Monthly Archives: January 2014

Looking Back: January

One of my main purposes for having a blog is so I can look back at my life and reminisce. So I have some kind of documentation of the things I have done and the places I’ve been and the people I’ve known. It occurred to me recently that I don’t actually ever look back through old posts.

So for every month this year, I’m going to look back at posts from previous years for that month and pull some of my favorite moments.

January 2011:


I’m Taking a Vacation – We got SO MUCH SNOW this winter. Look at those snowbanks! It snowed heavily once a week for a good three months.


Sweater Weather – This set of photos are my favorite ones I ever took from my foray into fashion blogging. Speaking of fashion blogging: oh my GOD am I glad I quit that. I never felt completely comfortable doing it, and I wasn’t very good at it, either. It is fun now to look back and see how my style has evolved, though.

Picnik collage

Happy New Year, Too – I’m including this because it’s also what I did for NYE 2013 and 2014, essentially. I even took the same food picture.

January 2012:

Dieting – Honestly, I have posted something to this effect so many times. I am so sick of it. I am sick of hearing myself talk about dieting, and working out, and losing weight. So I’m really trying not to do it anymore. At least, I’m trying not to obsess over it. I am happy, I am healthy, and I enjoy food. Being healthy, looking good, and feeling good about myself are all still important to me, and I feel like I am coming closer to reaching a balance between enjoying life and maintaining a figure I am comfortable with.


Turtle, Turtle, Turtle – I can remember wearing this outfit and feeling weird about it, but looking back I am actually digging it. I may even recreate it. Turtlenecks for the win!

Sleeping Bag Coats – I still love my sleeping bag coat. With how cold this winter has been, I have more than once considered upgrading mine to the version that reaches my ankles. Seriously, I don’t like the cold touching me.

January 2013:

2013 ResolutionsHahahaha. Nope. This is why I’m not making resolutions anymore.

Winter of Me – Ugh. This was really, really hard to look back on. Last year was just the worst. I can happily report that “Boyfriend” and “N” are one in the same and we are happily together again. 2013 was definitely a rough year for me. It was a growth year, for sure, and I needed it, but it was HARD. I am hoping 2014 will bring more growth, but maybe be a bit more gentle on me.

Know When to Walk Away, Know When To Run – Like I said, 2013 was rough. I was obviously in a difficult spot in January of last year. This whole past holiday season, despite the fact that I wasn’t really feeling it, I was so grateful to be in a better place than I was last year.

I am still extremely grateful to be where I am now. Life isn’t perfect, by any means, but I feel as though I am more content. I am excited for everything in life I have to look forward to, and I’m ready to just go with the flow a bit more. No more timelines, no more goals and planning. I just want to live. So maybe that’s my New Year’s resolution – to just be.

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It’s Not Tuesday

I have this theory that Tuesdays are the very worst day of the week. Good things rarely happen on Tuesdays. They tend to be annoying and they tend to make me cranky.

So I am really perplexed as to why today, Wednesday, I have the urge to punch people in their faces. Everything is annoying me.

The Polar Vortex is annoying me (it’s so cold out).

I don’t really like my outfit today.

My hair looks stupid.

I have nothing planned to make for dinner.

Someone microwaved fish in the kitchen right before I was about to microwave my chicken soup. I was standing there shooting him daggers without even realizing it. Then I put my soup in and someone else comes into the kitchen and says “Ugh! What is that smell? Are you cooking fish?” “No.” “Well it smells like fish in here.” “Yup.” RUDE. Like, I know you should never microwave fish at work (I don’t even EAT fish) but you also shouldn’t call out someone you don’t even know about microwaving fish. Asshole.

My computer has been working extremely slow.

And my phone charger just stopped working. Honestly, Apple I love you, and your shit is pretty and easy to use, but this whole changing up the chargers situation is not cool. I had carefully hoarded all the chargers I needed for my old phone, and I wasn’t about to spend $30 each on four new chargers. So I went to Amazon and bought some converters. For like $3. Obviously they suck. They keep breaking. BUT I BLAME YOU, APPLE. WHY YOUR CHARGERS SO EXPENSIVE?!

I also really am not feeling this job. Not at all. It’s not horrible. It doesn’t make me cry or anything. But it’s also not for me. There’s nothing I can do about it except wait and look for other jobs. Which is frustrating. It also brings up the ever-present question of what I actually want to do with my life.

My graphic design class starts next week and I am so nervous about it. I am mostly nervous about the parking situation at the school. And having to walk through scary neighborhoods at night by myself. And getting lost. And being too stupid. And hating it and dropping the class and wasting money.

My eye has been twitching for going on two weeks now. It’s been twitching and twitching and I didn’t know why. I usually get a twitch when I’m stressed, but I didn’t feel stressed. Well, here it is. I guess it was just bubbling under the surface, waiting to get out. Twitch, twitch, twitching behind my eye. Funny how that happens sometimes.

This helped. Now that I’ve vented I feel a bit more clear headed. Phew.

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Christmas 2013

Just wanted to pop in to share some pictures from Christmas this year.


The tree! And yes, those are a string of Christmas Story leg lamps.


This is my new holiday dessert contribution. Apple Custard Pie. It’s out of this world, you guys. (And decidedly NOT diet friendly, hence the deliciousness.)


Red nails, green ring, leopard coat. It was a Mob Wife kind of Christmas Eve.


I crafted ornaments for everyone for Christmas this year. This was a much larger undertaking than I anticipated but I also really enjoyed it. This little deer is one of them. I meant to take pictures of them all, but was so excited to finish & wrap them that I forgot, darn it.


This one woke up first on Christmas morning and sat here patiently waiting to open presents. She LOVES opening presents, especially when they are for her.


“Um guys, hello? Can we get this party started?”


I really wish I got this on video, but I wrapped my mom’s gift in a joke box. It looked like I bought her this “NapSack” (nap anywhere you want! Complete with ventilator patch! Doubles as an appliance dust cover when not in use!) and she thought it was a real gift (Not that I can blame her, have you seen some of the things they try to sell on TV?). Instead of faking that she liked it, she was straight-up angry. “I can’t believe you spent money on this! I have so few gifts to open and this is what you get me? I don’t want this!” Once I made her open it and she saw it was a prank she thought it was funny. The box itself was kind of the best gift ever.


Mimosa prep station.


On Christmas we wear plaid.


I made my brother dress like Scrooge.


My aunt and I did some Christmas nail art before dinner.


My cousin’s wife always brings these chocolates filled with alcohol. They’re adorable.


Family portrait!

I have to say, I was NOT feeling the holidays this year. It was a long year and I was tired and pretty depressed about living at home for them, so it wasn’t easy. However, 2014 is off to a great start and I am feeling really optimistic about this coming year! Fingers crossed this is a good one.

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Happy New Year!



Finally 2013 is over. Man, that was a rough year. It felt like every time I got on my feet, I was knocked right back down. I’m exhausted, and so ready for 2014 to be relaxing and rejuvenating.

I’m only making one resolution this year, because I never ever have kept a resolution. It just feels like I am setting myself up for failure and putting way too much pressure on myself to be a certain way. I’m over it.

The only thing I am resolving to do is read 100 books in 2014. I don’t think this will be a huge problem for me. I’ll be tracking my progress using the hashtags #100books2014 and #katrinareads2014, so join in if you want! I’ll need book suggestions!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!

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