Things I Love Thursday: Movies & Junk

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Time for another TiLT!

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Maleficent.
  • Pushing Daisies.
  • Lee Pace.
  • Wearing an outfit/shoes that made me feel really cute and awesome.
  • And My Hands Denied Me My Right by arrange.
  • Putting cute stickers in my new planner.
  • Trying out a neat meditation app on my phone.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • LUSH bath and body stuff.
  • Smooching on my kitties.
  • Reading a super-encouraging, super-sweet message from my amazing friend, Liz.
  • Yummy sandwiches.
  • Remembering a nice dream.

What are you loving or grateful for this week?

13 Goals – Winter 2014/2015

Well, I didn’t do so great with my autumn goals (so much so that I’ve carried over a few of them to work on this season).  It’s probably not even worth reviewing what I did and did not accomplish, so I’m just going to go ahead with my list of goals for this winter.

  1. Find a new job.
  2. Save at least $100.
  3. Donate to a cause I care about.
  4. Make Thai Yellow Curry – Will be trying this for the first time!
  5. Undetermined social thing.
  6. Undetermined social thing.
  7. Complete a winter writing challenge.
  8. Make some paper snowflakes.
  9. Take advantage of some winter/after holiday sales.
  10. Write 10 non-TiLT blog posts.
  11. Get a nice new haircut.
  12. Go to the movies.
  13. Work on my happy play list.

There you have it!  Wish me luck!  What are some of your goals for this season?

Also, hop over to Petticoat Pedaler and Strangely Chantel to check out Lilian’s (who first came up with the idea of doing a seasonal goal list) and Chantel’s lists.  Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own list of goals and join us for the challenge!

Things I Love Thursday: Happy New Year!

Woohoo!  This is my first TiLT of the new year!  I’ve had a really busy and stressful week at work, and I was home today with a cold (BOO!).  So, let’s get to it!

  • Cookies and Cream ice cream.
  • 5 Ways to Feel Better Today.
  • 29 Things to Remember for the New Year.
  • Anticipating the arrival of my new mattress.
  • Anticipating the arrival of my new planner and some cute stickers that will hopefully encourage me to use said planner more effectively.
  • That Chantel is the best sister ever!  Whoever my Secret Santa was at work flaked out, so Chantel bought me a few little goodies as a surprise so that I’d still get something.
  • Amazing art by Zaria Forman.
  • Zeus, the Blind Rescue Owl and his starry eyes!  So magical!
  • Listening to my “It’s Cold, It’s Dark, It’s Winter” playlist on Spotify.
  • Stacks of new books acquired with Christmas money/gift cards.
  • Writing with a brand new pen.
  • Hot cocoa with mini marshmallows.
  • Day dreaming about my characters and hoping I can spend more time with them this year.
  • That it’s snowing on my blog until January 4th!  I love that this feature is available.  It’s so whimsical!

What are you loving or grateful for this week?

Goodbye, 2014. Hello, 2015.

A new year approacheth!  I feel like a summary of 2014 would read much like my summary of 2013.  It makes me sad to think that not much has changed.  I didn’t stick to the resolutions I made for the year, and I honestly feel that maybe setting resolutions, especially many (and sometimes difficult) resolutions is like setting myself up for failure.  I struggle with a lot of the things that I tend to focus on when I set goals and resolutions, so maybe that’s not the greatest idea.  But, enough of that.  I just want to talk a little about some of the things that happened this year, and mention a few of my hopes for the coming year.

Not to start off on a sad note, but because it is one of the first things that occurred this year, we had to say goodbye to our kitty Hide the day after I posted my New Year’s post and mentioned that he’d been sick.  So, we’re coming up on a year since that happened, and I still miss him so much that it sometimes brings tears to my eyes all over again.  However, we have now given a home to a new family member.  Not that Hide can ever be replaced.  But around the middle of the year, Simon came to live with us from some family members who couldn’t give him the life he deserves.  He’s only about two years old, and Sebastian is loving having another cat around again.  They wrestle all the time, and I’m so happy to have Simon as part of our family.

