used to cry bout some crazy shit

I got my first week of Nutrisystem food. The first week is the hardest. NO SNACKS. None. I’m used to snacking. NS started me with the whole it’s okay to snack thing and now I can’t for seven days. Then after that, I get dessert (mostly ice cream for me)  and other snacks (like crackers and almonds).

My official starting weight is 129.6. I’ll just say I’m starting at 130 pounds. I want to get down to 120. But will I maintain that? I know I can maintain 125 without NS because I’ve done it before, but 120??! I feel like I need to start thinking differently if I want to maintain 120. I have to be serious.

Anyway, today was my first day back on NS. I don’t think I’m supposed to exercise the first week since I’m eating so little, but I got on the treadmill for a little while and plan to do that for the remainder of the week. I’m feeling dizzy. I forgot how much the first week sucks. I WANT SNACKS. 🙂 I can see myself breaking before seven days like I did last time. I was feeling dizzy from lack of food today. That happened last time too. The first week sucks.

Edited to add: I broke and had a night time snack. I had biscotti. It is only about 130 calories so not a horrible snack option. I will probably have a snack for the remainder of the week.


Mom took some pics of me using her new camera. What do you think? I hate having my picture taken, but mom used the zoom, so it didn’t feel as intrusive. I hate that she posts these pics all over the internet. What about my privacy? But you have to admit; I look pretty handsome.


I went ahead and did it. I ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner on launch day! Well, I did buy one semi-used off of eBay a while ago. But that doesn’t count. It was used.

I got the fancy purple Luxe vegan cover. Yes, it cost quite a bit ($80), but Erin Condren ain’t cheap. I will have pics of it very soon. The planner starts in July. I have already gotten rid of my personal planner. I’m replacing my personal with Erin Condren. All I have in my personal sized planner is note paper. I will probably add some budget pages, but I’m over planning in it.

Guess what will be back? Weekly planner layouts in this blog. I know no one cares about this, but I will post it here every week. I stopped using Instagram months ago so I won’t post there. I hate how cliquey it is and how the people with DSLRs ruined it for normal Nancies like me.

I will be unboxing all that and more on Snapchat. (kat3x5) Had to get that in. In fact, I just unboxed the best. thing. ever. Move over Erin Condren. I used my Amazon points to buy this jewelry organizer:


I hate jewelry boxes, so I was looking for something else I could do with my jewelry. I found this jewelry organizer dress on Amazon for about $14. It is the. best. thing. EVER. I love it. They even send the dress with a cute velvet hanger. OMG. **dies**. I don’t know if the picture does it justice. It is very dark in the room, and I used the flash for the first time on my camera. Anyway, now I can finally see all my jewelry. Yay.

This week I…

Music of the week: Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Fifth Harmony, Vanessa Carlton, Prince, Little Mix, Beyonce, Niykee Heaton

I love reading good reviews of Ellie Goulding in the US. Some crowds and critics do get her. I can’t wait to see her live on June 10!

TV of the week:  Bloodline, Pretty Little Liars, basketball

Movie of the week: I’m hoping to catch the remake of Roots this weekend. They will repeat it, right? I know cable usually repeats things. I couldn’t watch it when it first aired because a LIVE basketball game is more important than a movie (to me).

Books of the week:  I finished  Until I Say Good-Bye: A Book About Living by Susan Spencer-Wendel. It is a true story about a woman living with ALS. I didn’t like it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I expected something different. I thought it was going to be more about teaching others how to live, and it wasn’t. It was more about how she traveled during her last years alive and found things out about her family.

Now reading  The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (page 44) and Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke (page 35).

Planner update:  Coming in July! hahaha. I crack myself up.

Plans for the weekend: As of right now, I’m going to a hair salon for the first time in years. I’m just getting my hair washed and maybe trimmed. There is still a chance I may cancel, but I doubt it. Other than that I will be attempting to stay on Nutrisystem. I have to clean my living room. My life is so exciting!

May was pretty good. I took a lot of time away from work during May, and it felt great. During the summer, I don’t have as much time off.  I’m taking a 3-day vacay in October. Yes, I have to wait until October. LOL. But this is normal for me. I don’t mind working during the summer when everyone else is at the beach, and everything is overcrowded. I like empty places during spring and fall. Not that I have plans for the fall. I’m 99% sure I’m not going anywhere, but anything could happen.

Have an awesome weekend!

I got zero chill in me

It looks like my North Carolina plans have changed. Now I’m going with my mom and my dog. We are spending one night there. As of right now, we are staying in a hotel near Duke University even though the Ellie Goulding concert is in Raleigh.  I love Duke. I’ve been there once.

