We didn't get blown away by the storms. Christmas was wonderful, we got a lot done on vacation (although there was so much to do we didn't even get the upstairs completely decluttered), and went to the in-laws over New Year's where, due to late nights and junk food I proceeded to gain 2 pounds. I can't believe it. That makes 3 pounds gained back since Christmas. I'm planning on going back to the gym tomorrow. I really didn't want to go to the gym until March, because there's almost no parking!
I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions, because I know I won't keep them. I'm continually trying to pick something and do better at it, like reading my scriptures. I wanted to start developing my "talents" further, so James brought our keyboard upstairs and bought me some speakers so I could practice my meager piano skills. Did you know they have free sheet music on the Internet? I found some music I used to play, like Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (1st movement only) and Fur Elise. I used to play those pretty well, years ago. Not so much anymore!
I also made another accomplishment today. I wrote a first chapter of a book. I don't know if it will go anywhere, but I had the opening line pop into my head, so I went with it. If I go further with it, I may post some...then again I may not. I haven't gotten over my immense fear of criticism yet, although I can take a little bit. Essential since my dream is to get published someday!
The decluttering is going ok, but I did nothing today except fold several loads of laundry. Oh yes, and start that book. Tomorrow I get back on the wagon.
I signed the boys up for some homeschooler classes yesterday that our group does during the school year. Professor is in a play that he tried out for last fall (Oliver Twist), and Bugaboo is in a Kindergarten science class at the same time. When we were at signups Professor kept saying, "Mom--they have a chess board. Mom, the board's open. Mom, it's over there, Mom, Mom, Mooooom!" So I told him to go ahead. His father has taught him the basic moves, and he's been trying to teach his brother. The class is an advanced chess class, but in talking to the teacher he said he could test him, so he did. The teacher said that he would have no trouble catching up to the rest of the class. I said, "He's....kind of a quick study." The teacher replied with a smile, "Yes, I noticed that." Professor spent much of the rest of the time we were there playing a game with the teacher between his (teacher's) other signups. There are also tournaments Professor could play in if he wants to. I'm so excited for him, although the idea boggles my mind. I would be scared to death to play chess with my husband, let alone a tournament! I'm pretty proud of him. Of course, in case you're wondering, I keep my feelings about my inadequacies to myself.
I still don't know how to get the pictures off of my camera onto the computer, and there's this really cool one I want to show you.
This post has been all over the place, but I want to tell those of you who've asked where I've been that I survived the holidays and that I'll be back in full swing soon! Now, where is my husband to show me how to post pics?