Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gifts that keep on giving...

I went a little overboard with buying wrapping paper this past Christmas. I stocked up at Dollar Tree, and since all the rolls were a dollar, I went all cray cray and started tossing it into the cart like there was going to be some sort of wrapping paper apocalypse. I actually bought more wrapping paper than I did gifts. Turns out, my wrapping paper hoarding ended up being a blessing in disguise.

Scotty’s got a penchant for drawing on, quite literally, everything. It was only a matter of time before our off-white walls became his blank canvas, so Scott and I Santa brought Scotty a two-sided drawing easel…and guess what we’re using in lieu of 11x17-inch drawing paper?

Have you priced large reams of drawing paper? Well, I have, and they’re not cheap. What in the hell goes into making that stuff? Diamonds? Since Scotty’s “artistic method” involves making-two-strokes-on-the-paper-before-asking-for-a-new-a-new-sheet, I very quickly learned that a far more cost effective alternative was for him to use the back side of wrapping paper. If he blows through a roll in an afternoon, no sweat – it was only a buck. If your child doesn’t have an easel, just cover your coffee or kitchen table with the white side of the wrapping paper and let him or her go to town. A sure-fire hit is when I line the coffee table with wrapping paper and then turn Scotty loose with these:
I got these from Walmart for less than four bucks. They’re washable and won’t stain. (Trust me, I know; our hardwood floors have already been put to the test.) They are just as good as the name brand Dot-A-Dot markers, which cost more than double these Paint Dab markers.

And the second gift that keeps on giving – and by “gift,” I mean torment – is… 

Plank Challenge Update

Today marks day 18 of my 30-Day Plank Challenge, so, as promised, here is my update:

It hurts. End of update.

Okay, I’ll be serious now. (Although the two sentences above pretty much sum it up.) I’ve learned that “Plank challenge” is basically code for How to make your core tremble in agony. I’ve hit a wall, you guys. This is no longer fun. It was giggles and grins until day 14. As you can see from the photo guide above, I’m now holding the plank for 2.5 minutes. Thankfully, tomorrow, day 19, is a day of rest, but trust me, the bottom is going to fall out very soon. I don’t know how much longer I can do this. I collapse when the timer goes off, and my back is killing me (a sure-fire sign that I need this exercise more than ever because I have next to nothing in the way of core strength.) Sigh. But I’ll find a way to soldier through this.
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10 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! I kind of stumbled upon this through trial and error, and I simply wanted to share my accidental find with others...

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  2. Wow, what a great idea! We were just able to dig out of our driveway yesterday, so I'm headed to the store to get fresh crayons, markers, things that will stop making snowed in children run in circles around me repeatedly. We've got tons of wrapping paper I've never even thought of doing that with, but I know what's happening to it today.

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    1. Glad I could help! We're actually going out to dinner tonight -- nothing fancy, of course. (How can it be with Thing 1 and Thing 2 in tow?) But, I'm mighty excited to actually put on shoes that have real soles. (Won't be wearing the booties, though.)

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  3. Hi Courtney! Loved the sweet message you left over at my site so i wanted to come by and cheek out your blog---and I like what I see! Hey, that's a GREAT idea for the wrapping paper. I too, am a closet wrapping paper hoarder. I about died laughing while reading your comments on planking. I am on day 15 with it and it HURTS!!!!! My whole body shakes like crazy. I cannot imagine doing this for five minuets. Ever! Glad I met you, Courtney!

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    1. Marcia., hi!! Thank you so much for stopping by. Tell me, have you noticed a difference yet physically with regard to this plank challenge? In some ways I think I have, and then again...no. When I'm done with this challenge, I'm moving on to the 30-day crunch challenge...and then the 30-day butt challenge. I'm not usually this much of a glutton for punishment; I am just dying to shed this baby weight. :-/

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  4. Great idea with the wrapping paper! (I hope there's not a wrapping-paper apocalypse in the near future.) Who gave you that planking thing to do?? It's sounds like Medieval torture. Ya gotta un-friend whoever was the brains behind that one. :O

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    1. Hey, Lexa! Thank you for commenting. And, yes, in most cases, I would agree with you that I'd need to un-friend the evil chap who introduced me to this planking business, but in this particular instance, I dislike my excess baby weight more than Medieval torture. That's how desperate I've become. Guess what? Now I'm a glutton: I'm moving on to the 30-Day crunch and 30-day butt challenges after this. I'm on somewhat of a roll with all this pain...

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  5. I secretly love planks! (the secret's out).

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    1. You know, Dina, (insert heavy sigh here) I can kind of understand how you can like planks: the burn...the gratification that if something can hurt THIS damn bad, it must be burning a gazillion calories, etc. But, Dina, Lord, when I'm actually DOING the plank...I hate it so. Tonight marks day 29 for me of the challenge; just got done holding it for 4.5 minutes. It. Was. Killer. Tomorrow -- 5 minutes! -- is my last day!

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