33 days until Marianne’s New Year retreat
43 days until I get to see Marianne speak in person (!!)
We just got through part I of the private dog training. Um, help? I need to get on YouTube quick or just search the net so I can get better before our next meeting on this upcoming Friday. She kept telling me to relax. Honey, I cannot relax around people I don’t know. I don’t know you. I don’t know strangers at the park. Yes, that is part of the problem because my dog notices I am tense (only when other people or dogs are around) and he tenses up. I took two Klonopin for the training which is something I rarely do. What more do you want me to do?
Anyway, I’m going to practice walking my dog all week the way she taught me. With the help of the internet, I hope to have it down by next Friday. If there is nothing on the net, I might be in trouble. I had to pay the $200 up front, and my heart broke a little. Lol. We are going to meet somewhere other than my house next week. I’m a little nervous about that because there will definitely be more dogs.
The trainer said my homework was to relax. Sigh. Btw, I really do like her. She’s a great trainer. I hope it doesn’t come across that I dislike her or anything. I just get annoyed at the “just relax” comments because I get them all the time.
I went to Michaels on Thanksgiving. It was kind of a disappointment. I only went because they opened up the store for reward members one hour early. I hadn’t been to Michaels (one of my favorite stores) since May. I forgot that they would have all these Christmas decorations out, so that doesn’t leave room for random things like gifts. Blah. I did buy my mom one gift from my dog. Haha. But other than that I just bought a few things for me.
I bought myself a big ass coffee mug. I LOVE mugs. I can’t have enough of them especially after I got my Keurig coffee maker. What else did I buy? Wrapping paper and bible highlighters. No, I don’t highlight a bible. But the pages in A Course in Miracles are just as thin as a bible. I don’t normally wrap presents. I just started doing it last year after stopping for years. I usually throw things in a gift bag because I suck at wrapping things.
So Michaels was very blah. At least next year I know not to go there expecting cute gifts for others. I didn’t go anywhere else (or online) for Black Friday deals. I didn’t even have fun looking at things because people had shopping carts. I needed a cart since I had the wrapping paper, but I knew that wouldn’t work. It would only get in the way of others. Other people just don’t care. I was in a row, and a lady was about to steamroll me down with her cart to get by. Sigh. I just went to another aisle. All I was doing was staring at planner stuff I don’t need anyway. 😉
This week I…
Music of the week (my top 8): Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Nelly Furtado, Mary J. Blige
TV of the week: basketball, news, RHOA, Survivor
Movie of the week: None
Podcasts of the week: Accused, The Thrive Global Podcast, True Crime Garage, TED Talks Daily
Books of the week: I almost finished Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. That book was at least 50 pages too long. I made it about 75% through before I had to return it to the library. I would have given it 3 stars if I had finished. I skipped to the ending to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Why did she have to drag it on so long? It wasn’t a horrible story. Just too long.
I finished reading Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown. Excellent book. 5 stars. A must read. This book is my favorite Brene Brown book. I think I’ve read all her books. This is a very timely book about many things including how we dehumanize others. For example, Democrats like to make Republicans seem like the devil, and it goes the other way around too. Not good. Obvs. We are more than our political beliefs.
- What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (so far, so good)
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
Planner update: Plans of the week in my Erin Condren Planner (coming Sunday)
Plans for the Weekend: How boring can I be? I don’t have any major plans. I do plan to have fun with some things I shouldn’t have ordered. Lol. I’m making myself two notebooks/binders from scratch (sorta), and I bought a bunch of stuff to make the notebooks. One for home and one to carry in my purse. #NerdAlert I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to creating these notebooks/binders. That is how I get my fun. I just hope it works out because I spent too much.
Regardless I’m going to make it work. I just want a place for notes, my budget and all my important papers in one place. I’m going grocery shopping again on Saturday. I don’t know if this is a good idea, but whatever. I should have tried to get everything last week. Ugh. Sunday I get to stay in all day. Well, there is always the park where I get to practice my new dog walking skills.
I just got all the things I ordered for my binders. I have finished studying for today, so I’m going to work on my binders now. Fun times. Thanks for reading. Have a fun weekend! 🙂