2010

This has been floating around the internet forever… I found it at Slynnro.

2010 was a big and great year for us!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
– Moved into the first house that I actually own
– Planned a wedding

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

This is why having a blog is great, because I couldn’t even remember what last year’s resolutions were. According to last year’s NYE entry, I vowed to:

a) Log at least 400 miles of running/walking for exercise. I joined B’s gym today (yay) and logged my first 3 on the treadmill… more walking than running. Hopefully by the end of the year the only walking I’ll be doing is the warm up and cool down! Fail. I worked out pretty consistently until about August but I hurt my knee and mostly just did elliptical. I have no clue how far I went but I guarantee I didn’t hit 400.

b) Cook (or eat left-overs) in at least 5 nights/week. Eating out is what kills my diet, so this year for both health and monetary reasons, it is getting cut waaaaaay back. I’d say mostly, I did this. Not every week… but for the most part we only eat out 1-2 nights/week max which means I must’ve been cooking at home!

c) Make sure that at least once a week, my house is clean. Win! We have really kept our house clean. Almost every weekend we do a real, full, cleaning of it. But even if we don’t we always make sure things are picked up and look at least “ok.”

d) Organize my office at work, and keep it relatively organized. Win/Fail/Win. I did organize it. Then I let it get terrible again, then I organized it again.

e) Do something nice for someone other than myself or my family at least once a month (other than giving money to my regular charity). hmm… I totally forgot about this one. I’m going to have to say I probably did not meet this most months.

f) Between B and I, put away $10,000 in savings for our wedding. I haven’t checked with him on our total, but I think B and I came at least close. Buying my new car really set me back but I believe that we probably came close to 10,000 if we didn’t exactly hit it.

I’m undecided if I’ll make new resolutions this year. Usually B and I do it after dinner on NYE. Stay tuned.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One internet friend, but thats it! I do know about 8 people set to give birth in the first three months of 2011 though!

4. Did anyone close to you die?


No, luckily.

5. What countries did you visit?


Nada! We stayed close to home this year to save for the wedding. Our only trip was a brief road trip to ATL and NC. (And then NY for a wedding and Chicago for an exam… but those don’t count as vacations)

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

A little calm in my life. More travel. More time/energy to focus on photography.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 29- We moved into our first home together
August 28- My brother’s wedding
October 17- B’s mom’s wedding

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


Moving into a new home, buying a new car, and planning a wedding without going into debt.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not sticking to my diet/exercise plan.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. Although Stew pulled a muscle yesterday and had to go to the vet. Poor guy.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well I don’t know if we technically “bought” the house in 2009 or 2010… but other than that I’d say our couch in the great room. I love it. (and really all of the furniture we bought)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
B. He had an incredibly stressful year with the new house, new bills, two important professional exams, and me planning the wedding. Through it all I’d say he handled himself pretty damn well. Also my MOH… she got the brunt of a lot of bitching this year and never made me feel badly about it!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?


The drivers of the cars on the road last night when we were trying to get home from the mall. Seriously… if you are stopped in a line 300 yards long of traffic waiting to get on the highway and you decide to abandon ship, zip on up to the last 50 yards and nose your way in? You deserve to have terrible things happen to you.

14. Where did most of your money go?
House, wedding, car.

15. What did you get really excited about?
The wedding, the wedding being almost here, the wedding being almost over, the honeymoon, life post-wedding.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Probably anything gaga.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

(a) happier or sadder? happier
(b) thinner or fatter? same. which makes me sadder.
(c) richer or poorer? um, we both got raises so I guess richer? but we also spent a LOT and drained most of my savings. so maybe poorer too.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?


work out and eat vegetables.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


Slept in and ate ice cream.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
We did Christmas with B’s dad’s family the weekend before Christmas, then Christmas with my family on Christmas day and my extended family the 26th.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I’m pretty fond of B’s cats. They’re my only new loves. But the old ones remain.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Teen Mom. Also, TrueBlood, MadMen, Dexter.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No. I don’t really hate anyone.

24. What was the best book you read?


Um… its entirely possible I didn’t finish a book this year. Embarrassing.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m not a music person

26. What did you want and get?


An iPhone4. A wedding dress. A wedding band.

