i have big blogging ideas, you guys

Then again, I always have big blogging ideas. I mean, honestly, I have really great ideas all the time. It’s just the execution piece that I’m terrible at coming up with. My Strengths Finder results are in no way at all even remotely tied to the executor category of them, so I’m not overly surprised. If we take a quick peak at the progress I’m making on my 101 things in 1001 days list, we can all see just how unsuccessful I am at getting shit done. It’s cool, though. I’m accepting it.

Here’s the current list I’ve been working on since March 4, 2016. Things aren’t going well and I’m throwing in the towel on some of them, because I’m not delirious and having pending things on a to-do list never makes me feel awesome.

Let’s go with the list that just isn’t happenin’:

  •  Date night once a month with my wife. (3/2016, 5/2016, 8/2016, 9/2016, 10/2016, 11/2016, 12/2016, 1/2017) This is terrible and I know. I also know it’s not going to get any better at all with a second baby making his or her entrance early next year. We’re going to need to suck it up and start not being afraid to ask people to babysit.
  • Have game night at our house 2x a year. We’ve never had anyone over to our house for any reason other than Ozzy’s 1st birthday party, to house sit or to have them help us with some thing. I did meet a nice electrician this way.

And where’s where I’ve been able to knock things completely off the list:

  • Re-do this website again. For me, that means changing WordPress themes and I’ve done that five million times.
  • Use Untapped again to try 10 new beers. Éphémère Bleuet by Unibroue, Apple Jack by Sociable Cider Werks, Apple Hard Cider by Uncle John’s Hard Cider, Mexican Honey Imperial Lager by Indeed Brewing Company, Ciderkin by Argus Cidery, Blueberry Wheat by Abita Brewing Company, Rekorderlig Päron by Åbro Bryggeri, Hopitoulas by NOLA Brewing, Blonde by NOLA Brewing, Strawberry Ale by Convington Brewhouse. Nailed it, thanks to a few days in New Orleans. And honestly, it was really, really awesome trying drinks in a city that had beers I’d never even heard of before. I should do that more.

And the still-in-progress items:

  • Go out with friends in some fashion at least once a month. (2016, 1/2017, 2/2017) I’ve realized how important this one is to my mental health. I’m an extrovert and needs downtime, but without both, it just doesn’t make for a super happy Wendy.
    • March 2017 (happy hour with some co-workers), April 2017 (Transportation Museum with some friends and we went to a co-worker’s fundraiser), May 2017 (Went to a birthday party), June 2017 (five days of HR conference nerdery)
  • Get June to the point where she doesn’t lose her shit when people come over. Amelia’s mom was here for a whole week and June let her touch her pretty much every day and that’s a big win when it comes to our neurotic little mutt. She’s never going to jump in anyone’s lap, but I’ll take it if she’s not barking the ENTIRE time that someone’s here.
  • Visit 30 new restaurants. 21/30 Fireside Lounge & Bar, Capitol View Cafe, Crooked Pint & Ale House, Blvd Bar & Grille, Highland Grille, Taco Libre, Giordano’s (the Minneapolis version), Boatright’s Dining Hall (Orlando), Anchor Bar (Superior, WI), Square Grouper (Key West), Bagatelle (Key West), Sandbar Sports Grill (Key West), Roostica (Key West), Frita’s (Key West), Cedar and Stone, Killer PoBoys (New Orleans), Cochon Butcher (New Orleans), World of Beer (New Orleans), Oceana Grill (New Orleans), Copper Monkey (New Orleans), Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Atlanta). Traveling is clearly helping.

you can’t go wrong with an afternoon with the globetrotters

True story: We worked really, really, really hard not to shove sports in our two year old’s face. He didn’t have much of a choice about basketball, since he’s been using his season tickets to the Minnesota Lynx since he was six months old. Since then, we took him to a soccer class(?), which he loved, and he’s learned football by playing with his daycare provider’s youngest son a few times a week. He also knows hockey. I don’t know from where, because I’m not a native Minnesotan and haven’t been keeping tabs on hockey as much as I used to. It’s sports, sports, cars, sports, sports, Mickey Mouse at our house with this kid. It’s hilarious.

The Lynx don’t start again for a few months and I’m personally going through basketball withdrawl. I think Oz is too, because he’s started asking to watch NBA basketball when he sees their logos pop up on the cable menu on the TV. That’s when I found out the Globetrotters are coming to town!

