Friday, December 28, 2012
Christmas Day is, in some ways, the last day of the old year. Yes, there is another week left of the year, but it is a fallow time in which we finish up the last bits of the dying year and begin to look at and plan for the coming year. Some say that there is no good reason for this divide, that one day is just the same as another. I don't think that's true. Our lives are marked out by meetings and partings, by ritual and expectation, and I think the new year is one of those marks by which we measure and in which we can find inspiration.
The last year was on the whole successful for me. I lost 50 pounds, biked over 2000 miles, and began taking the first steps toward running right at the end of the year. I made a lot of delicious bread and other food, I spent quality time with family and friends, and I did some good fundraising for an excellent cause.
There were some parts of the year that weren't as successful. I spent way too much time on the computer and didn't read nearly enough books. I let my yard and garden run to wild. I didn't get a single quilt or piece of jewelry made. I feel like I handled the basics but let a lot of time slip by me around the edges that could have been put to much more fruitful use.
So my biggest resolution for the coming year is to take back my life from the computer. It's a wonderful tool, and I don't intend to abandon social networking and all the support it's given me. The reality, however, is that I haven't even been using this tool very well. I've barely journaled at all. I mostly sit refreshing Facebook and Spark People and not actually accomplishing much. There are too many evening hours spent just frittering away my time, time I could be making something creative and beautiful, or tending to my garden, or just reading a book.
I've known this was an issue for a while, and I've tried to change it without much success. This time I need to take it more seriously. I need to set a timer to limit my social networking, and when it goes off I need to get off the computer and on to something more productive. I'm going to have to experiment a bit with determining how much time I should spend online.
And then I have to get offline. My life doesn't need to be lived electronically. I have better things to do with it.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
A lighted, wire-frame deer is currently standing on my kitchen counter, waving its upturned nose back and forth. Hubby was good enough to put it together while I was out for the evening.
He has expressed a fond desire for it to remain where it is, as it gives a lovely ambient light to the whole living space. Grinch that I am, I have said no. The deer will be moved to the yard tomorrow, where it will join our other wire-frame critter, a moose. Yes, we have a moose in the yard. The moose is a very special animal to me, because I lived in Alaska for so long and they were such a common sight in our suburban yards.
None of this, however, was a good enough excuse for letting my daughter get away with gleefully singing, "We wish you a Merry Chris-moose and a Happy New Deer!"
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
DD and I planned a trip to the gym this morning, prior to me dropping her at work for a very important work day. We both got up on time, but instead of the gym I ended up running to the 24-hour drug store to get her Imodium. Poor kid, she is not doing well, but there is no way she can miss this work day.
As for my workout, I am fortunately able to move it to the afternoon. It might even be nice enough for a bike ride.
Monday, December 03, 2012
I can't remember where I got this picture, but it's now my wallpaper, to remind me of what I'm doing this for:
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