Archive for December, 2010

The Start of Something


First, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Mine was very small and quiet, but that is the way I like it. There shall be a proper Christmas post later, because right now I want to direct your attention to the calendar. Readers, I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but there is only a few days left in the year 2010. Sooooo, you might want to hurry up and read those 97 books left on your list (seriously, I only have 4 books to reach my goal of fifty, so I checked three YA books out from the library–I CAN DO THIS).

Long time readers will recall that back in January I dubbed 2010 “The Start of Something New”. And while that was true for the first half of the year, somewhere around August it turned into “The Start of Something Old But In A New and Different Way”…or something like that. In an effort to save money, I rented out my room in my house and moved back with my parents. I got a second job. I began the (for lack of a better word/term) the reconciliation process with someone I hadn’t spoken to in over four years and who I honestly thought I would never speak to again. There were a few other ups and downs, but ever since August I confess I’ve been a bit out of sorts. I feel like in certain areas of my life I’ve taken huge steps forward and in others I’ve practically galloped backwards (if such a thing was possible).

Rainbow Walkways Forever

So when Sarah asked in early December what one word might describe our year, I was at a loss. I knew what I had wanted 2010 to be, I had goals and ideas and so much I wanted to accomplish—yet here I was, of my own volition, back in the room I lived in when I was 18. It was a disheartening feeling. In the weeks since first reading that post, I’ve given a lot of thought to what that word might be for me. And somehow, in re-reading blog posts, journal entries and recalling the events of the past year—I’m suddenly okay with it all. I don’t feel as if I’m exactly where I belong, but for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I’m on the road to that mystical place of belonging.

Unexpected is my word for 2010. I’m still thinking about what I want my word for 2011 to be. But I’ve got a bit more time to figure that one out.


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Happy Merry

Happy Merry

Garland Detail

How Many Days Til Christmas?!

Guys, Christmas is only a few days away and I am strangely calm. All my gifts are wrapped (well, except for two, but they are in transit & there is nothing I can do about it), I have a poinsettia, some twinkling lights and paper garland up in my room, so I’ve got my Christmas cheer going on. I made a bunch of this paper garland that I have either sold or given away to friends. I think it’s pretty nifty—I made it out of a copy of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Stories that was falling apart and colored card stock. I’m kind of in love with this idea and am now scheming up ideas for Valentine’s Day (I know, this is crazy talk, ’cause we all know I pretty much hate V-Day).

In other news, Sarah was totally right about this discontinued red lipstick from Dior—it’s my new favorite thing.

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O Christmas Tree

Hello, Hello! Readers, I missed you, but the break was very good and I now feel like I have my head in the right place once again. But we don’t have time to talk about all that because OH MY GOSH, CHRISTMAS! Can you believe it is so close? Thankfully, all my packages have been mailed and all my shopping is done, so now I just have to wait for the last packages to arrive in the mail and wrap everything up. In the meantime, I need to decorate my room, help Christmasify (is this a word? It is now) the rest of the house, bake so many cookies and perhaps make more toffee. So much to do, so little time—-how are your Christmas plans going, dear readers?

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