Friday, July 12, 2013

2013: One Little Word

I'm catching up with my good intentions, from the beginning of the year with my One Little Word. Yeah, it's July, but I really did pick this word a long time ago. My word for 2013 is: Commit

Seems kind of silly that my word is commit but I haven't blogged since February. Right? Wrong! My intentions (the things I really want to commit to for 2013) are actually as follows:

  • Commit to losing weight (goal is 24 lbs down by the end of the year)
  • Commit to saving (goal is at least 1 month in saving)
  • Commit to quality marriage time (goal is 2 "electronics-free" days a month)
  • Commit to debt freedom (goal is 3 accounts closed by end of year)
  • REALLY commit to debt freedom (goal is accrue no new debt)
  • Commit to cleaning (goal is to clean every room at least once a month)
  • Commit to supporting my spouse (help Ryan achieve his goals too!)

Since we're already here, we might as well do a mid-year check in. Shall we?

  • Weight loss: Yeah, I'm not there. I lost a bit at the beginning of the year and then in my war with springtime, I gained it all back and then some. Those points aside, I actually think this one is doable still. We're moving this week and I'll be walking to work and taking the dog on more walks at lunch. With the grocery store LITERALLY right across the street, there's more motivation to eat well. I at least have good intentions still.
  • Commit to saving: We were actually dead on with this one until I wrote a gigantic check to the new apartment building. Actually, I had to write two of them. With the new jobs and lower commuting costs, I have no doubts that we'll make these goals again.
  • Commit to quality marriage time: Unfortunately, I think we only managed this a couple of times this year. It's time to get back on track with this one. Not having a God-awful commute will help too. (Only 2 more days! Woo!)
  • Commit to debt freedom: We worked out a new budget for the new salaries and this goal is totally doable still. We've been picking away at these debts all year, it's now (finally time) to turn up the heat!
  • REALLY commit to debt freedom: We managed not to accrue any debt through May. (GOLD STAR FOR US!) But with all the holds they put on your accounts for rental cars and hotels, I had to use a credit card. Still haven't decided if that counts as accruing new debt or if it just means that we used our credit card.
  • Commit to cleaning: With moving, all our rooms have been gone through. I've been almost on top of this one. It's kind of a cop out, but I'll take a win where I can get it today. 
  • Commit to supporting my spouse: This year, I bullied him into taking his dream job. Yeah, you read that right. That's love and devotion, baby! I get 10 gold stars for that and minus 15 for every dramatic tear fest he's had to listen to. I truly don't mind continually working on this one.

Let's hope the next 6 months have more success than failure and that I can really keep commit as a mantra for 2013!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Springtime

So every year, I attempt to blog with renewed vigor. I get through February, maybe even March, and then something happens. What? I have no idea, but to date, I've only posted once in April. ONCE! In the five years I've been blogging. I think there's a trend here - I am at war with springtime.

Seriously. It actually makes sense.

2009 - I started the blog in May, April never had a chance
2010 - I was mid-thesis pulling all night research sessions. March through July may not have happened for all I know
2011 - I had allergies. Oh, wait, that's right it wasn't allergies it was pneumonia and it lasted FOR-EVER
2012 - My husband left me in Ohio. For real. He went to Washington to start his new job and I suffered through most of an Ohio summer before I quit my job to move.
2013 - Oh, so many things happened this spring. All medical, all private. I think I would have rather had pneumonia again. (Although, I really shouldn't go there because I'll end up with it again!)

But now, it's summer. Summer and I are friends. Very good friends! Here's a little scoop This Friday we move from Bremerton to Seattle. SEATTLE. We're moving to Seattle. We have a door buzzer. WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO BE LIVING IN THE CITY! I'm so very excited to be living in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Spring this year also brought the fear of the Sequester. Summer hit back with new, very awesome jobs for both of us. I feel like I get a new lease on 2013. And blogging.

I'll be setting up my new craft room shortly. I'll be sharing a studio/office with Ryan so I need to really slim my stash down. I promised not to take over the whole room. I promised not to take over the whole room. I promised not to take over the whole room. I'll just keep repeating that until I take over most of the room.

