Tuesday, December 4, 2007


OUCH. Well, I did it. I'll probably do it again. It hurt, but I'm hoping it's worth it. No pictures, sorry :P.

New #2

Learn a new piano piece

I have not played the piano for my own personal benefit and enjoyment in FAR too long....I'd like to again. I'll post when I have the piece picked.

5.1 - If at first you don't succeed....

My first attempt lasted an impressive 6 days. Why did I fall at the last possible moment? Well, I ended up subbing all week plus teaching all of my regular piano lessons...I think things kind of fell apart after our mid-week potluck. Oh, well. Try again. I think I've got 2 days in a row right now.

Friday, November 23, 2007

New #5 - The Kitchen Counters

Now, you'd think that being that I'm not working many hours, it would be easy to keep an immaculate house. Not so. You'd be very surprised at how easy it is to fill a day with a little of everything...a little sleeping in (not too late), which means going to the gym later, a little more visiting with friends, a little more time to do errands around town (which probably would have gone undone, otherwise), a little time on the computer (ok, maybe more than a little)....SO as a small, attainable goal, working towards the goal of having a clean, mostly neat house (I don't mind a little "lived in" look...just not messy or dirty), my goal is to keep my kitchen counters clear of dirty dishes, mail, other paper, etc., etc., etc., as of bedtime each night for 1 week, any 7 day stretch.

5.1 - LONG Overdue

Apparently I've been living with Aaron for FAR too long...the punniness is really starting to rub off on me....AUGHGHGHGH!!!!

I went to the library to get a card. Very exciting. I filled out the info, paid my $10. They said I had to wait about 10 minutes to get everything in the computer, but I had places to be, so I said I'd come back and pick it up........................

.................A few hours later I returned to pick up my library card. A different worker was there, but said I couldn't have the card as I had outstanding overdue fees from my last card (I had almost forgotten I ever had a card before...). She didn't seem to really know what the deal was, so called the worker I had talked to earlier...I owed a grand total of $2.84, which HAD to be paid before they could release my card to me. A couple of things ran through my mind. First of all, I suddenly felt like some sort of petty criminal, as if I was trying to get a NEW library card to avoid paying my old fees. Or at least that's what I thought THEY thought... Secondly, I thought HOW ridiculous is this? I obviously got this card so I could use it...I'm obviously going to be back, so what if I don't pay the $2.84 right now? I dug through my wallet, and found I had about $0.78...between the ridiculosity of it all and the annoyance I felt at feeling like a petty criminal, I was ready to just say "forget it," but I didn't want to have to think about the $2.06 that I would have to bring in the next time...THEN, miracle of miracles, I found a $5 stashed in behind some cards in my wallet. Whew. So, I paid the $2.84. Now I have my library card.

Now if I could just find the $50 I seem to have misplaced...Grrr.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Going to the Library TODAY.


Upon reading the current 5 things, I realized that the climate and change of life view will make three of them either impossible to do, or really unnecessary. SO....I'm replacing my resume goal with braving the bikini wax for the first time, my concrete-raking goal with losing 15 pounds and my painting goal with cleaning all of the ceiling fans in the house. They are dirty...the fans, I mean.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

New #5

I LOVE reading...but it's one of those loves that's been left by the wayside the past few years....and one that I'd like to pick up again now that I'm taking this year "off." Being that taking this year off requires some financial sacrifice, a library card seems like the best way to indulge my love of reading without breaking the bank....though I would LOVE to be able to buy all those books myself....but....

Going to the library to get a library card.

5.2 This turned out to be more complicated than I thought...

Aaron's foot has really been bugging him (the cast, more specifically), so he's kept putting off going...but tonight was the LAST night, so I was going...with or without him....

He ended up coming, and we met our friends Norm and Stacey at the theatre for a double date. They got a babysitter for their kids, and we took a gamble and left the cat home alone. Ha.

Anyways, it was SO HILARIOUS! I haven't laughed that much in such a short amount of time in FOREVER....The basic premise is that Mr. Bean wins a trip to the French Riviera, along with a video camera. Of course, nothing goes right and his trusty camera is there to capture every hilarious and embarassing moment...If you like Bean, GO see this movie. The ending is a little cheesy (ok, a LOT cheesy), but the ride is worth it...:)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

5.1 - Yay! It's HERE!!!!

As I drove to work on Friday morning, I passed by the theatre to see (oh joy, oh JOY!!) that the Mr. Bean movie has arrived in my town!!! Unfortunately, with Aaron's freshly broken foot, he can't go until a little later this week....so I'll have to wait...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

1.2...Procrastination sets in...

I keep PLANNING to do a little bit of raking each day, but it's usually last on my list of things to do..after dishes, putting away laundry, all the other daily things. SO, even though I have to work early tomorrow, I'm GOING to get up before I go to the gym and rake downstairs for at least 1/2 hour...I promise.

