Archive - 2017

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Farewell 2017, ya filthy animal
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Happy birthday, blog!
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Christmas 2017

Farewell 2017, ya filthy animal

I very, VERY easily could rip into this absolute dumpster-fire of a year. Not only a year, but a “season” that started in November of 2015 and has kept on giving. But no, no. Good things happened this year, and I’m going to celebrate them.

2017 highs


I went to the Womens March in January, which gave me the confidence to write, call, and fax my representatives. I’m on the fence about going to the one next month, and I can’t put my finger on why.

I met Joey McIntyre from NKOTB. He was dreamy.

WM brought Murphy home in April, and while he (dog, not spouse) has been the most destructive puppy I’ve had in a long time, I love him to bits and he’s made our home happier and much less sedentary.

Mom and I took a wonderful Caribbean Cruise, which was exactly what we needed. I really want us to go on another one, but I don’t see it happening in 2018. Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

WM and I took a trip to see our Seattle friends, and I think that’s becoming a summer tradition.

I finally got my permanent dental implant and said goodbye to my flipper. I still worry every day that I’ll break another tooth or that this implant will fail. Day by day.

We had 2 family weddings this year, one on each side. My family cleans up well, and I had fun drinking and dancing with them. And basically seeing them outside the framework of a funeral.

I saw Yoga with Adriene live in Philadelphia and lived through the class.

And we launched the Big!Work!Project which has been taking up all of my brainspace for months.

It was also our 5-year wedding anniversary. Oh, and I managed to migrate most of my posts from ladygypsy.net to this domain and leave all of the Lunarpages crap and errors behind! My #1 wrestling boo AJ Styles has had a great year. We haven’t been nuked yet!

The rest of this year, though? Here’s the remainder of 2017 in a pic…

WM and I are staying in tonight, as is our habit. I don’t think I’ve been awake at midnight in a few years, and that’s okay.

Thank you for sticking with this weird blog relaunch. Let’s go tackle 2018 together!

Happy birthday, blog!

Today my blog is 15 years old!

I *think* this is one of the first headers.


This time last year I was ready to quit it but thanks to the generosity of a friend, I found a better place to move it to. I also gave it a more grown-up domain name AND a secure connection.

I may not be the best blogger or the most consistent blogger and I am definitely NOT the most business-savvy blogger but I am definitely one of the longest-lasting bloggers.

Let’s go for another 15 years, shall we?

Christmas 2017

I kinda whiffed on Christmas this year. While I started planning in October as usual, this year I:

> Didn’t bake a lot of cookies at all, and the ones I did make weren’t all that great.
> Bought my last gift the day before Christmas Eve which is VERY late for me.
> Forgot to write out the family cards altogether. I have them! They’re still in the Hallmark bag.
> Didn’t get the regular cards in the mail until Christmas Eve.
> Didn’t even bother putting out the Christmas village.

But you know what? In the end, none of that mattered. We all had a lovely time, and I gave and received great gifts.

WM got me an Amazon Spot so I can be surveilled while I sleep! I love it. The alarm is great, I love having music in the bedroom while I fold clothes, Alexa gives me the news when I wake up, and the footprint is tiny!

Mom bought me a sewing machine, which I plan on using to make pillows, cushions, and curtains for the house. John & Kristen & Favorite Kid got me a 23 and Me ancestry test! My spit is currently winging its way to the lab as I type. And books are always a welcome gift!

I’m off from work this week, and am taking time to exhale. WM is repairing and painting the downstairs bathroom that became pretty torn up while we were using it as a kennel for young Murphy during the day. We’re going with an Adventureland theme. (Not kidding.) I’m slowly getting back in front of the clutter that accrued while I was worried about work and worried about Christmas. I also gave in and put plastic over the living room windows because NJ is currently a frozen hellscape.

149 days ’til Memorial Day,

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