Saturday, October 06, 2007

smartorrible


I did terrible this week. On everything. I started swearing again. I practiced violin just twice. I only worked on my novel once. Several times I did not make dinner and we went out. I did not hug my children every single day and tell them I love them.
It was a crummy week in my ways. However, I did enjoy some gorgeous fall weather. What else? Nope, that's pretty much the only virtuous thing I did this week.
But I will not despair and I will not give up. I'm redoubling my efforts this week and I am even adding a new habit. I'm following Montse again (surprise, surprise). My new habit is reading with my son, a second grader, each day. I have been doing this with two of my daughters who are home in the afternoon. We read aloud after lunch. However, I have not been reading with my son. He has a calendar from school he is supposed to be filling in with the minutes he reads or is read to each day. My goal is to read to him at least 20 minutes and have him read on his own 15 minutes.

11 comments:

ave said...

Oh well, we can none of us be perfect all the time. What if you just had one habit you focused on every day, instead of 5 or 6? I don't mean to discourage, I think you are awesome and doing a fine job at any rate. Sometimes you just need some down time, otherwise you'll go crackerdog. Maybe have a habit free day when you can glut, glut, glut, glut.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

There is one good thing about Mondays, they mean you get to try again. I have crummy weeks all too often myself. I like your goals and hope you will keep it up.

Montserrat said...

I didn't do very well with the goals I set for myself either this past week. You did do some fun stuff outdoors with your kids this week. I'm very jealous of that. Nevada lacks good trees for beautiful fall color. Enjoy the reading times!

A Juggling Mum said...

It's ok to have a bad week, you arn't alone ;)

Have a great week,

Rachel xxx

The Lazy Organizer said...

At least it was only one week! I'm sure you'll do better this week.

ML said...

I'm not sure I know what you mean by "swearing"...
I think sometimes, especially when you're trying to make changes, there is often a period when things seem to be going worse than ever, but if you can get through that time without totally giving up/in suddenly you begin to realize that the change is really happening. Hang in there.

Auntie Lee said...

The Dutch make a distinction between a swear word and an 'ugly' word. I think that is nice because sometime we use expressions that are not really swearing but at the same time are not attractive or particularly appropriate.

The fact that you at least make an effort to improve yourself is to be applauded. Most people in the world don't make any effort at all.

DTV said...

Alright potty mouth, be careful with my nieces and nephew! As long as you don't call them "cr@pf@ce"(censored for you of weak constitutions), they should have a fighting chance.

Calandria said...

thanks, dtv! That was my laugh of the day!!

And ML, I also had to laugh at you wondering exactly what swears I've started saying! Just my "Mom swears" as the kids call them. Dang it all, etc. Maybe we don't call these expressions real swears, but really, we might as well be saying the real swears. In that it's not that much of an improvement.

Ave, I coudln't remember where "crackerdog" came from and then I remembered--All Creatures Great and Small! Mrs. Pumphrey and Tricky Woo. What was her other expression? Something like "flot-bottom?" Anyway, thank you for your encouragement.

Thank you everyone for your encouragement.

I actually don't feel too bad about it for two reasons. One, I feel that I did employ my time well this week. Two, at least I did a little bit of my goals. I did practice violin twice and wrote about 500 words of the novel. I did hug my kids and tell them I loved them several times. If I had never made these goals, I might not have done any of those things.

Christine Rockwell said...

The good thing about having a bad week is that it makes you try even harder the next week! So maybe having a tough week will end up being a good thing, it usually makes me realize how much I want to do well with my habits and see how much the really do help! Good luck this week!

jenn said...

we all have crummy weeks - i was in a funk all last week too! don't be too hard on yourself. you are making the effort and that is half the battle. good luck and i hope you have a better week