Geography Brush-Up


Two of the tasks on my 101 in 1001 Days list were to brush up on my geography.  The other day I finally decided to sit down and work on that.  I was tired of people talking about places and me sitting there blankly. 😉

I started with US geography.  Seterra Online has a very helpful quizzing tool..  It was very simple to click around and I liked that when I made a mistake it told me what the state actually was.  That helped me learn it more quickly.  Thankfully, it only took about 10 minutes for me to feel comfortable with all the States again.

Moving on to world geography, I found World Geography Games.  I started the Countries quiz.  Even the Pilot got in on the quizzing!  We had a lot of fun studying the maps, doing the quizzes, and eventually racing on separate computers to complete the quiz.  We have both made it through all the countries, but a couple of them need some brushing up.

It’s a simple thing but I’m actually quite proud of us.  When we opened a new country map (like Africa!) we were both convinced we would never get it…..but we did!  It’s very satisfying to learn something new and commit it to memory.

And now I have two more items checked off my list! 😀





30 Day Shred DONE!


For years I have tried to work out……and I always stopped.

In college, I had trouble working out consistently what with all the papers and assignments due.  Sometimes I was lazy.  When I was pregnant/nauseous/recently post partum it was rough.

But finally….I was able to find my groove.  And I have now finally completed Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.

Workout and exercise

The answer?  For me it was a mental choice.  I had to reach the place where I absolutely would not allow myself to quit.  I knew I couldn’t say, “I’ll try the first ten days and see how it goes from there.”  or “I’ll give it a shot.”  Nope.  “I AM going to do the 30 Day Shred!”  “I will not stop.”  “I will finish this!”

My motivation came and went.  Some days I had to force myself to press play and do the workout.  Some days I didn’t push myself as much as I could have and I “phoned it in” (to use Jillian’s phrase).

But I did it.  And being able to say “I finished” makes it worth it!  Seeing some more definition in my arms, feeling the new muscle in my legs, having some of my baby pooch disappear makes it worth it, and the energy boost after every workout makes it worth it.

One little tip…..on most days I would turn on a TV show during the workout.  This kept me from focusing on the “I’m going to die” thoughts.  😉  Usually it was Gilmore Girls, so it was something that I didn’t need to pay a ton of attention too, but it was a bit of a distraction during the workout.

I am super excited to check this off my 101 in 1001 list and I am even more excited about getting in better shape and taking care of my body!