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Friday, Friyay: January 4th

& (1)I think with it being a new year and all, I might be due for a new Friday Friyay image.  I’m not in love with it, and if I’ve been learning anything recently, it’s that I should only keep around things that spark joy.

So, welcome to the new year!  It’s probably a shock seeing something from me three days in a row, but you know that “new year, new me” energy that buoys you up for the first two weeks or so of January, right?  I’m just bursting with that at the moment.  My house is clean, I have ideas for things I want to make, and I feel good about things.

Things that have been making me feel good:

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which premiered on Netflix on January 1st.  I’ve only watched the first couple of episodes, but I would kill, I think, to be as organized and cheery as Marie Kondo is.  I think her methodology is a little intense, but I also don’t disagree with it – I don’t want to even talk about the amount of stuff I got rid of in the week prior to the new year, and it wasn’t even a matter of that stuff not “sparking joy.”  It was stuff I didn’t use, couldn’t remember why I had, or was legit just broken.  So why was I hanging on to it?  I love home transformation shows, and this one so far has been super relatable, in that it’s mostly just people going, “I have no concept of  how to organize/conquer this myself.”  It speaks to  my little executive dysfunctioning-heart on a deep, visceral level.

We submitted our son’s application to charter school’s kindergarten lottery!  I can’t believe Bear is old enough for us to even be thinking about kindergarten, let alone applying, but if all goes well, he’ll be enrolled for the 2019/2020 school year.  I think my mom is already mourning the loss of seeing him everyday, but I think overall it will be better for the both of them; she’s getting older, and while she adores him, I know he wears her out.

As a holiday treat to ourselves, my husband and I bought this wall-mounted, magnetic Scrabble board It’s been great to take turns at our leisure, and I think it’ll be a fun talking point when guests come over.  It reminds me of the quiet leisure activities my husband and I used to do together before we had a pet or a kid, like 500 piece puzzles – the kind of thing you can sit and consider in quiet contemplation together for hours, or pop a piece into place while you’re waiting for dinner to cook.  Sadly, with a four-year-old and a cat, puzzles are off the table (literally; that’s the problem), and this is a nice alternative.

We’ve been getting new Steven Universe episodes weekly since Christmas Eve, and will have new episodes until January 21st (we don’t speak of what may come after that).  I have said and continue to say that it feels dangerously close to endgame, given the current plotline, and while I would love for SU to continue indefinitely, I don’t want it to grow tired with endless attempts to “top” itself (…looking at you, Supernatural).  Still, this past season (which ends with the episode on the 21st) has been intense.  If Season Six is in fact the last one, I am hopeful it will go out with a fittingly epic finale.

I have so much to do on this blog!  I’m still moving over all my OctPoWriMo posts to a side blog that will, from now on, host all my attempts at writing challenges and other creative writing endeavors, and I’m working on some organizational planner sheets/checklists/layout both for my own life and for sharing with you all.

I hope you all have had a hopeful, happy start to the new year, and I look forward to sharing 2019 with you all!

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