Friday, January 01, 2016

2015: Moving to Provo and learning to cope with toddler life

January - Lots of house planning meetings. I made a delicious Bolognase sauce. I played DDR pretty regularly to stave off cabin fever. Piper rolled down the stairs but Adam caught her!

February - We practiced using our pizza steel. I went on a hike with Joshua, and Koko got bitten by another dog on the way back. More house building stuff. I hurt my ulnar nerve doing some improper weight lifting. My sister released Our Personal Space and I helped with the publicity for it. For Valentine's Day Adam and I stayed at a room in the Hines mansion, but we brought Piper along so it wasn't especially relaxing, but it was exciting. We started watching the Great British Bake-Off.

March - Piper got lots of teeth and learned to crawl.. I was tired a lot. We started a videogame project with some family/friends that we're calling Midnight Blues. We moved from Spanish Fork to Provo: "There was SO MUCH STUFF hiding in the cupboards. I knew it was all there but I didn't think it would take so long to pack!"We had so much help from friends, family, and neighbors. It felt like a miracle that everything got moved, especially since we had to go back for another load (how do people know how big of a truck they'll need?). Lots of unpacking and getting to know our new neighbors and ward.

April - My parents visited for Easter. "I can't say I enjoyed conference much this year because it seems I was taking care of Piper for most of it. Then I had trouble concentrating because I was so tired." I felt stressed out about things I couldn't control. We were still getting settled into our new house (we bought a new media cabinet with doors and food for the pantry, things like that).

May - Adam made me breakfast and lunch for Mother's day, and he cleaned up afterwards. I was a snob about church stuff but I tried not to be a jerk about it. I went for walks with people in the ward. I wrote a bunch of background lore for Midnight Blues. Oh, and we got blinds on all our windows and sold our Spanish Fork home.

June - "I thought brains were important but for the task of mothering it's more important to have dogged persistence and optimism." We ate beef bulgogi, which is delicious. I started going for bike rides with Piper. We had an open house party to motivate us to get the house together, and also to show it off. We went to my cousin's wedding, Joshua moved in for a week and we got to meet his girlfriend. Adam and I went to La Caille for our anniversary, which was really fun (if a little cheesy in a fancy way).

July - We had a family reunion with my dad's family here in Provo. We missed most of the stuff in the mornings, but we got to visit in the afternoons and evenings. I didn't play as many games as I would have liked but I did get to visit with family (in our book discussion group Grandma said: "If it's a clean romance what's the point?"). We got Google fiber and had a LAN party to celebrate. I tuned our piano, sort of. We engaged in mortal combat with weeds. We did an escape room and I walked the temple to temple 5k with Piper.

August - Went on lots of walks and bike rides with Piper. I went on a stake RS retreat and it was nice to be able to hike around, go boating on the lake, and get to know the other ladies in my ward a little better. We helped Joshua

September - More walks, and I managed to bike to Bridal Veil Falls with Piper. I made a fancy layer cake for the first time for a party we had. I made an animal crossing tumblr for my animal crossing designs and interior decorating. "I meal-planned and grocery-shopped like a boss. A housewife boss."

October - Hiked Timp with Joshua and Katrina! It was so beautiful, and also cloudy, and for the last few hours, rainy. Definitely a memorable, if tiring, experience. We met my sister in LA and went to Indiecade. We also met some of my friends from college while we were there. We had a day for the beach that was really fun too. The only bad part was Piper waking up every day at 5am XD. My parents visited us for Halloween. and stayed a few days afterwards--we walked on the river trail and bought cute clothes for Piper at Target.

November - We had a British Bake-Off party that was pretty fun. Adam went on a work trip and I survived with lots of TV and some friend interaction. We visited my sister's family in Albuquerque for Thanksgiving--everyone was there except for Joshua. Some of us did an escape room while we were there, which was fun, and we played lots of games like Apples to Apples. Descent 2, and 7 Wonders. I felt happy that Piper got to know her cousins a little better.

December - I applied for an accepted a position at the BYU library that I start soon. We went to Esperanto club and tried to play the LoTR card game in Esperanto with Cav and Roz. I made an epic modular Poinsette for my friend's ornament exchange and reread some Harry Potter books to help get me excited for a Yule ball party we went to with friends in our ward. We did a big Christmas puzzle that had so many santas in it we thought some of them had to be aliens (no, it doesn't make sense). We got a giant Christmas tree and I baked tons of cookies. We had Christmas with Adam's family and we got to go sledding and eat delicious food together.

The whole year I kept up a monthly movie afternoon with some of my friends that I really enjoyed and I hope I will continue. I also hosted a few game nights with neighborhood friends and I want to either keep those up or start a floating lady pub in our neighborhood.

Looking back on last year, I think I did alright on my goals. We moved without any lasting trauma and I kept up the Monday-morning-breakfast tradition, although our Monday-night-game-night tradition could use some revitalizing. I did work on more pixel art, although it was mostly within my Animal Crossing games. I never got around to making a terrarium... but I do have a houseplant that is still alive. I didn't write down any spiritual goals, but I learned to appreciate that not every spiritual experience has to have a scripture or churchy thing attached to it.

This year, I want to help Adam and his family/friends get Midnight Blues into a playable state (almost there!), and maybe even a beautiful state. I want to good a good job in my new job and I hope that having some time away from Piper will help me enjoy her more (some studies show that working moms play with their children more). I hope I can keep making meal plans, and if I have to hire someone to clean my bathrooms once a month I am okay with that. I want to stay positive about cold weather (it's getting harder) and also try to be more positive about parenting, because I complained about it a lot in my journal.

Games I played (I only beat 6 of them): Atelier Escha & Logy, TheatRhythm Curtain Call, Gyakuten Kanji 2, Gravity Ghost, Heroine's Quest, Ibb and Obb, Pokemon Trozei, Pokemon X, Dungeons of Dredmore, Cave Cave Deus Videt, Child of Light, Danganronpa 2, Dragon Age 2, Riviera, Middens, The Novelist, Secret Files: Tunguska, Antichamber, The Last Window, The Dreaming (Ren'Py game), Choice of Robots, Fantasy Life, The Talos Principle, Don't Starve Together, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Final Fantasy 9, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Attack the Light, Amnesia: Memories, Undertale, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Steins; Gate, Aglimpse, Neko Atsume,


G.K. Hall said...

Congrats on the new job! Here's to a brand new year. May it be filled with a richer balance of work and life, brains and optimism, church and intellect, and so on. Wish I could have joined you for some of those hikes!

Rachel Helps said...

thanks! you should come visit; hiking with a toddler is an exercise in mindfulness XD