The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

My new favorite product, and my new goal

I have to give a talk in church tomorrow and I don't really feel like writing it yet, so I decided to post instead. For the record, I have it totally outlined, and I have most of the quotes and scriptures picked out. I just haven't put it all down on paper. So I'm not that bad. :)

Anyway... I have discovered a new favorite cleaning product. My Clorox Bleach Pen. I know I'm a little late - these things have been around forever. But my family didn't really use straight up bleach on clothes when I was growing up. If you got something on your shirt, you took it off, rinsed it, stain-sticked it, and hoped it came out in the laundry. Well, I got tired of trying to scrub blowout stains out of Owen's white onesies, and discovered the bleach pen in a pile of other random laundry stuff (part of a sweet bridal shower gift that included all kinds of cleaning products). I used it on the onesies, and the stains came out right before my eyes! In two minutes, I had completely white onesies, where before it had taken me like ten minutes per onesie. Lovely. I know I'm a dork for discovering this so late, but the bleach pen will definitely be a much-appreciated permanent fixture in my laundry supplies.



Also, I outlined a plan this week for getting back in shape. I was pretty active during high school, playing volleyball and on the swim team. Before Owen was born, I walked a lot and tried to go swimming every so often. But the other day, I got down on the floor and tried to do some crunches, and was tired after like, 10. Which is pathetic. I used to be able to do hundreds with no problem. My stomach muscles seem to have disappeared to make place for Owen. So I decided to make a plan to get back in shape. It includes 30 minute walks every day (with Owen strapped to me, they're a good workout), thrice-weekly weight exercises (with the spanking new pink weights Matt got me for Christmas), and swimming whenever I can fit it in. I made a calendar with what I have to do every day, and hopefully I'll stick to it. If I do it for a month perfectly, I think I'm going to buy myself a pair of shoes. I already have several candidates picked out. :) So here's to a month of finding out where those stomach muscles have gone, and hopefully getting them back.

3 comments:

Liz and Scott said...

I'm going to have to check out that bleach pen.

What a great goal. I've been trying to get myself to work out - that's a great idea to have a prize for keeping it up for a full month. I think it's hilarious that you made a calendar for what you're going to do each day to work out - that's totally something I would do. I have to write down everything & plan & organize, otherwise there's no way it will get done.

Farrell Fam said...

That's a great goal. And that's good that you've got something to work towards. Maybe that's my problem. I need some tangible reward.

I didn't know you swam and did volleyball. I'm impressed.

Christine said...

You can count on me for your dry-land inspiration, Nicki! Ahhh, endless stairs to warm up, crunches, lunges, push-ups, starts, and the Supermans! Don't forget the Supermans! Good luck with your new work out routine.

Owen is getting more handsome with each new photo; you are very blessed with that little man.