Random stuff bout Me, Chad, Shelby or anything else I feel like talking about

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Oh it is that time of year again. Where we reminisce about all the good and bad of the previous year and set goals or resolutions for the new year. Or if you are like me, you just consider it another day and really couldn't give a flying fig about any of it.

Honestly I can barely remember this past year. And yes I was sober and/or conscience for most of it. Usually every year I write a Christmas letter recapping the past year and this year I didn't because, well, there was nothing to write about! No exciting trips, no job promotions, we are all another year older. Well Chad & Shelby are. I am still 29! There were sad moments I am sure. There were happy moments...I think. People irritated me, people made me laugh. I set goals, I broke goals. Basically as Chad would say "Same Shit, Different Day"

However I will set some goals for the new year, and for the most part I did sort of good at meeting (or at least working towards) some of these this past year.

1) Make sure to include fun stuff on my to do list (Scrapbooking, reading) because these things are are just as important, if not more so then chores!

2) Exercise more which means taking actual lunch breaks during the workday and walking

3) Remember my Unglued bible study and incorporate it into my daily life

4) Spend less, which is a mandatory goal since I need to be able to make a car payment every month (bye-bye mocha's...)

5) Live every day to it's fullest as you never know what could happen tomorrow


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Letter to my Daughter

Dear Shelby,
Unfortunately for you (fortunate for me!) just because you are reading this, it does not mean I have died. Sorry! You are stuck with me for quite a bit longer (I hope!)

I am not sure if you realize just how much I love you. Oh sure, I tell you ALL of the time but you always roll your eyes at me and go "Whatever!". Didn't anyone ever tell you that if you made funny faces like that your face may freeze like that? So quit rolling your eyes when I say this! Someday though I think you will understand. That saying "This hurts me more than it hurts you" is SO true! You think I enjoy yelling at you? Well...okay....maybe a little but not that much! When I have to punish you it takes all of my willpower to not recant my punishment and give you whatever you want.

I am just amazed at how smart you are. You must take after me! Actually I know you didn't get that from me. Your daddy is the genius in our family. But you did get my stubbornness and strong will. I know this is a good trait for the most part, but not when I am arguing with you! I just keep telling myself that when you start to take an interest in boys, and they take an interest in you that this strong will, will be a good thing and those boys won't be able to push you around! Until then....

I love that you want to grow up, but that you have no problems acting like a kid as well. I love that you still like to snuggle and I enjoy or cuddle time. I love that you know you can tell me anything and I enjoy our mommy/daughter chats.

It is hard to believe that you have been a part of my life for over 10 years now! Some days I have to fight every urge in my body to strangle you but in the end you usually say or do something cute and I remember why I am so blessed to have you in my life!

You are a beautiful girl, inside and out. Always remember that. Stand up for what you believe in and continue to be so caring towards other. There will be hurdles in your life but just remember those just make you stronger and make you a better person.

Love Mommy

Friday, October 19, 2012

South to Drop Off, North to Pick Up

So don't get me wrong, I love Shelby's school. I love the teachers, the staff, the kids, the families but I do have one pet peeve. One that just makes me angry every time I have to pick Shelby up from school. And that is the issue of the parking lot/pick up area.

So at Shelby school you drive in and to the right is the bus circle. A little further up is a spot where parents can pull up to the curb (great for quick morning drop offs). And then you have regular ol' parking. There are signs posted that say "Please Pull Forward" and "Do Not Leave Your Car Unattended" Yet every time I go there in the afternoon (and I am always running late mind you!) I get there and can barely even turn into the school driveway because people are backed all the way up to the main road, they are blocking the bus area AND they have not pulled forward! I mean there is like a whole car length between cars!

I am a parent, so I understand wanting to get that prime curb spot. And I wouldn't mind it being right between the main entrance and the bus area so I know Shelby will see me but I am not going to get there early and park right in the middle before any other cars get there just for that spot.

So I think my new job is going to be Parking Lot Nazi. Expect to see me soon in my orange vest with my flaggers. And if you are sitting in your car (or God Forbid...you have left it unattended!) be warned that I will come knocking on your car window to keep on moving!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Countdown Begins!

The Vampire Diaries season premiere is October 11th! Let the countdown begin!!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

How Do I Love Duvall...Let Me Count Thy Ways

So I live in this cute little town called Duvall (that is pronounced Doo-Vall). It is such a great town! Kind of off the beaten path but closer enough to larger cities so you are only 30 minutes from larger chain stores, movie theaters and such. Up until a few years ago there was a ban on any businesses that had drive-thru's (ie McDonalds, coffee stands) but we are now lucky enough to have a drive-thru Starbuck's!

