Currently Obsessed With: It’s 2020!

I can’t believe it’s 2020 already!  I feel like 2019 passed by in a blur, and that it’s not only a new year, but a new decade!

2019 has been fun and it felt like so much and yet so little has happened.  I’m looking forward to a new year, and I actually have some things I want to focus on for 2020.  It’s that time of year where I sometimes decide I’m going to do all of these things, and do them for a while, only to stop doing them.  I really want that to be different this year.

One of the biggest things was taking a vacation at the end of the year- I talked about part of it here, and going to three theme parks in three days was fun but exhausting.  I spent the rest of my time off doing nothing but sitting in bed, watching t.v.  Okay, I did do a few things, like get my hair cut and seeing Star Wars, which I liked.  Plus some last minute Christmas shopping, since I was at the mall already.  Going back to work was pretty hard, especially because I went back the day after Christmas.  I definitely need to take more vacations!

I want to go to more places.  I haven’t been to the zoo in ages, so maybe it’s time to start going again.  Maybe I’ll even go back to Universal Studios.  To, you know, see the rest of it, because I only did the Wizarding World and then left.  I’m definitely going back to YALLWEST, and maybe I’ll even make my way to the LA Times Festival Of Books.  They are on back to back weekends, so that might be a good time for a vacation!  Even if I do absolutely nothing during that time.

I’ve been to the movies more times in the last couple of months than I have the rest of the year combined!  Since late November, I’ve seen Frozen 2, Stars Wars, Little Women and Knives Out.  I remember, just a few years ago, going to the movies a lot more than I have been, and it’s fun to watch something new, instead of re-watching the same two or three shows over and over.

So what do I want to focus on for 2020?

I crochet, but I really love Shutterbean, and her blog is such an inspiration!  I want to be more creative and painting and drawing sounds fun but I feel like I have no talent for it.  I’ve tried hand-lettering a little, but I’m planning on exploring it more.  I also love seeing all of the photos she shares, and at least right now, I’m determined to take more pictures this year.  I’ll still crochet, of course, and since it’s taken a backseat over the last few months, I’m going to start crocheting more.  It may be time to pick up another big project, like a blanket…or maybe continue the couple of blankets I started and never really went back to or just pick up every once in a while.

And journaling!  I used to journal all the time in high school and even college, and then, over time, I just sort of stopped.  I have a few sitting on my table, and even though they’re more guided than what I used to do back in high school, I think having something guided will be good.  I think it will focus my attention and get me to write about something specific.  Maybe, in time, and if I keep up with it, I’ll do more free-form journaling.

I’ve been using the food journal for about 6 months now, and it’s been nice to look back and see what I’m eating.  I’ve tried the counting calories food tracking thing, and I always give that up after a week or two.  But writing down what I eat allows me to see what I’m eating and what I need to work or what I want to keep doing.  Drinking water is something I need to do more of because I don’t drink enough of it!  It’s actually more helpful for me than counting calories, but I’m all for whatever is easier for people.

I also want to start cooking and baking again!  I love cooking and I love baking even more but I haven’t done a lot of it over the last 6 months or so.  I’ve relied a lot on sandwiches and t.v. dinners, mostly because I’ve felt too lazy to cook.  But it’s a new year and it’s time to start cooking again.  Things got a little weird for a while, and I felt lazy, unmotivated and apathetic.  With a new year and a new decade, I’m feeling motivated and determined to make it last.

Back to cooking, though.  For a while, I didn’t really feel up to cooking or baking, but having done some of it over the holidays reminded me of how much I like it, and fun it is.  I have so many cookbooks, and it’s time to use them every week, instead of every few weeks.

Two things I’ve made lately: Instant Pot Ragu|Instant Pot Beef Brisket

They were both really good, and I have a lot of the Beef Brisket in the freezer right now, because it was a lot more than I could eat.  I’m glad I have something I can pull out of the freezer!  I have a couple of things I’m going to make, but I have some cookbooks I’m going to go through so I see what I’m in the mood for and put some sort of menu/meal plan together.

Even though creativity and cooking are two big things I want to focus on, I think focus is the underlying current.  For part of the year, I haven’t really felt like myself, and I had a hard time focusing on things like crochet and cooking, and over the last few weeks, I’ve felt like I can focus on it again.  I think, once I get back into, I’ll be fine, and getting back to being myself and doing things I enjoy.  If it means hanging out at the library more, or going to Panera or somewhere else to crochet or doodle or write things that may or may not be nonsense, then I’m going to do it.  And maybe make my apartment a place I want to be creative- though it is fun to get out of the house sometimes, and there’s something soothing about not being at home and doing something creative.  I’ve always been more productive when I’m not at home.

