Balancing Val

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Yeah, I’m slacking. But how couldn’t I be? Just look at our living room!


I swear, couple that with what the kitchen and bedroom look like and it’s grounds for inducing a Val panic attack šŸ˜®

Thank goodness I have a full day off to make a dent in all this madness.

That’s not all I have been up to though. I’ve been doing this . . .

No, not prancing around like a dumb ass . . . Running šŸ™‚

I even bought one of these!


Edit: ANOTHER one of these.

I had 2 ancient Garmin’s waaaay back in the day before running was cool šŸ™„ I have been entertaining the idea of a new one for motivation as I am truly at a place where I am ENJOYING running and there was a sale on this one.

I feel like I’m on a spending binge lately caused by the looming wrath of debt coming up in my very near future. I might as well buy it while I have it . . . I think?

Other than major boring errands, Marie and I have another 5 mile ‘res’ trek planned for this afternoon. This will be the last run before the 5k.

I also have a special dinner planned that I am excited about šŸ˜‰

What have you been up to?

I love my iPad. Despite all of the drama it caused, it’s really helping me in a lot of ways that I couldn’t have imagined.

It has . . .

Organized my life with digital to do lists.

Allowed me to take a connection to the world anywhere I go.

Makes me take more images of memories since they can easily be uploaded.

Allows me to answer any question about anything on the fly.

Allowed me to start blogging my life so I can find my voice, place, and confidence in this world

I am incredibly grateful that my dad has given me this gift and thankful for all of the things above. However, there is one recurring problem lately . . .


I find myself always using it from the few seconds that from when I wake up to the few moments I have just before bed. I find myself craving it at work and find every excuse to use it when I am out and about.

Since it’s changing my life for the better, I don’t see a huge problem with it. But sometimes, I can feel my eyesight getting worse and I can see that Chris although supportive, is starting to make sly comments about my usage. Part of me thinks that most of it has to do with the fact that everything is so new and exciting. I spend most of my time in the blogosphere learning and growing and I want to continue that. I also think that the online magazine subscriptions and endless apps are so interesting that who wouldn’t want to continue seeing whats out there?

But, today I planned to head out for a nice walk/jog hours and hours ago and even when i put this little guy down, I always end up picking it back up and getting sucked in.

Might as well check my email after I check my bank account. Oh theres a comment on my blog . . Let’s check out her blog. This looks interesting too. Wonder who is on her blog roll. Oh I forgot to check this persons blog today. Let me go back to checking my email, oh wait . . . Wasn’t I checking my bank account?


I gotta find a balance here. Maybe a cut off time, or maybe I should limit my hours on here. Er, that seems too daunting. If it makes me happy . . . I should be on here a lot. But not at the cost of my personal relationships and the time I’m supposed to be hanging out with myself.

Do you struggle with the balance of staying plugged in? How have you dealt with it?

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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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