I do have to mention that I grew up in Woodinville which is just the next town over. Back in those days had someone said I would be living in Duvall I would have laughed at them and probably made some comment about never living in some pow-dunk, redneck little town like Duvall! But back in those days it was kind of scruffy with just one grocer store (The Family Grocer) maybe one street light and a ton of antique stores. It was simply the town we passed through to get to Carnation or Monroe!

I guess my grandpa always wanted to buy a house out in Duvall but my grandma always turned up her nose at Duvall as well. Maybe that is where I got it from! So it is kind of cool now to live in the town my grandpa would  have loved to live in!

Seven years ago we bought our second home. We moved to Duvall. By then there were two or three street lights and a Safeway! And the Safeway, by the way DID have a Starbuck's. Shortly after that the drive-thru Starbucks was built and well...That has to be reason #1 that we love Duvall!

But...there are other reasons.

Everybody Knows Your NameOkay so not really but sometimes it feels like it! It seems that whenever I go to the grocery store I run into someone I know. When I actually leave the store without running into a friend, or the parent of one of Shelby's classmate I am shocked and will usually take one last glance around the store to make sure I didn't overlook anyone!

We Have Great Local Businesses
Okay so they aren't the big retail stores (like a Target but hey I have two of those only about 30 minutes away!) but boy do we have some wonderful restaurants (Pickle Time, Red Pepper Pizzeria, The Duvall Grill) and neat speciality stores (CC's Espresso, Teemer & Schmidt Candy Store, Match Coffee & Wine). Toss in a clothing stores, art gallery, art center, photography studio, a few salons and of course those antique stores which, yes, still exist and you have a great town!

Country Living Without TO much Country
We live 6 miles outside of town. When people first come out to our house they are always going "Man, do you live out here!" but you know what? You get used to it and really...it's not that far. I am about 10 minutes from town and about 30 minutes from Woodinville or Redmond where I have all the major retailers that I need. We are on 2 beautiful acres where on a clear night we can see a sky full of stars. And if I really wanted to I could probably walk naked through my yard but...I don't really want to do that AND we do have neighbors that could see me through the trees that are planted along our property line. So I can enjoy that country feel but still be able to get my "city" on!

We Care About Each Other.....Really!
No...really...we do! Granted part of that may have some help from the technology of today (Facebook, websites, etc). But we watch out for each other. We keep an eye on our neighbors kids, making sure they make it home from the bus. Someone loses a puppy and the whole town starts looking. If you don't know of a good place to take your car, or to take your pet just ask a friend (who will ask a friend who asks a friend) and before you know it you will have a LONG list of wonderful places to go.

It's a good thing we won't be moving anytime soon because I love living here. It is the perfect place to raise our daughter - though she isn't as thrilled at running into friends every time we head to town. Some day she will appreciate it though!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I Wanna be in Movies

So you ever watch a movie or a TV show and afterwards just let out a huge sigh and go "Man, I wish my life was like that". Well sorry chickie, this is life and there are no happy endings, commercials or music informing us of what could happen at any moment.

So here are a few things that you will not see happen in your daily life.

  • Traveling down a busy street or going to the mall and finding a parking spot right in front of the store or place you need to go
  • Anyone's problems getting solved with in a one hour time span
  • Having a comment that someone makes during a random conversation be the answer to the problem you have been working (all hour) on trying to figure out
  • Having the man or woman of your dreams make some grand, romantic gesture in front of THOUSANDS of people
  • More often than not, if you are someone else dies, you are pretty likely dead (ie you/they won't suddenly take a gasp of breath and reach out for you/them)
  • People will not take a swipe at stuff on a desk/table knocking everything on the floor just because they are angry or want to engage in hot sex with you/someone
  • If you are a friend/family member are dieing your final breathes will be taken while bundled up under blankets while sitting out on a deck or in a park with a beautiful sunset or ocean view in front of you
  • When you are driving along the freeway and suddenly an overpass ends you will miraculously be able to fly over and onto road on the other side
  • Vampires will exist AND your friends will be okay if you date and/or are a vampire
  • In a town of thousands that your friends boyfriend/girlfriend will come in to the store/restaurant where you are at with his girlfriend/wife
  • You will be able to access your or someones medical file and see right away what their blood type is and that they are not your biological child/parent
Cue the slow, instrumental music and get ready to walk off into the sunset, this is the end.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Roundabout Etiquette

So we have a lovely roundabout here in Duvall. For the most part, it works great and from what I have heard from residence that lived out here before it was put it, it has helped greatly with the traffic. Before there was just the main highway and the poor people coming from the side street had to wait and wait and wait and then say a little prayer and gun it into traffic, playing a real life game of Frogger.

