five things friday.

by Janetha on December 28, 2012

in random rambles

hello! friday already–gotta love a 3-day work week. it’s been snowing on and off here in utah and i am happy to be tucked inside my house where it’s safe and warm. i may not leave all weekend.. we’ll see! (i am lying. i have acupuncture tomorrow and haven’t been for two weeks. that is well worth braving the snow and cold.)

because i have nothing in particular to ramble about, how about a list? bloggers love lists AND alliteration, as we all know, so a friday five list is definitely in order.

1. marshall got me a fitbit zip for christmas.

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cool! i had never even heard of these things before pulling it out of my stocking on christmas morning. you simply clip this nifty device anywhere on your body (or put it in your pocket) and it tracks your activity! it will tell you how many steps you’ve taken, miles you’ve walked, approximate calories you’ve burned, and also doubles as a clock.

there is a free online dashboard included with the purchase of a fitbit zip. you can use this dashboard to log your food, extra activity like workouts, sleep, water consumption, heart rate, measurements, and many other things. i just set it up last night and today is my first day using it–i have come to the conclusion that i am WAY TOO SEDENTARY. clearly, since it is 6 PM and my steps are at 3,345…oy. i am going to start pacing around the office just to get my steps in, ha!

oh, and coincidentally, jenn has an awesome review and giveaway about fitbit zip up on her blog now. check it out!

2. i’ve got a clothes hoarding problem and a plan to fix it.

i have WAY too many clothes that i don’t wear. lots of these things are 5-10 years old and i can’t bear to part with them due to the “what if i want to wear it SOMEDAY” syndrome. it’s irrational thinking and i am a pro at it. i have managed to donate several bags of clothes and shoes this year, but i know i could stand to part with a lot more simply because i don’t wear the majority of my clothes.

SO–here’s the plan. i turned ALL my hanging up clothes around in my closet so the hanger hook is facing the opposite direction, like so:

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when i wear something from my closet, i will hang it back up the right way. at the end of 2013, any items that are still hanging up backwards will be donated. i figure if i don’t wear them for a whole year–not in any of the four seasons–then i should not be holding on to them “just in case i want to wear it” or for sentimental reasons.

not sure how i will sort out the clothes that are in my dresser drawers, but i plan to do the same type of thing for those items. any bright ideas how to go about this plan for folded items? i’m all ears.

3. i possess zero desire to get crazy on NYE. 

maybe i am old, maybe i am boring.. probably both. but the whole new year’s hype and pressure to do something exciting is just not my cup of tea! i plan to keep it mellow this year and celebrate with my husband, BFF, and a handful of other people. in years past i was all about getting dressed up super fancy and heading to the bars, but that has lost all appeal to me! i am sure i will still enjoy a little bubbly, but that’s about as wild as it gets.

4. i love the smell of a real tree, but hate the cleanup of pine needles when christmas is over.

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pine. needles. everywhere.

on the up side, all my christmas decor is put away!

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i usually leave my tree up past new year’s day.. but i was on it this time around. *pat on my back* yup.

5. i’m addicted to buying lulu stuff on ebay.

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so i started shopping for lulu on ebay when i realized the current scuba hoodies online are different than the original version that i love–they are shorter and have thinner material. no thanks. but then that opened up a whole world of options and we all know i have an online shopping problem! it’s fun to shop for lulu on ebay because they are a brand that has something for only a limited time and then it’s GONE and you can’t purchase it again (unless, of course, you find it on ebay…)

i recently bought a (used) duffel bag and a (new) extra long cool racer back tank. i may or may not be bidding on 8 other items at the moment…

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at least my #2 list item will help clear out more room for more ebay purchases, right? hah.

it’s time to announce the onnit giveaway winner.. #44 marisa! congrats. thanks to ALL of you who participated in the 12 giveaways of christmas. that was fun! there are still two giveaways going on right now for you to get in on–the final week of dedicated december (a thermos water bottle) and the overall winner of dedicated december (a $25 gift card to swanson.) log your workouts today through monday, and i will pick those two winners in the middle of next week.

in other news, i have been nominated for healthline’s best health blog of 2012 award. obviously you don’t have to vote for me, but if you want to.. click here, then click “alphabetical” and then page 20. that’s where you can find me. you can vote once every 24 hours.

ohhh kay, that’s all for now. have a fabulous weekend! the final weekend of 2012, pretty crazy.