I’m feeling really excited about a new year and trying out new things.

Have a happy great 2020,

Adventures In Park Hopping: The Theme Park Recap

I recently mentioned I had a trip to Disneyland planned, and it is time to take about my trip!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken a vacation (or any significant period of time off), and it’s been really fun so far.  I did a bit of parkhopping- between Disney, California Adventure and Universal Studios, I’m pretty theme-parked out.

Let’s start off with Disney!

I spent quite a bit of time at Disneyland, which is always fun.  It’s so pretty this time of year, because everything is decorated for Christmas.  Christmas decorations are everywhere, from It’s A Small World, to a gigantic Christmas tree to poinsettias planted everywhere…this is a great time of year to go, especially if you’ve never been to Disneyland before.

I think we set some sort of ride record, because my family and I were at the park around 8, and did Indiana Jones, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain and the Mattherhorn in about 2.5-ish hours.  We pretty much walked on to Indiana Jones, Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain, which I’ve never done before, and I’ve been to Disneyland a few times over the years.

The Haunted Mansion and Pirates are easily my favorite rides, and The Haunted Mansion is cool this time of year because The Nightmare Before Christmas is incorporated into the ride.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies, and it was fun to see Jack and Sally on the ride.  Even cooler was the fragrance you got in the ballroom.  It was unexpected but also really cool and a nice touch.  I got to do all of the rides I wanted, and the lines weren’t too bad- the Matterhorn and the Millennium Falcon were the longest lines I had to wait in.

Star Wars Land was pretty cool!  There’s a lot to look at, and the Millennium Falcon ride was really fun.  Standing in line wasn’t horrible at all, and it didn’t feel like I was in line for just under an hour because there was a lot to look at.  Even if virtual reality rides aren’t your thing, standing in line is cool enough to just stand in line.  I can’t believe I said that, but it’s true!  It’s pretty much just the one ride, at least for now, but there’s still a lot to look at, and they did pretty well with making you feel like you’re in Star Wars.

Then there’s California Adventure…

It was my first time at California Adventure, but we didn’t spend a lot of time there.  The roller coaster was really fun, and so was the Guardians Of The Galaxy ride.  All of the rides I went on were fun but I don’t know that I would go back.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked walking around and seeing everything- there is a lot to look at, and I had fun, but if I had to choose Disney or California Adventure, my choice is Disney all the way.  California Adventure is new-ish, especially when compared to Disneyland, and I just don’t have the same level of attachment to California Adventure.  I grew up going to Disneyland, and that is where my heart lies.  Still, I think it’s a cool park to check out at least once, even if it isn’t the park for me.

And my final theme park adventure was Universal Studios!

I’m not going to lie, I went solely for the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.  It might be fun to go back and see everything else, but at that point, I hit my limit with theme park adventuring.  I was fine with doing some shopping, heading into Ollivander’s and going on a couple of rides.

 

No trip to Hogsmeade is complete without butterbeer.  It was actually delicious, and if I were actually hungry, I would have stopped at the Three Broomsticks for some food and warm butterbeer.  It’s decked out for Christmas, which wasn’t a surprise, considering the time of year.  A lot of the shops were connected, so I ended up making my way through all of them.  It was cool, because each section had its own entrance/storefront, but wandering around led you to each store.

Since it’s Universal Studios, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to grab some Hufflepuff merch, because Hufflepuff is pretty underrepresented as far as house merch goes.  I was bummed they didn’t have any Hufflpueff Christmas stockings, but I was fine with a Ravenclaw one since I’m pretty sure I’d be a Ravenclaw if I weren’t such a Hufflepuff.

Right now, I feel like I’m setting a record for how many times I can say Hufflepuff in one paragraph, but it was nice to actually feel like I had a lot of options for what I wanted to get.  I wanted all the Hufflepuff things, of course, but there was no way that was going to happen, so I settled for a few things.

It wasn’t a big section of the park, but I loved wandering around Hogsmeade for a couple of hours, just taking everything in.  Honestly, a lot of the fun was just walking around and looking at everything.  I was a happy camper but after I was done walking around, I was ready to hit the road and go home.

I had a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to just hanging out for a few days.  Have a great day!