1. Open the blinds. First thing every day. Whether it’s sunshine or snowy, I like to know what’s going on in the world. I’m on my way to being that little old lady that knows what all her neighbors are doing every minute of the day. Even the dogs. I know all of them by name of course. Not so much the neighbors. But the dogs I like. And the little raised up section on the left, as you can see that’s so Kaya can look out and see what’s going on in the world too. She has definite opinions on who should be where and who is allowed to walk in front of our house and who is not.
2. Open Kaya’s dog door. Best decision of my life was to install a dog door. I really don’t know what we did before we had one. If you own a dog, get a dog door. It will change your life. We actually have two. One that goes from the house to the garage and then from the garage to outside. But we keep them locked at night because Kaya likes to go outside and bark in the middle of the night. And that’s not really good for neighbor relations. So we close it up. Plus it keeps the critters out. And I suppose people too. Very little people. But that’s when security alarms come in handy.
3. Spread out the blanket. Yes, every day I do this. Many many times a day in fact. For Kaya. She prefers the blanket rather than the cold leather so I have to make sure she has her blanket. If I forget, she looks at me as if I haven’t done anything for her in her entire life. And we certainly can’t have that. Plus it kind of keeps all her little white hairs off the black sofa. But let’s not talk about how many white hairs are on that blanket.
4. Take my meds. I’ve never been much of a med person until my heart attack a few years ago. And now look. So many pills. There’s an aspirin, a blood thinner, a beta blocker, an ACE inhibitor, one for cholesterol, fish oil, usually a vitamin but I’m currently out and an anti-depressant. Because when you take so many meds, you really need an anti-depressant.
5. Make and drink a cup of chai. Sometimes two. It’s one thing I really look forward to every day. My favorite brand is Bhakti but it is ridiculously expensive so lately I’ve been drinking Tazo. That’s the same kind they use at Starbucks. I mix a cup of the concentrate with a cup of fat-free milk. So I’m not getting any saturated fat that way but I am getting way too much sugar. At one cup of day, my sugar intake is fine.If it's my only splurge. It’s the two or three cups that get me in trouble. Really trying to work on that.
6. Look at and use my planner. I’ve used a million and one planners in my life. And my phone. And my iPad. And Outlook. And back and forth. And back and forth. And back and forth. I’m trapped in that between generation of manual versus electronic. And I’m also trapped in that downsizing mode and will convince myself at some point that I can do everything electronically because I have my phone with me all the time anyway. But it’s really not true. I always go back to a manual planner. This system works best for me. I just need to remember that it does. Because my phone is for fun (as you’ll see below) and my planner is for work (not work work but personal work). I can set aside my planner but I can’t set aside my phone.
7. Spend way too much time on my phone. I check email, text, log food and fitness goals, check Abigail’s grades, take pictures, Instagram, Facebook, check Etsy, Pinterest, look at the weather, listen to music and podcasts, look up things on the Internet, read books, set my alarms, snapchat, check my bank account, play games, use the calculator, facetime, make phone calls, get driving directions, and probably a million other things I can’t even remember about right now. My name is Monica and I’m an iphoneaholic. (I meant to take a picture of the first screen of my phone but didn't. That's the second screen in case you were wondering.)
8. Feed and water the dog. This should probably be a given right? Well…I’m really not that kind of a mom. I hate cooking. So we have a lot of fend for yourself days when it comes to meals. So while I can’t always manage to feed my family every day, I can manage to feed the dog. Although admittedly, sometimes my mom does take care of this. But I at least look at her dishes and give her water every day even if someone else feeds her. That’s progress.
9. Give nighttime treats. All you have to do is say night-night and Kaya knows exactly what to do. She runs outside for her final outing and in record time runs back in and waits by the pantry for treats. This all started when she was being crate trained. One treat and she would run to her crate ready for bed. Now she sits for two or three or as many as you'll give her and then she follows me up to bed. She's no longer in her crate. She prefers to be in the big bed under the covers. And who am I to deny her anything. Warm and cuddly always win.
10. Answer my Q&A in my 5-year journal. This sits on my night stand and every night before bed I answer my question for the day. I started this in 2013 so this is my 2nd year with it. And I’m really starting to find the joy in it. I enjoyed answering the questions last year but when you get to the second year and start comparing your current answers to last, it’s even more enjoyable. Some are more thought-provoking than others. Jason got one of these last year too so we actually do this together. It really opens up communication when you can share the questions and answers with your spouse. And since not every question is a deep thought question we don’t have to spend tons of time on it every night but sometimes we do and the conversation is amazing. I highly recommend it.
So as you can see, Kaya pretty much wins the daily attention award.
And I apologize for anyone expecting to see the Frozen Dead Guy Day pictures. It ended up being a beautiful weekend here for it but sadly I was under the weather and never left my house.
I feel like I'm on the upswing though. Hope everyone has a great week!