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"Being Simply My Best" Daily Blog for August, 2010

Am I Hurt or Injured?

I have always been more active than most... always moving, always doing, and recently I tweaked my knee playing volleyball with a high school volleyball team and now I'm propped up in bed with ice on my elevated knee.  I'm not sure what is wrong, I haven't ...

Published: Aug 30, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Some Things Just Need to Die

Some things just need to fade away as time goes on. 

I just went and saw a folk singer who travels broadly to schools and community centers.  The singer sang so many great songs but then some songs really perpetuated some terrible messages to our kids.  Songs that made light ...

Published: Aug 29, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Laundry... Always more and more laundry...

I'm interested in knowing what are people's routines related to managing laundry in a household.  Looking back (I'm sorry to say) but I grew up in a house where laundry was my mom's job... it was never stated but it was assumed and it just evolved ...

Published: Aug 28, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Potty Mouth Be Gone!

 

I really believe that we actually give ourselves permission to act certain ways in certain contexts.  It usually isn't something we plan on or talk about, it is unwritten and unspoken.  For example, I didn't consciously decide that I'll never cuss in front of my parents it ...

Published: Aug 27, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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The Case of the Missing Candy

Today the kids had some friends from down the road over.  One of them saw two baggies of candy in the middle of the table and asked about them.  I said they were part of the kids homework packets, when the kids complete a section of home schooling materials they ...

Published: Aug 26, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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To Spank or Not To Spank?

My position on spanking is simple:  No hitting.  Spanking = Hitting.  Therefore, no spanking.

People rationalize spanking in tons of different ways and for each I have a counter statement.  In this entry of this blog I'm recounting a situation with my kiddo that really tested my conviction and challenged ...

Published: Aug 25, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Don't Make Things Worse

I was out and about the other day and I saw a gal in a parking lot ranting and raging beside her car, screaming profanities at the top of her lungs and really going off.  She kept going on and on.  I was watching to determine if the situation was ...

Published: Aug 24, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Johari's Window

A good model for building awareness of what you know vs what you don't know is commonly referred to as Johari's Window.  I googled it and found a bunch of different images, see below:

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=johari+window+model&um=1&ie ...

Published: Aug 23, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Internal and External Environments

I've been aware for some time now that our external environments are a reflection of our internal environments and visa versa.  It is easier to feel calm and content in a house that is relatively free of clutter... when the beds are made, everything is in it's place ...

Published: Aug 22, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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First Things First - Dessert!

Here is another "dead brilliant" activity our family has adopted lately.  We'll have some little treat for dessert after lunch and after dinner.  My husband thinks that is way too much dessert but here is the payoff for our whole family  and frankly I make the desserts rather small ...

Published: Aug 21, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Kids In Charge of Lunch

Isn't it an interesting experience when you finally become aware of something brilliant that never had occurred to you before... something that makes your life so much better and it was there all along.

This summer I'm working from home with the kids.  I do housework, play soccer ...

Published: Aug 20, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Portion Control Diet

I met a man several years ago who was conducting a training and one of the most interesting things that he said was that he had lost several hundred pounds using strictly portion control.  That means he ate what he wanted to eat but he ate less of it.  He ...

Published: Aug 19, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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No Chicken Nuggets For You!

This gal is caught on tape freaking out about not getting chicken nuggets for breakfast.  She made a bad situation worse.  Putting it into perspective, not having nuggets for breakfast really isn't all that bad in the first place.  Did she really think that getting out of the car ...

Published: Aug 18, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Hey, That's My Rootbeer Float!

So in the last entry I was talking about how on our last trip to the ice cream parlor, I ordered a root beer float while the kids each got their own full scoops on waffle cones.  On the way home I stopped quickly to check the mail.  While I ...

Published: Aug 17, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Passive Aggressive Tip Request

I took my kids to an ice cream parlor in town that serves very affordable and very good ice cream.  The kids each got a scoop of their favorite in waffle cones while I got my old standby, a root beer float.  While turning to leave I overheard the gal ...

Published: Aug 16, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Neglecting Minor Details Turns Into Major Problems

My husband and I were mending fence all day yesterday.  It sounds like I'm out on a ranch but no... we just live in some sort of wind tunnel that snaps previously rain drenched rotted 4x4 posts like tooth picks at a shocking frequency. We had tools out all ...

Published: Aug 15, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Emotional and Behavioral Management in Worst of Conditions

While going on a hike with my family this weekend, my husband, son and daughter ran ahead and unfortunately stirred up a swarm of aggressive bees or hornets... some kind of biting/stinging insect that stung each of them repeatedly.  They came running back down the path toward me and ...

Published: Aug 14, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Wouldn't Everyone Like the Gift of Chocolate?

I went to a candy store and bought my kids and I a yummy treat - that part was easy.  What I struggled with was finding something for my husband.  I bought him a dark chocolate covered turtle (caramel and almonds).  He took one bite and said, "Yuck! I don't ...

Published: Aug 13, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Double Spacing Dilemma

The editor of these blog entries is being critical of my double spacing in documents.  He asked me to take out the double spacing in everything I've typed to date and from this point on, I need to single space between sentences.  I was taught to double space in ...

Published: Aug 12, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Traffic Ticket #3

Right now, I just finished paying via phone a $216 fine.  I received a traffic ticket for following too close... in a 35 zone, while going approximately 25MPH and I was in the process of passing the slow vehicle in front of me when I realized there was a police ...

Published: Aug 11, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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My nose blows!

So, I have a crooked nose... it isn't anything overly off putting and I can certainly live with it.  But I do notice it and from time to time, particularly when I'm bored or lacking in self confidence - it does bother me.  I wasn't born with a ...

Published: Aug 10, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Greetings!

I'm going to log my efforts to apply Simply Your Best principles and skills to my daily life.  I'll need to set some ground rules I would think.

  • Focus on my life, what I do / don't do in response to situations/challenges.
  • Use descriptive observations as much ...

Published: Aug 09, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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