One and Done

by Carly McAlister on November 22, 2013

By: Carly McAlister

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A few years back, I had a pretty successful ‘Elf on the Shelf’ season.  And by successful, I mean I totally freaked my kids out and humored my Facebook friends.  Someone recently asked me what I had planned for our elf this year.  Huh.  It hadn’t dawned on me to do it again.  Now that I think about it, I’m pretty much a one-and-done kind of girl.

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Like in 2002, I “ran” the Marine Corps Marathon.

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I met several people during the race who were on their umpteenth marathon. When I told those nut jobs I thought they were crazy, they all assured me I would feel differently in a week and be ready to sign up for my next race.  (I didn’t and I didn’t.)

Or the time I decided to try bungee jumping.  From a crane.  In a bar parking lot.  Word of advice:  Don’t bungee jump headfirst tied at your ankles when you’re wearing an oversized sweater and they’re broadcasting it live on the bar’s TVs.  Won’t be doing that again.

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I have a friend who is a self-proclaimed half-asser.  She does things she likes over and over, never really giving it her all, just enjoying being along for the ride.  That’s not me.  If I decide to do something, I give it 100% with every intention of knocking it out of the park and then I never feel the need to do it again.  And, I have to say, this has worked out pretty well for me.  Except with laundry – that crap just never ends.

And now a word from my sponsor: If you have home remodeling needs and only want to do it once, call the experts at Moss Building & Design.  We will do it right the first time.  Call 703-961-7707 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.

In addition to blogging about all things home and family-related, Jeannine Miller manages Moss Building & Design’s HandyMOM 101 and HandyGirl 101 workshop programs and coordinates Moss’ philanthropic efforts in the community

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