Goals Completed in 2016

Twenty-sixteen went by fast.  I now have a feeling technology makes life move faster.  Not literally, of course, but just the time spent on the Internet on social media, blogs, and smartphones takes up almost every minute of our lives.  I’m happy to say that I was still able to accomplish 2 of my 5 goals set earlier in the year.  The ones I accomplished were:

1. Read 40 books.  Favorite out of the 40 was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  To see all 40 books I read, click here.

2. Wrote 50K words toward my novel.  I actually put down ‘finish my novel’ but I felt that 50K words was a lot so I’m going with that. 🙂

The other 3 were: organize the study (which I tried but didn’t finish), eat a lot less junk food/carbs and more fruits/veggies (I tired too but those carbs are hard to get rid of), and draw a lot.  I think I painted more than drew/sketch but I really wanted to just draw with a pencil/pen and maybe color pencils.  I was only able to turn out about 6 and they were just sketches while I was doing other things on the computer, except the bottom right, which was drawn in my Midori.

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There was one thing I did accomplish that wasn’t included on my goals list and that was to knit.  Out of nowhere, I had this urge to learn to knit so I went for it.  I was afraid I wouldn’t finish because it was really boring once I got the knitting started but I’m glad I kept with it because it’s a great feeling seeing this knitted scarf and knowing I made it.  You can see the beginning of it here.

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Tonight and tomorrow and maybe all week next week, I’ll be honing down the goals I want to accomplish for 2017.  I have a very general idea what I’d like to accomplish, but I’d like to be more specific and so I think that’s what I’ll spend some time doing.

Happy New Year!

Artifact Uprising And NaNoWriMo

Welcome November!  October felt a little long this year but it could be due to the steady weather we’ve had.  Just maybe a couple of days of rain during the night and zero snow.  Anyhow, in mid-September, Artifact Uprising offered free square prints and I thought I’d try it out to see what’s so special about them.  Well, I was surprised to find how beautiful they were.  The quality is superb and the packaging was clean and organized.  I can’t decide if I want to use them for my Christmas photo or go with who I normally do (Minted or Persnickety).  Who knew deciding the paper for a Christmas photo would be so stressful.  I am definitely leaning toward Artifact though.  It really depends on if I want to use templates or create my own design.  I am doing NaNoWriMo again this year.  Last year I got about 15,000 words in.  This time, I’m going for the finish: 50,000 words AND finish the novel.  So, if time permits, I’ll create my own Christmas card design, otherwise, Artifact it is, unless Minted has a really good discount or I’m completely drawn to one of their designs.  Yeah, I still can’t decide.

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Happy Halloween!

Decided to dress up this year for the Knights of Columbus Halloween party and will also be doing the same look for tonight’s trick-or-treating.  This look was founded on Instagram and seemed easy enough.  It wasn’t as easy as it looked, to be honest, but the end result was so much fun to look at.  My youngest will be a kitty and my oldest will be wearing a previous costume: Snow White.  Husband took these photos as I was getting ready.  I also did the kitty makeup on my daughter but she said it was too much makeup so she washed it off and I repainted just the nose and whiskers.

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This year we also decided to carve pumpkins instead of doing the spider web thing, which felt like work.  Carving was a lot more fun.  Unfortunately, pumpkins don’t last very long so they molded over and we had to toss them.  We realized that in order to keep them longer lasting, we had to wash them in bleach after carving, etc., (husband looked up the process) so we’ll be trying that next year.

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October Colors

Took these earlier this month and just really love the colors.  It had rained during the night, and as always, the rain makes everything more vibrant.

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Our Keeshond, Teddy, will be turning 4 years old on the 31st of this month.  Each year, I love her more and more.  She is great company and so sweet and kind.

Kitchen Remodeling: Before and After

It’s all done!  It’s such a relief and it’s a very beautiful kitchen now.  Not that it wasn’t before but it’s just a lot more fun to play in it.  We are not completely done though.  There are still a few things we need to add like cabinet knobs and matching outlet colors on the bill nook.

Before:

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After:

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Bill nook after:

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Kitchen Remodeling: Backsplash

Husband put in the backsplash to cut cost.  Before his current career and before loading and unloading for UPS, he tiled for a living.  He worked through a company but billed his own hours, so in essence, he was his own business.  He would get up just before dawn and head downtown to the heart of the city where luxury apartment lofts were going up.  He would spend his day tiling everything from bathrooms, floors, to kitchens.  That was his specialty and he was good at it.  He usually came home after dusk and sometimes even close to midnight.  He made good money but the job was not steady.  If someone made it to the job site before him and took the job, he’d be left with something smaller that paid less.  It was always a competition. Then there were days when there was nothing to tile or he’d have to wait for the other guys to do their stuff before he could start tiling.  The waiting paid nothing.  There were weeks when he’d have no job and money was super tight.  You can never forget the hardships.

Anyway, it didn’t take husband very long to put in the backsplash in our kitchen.  It took less than a day’s work.

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