When life gets in the way…

I was doing great at the beginning of the year.  I had made resolutions and I was sticking to them.  I had a schedule every day and I was sticking to it.  I was getting things done.  Making progress.  It was all going so well.

And then life happened.  A new baby was born and I want to spend every free minute I have with her.  Work got busy, as work always does this time of year.  But several of my co-workers are on maternity leave and I’m covering for them.  So my busy season started earlier and is busier than normal.  J’s busy season has been…I think hellish is the only appropriate word…and when he’s up working late, I don’t sleep well.  Mostly because he’s laying next to me in bed with all the lights on and his computer propped up on a pillow, clicking his mouse every two seconds.  Click-click, click-click.  It doesn’t make for a conducive sleeping environment.  (It does make for excellent torture if you are ever looking for an effective method.)

Life has gotten in the way of all the great stuff that was happening.  My schedule went right out the window as soon as my clients started calling non-stop.  Also, when offered baby snuggling time, the plan to clean out the pantry gets much less appealing. Once I’m done working, I’m too tired to actually do anything but stare at the TV.  I can barely get through a show without falling asleep halfway through.  Reading…what’s that?  I’ve been reading the same book for a month and a half.  And while I have managed to keep up with some of my New Year’s resolutions, all forward progress on the list has come to a screeching halt.

The good news is that I’m actually keeping up with the things I started in January.  I’ve been getting healthy.  I re-joined Weight Watchers and things have been going great.  The new program really goes well with the no sugar plan I was doing before, but it gives me more freedom than the other plan so I can eat an English muffin for breakfast instead of a hemp/chia seed almond butter smoothie.  (God, those were so nasty.)

I’ve been taking care of myself.  I started getting weekly manicures and monthly massages and facials.  I bought anti-aging skin care products because I have come to grips with the fact that I’m no longer 20 and now I have wrinkles.  I stopped spending the entire day in my pajamas.  I mean, I’m only putting on yoga pants and a t-shirt most of the time.  But it’s better than just changing from one set of pajamas to another.

I got my finances back on track.  After months of not updating Quicken, I finally updated everything.  I put myself on a budget.  I restarted auto-savings.  I increased my 401k contribution.  I did my tax return the day my W-2 became available.

It’s definitely a good start, but there are more things on the list.  I have to make a couple of doctor appointments.  I have to start wearing sunscreen.  I have to go back to my morning exercise routine.  I have to finish a couple of books.  There are lots of things left to do.

Last night, as I was driving home from a 1st birthday party that I had almost completely forgotten about, I realized that things were starting to unravel.  While I know that life isn’t perfect, I also know it can’t be a complete disaster.  Complete disasters make me unhappy.  So as soon as I got home I sat down and made a schedule for the week.  I even scheduled out what time I would eat breakfast and when I would take a shower and when I would walk the dogs.  It’s probably overkill, but I thought it best to start with overkill and let it evolve into what works.

The point, I guess, is that life is always going to get in the way somehow.  Instead of letting everything fall apart, I just have to find a way to adapt and stay on course.  Maybe I am getting smarter in my old age.

Happy New Year…

I didn’t really plan to take a blogging break.  I was really trying to get on some kind of a regular schedule.  But things have been crazy busy lately and I just couldn’t find the time to sit down and write.  It’s one of my resolutions to make the time.  For now…let me fill you in on what I’ve been doing.

For the past six years, while I was at my old job, taking time off in December was a no-no.  In fact, last year I even worked on my birthday, despite the fact that I was horribly sick and had no voice.  So Christmas decorating and celebrating was at a minimum.  It was all I could do to get my tree up and cook Christmas Eve dinner.

This year was way different.  This year was a holiday extravaganza that started before Thanksgiving and didn’t end until New Year’s.

Thanksgiving was ridiculous with way too much food.  I made a Momofuko Milk Bar Crack Pie.  If you’ve ever made one, you know it’s a huge pain in the ass and it takes HOURS.  But if you’ve ever eaten one, you know it’s totally worth it.

There was Black Friday shopping, during which I purchased a bunch of clothes in a smaller size.  All that exercise and changes in my diet are paying off!

We took some time over Thanksgiving weekend to take doggie Christmas pictures…

Sofie was a total trooper.

Sofie was a total trooper.

Sadie didn't mind the lights, but she didn't want to sit on the paper I was using as a backdrop.

Sadie didn’t mind the lights, but she didn’t want to sit on the paper I was using as a backdrop.

