Two weeks into 2017, already?!

My goodness, it’s already January 14!

So I didn’t post immediately soon after the New Year as I had hoped, but it’s still January so… whatever 🙂

2017 is alright so far.

I’m doing well with one simple thing that I wanted to do more of this year: read. I’m setting aside approximately an hour between dinner and evening-coffee for reading. For a few days I had read some American Founding Fathers documents (I found a beautiful book at B&N which contains the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, some letters, some speeches, the Constitution, etc). I’m currently halfway through Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; I had no idea what to expect, and for the longest time I didn’t think I’d ever want to read it, but I’m currently REALLY enjoying it and I can’t wait to finish it.

I’m also trying to start the process in refreshing my Etsy store. I want to have a new shop name and hopefully revive it. I’d like to see a few more sales this year than I did last year.

There aren’t really any plans/goals for 2017 besides getting a new job. I also will have my high school ten-year reunion in July (on my birthday, oddly), and my mom and I will see a European dance troupe in Cleveland in April (we’ve seen them several times over the years). I’m also hoping to be a spectator at at least two historical reenacting events in the area. I would love to do some traveling, but it will depend on what my new job is and what it allows in terms of holidays and such.

And I’m slowly trying to work on being happier in general. I’ve greatly struggled with being happy with myself for many years.

Readers, do you have any goals or plans for 2017?

New Glasses, 2016 edition

On Monday my mom and I picked up our new glasses. A really cute guy working there found these frames for me when my mom asked if he could help find both of us new frames (so that we’d have an outsider’s opinion). They’re navy blue, with a white and light aquamarine interior. They’re also a bit bigger than my last pair (seen in my avatar), so it’s nice to have a slightly larger viewing area. My mom and I usually go together to get the buy-one-get-one back-to-school deals every other year.

These photos were taken after an interview on Tuesday… which I think went well. I should have an answer by next Friday. And hopefully my snazzy new glasses got me a few extra points haha.

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Easter 2016 Selfie

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I know, I know. I stink at updating this blog. But here is my bright Easter Sunday outfit for church. The skirt is from ModCloth, the tank is from Target, and the blazer is from Maurices. I love that the skirt is bright, floral, and perfect for twirling as it’s a circle skirt 🙂 The yellow is also a new color for me to wear, so I’m trying to find ways to wear it.

… we’ll see if I wait another few months before my next post haha

Sixteen Things

I got this idea from Russ. 😉

  1. My birthday is the smack-dab middle of the year – July 1. It makes it easy for me to remember how old I am or how much time I have until my birthday haha.
  2. I finally got a smartphone last April (Samsung s5). To be honest, I still don’t think I can justify its $70/month bill since I hardly communicate with it and I’m not attached to it all the time.
  3. My favorite candy bars are Kit Kat, Reese’s, Almond Joy, 100 Grand, Milky Way, Heath, and Cadbury Milk Chocolate. I also love M&M’s.
  4. I love to craft. I currently make cards, jewelry, and dreamcatchers. I’m always excited to try a new crafting technique. I would love to explore sewing more, but it involves more money, time, and space than what I have.
  5. I currently work as a “float” bank teller, helping out a dozen branches in my region. I’ve been at it since Sept 2014. I’m now looking for a new job that doesn’t involve sales or interacting much with customers. I’m always frustrated, cranky, and stressed out.
  6. I have a younger sister. She’s already married and she will soon become a children’s librarian.
  7. I have never been in what I’d consider a relationship, or have been on what I’d say is a date. I have so many thoughts and feelings about my dating/relationship life, and maybe I’d feel better if I talked with someone about everything, but I’ve never really gotten to share them with anyone, and I don’t feel comfortable sharing it online.
  8. I enjoy fresh tomatoes, but HATE chunky cooked/stewed tomatoes. Smooth pasta/pizza sauce is acceptable. Tomato soup is gross.
  9. I’m a conservative Republican.
  10. I have yet to break a bone or go to the hospital for anything *knock on wood*. The worst I’ve ever been was a strange stomach problem I had in the beginning of 2011. I think it ended up being kidney stones and it passed, but I can’t really remember much of that time.
  11. I generally regret college now. I have yet to really use my degree, I made a number of REALLY stupid choices in terms of interacting with people, and I’m still mayyybe only friends with one person that I met there (even that person we only talk once in a blue moon). It was a bit of a waste of time and money. However, I will always be thankful for the opportunity to study abroad and open up that desire for traveling.
  12. I have maybe… twenty?… cardigans. If it isn’t twenty, it looks like it when glancing into my closet. I love them. They’re like a security blanket for me. I don’t like to show too much skin, and cardigans give me that coverage and security.
  13. I have about 190 haikus written in a notebook. Most are depressing and bitter. I don’t know why I’m saving them. And I really don’t enjoy reading too much of other peoples’ poetry.
  14. Most times I feel like I was born 100-200 years too late.
  15. Someday I’d like to explore historical reenacting.
  16. I love Dr Pepper and Diet Coke.

My Goals for 2016

Happy New Year! 🙂

2015 was kinda cruddy and I’m glad that it’s behind me. I plan to do more in 2016. Here are my goals:

a) Get a new job. By now I have been in my job for about 16 months. It’s a decent enough amount of time, so that should help my resume out. I’m looking for something that keeps me closer to home, does not involve sales in any way, and hopefully pays a bit better.

b) Go on my first-ever date. I have yet to go on what I would say is a date – an outing with a guy with the intention/possibility of it creating a romantic relationship. I don’t want to do this weird, ambiguous, uncertain “is this a date? are we just hanging out?” thing anymore. And I’m 26… and I’m not getting any younger.

c) Go on a getaway/trip. I don’t care if it’s a little weekend trip. Since I don’t know what kind of vacation time I’ll get this year, I can’t really plan anything yet. But if I have a long weekend, it would be nice to go somewhere. I haven’t done any traveling since Sept 2012, so I’m a bit rusty.

d) Sew an article of clothing. I’ve been meaning to get into sewing clothes for myself for a while. I’m a beginner/intermediate seamstress… I can figure my way through some techniques somehow haha. I also want to get into historical and folk costuming at some point (so many beautiful things!!), but I have no idea where to begin with it.

e) Read more. Oy. I only read one book last year. I have a long list of books I’ve been meaning to read. So if I can read like… two… books, that’ll help a bit haha.

f) Watch Mad Men. Enough said for this one.

g) Attend at least one Serbian Orthodox service. Through my work, I’ve met a few Serbian Orthodox people. One coworker has invited me to join her. I have always been curious about Orthodox services, so I will take her up on her offer.

h) Take more photos. Just have fun with my camera – and use this as an opportunity to check out new places and discover unique photo subjects.

i) Blog more often. I will do my best to post here at least once a week. A photo, or a haiku, or even a youtube video that I found and liked enough to share.

j) Be more active on Etsy. I hardly had any sales last year and I largely forgot about my store. I struggled to find inspiration to craft last year. But I will craft when I can, and keep up-to-date on my listings and try to advertise more. … and if you wanted to check out my store now, here is a link to FrauleinPfau! I will also see about selling at two craft shows; the last few years I only sold at one, so maybe if I sell at two, it’ll inspire (aka pressure haha) me to craft more.

We’ll see how this year goes 🙂

Do you have any goals for 2016?

The best of luck to everyone. I hope that 2016 will be great to everyone.