This week just felt like summer.

We had a great lunch at an old favorite hot dog place early this week. While of course you can have a hot dog any time you feel so moved, there is something about this place that goes with summer. Maybe it’s because we always got their take-home doggie packs for summer cookouts at my Grandparents’ house. Anyway, while enjoying our hot dog lunch and a bit of a nostalgic stroll down Memory Lane, we got to witness people being human to one another. Kind, even. It was a great experience all around. Check out the story here for more on that.

We made more progress on our Great Clean and Purge Project. The final update is coming in the next few days along with a little bit about why this has been such a big deal for us. So for those who have been following along (or anyone who wants to know), check in Monday or Tuesday for that.

We went on a short hiking trip last weekend and got to see some wonderful things. It’s difficult to say which was the greater thing to see: our pretty close encounter with a pair of what we are pretty certain were golden eagles or butterflies that seemed to follow Kidzilla everywhere. In either case, we grabbed some great photos and memories along the way and it was a great trip. I’m glad (and I’m sure my family is thankful) that I managed to get over my less-than-positive mood about the whole thing at the outset and enjoy the day. Take a look…

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This week has been kind of a filthy one.

We’ve tackled some of the bigger and – for lack of a better word – ickier jobs. We worked on the “deep clean” phase of The Great Clean and Purge Project. These are the jobs nobody likes to do. Saddle up and ride with me, friends…

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This last week turned out to be quite an adventure.

We took our good old time working on our packing and purging during Week One of our Great Clean and Purge Project. When I posted last week we had just been thrown the curveball of the floor crew wanting to come a day early because somebody had their dates confused. And we were all “oh, hey, it’s a day early but we still have three whole days until the floor dudes come. Not a huge big deal.

But then it turned into a thing and suddenly it was not a two-day job but three and there was the potential for the job not to be done by the time the floor guy was leaving town and if he didn’t finish he’d come back the following week to finish…leaving us where? With partially-finished floors? Oh no, I don’t think so. Not happening.

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How is it possible that a week has gone by so incredibly slow and incredibly fast at the same time?

And then the weekend did the same thing? It was Friday afternoon like five seconds ago…how is it Sunday evening already?

Since we’re down to the wire here, I’m jumping in on the tail end of the TToT hop this weekend. I really didn’t want to skip and fall out of the habit (yes, it would be that easy for me), so no frills attached, here we go.

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No muse befriends, this week, really, friends – haven’t found much to post here. Maybe I’ve just been focusing my brain power on other projects this week.

Anyway, better late than never, here is my list of thankfuls for the week. I am…

Thankful that – for the moment at least – it is not snowing. Or sleeting. Or raining. Or freezing fogging. That has to be perhaps the most ridiculous weather phenomenon I’ve heard yet.

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It is very difficult to focus on improving our daily routine when every other day is a snow day. Or a delayed opening. Or something.

Seriously, how are you supposed to get into any kind of rhythm when there just isn’t even a beat to follow? And hasn’t been one since like…Thanksgiving?

There has been one distinct benefit to the disruption and the down time. I’ve had a whole lot of time to work on the de-cluttering and a whole lot of time to think about what is and isn’t working and how to proceed from where we are now. I have some ideas…

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So here we are, four days into February. Time to check in on my One Word goals and move forward into the next part of the plan. This year I’m working on Focus.

For January, I decided (with a little help from Steve over at Do Something Cool) to focus on removing distractions rather than getting more focused on one particular thing.

First the bad news: I finally settled on how to approach my January goal about halfway through the month. That didn’t exactly set me up for great success, did it? Two weeks to accomplish the monumental goal of removing the piles and projects that distract us from our home? Oh, and right after I got going on that an felt like I had some momentum going…the perfect storm of deadlines set in and I found myself missing out on my fifteen minutes a day plan on more than a few days. So are all of my piles of distraction gone? No.

But stick with me. There’s good news, too.

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Goodbye, January! I’m so over you. Why? Because Polar Vortex, that’s why. I never thought I’d be so happy to see the temperature read 32 degrees in my life.

Let’s get right down to business.

First, I’m going with the theme of being thankful for others’ happiness. Monday of this week, the Fab Hub took a trip to our favorite mountain to stomp around in the snow. He’s been talking about doing this forever. And so he seized a moment and went.

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I have been thinking so much about my One Word for 2014 – Focus.

My main task right now is to figure out how to take that word and turn it into an umbrella underneath which I have smaller sections, if you will, to work on. This is way harder than I thought it would be. Which things should be the main objects of my Focus project? Which of the many areas where I need more focus should I be thinking about first? Aaaaaaand….I’m stuck again.

But a few days ago, reader Steve* left a comment that kind of jumped out and gave me the light bulb moment that I needed. Steve’s suggestion was that rather than think of what to focus on, think about how to remove distractions. Bingo! Thanks, Steve!

And with that comment and few more hours of mulling it over, I decided that for the month of January, I will do just that – first work on removing distractions.

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This is a first-ever event, friends. I’m linking up with TToT for a second list this weekend!

I’ve seen others do it and wondered, “How in the world do they have two whole lists in that short a time?” Some weeks I have to really stretch my brain to get the first list finished.

But yesterday I spent the day with Kidzilla. And it was awesome. And I realized I have another whole bunch of stuff that I would throw on a TToT list – and so I’m doing it. Not all of these are directly related to the time Zilla and I spent together, but it all sort of wraps up together into a list of lovely things. This one’s a bit lengthy, so hang with us!

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