Sabbatical...Sort of.

Hey y'all! 

I realize it's been a little quiet here on the old bloggity-blog, but I have some really good reasons. No, really, I do.

A few fairly large things have been going on in my personal life, and I can't wait to share a few of them with you! 

#1: I just got home from a two weekish trip to Europe. It was amazing, eye opening, exhausting, and left me wanting to go back-very soon. More on that in a later post....

#2: I have a new job! A few stars aligned, I needed a change, and so I made the very tough decision to change jobs. I've been at the same agency for 10 1/2 years, so as excited as I am, I'm a little sentimental. And nervous. But, that's a good thing, right?

On to the title of this post....I'm on a sabbatical, of sorts. My current job will not start for three weeks, so I have a little bit of free time on my hands. It's weird, you know? Three weeks to fill up with whatever I want. I decided to keep myself engaged and energized by making a few goals for myself to accomplish. I keep joking with my friends that on 'sabbatical' I am going to think deep thoughts and write my memoirs.....haha. The actual to-do list is a little less ambitious ; ) Really, I am just taking the time as a total gift-and I don't want to waste it.  It's just a list of creative and work-type projects I have wanted to dive into for a long time. A few places I want to visit made the list as well.

Check it out:

1. Call my grandmother.
2.  shop at  Tickled Pink, a thrift store in town that I've heard is fantastic.
3.  cook 2 new recipes
4.  Fix my iTunes mess-don't even think about asking...unless you are willing to come over and fix it ; )
5.  print/scrap vacation pictures
6.  finish wood painting
7.  fix canvas painting
8.  write up travel articles
9.  Update APSE site (work thing)
10.  blog about trip
11.  repair pants (really? I have to make that a goal? but-I have 4-5 pairs that are in desperate need of attention)
12. tie dye day
13.  make a purse
14. clean the boys room (the room with the litter boxes and all the pet supplies-gross)
15.  grill a meal
16. spend time at the Lakehouse
17.  fix pictures frames
18.  food truck lunch
19.  eat at Tom + Chee
20. finish online card class  
21. Visit family

You'll notice that a few have already been knocked off the list-I'm already into the second day, so I spent one day cleaning and fixing a few house projects/gone wrong ; ). I also have a few books on the nightstand that I want to tear into. Oh, and keep my butt off the couch and make full use of my gym membership. Really, I should work out every day, I mean, it's not like I'm too busy right?? I realize that I am extremely lucky to have this time, I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging...too much.

What would you do if you had a week (or two) of free time? I'd love to hear your ideas!

So, thanks for stopping by and hopefully I'll be able to share a few of the projects I make in the next three weeks. Stop by tomorrow and I'll share a few pictures from my week in Rome!

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