Friday, January 29, 2021

Jumping Through January

We're four weeks into 2021, and it's already been a whirlwind.  I'm happy to report that I've been able to make more time to write blog posts; however, I still thought that I'd stop in to write a quick update on what we've been up to this month.

We had a pretty quiet start to 2021.  Eliot had both New Years Eve and New Years Day off so we took advantage by going to Portland on New Years Eve Day.  We went to the mall and then we went over to Chipotle for dinner.  After eating in our car, we headed over to Walmart to grab a few supplies and to get some food.  We decided to get drinks for New Years, and I got a chuckle about finding a Frozen Lego set in the middle of the wine section.  (Eliot cracked up at my "Some decisions were made here" comment.)  

After that, we went home and changed into our pajamas.  Then, we proceeded to spend the rest of the evening sitting on the couch, snacking, watching television and ringing the new year by watching the ball drop from Times Square.  It was weird to see Times Square so quiet, but with the current pandemic, it was what we expected.

At midnight, Eliot gave me a quick kiss before diving onto his computer.  The new Loungefly bags for February were being released for pre-order at midnight.  After a quick glance, I immediately fell head over heals in love with the new Mickey and Minnie Sweet Treats set.  Eliot pre-ordered the mini backpack, wallet, Minnie Mouse ears and the Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich crossbody for me.  (He spoils me!)

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New Years Day, we slept in really late.  I was in no mood to get up early after staying up until about 2:00 am.  Eliot decided to make an entire pack of bacon and I made myself some eggs with cheese.  After that, we spent the weekend relaxing, cleaning the house a little and setting up the new Christmas tree.

Things sped up and the days started to fly by.  Before we knew it, it was time for Eliot and I to go to our eye doctor appointments.  Of course, that was also the same day as the attack at the Capitol.  After that, we watched a lot of news the following days.

On January 10th, Eliot and I traveled to Massachusetts to go to the Disney Store at the Burlington Mall.  It was nice to take a break from the news, and to get out of the house and go somewhere.  It was a really nice day trip and mini getaway!

The following day, Shop Disney released their Love is an Adventure collection and I bought a few new pieces of Up merchandise for our living room.  That arrived a few days later and I was so excited!  I'm happy with all of our new items and I'm even planning to get a few more for other rooms in our house!

I spent the rest of the week watching a lot of news and staying up to date on political stuff.  I'm not really into it, but I wanted to know what was going on.  I actually watched the Impeachment announcement live while making some delicious candy apple slices.

In order to not let the political stuff drive me insane, I started working on a few new Snowblade Creations desk accessory samples while I was listening to the news.  That Wednesday and Thursday, I completed two new desk sets.  (Here's the Mickey Galaxy set and I'll be posting about the other one here soon!) 

The 2021 NHL season started for the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, January 14th.  I knew that I'd missed watching the Sharks, but even I didn't realize how much until they were back.  It was nice just to hear the voice of our announcer!  After 10 months, the Sharks were back and it was so sweet to see our boys in teal again!

The next day, we celebrated Happily Ever Hatter's 7th birthday on the 15th- which is also National Hat Day.  It was fun to look back at all of the fun memories I've had while in business.  It also motivated me to make some new designs for Happily Ever Hatter.

The next week, Eliot took Wednesday off for Inauguration Day.  He'd never watched one before, so we spent most of the day watching the footage.  Afterwards, I was feeling really uplifted and inspired about all of the history that was made.

Last weekend, my brother Jeremy came up to visit us.  His birthday was Saturday the 23rd.  Our parents and Nana were supposed to come down, but they canceled their trip with coronavirus cases spiking in southern Maine.  Instead, Jeremy arrived here Saturday afternoon.  Then, we all drove up to Portland together.  We went to Newbury Comics at the mall where Eliot and I got a new Olaf and Bruni Funko Pop.  Then, we got two pastel Snoopy plushes at The Paper Store.  (Jeremy had fallen in love with the one I'd gotten a few weeks ago, and I'm so happy they still had them at the store!)

After the mall, the three of us went over to Target where we bought a few snacks for the evening and breakfast for the next morning.  On the way home, we picked up a to go order from Chili's for Eliot and me.  Of course, the birthday boy had to have his Pat's Pizza.  We took our food home and ate it while watching Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max.  Before bed, Jeremy had a small piece of cake that I'd bought.

We all slept in on Sunday.  Then, Eliot cooked the bacon while I made bacon wrapped cinnamon buns and scrambled eggs.  Jeremy didn't say much about the meal, but it was devoured in record time.  We visited for a bit longer before he gathered his things and headed home.  It wasn't a super exciting birthday weekend, but we were glad to have Jeremy visit and that we could celebrate his birthday with him. 

Unfortunately, shortly after Jeremy left, Eliot started to feel unwell.  We think it might have been the food he had from Chili's not agreeing with him, but we weren't sure.  He ended up staying home from work both Monday and Tuesday due to bad stomach pains.  While he was home, we spent most of the time relaxing on the couch watching the news or a few Hallmark movies from our DVR.  Thankfully, by Wednesday he was feeling a lot better and he went back to work.

Which brings us to today   It's hard to believe that we're already almost a month into 2021, but here we are!  Thankfully, I'm feeling really good about where I am right now.  

We've had a really productive month: Eliot and I both had our eye exams and I finally ordered new glasses.  We both had our dental cleanings yesterday morning.  I'm also finally scheduled for a visit with a nose, ear and throat specialist in April.  We've made plans of what to do with our tax refund money when we get it.  Eliot and I have also made a plan to work on the house in order to get it finished.

Most importantly, I'm feeling really refreshed, uplifted, optimistic and motivated!  I'm hoping that I can ride that wave into February so I can get a lot of things accomplished this upcoming month as well!  "If you can dream it, you can do it!" °o°


  1. I love reading your blogs, they are so full of detail. I can't wait until your house is finished and you share the decorations with us (jv)

    1. I'm so glad you enjoy them! We've been making progress... slowly but surely. I've got a lot of plans over the next few weeks. Hopefully I'll have something to update soon! :-)