrs. old) is a whiz at them and we have a huge collection. I find them really relaxing and a great way to stay out of the fridge!!

    Have a great week – look forward to your next blog.

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      Good for you, Gwen! Shaking things up is such a great way to learn new things and keep life interesting. I’d never heard of “The Power of Habit” but I’ll look it up. I’m currently using Martha Beck’s “Four-Day Win” to help shake up the routines in my life. I have a feeling that this year is going to be great for us both!

  3. Patrice says:

    There is an alien in your stove!!

    Your patience level with puzzle arranging is to be commended. Do let us know whether it speeds up the final placements, k?

    And (at least temporarily) Moose seems pretty comfy with that snuggle.

    Thanks for the great post! I look forward to next week’s.

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      Thanks, Patrice! Glad you liked it! I will let you know the verdict about whether organizing the puzzle is brilliance or lunacy. 🙂

  4. Crystal says:

    Organizing the puzzle pieces takes half the fun/frustration out of it! I’m thinking I am going to get a puzzle for us to do. I worked on one at my brother in-law’s at xmas and I remembered how much I like doing them.

    And you are way braver at the dentist than me. I get so scared, shaky and nervous. They were only going to do local for my wisdom tooth removal this upcoming Thursday and I said no way, knock me out!

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      I thought the same thing as well about organizing puzzles taking the fun out. It turns out, I was wrong. They are still plenty fun and frustrating! Good choice on being knocked out for the wisdom teeth pull. Keep me posted!

  5. Shelly says:

    To be honest, I’ve made little to no progress on my goals. But I’ve kinda made a new one this morning: to be as flexible as my almost-two year old Katie by year’s end. lol We were trying to touch our feet to our faces, and I discovered that I couldn’t get my knee to my face like she could—>with her foot straight in the air.

    Little tidbit of info you might find interesting relating to the “just sayin'” thing… “bless her heart” is a Sourthern slang term that is considered the worst insult of all. Worse than just being called a moron or a retard, and “leaves a sting as deep as any other psychological wound”.

    Love your shameless selfies and blog posts! Any advice on beginner blogging? I’m thinking about starting a blog, but not sure what to write about or how.. Thanks ^_^

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      Hi Shelly! Thanks for the info on the Southern slang! 🙂 As for blogging, I find the best ones are written by people who really have fun with it and enjoy what they’re writing about (seems obvious but there are a lot of blogs out there that seem to have been written in a state of panic or torture). I set mine up using WordPress but there are many free blog sites to choose from that will walk you through the “how.” Good luck!

  6. Sherry says:

    Love it ,you are so clever ! The ‘organized ‘ puzzle is a hoot !
    What fun you have put into this long , dreary January !

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      Thanks, Sherry! I realized while doing the last puzzle that a little organization goes a long way. What do ya know? Dad is not crazy! Hehe