Yes, I got behind on blogging.
Yes, I have a million excuses.
But—yes, I’ve still been doing my one new thing a day for 90 days initiative. I just didn’t tell you about it. I have some great ones; I had one that totally didn’t work; I have some that I would do again and some that I wouldn’t. This challenge has been good about getting me to think about my days and what I could tweak–even just a small thing, like drinking a Mountain Dew instead of my standby Coke–to shake up my mind, my routines, my expectations. I would recommend this challenge to everyone. You will get something out of it.
I neglected to report from day 41 all the way through yesterday, day 70. So, I will be brief, but I have some good pictures to share, too. BTW, when travelling it was easier to think of new things; I have a few lame ones after we returned home.
Day 41) Listened to news in the morning before work (something I just don’t normally do).
Day 42) Rode my bike! The same bike that I got fixed on Day 10!
Day 43) Had a job interview . . . over Zoom! Okay, so that wasn’t me totally planning it, but it was definitely a new experience for me. BTW, I got the job! I will be a clinical instructor for nursing students at our community college, bringing them over to the hospital to get their clinical hours.
Day 44) Used a pink purse that I had in my closet that I had not used before. I had bought it from a consignment store with all good intentions of using it, but I just never did.
Day 45) Had pancakes for dinner. And this was not just stopping at IHOP on a whim to have dinner–no, I actually made pancakes and bacon at home for dinner. With orange juice! So weird.
Day 46) Did hopscotch in the driveway before work. I had planned this out a day ahead because my youngest was out doing chalk. So, I made the decision to do hopscotch, in my nursing clothes, wearing a badge, in my driveway before work.
Day 47) On our 9-hour drive to Michigan, we stopped at a rest stop and noticed a farmer’s market set up near the parking lot. Perfect! I had never stopped at a farmer’s market at a rest stop in my entire life. What a great idea for the local farm, too; they had lots of customers. We bought plums and cookies!
Day 48) Ran a running route that I had not run probably since high school or college. My motivation was to see some flood damage in Dearborn, which had gotten 7.5 inches of rain within 6 hours the day prior. BTW, this is supposed to be a park–see the blue water fountain?
Day 49) Tried rainbow carrots. They’re okay, but the colors other than orange are all a little more bitter.
Day 50) Two things–went to the Jim Henson exhibit at The Henry Ford (and the air conditioning was down, so it was instant sweating and hard to breathe). But Jim Henson is so cool! I also tried a buttercup squash today, which is similar to butternut squash, just a little sweeter.
Day 51) Tried chocolate hummus. It’s pretty good! I might not pick this flavor over Nutella or something chocolately, peanutbuttery, totally bad-for-you, but this is great for a sweet chocolate flavor, but also has a nutritional quality.
Day 52) Went to the car racing exhibit at The Henry Ford museum, which is a newer exhibit I had not been to before. The racing experience theater is a must!!!! My middle daughter now wants to race cars–God, help us.
Day 53) Lake Erie Metropark nature center and hiking. I opened up a map and picked somewhere we hadn’t been for hiking. This place was great. I just wish their Wave Pool was open again (stupid Covid).
Day 54) Made a spontaneous stop at an antique store on our way to a destination. This is totally not like me–usually I’m in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B. I thought, why not try something new?!?!
Day 55) Took my middle daughter to a 4th of July 5-mile race I’ve done several times. This was just the first year I didn’t have to go alone!!! Tough course–not exactly Michigan-flat, and humid day, but we did it!
Day 56) Went kayaking on Vandercook Lake in Jackson, MI. Had never been to that lake. And I had not been kayaking in about 3 years. I loved it! The water was a little rough and wind too strong to consider paddleboards. I saw some people trying–most of them ended up sitting, LOL.
Day 57) Went to our favorite Mexican restaurant–Lucero’s–and didn’t order what I always order! LOL. It took a little self-coaxing to try something new since we only get to go here about once a year while travelling. I usually order a vegetarian combo, but I got a chicken fiesta bowl instead. It was great! But the real question is what will I get next year? Hmmmm.
