new year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome 2011! I’m excited.

I’m excited that I got to kiss my husband and sip champagne and enjoy the company of friends and celebrate the beginning of a new year! I love the celebrating part of ringing in a new year. I love the celebrating part of life, in general. That’s probably why it has taken me two full weeks to make time to post here… because I’ve been enjoying the preparation and celebrations of Christmas and the new year with my family and friends and Charlie too!

It’s always fun to reflect back on the past year and think of all the great things that happened and talk about how this coming year is going to be even better. But quite frankly I don’t want to bore you with all the details of the past year, like how I started a new job and got married and got a puppy and all that stuff. Most of those things you already know. I want to talk about 2011.

I know what you’re thinking. Or at least I’m going to pretend that you’re thinking the same thing that I’m thinking.

A new year means a new year’s resolution. Now, usually I don’t like to make resolutions for the new year because I don’t like to tell myself I’m going to do things that I know I’m not really going to do. Like… getting up at 5 am every day to run and do yoga and eat salad 3 times a day so I can lose 10 pounds by the end of the week. I don’t really think that would work, so I don’t recommend trying it. It sounds like it would just make me tired from having to get up so early. And besides, it would mean I’m missing out on valuable snuggle time with Andy. Not worth it!

But this year, I’m going to try something new. I’ve got some things I have been meaning to do that I just haven’t gotten around to either because I have been too busy or I have been too lazy or a combination of the two.

So the first thing is that Andy and I are trying to eat healthier. Well, actually we are trying to lose some weight because marriage has made us… happy. And by happy I mean, we have been eating way too many cookies. I’m sort of excited, I know it’s only the first day, but this eating healthy thing is already working because there won’t be any more cookie swaps until December and we are out of eggs so I can’t make any more cookies anyway. However, this also means we are breaking one of our cute little traditions of eating milk and cookies after dinner each night… it’s okay though. We are replacing that tradition with a new habit of delicious fruit smoothies for dessert.

Quick tip on making fruit smoothies: If your blender is like mine and gets exhausted by doing too much work, use frozen fruit so you don’t have to crush up a bunch of ice! Tonight our smoothies were made of frozen raspberries and blackberries, banana, and v8 splash. Delicious and nutritious and satisfies even the most insatiable sweet tooth!

The other thing that I’m doing is that I’m FINALLY setting up my etsy account so I can start selling the things online that I make. For those of you who don’t know what etsy is, take the next 30 minutes (because it will take you at least that long once you start looking at cool things) and check out It is a website where people can buy and sell anything that is vintage or handmade. It’s super cool and I highly recommend you to take a peek if you don’t know about it already.

My precious computer savvy husband encouraged and helped me to set up my etsy storefront today so my plan is that this week I’ll be getting my first batch of items up for sale! I’ve already been working hard on some new projects so I will be sure to keep you updated!

I’m excited about eating healthier and getting things rolling with etsy, but I’m very not-excited about what we have to do tomorrow.

We will be de-Christmasing our house. All of my santas will have to go back up in the attic, all of our cute ornaments are being boxed up and put away, and the saddest thing of all… our tree will be taken to the curb. Good thing I took pictures!

Christmas with the Crums

Happy New Year!

Don’t make promises you don’t intend to keep!