Hello! How's your New Year going? I've still got a good attitude (so far). I'm still feeling excited and full of fresh inspiration. Oh, to have enough hours for us to get all we want to done, right? The usual. I'm trying to re-evaluate and re-prioritize and have finally, truly, come to terms that it really is not possible for me to do all I want to and I'm going to have to let some things go. Too bad it can't be dishes and laundry and grocery shopping. I do my best to shirk those responsibilities regularly, but somehow, they are always patiently waiting my attention.
Hey, look at that sea glass, eh??? Treasure hunting makes me so happy! It has been our family's New Year's Day tradition to go to the beach together. I'm pretty sure we all look forward to it, I do absolutely. This year, we looked up the tide schedules and timed our visit with low tide in hopes of finding more. It worked. My suggestion for finding sea glass or shards (I wish we had pottery shards wash up somewhere near by us, but I don't know of any places that happens in So Cal) is to first do a google search for it near you. Often times people will share what they've found and there are usually pages of beach suggestions. (Google really does seem to have an answer for everything, doesn't it?) We plop ourselves down near the shore and dig in the wet sand, as well as walk around with our heads down looking around as new waves hit the shore. Oh, and if you are a rule follower like me, you might want to make sure you are allowed to take sea glass. In my limited experience, most beaches allow it becasue it is trash after all, but I have heard of some state beaches not allowing the removal of it. My heart broke a little recently when I learned you are not allowed to take it from here any longer, and I've still yet to visit it. (Although the comment at the bottom of the post seems to indicate maybe people still do!) Either way, I would love to just sit on that beach and run my hands through the jewels! For sure someday.
Our Christmas cards this year.
My Christmas card fail this year. Here they sit STILL, on the back of my space on the couch, almost a week into January. And I picked a card from here that says Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays, which would be a big help at this point. Ack!
So here's the story; I decided that with going to Paris over the holidays and other things going on, that we wouldn't send holiday greetings this year. (And by "we" of course I mean I, right? No one else around here helps with any of that one bit.) And then the cards started coming in, and I really love them. And then I happened to get a card worthy shot with my iphone one day. No convincing the children to have a little "holiday card photo shoot" session with Mom (which may or may not require a second sitting.) And then Minted sent a discount code and bam! I was in. Argh!
I had the best of intentions, really I did. When I didn't get them done before our trip, I thought I'd bring them with me and while we had a long delay for our flight to Paris, address and stamp them and try to find somewhere in the airport to post them from. But then, as with most trips, we were rushing out the door and I was not super organized, and when I mentioned the suggestion, I got a resounding "NO!" back from all three of my traveling companions. Harumph!
I figured I'd do it as soon as we got home, New Year's Eve. And then the exhaustion, and the laundry, the grocery store, New Year's Eve...you know the drill. And here they sit. At this point I'm considering not sending, but I can't get past the money spent. Of course, I could write a note explaining, but really, it's embarassing. Blech!
No action has been taken and the days wiz by.
Have I mentioned that I've finally realized I can't do it all at once? No shortage of examples of that here. I guess I'm one of those people that requires a boulder not a pebble.
Working on it. (Aren't you tired of hearing that from me? I sure am!)
Well, I'm still puttering around, taking photos of faded tulips that were received before leaving that need throwing out.
And the other arrangement from the same funeral service attended just before leaving too.
And the little bit of holiday decor that was out here.
And so it goes....
Enough about me, how's it going for you? I hope you're greeting the year feeling a little more on top of things ;).
I resolve next year to spend the entire holiday seaon at home. No traveling for work or pleasure. (Paris was wonderful, of course...it was worth it...but for us, traveling for the holidays is best done every few years I think!) That's a New Year's Resolution I'm 99.9% sure I can keep (gotta leave a little room for "you never know!" ;)).