1. real or fake tree?

2. new year’s eve plans?

3. last thing you bought online?

xo. janetha g.

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Carli December 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

No shopping online for me. I like instant gratification. Today I got a mini donut maker. Yeah!

I love your clothes hanger idea. I would do the same but I’d just consider it a challenge to wear everything. I have extra drawers in my dresser so I could easily do something similar with the dresser. Not sure if you can rearrange to make room for “clothes I’ve worn drawer(s)”.

Stacie S-H December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

1. real or fake tree? always a real tree since getting married, my husband gets permits and we go cut one down. This year we had 3 permits but only had energy to cut down 2. Gave the other tree to my sister and her husband

2. new year’s eve plans? hosting a small party at our small place. Should be fun I think!

3. last thing you bought online? Today, on eBay, a camera lens shaped mug for my photographer friend in Oregon. Great deal, better than the “deals” email I get that had it

I love your clothes hanger idea too – I think I’ll try it!

Laura December 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I will so follow up with you if you do the clothes hanger idea!!

Rebecca December 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Maybe for the clothes in the dresser, you can start by folding everything inside out. Then, for the clothes that you do wear, make it a point to fold them right side out after they’ve gone through the laundry. At the end of the year, all the clothes you haven’t worn should still be inside out and easy to identify. :)

Georgia @ Trying Something New December 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Post it note! Put a post it note on all your folded clothing, and when you wear something, take the post it off. At the end of the year, donate anything that still has a post it on it!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

So I have to admit, I’m right there with you on this whole NYE thing. A few years ago I decided to say “forget it” and went to bed at 10 or 10:30pm and didn’t even wake up to say I did. I just slept. I woke up on the 1st feeling refreshed and renewed and aside from a few “slip-ups” had a GREAT year. And mentally I was in a much better place. While I was invited to see my friend’s band play, I’m really leaning towards spending the evening at home by myself, going to bed early and waking up the next morning to start my year off right…

Jenn @ Girl Heroes December 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’m way to sedentary too. We should be friends on the fitbit site so we can see each other’s steps. That might give us a little extra motivation. :-)

Jenn @ Girl Heroes December 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

“too” not “to” sendetary

Lee December 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

no desire to do anything on nye. it’s too much trouble and so much pressure to do something fun.

melissa December 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

funny, I am doing the coat hanger thing too, but the local fashionista here that I read it from, suggested doing it until June (she’s also in Austin), because afterall, Texas only has summer and no-so-summer.

To jump ahead of the project, I started making a pile on the bottom of my closet, and that’s as far as I got.

I feel you on the NYE thing. Dan and I go out every year, because it’s what he likes to do. I’d rather be going to my friend’s party, but instead, we are going out of town for a short trip. Our NYE always includes a concert somewhere

Karey @ Nutty About Health December 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Congrats on the nomination! I’m w/you on the whole NYE thing… not a big thrill. Give me a nice dinner & I’m happy.

Fake tree. There when I want it, back in the box when I’m done. I’m also all cleaned up… x-mas is over & done w/over here.

April December 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I have rediscovered ebay recently! I have been trying to amp up my 30-something wardrobe and keep a close eye on fancy brands that I could never afford in real life like J. Crew, Banana Republic, LOFT, etc. They also have good deals on ModCloth and Anthropologie!

Cheri Z December 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Fake tree for sure … one of the family members has allergy issues.
New Year’s Eve is our annual potluck with our closest friends … very laid back, and everyone is usually gone by 1 a.m. :)
Bought three books for my Kindle.

