Wow. After being away for so long, where do I start? Not that I've actually been away, I just haven't been here, in my little wallycado world.
I could wrap up my 2009 for you all, but being 15 days into 2010 so far and I'm over 2009. It was a year of ups and downs. I lost two of my three remaining grandparents, but I also bought my first house and got my first dog, two things that make me feel like I'm finally an adult. I'm ready to move on.
I could also write about all the things I hope to happen in 2010, but honestly, I'm not really one of those people. I don't make resolutions. I just welcome the new year with open arms. I do hope that this year is better than the last, but don't we all hope that with every new year that comes along? But since I have been away for awhile, and I've got so many things going through my mind right now that I don't really know where to start or what to say, I'll just go ahead and tell you a few things I do plan on doing differently this year, for lack of a better topic.
Shopping local. This past Christmas I had a personal goal to do all of my shopping locally. Well, that didn't exactly happen. Sure I got all my books at Full Circle, and I bought t-shirts and Ugly Dolls at Blue Seven, and I shopped for grandma at Suzanne's, but there were plenty of things on people's wish lists that just couldn't be bought locally. The fact that I couldn't put all of my money back into my community got me down a bit, but it didn't dampen my Christmas spirit completely. But this year, I want to make a better effort to do all of my shopping locally. It's important for your money to be put to use in the community you support and that supports you. I know it's impossible for all of my needs to be met locally, but I'm going to challenge myself to see how much local shopping I can do this year.
Blogging. A month or so ago, I had this wild idea that my resolution for 2010 would be to get off the internet. I felt like I'd been relying on email, Facebook, and a variety of cooking websites too much. The amount of time I waste online is probably just a tiny fraction to what many others spend online, but everytime I look up and realize I've been staring at a computer screen for an hour, or sometimes much more, I feel guilty. I feel weird. And my eyes hurt. But I realize that I would lose alot of things that are important to me if I decided to go offline. I would miss my week long emails with my girlfriends. I would miss staying in touch with long lost friends if I logged off of Facebook. And I'd definitely be missing out on so many amazing recipes if I decided to stop reading all the blogs I love. And besides, I don't do resolutions anyway, so I don't feel so bad about throwing that one out. Instead I plan on making a better effort to blog. I don't have much to say or share with the world, but maybe someone will discover a new recipe through me, or listen to a band they would have normally overlooked. Even if I can contribute something as little as that, that's enough for me.
Read. I already read tons. Actually, sometimes I'd go so far as to say I read too much. But that's only when I find myself putting off other responsibilities because I have my nose in a book. My house has gone unvacuumed, my dishes unwashed, my laundry unfolded, because I would rather sit and read than do household chores. And I do. Often. I'm actually thinking about cancelling my cable because I don't watch TV. I read. And I plan on doing lots more of it in 2010. I live alone, so when those household chores go untouched, I'm the only one who knows.
Clean. Okay, so I might have to put the books down occasionally. My one real resolution this year is to be a cleaner person. I can't stand walking into someone else's house and seeing a mess, but the mess in my house? Somehow I just don't care. I guess it's those dang books distracting me.
Exercise and eat better. Okay, okay, I know everyone says this, but I'm jumping on the bandwagon and making this a goal as well. I've been sedentary for about 6 months now, and on top of that, have been eating pretty much whatever I want. So it's time for a change. I'm not a dieter and don't intend on being one. I love pasta and cheese too much to give up. But I will give up the ice cream. And the fast food. And I'll try to give up the candy, but I can't really make any promises....
Thank you notes. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm not a thank you noter. Odd, considering I have an entire drawer full of stationary and cards. So I'm making 2010 my year of the thank you note. So please, start giving me things to thank you for!
So there you have it. A small idea of what I have planned for 2010, things I hope will carry on through the years to follow. What do you have in mind for this new year?
1. Vino wine glasses from Crate and Barrel. Thanks, Dad!
2. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. I just can't help myself. I'm in love with Jamie Fraser.
3. My new Bose speakers. Thanks, Mom!
4. Cinnamon gummy bears.
5. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. A heartbreaking and thought provoking read. Good pick for book club, Biz.