New Year, New Look!

Hey everyone! Seeing as how we’re about to leave 2014 in the dust AND today marks my 500th post, I thought a change was in order.

Enter, my new blog header design!

A few months ago, I told Huff the Hubs that I wanted a new blog header. So, in his infinite wisdom and creativity, he drew a BEE-U-TA-FULL scene of me and Huff the Babe. Then, thanks to an awesome friend of mine, Huff the Hubs’ art was digitized into this adorable creation!

I mean, come on, look how cute this cartoon version of Huff the Babe is!

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Made with Love by HtH

 

 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year! And remember: please drink responsibly!

End of the Year Wrap-Up

I have something special planned for Wednesday, so I thought I’d go ahead and get a jump on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon!

Last year, I started a new way of thinking about my resolutions. I used to make a crazy long list of things I wanted to accomplish in the New Year, only to pitter out by the end of February. Then, my sister told me about what she does with her fourth grade students. I did it last year and I found it so much easier to track my goals!

Here’s what you do:

2: List the two best things that happened in 2014

0:  Name something you want to STOP doing in the New Year

1: Your one wish for 2015

5: Five goals you want to accomplish in the coming year.

 

Two best things from 2014:

1. Hermione’s milestones.

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Watching my little Gryffindor grow from a precious little poop machine into a toddler has been amazing! Now she has teeth, can feed herself, babbles, says a few words, and is running like a Kenyan at the NYC Marathon!

2. Finishing my 30 By 30 List.

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Oh my sheesh am I glad that I am DONE with that list! Well…almost done. Now I can focus on my 40 By 40 (I have time, right?). That list was equal parts fun and disaster. But it was great to experience and mark off those things I accomplished.

 

Something you want to stop:

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Putting other things before my family.

There are so many times when I’m running around like a mad woman, trying to get laundry put away and organize this and plan that only to hear, “Aw! Babe, you missed it! Hermione just did the cutest thing!” I’m missing moments, precious moments I won’t get back. The laundry can wait and the dishes won’t suffer if they soak for an extra hour. I have toes to tickle and snuggles to be had.

 

My one wish for 2015:

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Peace.

When I say “peace”, I don’t just mean, “Let’s all hold hands and sing kumbaya/give the world a Coke®”. I mean, I want peace in every aspect of my life. Peace in my home (i.e., no more nagging Huff the Hubs about his driving, being hateful because something didn’t go my way); peace in my heart (stop worrying—I will admit, I’m getting better!); peace in life (stop sweating the small stuff, see challenges as opportunities, etc.).

 

Five goals I want to accomplish this year:

1. Get back to fighting shape.

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I was my most confident when I felt strong. I felt my strongest before my second half marathon. My goal is to get back to that feeling and level of fitness.

 

2. Buy a house.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my sister. She’s been so accommodating and it’s been such a blessing (for her and us) that we’ve been able to bunk with her. But, I am really looking forward to being a homeowner, so started looking for the custom home builders already.

 

3. Go a month without spending.

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By “without spending” I don’t mean things we need to live (i.e., groceries, rent, gas for cars, etc.) I mean meaningless spending. Like going out to eat, clothes I’ll never wear, toys Hermione won’t play with, and countless stuff from Target’s Dollar Spot.

 

4. Read one book a month.

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I’ve knocked out the classic books I want to read, now it’s time for modern books and, if I think I can hack it, maybe a biography or two.

 

5. Travel.

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I have been to A LOT of places. I’ve been to Europe three times, Hawaii three times, and countless other places. But, I haven’t seen enough of my big world yet. There are so many historical sites I want to see and natural wonders HtH hasn’t seen. Good thing I bought new luggage on Black Friday!

 

What about you? What are your goals for 2015?

Fan Girl Friday

What a week it’s been! My head is STILL spinning from The Walking Dead mid-season finale and I’m having a minor life crisis because my 30th birthday is next week. Needless to say, I need some happy to distract me from the gloom and doom going on right now. So let’s just jump right in, mmkay?

 

I don’t know about you, but I have been desperately missing my peeps from Pawnee, Indiana! I mean, why would they leave us with such an amazing season finale this spring and then just leave us hanging all summer and fall?

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Thankfully, the finale season of Parks and Rec FINALLY has a start date—and sadly, an end date. Looks like Leslie Knope will be back on January 13th! NBC will show back-to-back episodes all the way up to the last episode….on February 24th! Yep, that’s all we get—a freaking month. They better make it a good one!

 

Yet another show that I absolutely cannot wait to see return is Downton Abbey. And, this week we got to see a sneak peek of this season, complete with cameo by America’s favorite bachelor groom, George Clooney!

EEEEEEEEE! I. CANNOT. WAIT. If you need a little Downton to deck your halls, check out the PBS website for some adorable ornaments!

 

 

As the year winds down, we start to take a look back at what 2014 has brought us. Thanks to DJ Earworm, we can hear (and see) the best jams of the year! Check it out:

 

I’ve been a bad Doctor Who fan this season. I haven’t really been keeping up with it. Sigh. It took everything I had to accept Matt Smith as the new Doctor, so when I saw the first two episodes with Peter Capaldi…I don’t know…I just couldn’t. My hearts still belong to Ten. And, thanks to toy makers in the UK, I never have to let go of him!

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This 1:6 scale action figure of The Doctor comes with jacket, Converse, and of course, a great head of hair!

 

 

Get ready, Frozen fans, Disney World is about to get a whole lot cooler! (See what I did there?) DW just announced that they will be creating a brand new ride for Epcot Center all about the sisters from Arendelle!