I have a sister who also suffers from “but I might need it – itis.” She definitely puts the pack in pack rat (and I tease her that she’s trying to get on “Hoarders.”

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy December 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I always love that idea of turning around the hangers. I wear most of my items in my closet, but NOT all the random folded up tshirts that I can’t seem to part with. Last thing I bought online was the Runfinity scarf from Oiselle.

Janetha December 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

that scarf is CUTE! thanks for leading me to it…

Ellen December 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

1) loooove a real tree
2) I have a friend coming in town and we are going to a tiny little wine bar that is our favorite LA place. Nice and tame which is what we want.
3) I think last thing I bought online were a pair of china flats, cheap comfy shoes that wear out fast but cost little and are relatively cute!
I do a lot of “window shopping” though!

Erica December 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I never want to do anything nutty on new years :) I’d much rather do something low key at home. My closet is a disaster zone. Kaylin likes to pull things down/move my shoes around when I get changed. It feels hopeless- needs major work.

1. real or fake tree?real

2. new year’s eve plans?hanging at the house, stopping by one get together

3. last thing you bought online?protein!

Alex @ Alex Tries it Out December 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

1. Fake. Broke post-grad, so a one time Craigslist investment was key.
2. Staying in to cuddle! After a busy holiday, it will be so refreshing.
3. I did a ship to store … Otherwise, I can’t remember!

Also, for your drawer, try putting them in your drawer upside down. Then put it right side up after you wear it!

Sarah @ Licorice & Olives December 29, 2012 at 2:23 am

Long time reader, first time commenter :-)

I learnt 2 great things from this post – how to find great new Lululemon gear and some great new blogs (whilst of course voting for you!).

Thanks for being a great motivation for me down in Australia!!

katie December 29, 2012 at 5:56 am

I am such a clothes hoarder too, I donated a big bag last month but still have so much! I think cleaning out needs to be done again!

Fake tree over here, still up! I don’t want to take it down :p

Have a great weekend love! <3

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife December 29, 2012 at 6:35 am

I started wearing a pedometer earlier this month and I was so surprised with how many steps I took a day! It was no way near 10 thousand a day!

J @ semplicemente ... j December 29, 2012 at 6:53 am

I always clean the whole house before the New Year, that means clothes, papers, books, everything. We then donate all the is worthy. I like to start the year free of needless “weight”. We finished the last room last week, my daughter’s, two full bags of beautiful clothes, we only donate what is in good quality.

I like your idea, but I would evaluate the closet situation mid year. I don’t think my OCD would allow me to wait a whole year. I also like the idea of one of your readers to do insideout for the drawers.

Love NYE but I like a fun time at home. We usually get really pretty even if its at home. Lets celebrate the beautiful, forget the not so beautiful, and toast to the beautiful to come!

kendra December 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

Gretchen Rubin talks about closet cleaning in her book The Happiness Project. She said it gave her such a rush she’d look for friends closets that needed cleaning and do theirs too.

With forest everywhere, we go real tree.

New Years Eve we perform our last 3 shows in the evening, then throw ourselves a closing night cabaret with music, stories, songs and skits. We have a big bonfire in the snow and built a luge run on the hillside.

I’m not a going out to party with strangers type. I’d rather be with friends and family.

Tina @ Best Body Fitness December 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

I think ebay would be the only way I would allow myself to buy lulu. Still haven’t because I just can’t swallow the prices!

And the fitbit sounds cool. I always get so motivated with those types of things. It would be interesting to see how much I move chasing the kids aroudn.

Annette@FitnessPerks December 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

I looooooveee online shopping. Fun fact–I bought all the presents from amazon this year & didnt go into a single store. #proud

I had no idea you could buy Lulu on ebay? (I mean duh, but never thought about it) Very interesting…..

