Friday, December 31, 2010

11 or so New Year Ressies

1.  Learn to sew well.
2.  Take frugality to new, creative levels.
3.  Make one new photo a week.
4.  Travel to a country I've never visited.
5.  Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy (or should this be number 4?).
6.  Regularly attend a Bible study.
7.  Expand our family.
8.  Sell something I make.
9.  Accomplish at least 2 of the unbolded goals for 2008, particularly the ones that refer to the fact that I once again live in Pennsylvania.
10.  Visit the capital of the country on my passport.
11.  Exercise more.

Probably some more details on each one later.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blog love

I don't really have much to say.  But I didn't want you to think that I had forgotten about blogging.  

Blogging will likely increase after Christmas.  


Until then,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

another good thing about the mac

I just plugged it into the printer, and in a second's time it printed out the page I needed to print.  No hassles.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nearly the end of 2010.

Well folks.  I think that it is about that time to look over the 2010 list of resolutions and see how I did, so that I can start making my list for 2011.

1. Relearn the guitar.
Never did.  Don't even regret it.  I think that maybe someday I will revisit this....but I think I like the idea of this more than I like the actuality of it.

2. Take a full load of classes in the Fall.
Yes!  And taking another full load in the Spring.  Definitely a challenging but good semester.  Not quite over yet.  Procrastinating because I need to write a paper tonight, in fact. In a week's time, I will be done or just about done.  My goal is to be done.

3. Take on a grown-up's schedule and routine (waking up and going to bed at a decent hour, doing dishes and laundry on a regular basis, eating meals at consistent times, etc).
Getting better but not there yet.  I'm just not a morning person, but I still wish I were.  For the last few years I have been working on skills in setting boundaries with my time, so I think I'm on the right road. 

4. Find a job that doesn't require a "work email" or checking it often.
Found one, but then realized I don't have time for it.  For next semester, school will be my work.  People and hobbies will get a portion of my time....whereas this semester they got very little.  I will find a way to  just not spend the amount of money I would've made each month in paychecks.

5. Blog whenever I feel like it, about whatever I want, with no patterns or self-imposed rules and guidelines.
I guess I did....but I would like to get into the habit of blogging more.

6. Read my Bible as often as I brush my teeth.
Hmm.  Even though this is a measurable goal, I can't say for sure if it truly happened.  I hope it did.  I fear it probably didn't.

7. Sing more. Laugh more. Be myself more.
I think so.  Not sure what outcome I was looking for with this one.

8. Grow my hair long
Working on it.  A bit of trivia: I think I've gotten a total of 2 haircuts in 2010.

9. Print and frame and hang some pictures
I ordered a couple of prints the other day...when they arrive in the mail, I will see if they fit into any of the frames we have.  And then I will hang them up.

10. Give away things I never use
Try to.  Have taken a couple of trips to salvo since we've moved here. Have a bag of stuff to bring there when I get time.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

First post from the Mac.

I wish I could say that things were less busy, but they're not.  But soon they will be.  Lately I'll be sitting in class listening to a lecture and I will suddenly realize that my shoulders are in a shrugged-up position and I will have no idea how long they've been that way.  Even while typing that last sentence, I realized my shoulders were a good two inches higher than they need to be...than they are when I am at rest.  Anyway, my shoulders always have knots in them, and this is probably why.  I need to learn (among other things) how to relax.
I've been convicted this semester that I am prone to being busier than I would like and therefore quickly becoming burnt out.  Now, I will be the first to recognize that there are several people who are way busier than I am, and they don't feel burned out.  I can't decide which is more correct, burnt out or burned out.  But I digress.  Anyway, that is fine for them.  I've just been learning that I cannot survive well in a life that goes from one thing to the next, that leaves no margins for being spontaneous, that saves no time for people or rest or hobbies.  A couple of weeks ago I read a book about honoring the Sabbath (and then ironically wrote a book report on it and turned it in all on a Sunday...because that was the only time I would have to do it, I felt).  And I really felt that I've been missing out in life by not taking a sabbath.  Not in a legalistic way, but in a way where I feel like God has given me this command to take time to rest and recreate and rejuvenate (my words, not the book's), I just arrogantly think that I don't need it.  Not only that, but that I won't be able to get everything else done if I take a day off.  I'm sorry, but if that is true about your life (it easily is for me), then it is time to re-evaluate the things that keep you busy and see how necessary they are.  If you are too busy to observe a sabbath day, then
1.  You probably need it the most
and 2. You are too busy.

Anyway.  I'm sorry if that suddenly turned into a sermon.  I'm really just trying to say that I've been learning these things about myself over the past few years.  I just feel like if I am involved with too many things, I don't do any of them very well.

What was this post about again?

Oh yeah.  It's the first post from our new computer!  Our PCs tend to bite the dust way to quickly, and it can be frustrating and time consuming when you need to be using your computer and you're waiting for a page to load, or for the page to unfreeze, etc.  So for my birthday and christmas combined, we've entered the world of macs.  So far, so good.

Naturally, I spent a good amount of time perfecting Photo Booth.
Ok, so here's a normal one to start things off.

Winning smile

My twin and me.

Artsy Steve


I can't figure out who I look like in this one.

Oh, Steve.

Trying to evade my advances.

Fat suit.


Bone Structure

Mount Rushmore


Me as a librarian (no offense to actual librarians.  I love libraries).

Sloth love Chunk

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