Listening: Matt Maher, “New State of Mind”

Drinking: 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

Eating: Not much that is good for me the last few days. In an effort to be better prepared, today I put together 16 single serving green smoothie freezer packs. Looking forward to giving them a try.

Wearing: Ugh, hating pretty much all of my clothes these days, but trying not to spend money on any new clothes for a while.

Feeling: Tired

Weather: Quite lovely fall days. Mid to upper 50’s and sunny.

Wanting: To be able to snap my fingers, click my heels, or wiggle my nose and have all the projects in my house completed – and the floors cleaned!

Needing: More hugs.

Thinking: That I need to spend more time reading.

Enjoying: The extra hour in the day with the change in daylight savings.


What a week it’s been…


    Weighed in and lost 1.5 pounds
    Breakfast at a new cafe


    Ugh, work, but all in all a beautiful day


    Meeting weirdness at the beginning and the end of the day
    Contemplated the realities of a friend who never really was


    Realized the gift of an unanswered prayer


    Hot water heater died
    Missed music and movie in the park
    Wine and dessert instead


    Happy Hour
    Blue Moon is quite good


    Brother got engaged and told the world of facebook first
    Cleaned about three cats worth of cat hair out of the basement
    Phone quit working

Coronado Island 2012

Looking for the beauty, joy and peace in all things this week.

What does it mean?


What does “Measuring Hope” mean?

Hope is my word. I made it my word about 18 years ago when I moved 1,000 miles away from home.


Shortly before I moved one of my good friends got married. I was one of her bridesmaids, and she gave each of us a charm. Mine was an anchor. The lovely bride told me the anchor symbolized a life of adventure. Well, at that time, getting ready to move so far from my family and friends seemed like a brilliant adventure. I whole heartedly accepted the challenge to live a life of adventure.

I soon also learned that the anchor also symbolizes hope. That made the anchor even more mine. It finds it’s way into my life, and I easily recall all of the hope it represents.


Hope means so many things to me, and it runs through every part of my life. Simply, hope is the underlying theme of my life. Hope for a spouse, hope for a thinner body, hope for a nicer home, and a less weedy yard. So much hope!

Well, today I realized that I’ve left behind the adventure part of hope. And have become a shadow of myself. I mean to change that, and I am going to write about it here – even if I am the only one who ever knows about it.

Here I am on the first day of finding the adventure again, by measuring the hope in my life.


homemade lunches

Hello again! Happy Sunday evening.

I have acquired a bad habit. I haven’t always had this bad habit. But it’s here now, and I must address it. I used to be very good about packing all the food I would need for the day (except dinner) and taking it with me to work. I’ve been doing ok with breakfast – yep, I don’t get up early enough to eat breakfast before I leave, although it is a goal. Lunch on the other hand, not so good. Well, horrible actually! I was calculating the other day how much money I am spending, and I am averaging around $30 a week just on lunch. SERIOUSLY?? Dave Ramsey would be so disappointed. I AM so disapointed. Hello, budget? Where did you go? Oy!

I am determined to pack my own food each day this week.

Most of the day today was spent prepping and cooking meals. On the menu…

Red beans and andouille sausage over brown rice
Spicey chicken with cucumber avocado salsa
Butternut squash soup

I also stocked up on fresh veggies and fruits and frozen mixed berries and plain greek yogurt for more delicious smoothies.

Ha! I just realized that if I was good at this blogging thing I would have taken photos of my bounty and posted them here for you to enjoy! So, instead, wish me luck AND enjoy this pretty photo of Lake Harriet where I took a lovely walk with my sister yesterday.

Have a great week. How do you handle your meals for the week? Do you pack a lunch every day? Or buy it?


Make every second count


, ,

Hello again! Welcome to the weekend. This is my “off” weekend so I am filled with joy. What is filling you with joy these days?

Once more, I have allowed too many days to pass without spending enough time focusing on this blog. I think about various posts often but just haven’t figured out my focus and schedule yet. You know that idea where if one thing in your life is cluttered that probably means other things will follow? Well, if you were me, you would know that probably actually means absolutely, without a doubt, undeniably will.

If you’ve read through my meager posts so far, you know that I am tackling my unhealthy body issues. I will have a future post about my experience with my 30 day no sugar challenge (holy smokes, hard!). In all truth, I thought part of my problem was my lazy butt. But (haha) I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around that because I’m really not a lazy person. I was just feeling exhausted at the end of almost every day. Well, let me tell you (in a preview of my no sugar post) that my natural energy levels are rebounding. I feel so energized, and I haven’t even added in more consistent exercise yet. Super cool.

This is sinking in. I am learning to love this energy. I’m learning what to do with this energy. Deep in thought about this and, naturally, scanning my facebook wall this morning, I saw this photo below. And you know what? It’s true.

After spending the morning roaming Ikea with a friend, day-dreaming about a new kitchen and buying a palm tree for my porch, I came back home with “make the most of today” still running through my mind. So, I started. With this.

A file cabinet I bought last summer off craigslist. It has been in the makeover process for almost that long also. Oh brother. And, it goes in my office extra-room-where-I-hide-piles-of-paper-when-company-comes-over which is also in desperate need of a makeover. Which I guess you could say is in the works. I mean, I do have a vision, I’ve checked out lots and lots of fabulous room makeovers, and I have spackled some old nail holes. I will complete this room AND it will be awesome. Here are some before photos to spark your curiosity, or make you roll your eyes and say Ugh!

So amazing that you can actually see the floor, that beautiful wood floor that I think I’m going to paint. What do you think about painted floors?