Day 58) Visited an animal shelter with our dear friend in Indiana. We got to hold and pet Pitbull mix puppies. So, I’m not in the market for a dog, but my youngest really, really wants a dog and my middle daughter really, really wants a cat. This was great for me–kids get to pet and play with animals that we are not responsible for!
Day 59) Ate pizza on the patio outside of our hotel pool. This was spectacular! We got to eat one of our favorite pizza’s (from Chicago’s Pizza in Franklin, IN), and the kids didn’t have to go shower and get dressed to go out for dinner. They could swim, eat, and swim some more. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before! Thank you to Judy for picking up the pizza and spending time with us. And thank you, Hampton Inn for providing a neat place to eat.
Day 60) Fed flamingos. Can you guess we were at a zoo? To feed a flamingo, you hold out a little plastic cup with a bit of krill suspension in the bottom, and the flamingos will stick their beaks inside, and then it feels like they become little jackhammers, peck, peck, pecking at the bottom of the cups until it’s gone. Then they’ll check to see if your neighbor has any. Greedy buggers.
Day 61) Drank Mountain Dew instead of Coke. Usually at rest stops or restaurants when they have the fountain drinks available for you to get yourself, I will get mostly Diet Coke and add a splash of regular to sweeten it up just enough. This day a rest stop actually had Diet Mountain Dew and regular, so I did my mostly diet with a splash of regular. I really liked this. I would do this concoction again.
Day 62) Cleaned out my sock drawer. I know I have done this before, but this was a deliberate decision to do it now, while unpacking my suitcase, to thin out the drawer and forever get rid of unmatched socks. How does that even happen!?!?!
Day 63) I purposely did not bring something with me to do while waiting in a waiting room for my urine drug test. Okay, so I also didn’t plan on waiting for an hour. But as I was waiting, without any books or magazines or articles, etc, I thought: this will be my new thing today. It’s an interesting time to people-watch too.
Day 64) Gave my daughter a foot high-five. (I did mention that some of these were getting lame, right? It was her idea because I was whining that I couldn’t think of anything. Ha, ha. Problem was solved)
Day 65) Took pictures of artwork at the hospital. We actually have a hallway where artists display their work. Right now we have a quilt tapestry exhibit and these artists are phenomenal! This one was in the Harry Potter section . . .
Day 66) Decided in the morning that I would not go on Facebook today. I don’t think I’m addicted by any means, but when I’m home, it’s something that I gravitate to usually in an effort to chill for a moment or procrastinate on something. So I was not going to have that excuse today!
. . . but then I got an email that someone had posted an update . . . and I knew she was hugely pregnant, so I wanted to know . . . and then when I saw she didn’t have the baby, I kept scrolling . . . and found someone else who did have her baby!!! . . . and then I suddenly realized I had checked Facebook when I wasn’t supposed to.
Day 67) Went to our county fair and watched a little RC car race that was mostly little kids running cars into each other. One of them even drove a loop backward. Eh, it was new for me to see this. We then proceeded to watch an acrobat guy and the rodeo–which is always entertaining.
Day 68) Watched 80’s music videos in the morning before work. Oh man. As a kid, I used to love Cindy Lauper . As an adult, I don’t really get it. What did “She Bop” actually mean? And what was with her dancing style? Same with Boy George. What the heck was up with his Karma Chameleon video? What was he trying to say!?!?! I could not understand their music videos at all. Madonna’s messages were at least clear to me. She’s a Material Girl–I get that.
Day 69) Visited the National Army Museum. I learned so much! I love museums.
Day 70) Made muffins after dinner for the morning. Talk about overachiever Mom here. I never prepped muffins the night before. I made some nutritious pumpkin oatmeal muffins, using almond flour, and with walnuts and raisins. In the morning, they were perfect. (with a little whip cream, of course)
So, thanks for reading. Sorry I had to play catch up so profoundly!
Hope this gave you some ideas!