Thoughts on 2014…

I am reforming the way that I look at New Years Resolutions this year and making a list of achievable goals instead.  After all, no one really wants to start something so radical in the new year, only to be disappointed.  Here are my 6 achievable goals for 2014.

Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Here’s my list, based on this image from Pinterest… 

A bad habit I’m going to break… I am going to spin this and start a new habit, journaling in my new “line a day” journal that I got for Christmas.  So I guess that the habit I am breaking is forgetting things.  It’s kind of a problem.  I blame it on having a good imagination and too many hobbies, but it would be nice to remember some things from time to time. :)

A new skill I’d like to learn… Letterpress & Encaustic painting

A person I hope to be more like… I am still pondering this one, it’s a tricky one!

A good deed I’m going to do… I am going to try and do a selfless act or random act of kindness once a week for the year of 2014.  I won’t be sharing them with anyone, just trying to change the way I see the world through small deeds.

A place I’d like to visit... I am dying to return to Spain, but would love to visit any new place as I am a total “wanderluster”.  Also, I would love to see Nashville, Phoenix or Savannah.

A book I’d like to read… This one is EASY, because we have a super awesome ART by MEGAN book club that anyone can join!  It’s based right here on the blog and on facebook, be sure to check it out for the 14 in 2014 edition.

Here are some of our book reviews from 2013 (we read 13 books in 2013!):

“The Light Between Oceans” (July 2013) 

“Sweet Tooth” (February 2013) 

Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memior (September 2013)

“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” (January 2013)

What are your goals for 2014?  

2 DIY projects we’re going to try this week + 1 that worked!

Project #1: “repurposed chalkboard for kitchen”
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Today I finished a successful DIY that I wanted to share. I took an old frame from Ikea that I have had since college (yay repurposed old stuff!) and took out the poster. Then, I cleaned the plexiglass off and painted it with a roller and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. After it dried for several hours, I placed the plexiglass and cheap cardboard that the frame came with back into the frame and snapped it all together. It looks great and will soon be hanging in our kitchen!

Future projects…

1. How fun are these rope necklaces from honestly wtf blog ? Stay tuned. Gotta get to the hardware store.

2. Also, if I order enough things online….I will have enough cardboard and then…..I can make little cardboard houses / forts with the little lady! She loves hiding and playing peek-a-boo, so this is right up our alley.

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“It’s the end of the world as we know it…”

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It’s that time of year again! The final countdown! Pardon my overuse of the exclamation mark! REM’s song frantically plays in my head as I frenetically run around in circles…

Really though, this full-time teacher-mama can hardly stand herself. Why, you may ask, am I so excited!? Tomorrow is that blissful day known to teachers as “the end”.

While I will miss the kids that I teach and their fabulous and hilarious antics…(for example, the obsession with drawing me on the board each day to document my outfit and hairstyle choice in 3rd period Spanish…)

…I am ready to take it SLOW. I yearn to do NADA. All that needs to happen is a little walk each day, an occasional splash in the pool and a snuggle with my girl whenever I want to.

Summer, I love you.

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“Blogjacked”: Mother’s Day 2012

Artbymegan.com has been “Blogjacked” by Megan’s husband and daughter to tell the world that she is an amazing Mother/Wife!

So let me explain the significance of this “Blogjack” besides the obvious (Tell everyone on the World Wide Web that Megan is the best). I don’t Facebook, Tweet, or blog. So I don’t get that daily (sometimes hourly) chance to update everyone on all my thoughts and activities. Which means I can’t update my status or hash tag (spelling/correct usage?) about how my wife is a Supermom/wife on a daily/hourly basis!

SO…this one time on this very SPECIAL DAY (Megan’s first Mother’s Day as a Mom) I will share with you all one of my thoughts and offer my wife the largest public display of affection imaginable…

Megan I LOVE you! You’re a great mom/wife!

“Enough with the mushy stuff Dad, my turn! Mom this is baby, Thanks for being the best Mom. I appreciate all your hard work!” (Not bad for someone who is almost 1 year old. She got it from her Momma.)

So if this insight has not been clear my friend buddy the elf said it best when he said, “I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!”

Megan you are the best! Keep up the good work.

Love,

Your handsome husband and beautiful daughter

As for the rest of you get out of my head but keep on reading artbymegan.com because wouldn’t you know Megan is an amazing blogger and artist too!

I’d also like to thank my friend the webmaster for allowing this intrusion and his assistance.

Meeting your best friend(s)…

Do you remember meeting your best friend(s)?  

I giggled as I thought of writing about this because some friends just magically appear in our lives, while we meet others in the funniest (and often times most awkward) situations throughout our lives.

Take, for example, my little brother.  He came home from his first day of 3 year old nursery school with a new best friend: “the boy in the orange shirt”.  Unfortunately, Benjamin (as we later came to know him) wore a different colored shirt the next day.  The story ended well with the kind teacher helping my brother find his “new best friend”.

I have an “eclectic” group of best friends.  They are awesome.  

Katie is my lifeguard buddy who I met in a pool.  Literally, while swimming in the pool, we said to one another (I remember it as clear as day!), “we are friends”.  That was the end of that.  How easy!  Our friendship has been easy (like having an awesome big sister that doesn’t judge and literally reads my mind telepathically) ever since.

Bethan is the first friend I made in high school.  I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but I do remember seeing her in a lot of my classes and one day striking up a conversation where we literally decided that we were not only best friends, but also sisters.  We decided that since we looked alike, we should be friends.  Period.  The antics began and they haven’t stopped many years later!

Megan is one of the friends that I don’t remember meeting very well.  She was in my homeroom freshman year and I remember loving and admiring her silliness from the beginning.  All of the sudden, I was telling people that we were friends, no questions asked.  That’s exactly how she is.  We are friends, no matter what.  No questions asked.

Katie (not to be confused with Katie above) and Mo (short for Maureen) were a two-for-one friendship deal.  I had classes with both of them and remember thinking “gosh, those girls are cool, I wonder if they would be my friends?”  (Note: This is awfully embarrassing to admit.)  Well, it worked out fabulously and we became a little gang of not just 3 friends (yes, they allowed other people into their force field of friendship!), but 5 (see the two characters above).  We are the type of friends that will go to the beach together as old ladies and sit together in the tide with our drink coozies and giggle until sunset.  I love these girls like sisters.

So, the question is…. How did you meet your best friend (s)?  Do you remember?

Happy Tuesday,

M

Date night idea…hint, hint

Mrs. K’s Toll House in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland has gotten a great face lift. When I was a kid, this restaurant was the place people went for brunch with the grandparents or it was the “hotspot” on Mother’s day; a sweet place with gardens and little old ladies dining and sipping tea.

Now, it has a FANTASTIC and gorgeous wine cellar with private dining rooms and an “old european feel”. I cannot wait to return after having Brunch two weeks ago (great service, reasonable prices, good options for all diets, etc.).

I have my eye on the special two person room (surrounded by wrought iron and dusty wine bottles) in the wine cellar. Date night?!

As a teenager, my family traveled to Italy and I remember eating in an old cave surrounded by wine and good fun.  Mrs. K’s took me back to those days!

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private dining room for 2…yes please!

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nothing more romantic than a little nook for 2, filled with wine and candlelight…

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The Wine Cellar at Mrs. K’s Toll House in Silver Spring, MD.

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Two of my favorite things: Wine and Wrought Iron!