I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season.
Christmas was a success as we got to spend it with family.
Kyle and Hayden were pleased with Santa's choices for them.
They got a brand new gaming system but the present they have been playing the most while they have been home over the holiday break is a board game, Monopoly.
New Year's Eve was also a success as we got to spend it with family, friends and there was no visit from the hangover fairy, which is always a bonus.
Last year, I imbibed too much and fell forward in our friend's bathroom, which resulted in me cracking a picture frame.
They set up safety measures in case I got out of hand again.
But I was a good boy.
Ms. Frizzle spent a majority of the break working on her mental health.
Ms. Frizzle spent a majority of the break working on her mental health.
Self care with a yellow lab evidently involves eviscerating all of your new Christmas toys.
She also rang in the new year with her new collar.
We went with green because it was the cleanest one in her drawer.
But I guess it also symbolizes growth and renewal so we have that going for us.
And growth is kind of where I want to focus on myself in 2022.
I am not a fan of resolutions so a few years ago I decided to try monthly challenges.
And I missed doing them.
I think a lot of the motivation waned thanks to COVID but I am ready to try again.
So for January I am going to focus on small home projects - Handymanuary if you insist - that have been neglected far too long.
The list includes installing a new dining room light, repairing smalls holes in the wall, fixing some chipped kitchen tile and removing paint in the bathroom.
February's goal might be saving money to call an actual handyman to fix my mistakes but I think I can handle it.
Well, that's all for now.
Hope you are well and I will talk to you soon.
I am better than I was. I will be better than I am.
I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.
omg those memes were good. That slutty kitty. Happy New Year. After your done at your house I have a few projects going on and could use the help. And what is a stuffed toy if not to take it's guts out? At least my Lab thinks that must be done before she can play with them. Surgically removes all eyes along seams and spits them out as if to say, "don't watch me tear our your guts" It makes us laugh.ReplyDelete
Slutty kitty is one of my new all-time favorites.Delete
I like you're idea of monthly challenges. Mine for January is to re-start my planking. We were traveling for 2 days, so am starting my challenge on Jan 5, yesterday and therefore can proudly say I've done two days in a row. I won't do every day, as you need a break I think at least once a week? So for now...I'm doing 40 second planks with 4 repeats with 12 second rest in between. I think I'll try doing them 3 days in a row, with a rest day...hopefully then I can add some seconds to the plank time as it continues. Being more active again (easier now that we're not home and the weather here is warmer). I did a bike ride yesterday and walked today. The Bike ride wasn't far, but the knees felt it. First time I've been on a bike since Spring. Walking 4 miles today.ReplyDelete
Glad you were safe on New Years Eve. Falls are never a good thing. Here's hoping the New Year treats us all better. Fingers and toes crossed. About time to go fix cocktails...it's the best time of the time.
Keep up the good work with the planking.Delete
Those were some interesting meme choices . . .ReplyDelete
It is so satisfying those home projects done. Hopefully, you will not need to make a call to the electrician in February.
I am hopeful I don't have to make that either.Delete
My oldest got a VR headset. I've been waiting for her to crash into something but it hasn't happened yet. I know I'm not going to try it on and be the first.ReplyDelete
I almost ate it playing VR the first time. The kids were quite amused. Good luck.Delete
I like HandyManuary. I may try it, until February comes and my fixes need fixing!ReplyDelete
Glad y'all had a safe fun no faceplanting holiday season/ Win win! and
2022 is going to be the year of no face plants for me.Delete
Monopoly! I love Monopoly! Baltic Avenue!! My dogs always got new collars for Christmas; that stopped when they decided they were too old to be trendy. That cat meme? Had me rolling!ReplyDelete
The cat meme is awesome.Delete
Oh, my! It does look like a certain canine very much enjoyed shredding her Xmas toys.ReplyDelete
She was pretty proud of herself.Delete
Glad to see you back again! You can handle those projects, and tell us about them.ReplyDelete
I will do my best.Delete
Okay. I must say this was a hilarious post. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Thank you and Happy New Year!Delete
I have two big drywall holes that need fixing. When are you available?ReplyDelete
When the Cardinals have another home World Series game.Delete
Nice blog. Happy new year ��ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!Delete
I hate doing repairs or remodeling the house. I only do it when it gets really bad. A board game is good for the kids. Most spend to much time online.ReplyDelete
They are still enjoying playing board games with us so we are going to ride that as long as we can.Delete
Memes are the best. So happy that no hangover and you got to spend New Years with friends and family.ReplyDelete
I loved Monopoly as a kid. I don't think we quite played the rules entirely, we bent them a little (like being able to build hotels/houses as soon as you bought the property not having to wait till you owned all of them). But yes, hours of fun and sometimes accusations of cheating (for whomever was the banker).
I think that is the best way to play Monopoly.Delete
Happy New Year to you and your family! I'm happy to hear the hangover fairy stayed away. I love that even with a new game system the kids played a board game! I don't do resolutions either as I think that sets you up for failure. I like you idea of small projects done one at a time. I need a complete reboot this year I think!ReplyDelete
So far we are staying on track with our January goals.Delete
Happy(Happier) New Year! Dogs and cats love to tear up toys. My cat shredded her catnip toy in a drug induced frenzy. :) We used to play Monopoly; it's a LONG game! I love board games in general though.ReplyDelete
Way too long.Delete
Loved the pic of Ms Frizz, doing what she does best. Glad you had a good holiday season, your friends are very clever. Enjoy those little handyman duties. Whenever I want to do small jobs they always end being very big jobs because if one area looks good then I have to do more to make everything else look good too, ha.ReplyDelete
I am hoping they don't turn into bigger jobs but you are right as they usually do.Delete
Agreed on ixnay of resolutions….they’re for sissy’s anyway :-). Monthly goals, that’s gold, and I’m on board! For January, it is/was taking down the tree and other decorations, so now I’m free to contemplate my goal for February, ha ha.ReplyDelete
I like your way of thinking. It is smart to start small with your goals.Delete
happy new year matt! may good fortune smile upon you.ReplyDelete
The meme's are too funny.ReplyDelete
My dog eviscerated all his toys too but he always does and then wants to play with the dead, stuffingless bodies.
Frizz is the same way with her destroyed toys.Delete
I think your friends were a little disappointed that you didn't break anything the following year. You need to keep your rock star image going. Do a Keith Moon on the joint next year to make up for it.ReplyDelete
The kids are growing up!
And that donut trick is outstanding. Probably would get a sexual harassment charge for me and my son filed by my son's male or female teacher, but well worth it.
I like keeping the wild card factor in play so they never know when I will strike again.Delete
wish I was there..I'm a great handiwoman..everything but electrical...I love that the kids liked the monopoly game..ReplyDelete
Your help would be greatly appreciated.Delete
Happy 2022, Mr. Shife!ReplyDelete
It looks like everybody had a great time!
... and now I want donuts!!
Donuts are the best.Delete