Jan. 2nd, 2012

cinagel: (Runaway Anne)
Which means i've had this LJ for about...oh...11 years now.
Holy shit.
I suppose now is the time to start archiving this sucker. Of course I have to figure out how to. I know there are ways, I've just been dragging my ass about it.

Anyways, Here  be yet again, way behind on my blogging as usual. The holidays were pretty awesome.  I went home and spent time with the fam. It was the first time in a a loooong time the whole family was together so it was particularly special for me.
 Uncle Mike's cancer is currently in remission. He has been off chemo for about 3 months now and is like his old self again. We have no idea how long it will be in remission or if it will ever stay away but right now, we're not knocking this. I got to meet my cousin's son for the first time and he was a cute little guy. only 2 and an adorable personality. My nephews are getting huge now and both Max and I had fun playing with them all weekend. I also had enough time home this year to spend with my family and not have to cram every holiday duity in in a short 3 or 4 days. Also had my awesome Holiday dinner with Dasha, Shaun, Jeff, and Kyt. I always look forward to Dasha and my annual Holiday dinners. Its not Christmas without seeing them. :)
I have pictures...because Max bought me a new digital camera! WOOOO! Its pretty fantastic too. I'll be pulling it out in the next week or two to update my etsy site as well as the costume blog. lots of spiffy setting for a little point and shoot. Honeslty, I don't need anything more than a little point and shoot so it fulfills my needs.
I have been missing the fam a lot over the last few days but I'm shaking the post Christmas blue pretty well. I got back and hit the ground running at work since we've been crazy busy in the last few weeks of this exhibit. Then ended up with nasty food poisioning Monday night/Tuesday morning which knocked me on my ass for a good solid two days. Seriously. ON MY ASS. Work was awesome and managed to find last minute coverage for me. I usually like trying to give as much advanced warning as possible when I'm going to be out but this hit me like a freight train. So I ended up sleeping for about 20 hours and come Thursday I was feeling so much better. I'm still a bit off though. Solid foods have been an issue on and off. If I eat a real full meal I can eat once and I pay for it the rest of the day with nasty acid reflux and stomache aches. So I'm taking it easy and just munching on small things currently this week.
OTHER than that, it was a pretty awesome New Years Weekend. Friday, when I was finally feeling up to snuff, I cleaned out the garage with the help of Lou (Who's currently renting the guest room from us while he house hunts). We have been loaning out space in our garage to some friends who are currently in trasnition from house to house so its been a huge mess lately. Schellen picked up her things on Friday to take to her house and Lou and i moved all of Capt'n's boxes back into out storage shed which is pretty dang huge. We organized Lou's things and our War stuff in the garage and cleared out a huge chunk. Then Lou helped me clean and organize Max's work bench finally. We hung his tools on the peg board and put all his power tools in place. It was something Max wanted to do for ages but never had the time. Then Lou planted my roses for me in the back yard. I was so busy lately thant my poor roses have been sitting in their container I bought them in since September. Yes, having Lou around has been a big help.
that night Jen came in to spend the weekend with us. I picked her up from the airport and we spent most of the weekend chilling and laughing way too hard. NYE was spent over at Burke and Beth's placefor their annual party. It was a fun and mellow night ringing in the new year with good friends. All of us were dog tired so no one really partied hard. Max, Jen and I ended up headding home right after midnight and crashing. Oh such party animals we are! But to be honest, I'm not much into hard drinking inad partying these days, not to mention my stomache was 6 degrees of FUBAR. We're all getting older and all we wanted to do was spend time together laughing and talking. Mission Accomplished I'd say.
Yesterday more sitting around watching MST3K was had. In the evening, Max, Jen, Capt'n, Ace, Lou, Katie, and I all ran a quick 1 run game of Dresden Files. I really don't remember laughing that hard in a long time. We didn't use the Dresden File system since none of us knew it (I JUST got the book! Thank you Fletcher!:)). So we used Mage rules instead. It worked. And it was hilarious. I played my crazy pyromancer, Max was his forced into retirement Warden, Ace was a Knight of the Cross (total hilarity there), Jen was a white court vampire, Katie was a confused cop, Lou was a cat burgler, and Capt'n was a wizard. We really spend about 6 hours laughing. My belly still hurts from it all. I really was a great way to end the weekend.

