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Getting My Ish Together

Song Lyric of the Day:

Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now / I been feeling it since 1966, now /Might’ve had your fill, but you feel it still /Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now / Let me kick it like it’s 1986, now

Portugal. The Man / “Feel It Still

Given that it’s December, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to accomplish next year. I’ve been more relaxed the last couple of years about making new year’s resolutions, and I don’t plan on changing that. In keeping it simple for 2018, my only real goal is to get my shit together. I want to be more organized. I want to be on time for appointments or — better yet — early. I don’t want said appointments to sneak up on me the day before or — even worse — the day of. I want to make it to more of Coraline’s school functions and even join her for lunch occasionally.

So with the goal of being super organized, I treated myself to a planner from kikki.K. I’d never heard of this brand before because I’m an old; I learned about it from a Wirecutter review of paper journals and planners. I’m an old and the kind of dork who likes reading reviews of paper journals and planners.

I didn’t choose my usual black and instead went with a metallic silver leather planner you can see from space. Seriously — I’ll never lose it on my (black) cluttered desk because it’s SO BRIGHT. I even got it monogrammed, so you know I’m serious. And so Coraline keeps her little mitts off of it — she was very interested in it. It was packaged simply but beautifully, which was an extra little something considering it shipped all the way from Australia.


planner1 planner2 planner3Rich teased me about going with an “analog” planner, but I do better when I write things down. I remember things easier and more often and learn new things faster, which is why I take extensive notes when receiving training at work. So while I do rely on my phone calendar to remind me of appointments, I look forward to being more old-fashioned next year and putting pen to paper. Although I will still trust my phone to serve as a backup reminder.

Here’s to a more organized 2018. 🙂



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Song Lyric of the Day:

‘Cause all we need is love / And love needs sacrifice / But it’s sure worth the prize / If you get it right (eh!) / ‘Cause way up in the sky / There’s no such thing as blind

Young Rising Sons / “High

Last year I wrote that my only real new year’s resolution was to be happy. And, well, this year that’s also pretty much my only resolution. Easy-peasy, right? No pressure. I’m tired of trying to make everyone happy. I’m tired of living under a cloud of perpetual self-made stress. I’m tired of waiting for people to forgive each other. I’m tired of certain individuals’ nonstop negativity. I’m tired of negativity in general.

I say all this as an inherently negative person; I work hard to not be so negative all the time. I was not born with a sunny disposition, nor did I grow up in a happy, Leave It to Beaver-esque home. I’m a glass-half-empty-and-full-of-poison type. The term “bitchy resting face” (BRF) was coined because of/for people like me (the struggle is real, people). You get the picture. So I am choosing to just focus on being happy and what I think will make me happy.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not going to take up skipping everywhere and holding hands with neighbors while singing “Kumbaya.” I’m not going to walk around with a smile plastered on my face because (A) it only exaggerates my BRF (don’t ask me how) and (B) it’s just plain creepy to walk around like that.

I’m going to continue enjoying the me time that I have, when I have it. I’m going to sleep more because I fucking love sleep and need way more of it to feel human.  I’m going to catch up with friends I haven’t been able to see or talk to in a while. I’m going to keep taking my dog on walks so he doesn’t get out of shape (Caleb was essentially his personal trainer). I’m going to keep journaling, which I haven’t done regularly in years; I’m using My W Days on my iPad. I’m going to keep saving up for the new camera I want — the Canon EOS 70D — and hope I get to buy it sooner rather than later. I’m going to keep writing because it’s fun getting lost in worlds and with characters I’ve created. Most importantly, though, I’m going to keep spending as much time with Coraline as I possibly can since she is the most genuinely happy person I know.

Happy girl

Coraline goofing around on a neighbor’s tree stump


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Song Lyric of the Day:

Don’t stop doing what you do / I will be your something old, new, borrowed, blue / Don’t stop doing what you do

Gin Wigmore / “Don’t Stop

I’ve written about making new year’s resolutions in the past. My attitude about resolutions has changed over the years so that I wasn’t putting so much pressure on myself to achieve and/or stick to all my goals, and I’m not about to change that now. So basically my only real goal for this year is to be happy. To be happy in my day-to-day life, happy in my marriage, happy in my relationship with my kid, happy with my family and my friends, happy with what I have in life.

Now, if I happen to exercise regularly, eat better, plan meals, start and FINISH house projects, get more sleep, finish my book, and just manage to write every day — whether here or offline — so be it.

Here’s to a great 2015!

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Song Lyric of the Day:

I’m just a believer / That things will get better / Some can take it or leave it / But I don’t wanna let it go

American Authors / “Believer

Over the years I’ve declared my intentions and set resolutions. I started to wise up a bit last year and didn’t really set any. So what am I doing this year? I’m setting my only resolution as making every effort to follow through on the projects I start and activities I participate in. That way, instead of beating myself up about not working out every day or being super-productive in an endeavor or even just updating my blog as often as I’d like, I’m giving myself permission to start and finish only what I can handle at any given moment. Whereas in years past I would stress out because I skipped a daily workout or didn’t write those planned 500 words, I will instead be happy that I fit in a workout when I can and count however many (or few) words I write as progress instead of falling short of a larger goal. Basically, I’m going to try this approach this year in the hopes it helps me stay somewhat sane throughout 2013. Here’s hoping.

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Holy Hell, It’s 2012

Song Lyric of the Day:

See I’m a young soul in this very strange world / Hoping I could learn a bit ’bout what is true and fake / But why all this hate? Try to communicate / Finding trust and love is not always easy to make

Yael Naim / “New Soul

Well, it’s a new year. The year 2012, to be exact. I’m not sure I should set new year’s resolutions for myself this year, especially after reading last year’s new year’s resolutions post and making mental note of how little I actually accomplished. So what did I accomplish? I did well at work, helped keep a roof over my family’s heads, and, most importantly, was the best mom I could be to Miss Baby herself, Coraline. I also did the best I could — as I always do — to be a good person. Which, in my case, at least, has for various reasons led to an excluded, oftentimes lonely existence. It is what is is. I am who I am. I’ve tried in the past to try to be what others expect or want me to be, and it wasn’t fair. To myself, or to them. So I’ll continue to just be myself and hope for the best. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, right? This year, I hope to find that light. I need to find that light. If not for myself, then for her. Here’s to a great year.


Miss Baby deep in thought on New Year's Day 2012.

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