Monday, January 2, 2017

whatcha been doing?

I was responding to blog comments from last week's Show Us Your Books and wanted to send the same message to nearly everyone who I missed, who I normally talk to via blog at least few times a week but haven't "talked" to in weeks or more because I've been a slacker. Because work was busy and reading on my phone was the only option, because forming a coherent thought seemed like a lot of effort, and because as is my every-so-often custom, I felt that leaving a comment was unnecessary and whatever I had to say wouldn't be missed (note to self, you have been at this blogging thing for a long time and you have only thought that a comment was ridiculously unnecessary like twice, and those were spam, so shut up). But responding to comments takes long enough so I kept it to book talk but really, here is what I wanted to say.

Hi! How are you? I miss you/your blog/checking in with you. Did you have a good fall and Christmas? Mine were both busy. Andrew's family came to town and we hosted Thanksgiving. It was the best menu ever, since we planned it and it was all things we wanted to eat - not a canned cranberry in sight! - but I was left washing sheets and dishes for days after. It isn't something I want to do annually, but every few years would be great. I always have lofty goals of finishing my Christmas shopping by December 1st and it never happens. I'm always stressed out at the last minute, I always worry that I didn't do enough, and I wait until the last minute to wrap everything. That on top of it being my busiest season at work (graduation, donor dinner, employee party, etc.), a last minute Doubleback BBQ pop-up, and just life in general left me feeling out of breath at nearly every turn. Once again, I wasn't really able to enjoy the Christmas season. I say every year will be different. Maybe it will really happen in 2017.

One really fun thing was that we were in town for Christmas and hosted my mom, step-dad, step-sister, and nieces. I don't think we have ever had Christmas together since they normally travel to see my step-family in Louisiana on Christmas day. My youngest niece is eight and no longer believes in Santa, but her opening up her Furby and raising it above her head like a wrestler winning one of those hideous belts almost made up for losing that bit of magic. We decorated ugly sweater Christmas cookies and watched Home Alone. There's nothing like kids to make you realize how fast time flies.

I was very spoiled at Christmas this year and got a coffee maker (bye bye, French press dependency) and the robot vacuum that Stephanie recommended. We aren't BFFs yet - I think my house has too much stuff - but I'm working on a way to make it (I named it Rosie, after the maid on The Jetsons) work for me. I got some fun stuff, too, like lots of necklaces and an Amazon Echo so it wasn't all adulty. We stayed home voluntarily on New Year's Eve and treating it like any other day and adding fancy champagne made it seem less lame. Did you get any gifts I need to know about? How did you spend new year's eve?

Hmmm, what else? I went to a bar that was almost a club for the first time in years for a friend's birthday and decided to dominate karaoke when Ashlee Simpson came on (why?), started and stopped yoga (still undecided on it...), and attended my first trampoline fitness class. I didn't make any new year's resolutions, but my fall goals all still need to be at the top of my mind; I didn't do very well on any of them. What are some of yours?

My house is happy that the Giants are in the playoffs. I'm dreading taking down all of my Christmas decorating and I'll miss the coziness that the lights add every year. I started watching American Crime and The Man in the High Castle and both seem fine but not amazing - I need a show! My reading mojo is coming back. The time I get off from work at the holidays went way too fast, as it always does. How is it 2017?

Bauer and the tree | One of our Thanksgiving tables | Our Christmas card pic taken in Charleston (I sent cards to people whose addresses I had at the time and made better notes for next year...) | the whole collection of ugly sweater cookies | Cat Bauer as the Grinch. There will never be a more accurate costume for him.

Okay so maybe my notes to everyone wouldn't have been quiiiite that focused on me, but I definitely want to ask all of those questions of you. Blogging is getting harder for me the more I overthink it (are you sensing a pattern here?) so I tend to grab the laptop, log in to Blogger, stare at the screen, and decide no one cares. A lot of this is on twitter or instagram already, but not everyone checks all the things so sorry not sorry for repeats. I want to get back in the swing of the oversharing and talking about everything and nothing on the internet. So, here's a step in that direction.


  1. I thought about getting a roomba but my house has too much crap and it would just give up and go on strike. i love my coffee maker - it's set to brew fresh coffee every morning at 645am and i love waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee!

    happy new year!

  2. Your holidays sound wonderful! I think we are going to host our families for Christmas next year...honestly we're just tired of traveling, and I think we're old enough now that our parents don't have to be the only ones running the holiday show. I'm so jealous you got a Roomba! We used to have one but we didn't use it that often so we got rid of it...but now every time I vacuum (which really isn't that hard since we have 700 square feet, but still) I'm like ugh, why don't I have a robot to do this?!

    Your last paragraph is basically me for the past...I don't even know how long. But I just decided to start writing the posts I wanted to write, whether or not they're boring or no one cares. And I mean, eventually I have to have something to say that's mildly entertaining, right? I do miss that rhythm of posting and commenting and emailing back and forth with other bloggers, and I think I got to a point where I just didn't know how to start up again. And I still don't but I figure I have to start somewhere so I might as well just do it!

  3. Aw I hope Rosie starts behaving for you! I put Ferdinand to work today, we destroyed the downstairs at NYE.
    I'm glad you're posting :) I think it's worth it, I love reading what you've been up to and seeing more photos of cat Bauer (p.s. have you been watching Designated Survivor?)

  4. I still love to belt out Ashlee Simpson, but only at home. Something about her first CD (did she have more than one?) always makes me want to sing from my soul. Yay for hosting Thanksgiving! It's a lot of work, but I feel ya on all the homemade foods. I made everything from scratch and most of it was appreciated, but some of it wasn't (apparently not a single adult on my in-law's side has ever had a fresh green bean, not even kidding), but I am glad yours was a success!

  5. I love that you named your vacuum after the Jestons' maid. I named our lawn mower after Willard from Footloose. Because of the lawn mower race.

    I am sad you are not into American Crime because it is amazing.

    I prefer to cook for Thanksgiving because then I don't have to go through the awkwardness of pretending I like someone else's cooking.

  6. Overthinking tends to kill my blogging mojo big time! I think nobody cares, this post is not good enough and it's really not good for creativity. Anyway, my christmas break went way too fast as well, but I enjoyed the heck out of it. Happy New Year.

  7. No roomba here for the same reason but I really love Rosie as the name because Rosie was freaking awesome.

    I'm in the market for a new show too.

    Don't overthink it. Just post it.

  8. OMG we didn't take any pictures when we went to breakfast. And we had peak blogger food. PEAK! IN THE WINDOW SEATS AT TOUT SUITE. massive fail but a great breakfast :)
    yay for the Amazon Echo. I want a dot cause I read that I don't need the big one for the little one.
    I also just bought Roxane Gay's new book so I guess I'm reading that now. OH and OMG Lindy West quit Twitter :(

  9. aw i love that you named your roomba thingy Rosie. I am on the fence if i want one of the roomba thingys (or the one that Stephanie recommended).
    lol @ ashlee simpson. i'm curious which song haha.
    i know people say this as a cliche or whatever.. but i blog for me. i love reading other people's blogs as well, but as for what i write, i do what i want because i want to. if i worried about no-one caring what i posted, i'd never post anything lol


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