So overall, the roundabout is a good thing. However, people don't know the rules of proper roundabout etiquette. But in hopes of backing up my believes I pulled up info from Washington State and I really don't have anything to back up my argument.

According to WSDOT, the traffic in the roundabout has the right of way. Okay, that is all fine and dandy and makes sense, but what about the car coming up behind that one already in the roundabout that isn't slowing down and I know would plow right over me if I even thought to inch out into the traffic. They aren't already in the roundabout! It's my turn!

So here is my thought (and what I thought was the golden rule). You should treat it as you do a four way stop. No, no...no stopping! That will just make drivers around you angry and they will start honking their horns and calling you foul names out of their window. But at a four way stop the person to your left (or is it your right?) has the right away. And isn't that only if you both get there at the same time?

So here are my rules for how to handle a roundabout.

1) Slow your ass down! There is a freakin' around about ahead and just because you may be on the busier of the roads that use the round about, it doesn't mean you have the freakin' right of way!

2) Were you there first? NO! I didn't think so! So let the person who was there first go through!

3) Did you reach the roundabout at the same time as a car did coming from the other direction? When use the rules of a four way stop. Are they to your right (or is it left?) then they get to go

4) DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT go in the outside lane of a roundabout as I go in the inside lane so that you can speed around me and cut me off as we hit the straight of way. I was driving the f'n speed limit you f'n idiot! Slow your ass down!

5) Have some balls when you approach the roundabout. Coming to a complete stop and not going is just as annoying as the people that speed through the roundabouts

6) If you see a blue Acura approaching the roundabout, with a (gorgeous, young looking) mama behind the wheel, get the hell out of my way!!

And there you have. Stephanie's Rules of Proper Roundabout Etiquette.

Drive Safely!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Back from good ol' Meen-a-sew-ta

So I recently got to go to Minnesota (pronounced Meen-a-sew-ta, ya sure, ya betcha!) for work. Two of our Honeywell sites are there and I wanted to actually meet the people I work with on a daily basis. What a gorgeous state! And I was able to dry out for a bit as the weather was a warm 80 degrees the whole time I was there!

So let's just say that traveling allows those of us that enjoy the sport of people watching to have a hayday! Oh the stories I could tell....and will tell!

So let's begin with the people that purchased an airline ticket for their marble duck. Yes you heard me correctly, a marble duck! Then I watched as several people went in and out of one of the bathrooms but I saw no one go in or come out of the other for quite some time. Let's just say I am SO glad I didn't have to go potty and didn't have to venture into that bathroom after that dude was done!

My flight was long enough that they actually showed a show on the little video screens. I opted for not getting out my headphones because I had my People magazine to read, which was probably good because the show that was on was New Girl. I have only caught the show once or twice and wouldn't you know it...the episode that was on, was one of the two I had seen!

My HW counterparts in MN are great people! My one coworker took me to the Mall of America (A mall on steroids), then she and several other coworkers took me to dinner Thursday and showed me some of the sites. Just makes me realize I am a terrible tour guide when people come to Seattle!

So it wasn't until I was at the Minneapolis airport heading home that I encountered "real" Minnesotans. You know, the ones who's daily dialogue includes a lot of ya sure, ya betcha!

It was a successful business trip and I would love to go back some day but I am glad to be back home too :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

S'more Good!

Nothing ends a nice, sunny Washington day like sitting around a bonfire roasting 'shmallows! And I love me some s'mores! The ooey, gooey yumminess of the marshmallows, melting the hershey's chocolate. YUMMY!!

A few issues with a fire though.
  1. This one was VERY hot. So much so that Chad donned his welder's apron and fireman gloves
  2. I singed off a few arm hairs just trying to get my marshmallow close enough to even brown it
  3. You are either too hot or too cold
  4. The smoke burns your eyes
  5. I now smell like smoke (either that or my house is on fire and I really hope it's not that!)
I ate three of these suckers. Is that bad?? They are kind of small though right? I mean really, it's only half of the graham cracker right? So really I only had one and half. And that is better than three!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kids Grow Up Way too Fast

So Shelby was telling me today that one of her friends wants to kiss a boy. Pass me the smelling salts! I am going to faint! Luckily Shelby says that kissing boys sound icky but still....