This year marked my first time to cosplay.  I dressed as a punk-rock version of Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time.  My A-Kon crew joined me for an Adventure Time Princess Party! There are some things I would have changed about my costume, looking back.  However, I had a lot of fun!  Of course, I always have a lot of fun with my babes at A-Kon.

I set and reached my goal of writing 25,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.  That was a HUGE accomplishment since I’ve struggled so much with my writing recently.  Of course, I haven’t written much since then, but it certainly made me think a lot about where my story is going.  I just need to get back to it and make writing more of a priority, even when it’s difficult.

I participated in GISHWHES for the first time!  It was an exhausting week, but I had so much fun with Lilian, Chantel, and all our wonderful team mates!  I was kind of nervous going into it, but we accomplished a lot more than I originally thought we’d be able to.  And aside from getting dehydrated and almost passing out from being buried up to my neck in sand at the beach in the horrible South Texas heat, it was a great time!

Additionally, my little car that I’d been driving since it was brand new in 2002 started to act up on me.  Driving it was getting a bit scary, so I finally got into a newer (2012) car.  I’ve been super happy with it so far!  And the fact that it has heated seats for when it’s cold, like it has been this week, makes me even happier.

And as usual, I’ve read lots of good books (hello, obsession with The Mortal Instruments series), and listened to lots of great music.

On top of that, I’m expected a new mattress any time now.  I’ve put off getting a new mattress for far too long, and I’m extremely excited to be starting off a new year on a comfy new bed.  *Presses face to the window watching for the UPS truck).

As far as my hopes for the new year, here are a few:

Get a new job, dammit! I’m so tired and frustrated with where I’m at and have been for way longer than I should have ever let myself stay there.  It’s time for a change.  I just need to stop doubting myself and being so scared.

Lose weight and get healthier.  I know I’ll feel so much better in so many ways if I do.  On that note, I’m going to incorporate Shakeology into my eating-healthier-diet.  I figure it doesn’t hurt to give it a try and see how I like it.

Write!  Write so much more, and do something with it.  Figure out what I need to do with a potential children’s story I wrote for one of my creative writing classes, and keep working on the many stories I’ve started and have yet to finish.  Focus and get something finished!

Blog more, see friends more (even though this is sometimes hard because of schedule and location conflicts), read even more, be kinder to myself, learn more, spend more time outside, save more, and smile more.

I’m sure there’s a lot more I could say I want to do  in the coming year, but maybe I should just go with the flow.  Take it a day at a time.  A week, a month, a season at a time, and set my goals accordingly.  I’ll probably be asleep before the arrival of the new year since I have to work in the morning.  And I know it’s going to be a long, busy, and tiring day tomorrow, but I’m going to try to welcome the new year with a smile.

I hope any of you who happen to take the time to read this have had a beautiful year, and I hope your new year starts with a spark and is filled with love and magic.

Things I Love Thursday: Twinkling Lights & Chilly Weather

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these.  I could say I’m not sure why I haven’t kept up with it, but that wouldn’t be very honest of me.  I just been feeling so “meh” about everything lately, so it’s been difficult to do even the things I really do want to do, such as write and blog and create.  But, I’m trying.  And this is a perfect day to post such a list.  Here we go…

  • Spending time with family.
  • Homemade chicken and dumplings.
  • My grandma’s pea salad.
  • Cupcakes!
  • Iced sweet green tea with raspberry (a new Starbucks favorite).
  • Fireball cinnamon whiskey in cream soda.
  • Watching my kitties play with their Christmas presents.
  • A nice Christmas day phone conversation with my super-amazing friend Cynthia.
  • Twinkling lights and chilly weather.
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.
  • Playing with my dad’s dogs.
  • Giving gifts.
  • Painting my nails dark green with a red glitter coat over the top.  So festive!
  • Having a log on the fire.
  • Hozier’s “From Eden”.
  • Watching Guude play Alien: Isolation.

What’s on your list today/this week?  I hope anyone reading this is having a beautiful holiday!