Monday, January 7, 2013

The Newest New Year

I'm really not much of a fan of New Years Resolutions so I didn't set any. But I did set up a "Bucket List for 2013!!" Pretty similar? Yes. Yes it is. But also, completely different. Eh? And just for funsies, I made up a graphic to keep track of my progress



I didn't want to go overboard and list a million things. I really wanted to keep it practical, achievable, and pretty specific. 

I guess I do technically have one New Years Resolution (not that I'm calling it that): to simply document life as it happens more. That includes this blog, but I also like journaling on paper and I kind of like the idea of a scrapbook of sorts. My concept for documenting this next year spawned off a notebook I kept during our vacation.

I'm the kind of person who likes to save ticket stubs and random paraphernalia from trips but then at home they just end up in a big scrapbox and it's all very disorganized and I never really look at them again. But my new notebook totally put the kibosh on that. Score!

I bought a small Smashbook (a little notebook that has cute scrapbooky pages in it for you to write and decorate. I got it at Target) and brought along some additional pretty paper from home so that I could save things and document everything as it happened. I documented stuff kind of a like a journal but also glued in ticket stubs, local beer labels, score cards from all the games David and I played ('cause I'm competitive like that... even though I lost a majority of the games), etc.


I seriously l.o.v.e.d. doing this on the trip. And i've already looked through it a million times to relive the memories. 

So, long story short (too late!)... I've decided to continue this idea throughout the year. I decided against getting another SmashBook and just opted for a plain notebook. Not nearly as cute, but hey, it's like a blank slate! I won't use it as a daily journal exactly, I'll just add things to it that represent my days, experiences, ideas, events, and hopefully a few pictures. The first page is now complete... it's my aforementioned "Bucket List for 2013"...

Ta da!

I'm definitely excited for this New Year and I know I'll be glad to have all the best memories kept in one place.

I'm a little late with this sentiment, but...

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mission: Complete

Well. Vacation is over and we're both back at work :(

We flew back on New Years Eve and have slowly been adjusting to our new time zone ever since. I'll rewind a little so that I can a) relive a little vacation and b) complete the tale I started...

The Thursday after Christmas we left the beautiful Phi Phi Islands

 looks like a storms a-brewin' in the distance


We took the ferry to Phuket Town to stay a single night before our flights to blustery Beijing. Staying in Phuket Town was never on our radar but it ended up working out really well as a stopping point and we ended up loving it. It felt like such a legit town - so many locals, not many tourists or souvenir shops, and plenty of interesting markets...



We landed in Beijing and were totally blown away by how freezing it was. Literally. It was about 23* F (-5* C). Yikes!

Yes, all these layers were very very necessary.

Thankfully, we were only in the freezing cold for about two and a half days. We definitely want to go back when the weather is a bit more favorable, but we tried to take advantage of it while we were there. We made it out on a day tour to check out the Great Wall!




We wandered the city as much as we could manage while extremities quickly went numb. We saw Tiananmen Square, the outside of the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, and the Birds nest from the olympics. We returned to Seattle this past Monday and ended up kinda sorta experiencing TWO new years.

New Years number ONE was spent on the plane en route to Seattle before we hit the International Date Line ...while watching movie #2 on the plane.


New Years number TWO was spent totally passed out from being awake for 28 hours. We made it to 8pm Seattle time on New Years Eve and fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow. I figure one out of two isn't bad.

Anyone out there with a fun vacation or weekend away on the horizon??