Part of me kind of finds it fun to here about the boy Shelby has a crush on as I can live vicariously through her but it must stop there! She can like boys from afar! That is it!!

I was watching the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" the other day. Not sure why I watch this show since I get so angry at those kids for being so stupid and getting pregnant in the first place. Then it makes me realize that either 1) I had the best behaved baby EVER because I don't remember any sleepless nights or 2) I have blocked out those years because I was just too sleep deprived to remember squat. It is sad that they are innocent little babies for such a short time and that the time just goes way to fast.
Shelby 2002
Shelby 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I just have to brag about my little girl. Or should I say my young lady? She is just growing up and becoming so smart!

So Shelby started piano lessons about 6 weeks ago. The piano showcase for students was this past Sunday. Her teacher told her that she didn't have to participate since she hadn't been taking lessons that long but Shelby wanted to.

Okay so let's pause here for a minute so that I can explain a little something. Neither Chad or I like attention. We don't want to be the center of attention, we don't like being up on stage, we don't like performing. So imagine our surprise when Shelby willingly wanted to be in the recital!

So her teacher let her pick from a few songs. Nothing too hard - Yankee Doodle Dandy and Hot Cross Buns. Compared to what others played, it was no Mozart or Beethoven but I was SO proud of her!

So I guess I should not have been too surprised a few days later by what she did.

So...her bus stops at the end of our road around 3:50. I got there at 3:51. I didn't see the bus heading down the road and I didn't see any kidlets walking down the road so I figured the bus hadn't come yet. So I sat, and sat and sat. I didn't want to drive down to the house in case the bus hadn't come yet but what else could I do?

Well right about this time in my thoughts my cell phone rang. I thought it was Chad because his picture popped up (but only because the home number is attached to his contact in my phone). It was Shelby! She goes "Where are you mommy? I'm home" Oh the relief I felt!! She wasn't even phased by having to walk home. She just did it, let herself in the house, brought in the packages on the front porch, even let the dog out and then grabbed her phone book that had my cell number in it and called me!

I am just so proud of her! I am a bit sad as well though because, well, it means my little girl is growing up and I don't like the thought of that.

I mean I stopped aging, why can't she??

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Facebook is my friend

You know so many people speak of the negative things of Facebook. Some people haven't joined because (and I quote) "I didn't like the people back in high school. Why would I want to reconnect with them now?" Though said person that said that has now joined Facebook, however still says it is lame. Oh but I must teach her the ways that Facebook can be her friend.

Yes, there are people I am friends with that I probably didn't really like in high school. But you know what? We aren't in high school anymore and for the most part these people have matured (as have I) and I have actually created some great new friendships with these people.

Wanna know what else Facebook is great for? Getting advice, support and getting rid of things! Goodbye craigslist! Hello Facebook! Here is an example of that...Chad had a craigslist post to get rid of our hot tub. Oh sure, he got a few bites but nothing that was working out. So I posted my frustration on Facebook and one of my friends was like "I want it!"

There are numerous times where I am just frustrated with life, frustrated with my kid and it is SO nice to know that my fellow Facebook friends deal with the same issues I do and sometimes have great advice that I never even knew of or had thought about.

So yes, some people abuse Facebook. I mean I don't really need to know your every move throughout the day, and I don't really care to hear your negative thoughts. But Facebook is my friend. Let him (or her??) be  yours as well!

Monday, March 19, 2012

I haven't aged a bit!

It is fun to be able to go online to Facebook or any of these other sites to catch up with people you knew in school or haven't seen in ages. One of my first thoughts is, "Oh man, have they aged! I haven't aged a bit though....Weird...."

Okay, Okay I know that I have probably changed...a bit! But I am happy to say that I am still the same weight I was in high school. No seriously...that is what my drivers license says and those don't lie! Oh sure, when I renew my license they have asked if anything needs to be updated but really, it's just a pound or two difference, why hassle with it!

So who has the most gray hair? Has put on the most weight? Looks older than they really are? Has gone bald? And in some cases were those the people that thought they were all that? Don't you wish you could go back in time and wipe that cocky smile off their face and go "Dude, here is what you are going to look like in 20 yrs".

Do you ever feel that you cursed yourself when you were younger? My mom believes she cursed herself by always bragging as a kid how she was so skinny that her stomach actually was concave. Life played a cruel trick on her and turned that concave belly into a little spare tire.

