Whine, whine, I know.
What were the personal highlights of 2012 for me? Well, it was very much Casey's year what with dislocating his shoulder twice and undergoing surgery to fix it, plus the endless months of therapy. It was also his year because he graduated high school. My babies are grown up now. *pouty face* Anything else exciting? We made our annual trip to a Vikings game, this being the fourth year we've done it. There were those two heartbreaking deaths in our work-family right at the end of the year. I got to read the rough draft of my sister's first finished novel. I got a new (used) car. And the Vikings have made it into the playoffs!
So what's ahead for 2013?
The first thing hubby and I are going to focus on this year is cutting spending and reducing some debt. In the last few days of 2012 I went ahead and placed some final orders for some things, and now that it's 2013 it's time to stop impulse buying. I got two gift certificates for Front Porch Candle Co. and I went ahead and used those plus a bit of my own money to place a fairly large order after Christmas. I also went ahead and placed a large order from Sweet Fixations for a ton more tarts. From both places, I got a lot of random scents that will be good for anytime of year. I had fun trying different vendors in 2012 but it also became a bit of a hassle. You never know if you're going to like a new vendor and it's frustrating to find the tarts to be duds. It's also kind of overwhelming just trying to keep up with all the different shops you hear about. For a while now I've felt like I want to just find one or two vendors I can rely on and just stick with them, really get to know all of their scents and products. I had four shops on my list of possibles but two of them sort of eliminated themselves because they don't sell single tarts, only mult-packs. So at the moment Front Porch and Sweet Fixations look like my go-to shops. Depending on how this Sweet Fixations order is, they might bump Front Porch out of the top spot just because of their convenience. Regardless, I also want to get back to melting my tarts until the scent is gone, instead of the melt-and-toss rush I've been doing for most of the past year because I always had so many to try and so many more shops to buy from. I will still buy the occasional Walmart tart if I see something new or interesting but in general I'm hoping to slow down on tarts overall. This is one area you'll see a difference here at my blog . . . less hauls, but I'll hopefully be able to stick with the Melted series now at this slower pace.
Another end of the year order I placed was a pretty big one from Amazon. I love books, have all my life. I've gone through phases though where I'm not really into them for a while, and then phases where I can't get enough. I'm in a 'can't get enough' phase right now. Hubby is also trying to get back into a reading habit and got four books for Christmas. Even Casey asked for books this Christmas! (He got one, but I doubt he'll ever actually read it.) I had several books on my Christmas list, and got two of them. Because I needed to order a missing book for the series I'm reading at the moment, and because we knew we were going to cut spending as of Jan. 1, I went ahead and got several others I knew I wanted, plus a series that hubby had wanted. I am super psyched for this order to come in! I've been watching book haul and book review videos on YouTube lately and I'm getting more and more sucked into the world of books that I've always loved anyway.
Anyway, that's another area you might see changing here at the blog. There might be more book hauls and reviews. If you're not booky, don't worry. You won't be swamped with boring book posts. I'm not a fast reader. I'm not impressed with those who are either. All of those 'I read a book a day!' braggers will just get an eye roll from me. I would love to increase my reading speed to be able to consistently finish books in a week or less, but I like to take some time and really get into the story. I have to 'be' there, see the characters, hear them, get to know them . . . not just whip through the words on the pages. This is why I don't go to the library. I don't like having that due date looming over me. And really, I can't build my glorious library if I'm only checking out library books. (Goes against my cut spending rule, I know.)
As I get more into the book world, I will probably be watching more book videos on YouTube. And as I buy less tarts, or at least buy from less vendors, I will probably be watching fewer wax related videos. That part is already happening just because of the drama and all my gripes about that wax community. I still want to find more active blogs to read though! If you know of any, let me know please! (Blogs that just link back to the owner's YouTube channel do not count.)
I might finally be getting back to more personal nattering posts here on the blog. I'll still do reviews and hauls of various things but it will no longer be my primary goal. I suspect I'll lose followers this way, but oh well. Maybe I'll find others as I broaden my topics. I'm also considering doing the giveaways again. I saw so many fun little giveaways right around the holidays, and one YouTuber in particular has such a warm heart about why she does them . . . it's simply better to give than to receive . . . that I felt bad about my reasons for giving up my own last year. I think I might try to do them again. Most will be small, but there might be a couple big ones along the way. I want to try and get one posted for January right away, so keep an eye open for that.
More Ponder . . .
(We were so close to the action at this last game we went to.
It was awesome!)
I'm just rambling now. We'll see how 2013 goes, how things work out here on the blog, how long I can keep my impulse buying in check. We'll see if I really can bring back the more personal journal type posts, or if I have anti-social meltdowns again and decide to build walls of secrecy again. We'll just see in general, I guess. Hope you stick with me!
How about you? Any plans or hopes for 2013? Any New Year's resolutions? I'd love to hear!