Um, oh boy. I have no words…

Yes, that is a desk. You can see how useful it is piled high with papers, not just on top but underneath too. So very effective! hehehe…

See, spackled nail holes, just ignore that toppling pile of paper to the right.

So, I’m going to sign off tonight by leaving you with this photo walking out the door of my soon to be spectacular office, with maybe a bit of a crafty corner tucked in somewhere (see that sewing machine on the floor??). Thanks for coming by again.

I want to like getting my picture taken!


So, here is another horrible picture of me…just to prove that I will keep trying.
Please, please, please excuse the wretched sports bra uniboob. I swear I have a much better one to wear and I will from now on, forever, for real, because I threw the one I wore tonight away!

“surprise”…it’s photo check-in day!

In mid-April I posted a Day 1 picture. It’s a beauty too, I know! Well, I finally got around to taking another picture. Sister #1 and I went for a walk tonight

Gorgeous weather!

and she reminded me that we were going to take pictures each week to track our progress. So, depsite the “surprise” photo, I agreed…BECAUSE…I want to like getting my picture taken and the only way to reach that point is to keep working toward a better me.

Today’s stats – 1 hour walk, burned 445 calories, -5.5 pounds since Day 1

Thanks for hanging with me and cheering me on!



So far behind, but just where I am

Hi there. Happy day to you!

If you are actually reading this (someday in the future, I imagine HOPE!) then thank you for being here. It is crazy how I can talk for hours about nothing, little and big things, everything, but actually getting on this darn computer and building this blog seems so daunting. Maybe I’m just afraid no one will find what I have to say interesting enough to read (let alone come back for more). Or, maybe I am out of words. HA! Not likely.

So, I am committing to you, dear reader(s), here and now that I will become a regular blogger. I read a lot of blogs and one of the things that I adore about those blogs are the regular/weekly themed blog posts. So, I am building my ideas for some regular themed posts. I can’t wait to see what develops. A friend gave me a good idea for one tonight, but more on that another day.

So, I saw a quote over the weekend that is so true…

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. — Martha Washington

It reminded me that about 5 weeks ago, on my birthday, the start of my Personal New Year, I decided that this was the year to stop thinking, wishing, dreaming, about ALL the awe-mazing things I want to do and to actually start doing them. Soooo, I’m working on it, and this week I decided to take a walk on Monday morning instead of going into the office (I’m lucky enough to work in ROWE, but more on that in a later post). It was a cool, kind of dreary morning, but I found it beautiful. It made me feel happiness in my disposition. 🙂

So, I will sign off tonight with a shot of what I saw along my walk that morning, and wish you sweet dreams.


Happy mid-week greetings to you! It may seem odd but Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. But Wednesdays, they give me a kind of quiet joy that just makes me smile. I don’t know that I even really knew this until just recently. And honestly, I don’t know what made me realize it anyway. But, here it is…

I usually ride the bus to work on Wednesdays (I try to do it more often but sleep is sometimes this bus-rider’s enemy). My bus ride is about an hour both ways. That might sound like a long time, but I love this time. I get to read, I get to listen to podcasts of my favorite NPR show – Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, and I can really relax. It is such a wonderful way to start and end my work day.

Wednesdays for me at the office are usually light on meetings and I can use much of my time getting caught up on emails. I usually don’t complete anything substantive but I get immense pleasure from clearning out that darn inbox. And, I almost always get a thank you or two back from co-workers. It is quite the mood booster to know that I’ve somehow been helpful to someone else.

Finally, Wednesday nights are usually a night I spend at home. I’m a bit of a home body and I just really enjoy my time at home in the evenings when it happens. I do a little bit of everything but never finish anything. That would probably drive a lot of people totally crazy but it somehow feels productive and yet calming to me at the same time. AND, well, I can’t put it off any longer, Wednesday nights are Criminal Minds nights.

<< I would insert a photo here if I could figure out how to properly source it >>

One of the things I miss most about not having cable anymore is Criminal Minds marathon days. And without cable I also don’t have a dvr. So, if I’m going to watch a tv show I either have to watch it when it actually plays (gasp, what??) or watch it on my laptop. I’m sorry but this little 14 inch screen just does not do Shemar Moore or Thomas Gibson justice.

So, there you have it. I {heart} Wednesdays!

What is your favorite day of the week?

Day 1…a day late…

Ok, admittedly, I am slow to build this page. I spent the last week thinking about it though! {smile} Part of the reason I have started Measuring Hope is because I desperately need to start living a healthier life. All around, friends, not just one part of it. I don’t want anything to slow me down anymore, keep me from experiencing and trying all of the things I dream about. And I figure the best way to do this is one step at a time, with hope.

Over the last year…
I have gained weight – to the point that I am now at my heaviest weight ever (seriously how does that happen?)…
I have drastically reduced my exercise (um, once a week anyone?)…
And my house feels like it is in a constant state of “unfinished”…

So, my goal here is to keep striving for healthy, in every way imagineable (clean food, clean closets, clean mind?)

I’m counting yesterday, April 14, 2012 as my Day 1…here is a picture of me on Day 1.


Life is…

Today is Easter. He is Risen!

Well, there you go. Three little words that tell you a lot about who I am and what is important in my life.

Hello and welcome…the truth is, I have no idea what this blog will turn into. I know I love reading a lot of different blogs that are out there. Mostly diy and craft blogs. And although I am pretty crafty and creative, I just would never be able to craft or make enough to make a blog with that focus intersting. (but I don’t promise something along those lines might not pop up in the future :-))

I also know that today is the day that I have committed to myself to start anew. A fresh start. And perhaps this little place to write about it will help me along the way.

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.” ― Mother Teresa