This picture has nothing to do with anything I'm going to write about, but when you can't hold people's interest on your own, pull out cute kid pics. The kids are wading in their granddad's creek in Arkansas over the holidays. 29 hours in the car over 6 days. Draw your own conclusions. But I am obviously still alive, so things went better than expected.
Okay, so a new year and I'm full of vim and vigor. Okay, I'm probably a little light on the vim. But all the things I swore I was going to get done in the last half of 2011 are going to get done. And now. Right now. (I recommend setting unrealistic goals and then wallowing in self-loathing when they aren't fulfilled.)
Mission One: Get rid of J.O.B. Have made big progress here. I've told them I'm leaving three times in the last three months and I think the last time took. Hope to be out of the land of direct deposit paychecks by the end of February. (Note to self: That doesn't sound great when I phrase it that way. Rethink? :))
Mission Two: Get my house under control. Clutter removed. Repairs made. Redo children's rooms. Make plans for major remodel. I've made some progress here. Washed some fabric to make comforters for Henry's bed. Met with a remodel/designer guy. Sent 20 boxes to Salvation Army. My closet is still in a de-clutter transition, which is always much worse than where it started. But I'm amazed at the clothing I found!
Mission Three: Create the website I've been threatening to create since last Spring. Oh, and do it before ALT Summit in 10 days. (See previous note about unrealistic goals.)
So this website thing. It will be a site devoted to "creative projects for you and your home". I'll tell you the name in a few days when I actually have a landing site and have something to show you. Sewing will obviously be a huge part of it, because, hey, that's what I do.
And why in 10 days? Because I'm teaching an upholstery class at Alt Summit (a conference for design bloggers) and am thinking what a great way to introduce the site. And since my more realistic goal of 7 months didn't happen. Ready, set, go!
So, stay tuned. The challenge is on. I'll be back on Monday ready to show you some progress. Or will be prepared with an amazing excuse. Bets, anyone?