This has been an interesting year, to say the least. My life has changed in so many major ways, and at this time last year, I couldn't have imagined the circumstances under which I would be writing my last post for 2007.
Luckily for me, I have the day off, and I am currently sitting on the couch with the puppers, drinking coffee, watching Season 1 of Charlie's Angels, and thinking about the year that has past and the year ahead. 2007 was a good year, in many ways -- we moved to California, we adopted the puppers, I got a nice summer vacation, and I found a really good job. Good stuff, all.
But 2007 was difficult, too. I'm in the worst shape and at the highest weight I've ever been at because I'm a stupid stress eater, and whenever I get anxious, I stuff myself full of bad for me stuff. Mike's got a very demanding and responsible job, and we find our roles reversed from what they were in Boston - I'm the one with the mental energy to spare, but Mike's just exhausted every night. And speaking of Boston - of course we left Boston and our friends and family behind, and that has been really difficult and trying at times. We have a support network here, but it isn't the same, and there are times when we both really miss home quite a bit.
I'm not usually much of a resolutions girl, but there are things that I need to straighten out or do better in 2008. Rather than make resolutions, though, I'm going to make commitments -- to myself, my family, and my friends.
I hope to keep myself honest by blogging these, and I hope that you'll call me out if you find me straying too far from this list. Deal?
Commitments for 2008:
- I will be more healthy and take advantage of the many opportunities for activity available to me.
- I will lose weight and get back to a healthy weight for my height.
- I will take better advantage of the fact that I live in an amazing agricultural area, and as a family, Mike and I will strive to eat locally as much as possible.
- I will watch less TV and read more.
- I will try and teach Allie how to play.
- I will continue training with Allie and Zorro, and will investigate getting Zorro into a therapy dog program.
- I will volunteer at the rescue center where we adopted the puppers.
- As a family, we will give more to charity.
- We'll be fiscally conservative in 2008.
- We'll buy a house.
- I will be better at being in touch with my friends and family in 2008, even if it means picking up the accursed telephone once in a while.
- I will take at least one real vacation with my husband.
- I will strive to make as many cards and gifts as I can.
- I will knit and spin from my stash. I have no reason, and honestly, little inclination, to buy more stash at this time.
Overall, I really want to take better care of myself and those I love. I want to be good to myself and to maybe finally learn that being good to myself does not mean eating crap food and being a couch potato.
Now, one of my commitments is to be fiscally conservative. In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll tell you that I have NOT been terribly fiscally conservative over the past few months. This past week, Mike was sick (he caught the cold I had right before Christmas) and as a belated Christmas gift, I bought him something really, really special.
So, when was the last time you were quoted $2,000/lb for something in the grocery store?
We made an unbelievable pasta with the truffle. I don't think I've ever made or eaten anything so decadent. It was a nice way to end the year.
Allie says "Happy New Year!" and "Yawn!" and "Let's go back to bed now, please!"