I love making resolutions and plans for a new year. Last year was no exception, I can’t remember what they all were but I DID make and stick to one resolution which was to stop reading horrible news items about children. I went a whole year with out falling down that rabbit hole on cnn.com. I just used to not be able to stop myself. It was horrible.
speaking of horrible. do you pronounce that WHOREIBLE or HARABLE? I say HARABLE and Vim says it the other way and I sometimes now find myself saying it his way and I hate myself for it.
I got some excellent christmas gifts. 2 sewing books – the new Colette patterns one and the new burdastyle one. MOST EXCELLENT cat years from liz. And one of those across the bathtub holder things. I’ve always wanted one and it is as awesome as i imagined it to be! plus, a kickass pasta/stock pot form my parents that is really pretty and awesome.
Christmas day was so mellow and nice. The weather was gorgeous and we spent an hour or two playing outside. We put the big chickens in their yard tractor and I weeded tons of grass, dandelions and oxalis to feed to them. In the evening Liz and D and A came over and we ate steak tacos at a kitchen table covered in Legos and books.
Back to New Year’s resolutions though… I have TONS of things I would like to get done, or improve or start just a little bit this year. I’ve been thinking about it for weeks now and I need to get some of them down on paper so that I don’t forget.
one weekend day hike/outing a month in some awesome gorgeous CA spot. some examples: mt. Diablo, muir woods, mt. Tam, somewhere on skyline, Pt. reyes, stinson beach, suisun bay, etc.
basically I can just make a blanket – Craft MOAR in 2012 – type statement but I need some more specific goals.
use up my stash – i have a real problem with this as I am sure many of you can relate to… I’m not just talking about fabric but all that shit i have lurking up there in my craft cave.
sew more. finish converting vintage dress into a skirt w/patch pockets. sew a few more bathing suits and finish the hilarious polka dot one w/ ruffle. do some projects with the knits I bought this year – camisoles and underwear? a few summer dresses that don’t suck would be nice. a mini skirt of the cheerleader variety made from excess garden glove dot fabric.
screen printing – i have a few screen printing projects I would like to do this year.
House and yard – get backyard meadow planted and keep experimenting with natives. continue w/ veggie garden and work on planting stuff we will actually eat. take down side yard gate. integrate new chickens. front yard is a horrible wasteland of dirt – work on that. start taking down the shitty invasive ivy.
remodel the downstairs bathroom/laundry room. We are maybe gearing up for this. It could happen. Altso, we really should do our foundation but stocks everywhere tanked heinously and so there went all our money. here is my pintrest for the project. is there a polyvore type thing for house decorating related stuff? to make more of a collage? that would be a cool feature for pintrest – to let you take images from a board and collage them.
Get organized! – something might get organized and stay that way this year. i like to think it will happen.
School – Spring – survive spring natives class and attempt landscape eval class. Fall – no idea but hopefully some actual design classes.
We have a bunch of summer plans already. We’ll be on the East Coast for a couple of weeks in July and we are also thinking of going to Burningman one more time… with or without Jack remains to be seen. Maybe we’ll throw in fish or family camp too. I know I am going to start longing for Maui but I think we are skipping it this year.
One milestone happening this year is that Jack turns five in May and fall of 2012 he will start kindergarten. So fall of this coming year will be a big adjustment. It means we will all have to wake up early and be out of the house at 8am instead of 9am. I think jack will be fine with the transition to school ’til 3pm everyday. He has his first private school evaluation Jan 17th. i’m excited about it! For me it means I could go get a job or ramp up school to full or almost full time. I’m going to make a real effort to not freak out about that until I have to and jack is still so little i don’t want him to be in aftercare all day after school yet. So this fall doesn’t mean a one way ticket back to coding cubeland for me. If I thought it did I would def. be freaking out.
I’m sure I am forgetting some stuff but this is a good start.
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