I'm back at work now. Unfortunately I'm the only one who IS at work. Well, me and security. It's Full Time Staff holiday so everyone is out. I'm one of the exceptions since I work front desk. No worries here, I might be getting time and a half for being here. I am hoping though that its a mellow day and we're not mobbed like last Monday. We shall see.
Overall, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 2012. Not that 2011 was horrific for me. It had its ups and downs for sure. But it was hard on a lot of my friends and family. I'm hoping fate eases up on them for the new year.
Pretty deathly quiet here today....I'll probably post my 2012 goals later, jsut to get them out of my head.

2012 Goals

Jan. 2nd, 2012 03:12 pm
cinagel: (Drinky-Poo)
I'm posting these now. They've been floating around in my head for weeks and if I don't write them down they will plague my brain all day. Oh I adore how my brain works.

So on with the show:

Goals for 2012

1-Run in a 5k
Well more specifically, run in the Run for your Lives 5k that is coming in October to San Diego. I always hear about these type of things and think they are so cool. I'm going to do this, damnit! It sounds like fun and its a good way to get to goal #2 which is of course...

2- Lose the Damn Weight!
Totally dropped the ball on this last year. HARD. I had a lot on my plate last year and I ended up falling into my nasty habit of stress eating. So I gained all the weight back I lost 3 years ago *headdesk*. I really have gotten sick of looking at photos of myself and thinking 'Holy Crap, you let yourself go!" So I'm doing something about it. I'm back on Weight Watchers and hopefully the 5k training will help me burn the fat off.

3-Paperback Challenge
Ever since I got a Kindle I started to realize I have a Bazillion paperback novels I have yet to even crack open. And its been driving me crazy. So I'm challenging myself to read as many (if not all) the paperbacks I have sitting on my shelves before the end of the New Year. Of course, I'll be starting a bit late on this since I still have to finish Ghost Story. But as soon as Ghost Story is done, I'll be diving in...and boy is there quite the stack of smut waiting. O.o.

4-Push My Sewing
Which I say every year like weight loss. And I have pushed it in 2011. I did more projects than usual and tried to attack things in a far more timely manner so I wouldn't be panicing and trying to finish a complicated project in a short amount of time. But I think I can do better. So I'm going to try tackling more complicated projects. My perfectionisim and impatience has been kicking in hard core and all I've been doing is discouraging myself from taking on harder projects because they won't be perfect when they're done. So I'm going to say Bullshit to that and tackle some projects that demand to get done. Hey, people with less experience than me are turning out great work, why can't I?

5-Work on my Art
I've gotten TONS better with this in 2011. TONS. I started drawing on a regular basis thanks to my blog which has been motivating me. Its like the good ol days on the web when I had my old website and was constantly updating to show my stuff.  But I'd like to do more than i used to. I'm trying to cut down on commission work so I can get back into drawing for myself. When I forget to draw for myself, I start to put it all off to the side again.

6- Stop being so Angry and letting the negative people get me.
This...is a big one. Because I spent most of 2011 pissed off. And I hated every minute of it. I donno, perhaps it was because so many people I know and love where having tough times and their stress was rubbing off on me. Or it was because too many new negative black holes were let into my life in 2011 which sucked me dry. Or maybe it was dealing with the everyday stupidity I encountered at work. Either way, it was upsetting and I spent most of my year grumpy, or grumpy at people for making me grumpy. It has put me in a rut. So I'm going to try to just keep my chin up. Not sure how I can go about this so its just going to be a matter of will for me. But I really need to find my cheerfulness again. I miss it.

7-Get the house in further order
A lot of my decorating went to the wayside in 2011 since I was so busy. So I am planning to get at least two rooms to a finishing point. Okay, granted, the whole house looks totally fine, but I just want to finish up a couple things I never got to... That is totally my OCD talking.

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