My dog is only coming because I don’t want to board him again. After Asheville, he acted out BIG TIME. He trashed my dining room. He ate my chocolate bars. I know dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate, but I also didn’t know he could reach my chocolate bars. I’ve had the bars in the same spot BEFORE I adopted him. I’m talking more than a year ago. Anyhow, I hope this works out. I’m a little nervous about having my dog in a rental car. I don’t want to think about what could go wrong.

So we are going to walk around Duke University, and that’s about it. Thankfully dogs are welcomed to walk around the campus. Unfortunately, he can’t go inside the buildings, so I’ll be going in buildings solo like I did last time.

Since my dog is coming, I wish we could stay in a house. I found one, but they want a $500 refundable deposit. OUCH! I know it’s refundable…Staying in a house for two nights would be so much more fun, but a hotel is fine. Plus it is hard to find a house on short notice.

Random note: I really should be working on learning how to use my camera before June 10. I’ve been slacking. I’m not that excited about learning how to use it since I know the quality won’t be as good as my previous camera.

Edited to add: I’ve been working on taking nice pics today and I will probably post some in my next entry.  So far all of the pics are pics of my dog. He is so cute. 😉

I did something dumb. NEWSFLASH! What a shocker! Right? I signed up for Nutrisystem again. LOL. I like their food, and I’m disciplined on Nutrisystem, so I signed up. I weigh about 129. I’m going to get my exact weight when I officially start NS again. (Just waiting for the food to be delivered).  I know 129 doesn’t sound like a lot and I’m about 5’6″, but I have an apple shaped body. That is the WORST shape to have, for me. I only feel good under 125.

To lose weight, all I had to do was stop having cheat days more than once a week. And what did I do? Something dramatic and impulsive. Oh well. I’m only planning on staying on the plan for two months, but I might go 3.  I have a feeling I will be going back on NS anytime I want to lose a few pounds. That is the easiest thing for me, and I like easy. Have I mentioned how much I like the food even though it has way too much sodium in it?

To give background, I signed up for NS about a year ago. I lost about 20 pounds in 3 or 4 months.  So it worked. Then I did fine for months without NS food, but I’ve been slacking recently and gained about 5 pounds back. 😦 Bummer. Too much ordering in. I love food, but I hate cooking.

The only cheat day I have planned is June 10 (the Ellie Goulding concert). I won’t go crazy or anything. I might even stay on NS while there. It’s possible, but not the easiest thing to do when the other person is eating REAL food.

Let’s talk planners. Well, I will only talk about one planner because only one planner worked ALL of last year. I use an academic year planner, so my year starts in July. I just received The Day Designer (Blue Sky version) for 2016/2017. I bought it because the one from last year worked so well for me. I used it for work and personal things. I use it daily. I can’t say the same for any other planner I’ve used.

I just wanted to mention The Day Designer because I’ve gone through several planners while blogging and I never talked about this one that much and I use it every single day! How weird. I guess this is kind of a recommendation? LOL. I have no idea. I’m just excited to use my new one. I will keep the one from last year because I have a lot of info in it.

People talk about planner peace, and while I love The Day Designer, it doesn’t bring me planner peace because I still need something I can carry around. I still use a personal planner for that reason. The Day Designer is too big (8 x 10) to carry around. I will probably blog about my personal planner in January of 2017. I plan on using Sew Much Crafting inserts. I hope to have planner peace while using that and The Day Designer.

I wish I could just use one planner for everything. #FirstWorldProblems But I need the room of the daily planner and I need something to carry with me everywhere so I will probably always have two planners.

So far this morning, I mowed my back yard, colored in my coloring book and it is only 10 AM. WTF am I suppose to do with the rest of the day? haha. I’m going to chill outside and get more reading done and maybe hop on the treadmill.  Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke is fascinating, and I just started. Tomorrow I’m going to the ’empty’ mall and walk around. I’m not buying anything.

Prior to me using clothing rental services, I NEVER voluntarily went to the mall, but now I do it if I have an extra day off.  I have to wear these clothes before June 8, and I’m not going anywhere before then so….I call this mall empty because they only have a Forever 21, Sears, and Dillards. Yeah, nothing to see there (even though I now love Dillards). But it is great for walking, and that is what people use it for. The mall will probably be closed in less than 2 years.

Btw, I unboxed a ton of stuff on Snapchat (kat3x5) yesterday. Still up as of this post. I know people are probably tired of me mentioning Snapchat. rofl. I mostly do unboxings and show videos or pics of my dog.

