Friday, March 21, 2014

last day of twenty six.

flashback to my plans for the year of 26:
embrace imperfect. live. laugh. plan more. plan less. focus on family. relax. and enjoy. focus on friends. read. craft. create. be present. seek joy. share love. play. smile.
be gracious. accept grace. have fun.
 
apparently i had some pretty good goals for this past year, and i really can't believe that a whole year has passed since i wrote that - time has absolutely flown by! although time has also kind of crawled, at least for the past few months. i feel like its been years since i ever did anything other than read textbooks and work through example problems. (Tminus 21 days and counting!) but i like to think that my year as a whole was pretty full of all of the things i hoped it would be a year ago - time with friends, time with family, lots of fun. i dont really think i can ask for much more than that.
 
tomorrow is the start of twenty-seven. deep breath. here goes.
 
 

Friday, March 14, 2014

to do lists.

i started a couple monthly to-do lists yesterday. because i think that small, manageable goals with definite deadlines are sometimes easier to swallow than grand, overarching year-long non-resolutions. and also because i had a strong desire to DO SOMETHING before class last night other than reading my reference manual or working problems.

so i made a couple lists. and then i also decided that i NEEDED to vaccuum the rug in the fireplace room, which involved putting away the sewing machine that has lived there since january, moving the table back into the breakfast nook, and cleaning out the spinny-brush part of the vaccuum cleaner (and figuring out how to put it back together correctly) so that it could actually spin again. i barely got that rug vaccuumed in time before class, but at least i did it. it is done. look at me accomplishing things.

there are a few other things i would like to accomplish in the next few months. little things. manageable things. a couple no-brainer things. just to give me enough stuff to cross off a list to get me through April 11 without feeling like a complete failure at life, and to give me a couple non-studying activities to look forward to.

March Goals:
1. vaccuum the fireplace room rug.
2. finalize the tabs in my reference manual.
3. take two practice exams.
4. turn 27.

April Goals:
1. do not cry during the exam.
2. take a nap.
3. go to Florida.

May Goals: (this is about when life should finally resume to somewhat normal)
1. put away Christmas. (yes, really.)
2. CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!
3. start working out again.
4. clean up all the downed branches in the backyard.
5. hem all my new work pants
6. anything but study, really.

i'm really looking forward to May.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

free time, defined.

 
free time does not exist. all time is filled with something.
sometimes multiple things.
simplified, my time right now is mostly spent like this:
work, eat, study, sleep.
 
two months and counting.
 
 

Friday, February 7, 2014

winter wonder.

winter this year has been a frigid, snowy, icy pain in the butt. but gosh, it's also capable of being quite pretty.



related: it is a wonder that i didn't fall off the roof of the shed yesterday while clearing off the branches that fell in the ice storm.



and it will be an additional wonder if the butterfly bush survives the winter... fingers crossed!

Monday, January 27, 2014

sunday funday.

i really like crafting. and this weekend, i realized i have not been doing enough of it. lately, i've been keeping busy with perfectly reasonable things like cleaning and laundry and studying (ohmygoodness i haven't had to study in a long time and it is exhausting!) but none of that involves creating, or making, or ending up with a real finished product.

so i did something. i started my day at the fabric store with half a plan.


and i am so excited with what i was able to accomplish with six hours and my new sewing machine.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

not dead. just not feeling wordy lately.

so. sorry about the radio silence around these parts. i'm still here. still living life, eating regularly, going to work, doing all of the important things like laundry and dishes and i think i might have even cleaned the bathroom recently so yeah, i'm pretty much a rockstar. *brushes off shoulder* but as far as writing anything? sharing my stories? documenting the life i am living right now? eh, not so much. *shrugs* and i'm kind of ok with that.

winter is tough - it is cold and lonely and dark and lasts way too long after Christmas and i'm just now realizing that i'm really only about halfway through the season. gross. but what i'm trying to say is that i feel like as long as i am surviving, i'm doing ok - even if the documentation side of things is slipping.

so just in case you've been wondering, this is what i've been up to lately:
(and i even made my list alliterative! just because i can! Cope would be so proud!)

