The alarm went off hours before sunrise on New Years Day. I traveled alone with the kids to meet my family for our annual ski trip, sad to leave The Gorilla behind this year while he works on a really cool project. I've been skiing the same Colorado mountain my whole life, and for the last five years we've even rented the same house. It's big enough to contain four families, as long as we get a little creative with the sleeping arrangements.
This year when we arrived there was an internet problem, which meant no blogging and no first-of-the-year business. Having internet problems is a frustration and a relief, both. You know what I mean? The internet got fixed just as a big blizzard blew in, so we stayed inside not even attempting to brave the slopes in such crazy conditions.
On Sunday I decided to stay in with the littlest kids again, sipping my mom's homemade potato soup and nursing the residual effects of an unexpected migraine from the night before. When the wifi was down, I had been using Instagram as a bit of a microblog, but here are a few things I meant to have shared in the last few days:
1. I've been using the same weekly moleskine planner since 2005. This year I decided to change things up a bit, since I've moved most of my list-making to Evernote and most of my lengthy journaling to the computer. I ordered the daily moleskine and that way I can still write some To Do's and hopefully jot down a few memories every day. By combining two things I was only halfway using, it's my own effort to simplify. (I will admit that I looked a lot at my friend Whitney English's Day Designer. I love so much about it.)
2. Five days in, the No Shopping Pledge is going splendidly. Of course, I've been traveling and without internet, so that's made it easier. But I didn't end up buying a new ski coat (one of my exceptions for the month), though it was hardly for a noble reason. Time, convenience, and laziness led to that decision, but whatever. I have enjoyed a little bit less email clutter (I unsubscribed from the retail emails that seemed to arrive daily) and I have had to check myself a few times when I thought "Oh, I should buy thisandsuch when I get home." So far, so good, but I don't think the real test has come yet.
3. I've been reading a ton this week, but it's all been the same book. 11/22/63 is 866 pages long, and it's making me remember why I love Stephen King so much.
4. We've been watching some of our movie awards screeners, every year it's always a race to get as many in as possible before the Oscars. So far I've liked Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle and loved HER and the Wolf of Wall Street. I'm sure you've heard Wolf of Wall Street is dirty. It really is. Absolutely inappropriate in about 300 ways. The Gorilla and I just loved it. Long Live Leonardo.
5. My mom picked up this Intex toddler bed at WalMart before our visit to Oklahoma in December, and we brought it to Colorado. It's the perfect little travel bed for a kid that isn't ready for a big kid bed but is too big for a travel crib. Pirate has been having some sleeping problems, but this toddler travel bed has been a good thing for us, since he's right in the transition stage.
We're winding down our time in Colorado, and while we've had a beautiful few weeks of holiday and family time, I'm more than ready to get back to a schedule. Being gone the first week of January makes me feel like everyone else started the year without us. I hope you're staying warm.