There are a few times of the year when I want time to stop and savor the season. Now is one of them. The pear blossom trees are in blooms, the forsythias are changing from their brilliant yellow to lime green, and the weather is so unpredictable it keeps you on your toes.
This month will fly by, I just know it. I’ll be out of the country for a week (oh my!), work is as hectic as ever, and I have so many house and garden projects I want to get started.
Have a wonderful time in Haiti (can’t believe it’s two weeks away!)
Celebrate our 3rd anniversary
Go on an Easter Egg Hunt
Run in a 5k race
Build a compost out of pallets
Start a window-box herb garden
Figure out the plan for a vegetable garden (pots vs. raised beds)
Start to maybe think about paint colors for the dining room
Oy! March 6th and I’m just now getting to my March goals. I am so behind on updating this blog. I have dozens of posts half-written, but for some reason the step between draft and published is really hard. Story of my life right now (btw, is anyone else mad at One Direction for ruining that phrase?).
This month is sure to be a good one, though, with birthday celebrations and weekend trips and warmer weather and daylight savings. I will exchange an hour of sunlight for an hour of sleep any day!
Celebrate my dad’s 60th, sister’s 30th and 27th birthdays! (March is a very birthday-heavy month over here!)
Put knobs and pulls on our cabinets
Finish at least one book
Write at letter to Jacques, our sponsored child through Compassion
Make a plan for our backyard — things to plant and where a vegetable garden would go
Create a will for our family
Buy term life insurance for our family
File our taxes!
Gather supplies to bring to Haiti
Go to the gym at least 8 times
What’s on your list of things to accomplish this month?
It’s February! The month of love. I am really excited about this month, mainly because two of my friends are having babies sometime in the next four weeks. Huzzah! Otherwise, it should be a pretty quiet month of routine. We had our first real snow last week, which means I’m satisfied with winter and ready for spring. (Can you tell I’m a Southern girl?:) Hopefully this month will start to show signs of spring approaching. My mom and I planted bulbs in the fall and I’ve already seen a few little green leaves break the surface. I can’t wait to see what blooms in the next few months.
Throw a Super Bowl party with friends (already accomplished, but still wanted to add it to the list:)
One of my goals this year is grow and learn more about the world we live in. I would like to be able to speak intelligently on topics other than the drama going on in the lives of my favorite TV characters. I know, a tall order.
Here’s more background from my 2014 goals:
I rarely watch the news because I find it boring, but there is so much I can learn from the rest of the world. And one day my kids will learn this “history” we call the present and I’m not going to know what they are talking about.
I decided to start small, so I added to my January goals to “listen to NPR on my way to work every day.” A simple start.
I added this goal rather begrudgingly, but surprisingly have really enjoyed listening to NPR every day. Maybe this is a sign of me getting older or how simple-minded I viewed the news before, but it wasn’t boring at all. I loved the varied stories and learned about the conflict in Syria, the upcoming Olympic games, a bombing at a restaurant in Afghanistan, how people are helping the homeless in sub-zero temperatures, and the fight for teacher’s salaries here in North Carolina.
Last week I read an article on signs of a Type A person. Aside from interrupting (that’s actually one of my pet peeves, so please tell me if I ever do it to you), all signs point to me as being very Type A.
One of these signs is fear of wasting time. I am so guilty of this. When I’m waiting in a line, I check my phone and try to multitask because God forbid I stand idly by when there’s things to get done.
But I think that’s why radio is my favorite medium of receiving news. It doesn’t really interrupt something I’m already doing — driving to work — so it’s more passive on my part. Sitting in front of the TV to watch the news is not how I want to spend my time, and navigating news websites overwhelm me. I don’t know where to begin.
The radio it is. I’m on my way to a smarter 2014.
How do you consume the news? I’ve heard a lot of people use Twitter, but I get lost in all of the status updates. Maybe I follow too many people.
January. The only thing I thought about in January was the marathon. Training for it, praying for it, running it, and then recovering from it. We also hosted friends for New Years at our apartment, had a great trip in Charleston, and celebrated my father in-law’s 60th birthday.
March. My sisters and brother in-law came into town and we had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We went to Greensboro to celebrate the many family birthdays, spent Easter with J’s family, and said farewell to some friends who moved to Germany.
May. We went to Asheville for a weekend getaway where we ate delicious food and toured the Biltmore. We also went strawberry picking and celebrated Mother’s Day in Greensboro. We went to St. Augustine for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed the gorgeous warm weather with friends/family.
June. We celebrate J’s 28th birthday in Boone with old friends who moved back from Austin, TX. We spent lots of time at the pool and went to Greensboro for a family staycation.
September. We finished painting and moved everything into the house. We bought a washer, dryer, rug, couch and ottoman. Our two families went to the beach together, where I celebrated my 28th birthday. We met our neighbors and I went to Greensboro for a wedding shower for my cousin.
October. I had two girl’s weekends — one in Asheville and one in Charlotte with old friends — and J hosted his old college buddy for one of those weekends. I painted abstract art over the mantle. My mother in-law celebrated her 60th birthday and we surprised her with a few fun events, including the first party at our house. We also saw lots of family at my cousin’s wedding in High Point.
November. My sister and brother in-law came to stay with us and we cheered Andrew on as he ran a half marathon. We went to Boone for a lovely autumn weekend with friends, and hosted a Friendsgiving. We celebrated Thanksgiving at my in-laws and did a lot of Black Friday shopping.
December. We decorated our house for Christmas, attended a few parties, went to see Handel’s Messiah, the Nutcracker, and hosted a surprise party for my friend’s 30th birthday. We had Christmas early with my in-laws and spent the real Christmas with my family. We went to Charlotte for New Year’s and toasted the new year with my sister, brother in-law and good friends.
December was such a great month. The holidays don’t last long enough, but I think we definitely packed in as much holly and jolly as we could, between hosting or attending parties every weekend, dressing up for holiday shows, spending cozy evenings in watching Christmas movies, and spending lots of time with family.
+ Going to see Handel’s Messiah at the Duke Chapel with my sister Lucy
+ Walking or running every day with my Mile a Day challenge
+ Dressing up to go to the Nutcracker with J’s family
+ Lots of family time
+ Celebrating advent and remembering the reason for the season
+ Finding ways to bless others with J
+ Dressing Leia up like a reindeer
+ Spending time with my cousins on Christmas Day
+ Celebrating my friend Becca’s 30th birthday