I gotta go and do more um, stuff. Right now, I’m dancing around the house to Ariana Grande.  I just thought of something I could do. I need 18  CEUs by the end of the year to keep my license. I could do that. BORING, but that’s the plan. I’m going to hit ‘publish’ on this post. Bye.

Reality deferred

*****BREAKING NEWS********* I’m going to open an Etsy shop!  I think I will prefer Etsy to eBay. I’m excited. I know it will be tough with all the competition but I’m going to do it anyway. I have to write out my plans but maybe my shop will open in June? I will also sell at flea markets (different items). I will probably do that once a month starting in May or June until it gets cold.

What will I sell on Etsy? Craft supplies, of course. I have a name but I’m not really in love with it. My first choice is taken. Anyway, I’m still in the planning phase.


kikki.K planner
kikki.K planner

I love kikki.K! They have to open a store in America. Imagine being able to go into their store and just pick up whatever stationary or planner you want. (!!) If I have to go all the way to Australia or Singapore, I will.  My large (A5) kikki.K planner came yesterday. It is so gorgeous.


Once again the rings are perfect BUT there is a small nick in the leather. It is undated. I have no plans to use this during 2015. It will set on my bookshelf. That sort of makes me sad. 😦 But that is the good thing about ‘Filofaxes’, you can use them any year you want. This planner should last for over a decade. Sure it will show some wear and tear (if I ever take it off the bookshelf) but I can use this FOREVER.

I have thought about selling it…if I have to. Currently it is sold out but it will be back in stock. I will keep the box it came in and keep it new as possible for a while. I’ll take it off the shelf and look at it from time to time but using it? Not this year. Does that make me weird? 😉

In the meantime, I’m having fun making inserts for my medium planner. No printer necessary. All I did was buy a $1.50 notepad from Michael’s and used scissors and a hole punch. I love these planners. Before I was all about the spiral bound planners but now I like both for different reasons. Here are the inserts I made:

homemade inserts
homemade inserts

They are just for random notes. It’s nothing special. They are just so easy to make. I have to get better looking notepads in the future.


Many “coincidences” and synchronicities will occur and the how takes care of itself. People will start to call YOU a lucky bitch.

– Denise Thomas

Or don’t take her word for it:

Don’t simply dismiss a coincidence and let it drift away. Life is totally interconnected. These unusual ‘things’ are simply connections that surprise you because you aren’t used to seeing life except in fragments. Now it is beginning to piece itself together.

-Deepak Chopra


This Week I…

Music for the week: Brooke Fraser, Ella Henderson, Carrie Underwood, D’Angelo, Paloma Faith, Ani DiFranco,  Butterfly Boucher, Taylor Swift.

D’Angelo’s performances on SNL were THE BEST I have ever seen on that show. Here is “The Charade”:

TV for the week: The Twilight Zone, basketball

I wish the Grammys weren’t coming on tonight. I have a career related webinar I need to attend. It is worth 1 CEU so I will only be half watching the Grammys. I hope Sam Smith wins something.

Movie of the week: none

Books of the week: Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Thomas – on page 103

Knitting Projects of the week: I only knitted one day this week. Too much other stuff I have to do. I have a lot of deadlines in 2015. No pressure.

Wake when I wanna, if I wake at all

I’m waiting for my Amazon gift card (coming by mail) and my large planner from kikki.K (AKA A5 Filofax). I did receive my medium planner from  kikki.K. They shipped it express all the way from Australia on January 29th. And I got it on February 3rd. Talk about fast shipping! FREAKING Australia. I’m a little worried about my large planner though. It should have come the next day (Feb 4th). I hope it didn’t get lost. I wish they would provide a tracking number. That would solve my uneasiness.

I also got my Plum Paper Planner! YAY. It took almost 5 weeks to get to me but they do customize the planners. I get to start using it February 23 instead of March 1 because they added extra days. Time for a countdown….

18 days until I get to use my Plum Paper Planner

97 days until I go on my 3 night cabin vacay

Which is more exciting? haha.

Picture time. I have inserted most of my Erin Condren planner into my 3 ring binder. It looks ridiculous because it is so small. But it is useful so far. I’m tracking eBay sales in it. And also keeping a list of what I already have to sell and where I can get things to sell. I have to get rid of a bunch of stuff first. I’m going to a flea market in early spring to make room for inventory of “new” stuff. Whatever doesn’t sell at the flea market gets trashed or donated.

erin condren planner
erin condren planner

Here is my Plum Paper Family Planner:


I used a note to cover my name. I can’t believe they spelled my name right! Everything is perfect. The only thing I don’t love is how the cover is just regular card stock. Couldn’t they use something heavier? The planner does come with a plastic cover (see it?) but I still think the cover should be thicker.

