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Farewell 2017, ya filthy animal
Christmas 2017
Currently, exhausted homeowner edition

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!

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,

Currently, exhausted homeowner edition

Reading Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. I’m enjoying his outsider’s perspective on running for a Senate seat and his experiences working in DC. I was inspired to switch my party affiliation to the Democrats, but then Donna Brazile had to be Donna Brazile and I changed my mind. I’ll remain a member of my currently-also-batshit-crazy third party and wait until the DNC grows up a bit more.

Tuesday is election day, so get out and vote. Hate what’s going on? Hit up your local races. Loving The Donald? Go do the same. Me? Eight years ago I voted Chris Christie into office and indirectly inflicted him on the rest of you. (Eight years ago he was a completely different man.) Tuesday I’ll vote for not-Kim-Guadango and try to right the ship of state.

Her opponents for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are named Murphy and Oliver and I need one of those signs for the garage once this election’s done. GO VOTE! GO VOTE!

Beaming with pride over the little home improvment projects I’ve been working on. My crone room is really shaping up now that I’m moving things back in. The color looked a bit strong in an empty room but it’s becoming much more warmer and inviting now. I purchased curtains from Walmart – $5/panel – and my next step is to get a new craft table to replace the old Ikea one I have.

Two years ago when we moved in, the old owners left a bunch of shelving materials in the guest room closet. But no closet rod. Last week I bought a rod and this week (with an assist from WM) I took up a drill and installed it all. Not only does it look good, it’s level!

Framing photos. I have a lot of framed photos in the house. Every fall, I go through the last year’s photo backup and pick a bunch of new ones to add to the frames. I upload them to Target and grab the prints during my next trip there. It’s a lot better setup than when I used to try and print my own photos. Screw the expensive inks and photo paper.

Drinking my first Starbucks holiday drink of the year. (Salted caramel mocha.) I’m one of those people who are completely fine ignoring Thanksgiving and going to Christmas. Soon I’ll be freezing cookie dough for December!

Struggling to stay awake. The clock changes mess me up big time. It feels like it should be midnight.

Losing — yeah yeah…you know the drill.

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