In the past couple of months, I’ve been in the habit of posting a blog every Friday, and I’ve loved it! It’s been nice posting consistently and getting feedback on my posts, which I didn’t have for a long time (honestly because I wasn’t involved in the blogging community, so you know, I wasn’t helping my own blog). Of course, feedback encourages me to keep blogging, so it’s a cycle of positivity! 🙂
I missed posting last week because of all the Thanksgiving and Black Friday wonderfulness, and I feel pretty okay about it. As much as I love blogging, spending time with my husband when he has extra days off work is more important. ❤ Also, I was just far too busy and exhausted to blog! Additionally, I missed this week, because as you’ll read, I was completely overwhelmed with work. Here’s a rundown on what we’ve been up to lately:
–Wednesday: I was cooking/baking all day until my feet were hurting from standing so long. Note to self: wear sneakers next year while cooking.
–Thursday: Thanksgiving was a full day with more baking and then just enjoying time with family.
–Friday: A packed day of Black Friday shopping with my husband & in-laws (literally from morning ’til dark).
–Saturday: Finally relaxing with Christmas decorating (yay!!). You better believe we had the works with Christmas music, cozy pajamas, and hot cocoa. ❤
–Sunday: Helping get up my in-laws’ Christmas tree, work, & shopping
–Monday: Meeting with my college advisor and registering for school (also yay!)
–Tuesday: Joshua & I dove headfirst into the work week. I basically tried to hit the ground running. My entire week was SLAMMED with work. It’s wonderful that work is picking up with my new job, but it’s also a slightly overwhelming adjustment. I may or may not have ended up with a few tears of stress on Friday evening, had to finish up work on Saturday, and had an acne breakout from the stress. On top of it all, I pulled at least one muscle, if not two or three, while rowing this week, which not only prevented me from working out the rest of the week, and also from walking on Wednesday and Thursday.
It’s been busy, lol. 😉 I haven’t had a chance to read anyone’s blogs–I’m so far behind! My email inbox is filled to the brim with blog posts that I’m itching to read.
Oooh and I know this is random, but can we just talk about how it’s finally time for the WordPress snowflakes again?! I love when my blog starts snowing! It’s admittedly my favorite WordPress feature. 😉
Even with how busy it’s been, I still wanted to post about our Christmas decorations. I didn’t get to celebrate Christmas much as a teenager, so I am absolutely loving everything Christmas! The Christmas music station became my go-to channel on November 1st, and I could hardly wait to put the tree up right after Thanksgiving. We like decorating on Black Friday, but this year was just too packed, so we waited until the next day.
As we have a tiny apartment, a pencil-tree was a must. We love our little tree, though, and I’m sure even when we have room for a bigger tree, we will always have fond memories of this one as our first Christmas tree together.
We bought a cozy Christmas sign from Michaels for 50% off (#BlackFriday), and wrapped it with round-wire fairy lights.
Also at Michael’s, we were planning on getting a wreath, but we ended up with this super cute snowflake instead! We fell in love with it since both of us love snow. It’s perfect for us and is a fun reminder that it’s the most magical time of the year!
Before I continue…I have a confession. It will be revealed in two ways in this post, so I might as well share it now! (I’ve been considering sharing for a while anyway, and I think it will make things easier in the long run.)
Tialla is my middle name, and Rising is my maiden name. I published my first book when I was still a minor, and my parents insisted I use a pen name. Now that I’ve already published with that name, I feel like it makes since to just keep it up as a pen name for consistency. However, I don’t mind people knowing my “actual” name, as it’s bound to come out eventually. So, my name is…
Courtney Tialla Newman
I’ve never mentioned it on my blog before, but I feel like it’s about time. Letting you guys know that my first name is Courtney doesn’t make Tialla Rising any less of a pen name, it just makes it easier for me to share my lifestyle posts! I still plan on using Tialla Rising in my published works for the sake of consistency, but now I can also feel free to share a few more lifestyle things that happen to say “Courtney.”
Oh, and as a side note, lots of people still call me Tialla or Tia–including my own brothers–so it’s not like it’s never used in “real” association with me. 🙂
Anyway, our stockings have our initials, so I didn’t want it to cause confusion. 😉 Of course, our darling Princess Zelda must also have her own stocking, because we are totally those people. #PetParents
I mentioned about registering for school earlier, but I wanted to revisit it (now that I’ve talked about my name). I’m registered with payment in full, which means I got my student ID! Not only does it make me feel official, lol, but I’m super excited about getting student discounts with it! 😉
One last thing before I sign off. I was completely planning on participating in #BLOGMAS this year, but I’ve realized I just can’t with working full-time. This week alone proved that with me working from 7:30 AM-6:30 PM every day and still having extra work to finish on Saturday. Even today, I barely found time to get this blog up after work. If you don’t know, BLOGMAS is where bloggers post every day of December up to Christmas. I was planning on using a Pinterest photo challenge as my template for BLOGMAS, but it’s just not going to happen this year. That’s okay, extra work is good, and I’m trying to remind myself of that.
My husband and I have yet to find an advent calendar in town and it’s already December 3rd! We’re a little behind, lol.
That’s it for now! I’m hoping I’ll have time to throw together a “What’s Up Wednesday” post this week for the first of December! Fingers crossed, haha. 😉
Until next time,