1. I released my holiday collection in the Wiksten shop, and everything sold out! I thought with the economy tanking that people wouldn't be so eager to buy, but thankfully I was proven wrong. Packing up all the orders and sending them out is SO time-consuming. Sometimes I feel like I'm Darrell working for Dunder Mifflin instead of a clothing designer.
2. With some of the proceeds from the holiday shop and some Christmas money from various people, I got an amazing deal on a new camera! Very exciting. I've been eyeing the Nikon D80 for a really long time, and it went on sale big time not long ago. I've been taking a lot of pictures but unfortunately haven't had time to get through the manual yet, so I'm mostly using the automatic setting so far. My favorite thing to take pictures of, hands down, is people. And I've had a lot of opportunities to do that lately. However, my best pictures were accidentally erased off my camera. And I almost cried. More on that later.
3. Joe's fourth year of med school has been extremely stressful for both of us. He's been gone A LOT. He's had three months of away rotations just this school year so far. And on top of it, he's had to go on a ton of interviews for his residency all over the country. I got to travel with him to a few places, like Salt Lake City and Chapel Hill. And then last week we went to Iowa City to check it out and spent an awesome weekend with friends. (I got some amazing pictures and accidentally erased them all from my camera! Yep, I'm a grade A moron.) Then we had to make a rank list of all the programs he interviewed at. It was the hardest decision we have ever had to make, because our list will help determine where we will be living for the next SIX YEARS. We talked about The LIST and agonized over it for weeks. The night it was due, we fought over it for five hours! That was the worst. Finally we gave up and turned it in. Urology is an extremely competitive field, so there are only maybe two positions available at each program. So I don't know how likely it is that we'll get into one of our top choices. Here is the rank list by city:
- Portland, Oregon (If we don't get in here, I will cry a thousand tears.)
- Chapel Hill, North Carolina (I'm excited about this one too.)
- Kansas City, Kansas (Our families are here, and we already own a house here, so.....)
- Salt Lake City, Utah (Don't look at me--this one isn't really my choice. But at least there's skiing.)
- Iowa City, Iowa (Eh.)
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Never been there.)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota (Never been there.)
- Brooklyn, New York (Brooklyn!!! But I don't know if I can handle being even poorer than we are now. Plus I've gotten used to a much more peaceful way of life since leaving New York.)
- Omaha, Nebraska (If it were only my decision, this one would be much higher on the list.)
- Hershey, Pennsylvania (God, no.)
- Chicago, Illinois. (Eh.)
- Columbus, Ohio. (Please God, no.)
4. All the stress of the last few months has caused me to gain about ten pounds. None of my clothes fit me comfortably anymore. They feel so tight. I started exercising really consistently about six weeks ago, but I'm still not really dropping any weight. I hate to be one of those people who talks about their weight, but it's really bumming me out. At least it's gotten me to start exercising again. Things got so busy with my career over the last year or so that I never had time to. And that's not healthy. So now I am just making time. I'm hoping that this will be a lifestyle change. That and not eating con queso all the time.
5. We find out where we will be living for the next six years on January 26! If we move away, I've decided that I will either join a knitting club or start my own. Since I work at home, it's harder to meet people, and I think a knitting club would help. Also, if I stay in KC, I will join one here. The one thing about KC that I hate the most is that I don't have any girlfriends here. All of my friends live at least 45 min. to an hour away or in other parts of the country. And sometimes I just want to get together last minute with someone for a drink or a movie or knitting. You know? That's my dream.
6. I finally got some brown boots! I've been wanting them forever, and I finally saved up enough to get my dream pair. I pretty much wear them every day.
7. I'm planning on finishing knitting my first sweater this week. Photos soon to come. Unless it sucks.
8. I took a last minute trip to New York a few weeks ago to help out a friend who needed me. It made my schedule even more hectic, but it was so freaking fun. I made great memories and did most of my Christmas shopping there.
Ok, I can't remember anything else. It's all a blur. If you've made it this far in my post, then I'm going to assume you're a personal friend of mine who hasn't talked to me in awhile and is catching up on my life via my blog. I'm so sorry about that.
I usually don't make New Year's resolutions. When I was younger, like in junior high, I used to stay up late on New Year's Eve, lock myself in my room, and make a list of 100 resolutions. They would be like this: "1. Read the Bible for an hour every day. 2. Pray for an hour every day. 3. Be a way nicer person and don't make fun of people. 4. Get A+'s in every subject in school." etc. etc. Can you imagine? If my kid made a list like that I would send them straight to therapy! But seriously, this year I just want to try to simplify my life and enjoy myself. Work less. Spend time with my husband. Cook dinner more often. Do more creative stuff just for fun. It could be a really good year. If I don't have to move to Hershey, Pennsylvania.