I currently find myself swamped with deadlines and responsibilities at work. By the time I get home, sitting down at the computer to come up with a new blog post has begun to feel like another assignment and responsibility. So, I’m going to take a study break and spend sometime relaxing and hopefully find some excitement in blogging again.
2013, baby, 2013. Can you believe it? Anyways, let’s see how I finished the year, shall we?
Keep splurges to a reasonable level, food and money wise
I’m going to say I succeeded here. Was I perfect? No. But I didn’t finish the month freaking out about my bank account or feeling like I couldn’t button my jeans.
Buy my ticket to Paris (!)
Yes! Nonstop flight to Paris coming up! And I’m so excited! Can’t you tell?!? Because I am!
Finish my first article well enough for editing by my boss
So, I’m going to count this as another success, with a qualification. I finished writing a journal article, but now my boss wants to add a new section. We’ll hopefully decide how to handle this today, but in the mean time, I wrote an article start to finish.
- Move for 20 minutes a day
- Save every possible dime for Paris (!)
- File my taxes and cross my fingers for a big refund
A year ago today (or yesterday, depending on when this actually gets posted) I published my first post, The Mission Statement. It’s both hard and easy to believe it’s been a full year, as cliche as it sounds. I’ve made great strides on the road to fiscal responsibility, focused my academic career, and had some fun. Along the way I’ve been surprised that while it has been challenging, I’ve rarely felt deprived; instead I feel in control and ready to take on the world. I’ve also been touched by how willing my friends are to make cheaper plans and how generous they can be. Fortunately, I’ve also had plenty of opportunities to share as well, giving of what I have, which makes me feel richer.
According to my stats, the posts that were the most popular surprised me.
5. Strawberry Vanilla Jam
4. Sweet Pickle Relish
3. Homemade Deodorant, Updated
2. No Sugar Blackberry Jam
And far and away, my most popular post:
1. DIY Scarf Hanger
Clearly you guys like my craft and canning posts. Seems I’ll have to record more of my efforts to do it myself. Seriously, though. Y’all apparently really love that scarf hanger, 5 of the top 10 search terms that lead to my blog are related to DIY scarf hanger. Also quite a few of you have issues with rash from homemade deodorant, because that shows up 4 times in the top 20.
Anyways, thank you for reading. Thanks for the advice. Thanks for making me feel like a friend.
Whoa: it’s been a whole week since I last posted. My internet decided to crash on me on Friday afternoon but I wasn’t able to deal with it all weekend since I spent most of it singing at concerts. My service provider finally got things up and running yesterday afternoon when they realized that somehow they were sending too much data (?) for my connection to handle so they cut my data in half and said that not only would my router stop crashing, but my bill would be cut too. Yay! Of course, an hour after I got back online, I was settling into my couch to catch up on blogging when I heard a loud pop and everything went dark. The electric company said I would be power-less for at least four hours, so I packed up some craft supplies and headed to a friend with lights and heat. We decorated Christmas ornaments, baked and ate cookies until I was a little sick to my stomach. Now I’m back home with the magical combination of electricity and internet. Yay!