taking stock

Taking Stock - Jan 02, 2016

Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that you have the best year ever and that you get to do all the wonderful and scary things you have planned. I haven't finalized my resolutions, er.... goals, yet. I have the usual ones like lose weight, and get in shape, but I've had those since I was in high school. It would be weird not having those resolutions, right? They are like tradition! :) 

Happy New Year Green Bokeh

Making: a mess!
Cooking: not much of anything. Still finishing off Christmas leftovers!
Drinking: Cinnamon Plum Tea. (This stuff is the best tea!)
Reading: The Unhealthy Truth
Wanting: this palette for my watercolors.
Looking: forward to a little trip to Nashville we are planning in the Spring.
Playing: with watercolor paint!
Deciding: what I want to be when I grow up.
Wishing: I didn't live where it snowed.
Enjoying: another 4 day weekend.
Waiting: for spring! (still.)
Liking: the brush letting workshop I purchased.
Wondering: if I should commit to a 365 this year.
Loving: the art case complete with a set of old watercolors, palette, oil paints and brushes that belonged to G's grandma and great grandma that was given to me! (it's pretty amazing!)
Pondering: some new photography goals and resolutions.
Considering: which new prints and canvas gallery wrapped images to add to the art shop.
Buying: Still buying nothing (only gas and groceries!)
Watching: you tube videos about painting.
Cringing: over how much weight I've gained.
Needing: to work out. (see above)
Smelling: Cinnamon Plum Tea! It smells sooooooooo good!
Wearing: My sisters super old snoopy t-shirt.
Following: SUSANNAH_BEE_ART (love love love her paintings!) and paigepoppe
Noticing: It's starting to stay lighter just a little later! yay!
Knowing: I need to practice a lot more. I know it, but I still get frustrated.
Thinking: I need to just throw all the cookies, chocolates, and sweets away. or else I will eat them.
Sorting: my closet. Time to donate some stuffs.
Getting: my relax on.
Bookmarking: The Crossroads of Shoulds and Musts (take a few minutes and read it...)
Disliking: that I have to go back to work Monday, and that it's a full week! boo!
Feeling: pretty relaxed and happy.
Snacking: on all the cookies.
Helping: mom work on new Valentine's Day cards and embellishments for her shop!
Hearing: the stillness of my house in the morning.


I hope you had a great start to the new year! Do you have any exciting plans or resolutions for 2016? I'd love to hear about it (and maybe you can inspire me to finish up my own!) Let me know in the comment section below!


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Taking Stock 04

This week has been pretty rough. My grandma was put in hospice care over the weekend. She never really got better after her hospitalization a few weeks ago. We're pretty worried about her, but we're glad that she's getting a little extra care and attention. One of us have been stopping by almost every day this week to check in on her. So far, she seems to be doing a little better **fingers crossed** 


Making: plans to make my own infinity scarves. One day.
Cooking: This recipe
Drinking: a plain ol' latte
Reading: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  Still reading this! I AM GOING TO FINISH THIS BOOK!
Wanting: to go on an adventure somewhere pretty.
Looking: for my fitbit charger
Playing: Sims Freeplay (don't judge!)
Wasting: spinach. it's been in my fridge since Thanksgiving...
Wishing: i had more time to paint
Enjoying: this amazing mild weather. If only the rest of winter could be like this...
Waiting: for mom's glasses to be ready for pickup
Liking: the quiet time in the morning at work before the rest of the office rolls in.
Wondering: what to get family for Christmas. Any ideas?
Loving: these soaps. I'm out!
Hoping: my grandma gets better and won't require hospice care anymore.
Needing: more sleep!
Smelling: coffee
Wearing: comfy jeans, sweater, and my orange & grey bird scarf i got from Stitch Fix
Following: really amazing and beautiful eye candy on instagram: nothingisordinary and thejungalow
Noticing: how short the days are
Knowing: how much I don't know about home care/repair
Thinking: about goals I didn't complete this year
Bookmarking: anything relating to bullet journaling
Giggling: over adorable sloth videos (they never get old!)
Feeling: a little stressed


How was your week? Do you do a "taking stock" sort of post too? I'd love if you posted a link in the comments section below!



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Taking Stock 03

Happy week after Thanksgiving! Are you finished with your leftovers yet? I finally finished mine. I can't complain-- the strata was really amazing. This week, a pesky cold has been slowly kicking my butt. The week started off strong, I felt good Monday and Tuesday was a little iffy, and by Friday, all I wanted to do was stay in bed.

