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Christmas List 2016

Shew, some day I'm going to get on a normal blogging schedule.  I go through these ebbs and flows of wanting to get posts written and posted.  To just the thought of it exhausting me.  I'm feeling the latter currently.  However, we're stuck in traffic in South Carolina after a week up in Tennessee with Scott's family.  I've napped pretty much the entire trip so far, so why not try to get something done - even if it's just a Christmas list as requested by my mother?!

2016 Swarovski Christmas Star (affiliate) - Always on my Christmas list since I started collecting them a few years back.  This year is the 25th year that Swarovski has put out their annual star.  Therefore, I wouldn't say no to the 25th Anniversary Star (affiliate), either.

Samsung NX Camera Bag (affiliate) - I'm still loving my NX 2000 camera system; especially since getting my new lens over the summer.  I've got a couple memory cards that I keep with me at all times.  I learned my lesson in Colorado when I lost my whole first day of pictures due to the card not being formatted.  Now, I'm thinking a back up battery and I dedicated camera bag may be necessary to keep everything together and safe while traveling.

Leather Apple Watch Band (affiliate) - I LOVE my Series 2 Apple Watch.  The band that it came with (in cement) is still in fantastic condition and great for working out.  This band would be a little more appropriate for work time and not quite so "sporty."

VicTsing 2-in-1 Lens (affiliate) - I've always been curious about how well these snap on lenses do for the iPhone Camera.  This one has some pretty solid reviews, and think it may be a good option to get some snaps when I don't have my Samsung camera on me.

Since Thanksgiving, the countdown is on to get everyone ready for Christmas, then it's New Years and tax season.  Please everyone, do your accountants a favor and get your things together and into them early (and ideally, orderly!)

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A Day in the Life

I've seen these kinds of posts floating around online for a while, but never really delved into what my normal work days look like.  I've been back to blogging regularly for a fews weeks now, but still seem to disappear randomly.  So here's a normal look at my day, and my an explanation as why I go MIA.

4:15am- Scott's alarm goes off.  I elbow him awake.  Sometimes he rolls over and shuts it off, sometimes he gets up and goes for a run.  I try my damnedest to go back to sleep.  I usually do.

5:30am- My alarm goes off.  I roll over, turn it off, and cat nap.

5:30-6:00am- I wake up every 2-5 minutes checking the clock, determining I have more time to sleep

6:30am-  Jump out of bed because I've now over slept.  Take a shower, blow dry my hair, and turn on a podcast.  Finish getting ready.

7:30am-  Try to be ready to leave.  But I still have coffee to make.  And if Scott's go to leave early in the morning, dogs to feed and take out.

8:00am- 12:00pm- My workday starts; as I work as an accountant (not CPA) at a local accounting firm, my work varies.  This time of year, it ebbs and flows.  I'm getting off of a particular week that has been busy.  These 4 hours include handling client phone calls, preparing tax returns, entering transactions for bookkeeping clients, and pretty much whatever else the partners ask.

12:00pm-1:00pm- Either go home and take the pups out, or more recently, take the lap top to Starbucks, spend $5 on a coffee, and sit here and write.

1:00pm-5:00pm-  More of what I do earlier in the day.  Though my degree is in accounting, I had only worked in certain aspects of accounting up until last year.  I'd done taxes before.  I'd done accounts payable transactions before.  I could be developing a business plan for a local business, I could be on the phone with a state department of revenue trying to straighten out a client issue.  I could be learning a new accounting software, or new program to offer our clients.

5:30- Home to a boy and puppies.  I try to get some blog work done after work, but if I'm mentally exhausted.  I sit on the couch with mindless tv.  Thankfully I have a husband that will cook me food 99% of the time.  These past couple of weeks, there have been a lot of nights that I just can't think anymore after work.

We tend to turn into the bedroom fairly early.  It's just easier watching tv in there when you have 3 dogs with you!  If I'm not asleep by 10, it's a late night for me.  Actually 10:00 is late.  In the winter when it gets dark earlier, my rule is, once it's dark, I'm asleep.  Which gets to be a bigger problem in the mornings when it's still dark when I get up!


The Great Planner Selection 2016

I've maintained a paper planner since high school.  While I'm not sure those still exist, I know the years of college through present do.  It's kind of fun and rather terrifying to go through years of homework assignments, parties, and shenanigans and think about how long ago it actually was!

Back in 2015, I created my own planner.  I used a template I found online, and copied/pasted however many pages I needed in Adobe.  Then, I sent the file to Office Depot to be printed and bound for next to nothing.

When it was time for a new planner for 2016, I decided I was going to try something different.  I ordered my Erin Condren Life Planner and patiently waited.  I loved the colorful, thick pages, the quotes, and the fact that it came with a starter pack of stickers and labels.  There was plenty of room to plan posts, keep up with my daily activities, and write down ideas.  But the one big con outweighed everything else.  The planner was so bulky.  The thickness didn't really bother me if it weren't for how big the spiral binding was.  It was huge!  It got to the point where I'd just keep my planner at home, which is pretty much the last place I use it.  I never had it with me when I needed it, and I turned to my iPhone calendar more and more.

Since I've essentially stopped using my planner for 2016, I've been on the hunt for the perfect planner for 2017.  I tried to go back to the site where I created my original blog planner, but the only template available now is black and white.  And if I'm being honest, I didn't want to go through all the work of customizing.  So, I decided to keep it simple and get back to basics.  I found this Gallery 2017 Planner (affiliate) and decided it was worth a try.

It's bound and small, and light, with fancy gold edging.  The monthly portion actually started in July, and goes into 2018.  The weekly portion starts with the last week of 2016.  There is plenty of room in the pages to write anything in- appointments, blog posts, and events.  It's also slim and can be stashed easily in my mess of a purse- no matter what size one I'm carrying.

I used some washi tape and stickers from the Target dollar spot, and left over stickers from the Erin Condren planner.  I'm excited to start using it and filling it up with ideas, trips, and birthdays!

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