Post-Christmas Blog

As it happens every year, Christmas is over and I’m back at work.  I’ll have next Monday off for New Years, but I can’t help but wish for whatever job the people who are not clogging up the highway this week have.  (True, the decreased traffic IS nice….)

I’m sitting here this morning feeling like I need to brush my teeth and stop eating for about a week.  I might try the cabbage soup diet again.  Last time it was a miserable failure, mainly because I have no self control but not helped by the fact that Stephen has no interest in participating.  Grumble.  I would really like to not be so unhealthy though, so maybe I’ll try it for myself and let Stephen fix his own meals at night.

I got a new yoga mat last week, and I want to make a goal of doing yoga several times per week.  I enjoy yoga more than I enjoy cardio (for example), and Stephen does too, so I can foresee us getting into it if we really give it a fair shot.  I’ve never been as fat as I currently am, and I seriously want to lose some rolls.

As far as resolutions go, I also want to do more painting this year.  I’ve sort of gotten back into drawing this last year, but have not done much painting.  I want to try “life painting,” which – if nothing else – will help me to mix skin tones better.  We should start going back to the Drink and Draw meetup.  Sort of like buying a gym membership – if you pay for a month, you’re wasting your money if you don’t go.  So.

I’m pretty happy with the number of books I’ve read this last year, so don’t see much need to change that.  I ought to journal more, though.  That has definitely fallen to the side.

I’m going to start making and listing stuff on my Etsy store again this year.  I recently got some new leather so I have the stuff to make some more apothecary satchels to list, and I also want to try to sell some of those rucksacks and backpacks.  I ran out of duck fabric and all the fasteners/hardware that I was using so need to acquire more of those…but that shouldn’t be hard.  I need to keep an eye out for Joann’s canvas sales.

Anyway.  I’m blogging because I feel like I’m wasting time at work since I can’t really do any of this stuff here (excepting little desk exercises, and reading).  Tonight, the plan is to do some yoga before dinner, and then after dinner I’ll likely play more Fallout 4.  I got myself an Xbox One (birthday gift?) and have since then bought several games and finished none.  (Sad face.)  I struggle with having time to do all the things that I want to do — namely, arts and crafts and video games.

Oh another note, related to time.  We’re tentatively planning two get-aways soon.  The Tennessee Parks department is having a sale on cabin rentals through February, and we’re planning to go to Standing Stone again for a few days probably in January.  Sometime later this year (spring?) we’re going to try to get up to Boston though — and visit Salem, and possibly the Edward Gorey home in Rhode Island too.  Should be very fun.  Have never been to New England before!


Christmas planning, for my own sanity

We are already 20 days out from Christmas.  I have most of my Christmas gifts finished already, but for some reason I’m still feeling disorganized at the moment.  Could be because we haven’t gotten a Christmas tree yet and the house is still partially decorated for Halloween.  All the Christmas presents are sitting on my dresser in the bedroom, waiting to be wrapped.

This week is going to be fairly busy.  Tonight, after tutoring, we’re going to focus on cleaning the house.  Tomorrow we’re going to see a movie at the Belcourt.  Wednesday is dinner with some friends.  Friday is a Seu Jorge concert at Marathon.  Thursday is looking like it’ll be the day for Christmas tree acquiring and decorating, then.  This weekend we need to do some shopping around for finishing touches to some presents, and I also do still need to make one or two presents.

Will need to devote the weekend after next to baking.  We’re going to Chattanooga for an early Lamb Christmas on the 23rd, and then to my parents’ for Christmas on the 25th — so I won’t have as much time as usual for baking.  May end up skipping the rugelach this year and just doing a couple of batches of babka, and some linzertorte perhaps.  Would be a shame to not make any linzertore for Christmas, after all.

So anyway.  One reason I’m glad that I’ve gotten such an early start on Christmas presents is that it ought to leave plenty of time for enjoying the Christmas tree without being surrounded by scraps of fabric and leather and a sewing machine.  If we put up the tree on the 8th, that will leave two weeks to enjoy it.  I almost want to blow off cleaning the house tonight in favor of getting a tree, but that’s  probably not a good idea.