The Delicate Place December 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

i am *almost* done to being able to pack all of my clothes in a small suitcase. i am going with bold basics that i can mix and match and i’m pretty proud of myself for selling and donating all this year…it was one of my goals and i think i’ve met it!

we didn’t even have time to put up a tree this year it was that ridiculous! i prefer real trees and we buy them but i grew up with a fake one.

nye plans are only for dinner and drinks and then coming in to watch the ball drop! waaaaay too many people here drive thank you!

last thing i bought online was a couple things from david’s tea, excited for that shipment :)

Yana December 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I am an excellent clothes hoarder. I am giving away clothes all the time, but somehow there is still plenty of the stuff I probably will never wear again.

I don’t shop on line too often, but recently went on a mini spree, mostly for the things I found through the blogs I read. I signed up for the PvBody – can’t wait for my stuff to come; I bought a set of glass mixing bowls ( to replace my 15 years old ceramic ones; I am also seriously considering getting some onnit supplements. Oh, and bought a cover (wine purple leather) for my new Kindle.

We used to go to a party on New Year’s Eve and spend all night eating and drinking and not sleeping. Then on Jan 1, I would be all sluggish and grumpy. I stopped doing this several years ago. We’ll have a nice dinner at home and watch some long movie, or do a TV show marathon and go to bed shortly after midnight. Also, I need to be ready for the GPP “Holiday Hold Em” challenge final check on Wednesday, so I’ll do my best to eat well and workout.

Roz@weightingfor50 December 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Congrats on the nomination Janetha! VERY well deserved. All the best in 2013!!

Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily December 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I have the same feelings toward NYE, this year we aren’t doing anything but hanging out with my mom, watching movies and relaxing.

We have a fake tree, but next year we are going for the real deal. We used to have one every year growing up and now that my kids are older, I really want them to experience the same thing.

Last thing I purchased online was some lotions and shower gels from bath and body works. I’m such a sucker for their semi annual sale and really stock up!

Jennyb December 30, 2012 at 2:34 am

I love the hanger idea for clothes! I really need to clear out my whole room, let alone just my wardrobe but there is too much stuff & i have no idea where to start!

I’m not in the mood to go mad on NYE either, but one of my gym friends has invited me to her party & all the gang are going. So i bought a pretty purple dress online (half price in the sale) about 30 mins ago, in the hope that if it fits and looks amazing then it will inspire me to go :)

Heather @ Better With Veggies December 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

That clothes hanger trick really works! I’ve been doing that a few times a year and really cleaning things out. It’s hard to get rid of clothes, but it helps when it’s obvious you’re not wearing them anyway.

And we’re staying in for NYE too. It might mean we’re “old” or it might mean we’re just smarter. Not sure which yet. :)

Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark December 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

OMG I absolutely love the hanger idea. I’m moving next wknd and that will be the perfect opportunity to try it out and see how much I really dont wear. I have way too many clothes than I never wear and realized that after this wknd from packing. One of my goals for the new year is no new clothes until the end of the first quarter (except for undies of course!).

Can’t wait to hear more about the fitbit…..

Paige @ Running Around Normal December 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

I hear you on #3. We just got to Colorado, so I feel like I should at least stay up until midnight to “ring in the new year” in our new state…but…I’m not sure that’s gonna happen lol

susan December 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

1. real or fake tree? Real, and I love that our vaccuum closet now smells like pine!
2. new year’s eve plans? we, too, are lying low with 2 other couples, making our own sushi! plan to be home by 10!
3. last thing you bought online?a fellow ebay addict I just bought vintage j crew cords…I check out lulu too! recently got a great pair of lole’ workout capris!
p.s. I have had a fitbit since February! I love it but take it in small doses…will use it religiously for a month, then take a break. Mine was damaged by sweat, but they replaced it with a new one within a week! great customer service! Enjoy!

purelytwins December 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

we are getting old too! haha
MIchelle and I plan to hang with a few close friends to bring in the new year!
wishing you all the best and hope you have a wonderful new years eve party with your close friends!
Lori and Michelle

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