Adios, 2015

So, I accomplished little to nothing on my to-do list for Winter Break. I ended up extending my vacation due to some bad weather. Then, when I planned on pushing through a 9-hour drive, I hit stop and go traffic and made the smart choice to stay overnight. I’m finally home, but about 2 days later than I wanted to. *Sigh* I guess I’m taking that room full of papers with me into 2016. I’m spending tonight with Detective Benson, not sorting through years of bills and receipts.

While I was on vacation, I had a lot of time to think about all the things I want to do to my house, my yard, and myself. There were a few nights I had trouble falling asleep on account of how excited I am. I want 2016 to be a transformative year for me. The highlight of 2015 was definitely buying the place and learning how much work goes into maintaining a home. 2016 is going to be about minimizing and streamlining.


  • I want to pay off as much of my HVAC balance as possible.
  • I signed up for the January Cure via They are going to send me a task-of-the-day via email. I’m curious to see how this goes and what tasks they send.
  • Once I get my tax return, I’m calling a plumber. I’m convinced there’s a clog somewhere that is affecting the drainage in my entire house and causing my dishwasher to stink.
  • My family gifted me with 6 sets of Fiesta dishes. This is a dream come true, and they’re so pretty I hate putting them behind my cabinets. I want an old china cabinet with glass doors that I can paint and fix up. I’ll hit up the Habitat ReStore and check out the goods.
  • One of the extra bedroom is going to become a guest/video game/DVD room. My new TV is glorious but lacks the connections for the N64 and lacks a DVD player. I envision a futon in front of a chalkboard paint accent wall across from my old TV.


  • I hate the shrubs in front of my house. I want them gone and replaced with hydrangeas and camellias.
  • I want to plant herbs in containers similar to the herb garden at a local restaurant I love.
  • I’m going to plant at least one raised garden bed and start growing some vegetables. I’m never going to be 100% self-sustaining but it would make me happy to have my favorite vegetables at hand all the time.
  • I want to put pebbles like how they have down the shore in a few areas along my house. For example, on the side of my house is this strip of brick pavers that are old and do nothing but grow weeds. I want to cover those with pebbles.
  • I want to relocate my lilac bush. And maybe give it a lilac friend.


  • I signed up to participate in the 21-Day Fix. I don’t know if I gained a lot of weight from medication, laziness, poor dieting, or if there’s a bigger issue. All I know is I don’t feel healthy and I need to lose a few pounds and re-learn how to eat healthy.
  • Last year, I dared myself not to buy any clothes for the whole year, other than 1 clothing item per month. I made it until June! I fell off the wagon, then fall off even harder at the end of the year when I noticed all the extra weight. I’m daring myself to go until July without buying any clothes.
  • Again on the money front, I want to focus this year on purchasing only that which I absolutely need. Like, food and toilet paper. Meanwhile, I want to toss what I don’t need or use. I’ll still give myself a $100 monthly budget for home things, but I’m not planning on using it for useless tchotchkes.
  • Cut alcohol from my diet. I made far less back in the days I didn’t drink but I was richer because I didn’t spend my cash on drinks. I’ll still have red wine (read: I’ll learn to like red wine) but no more beer. Over vacation, my mom told me that my favorite drink is calorie packed and I was like, nooooo. But when I mixed it tonight I did the math in my head and she’s right: I’m sipping on a 300+ calorie drink. Tonight is the last hurrah.

Here it is, in writing, all the big things I plan on doing this year. I’ll be interested to see how much of this I am successful at. They’re not resolutions, but more like plans. Like I tell my students, plans can change and that’s okay. However, I believe that if I stick to these plans I will have a happy, healthy, successful new year. Happy New Year!!!

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