27. What did you want and not get?

to travel more

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I know I saw a few movies this year but none of them real stand out and wow me.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 26. My actual birthday was a work day. So I worked and B did. He surprised me by coming home early and making me an awesome dinner and then we just hung out and watched a movie.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?


Honestly I’m pretty satisfied with this year. I guess I would’ve liked if we could’ve taken a real vacation, but then we’d have had to pay for it which would not make me more satisfied.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?


Yoga pants-tastic. Seriously… I work at home. I wore real pants maybe 30 times this year.

32. What kept you sane?


Gchat.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t follow celebrities much. But I always like Jake Gyllenhaal

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Healthcare.

35. Who did you miss?


My friends that don’t live locally

36. Who was the best new person you met?


I don’t think I met any new people this year. Sad.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.


Courtesy of my MOH’s mother: You can have anything you want. You just can’t have everything you want.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Again with the not musical-ness.

This holiday’s calories are brought to you by the number TWO.

Second times the charm right? Certainly true for me this year in holiday baking. Observe.

First time I made chocolate chip cookies I used baking powder rather than baking soda. Fail. Puffy undercooked fail. Second time I made them? Perfect.

First time I started to make sugar cookies I mixed the sugar with the flour rather than the butter. I didn’t want to waste my time baking something that might not turn out so I dumped it. Second time? Everything went together in the right order.

First time I mixed frosting for the cookies the butter didn’t fully incorporate and when I dyed the frosting I ended up with weird disease-stricken-looking cookies. I dumped it and made a new batch, this time it looked… ok well so not “pretty” but certainly not diseased. And it tasted good so whatever.

My first attempt at oreo truffles? total fail. I did not have the energy to try again.

Only thing I got right on the first try was the chocolate covered pretzels. Of course, the recipe for those goes as follows:
1) melt chocolate
2) dip pretzel

If I was incapable of pulling that off the first try they should probably just take my kitchenaid from me now. Already I’m not quite sure I deserve it.

Good enough.

Okay so you know how we decided on a video game over Christmas lights?

And then our fake tree was missing a leg so I got an awesome white tree from walmart that was already pre-lit?

Sometimes things work out… because I just happened to have three strings of white indoor/outdoor lights from our old tree that we’d no longer need. Ten minutes later, with the help of my staple gun, and I present you with:

Okay so it’s not like… the MOST festive thing ever. Definitely kind of a slacker-ish. But whatever. We have a few lights up, and it didn’t cost us anything, AND we got Mario. I kind of feel like this was an all ’round win.

Reading: Kind of important, actually.

In continuing my week of doing Christmas-y things, I decided to start baking last night. We have an extended-family Christmas with B’s family weekend after next and I wanted to take my time to bake and freeze a variety of things before then. Seems like the right thing to do considering his family got me my kitchenaid at my wedding shower.

Now, I don’t bake often, but I bake well. I actually take some pride in how good my chocolate chip cookies are (is that sad?). Sugar cookies too. I decided to do the chocolate chip cookies first because they’re fast and I could do them after working vs. sugar cookies which are kind of an all-day event.

First lesson?

Kitchenaids are pretty.

Kitchenaids make mixing easy.

Kitchenaids make a big freaking mess.

Granted, it was probably user error because it was the first time I’ve used it and I added the flour too fast or something… but whatever it was fun and I was having a good time.

Until the first batch came out. Not okay.

They were too light on top, while being done on the bottom, too puffy, and when you bite into it… almost cakey. I thought maybe the oven was too hot because I’d just been baking my stuffed peppers for dinner and had turned the heat down from 425 to 375. So I waited a bit for the temp to get right and tried again. Still no good. I blamed my new darker cookie sheets, laid down some tin foil and put in a third batch.

I gave one to B to try. “They’re weird…” I said I knew the texture was kind of off but they were still cookies right, they’d be okay to take to Christmas anyways? He looked unsure..

“I don’t want my family to think you’re like some Debra Barone…”

Excuse me?