A week after Thanksgiving, the Millers came to NY for some Christmas fun…and we packed a ton of Christmas themed events into three short days…

Among other things…we toured Radio City Music Hall and watch the Christmas Spectacular…

It started raining shortly after this, so there was very little posing outdoors after this.

It started raining shortly after this, so there was very little posing outdoors after this.

The stage at Radio City before the show started.

The stage at Radio City before the show started.

The Rockettes doing their March of the Wooden Soldiers...the different panels are all  from different years starting with the first year and ending with the current dancers.

The Rockettes doing their March of the Wooden Soldiers…the different panels are all from different years starting with the first year and ending with the current dancers.

We saw the Rockefeller Tree…

A little off-center, but the best I could do in the pouring rain.

A little off-center, but the best I could do in the pouring rain.

The angels are my favorite.

The angels are my favorite.

We took pictures of the store windows…

Barney's

Barney’s

Bergdorf's

Bergdorf’s

Saks

Saks

We went to Brooklyn to see the unbelievable lights in Dyker Heights…

Creepiest snowman ever...

Creepiest snowman ever…

This is the house of Lucy Spata...the woman who started the tradition of lights in Dyker Heights.

This is the house of Lucy Spata…the woman who started the tradition of lights in Dyker Heights.

Loved these carolers.

Loved these carolers.

This Santa is two stories tall...

This Santa is two stories tall…

And we went to the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens…

After the sun finally came out again, we seized the opportunity to take more pictures of ourselves.

After the sun finally came out again, we seized the opportunity to take more pictures of ourselves.

Macy's

Macy’s

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

I think this is supposed to be the Verazzano Bridge.

I think this is supposed to be the Verazzano Bridge.

Once the Millers went home, the decorating began.  I had already put up the tree, but there were many Pinterest projects yet to be done including vinyl appliques for all the mirrors…

Over the mantle...

Over the mantle…

In the entryway...

In the entryway…

And on the wall going up the stairs…

I couldn't quite get the angle right...but I still love it.

I couldn’t quite get the angle right…but I still love it.

There was a garland made of decorative balls…

I made the trees too.

I made the trees too.

And some ornaments hung in front of the window…

I loved how these sparkled in the light.

I loved how these sparkled in the light.

Santa hat chair covers…

First time I used my sewing machine.

First time I used my sewing machine.

And how could I forget my favorites…the Be Merry wall…

I cut every one of these out with an exacto knife...and managed not to cut my fingers...a total win.

I cut every one of these out with an exacto knife…and managed not to cut my fingers…a total win.

And this guy…

He resided in the upstairs bathroom that we don't use.

He resided in the upstairs bathroom that we don’t use.

I may or may not have smashed my finger in the sewing machine and there is a possibility that the dog had a dollop of hot glue on her head that had to be cut out of her fur, but overall, Christmas crafting was a huge success and a lot of fun.

 

Christmas Eve was fun and my crowning achievement was napkins folded like Christmas trees…

It took about 5 tries to actually get this right.

It took about 5 tries to actually get this right.

On Christmas morning we all donned our matching pajamas and took some Christmas pictures in front of the tree…

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The girls did not like wearing Chrismas pajamas.

Then it was off to Staten Island for some Christmas fun…

If you aim a camera at my neice, she immediately says "Cheese" and makes this face.

If you aim a camera at my niece, she immediately says “Cheese” and makes this face.

On the other hand, my nephew doesn't usually sit still long enough to get a picture that's not blurry.  This picture is a victory!

On the other hand, my nephew doesn’t usually sit still long enough to get a picture that’s not blurry. This picture is a victory!

He got two of the same toy...oops.

He got two of the same toy…oops.

My oldest nephew had to wait until all the little kids opened their gifts first...he was a total trooper.

My oldest nephew had to wait until all the little kids opened their gifts first…he was a total trooper.

Pop modeled his hat for us...

Pop modeled his hat for us…

And a few birthday wishes…

This is the last birthday I plan to celebrate, so there was singing and cheesecake.

This is the last birthday I plan to celebrate, so there was singing and cheesecake.

Unfortunately, J got sick right after Christmas and despite a valiant effort, we were in bed long before midnight on New Year’s Eve…a first for us.  But we still managed to wake up in time to see the ball drop and have a New Year’s kiss.

There were some drawbacks during this holiday and everyone was sick at one point or another.  But I still had such a great time decorating and shopping and wrapping and celebrating. I am already planning projects and fun, festive things for next year.  It was so nice to have some time off and be able to just take a break from work and enjoy myself.  I can’t say enough wonderful things about my new job.

I hope everyone else as great of a time as I did.  I wish you all the Happiest New Year!!!  May we all have the best year ever!