December 30, 2010

2010 out. 2011 in

I have to wonder what this new year will bring. 2010 was a year of lots of change for me, and as someone who doens't really handle change well, I think the fact that I am still here, alive and kicking shows how much I have grown since my youth.

I like to look back at what I've learned, or significant changes that have happened, and see how I have grown, or ways to handle things differently when this situation comes again.

I have learned that money isn't everything. Shocking, I know! But I moved to a job that paid more and all I got from it was tired, frustrated, and angry. I then moved to a job that paid less, but am way happier. I know it won't always be the case like this, but I do know that taking a job just for the money isn't a reason to take a job. If it's your dream job and you get more dinero from it, consider yourself very very lucky.  Otherwise, stick to doing what you love.

I learned that I can be super organized when I need to.

I learned that my "pessimistic view" can limit me in situations, but sadly I am also sometimes right about that view of things. I am going to try to be more optimistic, though I will be honest, after years of negative thinking, this might be the hardest resolution of all.

I have learned that planning a wedding is stressful, and I, the person who always wanted one, always wanted to get married is also a person who sees a lot of the extra's as being un-necessary. ANd I learned that at the end of it all, all I want is to be married to the man I love.

I learned that R is right about 95% of the time. I should just suck it up and listen to him, as I am sure that would end a lot of the arguments.

What has this year taught you? Are you making resolutions and changes?

December 28, 2010

White Christmas!

See, here's the secret about NC. We don't get snow unless you're in a place like Boone, or some times Asheville. In the Piedmont, hardly ever. And farther east-definitely not. So the idea that we would have 1-2" of snow in December in the Piedmont = skepticism from your truly.

However once the week of the prediction came about, they were really pretty sure it was coming and that it was going to be bigger than expected. I had plans to go to Asheville and visit my mom, so we could spend some Christmas together, and then meet up with the boy in Yadkinville and have Christmas there as well.

Asheville was great, we saw the Biltmore House in all its Christmas-y glory, had some delicious meals (go to 12 Bones if you are ever in Asheville) and good quality family time. Then packed up, and headed east.  Which should mean the threat of snow lessened.

Got to R's parents house around 4:30 and we had a lovely dinner and just hung out until R got there around 9.  The weather was still calling for a dusting - 2" and we went to bed with the thought that it would be a nice little snow on Christmas day.

We woke up and had breakfast and played a little Rook, waiting for the other parts of the family to arrive. Then around 10 the snow started! Little tiny flakes at first, then larger ones, then a lot more, but still wasn't sticking. Fast forward an hour and BAM! Snow was sticking to everything, coming down in huge fluffy flakes. This was definitely more than a dusting. And seeing as it snowed through to Sunday morning, we got more than 2" of snow. Final count by our very scientific ways (ruler in the ground) put the snow at 6" when it was all said and done.

So we had a white Christmas and I wonder if it will be another 21 years before I get to experience another one!

December 21, 2010

Wintertime and the wonders of the weather.

As per usual, I have been remiss in my blogging. But I have a good reason, I swear.

I'm lazy.

Ok, so maybe that's not really a good reason, but it is a reason, and it is true, so that has to count for something, right? 

The thing is, the cold weather makes me want to hibernate. I literally spend hours curled up on the couch wrapped in a blanket just staring at the TV. I want to get up, I do. I want to be productive and functional, but when the temperature drops below say, 72, I go into hibernation mode and it's 3 times as hard to get moving and shakin'.

Image borrowed from KarenWestthinksoutloud.blogspot.com. Don't know where she found it, but it perfectly sums up my feelings about cold weather.
 And this has been a colder winter than we are really used to in the Old North State. Normally its 50 degrees, maybe low 40s at night, and not brutally cold. But suddenly it's like we're on an Arctic tundra and fighting for our lives in a blizzard (read: 2 inches of snow) and everyone around me is much like myself: Unprepared for this type of weather.

So that's the main reason there have been no posts.  Other reasons include: work changes, shopping for Christmas, lack of focus, being supremely tired,partying and my dog ate my homework...oh wait, that's for a different topic!