This month’s post is in Korean (Hangul, which is the alphabet system for the Korean language) in honor of Ella’s 12th birthday this month and her love of all things Korean…
…and everything in between.
Happy Birthday, baby girl! We love you so much!
당신은 해상도를 만들 수 있습니까?
(Do you make resolutions?)
If so, what are some of yours?
Stop biting my cuticles
Lose 25 pounds by my birthday
Get rid of 50% of the crap in my basement storage area
In the spirit of minimizing, I deleted the secret blog I started over the fall.
So if you submitted, please don’t think I didn’t appreciate your words. It is in my 50th year of life that I feel the need to simplify and honestly, creating another space to edit and publish work was too much, well, work.
With the new year, I always feel renewed and with that renewal, I feel like I need to get rid of stuff in my life.
Attitudes, clothing, weight, people, crap in the basement…. you name it.
Do you feel like that too?
올해 성장 했습니까?
(Have you grown this year?)
But for serious, have you grown? Evolved? Changed?
It’s been one year since I started these Tater Tot posts. January 14th of 2019 was the first tater tot post.; I didn’t even realize it had been a year until I found the above graphic and it sent me down the rabbit hole of posts.
One thing I love about having a blog is that I can look back a year from now (or five or seven and so on) and see what was going on in my world.
In that first tater tot post, I talked about Anna leaving for college again after winter break, blood work, low-carb diets, Amy Winehouse, leaving-ish Facebook, migraines, and Marie Kondo.
This year I am talking about resolutions, evolving, finding old blog posts, the fear of snow, traveling, ditching a photo editor, getting a bird, and a video about pugs.
I feel like that is all I need to say about that.
잃어버린 것들을 찾기 당신은 당신이 잃어버린 것을 전혀 몰랐습니다.
(Finding lost things you had no idea that you lost, to begin with)
So in deleting my secret blog, I stumbled onto my old A Grace Full Life Blogger account and found two posts that I forgot about. They didn’t make it through the two blog migrations, and it was like finding old Christmas gifts shoved into a corner of a closet.
I am planning on publishing them even though they aren’t relevant to anything going on in my life, but I pride myself on being random on this blog and felt like these additions would be a good fit.
2020 is going to be the most random I have ever been because turning 50 is a big deal and since I can’t imagine any better way to celebrate than being utterly and completely me, we shall celebrate monthly with the randomest of randoms in all of randomville.
나는 눈이 두려워
(I’m afraid of snow)
It’s called Chionophobia and it is a thing.
Oh, and I think I have it.
Rather anxiety than fear, when I see snow in the forecast, I get an emotion that is closer to dread than just disgust.
I am just as surprised by it as anyone else in my life, because I have lived in the Midwest my entire life and, well, we get a lot of snow here.
Not East Coast amounts of snow, but enough to make winter a living hell if you possibly suffer from Chionophobia.
My therapist suggested that since both of my children were born in winter, it became about being trapped in the house, stranded, and being alone. Not that I regret having my babies because they are truly amazing, but maybe having them in winter might not have been the best idea.
I don’t mind snow when it is gently falling down, but it is the result of the snowstorm that gets me very anxious.
Like, seeing snow piling up in my yard gives me literal panic attacks.
Is anyone else like this?
(Let’s get the hell out of here)
Inspired by the above quote, I decided that in 2020 I wanted to go somewhere new each month. BUT it doesn’t have to be an actual full-blown trip. It could mean going down a new street, walking into a new store, listening to a new song that is out of the comfort zone….you get the idea.
Recently, I started following a You Tuber named Traveling Robert, and I have been watching him for the past two months almost regularly. It started when Mike and I were researching places to visit for fun on YouTube one Sunday, and that led us to Robert. His voice is oddly soothing, his trips are organized and simple, and he’s just enjoyable to watch.
I feel like I have thoroughly experienced the area he was visiting after watching his videos. Like we just went on vacation alongside him, and that is such a good thing when you can’t afford to travel.
Which is where the above quote came in, because not everyone can afford to travel to new places every year, but a mindset of going somewhere new each month is attainable for everyone and I really love that.
그림 원숭이 수 키스 나 엉덩이
(Pic Monkey can kiss my ass)
I have been subscribing to Pic Monkey since 2010 as my go-to photo editor, but their yearly subscriptions went up from $33 per year to $47 per year this past December and I was all HELL NO.
I am cheap, but it wasn’t about that, really. It was the principle. I have been a loyal, paying customer for almost 10 years and jumping 14 dollars in one year seems ridiculous. No?
Then after my subscription lapsed, I crawled back to them because I really need a photo editor and I am most comfortable with Pic Monkey but the price is now SEVENTY-TWO DOLLARS PER YEAR.
For a basic subscription.
Not even pro.
Who do you use for photo editing?? For real, I am asking for advice so let me know in the comments, please.
I also take pictures semi-professionally throughout the year, but not enough to ever justify paying $72 a year.
So if my pictures suck in 2020, you know why.
(We got a bird)
Ella got a bird for Christmas from her Mamie and Papa, but let’s be honest, I got a bird for Christmas from Mamie and Papa.
At first, I was really apprehensive because I knew nothing about birds and adding one more pet to the mix made me a little nervous.
Mostly because I get really attached to our animals.
Guess what happened? I got really attached.
Her name is Joy, and she is adorable. She is a parakeet, but she looks like a baby dove. She chirps when I run the dust buster, when people boisterously come into our home, and when she hears rap music (I swear I’m not making that up).
I play bird sounds for her for 30 minutes, twice a day like a friggin’ parakeet play date, and I don’t even mind.
But seriously, she is absolutely lovely, cheerful, and a great addition to our Dr. Doolittle home.
I leave you today with this magical video that Ella and I discovered years ago. When you are blue with chionophobia, and the snow gets you down, watch this on auto-repeat. You can’t help but smile.