Oh Em Gee. My nephew is really, really adorable. It was nice to spend the weekend up in Northern California, even though I will have to pay for it this week because I didn’t get much work done.
It was so cool to watch Kristen be a mommy. It completely changed her. It made them a family. And even though I do not want babies for a few more years, I can’t wait for the transformation. I want to be part of something bigger than myself– and I saw that this weekend. It was funny, becuase I think Ryan was expecting me to come home wanting babies right away. And being up there and seeing the baby and seeing how cool it was, it definitly made me want a baby–eventually. There is still so much I want to do before I give up all my sleep and time.
Anyways. Now I am home, and I missed Ryan terribly. Between going out last weekend and this past weekend, I feel like I haven’t had enough time with him.
I don’t have a menu this week… mostly because I didn’t make as many meals last week so I have lots of left over food. Opps.
Amazing news… MY BESTIE HAS STARTED A BLOG.
I bet this lady on the first day of 7th grade. We have been together through everything. And I love her so much. I think tGeorge Herbert said it best when he said “The Best Mirror is an old friend”. So, go over and give her some love.
Boyfriend has a little brother who is fourteen years younger than he (Boyfriend is 27). We’ll call him DJ. He is oh-so-cute. He’s also a brat and hit the “teenage” patch in his attitude one weekend when he was newly turned 12. No joke. He went from this little, content thing to a punk-ass in one weekend. However, I still love him, and here is a lovely list of why:
The entire day DJ just kept telling me I was weird. We chatted, I thought of random things to say,but it wasn’t super exciting. I even lectured him about the importance of doing better in school (He’s kind of a slacker). I thought he was totally bored.
But then, that night when we were talking about our day with his parents; he was asked how our date day rated on a scale from 1 to 10. I told him 1 was shopping for granite ALL day with his parents and a 10 was going to Six Flags with a friend without parents.
And do you want to know what he said?
DJ, a bratty 13 year-old rated a day out with me an 8.5. Who knew I was so cool. It was truly awesome.
Today, we (well, mostly I) have been cleaning and purging our apartment. Our apartment is tiny. Ridiculously tiny. Here is a picture.
It’s 570 square feet. Please notice the storage space. There is basically none. The kitchen has two drawers. It’s ridiculous.
Anyhow, having a small space such as this requires fairly regular purging. We are best friends with Goodwill, because if I haven’t used it in 6 months, I do not have space to store it.
I am trying to made my own household cleaning items. So I concocted my spray bottles of vinegar/water and bleach/water. Using bleach still make me nervous though because God knows Oliver will lick something and get sick. So I have mostly been using my Clorox Green Purpose Spray. And I LOVE it. I like the smell. It cuts through the grossest, grimiest buildup on my ALL FREAKING WHITE kitchen. And Oliver could lick it and not die.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
went to Ireland, professionally colored my hair, talked about money without an anxiety attack, did a fitness bootcamp, fostered a dog.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I believe our New Year’s Resolution was “no high fructose corn syrup” and “no babies”. For the first 9 months, I rocked at the no high fructose corn syrup thing. We buy better food, we don’t drink soda. But then, the past couple of months I decided I HATE diet soda (Sorry Honey!). But I still prefer water. And working out, especially at cycling, makes me drink SO much water.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope. But anytime this month I get a nephew!!!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Space to breathe. Which will happen in June with a condo, and this weekend when I clean out my 570 square foot apartment.
I would also like 2009 to be FEARLESS.
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September for Ireland…
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Deciding to follow my heart in my professional life. Budgeting.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmmm, keeping my apartment clean and non-cluttered.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. And my tickets to Ireland.
12. Who’s behavior merited celebration?
Hmm, boyfriends. He’s been pretty amazing. He does dishes MOST of the time.
13. Who’s behavior made you appalled or depressed?
Lots of ignorance surrounding the presidential election this year.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Target would sadly be a close second.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
haha, I get really, really, really excited about most things.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
“Falling Slowly” from the movie Once.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? thinner
c) richer or poorer? richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
take pictures, spend time with the quality friends…
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
At boyfriends parents house. It was a two nap day, which is how Christmas should be.
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I have been in love all of 2008. I fell in love with Edward. Oh Edward.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
Jon and Kate plus 8 and House
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate. Oh, wait. That’s a lie. I hate Sarah Palin.
24. What was the best book you read?
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
26. What did you want and get?
A Charger’s jersey!!
Financial Independence!! (Holla!)
27. What did you want and not get?
Storage in my stupid little apartment.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went shopping for my new job with boyfriend’s mommy. I got a Wii. I turned 23.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
I got grown up clothes.
32. What kept you sane?
my boyfriend, unless he was driving me insane. In which case it was baths, kittens, and vino.
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
35. Who did you miss?
Erin, Olivia, Moira, Melissa
36. Who was the best new person you met?
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
You can’t waste all your energy on worrying about who will love you, leave you, or disappoint you.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Babes! Babes!! All you need is Babes!!” It’s a boyfriend original.
Christmas was scaled back this year. But still full of the important things. It was our first year without Boyfriend’s sister and her husband here, which was sad. But next year there will be baby nephew, which will add so much excitement to Christmas morning.
Hope Everyone Christmas was full of peace and naps and loved ones.