Freckles in April: Bring it On, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bring it On, 2017

I was rolling out cinnamon roll dough on Christmas morning and I asked myself, "What do you want to do in 2017?"

Surprisingly, the first thing that popped into my mind was


I had solid reasons for leaving blogging behind and I don't intend to take it up full-time again but you can expect some posts from me in 2017. I've missed it and there are things I'd like to write about.

Also on the list for 2017:

Keep on keepin' on at the gym

I got a gym membership in June and have been using it religiously ever since. I'm healthy, happy and the fittest I have ever been. The habit is there, I just need to keep it up!

Take a hip hop dance class

I'm already registered and start an 8 week class next month. It will be a train wreck but I'm looking forward to it.

Take Aaron on a surprise trip

He has never read my blog so I can safely put this here. I'm following some flights and keeping an eye on Groupon. We'll see if I can pull it off. I tried to take him on a surprise overnight trip to a place in northern AZ earlier this year but he woke up sick the day we were supposed to leave. Try try again!

Get another piercing

Back in the day the president of the Mormon church stood up and laid down the law about tattoos and piercings. The timing sucked. I was in the middle of getting up the nerve to ask my parents if I could get a second ear piercing. Seeing as I'm not particularly worried about Mormon rules anymore and I DO still want another pair of earrings, it's on my to-do list for 2017.

Be a better friend

In early December I lost a friend under tragic circumstances. When I sent my last message to him, I thought I was asking for a raincheck on a play date with our kids, not saying goodbye. That keeps coming back to haunt me.

A couple weeks later, another friend got a severe headache and ended up in the neurological ICU for a while (she just came home yesterday). Mercifully she'll be fine, but I found myself breathing a sigh of relief that, at the very least, I'd told her recently that I love her.

Life is fragile and fleeting and my friends mean so much to me. This year I'd like to be better about making phone calls, inviting, and doing thoughtful things for my friends. I'm not a hugger but I've done way more hugging. I've told people I love them. It's a bit outside my comfort zone but dammit my friends are going to know I care.

Christmas Eve ICU head buzzing

Get some more greenery

We remodeled our house in February/March and it's beautiful! But it's also very black/white/gray. It needs some green. I've been researching hard-to-kill houseplants and I'm going to add one or two every month this year. Cross fingers they survive my loving attentions.


I waste so much time on the internet and that time could be far better spent in reading good books. I have a small stack of nonfiction on my desk ready to roll in 2017.

Are you a resolution maker? I love hearing what people want to change in the new year.

Have a happy and safe New Years Eve!


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  1. visiting you is on my list!

  2. I'm glad you're blogging again! I need to work on the greenery thing too...more on keeping them alive before I buy more. And read 100 books, I haven't decided what else!

  3. Yay for blogging more! I've also been on a sort of temporary hiatus for the past 2ish years and I'm feeling the itch to write again. I wonder if now would be a good time to start.
    In 2015 I made a commitment to more intentional reading and read 22, this year my goal was 40 and I just missed it at 39 (though it was a rough year and I don't feel too bad!). I'm hoping for 50 this year.

  4. Yaaaay!!! I love this all so much!


  5. I got my new earrings done at Halo in Phoenix. Can't say enough good things about them. You can hit Last Chance while you're there, too, which is always a plus (and a minus. That place is nuts but I keep going back.)

  6. I love your resolutions. Especially the one about blogging more. :)

  7. Last year, I got all gung-ho about plants and gardening and bought a bunch of things and promptly killed them all. In August, I decided to add one plant at a time and actually, you know, research how to care for them. Now I'm up to about six plants (Bart's not thrilled - he hates indoor plants) and so far, so good.

  8. Hey! I am so happy you are blogging again! Our New Years Resolution this year was "GET OUR ACT TOGETHER". We've been spinning our wheels on so many things, we decided this is the year to take action. So, we bought a house. I haven't even told my parents that we did that yet, because as soon as we did my anxiety kicked in and I have serious buyers remorse already. Apparently the second resolution I had was to let my anxiety go from annoying to debilitating *eye roll*. Anyway, good for you! I've gotten my ears pierced like four times, all in the same place because I never ever ever wear earrings and the holes always close up, ha ha.


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