Since the list has carryovers from April, I feel like I should account for completion, partial or otherwise for all the bullet points.
1. I will use my good camera everyday. Well, it didn’t end up being used everyday, but I did pretty well at the beginning of the month . As the month got busier and messier, I was less inclined to tote the camera bag around with me. I do have a ton of photos to share…they’re just parked on the card until I can upload them.
2. I will get a banner made. I designed a banner, uploaded it and almost pulled the trigger. Then I felt pangs of guilt about hanging a digitally printed sign in my tent full of handmade art. So instead I went out and bought some canvas and a grommet kit. I have a stack of fabric scraps piled up waiting ever so patiently to be made into an awesome, handmade banner instead. That’s on the short list of things to do. THIS WEEK!
3. I will work on new designs daily during the week. Uhhhh, so it didn’t happen daily, but I did make a conscious effort to at least scribble ideas down in my notebook or type notes to myself in my phone if I couldn’t physically be in my studio to work.
4. I will get out for a walk every evening during the week. Crap weather and husband being out of town made this difficult to keep up with, but I did use the treadmill at least two or three times a week. Hooray for Netflix streaming on the iPad!
5. I will not overload my calendar with other people’s stuff this month. I NAILED this one. And I did not feel guilty about it either.
6. I will start on Teacher Appreciation gifts NOW. I did. However, we ended up scrambling on a couple things because our weekend plans changed up at the last minute and then I had a sort of last minute GENIUS idea. The PTA made it easy this year theme-wise. Monday: Desserts. Tuesday: Give a hug. Wednesday: Kid Art. Thursday: Write a thank you note. Friday: Bring a treat.
We made cookies and delivered them on Tuesday to their homeroom teachers, their special areas teachers, their librarians, Caleb’s speech teacher and EXPO teacher:
I really wanted the boys to make little monster/bug things and call them HUGS. But we had too much going on and they didn’t seem all that interested in thinking up ideas. Maybe next year.
The boys got to bust out the water colors to paint for their teachers. I failed to take any pictures…
Thursday the boys wrote their thank you notes. I wrote our thank you notes (from Lynn and me) on the first page of the recycled school flyer notepads we gave them this year. We gave the notebooks to the homeroom teachers, the school secretaries and the school nurse.
Last, but not least, my genius idea (if I do say so myself):
I made piñatas that we stuffed full of office supplies, candy, Crystal Light packets, and other things that might be handy to have at your desk! My original plan was to get the base piñatas made so that the boys could build on and turn them into whatever they wanted. However, the process ended up getting jammed up the first two times I tried it where I had to stop layering the paper to go pick up kids from school or take them to soccer and both times when I came back to finish up the balloons had slow leaks which made it impossible to continue on with the them. Pissed does not even begin to describe my feelings when we got home from soccer practice! By this time I was COMMITTED to executing this idea…I stayed up into the WEE hours of the morning Friday finally getting those things finished. I woke the boys up early so they could stuff and at least draw on the outsides before delivery. In the end, the boys were thrilled to deliver the finished piñatas and I know Logan’s teacher had a blast digging through all the goodies we packed in to the thing.
7. I will be more selective in my procrastination. I worked on this all month. It’s getting easier by the day. I am TRYING to get my kids on board with the “five minutes or less? JUST DO IT ALREADY” idea. It has been a struggle…
8. I will continue to cull my “collection” and make places for the stuff with which I cannot bear to part. It’s a work in progress…
9. I will remove the wallpaper from the powder room. Didn’t even think about this one. Not once, until today.
10. Clean the kids’ closets. Also a work in progress…
So. To recap my list for May:
1. I will get my banner made in time to hang at the May 14th Denton Community Market opening day.
2. I will work regularly and consistently on new ideas and designs.
3. I will exercise daily; whether it be a walk around the ‘hood, using the treadmill, working in the yard or the garden.
4. I will be more selective in my procrastination. Five minutes? JUST DOOOO EEEEET!
5. I will remove the wallpaper from the powder room.
6. Clean the kids’ closets.
And with all that wordiness, I’ll call it a night! Let’s reconvene tomorrow sometime for the not-quite-market day tale.