It’s January!

Holy Shit, it’s January! I haven’t posted for a few weeks due to holidays and being kind of busy. We had a pretty good Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we just hung around the house, ate, watched Home Alone, and played cards. On Christmas Day, we opened presents and then drove north to the Ozarks so the kids could see the mountains. The rest of the week we spent showing the kids some of our favorite places in Little Rock. We went downtown to Big Whiskeys to eat, and to Junction Bridge but I think they were happiest at the Little Rock Outlet Mall. Hey, they had money to burn and we had time on our hands. We ate really well that week…it’s killing me to think about it now as I am 42 hours into a 60 Hour Keto Reboot. So far, so good. Turns out I really like bone broth. Who knew? Anyhow, we had a good time with the kids and I think they had a good time here. They’re teenagers…one never knows how they really feel, right?

During their time here, I discovered a new store. We went to Academy Sports & Outdoors to look for a coat for my oldest stepdaughter. She didn’t find her coat but I found a cool jacket. I had never been to an Academy store before but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll be going back as soon to find some more clothes at some point. One can never have too many leggings, right?

James and I didn’t do anything special on New Years Eve. We stayed home and he grilled chicken for me. And we made roasted veggies. Try not to be too jealous. We did go out for lunch that day because we didn’t feel like cooking. We’ve reached that age now- we’d rather go out during the day than in the evening. I’m ok with that. I’ve had a lot of fun trying new places and we went to The Purple Onion that day. That’s become one of my favorite local places. Their brunch was great but the pulled pork nachos were insanely delicious. Crap..I need to quit talking about food!

Anyhow, right now I am looking forward to all of the changes 2019 will bring. Hopefully a new job soon- I’m waiting to hear on an interview! Our house will be done in April and I’m looking forward to moving in and getting it decorated and having a permanent home. I love our rental though. This is probably my favorite house I’ve ever lived in. We spent last Sunday on the golf course. James golfed and I rode along in the cart. I was mostly impressed with the fact that you could order food from the golf cart touch screen. It was 66 degrees and beautiful. I’m quickly getting used to this warm weather during the winter thing. I missed the snow a little on Christmas Eve, but I’ll take 66 in January!! Our neighbors told me it will get cold in January and February and that this is a mild winter so far. All I know is after dealing with -20 temps and blizzards in Iowa, this seems great. So much easier to walk the dog during the day. Speaking of Deuce, he’s shedding…a lot. We have dark hardwood floors and they’re beautiful, but guess what? They show all of his paw prints and shedding. I vacuum and steam or use the Swiffer Wet Jet nearly every day. Oh well, the new house will have different floors. Thank God!

In my last post, I mentioned how we had felt stuck a year ago and then everything changed. Last January, one of my friends said she doesn’t do resolutions, but focuses on a word for each year. I liked that idea and so I decided in 2018, my word would be Change. I figured we’d get a different house and we ended up moving to a completely different state! Maybe this year my word should be Money. I have no idea what my word is for this year. I want to focus on making this blog better, finding a career I love, and building some relationships that need some TLC. One of these is with myself. I’ve been beating myself up about not finding a job immediately when we moved and it’s taken it’s toll on me. I know I’ll find a job. October – December aren’t exactly the best months to be job hunting.

I also need to quit getting down on myself about things I can’t control. I can’t control how others feel about me and I can’t control some situations. What I can control is my attitude, the food I eat, my exercise habits, and my outlook on life. I can control my reactions but not situations. I’m 38 and still working on that. Life isn’t easy and it isn’t perfect but I don’t need to make it more difficult than it is by trying to control crap. This applies to all areas of my life. I can apply for several jobs, but I can’t control if they will hire me. I can do my best to be kind to other people, but I can’t control whether they will be kind to me. And that’s it. Just focus on what I can do, rather than what I can’t. Oh, and my other goal is to do yoga 3 times per week, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. I’ve noticed my flexibility isn’t what it used to be and my muscles are really tight. I used to do yoga a lot and I have a hard time doing yoga because I don’t slow down easily. So I’m committed to doing this. I’ve already got twice in this week. Boom! Workin’ on my fitness! Just like everyone else this month.

What else has been happening? My friend Janelle sent me some makeup she thought I might like! She was right. She is a rep for Red Aspen. I had bought some lashes from her awhile ago and loved them. Now I’m obsessed with their mascara. If you want her info, let me know. I also purchased the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette. I’ve wanted this for awhile and found it on sale. I finally bought it then because I’m cheap. I like it because she groups them by shades and they’re all matte. I’m not a huge fan of shimmery eye shadow as my eyes are a little older looking than they used to be! And I really hate it how there is a base shade in palettes but all the shades are the same size so you use that up first! In this palette, the base shades are bigger. Hallelujah! Way to go Kat Von D! Makeup should be my love language. Makeup and food. That’s the way to my heart…

I really have nothing else to say. I hope you have a great 2019! If you have any ideas of what you’d like to see on this blog, let me know. I’m always open to something new!

** The photo of the Kat Von D palette was not taken by me. All opinions are my own.*

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