Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!


New Year’s Resolution Me is shaking her head in disappointment at Jan 21st Me. Unlike most years when I poo-poo making resolutions, this year I had grand ideas about how on top of life I would be. And now I remember why I don’t make resolutions…3 weeks into 2017 and I’m already always barely getting things done during the day and pushing stuff off until the next day. And then the next. And then the next. Until it’s January 21 and I’m finally getting a blog post done to cover Christmas, New Year’s, the Fiesta Bowl, the National Title Game, my baby becoming a toddler, and my first post-Penny 10K. I know, I know, so much excitement you can barely contain it, right? Well, I aim to please, so here’s everything you never thought you needed to know, in the form of a novella. Hope you have a few hours to spare (kidding, kidding; although this post did take several hours to finish since I had a lot of distractions from PJ, chores, and some ice cream and an episode of Blacklist to take care of).

Our first Christmas with Penny was a lot of fun (for me, mostly, I think, because she wasn’t very interested in the whole ordeal). She got showered with toys and clothes and books from all of our family and since she didn’t care about opening presents, I got to open a lot of extra gifts this year! I’m sure next year will be a new experience all over again.

Right after Christmas, Penny turned 10 months old:


And then we flew to Arizona to visit some friends, who were kind enough to let us crash at their house, watch Penny for us, and let us borrow a car, so that Derrick and I could go to the Fiesta Bowl to watch Clemson absolutely destroy OSU.

Right around then, Penny started actually walking on her own. She’d been taking steps since early December, but by the time we got back from Arizona, she was basically transitioning to walking everywhere. Now she practically runs everywhere and leaves a path of toys as she carries everything across the house. I cannot believe that next month she will be turning 1! She’s already becoming such a little person instead of a baby. I love it though and we are having so much fun with her these days.


Derrick and I reveled for maybe the entire week about Clemson’s awesome victory over Alabama in the National Championship game a few weeks ago. Can’t we all agree (unless you’re a Bama fan, which would just be silly) that it’s nice to have someone besides Alabama win? I think so.

This morning, Derrick and I braved the weather (California has actually been really rainy/windy/stormy most of the month and I’m super over it and I don’t want to say I miss the drought, but I miss the drought) to run a 10K trail run. Luckily, the rain did go away for the duration of our run, so it was sloppy and wet on the course, but we weren’t crossing the finish line looking like drowned rats, at least. It’s the farthest I’ve run in probably 1.5 years or more, and when I was running mile 5-6, I kind of wanted to sit down in the muddy puddles (where my Peppa Pig moms at!?) and just quit. But somehow I made it through and it felt good crossing the finish line! So our first (and maybe last? let me get back to you after I see how much my body hurts tomorrow) 10K of 2017 is in the books, and I’ve got the hardware to prove it:

I know, I know, my outfit couldn’t be any cooler. But when it’s 45 and windy/rainy out, you gotta do (or wear) what you gotta do, am I right?

I think I’ll kick off 2017 on the blog getting back to writing my “3 good things about the day/week” that my mom (and now my husband) made me do. Also, my mom is apparently not alone because did you know there are things called gratitude journals? I like the concept of actually keeping tracking in writing every day because then you can go back and look at all the daily blessings to be thankful for/happy about. But I’m thinking a regular old journal would suffice. Anyway, I digress. Here’s some awesome things about 2017 so far:

  1. Let’s talk TV shows. A) BBCs Sherlock. Oh. My. Goodness. This season was like, whoa. I don’t want to spoil anything in case you’re in the market for an amazing TV show and plan to watch it or are still catching up, but I seriously think I’m still recovering a little bit from the final episode. AND it could possibly be the last season, which is a major bummer. So if you haven’t watched it, do, but don’t get too attached to seeing it go on and on, because it probably wont. B) NBCs Timeless. Y’all. Watch this show! It’s so good! And educational (and learning is F-U-N)! Seriously, the almost-was-a-history major me can’t get enough of the time-traveling trio as they jump to all kinds of historical events, encounter major figures in history, all while trying to stop the bad guy from screwing everything up by changing stuff. Derrick and I binge-watched it over the holidays and I simply love it. C) Victoria on PBS Masterpiece. It premiered last Sunday and it was a 2-hr episode and I couldn’t stop watching it. I guess it’s just a soap opera set in another time and place, but I felt so wrapped up in the story from the get-go. I know it’s possibly wildly historically incorrect at times (from what I understand, like the way they portray the Lord M/Queen Victoria relationship), but I don’t care and I can’t wait to see the next episode! SO if you’ve got so much time you don’t know what to do with, check out any of those 3 shows and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
  2. Some delicious recipes I’ve recently tried out, which I’m recommending because sharing is caring, so if you’re in the market for some new recipes, check these out: avocado pasta, garlic bacon avocado burgers, zesty lime shrimp and avocado salad,  lemon paprika chicken, and these roasted sweet potatoes. As a full-time working mama with a toddler, ain’t nobody got time for complicated stuff, so most of these things are quick/easy to whip up without a lot of prep work or fuss.
  3. And really, this week has been good despite the terrible weather because Derrick hasn’t had to travel much lately so he’s around and I’ve got this crazy girl around:


And life is good 🙂


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