Day 366

2016, you have loomed over us, a seemingly malevolent force, wielding Death’s mighty sickle, sparing none, young or old, human or major appliance. Tonight, you can go die in a barren winter field where your carcass will be scavenged by coyotes. No one will miss you.

We can all agree that it’s been quite a year.

Thankfully, our 2016 suckitude was limited to replaceable things. Personally, I managed to avoid any major health crises despite being pregnant, so in comparison to the previous two years, this year wasn’t so bad.

Once again, however, my goal setting fell by the wayside in favor of more important things like…taking naps. Growing a tiny human is hard business and my slightly older and thyroidless body wasn’t as  adept at dealing with it. Meals were definitely not planned any better. I didn’t even come close to reaching my reading and writing goals-posts on this blog being one of those. Last month, I even decided that finishing NaNoWriMo was not the highest thing on my priority list and thus my fifth year of that endeavor was a bust. We also had a few large appliance/house issues which were an unwelcome added stress.

This year wasn’t all bad for us. I did get to attend LTUE in February, which I never got around to writing about but was nonetheless a great experience and it marked the first time I’d left my family by itself for more than a few hours and flown on an airplane all by myself since I was nineteen. (Flying on an airplane without children is heaven, isn’t it?)

We also tried some fun new activities as a family like camping on the beach, which was a lot of work but was so fun when I think back on it-even though it was pouring rain, the heaven’s parting just long enough for us to put up the tent.

Of course we also had a healthy pregnancy and baby this year which trumps any other 2016 lameness. She is truly a joy.

I think I’ve made some strides this year learning how to prioritizing the pursuits in my life and just letting things go if I don’t have the time or inclination to do them. This little dumpling is going to be coming first most of the time for a little while yet:

So, here’s to a year of not being so hard on myself, blogging whenever I feel like blogging, reading whatever and whenever I feel like reading, and not caring so much about whether I’m fulfilling my self-imposed obligations or not.

Now, where did put my new apron? Time to make a cheese ball.


2016 Goals

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My husband was telling me this morning that our three year old was the only one of us who managed to reach all of his 2015 goals – which included finally getting off the bottle – the milk bottle, that is – and not pooping his pants. Being three is hard work.

Just a small sampling of the failures on my list:

  • a new recipe every week.
  • getting out the DSLR once a week to take pictures.
  • creating a cleaning schedule.
  • looking people in the eye more when I’m speaking to them…
  • organizing the basement – ha!
  • and editing the book I finished, oh, two years ago.

Guys, I failed at Every. Single. Goal.

I also failed my reading goal over at Goodreads. I ended up with a paltry 39 books of my 45 book goal – 8 of which were novella length.

Not this year!

My goal is 50!

And a figure since there are 52 weeks in the year that just means I have to read one a week – which isn’t onerous. On top of that, though, I plan to review them here, since I think I could use some practice analyzing books. It’s one thing to feel like you did or didn’t like something you’ve read, but to know why and be able to explain it…well, that’s another story.

Some of the things I’d like read and review this year are:

  • a ‘classic’ book perhaps once a quarter or so, since I haven’t read many of them. Those that I have read I read as a child(!) for school and I don’t remember them…like, at all.
  • classic titles from both science fiction and fantasy. Most of my experience with these genres are from ‘modern’ writers:  books written in the last twenty years or so, with a few exceptions (e.g. Lord of the Rings). I’d like to branch out.
  • I just got a bunch of free titles via Amazon for Kindle. I’ve found that these are usually self published. Some of them are fantastic(!) and some of them are…not. But they’re free so huzzah!

In other goal news, I have a NaNoWriMo novel to finish now that Christmas is over. I’m setting  a goal to put aside some writing time at least five days a week – which is…lofty.

How did you do on your 2015 goals? And what do you hope to accomplish this year?

Stayed tuned for my Week 1 Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

Thanks for reading.