It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but we are certainly excited for everything we have in store for 2012. We had a very laid back New Year’s Eve after a busy week of family time and home improvement. Our excitement was a late dinner at a neighborhood restaurant followed by watching the ball drop on t.v. and calling it a night. BORING. We know. But with our minds on so many other things, we gave ourselves a pass this year. And speaking of this new year, we are back with a few resolutions. Or more like things we need to do to make 2012 work.
1. To Blog Better
Because we have definitely and admittedly been lagging behind on our blog lately. Up until the middle of November, we’d been blogging five days a week, which was fun. And exhausting. As much as we love blogging (which we do), it is hard to do when you have other full-time commitments that pay the bills. Not to mention the time and money it takes to be do-it-yourselfers like we try to be. Add in a pregnancy and this girl was a little overwhelmed by everything. So I had to take a step back for my own sanity. Nights with five or six hours of sleep are no longer an option for me. Luckily, Dain has been keeping us going for the past few months, but we’re going to change things up a little bit to make it more feasible for us to continue on this blogging venture.
Mostly, we are going to cut back on our posting. Our goal is to aim for three solid posts a week. Because with me focused on this little person I’m carrying around and Dain spending most of his free time getting our house ready to welcome in said little person, three seems more manageable. Ironically, we’ve been doing some of the coolest stuff yet to our house in the past two weeks, but it is so time consuming that we haven’t had time to fill you in yet. But fear not. Now that we are rejuvenated after the holidays, we are going to be better bloggers. At least until the baby comes and then all bets are probably off for awhile.
2. To Finish Our House
Finish is of course a relative term. Our house will never be finished. But we do have a list of items that we want to have ready by March. It includes completing the baby room, the guest bedroom/office, and the new kitchen closet. That’s the easy way to put it. The hard way to put it is to list out exactly what needs to be done (in some kind of order). Here it goes.
For the baby room:
- Install two new windows.
- Install window casings.
- Paint all of the trim with a final coat to cover up nail holes.
- Paint the closet (to hide all of the old scuff marks).
- Finish painting and installing new solid wood door.
- Add window blinds.
- Decide on other window treatments.
- Add a new light fixture.
- Buy a rug.
- Assemble the furniture (in about 8 weeks when it comes).
- Decide whether we need a chair.
- Decorate: artwork, lamps, etc..
- Stock it with all of our baby items (all of which have yet to be purchased or even picked out.)
For the guest bedroom/office:
- Install new window.
- Finish priming and painting walls for new built-in bed.
- Find a desktop (Room and Board outlet was a bust this weekend but look out for next weekend.)
- Build archway and install decorative trim.
- Build shelving and custom desk.
- Install baseboards, door casing, and window casing.
- Prime and paint entire unit.
- Switch out french door for solid door.
- Install light fixture.
- Organize office supplies/files.
For the new closet:
- Prime and paint the walls.
- Decide on final look.
- Install organization elements (shelving, hooks, etc..)
3. To Live Greener and Healthier
Our impending arrival has made me quite fixated on environmental toxins. And trying to eliminate them from our home as much as possible. This involves many things (which I’ll detail in a later post), but our goal is to use as many natural, non-toxic household products as possible and purchase items for the baby that are as “green” as possible. So far, this has involved a lot of research on the subject. Unfortunately, a lot of the items I want are quite a bit more expensive than their non eco-friendly counterparts, which is killing my stingier cohort Dain. But we’ll see what we can do with our budget because it is definitely a priority.
Along the same lines, we want to be healthier all around. This is certainly not my year to say I’m going to lose weight or join a gym this week. Instead, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll actually be gaining more weight over the next four months. While I’m not training for any marathons or doing anything too strenuous, I have been loving my prenatal yoga (at Blooma). As for Dain, he does want to get into shape this year. Not that he’s out of shape. But with a recent new job, all of our house renovations, and doing a creative thing daily for all 365 days of 2011, it’s been hard for him to find time to exercise like we used to. But all that is going to change. First, Dain is going to start running four days a week. Because running used to be his thing, and he’s going to get back into it.
We are also both going to eat healthier. A farm share is definitely on our list of things to sign up for this spring because we’d really love to start eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. We’ll definitely start with a petite share, but it’ll be fun to get a heaping box of fresh local produce every week this summer. It’ll force us to cook more and eat better. In the meantime, we’re going to try to cut back on the processed food that it is so easy to rely on.
4. To Throw a Pre-Baby Party
At our house. In March. For real. Because we never entertain. And with all of the work we’ve put into our house, it would be nice to enjoy it for once by hosting some friends and family.
And that’s where we stand this year. Four resolutions. Ready. Set. Already Going. How about you? Did you make a resolution or do you scoff at the thought?