I've really lost a lot of steam when it comes to writing anything here on a regular (or even semi-regular) basis. I think I've been in a bigger funk than I originally thought for a while now. I can't seem to shake it completely, either. I'm working on it, though.
To briefly recap what's been going on with me lately (and by lately, we're talking the last few months.)
■ Ken and I finally took our honeymoon in December. We had a back to back cruise scheduled on the Celebrity Reflection. It was fantastic. For the 3 day leg, we managed to con, er, um, convince Brian & Kevin in Danbury to accompany us. It's always a crap shoot vacationing with someone you've never vacationed with before and I have to say that we hit the jackpot! The vacation was extremely relaxing (something I was in desperate need of) and we met a ton of people on board.
■ We decided not to do anything for Christmas this year. Every year it gets harder and harder to figure out what to get each other, so after having a chat about it, we decided to skip it for each other. If I want something, I go out and buy it. Same with Ken. So instead, we adopted a family. We'd never done anything like that before, so neither of us quite knew how it worked. The list you get from social services that the family fills out is kind of heartbreaking. I mean, I grew up pretty poor, but my parents never EVER let us feel that way. They'd do what they had to to make Christmas happen each year. The family we adopted didn't have that option. Next year we're going to do this differently, though. We kind of panic shopped for the family because we were gone for half the month of December on vacation. Next year that won't happen and we'll have more time to do this and not feel rushed.
■ I've been struggling with my weight. I haven't been gaining weight or anything, but I feel like I've had to work harder than I ever have before to maintain where I'm at. I'm running about five pounds higher than I normally like to, but I'm still in a good space. I know that I've been eating horribly and that certainly doesn't help. But I don't know if I'm eating like I am as a form of sabotage or as a motivational tool to get my ass to the gym on a regular basis. Tonight I'm feeling pretty fat after a hearty dinner (spaghetti & meatballs), and since the gym is closed this time of night on the weekends, I broke out the EA Sports Active on the Wii. I haven't worked out along side that in maybe a year. I hate to admit it, but as in as good shape as I think I am, it kind of kicked me in the butt. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up working out with it for the next month.
■ My overtime got cut at work and I'm still just a little bitter about it. I'm also thrilled beyond belief. I was working myself into exhaustion. The overtime was available and I had plenty to do, so I took full advantage of it. I was looking for a way to cut back on it, but I can get pretty driven sometimes, so it just never happened. Now that it's cut, I have time to do stuff. I can sleep in just a little later every morning. But I'm still feeling a little bent out of shape that some people lost it while others didn't. I'll get over it.
■ I don't consider myself a vegetarian, but I've managed to cut meat completely out of my diet. I've been having issues about where meat comes from and it's grossed me out. 2012 was about cutting back on eating meat and I was pretty successful. I was eating meat once or twice a month tops. In March and in June I had a week each where I ate a lot more of it, but in August I was done. I haven't had meat since. I don't know how long this is going to go on for, but for the time being, I'm quite happy not eating meat. It makes dining out difficult, but there are usually two or three things to pick from on most menus. And what's great is I don't miss meat. I kind of miss bacon, but that's it. Oh, and I mentioned spaghetti and meatballs earlier.... the meatballs are meatless meatballs from Trader Joe's and they're delicious!
■ That's it for now, I guess.