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They will have to make some adjustments in the Norway section of Epcot, i.e., they will have to tear down the iconic Maelstrom, which has some people up in arms. Come on, folks. It’s Disney World; there’s revamping all the time. Take a page from Elsa and just let it go.

New Year’s Resolutions

Last year, I regaled you all with my resolutions goals for 2013. I think I kept many of them (except the whole “stress less” one…its kind of tough to do that when you’re preggo or when you’ve got a newborn in the house). But I do think I did pretty well (even though there are still books on my classics list I have yet to get to).

This past year was a big year for me (and Huff the Hubs). I got promoted, became a mother, traveled to London, and FINALLY got my book 100% finished.

My sister that teaches fourth grade and I were talking about New Year’s Resolutions. She said she doesn’t really make resolutions, but she is going to talk to her students about it when they return to school. She showed me an awesome project she’s going to do with them:

I may color mine.

I may color mine.

For each number, there’s a direction:

For the 2: Name the two best things that happened in 2013.

For the 0: Name something you want to STOP doing in the New Year.

For the 1: Your one wish for 2014.

For the 4: Four goals for 2014.

Two best things that happened in 2013:

1. Hermione.

It was literally one year ago today that I found out I was pregnant. I was shocked, obviously. Mostly because I didn’t think it would happen so fast. It was a whirlwind; scary at times, but its been so worth it.

Don't I make cute babies?

Don’t I make cute babies?

2. Getting out of debt.

Huff the Hubs and I had been aggressively working toward getting out of debt from the moment we got married. We both had student loans we needed to pay off and were very serious about taking the shackles off. And we did! Our reward? London, baby!

Hands down, best Abbey ever.

Hands down, best Abbey ever.

Something you want to stop doing in the New Year:

Worrying.

I feel ya, Dr. Cooper.

I feel ya, Dr. Cooper.

I’m a worrier from way back. And, if at some point I’m not worried about something, I worry because I’m basically waiting “for the other shoe to drop”. I hate living like that. I’m ready for some peace of mind, yo. I have been to counselling and I’ve read some good books (like this one!) and its really helped me A LOT. But I still wake up in the morning terrified of the potential bad the day could hold. I want to wake up in the morning feeling excited about the possibilities, not terrified. So that’s the goal: STOP. FREAKING. WORRYING.

Your one wish for 2014:

Health.

Well said.

Well said.

I don’t just mean physical health. I mean mental health (i.e., the stop worrying thing), emotional health (keeping my mood up), spiritual health (spend time with God each day and not because I feel like I have to), relational health (making sure my marriage, familial relationships, and friendships are nurtured) and environmental health (be more mindful of how my choices affect the planet, its people, and animals).

Four goals for 2014:

 1. Lose the baby weight.

Either way, I'd be happy.

Either way, I’d be happy.

Before I got pregnant, I was working toward maintaining my weight and maybe even dropping a few pounds as my clothes weren’t fitting me as well as they had been (holidays and all), but then I found out I was with child and weight loss went on the backburner (as it should have). Now that Hermione is 4 months old, I’m healed and recovered from childbirth and my milk supply is established, I’m ready to work on losing those last 9 pounds of pregnancy that are sticking around. And, to be honest, I’m not too concerned with the number on the scale. I’m more focused on how I feel and how my clothes are fitting me.

I know a lot of people will say: “You had a baby, be proud of that!” And I am. But I also don’t feel like myself with the extra weight. The holidays with its endless mountains of sweets and the stress on our schedule has made me push my health to the wayside. I want to get refocused on my health. Plus, my clothes are still tight and I’m too cheap to buy new ones—ha!

2. Stop the “fat talk”.

Thanks, Abey.

Thanks, Abey.

Sometimes, without even thinking, the words: “Gah, I’m so fat!” will come pouring out of my mouth. Or, “I can’t wear this, I look fat!” will pop into my head as I look at my reflection after picking something out at a store that looked cute on the rack, but hideous on me. I know it may seem hypocritical to say I want to stop the fat talk in the same blog post describing my desire to lose weight, so let me make myself clear.

I want to stop the negative talk.

I don’t want Hermione to talk to herself the way I talk to myself. I want her to be healthy, to enjoy being active, to eat good foods, and feel confident in who she is. How can she do that if she doesn’t have the proper role model? I want to be an example of being healthy and fit while still loving who I am and being proud of my body.

3. Put down the devices.

Put down the phone!

Put down the phone!

Every night before I fall asleep, I do the same thing: pick up my phone and look at Pinterest or Facebook (or both) for about 45 minutes. Huff the Hubs will say something to me and I’ll grunt in agreement or say, “That’s cool” even though I’m not paying attention.

When I go places with people, a lot of our time is spent with them or me (or both!) on our phones, looking at pointless stuff. I want to get into a habit of putting the phone down, looking people in the eye, and actually listening to what they’re saying (gee, what a novel concept!). I don’t want to be a slave to my phone (HtH already calls my phone “my kidney” because I can’t function if I don’t have it).

4. Finish my 30 by 30 list.

Really, a lot of my goals are on my 30 by 30 list. I am determined to finish that list by the time I’m 30. I know some stuff may be difficult (like going to Italy with my sister) but you better believe I will work my hardest to get those things knocked off that list! I’ve already signed up for the OKC Memorial Marathon!

Sack up, Jess!

Sack up, Jess!

 

Do you have any resolutions? Goals? Reflections on the past year?

I hope you have a safe and happy New Year! (And please drink responsibly!)