Top Ten of 2015



Peace out, 2015, I'm going to miss you and wish you would stick around for another day week or two (I'm not done with you!!!).  But since I have no choice but to forge ahead with 2016 - ready or not- here's my Top Ten List for 2015.  Every year I compile a top ten list of significant things that happened during the year.  My best friend Daniel started this when we were much (much) younger and it's a year end tradition I've kept up with pretty much my entire adult life.  Not a lot happened in our hometown and he was tired of everyone complaining about how they hadn't done anything that year, so he would make us come up with a list of 10 good things that happened in our lives that year.  The criteria for our Top Ten lists has changed to include 10 significant things that happened during the year (since some life changing events aren't exactly good, happy moments).  Without further ado, here's 2015's list (in no particular order).

1. STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS (whaaaaaaat!!!)
2.  went to the Incubus concert with Dennis and Jack
3.  dyed my hair purple and pink and orange, and red
4.  Ingress anomaly in Austin
5.  great baseball moments:  won tickets to a Skeeter's game, sat behind home plate at an Astro's game, and my Mets made it to the World Series!
6.  our front yard got dug up to have a water main replaced - it took four (five?) days and Jack was super excited about watching all the machines
7.  Jack got a big boy bed!
8.  Dennis and I participated in a bowling tournament for his work
9.  We met George Takei at Comicpalooza!
10.  I was lucky enough to attend Blog Eleveated even though it was out of town this year.

2015 was a really good year.  It wasn't as big and grand as some years (ahem, 2012), but it wasn't stagnant like some other years.  Since I'm terrible at just picking 10 things, here are some honorable mentions from this year: I kept on running but without as much dedication, gained weight - lots - I'm now tied for my heaviest non-pregnant weight, watched the Houston Marathon, did a lot of bike riding, Jack got tall enough to reach the rings on his own at the playground, Reed's third birthday gymnastics party, I attended all of the Houston Bloggers meetings, Bubbles for Kitty, continuted my photo an hour project, took Jack ice skating for the very first time.



I love reading everyone's Top Ten lists.  If you have one (or a year end post), please share them here!  I'll leave the link-up open all month!  Happy 2016!!!


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Sunday Confessions (on Monday.....again....I know, I know....)

The United States of Becky

I confess I've had my Christmas tree since December 3rd and only got lights and tinsel on it 5 days ago and not a single ornament has been hung yet and this is a super long run on sentence and I totally don't care because I'm 100% not in the holiday mood because it's freaking EIGHTY DEGREES outside right now and fuck you, El Nino.

I confess I have really great ideas for Christmas gifts for my family and friends until it comes time to actually go shopping.  As soon as I get into a store I get shopper's block and completely blank on any and everything I wanted to get them and then usually end up getting something crappy.  As soon as I get home I remember all the cool things I wanted to get them.  Why I don't write down my ideas is beyond me.

I confess this weather makes me all ragey and stabby.  I know that's not much of a confession, but I just really really hate hot weather.  And I hate it even more in December.  I know I'm not going to get a white Christmas in Houston (except for that one time and I wasn't even there FFS) but I'd at least like to be able to wear a sweater, scarf, coat, and long socks.  Shorts and a t-shirt feel about as Christmas as a hot poker to the eye.

Bah-humbug!!!
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Day in the Life, December 1, 2015

The last month of 2015 is here and (as usual) I'm just not ready for it.  I need at least 2 more weeks of November to get ready for December, but like it or not, December is here.  I spent the first day of this month not nearly as productive as I would've liked, but still managed to get some stuff done.  Errands were ran, dishes were washed, and laundry was on it's continuous loop - so pretty much what normal adults do every day (why is this so hard for me?!!?).  Along with all the chores, I snapped my photo an hour as part of my nearly 3 years long Day in the Life series.  Not all of them are up on the blog, but you can go back and look for them on Instagram.  Just look for the #dayinthelife and #reinventingjess hashtags!



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morning coffee with Den


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Squeak was holding Den hostage'


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Jack's new favorite toy.  Dennis bought it for him last night and it was the last thing Jack talked about before bed and the first thing he wanted when he woke up


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Loading up to go to Mimi's. Jack wanted to hang some windchimes in the truck.


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Time to add oil.  Treat your car right and it'll return the favor.


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Free hipster cat bag with my purchase at Sally Beauty Supply!


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Fancy TV dinner for lunch.  It was actually really yummy.


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Finally getting to the dishes I had been putting off all day


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Sorting laundry


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The never ending story


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On the way to get Jack


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Seriously.  He's obsessed with this baking set.


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Getting a little Ingress action in on the way home


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"Daddy, draw house, draw Scoop."


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Maybe not the best way to try to wind down for the night......


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