Sister Christmas. we travelled to Pennsylvania the weekend between Christmas and New Year's to celebrate with my family. i took zero pictures of our extended family celebration at Aunt Sara's house - i figured cousin Sarah had it covered - but did manage some pictures of our mini-Christmas with the sisters and our families.

we even had a tiny tree to put our presents under!
 
 Mark's present came in a Victoria's Secret bag...
 
  don't you love my sister's new hat?

Skiing. for the second year in a row, i survived the Shifflett family ski trip. and i liked it! we went to a different mountain this year - Showshoe, WV. the trails were tougher, and it took me a while to re-remember how to make it down the mountain upright (i ended the weekend with a grand total of 12 wipeouts and one giant hip bruise...apparently i always land on the same spot) but we had a really good time. my camera spent the weekend in my purse so i don't have any pictures, but my FIL took some good ones (and at least one terrible one that i couldn't convince him to delete) so if those ever actually make it off of their camera i might share a few.

Studying. the day we got back from our long skiing weekend, we also started an online review course for the PE Exam we're taking in April. ever since then, literally all of my free time has been spent with my giant review books; either reading theory, listening to lectures, working problems, or weeping in despair because right now it feels like there is no way i will ever re-learn all of this stuff in the next 79 days.

(not) Sewing. so i got that great sewing machine for Christmas. and i have some good ideas for sewing projects. and i have created a "sew fun!" pinerest board. and because of the aforementioned skiing and studying, i have had zero time to actually sew anything. sigh.

Shopping. mostly for groceries and other necessary but not necessarily fun things.  i feel like i have spent a lot of time at the grocery store, which probably isn't even true because Mark's new job is right across the street from the grocery store so he has been doing a lot of the shopping for me. but, it started with an S so it made the list. i have been to Walmart twice in the past week to buy exciting things like lint filters for my utility sink and mini saltines and a dishpan. and ok i also impulse bought the movie Tangled just because i wanted to watch it. maybe i'll watch it again tomorrow...

Singing. the Frozen soundtrack. constantly. all the time. obsessed. have you seen this movie? is it even still in theaters? we saw it on a date night on New Years, and you need to see it too. trust me.

Sparkles. ok so this isn't really a thing i've been doing, but it snowed yesterday and it's a little windy today and all of the blowing snow outside my office window looks like one massive glitter party and it makes me smile.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 non-resolutions.

is it true that the way you spend your New Years is the way you will spend the rest of the year?

for the sake of the rest of my year, i really hope this isn't true. because on my New Years, we left the party around 11 because we are old and lame and i was exhausted and there were harsh words and tears followed by several days of lingering frustration and other various emotions. not exactly an encouraging start for an entire year.

but we did go see Frozen on New Years, which was awesome, so I guess there's hope for the next 358 days.

this year, i want to survive. be happier. be a better adult. i don't know. enjoy? and maybe accomplish a few things while i'm at it? so i shortened up my non-resolution list for this year, to hopefully focus more on the bigger goals that have been languishing un-done on previous lists.

carry-overs from years past:

1. curtains. real curtains. really on my windows. i can do this.
2. read at least 3 non-fiction books. started my first one last night.
3. have pretty flowerbeds. a little tree removal, a little mulching, and then (hopefully) planting a lot of flowers.
4. budget. and then stick to it.
5. ride my bike. i don't think it got out of the shed at all last year.
6. read through my Bible. or maybe listen through it?
7. close my other bank account. this is just pathetic.
8. big book of everything. i have lost one too many passwords. time to get organized.

new for this year:

9. pass the PE. and feel no guilt for basically disappearing for the next 4 months while i study.
10. overcome my fear of the lawnmower. we got a riding lawn tractor. i want to be able to use it.
11. run. i think new shoes are in order.
12. sew a cushion for the entryway bench. top of the sewing list.
13. get the air ducts cleaned. this should just take a phone call.
14. yoga. just because.
15. start the kitchen renovation. it's the next major project on the major project list. kind of a long shot, but we'll see.

obviously there are other things i want to do this year that aren't on this list; like spend quality time with friends and family, and keep making my marriage a priority, and big overarching ideas and areas in which i would like to focus and improve like being a better adult-type person. but for right now, i need my list to be shorter, simpler, and full of things that i can legitimately accomplish and eventually cross off. so here we go.