I've decided to give myself a little blogging challenge. I'm not sure why, but humor me anyway please. I've found the highest number of posts I've ever had for each month and I'm going to beat that number this year by at least one post. So, for example, the largest number of posts I've had for the month of January was 12 in 2008 so this year I have to blog 13 or more times. The only exception will be in September. I was apparently super motivated in 2007 and blogged every day that month. My goal for September of this year is to again post every day. So, here are what the monthly numbers will look like:
January - 13 February - 10 March - 17 April - 18 May - 17 June - 18 July - 20 August - 19 September - 30 October - 16 November - 16 December - 17 TOTAL - 211
All the Christmas decorations in our house have been officially packed away until next year. I really don't care for this time of year; the house seems so empty and sad. So, to extend the Christmas cheer a little longer - at least on my blog - I thought I'd post a little about a couple of my after-the-holidays purchases.
I found these at Hobby Lobby. I was feeling crafty at the time and thought they'd be a fun project for Christmas 2010. I love scrapbooking and what fun to scrapbook your own decoration!
I found these at Target and thought they were pretty and oh so cute. Mitch doesn't think they are Christmasy; he doesn't see how birds are related to the holiday. What do you think - are they Christmasy? (Hint: Say "yes")
Did you do any Christmas clearance shopping? Find anything good?
Technically school started yesterday with my online business class, but I'm counting today as my first official day. Today I began my first on-campus accounting class, which required that I pack a backpack, find a classroom, and jot down a few notes.
I had the first-day jitters. My heart was racing, my stomach churning, my palms sweating. For a minute or two, I wondered what exactly I was doing. I couldn't help but think I was crazy for starting over again. Once class started, though, I was nothing but excited. It feels amazing to be the student again and I smiled the whole way home.
*Crickett thought she had to get in on my first-day-of-school photo. I figured I'd let her since she won't get to have any of her own.*
I had an idea of the goals I wanted to accomplish in 2010, but I hadn’t planned on making a formal list. Sitting here today, I’m feeling a little saddened by no “official” challenge. I enjoyed tackling my 2009 goals and I’m thinking about all the fun I will miss out on if I don’t make my 2010 goals concrete. So, here are my grand visions for the new year!
* Run one organized race * Sound familiar? Yes, this was a goal of mine last year but I want it to be a goal for this year, too. This year my thought is to try a distance other than the 5K or to beat my time on the 5K I ran this past year.
* Try one new recipe a month * Mitch and I have quite a few recipes and numerous cookbooks, but we always fall back on the same handful of recipes. I want to spice things up a little!
* Sew curtains for my dining room * Mitch and I originally hadn’t planned on putting any type of window covering over our patio door, but I’ve changed my mind. I still don’t mind the whole “people can see into your house” aspect, but I think curtains would make the room much more homey.
* Watch a "classic" movie * Any suggestions? Casablanca? Breakfast at Tiffany's?
* Read a "classic" novel * I have plenty of these on my list and I think it's about time I read one.
* Start Project 365 * I attempted this photo-of-the-day challenge twice last year. The first round, I missed a day and called it quits. The second round, I got to the point where I was just taking a photo of anything just to “get it done.” I wasn’t challenging myself, nor was I enjoying the task (it felt more like a chore). My excitement has returned and I want to try once more. Third time's a charm, right?
* Complete one accounting course * I've never taken an accounting course and it's always been something I thought I'd enjoy. I'm registered for an introductory course which begins January 12th and I'm beyond excited.
* Volunteer at the Humane Society * I’ve always had a soft spot for dogs and since getting Crickett, that spot has grown and grown. I love Crickett more than I thought possible, but I know that I still have a lot of love to give and I want to do what I can for those dogs that haven’t been as fortunate as our little girl.
* Celebrate 25 days of Christmas AND document it * I wish I would have documented more of my celebrations this past Christmas, so I thought it would be a fun goal for the next Christmas.
I can't wait to get started on this list! 2010 is going to be a fun year!
A week from today I will be going back to school. After three years of being the teacher, I will once again become the student. Instead of being the one with all the answers, I will now be the one with all the questions.
I have decided to see what the accounting field has to offer. It's something I've thought about for a long time and I figured now is the time to start exploring. I will be taking two classes, a business course and an introductory accounting course. I'm ridiculously nervous but extremely excited.
I guess this means you'll be seeing another "first day of school" photo from me soon!