I also found out any of you can save 25% for ALL Harlem Globetrotters Games with promo code FUNFAM at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets. They’re here in Minnesota April 12 (St. Cloud), April 13 (Duluth), April 14 (Rochester) and twice on April 15 (Minneapolis). All of the old school players that were playing when I was a kid are long retired, but I’m pretty excited they have female players on the team nowadays.

I would totally insert the picture I have of my friend Angie and I posing with one of the Globetrotters from, like, 1992 except I can’t find it. That’s a shame, because I’m sure our outfits were on point with the early 90s.

2016 Wrapup

Chele had been reminding me (and Jenni) to do this for years, so I can’t let her down! I was able to find mine all the way back to 2007, but I think this end of the year tradition is probably older than that.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Graduated with my Bachelors Degree.
Graduated from the West St. Paul/Mendota Heights Citizen Police Academy.
Became a Reserve Police Officer.
Went to my 1st SHRM Conference.
Went to Duluth for a couple of nights.
Had high blood pressure.
Went to Bemidji.
Went to my 20th class reunion.
Shot a handgun. (And I was really good, you guys.)

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
Don’t make ’em. Unsubscribe.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Some of my co-workers had some terribly awesome babies this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My dog.

5. What countries did you visit?
The usual, which is only this one.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
My dog. More traveling, more organization in my life.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day Riley died, my grandma’s 90th birthday, surprising Jenni for her birthday, seeing Ozzy’s face at Disney when he recognized some of the characters he knew (also the same day Prince died), election night.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Continuing to co-raise a little boy, who’s turning into a really great toddler. Getting a college degree and a promotion are cool and all, but they don’t hold a candle to that little guy.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Losing my prescription sunglasses. They were like $15, man.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
High blood pressure, the start of some weird ass thyroid thing that’ll flare up sometime or other. Old people stuff.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My . Anything travel related.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My wife’s. It seems like it does every year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I’m looking at you, Trump voters.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Our house. Our kid. And now savings because we’re scared shitless about what money we might need when Obama’s no longer in office.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Lynx winning the championship again this year. Being in an airplane going anywhere. Anytime my kid does something for the first time.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
I don’t even know. I don’t listen to music in the car anymore! Maybe Hamilton stuff, though?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) Fatter or thinner: Thinner.
b) Richer or poorer: Probably the same.
c) Happier or less happy: Happier.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Learning. Teaching. Moving. Doing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being a lazy ass.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
In Missouri with family, like we always do.

21. Did you fall in love in 2016?
I did. I do.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Fixer Upper. And then I learned that Chip and Jojo give money to queer-hatin’ Republicans and it makes me so sad because I JUST LOVE SHIPLAP. I don’t even know what TV programs are on right now and we’re ditching cable next month, so I’m always gonna be mad at this question from now on. Stranger Things was great.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate is a strong word. But then again, I’ve never felt so much hate in my life with the way things are in America right now.

24. What was the best book you read?
You guys, I actually read books. Like 14 of them. None for school. I mean, I should have read four for school, but I didn’t.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery of 2016?
The Hamilton soundtrack. I heard it for the first time playing a game with Matt and Jenni and I couldn’t even pay attention to the game because I wanted to read along to all the lyrics.

26. What did you want and get?
A promotion. A degree. A healthy son.

27. What did you want and not get?
A positive pregnancy test. A briefcase full of large unmarked bills.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don’t think I saw a movie this year that wasn’t animated.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 38. And I don’t really remember what I did.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Different election results.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Sweater vests are coming back, you guys. I know it.

32. What kept you sane?
My kid’s laugh. My wife. My friends. Oddly, my boss.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Michelle Obama. Dem guns, you know?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
My potential lack of individual freedom for the next four years tend to stir me a little bit. Russia blowing the United States off the face of the earth. People being shot or punished or, oh, what’s that word… oh, discriminated against because of who they are. I mean, nothing too big.

35. Who did you miss?
My dog. My grandma. My family in Missouri. My friends that I can’t just call up and be like, “hey, wanna go to brunch?”

36. Who was the best new person you met?
We met a handful of queer parents at a random play date earlier in the year and it was awesome to finally find a group of like-minded parents with toddlers. My new co-workers.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:
Uninstall those weather apps when you’re on vacation in Key West and be the person on a bike with no shoes on riding down Duval Street laughing out loud because it’s pouring down rain.