Wednesday, November 28, 2007

December Challenge

This is a cross-post from my craft blog. No, I'm not going to count it as my post for Nablopomo today because I feel like it's cheating, but I do think it applies to this blog.

Mom. Rebekah. You are not allowed to visit the craft blog yet. You will see things there that are better left unseen until Christmas. Do Not Enter!

For everyone else, Fat Hippy is where you can hear me whine about my sewing machine and how I suck at knitting. I'm doing Nablopomo there as well.


Nablopomo is coming to a close and it tastes pretty bitter sweet. On one hand, I’ll be free again. I won’t feel rushed and have to pull something crafty out of my ass when all I’ve done that day is go to school, study, and pick my nose. On the other hand, I usually look forward to it. It’s become part of my daily routine. They say it only takes 3 weeks to form a new habit. While I won’t be posting everyday after November, I think I will be updating much more frequently then I used to.

This brings me back to the idea of monthly challenges. I’ve always loved the idea and wanted to do it, but never have. This was the first month and it sure helped to have people (suffering) blogging away with me. Only, finding monthly craft challenges hasn’t turned up many results. Plus, I don’t want to do just crafts, I want to challenge my life. I joined a Flickr group, Get Your Crafty On, where they host monthly challenges. I signed up to do a Christmas Ornament swap. I hope we get enough people because I think I have a cool idea and I’ve never done a swap before, though I don’t have much I can do with ornaments for myself.

Still, it doesn’t feel like enough. I don’t want another huge challenge like this month because, you know, Christmas Clusterfuck and all. But I will challenge myself.

I’m going to knit every day. It doesn’t have to be much, but I will keep finishing up these projects and moving on to learn more skills.

I’m going to read a book a week. I used to be such an avid reader. There are still times when I’ll tear through a couple books in a few weeks or so, but my usual reading is abysmal. Seriously, like 3 books a year and two are usually Harry Potters. There are so many more books I want to read and things I want to explore, but I manage to tell myself that I don’t want to read for whatever reason and I miss out. Not next month. I’m already into Wicked.

I’m going to cook one paper recipe a week. If you haven’t read my food blog, this might sound weird. I have a monumental stack of clipped recipes that need serious thinning. Is it so much to ask? To cook one paper recipe a week? No, but I’ve managed to avoid it before.

This sounds good to me and I’m excited about it. Anyone else have a December challenge? Anyone want to join me?


Mary said...

Wicked is a GREAT book! Your challenges sound fun, but I'm trying to bake about 20 kinds of Christmas cookies by the 15th.

Zylo said...

Wow. Good luck to you there. And yeah, so far Wicked is awesome.