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Blog Year Retrospective #15

Happy birthday, bloggy! We’ve made it to 15 years! One year ago, I was celebrating health and happiness and was looking forward to the start of a new decade. Oh, how much things have changed!  Just a week after I wrote last year’s retrospective, I ended up in the ER with severe abdominal pain. Testing revealed that I needed to have my gallbladder removed immediately. I had surgery the following day, and, thankfully, I had no surgical complications. However, around Christmastime, the severe pain returned. After several trips to specialists—and at a time when none are in the office—I couldn't get a straight answer about why I was still hurting. The doctors suspected that I had a retained gallstone in my bile duct and managed to pass it on my own. The pain waxed and waned over the next few months before finally going away in the spring. It came back with a fury in October, though, so either I have another stone stuck in my bile duct or I have post-cholecystectomy syndrome. Lovely! F
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This Happened On April 10, 2021 at 04:05PM

Week 13 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. At the end of every quarter, I plan a week with minimal chores, just the necessities. It's a gift to myself for twelve weeks of hard work, one of the perks of being a homemaker. On Sunday of this week, my chore list was a perfect two items long. An hour of effort. Glorious! πŸ‘ And then Monday arrived. 🌊 We met our new doctor this week. Our cat is still struggling with her constipation issues. We switched health insurance companies. I cleaned and organized and cooked and repaired and volunteered and did all the things a productive housewife does. And then we found out that my husband has shingles for absolutely no reason at all. 🀦‍♀️ What. The. 🀬. . The Man is doing really well. He barely itches and isn't in pain. We caught his rash early and were able to get him on the antiviral quickly. His blisters are gone just a week later. πŸ™❤ . So much for my quiet week off!!! I NEED A VACATION. πŸ€ͺ . Image designed by @freepik. . #

This Happened On April 10, 2021 at 04:00PM

Week 12 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. It's been a year since The Man started working from home and being around me 24/7. I feel like we've endured a year of being marooned on an island with our friends waving at us from their distant islands. One full year of constant closeness mixed with intense isolation. We're waiting on vaccine eligibility now, dreaming of family reunions, hoping for the "new normal" to look like the old normal soon. πŸ’• . Anyone want to join me for a mask burning party when this is all over? We'll probably have to wear masks while we're burning masks... πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜·πŸ”₯ . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #springplanner

This Happened On April 03, 2021 at 02:50PM

Week 11 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. More spring cleaning this week: I bleached the concrete, vacuumed every nook and cranny of the garage, and went to town pulling hair out of Annie's winter coat. I don't know how an 8lb cat can make that much hair, but thankfully she only sheds heavily for just a couple weeks. I also decorated for Easter. Not much, just a few little things, but I didn't bother last year at all. I learned the importance of changing seasons and surroundings during the pandemic, realizing that while decorating seems trivial, it helps to mark the passage of time and traditions. . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #springplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CNODI_1r1dL/

This Happened On April 03, 2021 at 02:30PM

Week 10 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I'm exhausted all over again just from looking at the list of things I did this week! With the change in weather, the outside chores beckon. I gave three overgrown shrubs a serious trim (filled a yard debris bin!). My car was growing some green stuff where water settles, so that had to be power washed and toothbrushed. Not a fan of the outdoor chores, but it was nice to go on some walks toward the end of the week. . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #springplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CNOA6irLgMS/

This Happened On March 15, 2021 at 05:07PM

Week 9 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I finally had a moment to work on crafty things this week. I finished my remaining card making tasks until August, which feels so nice! I still have to write inside the cards and such, but the making bit is done. πŸ‘ A relatively quiet, normal week otherwise. Hoping that trend continues! . Image designedby@freepik . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CMdXsiLLvqS/

