Remember that list from the beginning of the year? It seems it's nearly time to check in and see how I've done. Now, let me explain how we're going to do this. We're going to stay on the positive side of things and ignore all the items that didn't happen. Cool? I have a tendency to harp on myself for the things I don't get accomplished every day, and I'm finding it's not the healthiest way to go about life. (Stay posted, that's likely to become a goal for 2010.) So here's what I can check off:
1. Marry Fred! - Done, and awesome.
2. Plan and pull off an awesome, personal and meaningful wedding. - Check. Loved every minute of it.
4. Play my horn every day. - Not quite every day, but I'm going to call this a humongous success anyway. I played my horn nearly every day, and it was so worth it.
9. Wear skirts more often. - I did wear skirts more often, and I liked it!
10. Learn to design my own patterns. - Hard core. See #11.
11. Design and sew my own wedding dress. - Yes!!!
12. Let my hair grow out. - This was simple, but I'm pleased.
15. Give a recital. - I played more than a dozen with my brass quintet. That's not exactly what I had in mind when I came up with this goal, but I'm going to say it counts.
19. Make an inspiration board. - I made a wedding related inspiration folder on my computer.This was only a small part of it. Close enough, and really helpful.
23. Take a trip to somewhere I've never been. -
24. Finish the quilt I got fabric for a year ago. - I'm so close, and I've got a few days left yet! I'll get back to you when I'm done.
27. Put things away a little quicker. (Dishes, laundry, etc.) - Yes again, especially toward the end of the year. More of this in 2010.
28. Go camping. - I did this! Fred and I got a tent and camped out when we hiked Katahdin this summer.
31. Make better use of my extensive driving time. - I'm currently on a Jane Austen book-on-tape kick, and it's lovely.
32. Bag a couple of the local peaks. - Katahdin, in the bag.
33. Blog more often. - Check.
Alright, 16 out of 33 isn't too bad. And I've learned a couple of things in this process:
1. Lists are great, but I have to refer back to them every so often. I totally forgot a couple of items I had listed as goals, so they never had a chance.
2. Some things feel like a great idea in the first half of the year and then totally fizzle during or after the summer. My year still works on a September to May cycle.
3. Goals work better when there's a measurable result. "22. Smile a lot more." is too vague to measure, so in the end you can't really count it one way or the other.
4. Life happens. As my dear friend and superhero says, excuses aren't just excuses. Sometimes they're really good reasons too.
All in all, it's been a good year! 2010, coming up . . .
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Christmas is kind of tricky at our house, mostly because it's the busy season. We don't get to prepare for it in quite the same way most everyone else does. I drive by all kinds of cozy looking homes and sparkling decorations and busy shopping malls as I hustle to this or that gig. The gigs are of the fun sort, usually, but by the last weekend before Christmas we're all starting to look a little haggard.
And I made my very first non-graham-cracker gingerbread house! With window panes and a wood pile and everything!!
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Prodded by a couple of custom orders (thanks!!) I've decided it's time to open up shop again. This lady was an experiment, made from another felted wool sweater, and she turned out beautifully. I'll add new elephants every couple of days and there will definitely be more sweater elephants coming. I think they're my new favorite design!
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