• Better.

    There are a lot of things getting better in my life lately. Things that I have struggled with recently. I’m trying to focus on the better and not the same or worse…the worse.

    The Bike

    I am getting SO MUCH BETTER at riding my bike, y’all! I tried a daytime road ride the other week and cut it short at 2 miles and hit the Greenway. Partly because I was having technical issues, partly because I was TERRIFIED of riding on the road. Here’s the thing: I’m terrified of driving a car on the road. I avoid traffic, high speeds, and left turns. Of course I’ll be as high-stress on a bike – if not more. BUT! I’m still getting better. I’ve been heading out for 1-hour rides on the Greenway and having run into anyone or anything in awhile. I even managed to take a few turns recently that I had been walking because they were sharp and involved obstacles. Then, last night I did a group ride on a road for an hour. It was great! It was a very low-traffic bike-friendly road, but still! I’m so much better!

    The Wesley

    He has not hit/kicked/punched me with any regularity in awhile. Really hasn’t done it at all compared to what he used to do. He still loses his temper and yells, but the violence has been curbed drastically. He’s even playing gentler with the smaller kids he comes into contact with. He’s obeying first time on a more regular basis and he’s not pitching tantrums anymore. All of these things lead me to a much more optimistic outlook on his start at Kindergarten in two weeks. Maybe he won’t be sent to the Principal’s office daily! Maybe.,

    The Budget

    We have decided to make some major lifestyle adjustments to give us a more workable budget to adapt to my new employment after my layoff in January, and to having a kid in college, and to having two adults now with very expensive hobbies. We are working to get ready to sell the house which will help immensely, but we also TURNED OFF CABLE. Can you believe that? We will be Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu Pro users from now on. There are several things that we will be missing live and will have to probably suffer waiting for DVDs, but for the most part we’ll be fine with entertainment. AND it will save us up to $150 a month. YES. THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY TO SPEND ON TV.

    The Meat

    I’ve gone without meat for about a week now. I’ve had a few instances where I forgot (oops) or I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone, but for the most part it’s gone well. It’s forcing me to make better decisions, and I’m eating food I love. I don’t think I’m ever going to be super-strict about it (especially in regards to inconveniencing people feeding me) but I think it’s a good basic change in my diet that will go well. I’m eating tons of cabbage right now which I love with all my heart, so it’s been an easy transition. I’ll give it 6 months to a year before I start thinking about going vegan. For now? Meat-free seems like a big enough challenge!

    Any changes going better in your life?