The difference between a regular planner and a family planner is the 7 sections you get to customize. Here are my sections:


My sections are Today (AKA to-do), work, money and fitness. I left 3 sections blank. If I decide to get this next year, I will probably label the sections differently. I did this in a rush. I’m okay with it plus I can easily cover up the sections names I don’t use with a label or washi tape.

I added note pages to the end of each month and a bill tracker to every month. The total cost with shipping was $47.00. That is still cheaper than an Erin Condren planner. Something else I would do differently is add note pages to the end of the planner. I didn’t do it this year because I thought it would be too bulky. argh. My one regret.

I can’t wait to start using it.

Here is my kikki.K medium lilac and gold planner:


I don’t have a problem with the rings (like many people do). The only issue I have is that it won’t lay flat. That isn’t a problem for me but I have noticed that most people don’t have this issue. Maybe with use, it will lay flat?

inside my planner
inside my planner

Like my Target ink pen? 😉 It is so pretty and new. I don’t want to write in it which is silly, I know.

That’s it for now. I’m all planner this, planner that. But that is mostly what is going on right now. I’m trying to figure out what works. The planner(s) are helping during the week. But my weekends are still a mess. I waste too much time…especially on Sundays. I like to do something in the morning (workout, chores, whatevs) and then get back in the bed for a couple of hours. My dog does not like that. He will pull on the covers until I get out of bed. Bad boy!

It will take a while to come up with a system. But I am very pleased with how tracking my time is working on week days. However, it doesn’t help with work at all. I don’t know what I need for that…magic.

Wait For It Ladies

I’ve died and gone to planner heaven…or hell. I got a 2015 Erin Condren Planner from eBay for $12 (including shipping!). It is dated from Feb. 2015 to Dec. 2015.  Here’s the catch: It is uncoiled. That is why it was so cheap. Not many people want a bunch of uncoiled pages but I do. I’m going to cut off the edges and hole punch it to fit into a 3-ring binder.  (I will post a video from Youtube on how to do this once I get my planner). It will take a loooong time to do. I hate binders because they are so big but it is the cheapest option. This planner will rarely leave the house.

The Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP fom now on) will be for my eBay business only. Yes, I’m going to start (or continue) selling on eBay. I can’t make anything sell worthy. I have no social skills. I’m not talented. What else am I supposed to do? This is my only option. The good thing is, I like selling. But I’d rather sell at flea markets. Since I don’t enjoy being around people, that is kind of weird. Sell in person??! Anyway, eBay will do.

My point is that I will use my ECLP for everything related to my new hustle. Nothing personal will be in it. I will have plans for going to yard sales/flea markets, when auctions start and end, expenses etc. etc. I have an auction going on now. I thought I would start slow and get back into the flow of selling.

(To get $10 off a Erin Condren Planner you can use my link).

That’s not it. NO. I also got….wait for it. A Kikki.K planner! AHHHHHHHHHHHH! I wanted the big one so bad but I had no real use for it so I got the medium. It will replace my wallet. I got it for 50% off. It just happens to be the latest version which is purple. My favorite color is purple. (OMG – Like are u serious??!!1) Kikki.K is an Australian based company but their shipping is affordable worldwide.

Here is a video of the planner: (Skip to around the 4 minute mark to just see the planner)

I know she had a few negative things to say about the planner but at 50% off I decided it was worth it. Besides, isn’t it gorgeous?

I doubt I use this planner for planning. Shocking, I know. It will be a wallet and what I pull out at doctor’s appointments. I’ll keep track of the major things in there, of course. It will go with me everywhere. The Plum Planner (will it ever ship?) and ECLP will mostly stay home.

So in summary….My Plum Paper Family Planner is my personal planner. Everything (except ebay??) will go in there. My ECLP will be for eBay only. My Kikki.K is basically a fancy wallet. A grown up wallet. You should see the purple (!) $10 wallet I have now. It is pretty but it looks cheap. Obviously I don’t care about looks because I brought it 6 months ago and use it everyday. It will be nice to have something fancier.

I know some people don’t get why people need more than one planner but I kind of explained my reasoning in the last paragraph. Well I don’t need it but youknowwhatImean.

Planner heaven or hell? I don’t know. I haven’t gotten anything yet! My ECLP should arrive first – Friday or Saturday. Can’t wait. 🙂 Pics of the planners once they come.