a final 10 things for 2017

My motto for 2018 is: it doesn’t have to be perfect, to be great.

(I am mostly talking about dinner parties but we can toss family, friends, work and life in there too)

Before we binge on Netflix and polish off the last of our holiday booze this New Year’s Eve, let’s take a look at my top 10 posts for 2017:

1o: Taking stock: March: My brief attempt at posting monthly “life-lately” and “taking stock” recaps had a boom in March… but then life got busy and the first to be sacrificed were these guys.

9: holy **** I finished whole30November! Talking about the Whole30 was a hit, too bad I won’t be doing that craziness again.

8: Ten-year *itch: A somewhat gloomy mid-summer slump.

7: Week 1. Done: A recap of my first week on the Whole30.

* honourable mention, the 2015 let’s taco bout a party post is still getting a bunch of visits, it came in at the 6th most read post in 2017. People really do love talking about tacos.

6: Okay, maybe I can…: After talking about things I hate, my “10 things I was not loving… but now I am”  post seemed to help mend friendships.

5: Wineglass marathon recap: Who doesn’t love reading long posts about other people’s long runs?

4: 30 whole days: The beginning of the Whole30, when things felt exciting and optimistic.

3: SUMMER starts nowish: The annual “100 days of Summer Bucket List” is always a favourite to write and attempt.

2: Forty before forty: As this is my second most-read-post, the pressure is on to execute and perform. I have 1.5 years to finish!

and the most read post of 2017…

1: I just can’t: I love that my snarky list of “10 things I can’t get behind” was my most popular post. What does that say about me? What does that say about you? What does that say about minivans?

Thanks to everyone who read, commented, pretended to read, bought a calendar and even those who accidentally landed here and couldn’t leave… It’s been fun! Shall we say a goodbye 2017 – Catch you on the flip side (The Atlantic)

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10 things to discuss over christmas dinner

Merry Christmas! Here are 10 things to talk about tomorrow:

  1. O Holy Night. Who sings it better? Anne Murray or Mariah Carey
  2. Fake or real? I’m talking about the Christmas tree guys.
  3. Multi-coloured or white lights. Who does it better?
  4. Does Santa wrap his presents?
  5. Home Alone: 1, 2 or 3?
  6. Eggnog… does anyone actually like it?
  7. Jo, why not Teddy!!!

    (and I JUST learned there is a new Little Women mini-series! Sarah, grab the mulled wine, Ethan and Uma’s daughter is Jo).
  8. Holiday cards – still relevant in 2017? (I mailed 75 this year)
  9. When I say Boxing Day, you say: What? / World Juniors! / Levee it up!
  10. News to me, Santa’s reindeer are female.

    Obviously. The job gets done.

Merry Christmas!

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fallish intentions

10 things I intend to do this season

  1. Finish The Office: I am on S5:E5, so I feel good about completing this one.
  2. Finish my office: The plan was to have my new office space ready for September which did not happen. I’m now aiming for Christmas – gas fireplace and all!
  3. Learn to enjoy red wine again: I took a break from it over the summer after a poor decision (don’t buy cheap American wine, don’t get the flu)
  4. But also… Complete the Whole 30 #Whole30November: I am building a team. We can do this. Who’s in?
  5. Bangs, do it! Why not? How bad can it be?
  6. Get back into daily planking: Fun fact, side planking is good for scoliosis. I have a rod so I don’t think it matters but, I am sure planking has other benefits.
  7. Design print and distribute my calendars before mid-December: Another summer goal that got bumped. Question, should I repeat the Hello theme but with new imagery?
  8. Make use of my Canada Games Centre membership and SWIM! Seriously, David is in the pool three days a week… I need to take advantage of this time.
  9. Pottery, photography, and paint: I have already started my 10-week pottery class and have made a few fun things including a deformed cat dish for my non-existent cat. There’s an online photography course I’d like to enroll in and painting is part of my office update.
  10. Choose a fall uniform: See photo above.

Tell me your goals.

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okay, maybe i can…

Last week I listed the 10 things I just can’t get behind… I know, it was harsh and not all of you agreed but that’s okay, we’re still friends, right? Since then, I still have not gone on a cruise or bought a minivan so my opinions rest, however, you’ll be happy to know there are

10 things I was not loving… but now I am

  1. Harry Potter > Whoa! Starting off big. I read the first book years ago and my feelings were meh… I didn’t bother with the movies either but when our basement flooded and insurance gave us a cheque to replace a pile of damaged books, I bought the full series for David. We’ve been making our way through them and we’re both big fans. #teamGryffindor
  2. Side splits > Split ends… celebrity splits… there’s nothing good about splits but then I discovered the mid-century side split floor plan.
  3. Candles > When you turn 35, it’s mandatory to burn scented candles and invest in diffusers.
  4. Black and (NAVY) Blue > I’m talking colour combinations here. I know people will want to fight about this but I am in love.
  5. Green smoothies > People talk and talk about how amazing green smoothies are and I was like gross. I love spinach but the thought of a green smoothie made me queasy. Despite my apprehension, I gave it a go and it turns out they’re great. So good that I am interested in getting one of those single-smoothie-making-machines. Any recommendations?
  6. The Office > Have you seen it? I am very picky with comedy. Don’t push me – let me ease in and discover it for myself which is why I was hesitant. Thanks Sophie for making me take the leap.
  7. Florida > Jodie and Tim talked us into joining them on holiday on Anna Maria Island a few years ago and I honestly thought it was going to be like a cruise ship but on an island instead of a boat… Flordia is for people who are either older than 60 or younger than  10… but oh how wrong I was! We’ve gone back once more and I frequently dream of moving to the cul de sac next to Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps – Cougar Town life is for me.
  8. SUP boards and downhill skiing > I am definitely not okay with rollerblading and basketball shorts but SUP boarding is fun and skiing isn’t that bad.
  9. Olives > You love them or hate them. I now love them all.  
  10. Black Coffee > Since 1994, I’ve gone from medium double-double to black. I salute the Chemex for this bold move. 

See, I am not a terrible person. I can change. What about you? I need to know what you love and hate.

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feeling forty?

It is coming. Not this year (or next) but I think I should start preparing.

How so? A list, obviously! My 36 before 36 was a lot of fun (and successful) so I am working on forty before forty and am looking for ideas! Please offer some good ones!

For now, here’s a peak of what I have come up with so far:

  1. Take piano lessons (I quit after one year – both of my sisters are beautiful players and I’ve come to regret dropping out).
  2. See Hawaii – it has been my dream to take David to Hawaii for his 10th birthday since the day he was born. I will be less than 2 months away from my 40th when he turns 10 so the timing will be tight but I am sure Mike can make this happen.
  3. Make some pottery – take a class.
  4. Visit all of the National Parks in Atlantic Canada. There are 10, I’ve seen 5 (can you go to Sable Island?)
  5. Get a tattoo. Hah! Where the heck did that come from?
  6. Make a move. Not sure if it will be career or school or a move to the country but I like the idea.
  7. Sail away – even if it’s just around the Armdale.
  8. WALLPAPER my itty bitty bathroom.
  9. Bangs. Try them out.
  10. Rent a cottage with some lady-friends for +2 nights and drink way too much wine.

I have more… some less selfish (volunteer), some way more selfish (run faster) which I will share soon.

In the meantime, Piano. Push. Play. for your enjoyment.

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