Hey there, Pollywog!
Once again, another month is over. Which means it’s time for another Look List.
April’s list was the longest I’ve ever made. The unedited version was almost three pages long! A lot of this was errands, and not particularly interesting errands, either. So I left a lot of that out.
But I will say, it was a challenging month. My birthday is in April, so there was an interesting mix of angst (am I going to spend the day alone???) and celebration (I’m not alone, and there are donuts!!!).
I also had a few situations that were… how to put it? Above my current level of adulting. But I tackled them as best I could. And In spite of everything, I still managed to do some cool things.
So without further ado, here are some of those cool things…
- Took more mock blog banner photos.
- Played around in manual mode!
- Put banner props away for a break.
- Did a doll photo shoot/story.
- Had an amazing, cathartic therapy session with myself.
- Typed up latest Biz Meeting notes.
- Created a Next Steps document for blog.
- Worked on March Look List post.
- Did a nice, relaxing yoga session.
- Dropped off fabric at friend’s place.
- Took a nice long walk in the park.
- Took a day off to emotionally recharge.
- Watched Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
- Took a walk in the park.
- Felt (crushingly) sad and cried it out.
- Made my chickpea rice curry last three entire days!*
- Made some rice and beans with cheddar cheese.
- Made some tomato soup.
- Renewed my driver’s license and survived
- Took a walk in the park.
- Took a minute to just sit and enjoy being outside.
- Bought a water filter.
- Did another doll photo shoot.
- Edited more doll photos.
- Finally ordered doll hair — used coupon.
- Worked on Look List post.
- Created a graphic for Look List post.
- Published Look List post!!
- Made a Flickr page for Show and Tell photos.
- Edited photos for Show and Tell post.
- Picked out dolly photos for Show and Tell post.
- Created graphic for Show and Tell post.
- Typed up __ audio.
- Worked more on __ e-book.
- Worked in porch area of P-dog house.
- Worked on finishing two older doll re-root projects.
- Collected some links for next Fantastic Finds post.
- Read some articles on the unreliability of the Meyers-Briggs test.
- Had a nice hot bath.
- Had a hardcore yoga session.
- Worked more on __ book.
- Two days without driving anywhere!
- Had a busy dog sitting/walking day.
- Did NOT stop for Mexican food.
- Did some doll photography.
- Made more cheesy rice.
- Typed up therapy session audio.
- Did P-dog laundry, dishes, floors.
- Sent some pet-sitting texts.
- Had a fantastic dinner with Write Club.
- Had an awesome conversation with a friend.
- Did some doll photography in manual mode.
- Had a pre-birthday rootbeer float.
- Did more doll photography.
- Uploaded some photos to Google Drive.
- Sent a pet-sitting email.
- Found a gorgeous, fully articulated doll for a dollar.
- Started draft of Creating in Chaos II – found relevant articles.
- Made noodles in broth for dinner.
- Started reading stencil book.
- Prepped two dolls for re-rooting.
- Asked/found identity of articulated doll.
- Worked more on finishing Snow Queen re-root.
- Did a photo session for finished re-root.
- Started new re-root.
- Took a long walk/visited the little houses.
- Reached out to friends for help.
- When friends unavailable, calmed self down.
- Did another Biz Meeting with self – for over an hour!
- Worked at craft table in studio.
- Started typing Biz Meeting notes – first 35 minutes.
- Hung out with friend and felt better.
- Typed up rest of Biz Meeting notes – last 45 min.
- Made chickpea curry soup.
- Gave apartment a major cleaning.
- Did more consolidating/paring down.
- Backed out of of blog hop.
- Backed out of jewelry sale.
- Asked friend to chat.
- Sent a pet-sitting email.
- Got landlord to move fridge/take off stove top.
- Cleaned behind fridge/vacuumed stove top.
- Was honest with friend about not being OK.
- Was honest with more friends about not being OK.
