Thursday, January 19, 2017

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Jan 7 to Jan 12

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  • Jan 13, 2017 - My first supremed orange. It was both easier and faster than I expected.
  • Jan 14, 2017 - Up at (literally) dark-thirty to send him off with the Boy Scouts for the long weekend. He gets to spend the night on the USS Alabama!
  • Jan 15, 2017 - New restaurant for lunch: Grub Burger Bar. Very good, we'll be back!
  • Jan 16, 2017 - Kylo always seems to know when I need purr therapy.
  • Jan 17, 2017 - Needed some supremely intense pink in my life. Forget Now by Sinful Colors.
  • Jan 18, 2017 - Well, it took 18 days, but I officially worked my way up to walking one mile (1.6 km) today. I was still moving faster than a bunch of the cars sitting in traffic! (I could see the interstate from my route.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Jan 7 to Jan 12

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  • Jan 7, 2017 - What happened to our snow? All we got was sleet and freezing rain. That's no fun.
  • Jan 8, 2017 - No, I don't have a problem, why do you ask? Yes, Zoya is my favorite brand!
  • Jan 9, 2017 - Remember, "more" is my word for 2017, and drinking water was one of the things I specifically had in mind. Two glasses with dinner tonight!
  • Jan 10, 2017 - Soooo much warmer on tonight's walk (52F/11C) than last night (38F/3C).
  • Jan 11, 2017 - I know "a sixpence in your shoe" is lucky. What about a milk ring? Apparently, Rey thought I needed it.
  • Jan 12, 2017 - I tried to shortcut one of my favorite recipes that is very time and labor intensive. It turned out okay. Still good, but not nearly as good as the real thing.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Jan 1 to Jan 6

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  • Jan 1, 2017 - Happy New Year! A new-to-him movie (Star Trek IV) and a lap full of kittens.
  • Jan 2, 2017 - New Sherlock! So happy! (After watching, I take it back. Not happy.)
  • Jan 3, 2017 - My evening: putting together a Christmas money purchases. I love it already!
  • Jan 4, 2017 - Christmas gift from my parents: large Calphalon pot (to replace my rusty enamel one). Didn't think the strainer lid would actually work, but I drained these noodles with no trouble at all!
  • Jan 5, 2017 - Sneaker Survivor! Winners: blue/white New Balance and first ever pair of Brooks.
  • Jan 6, 2017 - Luke's reaction to discovering Siri (voice activated controls on the iPad). I think we've created a monster!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy 2017!


Welcome to 2017, everyone! Wow, 2016 was a rough one, especially there at the end, but we made it. We had a lovely Christmas, and I've really enjoyed having over a week off from work. (Not that I don't like my job! But I really did need a break.) I've been pondering the usual things during that time: love, family, and of course, any changes I might want to make in the coming year. Which of course begs the question: resolutions or no? I just couldn't find anything that spoke to me. I mean, what I need to do is obvious, and quite frankly the same as previous years. Part of me wonders if it's even worth it, given that they are the same as previous years. Several of my friends do a "word for the year," and that idea appealed to me this year. Can you guess what my word is? (Hint: it's in HUGE red letters up there at the top.)

As the blog clearly indicates, my life is rather insane at the moment. Lack of blogging, tweating, or pretty much anything else has been chronic in the last year or two. You can keep up with me on Facebook, but even that gets out of date or some of the "big things" aren't chronicled as well as I would like.

So with all of this going on, why on earth would I choose the word "more"? It seems counter-intuitive, right? Usually, this is the time of year where we look to have less of things. Less clutter, less weight, less bad food, less stress, less chaos. And don't get me wrong, I really need less of all of those things in my life right now! But "less" can also have something of a negative connotation, sort of like the word "don't." No one likes those kinds of words.

Then, I was inspired by this post on Facebook from TheMasterShift (no idea how it popped up in my feed; probably from someone I know "liking" it). I liked the general idea of the list offered, with a few tweaks for myself. (Boy, do I *wish* I could drink more tea!)

So here's what I came up with, things I want MORE of in 2017:

Now I realize I cannot necessarily control everything related to that last one, but it is also up to me to do the best I can to not get quite so worked up about things. 2016 ended up being a year that was a lot about acceptance (reread the Serenity Prayer, if you haven't recently; it is very wise), which I hope will lead to more peace and fewer tears. I guess only time will tell. But I will definitely be trying to do more to keep my own inner peace whenever possible.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, and peaceful new year, with MORE of all the good things in life! And who knows, maybe some more blogging from me. (But don't hold your breath!)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 26 to Dec 31

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  • Dec 26, 2016 - The round of Double Twelve Dominoes where I scored 65 in a single play!
  • Dec 27, 2016 - Rey decided to "help" with the waffles this morning. I went to the refrigerator to get the eggs, and when I turned around, I saw her head down in the flour bowl. It wasn't until she lifted her head that I realized she had her front paws in there, too! I had to grab her before she ran off and got flour *everywhere.*
  • Dec 28, 2016 - First kitten casualty. The lid for this is now in my trashcan in hundreds of pieces.
  • Dec 29, 2016 - Why was the bowl moved 15 ft (4.5 m) from the laundry room into the kitchen?
  • Dec 30, 2016 - So much for stitching! Good thing she's so stinkin' cute.
  • Dec 31, 2016 - Happy New Year's Eve! Wishing you all a most wonderful 2017.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 20 to Dec 25

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  • Dec 20, 2016 - Christmas week grocery list, before and after.
  • Dec 21, 2016 - Not exactly Santa paper (no actual Santas on it), but too perfect to pass up.
  • Dec 22, 2016 - Hold on Mommy! I see you were trapped in the guest room. I will rescue you!
  • Dec 23, 2016 - Running a fever while watching his first James Bond movie.
  • Dec 24, 2016 - Whole family movie outing with Nana and Papa. We all really enjoyed it!
  • Dec 25, 2016 - Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Project 365 - Fabulous 40 - Dec 14 to Dec 19

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  • Dec 14, 2016 - Prototypes for this year's ornaments. Cheap, unbreakable, physically inedible.
  • Dec 15, 2016 - Ready for tomorrow. I hope it is as good as they say. We're all going together!
  • Dec 16, 2016 - Not as good as we hoped, though we seem to be the only ones who think so.
  • Dec 17, 2016 - I'm so happy you're home that my tongue is out! (Tiny, but it's there.)
  • Dec 18, 2016 - I think our waitress thought Luke was pretty cute!
  • Dec 19, 2016 - I see my husband has been bringing contraband into the house again.