Thanks to my friend Ms. Clairol I do not have any gray hairs, and aren't muffin tops/spare tires the in thing now??

Things do get better with age. Oh sure, my tummy is a bit fuller than it was almost 20 years ago, but let's recall the hair styles and fashions back then. I would like to think that I have wised up, toned down the hair and know how to dress better.

I have seen this one quote/saying many times - probably on Facebook but I think it is very fitting for this post.

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride!"

And with that, I think I will go eat a cookie and maybe pull that one gray hair out!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Oh Young Love!

So Shelby has her first crush on a boy. Whereas Chad is making sure all of his guns are within arms length and in working order I am kind of excited.

Maybe it is because I remember those grade school crushes, the fun of liking a boy, finding out if he likes you back, just seeing him at school. Oh the memories!! I think another part of it, is that I get to live vicariously through Shelby.

Don't get me wrong, I love Chad and all but being married almost 12 years you don't always get to enjoy those feelings you get with a crush. Oh sure...sometimes I am excited to pass him in the front hallway but mostly it is because I need him to take the trash out for me or need his help for something else. And I know he likes me so no real excitement or heart palpitations when finding out my crush likes me too.

So anyway, this got me to thinking about my grade school crushes. There was the boy with the big ears in preschool (okay, technically not grade school - so sue me) who would play house with me, or the boy in 1st grade who I am pretty sure liked the other girl named Stephanie in my class. The one I remember though had to have been in 5th grade. Oh that was the year! Sad that my school age excitement peaked in 5th grade.

Anyway, his name was...oh wait...let's not go there! We will just call him Bob (I really hope there was no Bob in 5th grade with me who will think "Oh I always knew she had a crush on me!"). So anyway, Bob was a cu-tee!! I remember our desks were close to each other and he would talk to me, acknowledge projects I was working on, whisper my name so that I would look around and then we would laugh (surprised we never got in trouble for that from our teacher and have her call us out in front of the whole class for talking/whispering!).

Oh but the best time of all was out on the playground. My friends and I were being chased by a group of boys and yes, Bob was one of those boys! I obviously didn't try to run too hard because I recall several times that Bob would catch up to me and pitch me. And you know what they always say "If a boy teases/hits you it means he likes you"

Oh but then my pre-teen girl longings got popped like a balloon. I found out he liked another classmate. OH I WAS CRUSHED! There was just no way to get passed this. How was I ever going to survive? Life was just SOOO cruel!

Oh but this story has a somewhat happy ending. So fast forward to the last day of school. I remember a bunch of boys had been hanging out in the corner. One of the boys came over and tell's me "Bob likes you!" I don't recall how I reacted though I was doing little cheerleading jumps and cheers in my head. All I do remember is my friend taking our classmate aside and telling him something. Maybe it was that I liked Bob as well. Who knows. That summer involved a few silly phone calls (where my friend mostly did the talking), a trip or two on our bikes to the junior high where I never talked to Bob.

In the end, 6th grade started and Bob was in a different class. And let's just say his response to me on the first day of school wasn't the best. And so began a year long crush on a new boy.

I know Shelby will suffer through heartbreak, and will probably break several hearts of her own. I know she will not want me that involved and I will have to remember to try to stay out of her business. But it is fun to see the beginnings of young love blossoming!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I need a niche

I am in a rut. I need a niche. Something I am good at (besides scrapbooking). Everyone has these cool blogs out there - Single Dads, fed up moms, single ladies, organized ladies. What do I have? Some boring old blog about me and my boring 'ol family. No cool tips, techniques, ideas or words to the wise.

What is my niche? I want to be that blog where everyone goes "Hey do you read Steph's blog?? Her last post was so insightful. Sigh, I wish I had a blog like hers" What hasn't already been done?? I mean I what the cool blog where the people read the posts and bought the t-shirt....

So faithful readers (are there any actually out there?) what are your thoughts??

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'm Baaaa-cccc-kkkkk!

And I am sure you were just riddles with worry wondering where I was and why I wasn't blogging. I am not sure why it seems to have happened, but my life has been boring the past several months (if not longer). I mean I had so many wonderful and witty posts when I first started this blog, I was constantly thinking throughout the day "I need to blog about this or that" and now....nothing Sad
Have I lost my wittiness? Is Shelby just not saying or doing cute things anymore? What is wrong with me!?!?! Have I become the B word? Have I become...BORING!?!?!?

