I pretty much fell off the face of blogland.
What’s that? You didn’t notice?
I didn’t think so.
Since I’m quite proficient at waiting until the last-minute, the days leading up to Christmas were pretty busy, not necessarily exciting or productive, just busy. I messed up a batch of cinnamon rolls and then spent Christmas Eve day in the laundromat with my daughter. My husband came down with a nasty stomach virus in the week leading up to Christmas and I spent Christmas Eve decontaminating my bedroom. I bonded with the laundromat people and ate french fries.
I know, you wish you lived my charmed life.
Since then it’s been a flurry of calorie laden food and family celebrations. Throw in a little sledding (or “sliding” as Mainers say) and late morning sleeping and we can officially call this holiday a success. My second batch of cinnamon rolls even came out perfectly. And, my daughter turned twelve.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we celebrated with creepy owl cupcakes, a super-cool cake (if I do say so myself), and some giant slices of pizza.
The banner makes it look like a couple of race cars should be driving across the frosting, but every birthday needs a little ugly. That’s what I’ve been telling my kids for years. It’s called brainwashing and it works.
It was all a little too quick though. I mean, we started seeing Christmas decorations right after the 4th of July and my kids have been making their lists since at least September. There’s a whole lot of leading up to Christmas and then it’s over in just twenty-four hours.
The tree is still up, but no one wants to plug it in anymore.
It’s on to a whole new year – 2014.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already feeling the weight of responsibility this year and I’m only sixteen hours in, day one.
I wrote all about my blogging goals last month. I didn’t procrastinate on those, but my personal goals have had me thinking a little while longer.
Personal Goals 2014
- Read at least one book a month. Today I decided to follow along with the book club at A Beautiful Mess. I’m pretty sure I’ll read some books I may not have read if I were making the selections and that’s good. I hope to read more than twelve books this year, but this will be my start.
- Exercise consistently. I exercise all year long, but there are gaping holes in my routines. I’ll go all out for three months and not even stretch one muscle in month four. Then I spend an entire month feeling lazy and like a fresh batch of sludge. That’s not good a feeling my friends.
- Make a friend. I sound like I’m in second grade, but I’m serious about this goal. There are all kinds of friends – those few who have known me my entire life. We can go four months without talking and that’s ok. They’ll always be there; they’ll always get me. They know me. It’s awesome. Then there are the friends who are far away and the people you see on a regular basis and share an occasional meal with, but I’m looking for a local friend that’s gets me, like Ethel got Lucy. You know? Those friends are a rare gift.
- Become a better housekeeper. Since I’m not independently wealthy and I can’t hire an Alice (although I’d give blood for an Alice), I need a better system at home. Or, maybe I just need a system. Don’t get me wrong, my house is usually reasonably clean, but there are pile-ups. I need to be better at motivating each person in my house to be responsible for him or herself. Then I need to work harder on keeping order.
Order in the home. It shall be my mantra.
- Learn to do something new. I don’t know what. Yet. I like to learn though and it’s good for me to learn, so this year I will learn to do something new.
- Redo my bedroom, completely. I have plans, so stay tuned.
That’s it for now. It feels like enough. In fact, it almost feels like too much in light of my other goals, but I want to live well. We only get one chance at this life and I want to use all of my chance, not just part of it.
God has blessed me immensely in 2013. I’m so thankful for my little family and I know that sounds cheesy and over-played, but it’s true. My husband works really, really hard and goes out of his way for us. He shows his love in so many little ways. My kids are funny and sweet and easy to please. They also like to laugh, eat junk food, and give big hugs. They are keepers. The junk food, not so much.
What about you?
Have you made plans for this new year?
Did you pick a word instead of making resolutions or setting goals?