I dislike winter, but I think I dislike Game of Thrones More….
Still friends? Moving on.
Fall is over. Done! Did you accomplish everything on your list? I didn’t but that’s okay. After all, It is the time of year when you should be thankful for all of the amazing stuff you DID accomplish this year and start planning all of the things you will and won’t attempt to do in 2016. That list is coming… but today, I’m looking back at what happened from October 1 to December 21 – Feeling it. Falling for it
Write 2-3 posts a week – Yes! Mostly two but was anyone counting?
Wallpaper something – No. I will keep adding this to my lists until I actually do it.
Paint something – Yes! We still have not tackle our bathroom update but I painted my sister’s bathroom vanity. Chalk paint for the win.
Run a marathon – Yes! Chicago. (warning, Chicago comes up often on this list)
Rake leaves– Yes! And in all honesty, I’d rather shovel. Say it ain’t so.
Carve a pumpkin– Yes! We asked random trick-or-treaters who’s pumpkin was the best and David won. So much for the classics.
Avoid all things pumpkin flavoured. Unless in a pie– Yes! I ate a slice of pie and avoided everything else despite the marketing overload.
Visit the beach – Yes! We went for a walk on the Gulf Shore in Pugwash on a beautiful fall day.
Sharpen the skates and skis – No. But we need to. The Oval is opening soon and Mike is checking the webcam at the ski hill daily.
Visit the valley – Yes! Amanda and I took David to the valley in search of some pumpkins and fall foliage.
Conquer a corn maze – Yes! At the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. They have nothing on the size of both the maze and the stalks in comparison to the valley.
Pick apples – Meh. We did go to the valley to pick apples but didn’t actually pick apples. We picked out apples from the local market in the valley and I did pick some crab apples off the ground of my backyard.
Make apple pie – Yes! Yum.
Watch season 1 of Game of Thrones – Yes! We are on season 4.
Make my 2016 calendars – Yes! I’ll show you later.
Make my 2015 holiday cards – Yes! And a newsletter too.
24 Yeses, 3 Mehs and 3 Nos… I’ll take it as a win. I am actually excited for a new season and especially excited for a new year. Have a safe and happy holiday and may you check everything off your list!
Fall on the Golf Shore, Pugwash Nova Scotia. Taken with my iPhone.
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Here are the ones I love and plan to incorporate into my 2016 resolution list – and too keep with the list theme, I am sharing my top 5!
Listen to CDs you forgot about, songs from 2007 or your junior high dance. A few months ago I pulled out my Sloan and Inbred CDs. No lie, I belted out the lyrics and reminisced about all of the fun times at Cafe Ole for hours. If these bands were not a part of your life, I am sad for you.
Send a long email or card or pay a phone call to someone you lost touch with but didn’t really want to. I love this idea and I truly cherish mail and special messages. Just the other day I received a lovely note in the Facebook from an old friend about hello sunshine – it totally made my day month.
Buy yourself a good pair of shoes. A really good pair of shoes. I can not see why new shoes could ever be a bad idea. And for me, I am not talking about running shoes!
Do something surprising and unbelievably kind for someone who will not expect it (send flowers to a random friend, Paypal someone $100 for a massage, buy someone you love a really nice, special dinner). I have to stop taking my friends and family for granted, which is why I am all about my 2016 motto: make plans, not excuses.
Make a pilgrimage. Go on a trip where the travel portion is just as crucial as the event or destination. It can be a long drive, car ride, train, flight, cross country road trip – whatever. I love the idea of exploring and I love a good road trip. I think I will pack my Sloan and Inbred CDs for the ride.
I encourage you to read the full list – there are great explanations for each item that will truly make you want to plan the year ahead.
As always, I’d love to hear from you! What are your wishes for 2016. Two Thousand and Sixteen is an even number and a leap year! I sent out my holiday newsletter and hope to receive one in return. Remember, the first newsletter back* gets a 2016 desktop calendar made by me. They’re already printed!
Oh, and don’t forget to add a clementine, toothbrush and lotto tickets in all the stockings!
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Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care!Mike and I made our stockings when we first moved in together … 12 years ago … and we’re still fighting over who’s better. My mom made David stocking – which is the better than both of our combined because it’s bigger and wool expands better than felt. My mom knit/felted these as well: Happy stocking stuffing to all and to all a good night.