I guess I should be thankful that I live a boring lifestyle - I am not good with drama and/or stress.

So the other day I had a fellow parent and PTSA member come up to me and say "Hey your name came up in one of our meetings". The first thought that goes through your mind is always "Oh crap! What bad things are they saying about me now??" Luckily that was not the case and I was actually asked if I would be interested in becoming more involved. It is at this point that I dream of winning the lottery, quitting my job and enjoying a life of leisure where I can help at Shelby's school whenever I want, enjoy sitting at Starbuck's sipping a tall, non-fat mocha in the middle of the day for a few hours, and not have a care in the world. Oh but alas, I am but a wee minion who is meant to work my little fingers to the bones.

Am I getting any sympathy here? Any?? Come on, just a little??

And now to come up with my witty closing remarks........



Life and and prosper???

Until next time.....

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Let it Rain! Let it Rain! Let it Rain!

Batten down the hatches! Run for the cellar! Stay indoors! We are in the middle of the WORST STORM EVER!!!! A bit meladramatic you say? Maybe a little, but if you are watching the news they are making a really big deal of this. But then...when doesn't the news do that?

Yes it is snowing, yes the roads are bad, yes I know the schools are closed but must we hear about it ALL DAY LONG? And it isn't like there is anything NEW to report. I am sure I have seen the same little girl build that snowman about 5 times now.

I am torn though. On one hand I enjoy the snow - it really is beautiful. But I have been stuck in my house for 4 straight days now! I had a small window of freedom on Tuesday when Shelby went to school and Chad & I went into the office. But then school closed early and back home we went.

I guess I should be thankful (???) that I can work remotely. Though this was a curse today as our facility actually closed. What could my excuse be? My manager is in Puerto Rico and most of my team is there as well or in Minnesota. I had NO excuse! Not even the excuse that my power was out because....we had the generator going. Damn us for being proactive!!

I am thankful though that my family and I are all safe and warm at home. And I hope we have an early spring! This body needs to defrost!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

One step away from being a dancer!

Okay, so maybe I am more than one step away from being a professional dancer but I am doing good at keeping up with my exercising! I am exercising each day by working out to Just Dance 3 on the Wii! Fun, fun!! No changes to the muffin top yet, and for some odd reason I seemed to have put on MORE weight since I started but I just keep telling myself I have to get over some type of hump and then the weight will just start sliding off. Right, right??? So as for my other "goals" here is some status: 1) I have designated Wednesdays as scrapbook days since those are days I work remotely and my day ends at 3:30. Plenty o'time before beddy by to do some scrappin'. So far I have done some type of scrapbooking - did one page this week and updated blog last week which brings me to... 2) Blogging more - I updated my scrapbook blog even though I really didn't have new art to show off. I am slackin' a bit on this blog but I am here now! 3) Less Facebook - I could do better on this one but I have gone on FB a bit less though now I am on Pinterest and that is sucking up my time. But since one of my goals wasn't to go on Pinterest less I am good! And I realized, after my computer was attacked by a vicious virus and I couldn't get on to FB for a few days, that I really didn't miss much. 4) More family time - hmm, well Chad & I did go out on a date last Saturday. That counts right? Well it's still early and we don't want to spend too much time together right? I mean having some distance is good right? Makes us appreciate each other more? So there ya go! I am quite proud of myself so far!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome to 2012!

And with that being said...I have started the new year off doing a whole lot o' nothing :) We did get the Christmas decorations but away and my house feels somewhat clean again. Though I still have a box full o' crap that Shelby got for Christmas that still needs to find homes. But...I will do with that tomorrow!

So I don't really like new years resolutions because 1) we shouldn't just wait for a new year to set goals for ourselves and 2) I never keep mine. But this year I am going to try REALLY, REALLY hard.

Here are a few things I would like to improve on:
1) Some type of scrapbook project each week (okay, maybe every two weeks?)
2) Blogging more (both my scrapbook site which if I do #1 shouldn't be a problem!) and this one.
3) Lose weight and tone up my muffin top. My goal is to lose 30 lbs but I would be happy to lose 10 OR to just firm up the flabby belly
4) Less Facebook, though not sure how I will keep in touch with people :) Hmm, maybe email or...(gasp!!) phone?
5) More family time

There that is it. I think 5 is good! Do-able. And I think they will be pretty easy to keep...maybe...well...I do have 365 days left, and with it being leap year I have that one extra day!