DECEMBER RESOLUTION

DECEMBER: Be more organized during the holidays. I need to remember Tova’s birthday and start Christmas shopping early instead of leaving everything to the last minute. I think I handle that. Maybe. Well, I’ll find out soon enough! Here’s to 2011.

RESOLUTION: Complete! Bam! Completed when I figured out what to get Ethan for his birthday. Not to mention, I’ve already started my Christmas shopping. I started BEFORE Black Friday and December!

NOVEMBER RESOLUTION: CUTLINES — AGAIN

NOVEMBER <<PART 2>>: Go through my photo albums and complete cutlines or captions — the resolution I failed to do in October. Plus, I will attempt to finish the houseboat vacation scrapbook for my mom.

HOUSEBOAT SCRAPBOOK FAIL: Does it matter that I started the scrapbook? I hauled some of my scrapbook stuff to my sister’s house over the Thanksgiving break and spent some time with my niece scrapbooking. I ended up giving most of my photos to my niece and one of my nephews. Well, I started it — that should count for something.

SECOND FAIL: I will not even attempt to complete this resolution in December. I think I’ve learned my lesson in October and November. At the moment, I’m too busy crocheting stuff to do anything else.

NOVEMBER RESOLUTION: CLARIFICATION

NOVEMBER: Let me clarify that I didn’t forget Gavin’s birthday LAST YEAR because both Charlie and I talked to him on his birthday. We just didn’t have a gift ready for him — and his birthday present was a little late. But this year, I’m so on top of my game. His gift is wrapped and mailed to him. His birthday this year did not elude me — or last year. Woot.

NOVEMBER RESOLUTION

NOVEMBER: Let me clarify that I didn’t forget Gavin’s birthday because both Charlie and I talked to him on his birthday. We just didn’t have a gift ready for him — and his birthday present was a little late. Sorry, Gavin. We love you!

AND THIS RESOLUTION IS ALREADY COMPLETE: For amazing proof, I’m posting the picture of the packaged gifts. I’m so good. And the gifts have already been delivered — now, Gavin and Tova just need to wait for their birthdays to arrive. Woot.

NOVEMBER <<PART 2>>: Go through my photo albums and complete cutlines or captions — the resolution I failed to do in October. Plus, I will attempt to finish the houseboat vacation scrapbook for my mom.

OCTOBER RESOLUTION: CUTLINES

OCTOBER <<PART 2>>: Go through my photo albums and complete cutlines or captions. I love flipping through photo albums, but for me, I like reading cutlines or something about the photo.

FAIL: I won’t lie — my creative outlet is turned off after work. All I want to do is eat dinner and then watch my favorite TV shows. And I really need to complete the houseboat vacation scrapbook for my mom. Wow, I’m lazy. I’ll attempt to do better in November. Attempt.

OCTOBER RESOLUTION: BDAY GIFT

OCTOBER: Because Cole and Tate made the list, I can’t forget about my other two nephews and niece. Last year, Charlie and I were prepared with Ethan’s birthday gift — Legos Creationary. This year, I’ll find out how prepared I am — I have at least 15 days to procrastinate.

COMPLETE: Not only do I have Ethan’s birthday gift ordered, but Gavin and Tova’s presents are also ordered. Fortunately, the gifts are simple to wrap and easy to mail. Woooooot! I love being organized and on top of things. Life is good.

OCTOBER RESOLUTION

OCTOBER: Because Cole and Tate made the list, I can’t forget about my other two nephews and niece. Last year, Charlie and I were prepared with Ethan’s birthday gift — Legos Creationary. This year, I’ll find out how prepared I am — I have at least 15 days to procrastinate.

OCTOBER <<PART 2>>: Go through my photo albums and complete cutlines or captions. I love flipping through photo albums, but for me, I like reading cutlines or something about the photo.

SEPTEMBER RESOLUTION: MY VUE

SEPTEMBER: Clean out my car. Once upon a time, I kept my cars fairly clean. But for some reason, I’m unable to keep the Vue clean — I would like to blame Charlie but that’s not really valid. The last time I properly cleaned out the Vue was the day before our road trip to Missouri in June. The Vue hasn’t been cleaned since then.

COMPLETE: I would’ve taken a photo, but I didn’t have my phone on me. So, you will have to trust me that I cleaned the Vue. I had to clean it out anyway before my two-week trip to the Milwaukee area. And why am I in that dreaded area? Training for my new job. After two years working in a call center, change was needed and I accepted a job as a patient service representative for a dental office (which means the dental terminology I learned at the previous job won’t be lost). Basically, I will be manning the front desk at the office, checking patients in with my award-winning smile and charm and maintaining client files. I’m really excited about the new adventure. And the best part of the new job? My supervisor said I could wear scrubs to work! Woot!

RECIPE BOOK: PART II

I'm a nerd. And a perfectionist -- sort of. One day, I was flipping through my new recipe binder and realized I didn't like it that much. I still like the idea of a binder, sheet protecters, and pretty paper to contain my recipes, but I didn't like the results. I thought I did, but now, I don't.

CUTE NEW PAGES: So, I spent a weekend pulling out all the pages I didn't like and completely redecorating my pages. The first time around, my pages weren't cohesive and pretty (well, some were pretty). After flipping through the binder, I thought, "I could do better."

$2 UPGRADE: Through creative thinking and cutting, I reused the pages from the first round. I spent $2 on construction paper to add some solid colors to the project. Usually I work with acid-free pages, but I don't think construction paper will hurt either. Anyway, I'm on a budget and construction paper was a perfect fit.

MORE CUTE PAGES: I love the second result of my recipe binder. The pages are more cohesive, more simple, and still pretty. The perfectionist in me wanted something nice and pretty -- so, I didn't mind redecorating the pages.

SEPTEMBER RESOLUTION: RECIPE BOOK

SEPTEMBER <<PART 2>>: Organize recipes books. I have new recipes laying all over my desk and kitchen area. I bought a new binder (thanks to the back-to-school sales) and page protectors for the recipe project. Now, I just need to find all the recipes I’ve saved and organize them in the new binder. I love being organized.

September resolution: complete. Look at this mess! The small recipe binder was jammed packed with new recipes. Both of my sisters have organized their recipes with a binder and sheet protectors. I decided to follow in their footsteps except my binder is AWWWWWWESOME!

I definitely turned the recipe project into a bigger project than it needed to be. My original plan was to buy a pack of decorated paper at a dollar store and then tape the recipes cards onto the paper. Simple but yet creative. But theeen, I realized I had a ton of scrapbook paper that hasn't been used in years.

One afternoon, I started cutting, piecing, and taping my scrapbook paper to fit the sheet protectors. Once the pages were completed, I started browsing through my recipes and taping them to the new pages. I love my new recipe binder! I can't wait to put more recipes in there and try forgotten recipes.