“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
15 for 2015:
1) Where to begin when it comes to playing catchup?! Radio silence from yours truly usually indicates a time of emotional upheaval. Luckily that is not the case. Quite the opposite actually. I’m having fun, staying busy, and generally enjoying my life away from the computer.
2) The last thing I expected or wanted at this time was a relationship…but I stumbled into one nonetheless. It’s still new but I’m happy. Expect an ‘official introduction’ on Cocktails With Hemingway next week. Let’s just say it’s unlike any relationship I’ve ever had!
3) Contracting conjunctivitis left me crusty, goopy, and miserable in both eyes. And it spreads like wildfire. Just ask Tatum, Tish, and Dad. My immune system apparently wasn’t working hard enough so it also tossed in a nasty stomach bug and a cold. I choose to look at it as a legitimate excuse for avoiding the frigid temperatures.
4) Last year I kept a money jar for all of a month. That came to an abrupt halt after I took out a loan against myself. $1 a week adds up quickly and I succumbed to the call of two pints of Dark Eyes [stay classy!] before February. Oops. Even though I no longer worry about temptation from cheap, disgusting vodka…I opted to increase my funds by .50 cents this time around and it will not be touched until 2016. 52 x .50. Do the math.
5) I don’t
want to feel like a loser when I fail to follow through with unrealistic expectations buy into the hype of new year’s resolutions. Instead I have a life mission: to be the best person I can possibly be [with an emphasis on staying healthy] each day. Other people make resolutions; I renew my commitment to the mission I’ve chosen to accept.
5) Here’s to 2015 being a year of travel. I want to go places. I want to explore new locations and revisit old ones. Nothing extravagant, no extended absences from home, and none of the stress oftentimes associated with traveling. If I leave the Memphis area for an adventure– even if only for a day– I’m choosing to file it under ‘vacation.’ And I’m giving myself permission to vacation without grief if I occasionally leave the kiddos at home.
6) What better way to travel than on a cruise?! The Broom Closet’s Pagan Journey and Cruise sounds incredible. Such an expense far exceeds my price range. A girl can dream, right?
7) A road trip kicks off my traveling season. Amber and I leave Friday for a weekend in Nashville. It’s been almost a decade since I drove east on I-40 to our state’s capital…and I haven’t been on a road trip since I came home from California. I can’t wait!
8) Both of my children went to school this week. Adam returned from winter break and Tatum made her debut as a preschooler. Photos and updates to come soon.
9) The response to JiLTED thus far has been excellent. I appreciate everyone’s feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive. Endless thanks to Mariah Riggins, Tammy Perkins, James Weakley, Melissa Opiel, Megan Hood, Christopher Peyton, and Brandi Crook [*R.i.P.*] for contributing. Work on the April issue is underway. Contact me through blog comments or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be a part of it.
10) It is shameful how far behind I’ve fallen with my written correspondence. I attempt to regularly exchanges letters with Hubble and my little brother but I’ve been slacking. They understand things become chaotic and life gets busy– but I also know how much mail means to them. Hopefully their photo packages will somewhat compensate for my tardy replies.
11) Trivia Crack is my newest addiction. Nothing will ever come before Words With Friends, but I’ve spent way too much time spinning that multicolored wheel.
12) I recently launched an aggressive employment search– along with a game plan for my writing aspirations– and want to do both of these properly. Waiting for the right job [as opposed to accepting the first paycheck opportunity offered] pays off in the end.
13) My virus plagued laptop no longer functions. Here’s to hoping Mr. Maris can work his magic and fix it this weekend. One can only do so much with an iPhone. #firstworldproblems
14) Compared to people in the North shoveling snow and battling blizzards, I don’t have much room to complain about the cold. But I’m from the South and unaccustomed to these Arctic temperatures so complain I will. Seeing Seven should refer to the Brad Pitt movie– not the degrees on the thermometer.
15) After receiving my first B12 shot several days ago I plan to make monthly injections a part of my routine. I see an improvement with energy levels and feel better overall. Consider getting one if you’re sluggish or sickly.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,