Week of 12/25-12/31/2016
Sunday: It's Christmas! Merry Christmas, everyone!
Last night was just lovely, and today is shaping up that way, as well. I'm up and at 'em at 6am, because we are going to my friend Ann's house for brunch, and I am signed up to make the coffee cake.
I have never made coffee cake before. But it's cake. How hard can it be?
The Pinterest recipe does not fail me, and it is not hard. The crumble on top is huge and delicious. I have no idea how the cake below it is, though. Should be okay--it has a whole cup of sour cream in it.
I rouse the family and get them showered and get myself showered and dressed, and while waiting for this all to happen, we have a few extra minutes to talk. I bring up my husband's idea of getting a job outside of the house. He says he wants to do this to make money so we can take nice vacations. My thoughts: this will be a big lifestyle change for us, as he will no longer be home to handle things like grocery shopping, cooking, and other household things. We will not have anyone home with our daughter when she is off school and I am not, on teacher workdays. We will end up eating take out more, because I know myself. Or we will be eating crockpot meals all the time, which is fine, but our pre-planning game will need to be stepped up.
I recommended to him that he focus on eBay. He loves eBay, and has sold things on there before. He has a really good eye for things in thrift shops that will sell and are valuable, particularly having to do with music and electronic instruments. We discuss this plan, as well as his plan to start a YouTube channel.
Time to head to Ann's. We arrive and there's coffee, and she has a ham, and there's egg casserole in the oven. I help with the spinach salad, we chat away while finishing up the food, and we all sit down to eat at 12pm. It's all delicious, of course. We have a lovely time eating and chatting and just hanging out doing a lot of nothing.
Afterward we come home, and it's my nap time. I know I've been talking about naps a lot, but that's because I seem to NEED one every day. Also, I have time for it. Also, I'm on vacation. Naps are my jam right now.
I get up, have some cheese and crackers, we play some ridiculous video games together, and then that's it. I'm out. To bed at 8:30pm for me, even with a nap. Another great day.
Monday: Wake up at 2:15am, starving and needing to pee. Cannot fall back asleep. Force myself to stay in bed until I can't stand it, I'm just too hungry. Breakfast at 4:15am. Eat, read some news, bad idea, change to blogs and Pinterest. Get really tired, go back to bed until about 8am.
Up, but nobody else is, so I take care of the dog and do my blog entry! Week 51! Finish that, send that. Update this one.
Tuesday: Spend the day at home, working on YouTube videos. Yay! Two videos published! My husband got me a new microphone, so I'm using that now, and everything sounds all velvety. Yes!
Wednesday: Up, dressed, coffee. Rouse my daughter for her dentist appointment, then to lunch, then shopping to return a jacket she got that did not fit. Had some ice cream. Survived this mall excursion (hate the mall!), came home and unloaded all the crap from my old car, because it's being donated. I filled out the application online this morning, and they called me an hour later, saying it would be Thursday or Friday that they come pick up the car. So I had to unload it of all the stupid junk (ALL THE JUNK OMG) before that happens. Luckily, it was 55 degrees out and sunny.
Thursday: Up and at 'em. Went to gym, worked out, felt great. Came home, ate. Did some computer work. Get a call from the towing company that they are on their way for the car. Gah! I need to remove the plates! Run out and do that, note that it's above 60 degrees and I should just hang out outside. Later on, noticed that the cat needed to go to the vet because she had a urination problem. Husband gets cat in carrier, cat freaks out, carrier BREAKS, cat runs to house instead of away. I let the cat in the house, fix the carrier with hair ties, get out some wet food, the cat comes running, get her in the carrier and husband takes her to the vet. Chaos. Afterward, shopping for a damn dishwasher. The person at Home Depot is busy, so we decide to buy the one we want online. Go out for kebabs. Delicious. Home, and to bed.
Friday: Get up, hang out online, do some social media stuff, decide today is the day. Gather things to return to Macy's, return them to Macy's. Go back to Home Depot because the online price was $200 higher than in person, so I suck it up and spend the time, because that's what it costs for a discount, apparently. Get that done, go to Costco, buy a garbage can for the kitchen that has a motion sensor to open automatically. I feel like I'm living in a futuristic wonderland! No, seriously, now we have one for garbage and one for recycling. Amaze.
Do some computer work, chat with my friend about crocheting amigurumi (see cover photo), then it's off to the gym for the 5:30 HIIT IT. A roller derby friend joins us to try out the gym. Yes!
Saturday: New Year's Eve! We made it! I'm so sore, I decide to skip the gym, knowing that I will be going on Sunday, which is January 1st. Hand-wash the dishes (new dishwasher will arrive 1/5), make cookies for tonight, even though my diet plan starts tomorrow (for real! I'm one of those people who can do things from January 1...this blog is an example!). Tonight is our last hurrah with sugar! Make the cookies, fart around on the computer, text the friends, take a nap. It was a supremely chill day. Get up, make jalapeño poppers, make deviled eggs, husband makes cocktail sauce for shrimps, and we are set. We watch Michael Jackson videos, and then Weird Al videos of the same thing and laugh. We then commence playing Wii U minigames as a family, until about 11pm. I am ready to collapse, as usual, and so I wish them well and go to bed. My daughter wakes me up at 12:00am to say Happy New Year, and don't I want to get up to see the illegal fireworks? Sure, kid. I get up, watch some fireworks, have PTSD because of the gunfire (my neighborhood is not fancy), wish them well again, and go to bed, peaceful and happy that 2016 is at an end.
I don't usually get excited about the calendar changing over, because I'm a teacher. My years go from August to July. This calendar year, however, has been very, very difficult, and Im so glad for the calendar to flip over. It's all about attitude in the end, really, the new year.
Happiness is a choice.
Happy New Year!
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Hi, I'm Amy Kalinchuk. I am an author, publisher, crafter, entrepreneur, roller derby skater, wife, mom, and friend. I try to be organized and maintain an air of enviable breezy elegance. I do not always succeed. But crafting? I can do that. And small business. I can do that, too. So can you! No, seriously, you can do this! I'll show you.