- Had a pre-birthday lunch at Huaraches.
- Had birthday Newman-Os.
- Did more closet cleaning/consolidating.
- Returned book to library.
- Picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
- Requested Audrey’s book as a library purchase.
- Discovered that vacuuming the stove top fixed the non-working burner!
- Requested Audrey’s book as a purchase at the other library.
- Had a nice birthday with friends… and donuts… and pizza.
- Did 20 minutes of yoga.
- Transferred latest doll photos to computer.
- Organized desktop folders a little better.
- Worked on Creating in Chaos II post.
- Created a graphic for Creating in Chaos II post.
- Looked through Depression Book for relevant quotes.
- Took a walk in the park.
- Kept squirrel out of apartment.**
- Did some more consolidating.
- Took some jewelry photos.
- Worked on red/black re-root.
- Worked on Show and Tell post.
- Published Show and Tell post!!!
- Did 40 minutes of yoga.
- Spent most of day in pajamas.
- Read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children… twice.
- Started reading Acts Of Valar.
- Shared Show and Tell post in various places.
- Read more in Acts of Valar.
- Created new images for old blog posts.
- Replaced most of old images.
- Created templates for regular features.
- Paid bill.
- Prevented bill-related meltdown from even happening.
- Refilled wiper fluid.
- Replaced rest of old blog images.
- Made some (gross) soup.***
- Helped new friend find jewelry making resources.
- Had a hardcore 50 minute yoga session.
- Had idea for portfolio section of site.
- Donated more items to Goodwill.
- Took C-dog for a walk in the park.
- Did a yoga session.
- Made dinner for C-dog’s mom.****
- Had a long, honest chat with friend.
- Juggled a busy dog-sitting day.
- Played ball with H-dog and made him happy.
- Did not buy junk food when sad/lonely.
- Read more Acts of Valar to cheer up.
- Rescued centipede.*****
- Felt homesick and cried it out.
April didn’t have the same diversity of activities as March, but I still managed to fit in cooking, doll customizing, photography, and plenty of blog-related projects. And I’m really, really excited about some of those projects!
I also made more time for yoga after realizing that it needs to stay in rotation every month. And I added something to the rotation that’s been missing for months and months — reading fiction! Which, incidentally, had the same calming effect as yoga. I’ve requested the next two books in the Miss Peregrine series from the library, so hopefully this trend will continue.
The thing I’m most proud of? Honestly, it’s getting my license renewed after freaking out about it for months. The creative project I’m most proud of, though, is the Snow Queen re-root. It was my first time using something that wasn’t doll hair, and the result was kind of badass.
As for the thing I neglected that I wish I hadn’t… this time, I have to say, there isn’t one. I did pretty well for someone who has a yellow belt in adulting and had to face what seemed like green belt-level problems (a nice little martial arts reference for ya).
But enough about me and my belts. Now it’s your turn! What did you do this month that made you proud?
*Instead of one, which is what usually happens. Because it’s just that tasty.
** At 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday, I woke up to scratching outside my window. And then a little squirrel face poked into the room. He’d found a space around the air conditioner and was using it to stash his pizza crust. (Or… maybe to share? He might have overheard how much I enjoyed my birthday pizza party.)
He looked like he wanted to come in and snuggle, so I took out the air conditioner and closed that window as fast as I could. But I might change my mind if he brings ice cream next time…
***But at least it was edible? Kind of. Maybe. I won’t even tell you what I put in it, because I’m afraid you’ll try it out. And I can’t let you do that to yourself.
****This batch of soup was much, much better. I think I’d make it again. For the record, it was tomato, garlic, onion, ginger, celery, carrot, corn, spinach, and black bean. With a wee bit of black pepper.
*****Am I the only one who loves the little guys? Believe me, I didn’t always. But after eight years of having them as house guests, they grew on me. I’d love to have some in my new place, but since I already sprayed for other bugs, it’s not safe. So outside they go.