Thinking…that it’s so crazy that Christmas is only nine days away. That whole later Thanksgiving thing really put me off my Christmas game. We didn’t get out holiday cards this year. I haven’t had a chance to make any wreaths for our doors. Craig hasn’t gotten up the Christmas lights. I feel shortchanged on my Christmas season!
Feeling…down. This year, I’ve been hit with a nasty case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I’ve had it in past years, but for some reason, this year is especially bad (I think it may have to do with our higher-than-normal amounts of snow and rainfall and lower-than-normal amounts of sunshine). I finally dug my light therapy box out of storage and am using it again. I already feel more energy from it. It’s entirely possible that it could be a placebo effect, but who cares if it makes me feel more like myself, you know?
Watching…lots of Christmas movies, lots of sports and catching up on Tia & Tamera, because they are the cutest. I would like their wardrobes, please.
Reading…nothing right now, but I did just finish How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer. It was cute, and took me all of three hours to read.
Excited…about a new year! I know I’m skipping right past Christmas (and yes, I’m mega excited for it, too), but I’m really jazzed for 2014 to roll around. I have lots of big, fun things planed for 2014!
Missing…my girly side. I don’t miss working a 9-to-5 job at all, but I do miss the daily routine of putting on a pretty dress and doing my hair and putting on nice makeup. Which is sorta ironic considering everyone thinks the big perk of working at home is that you can work in your jammies (it is nice…sometimes, but not everyday). I used to also do a weekly manicure on Sunday evenings, and that has totally gone out the window since quitting my job. In general, I think I need more routine in my life. Working in an office gives you structure, and structure is something that my days no longer have. Structure is good for me. See this comic for more information.
Wondering…why my cat insists on drinking out of my water glass when there are multiple water bowls around the house for animals. Just to annoy me? Probably.
Working…on a lot. Admittedly, me feeling down has made my work productivity plummet to the floor, so I’ve let a lot of things pile up that I have to (HAVE TO) get finished before Christmas. That’s when I can really tell I’m in a funk, when I start missing deadlines (which is something I never do when I’m feeling myself). Right now, I’m working on a number of freelance design projects (blog redesigns, logos, etc.) for blogger friends. I’m working on a few covers for other people’s cookbooks. I’m working on the interior design of a cookbook (it’s 256 pages, eek!). I’m still designing holiday cards for folks. I’m doing freelance articles for a few clients. Working on promotion of my cookbook. And trying to get back into the rhythm of blogging again. One thing I did finish—my second cookbook proposal! And it was accepted. Woohoo! We just have to cross the Ts and dot the Is, and I’ll get you more info about it. And thankfully, I don’t have to start on that until February.
Stressed…about the above. And frustrated with myself for letting it pile up. I had all this work scheduled on a calendar for months and months to make sure I wasn’t overloaded, but my procrastination just totally wrecked that schedule.
Proud…of the Christmas gift tins that are going out to friends this week. It always makes me so happy to give folks homebaked goods as a thank you for all they do in a year.
Wanting…to join a gym again! I had an Anytime Fitness membership (and I loved it and would highly recommend it for gym rats), but it made me realize that I’m more of a “rec center” kinda girl than a gym kinda girl. I like places with lots of free classes, an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts, sports leagues, etc. instead of just a focus on individual fitness. Which I think is also why I don’t thrive working out in my home gym, either. The absolute longest I stuck with consistent fitness was when I was a member at a rec center. I liked being able to head there and lift some weights, but I also like being able to go and play a round of HORSE with my husband or quickly jump into an ab class. I’m thinking about joining our local YMCA (which has a small gym area, but definitely leans more toward rec center). My only hesitation is that it’s about a 20 minute drive from our house, which isn’t a ton in this area (we drive 30+ to get to the grocery store), but it’s not chump change either, especially when you’re looking for an excuse not to go workout.
Wishing…the yucky winter rain would go away. Snow? Awesome. Cold rain that just makes everything look brown and disgusting? Not awesome.
Eating…lots of yogurt bowls and probably way more Christmas cookies than I should be.
Drinking…cranberry juice (it’s my favorite), eggnog and lots and lots of water.
Loving…my house at Christmas, my incredibly considerate husband, and my comfy, comfy bed.