Even though we are 17 years into this whole millennium thing, I just don’t think I will ever get used to saying 20 before a number. Like, 20- 17??? Are you kidding me? That sounds like future fake times.
Although, we did get an Alexa for Christmas, so we are very much on our way to becoming the Jetsons (and becoming Very Bossy People, I love saying ‘Alexa, play Michael Jackson! Stop! Play Britney Spears! Stop! It’s liberating. Such demands are not welcomed in proper society).
Anyway. I am so grateful that I got to spend the last week and a half of 2016 off of work, enjoying time with friends and family. And eating. Lots of eating. Will and I are so lucky to have family in town/close by! We got to spend a ton of time with both of our families- I especially loved getting in on Will’s family’s Christmas Eve tradition of playing Bingo.
A few snapshots from the break:
Why do we buy them anything? Cardboard boxes make the best presents.
A (somewhat successful) attempt at Auntie/Uncle Christmas fun. Lily said nothing during the entire light show, but glimpsed a partially burned out sign on a 7/11 on the way home and yelled out excitedly ‘LIGHTS!!!!!’ Ben’s favorite part was ‘the fruit snacks.’ But they said they wanted to do it again next year so…. count that as a win?
A girl’s night with friends from near and far.
Annual Roommate Crimmus! Not pictured: Mimosas with Outlander wine tags; a gift from my boss for Christmas… a sure sign that I am an inappropriate sharer.
All dolled up for the Christmas Eve service in front of our (dying) chubby tree. Bless it.
10:30 pm during our auntie/nephew sleepover …the kid knows how to party. And so do Deborah and I- we stayed up until 1 am watching UnReal!
Lolly takes after her brother in not suffering fools who are trying to take her picture (No cheese!). I don’t blame her though, she was just enjoying some quality time with her favorite people (Olaf, Minnie, Mickie). This was taken at an absolutely amazing house a few blocks away from my sister’s house… seriously, who needs Trail of Lights when you have this??
I made a few New Years resolutions and I am going to try to keep them but let’s be honest I may not and that’s ok. I am going to try my darndest to focus on good health (both physical and mental) this year, and putting active measures in place to help me get to 2018 in better shape than I am today.
Here are the two I’ve been actively working on since January 1 (5 days ago):
Memorizing more scripture (I’ve given myself 1 a month to keep expectations realistic), and spending more time meditating on the word. Most of the time I read a passage from my bible, think ‘great!’ or ‘hmm!’ or ‘Jesus!’ and then move on with my life as if I just read a passage from Twilight. This is not ok. My verse for this month is Romans 12: 9-21.
Improving my posture. My saggy weak shoulders need a makeover. Why? Because my back hurts all the time and then I whine about it and nobody needs to hear me whine all the time about something that is fixable. I’ve incorporate standing for an hour at work at my desk, and being vigilant about door exercises to strengthen my back.
And now for my monthly goals, because these things I generally accomplish:
1. Read at least 1 book (The Lake House, The Nesting Place, The Kitchen House)
2. Keep up with my 1 year straight through bible reading plan & go through the Advent devotional with Will
3. Go on a Christmas date with Will- and start some Christmas traditions! (We had a sushi + driving around to look at Christmas lights +Elf movie night and it was gloooorious!)
4. Bake 1 egg free dairy free gluten free cookie that actually tastes good (I modified an existing recipe for Apple Crumble that turned out so well!)
5. Get our Christmas cards sent out
6. Do a fun Christmas activity with Ben & Lolly
7. Finish The Gilmore Girls Revival… even though I did spoil the ending by finding out what the final four words were. (I know I shouldn’t have spoiled it for myself, but I felt like I could love the final episode and really enjoy all of the Emily wearing keds/Luke & Lorelai goodness without having to worry about controversial final four words shenangians)
8. Enjoy this season with family and friends, and be fully present in the midst of all the craziness/busyness (I mean, I did my best. Imma cross it out anyway.)
1. Read at least 1 book (Currently: The Boys in the Boat, Grace Not Perfection, A Praying Life)
2. Keep up with my 1 year straight through the bible reading plan (I am in the Psalms currently and very happy there.)
3. Stand for 1 hour/day at my standing desk at work. I’ve been setting a timer to hold myself accountable, then conveniently being in meetings when it goes off, very loudly.
4. Redo our spice cabinet with the cute spice containers I bought (cute labels pending, I’ve got my eye on some from Etsy)
5. Get my trunk cleaned out for real for real.
6. Finish 1 home project (I’ve got a chair to be recovered, 1 final curtain panel to be DIY-ed, and some other curtains to be hemmed all vying for my attention)
7. Spend a fun and celebratory weekend with Will for our second anniversary!
Did you make any New Years Resolutions? What are your January goals?