Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Here are 40 things I hope to accomplish before my 40th birthday!
- Keep a gratitude journal all year. At least 3 things per day.
- Send a handwritten letter to a friend
- Send someone flowers
- Get my drivers license updated with new address
- Get a new tattoo
- Take at least one photo per month with the girls
- Have a professional family portrait made
- Take photos of Olivia
- Take photos of Isabelle
- Take photos of Zoe
- Read at least 20 books
- Read at least 5 books to the girls (chapter books, not picture books)
- Buy a must-have "classic" book for the girls' library every payday
- Plant a hydrangea bush
- Plant a flower box
- Put up a birdhouse
- Have an Olivia day
- Have an Isabelle day
- Have a Zoe day
- Have dinner at Sonny Williams with Bill
- Go to a play
- Go to Garvin Gardens
- Go to Eureka Springs
- Go to the Snoopy exhibit at the Clinton Library
- Paint pottery with the girls
- Crochet a mandala
- Crochet a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
- Sew myself an apron
- Learn how to can
- Do a Dietbet
- Volunteer at a marathon
- Climb Pinnacle
- Walk/run at least 500 miles total for the year
- Finish Turbo Jam
- End the year weighing less than I started the year
- Empty our storage unit
- Get a dresser for our room
- Paint and decorate our bedroom
- Make a budget for 2015
- Go to the GYN
Monday, December 8, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
I'll admit it, turning 40 actually does freak me out a bit. Maybe I'll get over that during the next year. I doubt it, but maybe.
I have a weird thing for wanting to have a theme for the year, so I'm dubbing this next year The Year of Gratitude. I'm going to go get a cute little journal and come up with 1-3 things every day to put in there. I'll try to remember to share with you. This past year has been very chaotic, so I'd like to go into this year with a fresh attitude, and that needs to start with gratitude. I want to focus on happiness and being satisfied with the here and now.
I also need to focus on my health, taking care of myself so that 40 isn't really my "over the hill" moment. I want to keep going up.
I'm thinking of making a 40 before 40 goal list. I bombed on my 37 list, but I think I need some goals for my last year as a "thirtysomething."
Thursday, November 27, 2014
The turkey is in the oven, pies are made, dressing in the crock pot. My sister will be over soon to take care of the potatoes, mashed and sweet varieties. My parents are bringing rolls and green beans. Fruit salad and my first attempt at homemade cranberry sauce (with a couple of cans on the sideline just in case...).
Awesome family. Abundance of food. I'm beyond grateful for both, and so much more.
You guys included. Thank you for reading my babbling.
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
So, I had to cancel my plans to do the New Years Double half-marathons at the end of the year. Did I mention this? It just was a bad time to travel, financially. I really, really wanted to do these races, but it was coming down to spending Zoe's birthday with her or doing these races, because I'd have to go alone. Of course, I picked my daughter. And now I have zero motivation to get moving. I have mentally given up at the moment. I have a half on the schedule in two weeks, one that I registered for and skipped last year, and there's a big part of me that's just like "Forget it. Forget next year. Forget making your goal of 13 before 40. Just forget it." The weather has been crappy the past few Sundays, so I'm not getting my long walks in.... I messed up the treadmill trying to lube it and then jacked up the plug on it the same night.... And I'm TIRED. I need to make myself move, I know I'll feel better, I just am having such a hard time getting there.
I have a huge mental block on this Santa doll. I could have very easily finished it by now but I hate it. I despise every minute I devote to it. Extreme and stupid, I know. I can't help it. I just need to buckle down and finish it to be finished with it. I have a lot of other projects I want to do, but won't let myself start until this is finished. But even those aren't as exciting as they should be to me. Once the girls go to bed, all I really feel like doing is curling up on the couch and watching American Horror Story.
I know I am dealing with a bit of depression due to the season and just because I deal with it more often than not. I'm trying to keep my head up, but trust me, if hibernation was an option, I'd be there.
I am really excited about the holidays, though. Our first Christmas in our new house. I've whitewashed our fireplace... my first home improvement project. I wanted to get it done before decorating for Christmas. I have so many plans in my head. I have no idea what to get the girls for Christmas. I had this whole thing planned out before cancelling our trip. They wanted American Girl dolls, and we were going to Dallas where there is an American Girl store..... so I was really excited to get them each a doll and then tell them we could go to the AG store and they could take the dolls to the salon and all that jazz.....
But then, all of a sudden, they don't even want an AG doll anymore. And then I canceled our trip. So my entire plan is shot.
Now they want phones. I am of the school of thinking that if you are still young enough to believe in Santa, you're too young to be asking Santa to bring you a phone.
Books and shoes. That's what they'll be getting. Books and shoes.