“I mean… don’t worry about it. If I tried to make cookies they’d suck even more than those.”

?!

Honesty. We have it. So I tossed the rest of the dough and pouted.

I was giving my mom the run-down on my baking fail and subsequent confusion this afternoon when she said, quite confidently: You used baking powder.

I told her there was no way. I have made chocolate chip cookies a thousand times. But I went to look at the cabinet anyways and….. yep.

Baking powder? NOT baking soda. And that’s kind of a big deal, cookie-wise.

We are not adults, ed. 2 (or: 3 pets, 1 hat, the best $5 we’ve spent this week)

Who knew one trip to target would yield three blog posts? Clearly a sign I should shop more.

Anyways, on the very same trip in which we purchased mario and our ugly ornament for the year, we also picked up a little hat. A hat made for cats.

When I put it in the cart, B looked at me skeptically and told me it was a waste of money to spend $5 on a cat hat. I told him it would be hilarious. I was right.

First up was Cali… she was…. less than thrilled about wearing the hat. This is my new facebook profile picture.

Milo knew what was going down and was hiding from B, so in the meantime I put the hat on Stew. He’s a champ… really didn’t mind at all (even though it is way too small).

When we did finally grab Milo… he agreed with Cali about the hat..

But then Stew got involved and Milo had bigger issues.

The dynamic between Stew and Milo cracks me up. I think Stew genuinely wants to be friends, but is kind of ham-fisted in his approach. Milo is not a fan of Stew. I feel like this picture just about perfectly sums up their relationship. It bums me out that its a little out of focus, but I was moving fast to get this on (digital) film.. I still think their expressions make the photo a “keeper.”

So there ya have it. Three pets, one hat, and the best $5 we’ve spent this week.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

B and I tried to decorate for Christmas last night (let’s be honest… I tried to)… but we hit a snag when I unpacked my (cheapo walmart) Christmas tree, only to discover it was missing a leg.

I kind of thought maybe it’d still stand with two legs? It did not.

I had a decision to make. I say “I” because B doesn’t care about these kinds of decisions so he pretty much defers to me.

See… I didn’t want to buy a new tree this year. We’re spending so much on the wedding, and I just didn’t want to spend the money. I figured that we’d use the cheapo tree this year and buy a nice tree next year. So I had to decide.. suck it up and spend the money on a nice tree this year? Or buy another cheapo tree (which is kind of a waste of money because its a 1 year type thing)?

I decided to go the cheapo route. Yes, it is basically throwing money away because we might not use it again… but I’d really like a NICE and big/tall tree next year and I just wasn’t willing to shell out the cash. So off to walmart I went. (What? They have the cheapest trees. Shut up.)

They didn’t have any $20 trees like I bought last time, and the next level up was the $38 Colorado Pine pre-lit trees. I spotted this hilariously tacky white Christmas tree and sent a text to B “our new tree.”

Except as I went to load the green tree into my cart I realized that really… this was a pretty cheap looking fake tree. It wasn’t fooling anyone, at all. And if I was going to go the obviously fake route…..?

Yep. I bought the white tree. It makes me laugh.

B’s response? “That is the tackiest thing I’ve ever seen.”

I sent a picture to my mom and she said “hmm… it’s bright” and asked if B liked it. I said I thought he loved it. She laughed at me and said “No, he loves you. And you love the tree.” Oh well.

Wanna see?

Don’t our “ugly ornaments” look great on it?




And yes, we totally watched Christmas Vacation while decorating it. Pretty much the best night ever.

Tradition

On the same trip to Target in which we bought Mario, we also carried on our only real Christmas tradition (so far). Christmas seems different every year, between my family and his… and we’ve never even woken up on Christmas morning together. But, we do have one tradition.

See, the first year we were dating, we ended up in Target near Christmas. I can’t remember what we were there for, but somehow we ended up in the ornament aisle and we saw this:

It. Was. Awesome. The cow, the skirt, the glasses… we had to buy it. And thus the tradition was born.

Every year in December we go to Target and pick out a new “ugly ornament”…. although sometimes its more weird than ugly. In year two, we got a fish with earrings:

And then a scuba bee…

And this year?