You don’t need me to tell you how insane the weather has been lately. But just in case I’m wrong about that (impossible): the weather lately has been in. sane. Most of last week it was in the low 20s here (DC-ish). It was freezing. Literally. We were bundled in jackets all day, errryday, and actually had to turn the heat on in the house. So when we woke up on Sunday morning to a toasty 45 degrees, it felt…WARM! What to do on such a “warm” weekend morning? Playground, obviously (yes, I just made that a verb).
Shannon and I packed the kids in the car, headed to one of their fave nearby parks, and let them run free for the better part of an hour-and-a-half. There was a whole lot of “LOOK AT ME!” and “I DID IT!” and “AGAIN!” and “HIGHER!” going on. There was also a stuffed animal puppy and fairy wings involved (because: toddlers). And, of course, a little bit of CrossFit stunting/showboating.
Winter is great and all because Christmas and blahblahblah, but can it be summer again already?
PS: a visit to the same park during warmer months (last two photos give the best view).
Today is my half birthday, guys! Happy Half Birthday to meeeee! To…’celebrate’, I’m letting y’all in on a little secret…
I’ve had a hard time with getting older every since turning 27. I’m not sure if I truly regret my past, but I do know that I don’t feel like I’m where supposed to be – financially, personally, academically, or professionally – and that is something I hate.
I hate that I’m broke and stuck in what feels like endless cycle of pay-off-one-debt-just-in-time-to-accrue-a-new-debt type of debt. I hate that I’m stuck being legally married to RJ because of a bunch of technicality bullshit exacerbated by a pathetic economy and my lack of a degree. I hate that all my peers graduated college over SIX YEARS AGO and I still have a semester-and-a-half to go…for just my undergrad..and only because I’m condensing two years of school into one. I hate that I’m not competitive in the job market because I don’t have a degree, and that not having a degree has relegated me to working a job that pays me an embarrassingly small amount of money; a job that pays me what I was making a decade ago when I was still a teenager, before I had three kids to take care of, and that effectively perpetuates my legal marriage to RJ. I hate the feeling of unaccomplished-ness that I carry around with me on a daily basis; the feeling of unaccomplished-ness that cripples me wherever I go. I hate feeling not good enough.
The list goes on and on and on…and on some more. All the way to hating not having real world experience in…well…the rest of the real world. It may seem like minutia, but having never traveled outside of the United States really bothers me. A lot. Traveling the world has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Since tweenhood, really. Not crazy quit-your-job-and-pack-up-and-go travel. Just like, a proper trip to somewhere…different.
So that’s exactly what I plan to do. In 18 months….when I turn 30. Shannon and I have been talking about this since the second week of 2014 (I even wrote about it in PL that week), but I thought today – my half-birthday – would be a good time to put out there. Because recently I learned the hard way that big, bold plans are not the type you rush into. That a little planning will take a goal a long way (and that no planning will take a goal nowhere). So consider this Step #1 in the official “30 in 30 for 30″ idea-into-plan-into-action…announcement.
What exactly is the plan? For Shannon and I to spend 30 days traveling the world, crossing off 30 mini-bucket list items, the summer I turn 30 (2016, for those of you having trouble with all the math). We don’t have a set mini-list of bucket items, nor have we decided on exact destinations. But we have the next 18 months to figure those things out…and to squirrel away money for this trip. We’re thinking on concentrating our travels in Europe but we also know that’s totally cliche, so we are open to other areas of the world, too. We just have no idea where to begin. That’s where y’all come in. What are your favorite travel destinations? Are there any must-see spots? Where should we go?! Caylee and Andrea, I’m expecting some solid references from you two!