This Happened On March 15, 2021 at 04:41PM

Week 8 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. We filed our taxes. The Man and I actually enjoy the process for some inexplicable reason. We always sit down and do them together, making sure we understand the details and double checking the results. We don't have anything complicated this year, thankfully. Our refund arrived quickly, and the cat redistributed it to the vet immediately. πŸ™„ . It's the season of lent, and we're supposed to give up meat on Fridays in order to experience suffering. The struggle reminds us of Christ's suffering and sacrifice for us. The rule seems a bit silly to me considering a day without meat is not a challenge at all (I could live on PB&Js, easily!), and fish is a big treat for me. I plan to "suffer" so, so much on Fridays with some steelhead I bought this week. Oh, the pain! πŸ˜‚ Also, I think having to give up seeing friends and family for the past year was suffering enough. 🀦‍♀️ . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo

This Happened On March 15, 2021 at 04:24PM

Week 7 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. We survived a major ice storm over the weekend, thankfully only losing power for eight hours. Many people were in the dark for much longer. I had just made a gallon of yogurt on Friday last week, so I had to remake that this week since the fridge was down for too long. Thankfully our spoilage was limited to a tiny bit of cheese, the yogurt, and one salad dressing. Our veggies were fine, and the freezer was good. The internet was not so great though: it went out a full day. Our cell service took two days to return. We both finished some books, caught up on some organizing, and enjoyed the quiet at least. Looking forward to spring! . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CMdS2WQLiVf/

This Happened On March 15, 2021 at 04:14PM

Week 6 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. What a week! I was so busy that I can't even remember what I did. Chores, appointments, more chores... this house doesn't clean itself, but those robot vacuums are looking better every day! πŸ˜‚ . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CMdRm9ALpne/

This Happened On February 21, 2021 at 01:35PM

Week 5 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Pretty sure I turned 35, and my body just went, "warranty's up on this human: time for pain!" πŸ€• I started physical therapy for my hip this week. Same problem as my other hip two years ago. There's nothing physically wrong, but since I have joint hypermobility, my muscles have to work extra hard to hold my body in alignment, and, somehow (or perhaps unsurprisingly?), I've managed to 'lazy' my way into unbalanced strength. Since I'm speaking from the future (read: I've been slacking on my posts), the PT has already done wonders, and I'm hurting less every day. Looking forward to having a chance at long term joint stability! πŸ‘ . Also, I made cookies for the first time in ages this week. One batch of chocolate chip cookies for The Man and one batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for me. 🀀πŸͺ What's your favorite cookie? πŸ€” . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoin

This Happened On February 18, 2021 at 05:53PM

Week 4 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Our cat, Annie, has gone on a couple hunger strikes lately to protest her dry food. I spent several hours researching cat food *again* to hopefully find something she can eat that doesn't cost a fortune but also doesn't contain potential allergens for her. I have unwillingly become an expert in feline nutrition. 🀦‍♀️πŸ‘©‍πŸŽ“ (You can read more of her antics and food drama @anniethekoratcat ) When I wasn't neck-deep in research, I was working on the usual chores. I also got a bunch of handwriting practice on some envelopes. ✒πŸ‘ . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CLdL9DIL6Vs/

This Happened On February 17, 2021 at 08:48PM

Week 3 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. After five years of weekly meetings, hundreds of phone calls, and thousands of hours of work, The Man left his volunteer position this week. He's stepping back, taking a much-needed break. We cleaned out our closet full of his volunteer supplies and drove to Eugene to pass them on to the next president. He will still act in a supporting role, but he's not in charge anymore. The relief was swift, and we're both happy to put the stress behind us. And I'm glad to have more storage space back! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‚ . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CLa7NIcrobC/

This Happened On February 16, 2021 at 04:36PM

Week 2 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Attempting to settle into the new year, but this week was busy. I was still struggling to decide what direction I wanted my journal to go, so I got some helpful second opinions. Many thanks to those that provided input! πŸ’• . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CLX5m3ihDap/

This Happened On February 15, 2021 at 08:11PM

Week 1 in my 2021 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Yes, it's February 15, and I am SO far behind in posting these weekly spreads. But it took me a few weeks to figure out my plan and make some design decisions. We're back to handwritten spreads, but I'm printing my templates so that I don't have to redraw them every week. Is that cheating or just being efficient? πŸ€” Anyway, I started 2021 with a busy week. Taking charge right from the start! πŸ‘πŸ‘ . Image designed by @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CLVtVkErd6I/

