I hadn't originally intended to take nearly a month off, but December was so busy I really didn't have time for much extracurricular fun. So here's a quick recap of what I did on my time off and what I'm intending to do in the near future.
- Finished my final natural science class to earn my Associates of Arts and Science degree through the University of Wisconsin. I took a class on natural disasters, and while it was really informative, it was also kind of depressing. For example, did you know Yellowstone National Park is really just a supervolcano that if it erupted, could wipe out a good sized chunk of North America, not to mention crops would fail and sunlight would be missing due to the ash cloud that would block out the sun for months or even longer? Depressing. However, the odds of this happening in our lifetime is pretty much nil. Anyhow, I got an A in my class, and can now cross that off my life to do list.
- I sewed and sewed and sewed. I did a craft fair with one of my girl friends in the beginning of December. My biggest seller where these little tea bag wallets. Super easy and a good scrap busting project. After that, I worked on a project that involved turning World War II era navy uniforms into tote bags, dopp kits, cosmetic bags, and purses. It was the commissioner's grandfather's old uniforms and she had me cut them apart and make them into Christmas gifts for her family. It was a super fun project because she gave me pretty much carte blanche with it and I loved how it all turned out.
- I barely got any Christmas cards out. Life just got in the way. I spent way to much time agonizing over finding the perfect gift for everyone and missed out on sending a lot of my cards. Ah well, as I always say every year, "Next year I'll get my act together."
- I worked quite a few day shifts. Everyone knows 7am is not my favorite time to be up, dressed, and at work, especially since I usually work 3pm to 11:30, but with the holidays and such, sometimes you have to do what you have to do. The first day was hard, but it got easier. And, by working Christmas Eve day and Christmas day, I got to spend the evenings with family.
- Santa was good to me. My husband got me new winter tires for my Subaru, and a remote starter, which will come in so handy when I leave work late at night. My parents got me 50 pounds of sunflower seeds for my bird feeder, a gift certificate for a massage, and some awesome sewing fabric. My brother got me a gift card to Pier 1, and a new bamboo cutting board. (He has this weird way of knowing what I've been wanting without me telling him. One year he bought me colored bamboo bowls that I had actually picked up in the store and contemplated buying- but had put back, and I hadn't mentioned them to anyone, he just thought they looked like me and bought them.) Plus, loads of other goodies from friends, blogging buddies, work Secret Santa and more. I am a very spoiled girl.
- I've been busy working on my 2016 goals, and I have a lot of them. My motto for the year is, "Get Your Act Together." And I think I'm on the right track. I'm starting the year with a purification cleanse that involves eating lots of veggies and fruits, drinking water, protein in shakes, and not a whole lot else for 21 days. It's basically about eating whole foods, cutting out booze (easy), caffeine (not so easy), and most meats, dairy, and grains. My friend who is a chiropractor will be monitoring me.
- I'm ready to devote more time to reading. And to blogging. And to learning new skills
I have big plans for 2016 and look forward to sharing them all with you. What are you planning to do in the new year?