12 Things: December Edition (A Life Update)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a ’12 Things’ life update… I think my last one was this one in July. So it’s been almost 4 months and I thought this month would be the perfect time to post one as I’m getting back into blogging. I feel like I always say that, but I already have about 5 posts scheduled and ready for December so it’s HAPPENING this time. Also, I have the posts from way back in July that I batched and never posted… oops. If you’re new to my corner of the internet, in 12 things I just post 12 (you guessed it) tid-bits of my life. Kind of like a life update. I posted one in July that I linked above, but also posted one in March and February. Okay, let’s just get into this 12 Things: December Edition.

12 Things: December Edition

  1.  I just finished finals and am now officially out of school for the quarter. Next quarter I’m completing the last couple classes for nursing pre-reqs and I will be applying to nursing school in April. I met with my adviser over Thanksgiving break and everything is ready for applications. I’m so excited!
  2. Lexus and I saw “Last Christmas” over Thanksgiving break with Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding (which are both great actors) and II thought it was just okay. I’m a sucker for all the cheesy hallmark-type movies (I even have a shirt declaring so) and really any Christmas romance movie, so this was perfect. I wrote a post about one week watching Hallmark movies here.
  3. last weekend, I created a download of all my favorite vegan meals. It’s perfect for anyone curious about going vegan or just wanting some new healthy meals to try. If you want to check it out, just subscribe to my e-mail list below and I will be sending it out!
  4. Speaking of vegan things, my 2 years eating solely plant-based is coming up on the 26th! I set up a doctors appointment so that I can get a complete blood panel done. Before I became vegan, I got an entire blood panel done so I could be my own guinea pig. I’m wanting to compare the two to see the difference. I know that everyone should probably take supplements, but I haven’t so that won’t have influenced the results. However, I do plan on taking supplements after the test though, just because I think everyone has gaps in their diets and I want to close mine.
  5. I got a new job at a preschool in late August. Previously, I’d been nannying but I like the environment so much more at a preschool. Plus, it’s nice to be surrounded by other adults because during the day, too.
  6. I have been crafting every weekend. It’s like winter weekends were made to do projects. I refinished a desk, two shelves, cut up a pallet and am working on making a mug rack and rustic Christmas trees, made some shirts with the vinyl cutting on the cricut machine, made Danny and advent calendar all within the weekends of the last two months. So, I’ve been doing a ton, but I can’t want for winter break to do some more!
  7. Danny and I went to Bend in November and it was so much fun! We just went for two nights, but we stopped by Smith Rock State Park and hiked around. I haven’t been to Bend in a couple of years and it is one of the nicest towns in Oregon. I’d love to move there one day, but until then it’s the perfect place to visit.
  8.  I didn’t do a ton of Black Friday shopping, but I did buy a Rode VideoMicro that I am super excited about. It wasn’t on sale, but I’ve been thinking about getting an external microphone for awhile and I feel good about actually buying it. Now I just have to use it…
  9.  I get 2 full weeks off of work around Christmas and New Years and I am going to use that time to do some projects. It will be busy with the holidays but I can’t wait to have some time off.  Danny and I were going to go to Bend again, but it will be snowy so we are trying to figure out somewhere else to go.
  10.  I’m currently reading “The Farm” which I have been wanting to read for awhile. I didn’t get to it in the summer or fall when I initially wanted to, but so far I really like it! “10 Books You Should Absolutely Read this Winter” is going up in a post later this week, so stay tuned.
  11. In 2020 I want to focus a lot more on photography. Last Christmas I got a DSLR from my parents, but I’m wanting to use it much more often then I have been. I want to start taking advantage of it more to take portraits, family photos, and more photos for the blog. I can’t wait! Lately the weather has been a bit too rainy for it.
  12.  This weekend I am planning on Christmas shopping. I usually am a last minute kind of person. So far, I’ve only gotten my dad’s present which is surprising because I usually get his last since I can never think of anything.

That’s it for my 12 Things: December Edition. How is your December going? Let me Know in the Comments below!

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  1. December 10, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Posts like this are so fun! I love seeing what’s going on with other bloggers. This month I’m prepping to go back to school (I start in January) and just enjoying the holiday!

    • maddiemdeer
      December 12, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Good luck with school! 🙂

  2. December 10, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    Sounds like you have had a full year! Congratulations on finishing your finals. I remember that feeling when I was in college. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I could enjoy the holiday season. 🙂

    • maddiemdeer
      December 12, 2019 / 3:50 pm

      Totally! I’m relieved to have a break 🙂

  3. December 10, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I just signed up for your vegan meal list. My youngest child is a vegetarian, and my sister is a vegan, so I’m always looking for good options. I hope you have a great holiday break!

    • maddiemdeer
      December 12, 2019 / 3:52 pm

      Thanks, Beth! I hope you enjoy your holiday break and some of those meals too 🙂

  4. Stephanie
    December 11, 2019 / 2:12 am

    Last Christmas looks like such a good movie. I can’t wait to see it when it finally comes to Redbox (I’ve been trying to not spend so much money at the theaters haha). Also excited for you to have 2 weeks off for the holidays. I hope you’re able to enjoy your projects (maybe one of which including that microphone?)

    • maddiemdeer
      December 12, 2019 / 3:53 pm

      Hopefully I will kick out the mic and see if I can make something! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  5. December 11, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Congrats on finishing your semester! And on 2 years vegan. I’d be really curious to see the comparison of your blood work – I hope you write a post or share about that!

    • maddiemdeer
      December 12, 2019 / 3:53 pm

      *Coming soon!* Thanks, Becky! 🙂

  6. December 11, 2019 / 6:02 pm

    Last Christmas looked like a cute movie! I’m all for those cheesy holiday movies, too! Have fun playing with your new DSLR in 2020! I’ve been more intentional about pulling mine out this year and it’s been a lot of fun. Definitely something I want to do more of in 2020 too! 🙂

    • maddiemdeer
      December 12, 2019 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Crystal! Happy Holidays 🙂

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