Finally a regular, normal, boring week ahead! I’m really craving some daily routines and getting back in the swing of things. The holidays are a lot of fun, but I’m ready to slow down for awhile.
I’m pretty exhausted today. I slept horribly because there was this weird chattery whiny noise coming from the ceiling all night. Sometimes the boys talk about hearing a squirrel in the attic when they’re trying to go to sleep, so I just kept imagining a hundred squirrels running around and being responsible for the incessant noises that kept me awake most of the night. I told Greg about it in the morning and he said, “Do you mean the sound the fan makes sometimes?” So yeah – idiot here! The noise was varying enough and seemed to be coming from different areas above me, so I didn’t even consider the fan. SIGH.
Anyway, it did warm up a bit and Annie and I got to the dog park this morning in 16 degree weather. And after lunch we were finally able to go sledding! It was about 27 by then. We took Annie with us and I had her attached to a leash that goes around my waist. If we lost her at Astico Park I’m pretty sure we’d never see her again. I wish I could trust her off leash! I don’t even know when is the appropriate time to start trying her without one. In a few years?? She’s really great with staying near me and coming when I call at the dog park, but with total freedom I’m sure she’d just take off. As proven by all the times she got away last spring and summer. Anyway, I actually went down the sledding hills twice and Annie ran along beside me, both absolutely loving it and totally confused. At one point she was running right next to me and looking at me like she couldn’t figure out what in the world was happening. I was laughing SO hard.
After sledding I decided to go run some errands. I ran out of polyfil of all things while I was working yesterday, so I was at a standstill until I got some more. I figured it was better to just go today even though I really didn’t want to. So after not getting sleep, trekking around the dog park, doing yoga, making breakfast and lunch, getting pulled all over sledding hills by Annie with her crazy strength (amplified by the harness), and then running errands for a few hours, I am WIPED OUT. And a bit cranky. Is it bedtime yet?
Highest Priority – Back to Work!
I planned on getting back to work last week, but like I said in yesterday’s post, I just ran out of time for it. This week – no excuses! I’m getting in that panic mode where there are just so many things I want to make and I get super stressed out and resentful about how long the more mundane tasks of doll making take. I definitely love the finishing touches a lot more than the process. Stuffing dolls for hours on end is not fun. So I’m just hoping I can really power through these custom orders I’ve been working on and then finally get back into a productive routine that results in many beautiful dolls! Valentine dolls are some of my best sellers and I’m already down to only a few more weeks before it’s too late to sell them. I know I won’t have time to make nearly as many as I’d like. But I’m trying to be okay with it.
Other Priority – Keep Up Goals!
At least at the beginning of the year I always want to have my New Year’s resolutions at the back of my mind. I need to continue with my daily yoga. It’s been getting harder and harder to make myself do it every day, but I always feel so much better afterward. It’s worth it. I want to be aware of whatever else I need to be doing to take care of myself too. Just stay home, work, read, rest, enjoy my family. I can do it.
Monday – Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce (I hate lemons and have never cooked anything using them before. But a huge bag of Meyer lemons for $2 at Walmart today caught my eye, so I’m going to try some lemon recipes for my lemon loving family members.)
Tuesday – Cuban Chicken Bowl (This is one of my favorite chicken recipes because it just has such AMAZING flavors. I haven’t made it in quite awhile.)
Wednesday – (At home?) Date Night – haven’t figured it out yet
Thursday – Probably leftovers. Thursdays are quickly becoming regular leftover night. But maybe breakfast for dinner if we don’t have enough leftovers.
Friday – I’m going out! With friends! But I’ll still make a pizza for Greg and Shepard. We had frozen pizza last week and they were not thrilled.
Have a great week!