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I’m forging ahead with all my PL catch-up posts with another week’s layout…the second in three days. Get ready for at least one more this week. I have two ready to go, but I’m not quite sure how to space them with the holiday…
WEEK OF | October 20 – 26
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK | Well, obviously a hell of a lot more than last week. One of my favorite captures this week is that photo of Madden pretending to take a nap over the weekend. I tried for at least two hours to get him to stay quiet in his room so I could get some homework done, but he kept making ridiculous demands tied to un-followed-through-on promises to finally take a nap. That kid…
ANYTHING SPECIAL THIS WEEK | Shannon and I finally got to make an overdue stop at Starbucks after work one day for hot chocolate…just for the mood to be obliterated by the most persistent/flirty/creepy homeless dude ever. On Sunday we treated the kids to their own Starbucks hot chocolate. That trip was much more successful…except Madden didn’t touch his. I don’t think that boy like chocolate very much. Last time we tried giving him chocolate (brownies), he spit them out and said they were “‘s’gustin'”…
Also this week, Madden had his 30 month check-up, during which (1) it was reiterated that he’s right on track across the board, and (2) we learned that he is all-of-a-sudden not at all afraid of the doctor. YAY!
TECHNIQUES USED THIS WEEK | Pictures + words. That’s it.
OVERALL THOUGHTS | YES. Aesthetically, this is one of my favorite weeks from this year. Contextually, it was pretty good too.
SUPPLIES USED | PL Photo Pocket Pages Design A; Caylee Grey handwritten weekly title card; Paislee Press Pictures & Words No. 9 ; Paislee Press Week In Review Cards.
MORE PROJECT LIFE
For the better part of the last year I’ve had this increasingly unshakeable urge to get rid of all the crap we don’t need, pack up what we do, and move into the city. To get away from the stagnant and suffocating suburbs, and into the bright lights of The Big City. To trade all of the space we have in our suburban townhome for all of the adventures the city has to offer. To navigate the challenge of living without all the extras. To live more efficient and sustainable lives. To be closer to all the action so that we can concentrate on filling our lives with experiences instead of things.
This feeling has been building ever since coming across some random blog from some random Pin about minimal living nearly a year ago. Ever since then, I’ve been quietly reading blogs and books detailing the lives of couples who have ‘taken the plunge’, so to speak. Couple who have given away or gotten rid of all their crap, and have moved into micro-spaces in the name of simple living. Most of these couple head way outside city limits, but a book I picked up last week, New Slow City, is about a couple who ventured further inside city limits. A couple who traded 2,000 spacious suburban square feet for a 350-square-foot metropolitan micro-apartment, all in the name of living simpler and slower lives.
I don’t know what it is about this particular story, but New Slow City has kicked this overwhelming desire to move into the city – to trade superficial space and stuff for constant possibilities for experience and adventure – into overdrive. Too bad that in this city, a downsize is space comes with an increase in rent.
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Despite being behind on posting my weekly layouts, I’m actually caught up on PL 2014. I’m hoping to have each week posted before the end of the year, so I can start PL 2015 posts “on time” in the new year. That means y’all should get ready for an influx of PL posts over the next few weeks!
WEEK OF | October 13 – 19
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK | I spent the first half of the week in a hotel in DC, working my employer’s annual trade show. That means I missed a lot of “real life” this week, and didn’t get a lot of photos. Womp. However, I didn’t miss Show + Tell on Friday. The kids brought Fresh Flowers for letter F, and gave the small bouquets to their teachers at the end of the day. Awww!
ANYTHING SPECIAL THIS WEEK | Does picking up supplies for December Daily count as “special”?
TECHNIQUES USED THIS WEEK | Lots and lots of journaling. That’s what a lack of photos from the week does to a layout…
OVERALL THOUGHTS | Meh. Not particularly impressed with it, but not necessarily unimpressed either. I had a severe deficit of photos to choose from this week and am actually pretty shocked that the ones I did snap seemed to be pretty heavy on blues and pinks. Hey, at least it all “matches”!
SUPPLIES USED | PL Photo Pocket Pages Design A; Caylee Grey handwritten weekly title card; Paislee Press Week In Review Cards; Paislee Press Pictures & Words No. 9.
MORE PROJECT LIFE