Fall Color Dahlia


Making: copious amounts of hot tea (earl grey!)
Cooking: I made some amazing gingersnap cookies this week. The recipe was from the back of a package of candied ginger and I didn't think to save it (or photograph them!) Ugh! I guess I will have to make them again! ;)
Drinking: Earl Grey Tea.
Reading: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  Still reading this! I need to sit down for more than 5 minutes and just read!
Wanting: to feel better. I seem to have caught a bug.
Looking: forward to feeling better.
Playing: Sim City on my ipad.
Wasting: time checking Facebook. Maybe 2016 will be Facebook free?
Wishing: my grandma was in better health.
Enjoying:  this sloth tea infuser! I saw it at target the other day and had to buy it!
Waiting:  for files from one hard drive (that I suspect is on it's last leg) to copy over to a new one (so! many! photos!)
Liking: everything in this etsy shop.
Loving: on my grandma this week.
Hoping: to feel better soon and take my mom to either the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden or the Morton Arboretum Illumination.
Needing: to pick up this brush letting guide.
Smelling: nothing much at the moment.
Wearing: multiple sweaters and slippers.
Noticing: the beauty in the the fog these past few morning.
Thinking: about my goals and plans for 2016.
Feeling: stuffy and poopy. I'm going back to bed.

I hope you're feeling well and have a great week!


Taking Stock 02

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you spent the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and friends and shared delicious food and fond memories together.

Happy Thanksgiving Pumpkin Give Thanks

Making: A crocheted blanket out of leftover yarn. This is going to take a while...
Cooking: Spinach and Cheese Strata- I made it for Thanksgiving brunch and it was amazing!
Drinking: Medium coffee from Starbucks with Gingerbread syrup. Since it snowed last week, Fall is over. Bring on the Holiday drinks!
Reading: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  Still reading this. Still really good. Still highly recommend it.
Wanting: this sloth tea infuser
Looking: at my blank walls. Perhaps it's time I finally put up some art.
Playing: this on repeat
Wasting:  time watching Jessica Jones. It's pretty good. I'm just waiting for a Daredevil crossover.
Wishing: I was a better writer.
Enjoying:  The 4 1/2 day weekend!
Waiting:  for prints for the newton-mas cards I'm making for a favorite flickr friend to hurry up and get here.
Liking: most of the items in my latest Stitch Fix!
Loving: my new bullet journal.
Hoping: we're done with the snow for the rest of the winter! (a girl can dream, right?)
Needing: to break up with sugar. Again.
Smelling The Fresh Balsam candle from Bath and Body works. 
Wearing: felted slippers that took two years to make.
Noticing: All of my blessings.
Thinking: about all I'm thankful for. And it's a lot.
Feeling: pretty good.


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This week was good. Much better than last week when my grandma was in the hospital and we weren't sure what was wrong. Turns out that she was severely dehydrated and that can mess you up! Thankfully she's doing much better now. 

Taking Stock-01 Pumpkins

Making: plans for thanksgiving bruch. we're hosting!
Cooking: Zuppa Toscana- this turned out BETTER than the version from Olive Garden!
Drinking: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I know it's November and Starbucks rolled out their peppermint mochas and Holiday Drinks, but to me, it's still Fall and it will be Pumpkin Spice until Thanksgiving. Or until it snow. Whichever comes first...
Reading: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  (it's such a good read. go get it)
Wanting: to paint. I haven't painted in months. 
Looking: forward to spring (i know it isn't even winter yet and I'm already looking forward to spring...)
Playing: with colored pencils (I can't stop coloring!)
Wasting: time on pinterest. (you should follow me!)
Wishing: I could go back to Oregon.
Enjoying: not having to drive to my moms house several times a week. it's nice to be able to just go home after work!
Waiting: for my next Stitch Fix to arrive, it should be here next week!
Liking: blogging again! (I got plans, people!)
Loving: The Lost Ocean coloring book
Hoping: I don't have to cook a turkey
Needing: a mustard yellow cardigan!
Smelling: Pumpkin Pie candle from Bath & Body Works (hello clearance!)
Wearing: my favorite yellow handmade scarf
Noticing: the gorgeous sunsets on my way home from work
Thinking: about next week!
Feeling: motivated!

I hope you had a great week too!


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