Friday, December 31, 2010

See you later Alligator....

The end. It seemed like I could solve all my shortcomings by blogging! Chronicle the things that I have been struggling with over the years and couldn't seem to accomplish. They say if you put them out there, they are easier to tackle because 1. you have a support system and 2. you feel the pressure to conquer because other people know, peer pressure. Seems logical. At least on paper!

So the journey began, to try and turn 2010 into a positive.

First off, I re-read the entire year to refresh my memory. I have to apologize to all of you for putting you through that :) all 130 entries! After the review, some laughs, some tears, I began to analyze it all to see just what I gained from it. Although, I didn’t gain what I thought I would, I did benefit from it. My linen closet is still like it was the day I purged and organized it. My closet is still color coded, although I have added a few things and quite possibly I may need to edit it again. My refrigerator door is still absent of the clutter of life. I still weigh the same. I still feel old and tired. I’m even more addicted to the Christmas Tree Shop. The Tupperware monster still inhabits my kitchen cupboard. I became a vegetarian. I discovered new places and made some new friends (Sarah). I still have wallpaper on one kitchen wall(my biggest disappointment, and I am humiliated to admit it).  And my friend, Rose, who fostered this idea, has made more progress than I! She is amazing!

So there you go…. Back to square one with a list of things to tackle in 2011. So I am going to march into the new year with the same enthusiasm I did at this time last year, and like many years before, it will dwindle and I will do a handful of tasks and when 12/31/2011 comes along I will do it all again.

So as a ponder a new list for 2011, I want to thank you all for your support and kind words over the past year. So long Fabulous in 52, it’s been fun, Fabulous or NOT!

Oh, I couldn't leave with out a few pictures to close out the year.... Happy New Year!
XOXOXOX  Shelley

Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of the road

When I embarked on this little adventure, and 2010 seemed like the right time.  My thought was that when I achived greatness, haha, I would be able to greet the Queen, Oprah, or Publishers Clearing house when they arrived unexpectidly, with Joy.  Not the fear and anxiety I had been experiencing for the last few years as my house slowly spiraled out of control.  Well, I have come to the conclusion that the odds of the Queen, Oprah or Publishers Clearning house showing up are the same odds that my house would ever rival the queens castle.  I don't have a staff to keep things tidy and I have a life to live.  I'm sure if things were just so-so life would be more enjoyable, but they are not so I have to pick what I want.  A clean house that I spend all my time making look presentable, for people who may or may not show up, or being able to close the door behind me and be off to the next adventure.  Hmmmm...hate to tell you Adventure wins.  I can't do it.  I admit it, so 2011 here I come, I'm buckling my seatbelt and ready to roll....
...PS  Last Blog entry will be tomorrow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fun with the Fam

Boy, a holiday weekend always seems to be a whirlwind.  It's a wonder we have time to enjoy it.  A tight schedule to fit it all in.  Too much food, I have a food hangover.  I think I am a perfect candidate for one of those body cleansings.  A good interior cleaning is in order.
We had a house full for the holidays.  Back to picking the clothes up off the bathroom door, shutting off the lights, washing a lot of towels, dogs barking wildly when kids come in late, and more.  All those things I miss so much about the kids!   It's all quiet now- and I realize, yes, I do miss those things! 
All the granddoggers were here.  5 dogs sniffing each others doggy parts, a few pirate sounds(errrrr) letting the visitors know whose house it is and who is the boss.  All the little ones dressed in their Christmas clothes.  Idea!!!!  Let's get a picture of them all in front of the fireplace.  I had visions of them all sitting at attention waiting for the treat we were bribing them with.  NOT.  Three sat at attention, the others jumping around and getting the well behaved dogs out of line.   The best I could do was a quick picture of the rear ends of 4 of them.  No Kardashian Christmas photo here! I think I will have to learn photoshop to manage that one. 
All in all it was a good time.  Exhausted, but that goes without saying.  Time to enjoy the rest of 2010, and reflect on another year.  Time flys when your having fun!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seasons Greetings....

I hope you enjoyed these photos.  They are celebrating the season, and each one evoked an emotion in me, I hope they lifted your spirits as well. Have a Merry Christmas and I will write my final "fabulous in 52" entry next week.....
xoxoxox  Shelley :)