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Back in February I was physically (and mentally) snow bound. We were at my parent’s house on the Wallace River and got caught in a snow storm – the roads were closed for two days! There was a limit to how much snowshoeing and complaining I could handle so I decided to write a list of what I should/could/want to do after my great escape.
And that’s how the thirtysix before thirty six list came to be. Thirty six things to do before my thirty-sixth birthday. Now it is time to recap:
Paint a room It’s sad when the first item on a list does not get crossed off. Argh. I still want to paint our bathroom Kelly Green but it didn’t happen. No excuse… I just hate painting.
Wallpaper a room And it’s really bad when the second item does not get crossed off either. Again, I still want to wallpaper the other bathroom, and I have a plan, it just didn’t happen … hang in, it gets better
Go to the art gallery (for real) I was down to the wire on this one. Last week I had to run downtown to pick something up at the printer and had an hour to kill before school ended. I could of gone home and worked but I went to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia instead. I love the Maud Lewis room.
Get a pedicure Amanda and I went to Princess Nails on a cold, wet, dreary night. It was not as blissful as a spa but I love the neon pink toes.
Relax on the beach with a magazine This would of been less enjoyable had I done it this spring on a beach in Nova Scotia however, I was lucky to vacation at Anna Maria Island in April.
Choose a signature drink I’m so fancy… Basically I fill a glass with gin, some tonic, a splash of grapefruit juice and a lemon (if I have one). Best consumed from a beach-friendly sippy cup with straw.
Make homemade rolls I think Karen is holding back on sharing her actual roll recipe because mine were nowhere near as good as her’s but I really enjoyed making them.
Go to Field Guide for a drink X 2! If you haven’t gone, go. I love Field Guide and I especially enjoyed reuniting with an old friends over drinks.
Make a chocolate cheesecake My aunt Joanne made the most amazing chocolate cheesecake and I always felt like she was making it especially for me because I loved it so much. I thought I had her recipe but I can’t find it. I still made a chocolate cheesecake but it tasted horrible and it made me miss her even more.
Build a sand castle Another victory thanks to our trip to Florida.
Host an outdoor FNPN Sarah helped me with this one. We had a Friday Night Pizza Night at the Park Avenue Community Oven. Everything was delicous, especially the s’more pizza. Jealous?
Take a kickboxing class I did this over the weekend. To say I was good and/or graceful would be a total lie but I did it.
Take a carload to Value Village Yes and there’s more to go!
Go for a bike ride We’ve done a bit of local biking but one of my favourite days in Florida was our bike adventure. We had so much fun exploring the island… Didn’t we Jodie?
Explore a new park / beach or trail in Nova Scotia On Mother’s Day we went to Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail and it was awesome. You’d be surprised how far kids can walk when you dangle a granola bar in front of them.
Visit a new store in Halifax… like this one I’ve now been to the Independent Mercantile twice and it’s a great store.
Barbecue Barbecue season is the best.
Buy stain to paint the patio This is a big debate in our house. I am going to write more about it another time. Lets just say I haven’t convinced a certain someone that it’s worth it.
Go for a run with a friend Running a half-marathon with a friend is so much more enjoyable than running alone. Thanks Jenna.
Ride the yellow slide at the Canada Games Centre And the blue one too! Another thing I accomplished this week.
Skate at the Oval at least once more
I don’t think this fail is my fault. Because of the extreme weather conditions we faced this winter, the Oval closed early and without much warning. I only made it there once and didn’t get back after I wrote this list. I did however ski a boardercross course and nearly killed myself. My friend suggested that it made up for the lack of skating.
Take it in folks – the long weekend in May has come and gone and that means summer is coming! In celebration of this joyous occasion and back by popular demand is my 100 days of summer to-do wish list! The rules are simple and I welcome all of you to join in with your own list – it started this weekend and ends on September 30. Get what you can get done because summer is here for a short time so it is best to make it a good time.
(You can see last year’s list here and the results here)
I am not going to lie – it’s hard to get them all done, and because I didn’t finish all of them last year, I am going to pick up a few and try again. I am also adding some from my thirty-six before thirty-six (because I am not 36 yet) and a few completed repeats because they were awesome and worth doing again! Have fun and remember to wear sunscreen.