Busy busy busy

Even though I am not at the job that gives me a bi-weekly check, I am busy this morning. I researched & wrote my Wednesday shoe porn post (that is SUCH hard work). I wrote tomorrow’s product review/contest post – I need one more product test tomorrow morning before hitting ‘publish’ on that one. I am writing THIS post! I tell you, the work never ends.

I love my Monday project days. Today is when I don’t do ANY housework. I work on blog stuff. I work on other writing stuff. I hit the library. I Bikram. I finally remember to pick up my damn boots already!

This week, I didn’t lose any weight – which is a little sad, although not if you think about the eleventy-million beers I had last night (to wash down the eleventy-million cups of coffee I had at brunch).

I still have a headache (which I believe to be completely unrelated to either the beer or the coffee). I am a bit concerned about the inversions at Bikram – I hope my head doesn’t fall off & roll away like it did when I was doing yoga at home on Saturday – that could be awkward!

I also wanted to share some of the wonderful things that have come my way over the last few weeks. I’ve had an incredibly lucky couple of months – between winning some cool stuff & getting a totally unexpected but awesomely cool gift & finishing some awesome home improvement projects. So, after a 3 month hiatus, here is the return of the Monday photo essay.

I have won so many things in the last few weeks – it’s been super awesome.

From Mizfit – I got 5 coupons for free Blue Bunny ice cream!
From ABDPBT – I got the awesome $100 gift card (and totally spent it on Target stuff & a night out with a friend – woot!)
From Back in Skinny Jeans – I won the Sephora/OPI nail polish – the color? Skinny Jeans, of course!
From Leslie at Never Say Diet – I won the edible arrangements – see what was inside!

Saturday, I got the most awesome package in the mail! My awesomest friend Margaret (she of the rum, and the scrabble, and the Prada shoes (which were the very first shoe porn shoes) sent me this beautiful hand-woven rug. From Pakistan, I’m guessing, since that’s where she lives now.

Isn’t that gorgeous? It totally puts our machine woven rug to shame! So beautiful. Isn’t Margaret the best? Shouldn’t she move to Portland?

Other things that got done – my beautimous new shelves that will soon be host to a variety of green & growing things:

And, finally, the rainbarrels are DONE, bitches! Done & full. I think I might need 50 rainbarrels to effectively harvest Portland’s rain. That is two 55-gallon drums completely full since Tuesday. Anyone need rain water? It’s great for houseplants (I think now I need a watering can!).

I am trying really hard to stay positive. Between the still-present headache, the work stress & the still-absent sun, it’s turning out to be a hard month. I know that on February 24, the sun will rise before 7 AM for the first time (incidentally, that’s my birthday), and that it’s all uphill from here, but January SUCKS, people. This year seems much harder than last year – which I am completely attributing to the fact that I’m not outside running during my lunch hour 3 times a week. I really can’t make that work at my new job – the one thing that I really miss about the last job. BUT – as soon as it’s light until 6ish or so, I’m hitting the trails near my current work at least twice a week AFTER work. And I can’t wait!