New #4

New goal: File the papers that I sorted out of the "shredding" pile that need to be saved.

I hope this isn't too "small..." It seems small, but I HATE filing things. I hate having to save papers...it drives me nuts. If I don't put it on here, I'm never going to get to it...until the pile is huge, or has attracted papers that should be shredded...

(Next time I complete a goal, I'm going to replace it with something FUN!)

4.1 - Does it count if someone else does it FOR you?

Aaron went out and bought a paper shredder today, and shredded a bunch of stuff. We didn't have as much as Petra, but that's not counting the 2-3 boxes in the garage..boo...I decided "back-shredding" was just too overwhelming, so we'll wait till those boxes are 10 years old, then pitch them in the dump. They'll decompose!

New Petersen Paper Plan:
1)If it's a bill, it goes in the folder, gets shredded after it's paid.
2)If it's a personal document with name, address, etc., that is unwanted and unnecessary, it gets shredded NOW.

I finished the rest of the shredding while chatting on MSN tonight. I was very careful not to go beyond the "recommended shredding time" specified in the manual....I learned my lesson when I burnt out our first paper shredder in about 2 weeks. Whoops! I think the current stuff is now taken care of and the Triple P Plan can commence.

Here's to a paper-clutter-less existence!!!

Friday, August 31, 2007

New #3

One of my goals for this (what was supposed to be, until "the basement") relaxed, at home summer, was to paint the trim on the windows at the front of the house. I had gotten them all scraped when they tore down the house next door...no sense painting in all of that dust! Then, the basement situation kind of exploded, so it got left by the wayside. Until now.

Now, it is my new #3 "thing." I'm kind of excited, cuz it will make the house look a little better, despite having a giant pile of concrete in the front lawn, and no front steps...AND I don't think it will take long (famous last words). It was pretty much ready to paint, so I think I'll just have to wipe it down and paint!

Yay for progress!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

3.5 - Party Time!

Yay! "Thing" #3 is DONE. Everyone had a super fun time. The guys played pool and ate, the girls ate, then played pool, then danced while playing pool, then just gave up the pool altogether and hit the dance floor...by ourselves. Oh, well. Here's a few pictures:

Just try to pretend I'm not the only one not with it...

THE QUIZ! Cheylynn won with a score of 17/30...her prize was a Garfield shower mirror/am-fm radio...wahoo!

And here's video just to show you the difference between how guys and girls play pool:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Oh, yeah. I guess I need a gift.


Almost done! The pool hall is good to go...7pm tomorrow...most people have been called with the details (I told them all awhile ago to block off tomorrow evening...).

So, I'll spend tomorrow getting together a cake, decorations (minimal), the "quiz," etc., etc., etc....

Monday, August 27, 2007


So, the tentative plan is a night at the pool hall...I'm waiting to hear back from the owner about costs, food available, etc. Jim's idea of an "All About Aaron" quiz was a good one. I think I'm going to do that, too...have people just try to quiz him mercilessly all night on things that MIGHT be on the quiz....and then see how they do.

THEN, sometime in September, or thereabouts, I'll send him and "the guys" paint balling, sort of a second birthday/thanks for helping us with our basement thing.


Whew. This might take a while. Well, I'm kind of on a time limit, as I would like to USE my basement sometime soon. SO, I'm going to have to hustle...

Here's what I did today (to be fair, I only worked a couple of hours...spent the rest of the day clearing out the laundry room area, getting drinks, etc. for the guys...).

The "dirt only" area is the part I got done. For some reason, there was a layer of concrete UNDER some dirt which was UNDER the concrete that we knew as our floor...so I had to do a bit of digging...not strenuous digging, but it still took extra time.

AAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNND....here's what I have LEFT to do:

Are ya feelin' my pain yet? Go, ME!

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Sewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....anyone have any stellar ideas for a birthday party? I got nuthin'. Nuthin' good, anyways.

I looked up stuff that happened in 1977...some good stuff. Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever (disco), Bohemian Rhapsody was big...I ran these by Aaron, but he's not into it.

Any ideas?

Sounds good to me...

Well, here I go. I decided to join the "Next 5" ranks cuz, well, let's face it, I really don't accomplish much on a day-to-day basis. Call me lazy, call me unmotivated, or just call me overwhelmed. Onward and upward, I guess.

Whew. This is hard.

1. Rake the concrete/sand in the basement.
2. Polish up my resume, make it stand out.
3. Plan Aaron's 30th birthday party (It's on Wednesday, so this one shouldn't take long...)
4. (following Petra's lead)Buy a shredder and shred all junk paper from this day forward.
5. (....something fun...)Go see the new "Mr. Bean" movie

...ok, not so hard. Now how do I make my list show up on the side like everyone else's?