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Year in Review

Another year ended and another just begun.

I haven’t been active lately. Decided for my mental and physical health, I needed a break from the self-imposed stress relating to writing. That included this blog. So no depressing monthly updates the last few months with nothing to show and all goals failed.

But it’s a new year, so I can at least make a review post of all of my work. That won’t hurt too much. I got some stuff done.


Goodreads goal: 52
Total books read: 16
Total repeat books: 3

Total webcomics caught up on: 6 (okay, that’s a lie–I still need to read December updates on all but one of them)

I didn’t really do much reading outside of the webcomics. Committing to a full-length novel seems beyond me right now. I have several that I started over the year and have never gotten around to finishing, including Pride and Prejudice. I either can’t get my brain to focus and therefore nothing sticks and I have no idea what is going on or I’m too busy doing other stuff. Changing my Goodreads goal to 25 this year because I didn’t even come close last year. Read more…

Word of the Year

Over at the 4thewords forums, someone asked what one word described 2019 and what one word would you choose for 2020.

That got me thinking of all the stuff that went wrong in 2019 and how I’m hoping things are better this coming year.

So, I would say my 2019 word was Acceptance.

There was so much going on with my husband not working so we had a limited income and then my health got worse and the bad things just kept coming. And none of it was under my control. All I could do was accept that these things were happening and just wait it out until things get better. It’s been hard. The biggest thing was accepting that because of my mental and physical health, I just can’t do the things I used to do, including writing. I’m barely functioning and managing to cook dinner a few times a week is an accomplishment right now, never mind expending brain power on writing or cleaning.

Now that I’m (mostly) accepted all the bad that happened in 2019, the word for 2020 is going to be Recovery. Not just for my health, but for our family and finances. My husband should hopefully be back to work by the end of the month which means more income. We can start to actually pay off the credit card I opened to buy meds for our son when money was low then used for Christmas in 2018, figuring we could pay it off over 2019 (HA!–it’s now maxed out after using it for phone and water bills over the year). We can stop worrying so much about random little things going wrong or if there will be enough food in the house each week. We can replace the garbage disposal and microwave that broke in November. And we’ll have our insurance back so I can actually get my anemia treated and recover my mental functions.

My mantra the last half of 2019 was “just make it to next spring” when things will be more on track and I can actually do something about the things that were happening to me. I’m tentatively looking forward to 2020 to recover from 2019.

Happy New Year

Another year over, another begins. Not that it means much to me. Really, it is just another day for me. The biggest even was getting to put the new calendar up on the fridge, lol. Last year we had Disney (because it came free in the mail). This year I got puppies for my 6yo daughter (she is obsessed with dogs). January has 3 chocolate (looking silver) labs…which is really making my 6yo sad because in 2007 we got 2 chocolate lab puppies but had to give them away a few months later when we suddenly had to move. She never got over it. Poor kid.

My New Year’s Eve was pretty normal. I played Guitar Hero World Tour most of the afternoon and evening. I didn’t even realize how late it was until the pizza my dad ordered arrived. I stopped for 2 hours while we ate and watched a movie then played until 9pm.

By then my eyes were burning and my fingers were so sore I could barely bend them, lol. I couldn’t even type last night and my hand still hurts.

After that I stayed up watching Angel DVDs and playing on the computer. Pretty normal night for me. Today we are having steak for dinner. Not just steak, but good steak…rib eye steaks. $50 worth of steak. It’s going to be heavenly. Kind of a bad start to my whole “eating right” resolution, though, because I always eat too much when we have steak.

I’ve made 3 resolutions for the year.
1. lose 60lbs by December 31, 2009 (that’s 5lbs a month)
2. finish my NaNo story and the other two fanfictions I have up that have been sitting unfinished since November 2005 and March 2007, respectively
3. finish a scrapbook for each of the kids by the end of the year and/or finish 365 pages (I did 127 pages last year)

Should be interesting. I might get the Nano one done but I never last long on diets. Last year I did good from Jan 1st-March and then I got sick and kind of just forgot about eating right. If I lose the 60lbs I’ll be around the weight I was before I started having kids (195 or so). Then next year I can work on getting down to my target weight of 140. Right now I’ll just be happy to be back in my size 18s and not have my knees and hips hurting so much.

What I’m most looking forward to is school starting again, lol. Just 4 more days of winter break left. I hate having to get up every morning to walk them to school in the freezing cold but at least they are gone for most of the day. It’s just me and the 2yo (well, almost 3yo now) at home and she’s fun to be around and far less annoying then my other kids.

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