I used to do The Good Stuff posts because I believe in sharing the good things big and small, but I also think being more transparent about the low-lights reel is possibly more important. One of my virtual friends posted about her Chapter 1 of 2020 on her Instagram and it resonated with me in a big way, so here we are.
Oh February, you were cold! You were also filled with warmth, love, fun, proud moments and good food.
I know I dropped balls left and right and am sure there were crappy times too, but as I sit here to type this, it feels like it was more good than bad, which is lovely.
I can only think of a few icky things that happened off the top of my head. I don’t think I need to think or dig deeper than that just to come up with negativity. I’ll keep the lessons learned and carry the good times forward.
Thank you February. The tl;dr version would say something like, “Grace and hugs were given, punches were rolled with, and we laughed.”
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I started taking a bit of time for myself – even if it was folding laundry alone while Nik did something with the kids or I put Mazzy in her kennel for a couple of hours so I could get something done at home. I started playing with my Cricut and worked at getting the desk organized. (I’m still working on that part, but I’ve made progress!)
I did attack the massive pile of mending which has just been growing for the past [insert more months than I care to admit here] months. But hey, other than one pair of pants which I need to find the thread for, it’s done! (For now, until the kids show up with a tear in their pant or ask me to fix a hole in a favorite sock, or I find a hem that needs repair.)
And we had the following really great moments:
- Valentine’s Day decorating
- Mazzy learning the “rules” and “tricks”
- Surprising the girls with different things (movies, special lunches, etc)
- A good cry clearing out the sinuses
- Cutting myself some slack, giving myself permission to not finish something I didn’t like, and putting some of my needs at the top of the list.
- Laughs, oh the laughs. There were so many laughs this month.
- Softball clinics for the kids on Sunday. I love my softball friends!
Mazzy is getting so big! We had to get her weighed to know what dose of heart worm meds to get her. In a little under two months with us, she’s doubled her weight. The vet moved her estimated full size up another 10 lbs. Mazzy has learned a lot, but we’re also learning a lot from her. She’s a love, filled with sass, loves to cuddle (on her terms), and mostly wants to make us happy. Mostly. Sometimes she’s a flat out jerk.
Other than that, I’ve read a lot more, spent time with the kiddos during the school break, watched basketball games and softball clinics, caught up on Criminal Minds, and have just been trying to be my best self and reminding myself that 100% some days might not be quite as much as 100% other days. Turns out I’m human and there’s an ebb and flow to my abilities.
Along with the books I’ve read, I’ve read a lot of articles too. Here are a few of my favorites I wanted to share.
- Macaulay Culkin is Not Like You. I’m sure it isn’t the full story, but this was a really interesting piece on a child star and what he’s up to now. Dare I say, he seems like fun?
- I’d really love them to be able to come up with the actual “old book smell” candles. The People Trying to Save Scents from Extinction was fascinating.
- I love that it wasn’t always a big deal to be gay or live a different lifestyle. The 200-year-old diary that’s rewriting gay history. Was this the viewpoint of everyone? No, but other than people seem to have become afraid of different than them, I’ve never understood why it’s a big deal.
Work is work and it’s there. I do my best so most of my people are happy. There’s a different thing to focus on every day and I recently completed a huge update to some of our work due to a massive law change surrounding student data privacy. We have a new executive director at the office and many of us are seeing how it goes before we decide if we’re sticking around or not.
I’ve been doing more work in the crafting stuff: custom quick designs, cake toppers, t-shirts. It’s tempting to take them to a craft show, but I don’t love craft shows. Maybe I’ll see about a new Etsy shop or online otherwise. Or maybe (more likely) I’ll keep it to custom work and stay able to say “yes” or “no” as I can do it.
Some of the crafting has or will soon be in house updates. Nik made me a mail sorter for my desk and a plant table! Photos to follow soon, once I get another couple of projects done.
Thank you February 2020, for the lessons, the love, the memories, and the smiles. I’m ready to take what I need to know or to have learned from it and move on.
How about you? How was your second chapter of 2020?