For comparison's sake, here's the room I just packed up:

Wish me luck, I'm going to need all I can get. That goes for moving and blogging. :)


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I normally don't apologize, but...

here it is. I am sorry that I didn't finish my Christmas countdown. I knew a number of days before Christmas that things were over for her. I can't explain how I knew, but I did. I made it through the holidays a tad more subdued than I expected, and before the year was out I received the most heart wrenching news I've had. Since then, I've sat down to catch up a hundred times, but it never happens. I think about Christmas, then I think about grandma, and then I miss her. So, I'm sorry I haven't done it. I'm probably not going to do it, sorry if you were following along.
Now, I'm working on the positive. I did do my 8x8 layouts, but I just haven't added the photos. I have Project Life layouts and a one little word post coming up soon, and I'm excited to share my hand designed flair (when it gets here)! Instead of any of those things, I leave you with this: a photo I hadn't seen before she passed on December 28, but one that makes me smile every time I look at it.

From Left to Right - My cousin Steve, baby me, my cousin Heath, Grandma Louise, and my Aunt Tina

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 6

Another photoless day. You'll understand when I get to the topic. I'm pretty sure I'm ridiculously paranoid, but I offer no apologies. Today's topic:

Christmas Parties!


PARTAY! I've been to four parties so far this year. Hubster has been to zero. Erm, this would typically be a bit odd that the wife has been out running around partying, but all of mine have been work related. By work "related" I mean two were actually at the office and two were with the Chamber of Commerce. Not really the typical party circuit, but then again, our favorite Christmas party, isn't actually a "Christmas" party.

Sometime in the midst of growing up and growing "old" we started hosting a New Year's Eve party with all of our friends at our place. Oh, this was truly my favorite part of being old: hosting parties! FOOD! Cocktails! FOOD! Presents! FOOD! Fire! FOOD! Gift Exchanges! FOOD! And welcoming in the new year with our favorite people. When we moved to Ohio, this was the part of the season I missed the most. I think I lost my "festive" mood the day I realized that 2011 would be welcomed in without our traditional party. Bummer. (I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that we had an awesome time that New Year's Eve with Steve and Laurie in Chicago!)

This year we aren't exactly getting the party back, but we are getting together with our friends in late December and it makes me very happy. There are now two little ones in the group, three of us have moved away, one couple is expecting little one #3, and there are four married couples. Some are still chipping away at degrees and some are trying to make a career work. (That would be me...hello real world and student loans!) Never fail, we are all still friends - nay, family - and the holiday season isn't the same without "our" party.

So, no photos today because I don't post party photos (please see the paranoia mentioned above) and while a photo is worth 1,000 words it can't show the kind of crazy that happens when we're all together. I can't wait for our get together this year. It may not be on New Year's Eve, but it is with all of our favorite people and that's what matters most.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 5

Today's post will be short and sweet. I'm getting ready for a crazy busy day at work tomorrow filled with nomtastic food.The fifth topic is:

Christmas Cards


For the past three years I've been handmaking our cards. I am not good about sending out cards on time. Ever. Handmaking things just compounds the issue, but I think I'm smart enough to plan ahead...WRONG!
Every year, I start talking about making Christmas cards in August. Every year, I make one in the summer, feel stupid, and wait until December 12 to start my cards. This year, was almost different. I made a card in March and another in May. Then, I came up with a sketch and a plan for cards in August. That's where the difference stopped for 2012.
As of this moment: My cards are not mailed. I have made them though. See, that's where I fell into old habits...I made 2 on December 12 and then the other 48 of them on Sunday, December 16. I have printed photos of the Mr. and I ready to go. I just need to finish write our 2012 letter and address all of the cards. Hopefully, I'll get to give most of these cards to our friends and family in-person so I don't feel too bad about not mailing them yet. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. Better luck next year?

You will notice a distinct lack of card photos. I want to let my few friends who read my blog to see the cards in person first. :)