Quick update to holiday timeline...

on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My shopping list is nearly complete! I usually have a really hard time coming up with gift ideas, but this year the ideas are flowing! I will finalize the list with John tonight, and then tomorrow is shopping day!

Also, Dad informed me that he ordered several pies for Thanksgiving dinner, so I'm rethinking what I am going to bring. I was going to make Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies (to which John has referred to as the best cookies he's ever had!), but now I'm thinking I might bring an appetizer instead. Any suggestions?

That's what I like about...me!

Last night, I was thinking about how I've never written a post about the things I like about myself. I've written plenty about the things I'd like to improve on, but not much on the things I don't want to change. So, I've decided to write about the qualities about myself that I perceive as good. I hope this post doesn't come off as conceited. I just feel that it is important for all of us to remind ourselves about the good in us.

So, here's the top 5 things that I like about myself:

5. I'm smart.

4. I am ethical and have strong morals, which I will never compromise.

3. I have become quite self-aware and introspective.

2. I am extremely honest. I couldn't tell a lie to save my life.

1. I really love with all my heart and care with every ounce of my being.

My Holiday Timeline

on Monday, November 17, 2008

If you recall, a few posts ago I talked about taking back control of my life. For me, organization is the key to doing so, and it's been working quite well so far. One of the most wonderful, and most stressful, times of year is fast approaching...the holidays! I've organized all of my holiday plans to help me alleviate stress and really enjoy the spirit of the season. Here it is...

November 17th - 19th - Create gift list and order any gifts that are being purchased online

November 20th and 21st - Finish Christmas shopping!

November 23rd - Buy cookie ingredients during weekly grocery shopping and pick up bottle of wine for Thanksgiving dinner

November 26th - Bake cookies and go out with friends for the traditional night before Thanksgiving night out.

November 27th - Thanksgiving with the Garton Family!

November 28th - 30th - Wrap Christmas gifts

December 1st - 5th - Finalize New Year's Eve plans

December 6th - 7th - Buy and decorate Chirstmas Tree

December 8th - 14th - Write out and send holiday cards

December 21st - Buy cookie ingredients during weekly grocery shopping and pick up 2 bottles of wine for Christmas Eve party and Christmas Night party

December 24th - Bake cookies in the morning and attend Christmas Eve party in the evening

December 25th - Mom's in the morning, Dad's in the afternoon, In-Law's in the evening, and Christmas party at night...busy and exhausting day, but very enjoyable

December 26th - Sleep in! Put away/organize Christmas gifts. And, avoid mall at all costs :-)

December 31st - Celebrate the end of a great year!

January 1st - Decide on my New Year's resolutions and get ready to make 2009 the best year ever!

I have plenty of time built in for all of my planned holiday activities, so there will be no holiday stress for me this year. Gotta love that :-)

Top Five Favorite Things From the Past Month

on Monday, November 10, 2008

To quickly catch you up, here's a summary of my top five favorite highlights of the past month:

5. Meeting Nick and Elaine's new puppy Rocco...seriously one of the cutest puppies in history.

4. My hubby finally pursuing his professional dreams, not the dreams of his business partners. I'm so proud of him!

3. Getting to see pictures of beautiful Baby Jordan and hear about his amazing arrival. Congrats to proud parents Andrea and Sam. I absolutely cannot wait to meet him in person!

2. Rare quality time with my dear college roomies, Elaine and Amelia!

1. New President!!! Woot, woot!

Yet another attempt at being a better blogger...

Time to be honest. Blogging is kind of a pain. That's why I don't do it much these days. I have such little free time during the work day to post, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is get on the computer, so the blogging has suffered. Don't get me wrong...I do like keeping a blog and I've enjoyed the experience thus far...I just have trouble keeping up with it.

So, I've come up with some ideas for being a better blogger. (1) Shorter posts, because they take less time to write; (2) More posts that aren't about my day-to-day life, because that can get a little boring and repetitive; (3) Scheduling time each week to write at least one blog post, just like I'd schedule a meeting or appointment; and (4) Remind myself that journaling is good for my heart, mind and soul.