A Secret, A Gag Gift, and Another Year Gone

My dear friends I have something to admit. You all know that sports have never been my thing, and I once took a book to a Mariner’s game. But the thing is…I’ve kind of secretly gotten into this whole Seahawks fervor. It’s not my fault, I swear! It’s exciting to have a local team that’s winning. I got sucked in about halfway through the season when I was driving home from Portland. I like listening to talk radio when I’m driving, and on this particular day instead of the hosts I was expecting, the local station was broadcasting the Seahawks game. And you know what? It was exciting! I didn’t have to know anything about football, the broadcasters made it a fun experience and at the end I found myself rooting for the home team. After that, I got my homemade tv antenna from my Dad, and started using that to tune in to the live games. I wouldn’t say I’m a fanatic, and I still find all of the day-of status updates to be kind of annoying, but I have been secretly paying attention to every game since. What can I say? I’m a sucker for phenomena.

In other news, Christmas was delightful and I have been thoroughly enjoying my week and a half off from work. Gotta bless holiday leave! Admittedly I’ve been rather slothful, but as soon as classes start up again I won’t have a moment to rest so I’m not even going to feel guilty about it. I mean, when else am I going to be able to devote this much energy to netflix streaming and hulu+? I was still tired from fall, so I think it was necessary for my mental health to not do a heck of a lot over break.

As a result, I’ve had this brilliant idea. Ok, I’ve had several brilliant ideas over this break. One of them is this idea for a crafting club (if you’re interested hit me up), another is a premise for a play, and the last is a sort of Emilie take on health resolutions. I’m giving myself a LOT of leeway here, but my resolution is to exercise for 30 minutes (type of exercise does not matter), at least 300 days in 2014. See what I did there? That is 65 days of no pressure, and a short time period to qualify for having exercised. But if I meet that goal it will still be the most successful year of consistent exercise yet. I’m going to make a cute little chalkboard and just make a hash mark each time I meet the goal. If I meet the 300, I’ll probably buy something nice as a reward. I’ll keep you updated on how well I do, but I think this is an excellent way to recognize that I want to be more consistent in exercising without coming from a body-negative perspective. My hope is that I will exercise more than 300 days, but it’s a great jumping off point. Feel free to join me in this effort if it resonates with you!

Speaking of health–if you are looking for a way to drink more water I highly recommend buying yourself a giant wine glass. Now hear me out here–my secret santa at work gave me peppermint ice cream and a giant wine glass for Christmas and while I laughed at the time, it has become a new favorite possession. According to the label it can fit an entire bottle of wine in it, and while I haven’t tried that out I will attest that it has a nice weight and fits deftly in the palm of my hand. I’ve been filling it with water and drinking out of it throughout the course of the day. By the time I go to bed I’ve had several bottle’s worth of water! It’s the adult way to stay hydrated…

Can I get a resounding head-shake on the fact that it is practically 2014?

I love my little home here, with my pictures and crafts and music nook and books. Someday I’m going to want a house, but for now this suits me just fine.

Here’s to happy thoughts, and new loves, and learning in the new year. Here’s to making it through setbacks, working long hours, and finishing them off with a smile and joke. I don’t know what the year holds in store (other than lots of homework), but I think that’s the best.


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