Monthly Archives: December 2012

2013 Bucket List

I’ve had the same New Year’s Resolutions for the past 11 years.  They are: lose weight, pray more, and… I forget the third.  I think it’s something about running more or writing more.  I can’t even remember! That’s how lame I am at New Year’s Resolutions!

The dogs need to make a resolution not to be crazy next year.  

Also, I’ve always loved the idea of a bucket list.  You know, the list of things you want to do before you die?  Unfortunately, the idea of a bucket list is linked to the idea of death.  So, it’s kinda morbid.  So, I never think about it very long.

Here’s my conclusion.  I’m going to make a 2013 Bucket List!  This way, I don’t have to think about death… and maybe I can get something cool accomplished this year.  That’s killing two birds with one stone!  Dang… here I go talking about something dying again.

Anyway, without further morbid thoughts.  Here it is!  My 2013 Bucket List.

1. Write and publish and an ebook.  (Deadline: June)

2.  Make a monthly video (Ongoing.  First deadline: January 31)

3.  Sew something I can wear outside of the house (Deadline: September)

4.  Make a podcast (Deadline: August)

5.  Keep my car clean for a month.  I’m tired of riding around in a trash can on wheels.  So are my passengers!!! Don’t judge me.  Or do.  Either way is okay.  (January)

6.  Wake up early for an entire month.  Early means 6:00…a.m.  (February)
I picked February for this– because it’s a short month.  And I HATE mornings.

7.  Run a 10K or more.  (Deadline: October)

8.  Finish P90X.  (I started this a couple weeks ago) (Deadline: March)

9.  Do something really nice and for Mr. We’ve Had them Since They Were Tiny. (Deadine: July)

10.  Pay off 40K on our house (Ongoing)

11.  Really help out a stranger.  Or someone I know.  Just help out another person in a big way. (Deadline: December)

12.  Tithe every month.  Ugh.  This one hurts, because I’m not a cheerful giver yet.  But, I’m working on it.  (Ongoing)

13.  Eat low carb for a month.  (March)

14.  Invest in something besides retirement.  I’m not sure what this will be, but I have been reading investment books, and I feel like I should try something. (Deadline: December)

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions for next year?  Or perhaps a 2013 Bucket List of your own?  I’d love to hear about it.

p.s. check out how I already failed at one goal here!

Elves toot? Inappropriate Christmas Lights

So, I made Mr. We’ve Had Them Since We Were Tiny take me to see Christmas lights.  We went to a park in North Little Rock, which did not disappoint   Because, like the five-year-olds that we are, we found inappropriate things the entire time.
This is the “Excited Christmas Light.”  From far away this looks like, well, you know.

Woo! Hoo!

Here is the “Star That Scratches Himself.”  Here it looks normal.

Now, he feels the burn.

This is the “Deer That’s Doing Something Weird.”

Finally, this is just one of the random assortment of zoo animals.  I just think it’s inappropriate for an alligator to be in a Christmas display.  It could eat Baby Jesus.  Not appropriate.

The best part?  Well, here’s the grand finale!  So, after I saw all the random animals, I decided to check out the map.  Surely they gave these random animals “christmas-y” names right?  Like the Rudolph’s Long Lost Alligator Cousin?

Wrong.  He was just called Alligator.

However, when I looked through the map, I found gold!  Check out what the elves were doing while I was worried about Baby Jesus.

Yep, that’s right, the Elves were riding on a Teeter Tooter.  You’re welcome.  Merry Christmas!

November House Pay Off Update!

It’s that time again.  Here’s an update of how we’re doing with our big money goal: paying off our house.

Before I tell you how we did, I just want to warn you: trying to complete big financial goals comes with side effects.  None of the side effects are pretty.

1.  I’m getting crazy ideas.  My mind is trying to find a get rich quick solution. Including, but not limited to, buying a cheap rental house to have some extra income coming in.

2. Stalking other houses.  Somehow, I think if we found a cheaper house to live in, then we could be done with this goal faster.  This idea would be plausible, if we didn’t already live in a cheap house.

3.  Hating myself for making this goal.

Luckily for me… ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas are on.  It’s an awesome distraction/tradition/addiction.

So, here’s the break down for November.

We put one whole paycheck and 75% percent of another toward the house.  We didn’t reach our goal of putting 100 percent of my paychecks towards the house, but we did better than last month, when we only put 50% of my paychecks toward the house.

So, how much of our house did we pay off?   Drum roll please… we paid off 2 % of our house!

Here’s a recap of our entire goal.  It’s a pretty short recap.

November we paid off 2% of our house
October we paid off 1.7% of our house

Here’s another edition of the awesome visual aids. I gave myself two bullet holes for November.

That’s a total of 3.7% of our home paid off.  Take that Chase Mortgage.  You’re going down town.

I’m really excited about how well we did in November, but December is looking pretty rough.  There’s a huge chance we could pay off 0% this month.  Any ideas how to get through the holidays and keep goals going?

Is Rick Too Fat?

Rick is on a diet.  Mr. We’ve Had Them Since They Were Tiny thinks he has too much junk in his doggie trunk.  In other words, he is carrying around a giant doggie bag full of kibble..around his waist.  In other words, he has a lot of fries with his doggie shake.
I usually defend Rick, because, who am I to talk?!?  I’ve gained weight.  I can’t judge.
Well, that’s until my best friend Megan came to visit.  Her first words?  “Woah, Rick!!!”
I said, “He’s not that big.”
She said, “He has a tail roll!!!”
Then, I laughed really hard and took a picture.  You’re welcome.
We started cutting back on his food a couple weeks ago.  It went well.  Until, this weekend, we accidentally left a bag of food on top of the dog house.  We went inside for just a few minutes.  Somehow, Rick emptied the entire bag of food on the ground.  He knew what he was doing, because he made a trail.  He knew the food would be harder to pick up.
He was right.  We didn’t pick it up.  He just ate it all.  Bad dog parenting?  Well, don’t judge til you’ve walked in our (lazy) shoes.
Here’s a picture of Megan and the pups.  Rick’s eyes are squinty because he’s full of dog food.  (FYI Megan has an awesome blog.  Check it out here)

We’re cutting back on his food again.  It’ll be weeks before he’s over his gluttonous feast.

Here’s a picture of his rump.  Do you think Rick is too fat?  Or, do you… “like big butts and you can not lie?  You other dogs can’t deny, when a Rick walks in with a real big waist and a round thing in your face, he gets FED.”  I’m sorry, I can’t stop myself.