This Happened On January 31, 2021 at 02:03PM

Showing Meowmy how to pose for the camera. She definitely needs more practice. 😼😹 . πŸ™‹‍♀️πŸ’¬ I would apologize for my lack of makeup in this photo, but let's get real: I haven't worn anything on my face but lip balm in almost a year. πŸ’‍♀️ Besides, I'm pretty sure this neck warmer could make anyone look good. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜» . #catmom #catmomlife #korat #koratcat #koratcatsofinstagram #catsoforegon #greycat #graycat #adoptdontshop #russianblue #greytwinsiescats via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CKubWwxL4t-/

This Happened On January 20, 2021 at 02:26PM

You may take my picture, hooman, but you'll never capture my true beauty. 😼😹Anyone else love black and white photography? πŸ–€πŸ€πŸ˜» . #blackandwhitephotography #greyscale #wontlookwednesday #whiskerwednesday #korat #koratcat #koratcatsofinstagram #catsoforegon #greycat #graycat #adoptdontshop #russianblue #greytwinsiescats via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CKSJQF9L5u6/

This Happened On January 04, 2021 at 01:58PM

Week 51 in my 2020 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. After threatening to split in half for the past year, our garage door has been fixed! We also got a new operator installed. The door is so quiet now! And it goes up and down when we want it to, which seems obvious, but we've had months of the old one doing whatever it wanted. So, so, SO glad to have that done! πŸ˜€ A nice, easy week otherwise. . Festive Christmas image from #freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CJo5RJqr2Yj/

This Happened On January 04, 2021 at 02:06PM

Week 52 in my 2020 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Merry Christmas! πŸŽ„ We had a very small holiday this year, just seeing my parents on Christmas Eve and The Man's parents on Christmas Day. No big meals, no large family gatherings... it felt very weird, but we can't complain. At least we were able to do a little bit of celebrating in person! ❤ . Nativity scene from #freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CJo6McErbHd/

This Happened On January 04, 2021 at 02:25PM

Week 53 in my 2020 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. So long, farewell... and good riddance to 2020! 🍾🎊πŸ₯‚ Hoping the new year is, well, less πŸ’© than the last one! πŸ’œ I've wrapped up 2020 with a few quick statistics: 🍽 346 cycles in the dishwasher, thanks to all of the home cooking I did. πŸ• I made 248 work lunches for The Man, an average of 4.7 per week. Up from ~4 last year since he took less vacation and had no catered lunches at work. 🧺 I did 374 loads of laundry, an average of 7.1 each week. The highest week saw 12 loads, and the lowest was 5 loads. How can 2 people create so much laundry!?  🧻 The number of times we ran out of toilet paper this year? Zero. πŸ’‍♀️ #prepperlife Happy New Year! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰ Winter scene from #freepik. #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CJo8bxjLqGs/

This Happened On January 04, 2021 at 01:48PM

Week 50 in my 2020 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. We have been stuck at home for so long that The Man and I decided to go for a drive this week. We enjoyed a sunny day and good conversation away from our screens and humdrum daily stuff. πŸ’• . We also put the final polish on our VERY "snarcastic" and silly Christmas letter, which was emailed out to friends and family. (If you are not part of my email list and want a copy, send me your email address via DM.) We got some great feedback, and apparently we'll have to write our letters that way from now on. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ . Pretty holiday candles from #freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CJo4I42LZY9/

This Happened On January 04, 2021 at 01:34PM

Week 49 in my 2020 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. The Man and I got new phones! We waited almost 3 years, and we found some great sales. It took us a few days to get settled with them, but the upgrades are SO nice! We also finished all of our Christmas shopping this week. Glad to have that done early. A pretty normal week otherwise... . Gorgeous cardinal image from #freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #winterplanner via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/CJo2jT7LDDD/