Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ready for a New Year?!

I had an entirely different post planned for today, but the week has been weird and things change and I found myself reflecting a lot on this past year and what I want to wish for next year. So I decided to write about the upcoming new year instead (and a little about sewing).

I have been playing a game for the past several days to try and trick myself into studying. It is sort of working. Basically every set of 20 questions I get 5 - 15 minutes of whatever I need to do. And once I get an 80% in a section I am allowed to lay out fabric and bind my quilt.

It took me 2 days to get an 80% : | (Actually, I got an 80% one night but it was like 10pm and I wasn't sewing at that point).

Anyway, I thought this post would be about about my latest finished quilt however my machine and I are having issues. I will be dealing with them tonight or tomorrow because January 1 = 2015 New Year's Day Mystery Quilt.

I washed some fabric I got for Christmas, but have not yet picked out the ones for the mystery quilt. Let's hope I get some good studying in so I can earn fabric planning time.

What can I say about 2014? I survived it. I have continued to push myself to some type of a career which is WAY outside of my comfort zone. I know it is wildly unpopular to say, but I am not career driven. Never have been.

In 2014 I didn't sew enough and I didn't hike enough. However, the pets stayed healthy and what little hiking and sewing I did, I cherished. Nim and I managed to get our UKC Rally 1 title and we even got a nice certificate from the UKC for it which makes me like that organization all the more. Nim and I started traditional obedience classes and got one leg of Beginner Novice. I regret not starting traditional obedience sooner. I am enjoying it far more than I thought I would.

I also got my Enrolled Agent which for me was a massive accomplishment. I also failed REG...a massive non-accomplishment. :) I failed, I cried, I considered giving up, I got some perspective, and life went on.

I grew one large sunflower in 2014. Probably my favorite gardening achievement.

(Nim on the electric blanket. I really should just buy one for Emile and him since I never get to use this one. I did cover him with the red blanket, then he was out cold.)

For 2015 I would like to pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam. I am actually facing the reality that it may truly not happen. If nothing else, the studying pace is just terrible. As we speak, I am considering moving REG which was scheduled for January 19th to a later date.

In 2015 I would like to do a little camping trip in the fall like I did a few years ago. I would like to sew and hike more and I would like to keep entering dog trials where I can.

I am not where I belong career-wise, so I hope 2015 brings me some clarity in that department.

For 2015 I would like Nim, Leela, Emile, and Pascal to stay healthy and happy. I want a little time to garden because Nim and I both love it so much.

(Nim and his slobber ball. This was a Christmas gift. He loves that darn thing!)

Tomorrow I make my lucky black-eyed peas and collards. I will be thinking of all my 2015 wishes. I hope you all do too.


  1. Is it time to take the machine in for the "annual cleaning"? :)

    1. Definitely, but not today if I want it for tomorrow.

    2. Correct. You will need to bring it in Friday morning and collect the following Friday ;)

  2. I hope you get everything you wish for 2015 especially that CPA. I too was never "career driven" and have missed sewing this past year. I can't wait to see your mystery quilt. Nim's ball in that last picture is very interesting. I've never seen one like it. I bet Walter would like one like that.

    Happy New Year,


    1. Thank you! I just want that test done!!!! We will see. I had to be realistic about it this week. You really have missed out on a lot of sewing. I really hope for 2015 you get to experience some improved mobility and sensation. There should be a tradeoff for that procedure right? I will be on the lookout for them. I think Walter would love it! I didn't think Nim would like it as much as he does, but he really does. Sam