Today is November 20th. I have no idea what happened to the other 19 days in this month. And really, part of me wants to cry when I think about only having 10 days left in November and then 31 days in December and then it will be 2013. Except I’ve already been drafting my 2013 Things in my head and I am looking forward to that!
But back to November…where the heck did you go? Last week I was in Orlando for a work conference and being out of town for a total of two weeks in the past month has left me feeling rather unorganized. I finally got the house mostly back in order this past weekend, but this blog, my bloghopping, and my email are all sorely suffering (who am I kidding…the email always suffers). I thought that we’d be staying in town for all of Thanksgiving weekend but turns out we’ll be headed out to my in-laws’ place on Wednesday night. It’ll be a short trip, but still…
I have been doing things, though! And while I so badly and deeply would like to take some time to write some original posts, I’m sorry to say it’s just not going to happen this week. I’ve come to realize most of my content lately has been because of various link-ups, but I hope you’ll forgive me.
Bleak House Baby! I’ve actually decided that Bleak House will be my last book of 2013. I’ll squeeze in one more book club book for this month (I’m Down by Mishna Wolff), but otherwise am done. I’m really enjoying Bleak House so far and have forgotten how Dickens makes me chuckle. I’m listening to the audio narrated by Simon Vance, which is fantastic, but I’m also reading and actually went back and re-read everything that I initially listened to. About 145 pages. Yup. There are just too many characters to keep up with–but now that I’m about a third of the way through listening is a little easier so I’ve picked it back up again.
I have worked out more in the past three weeks than I have in months. Ideally I think that I need to fit in another workout during the week to make five times, but if I’m honest with myself I’d say that ideally I wouldn’t have to work out and could just be a skinny minny. I’ve been doing a combination of 30 Day Shred videos and Couch to 5K (trying to alternate every other day but have had to squeeze in some duel workouts on the weekend). Both of these programs are fine and they’re great at jump-starting working out, but they won’t do the job for me if I continue long-term. Working out 20 minutes a day is not going to give you the results that you’d like and I think that it’s misleading for Jillian Michaels to tell you otherwise. So a lot of words to basically say that I’m really just working the habit-forming stage right now. It’s really too bad that I stop working out because I do enjoy it and I love how it makes me feel. Ultimately it comes down to the time I need to find in order to get in a 30 minute workout. Boo. So next time I complain about not having the time–feel free to remind me how much I enjoy exercising.
I do want to give a big giant shout out to Joy, Kristi, Belle, and MJ for their support on twitter. Knowing that these ladies are working through the same exercises that I am and making time where they can find it has been a huge inspiration. And did you know that Joy hosts a weekly round-up called Reader’s Workouts? If you enjoy working out you might find some great support from other bloggers!
The area of my 2012 Things that has been a complete fail this year is the quilting area. I did finish the quilt tops for Scott’s quilt but I haven’t quilted them together yet and at this point it doesn’t look like it’ll happen before Christmas. Again. But in a huge effort not to make this part of my life a total fail, I’ve pulled out all my Christmas scraps and have been slowly working on making the blocks for my Christmas quilt. You’ll remember that I started this quilt as part of a Virtual Quilting Bee last year, so I did not make all of these blocks (picture only shows a tiny fraction of the blocks). I figure I’m about halfway through and won’t finish by Christmas but I’m making a vow not to start any other sewing machine projects until it’s done.
Like how I said sewing machine projects? Well, that’s cuz I don’t want to exclude my hexy project which I’m very excited about! In case you missed my I’m Hexed post, I’ve talked Lisa into hosting a hexalong! The things I love about this project? It’s long-winded, doesn’t have any deadlines or time frames, and I can sit my butt on the couch and do it. I’ve even considered taking hexes to bed with me but decided against it (at that time). I’m also planning on taking them with me this weekend when we head to Coleman because I’m sure I can knock out several dozen in the car!
So, that’s pretty much it. I haven’t been doing a ton of cooking lately. Or really hardly any. I haven’t made any more progress on Hawaii or Ireland pictures. Do you ever feel like if you could just get organized than things would run so much more smoothly? I keep thinking this but it keeps on not happening. I’m a big proponent of the belief that if you really want to do something you can find the time, but at the end of the day it all comes down to prioritizing and choosing. Some days this really sucks. Although I guess I’d rather have too many interests than not enough?
Wow. I didn’t mean to write so much. Here, I’ll sum it up for you: I’m reading and enjoying Bleak House, exercising four times a week, and trying to squeeze in sewing during spare moments. And Thursday is Thanksgiving and then the following weekend we’ll be in December. Let’s all scream together: Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!
Tell me what you’re doing for Thanksgiving? Don’t live in the states? Hmmm…how about the thing you’re trying to cram into the rest of 2012!