I still have a Christmas tree that needs undoing and laundry baskets running over with clean clothes that need to be put in their respective drawers. I have left everything unattended this week to make time for more important things like lunch with friends and play dates with the kids. My house and blog have paid the price!
My main goal for today was to get that Christmas banner down! My second goal was to Frontline the Labs. It is December in Virginia and our dogs are picking up more and more ticks...odd, small, freakishly white ticks. Oh, but there is no such thing as global warming. Yeah right. We did get around to watching An Inconvenient Truth this week and I thought Al Gore did a great job of presenting the facts. So my number one resolution for 2007 will be do more for saving my environment. I want to actually help make a difference, not just talk about it. I am going to start by adding some really great organizations on my side bar. (That will be next week of course).
I said last year I do not do resolutions really. I try to set realistic goals for myself that I should be doing anyway.
But here are what I will call my resolutions for the coming year and future:
1. Continue in charitable work. Finding ways that I can make a difference for my community and our environment.
2. More $ donations to groups like Trout Unlimited who actually go out and save streams or rivers in danger of losing their native fish.
3. More time doing fun things with my mom. I am going to plan a little mini-trip for us.
4. Plan a big horse ride trip for us and all our horse riding friends.
5. Get back into glamor. I love clothes and makeup and I have just gotten a bit slack becoming a naturalist out here on this farm so I am planning on giving myself a subscription to Vogue, Vanity Fair etc. so I can't go too stale. Granted I am thrilled my life isn't totally about that stuff anymore but still I kinda want to age like Sharon Stone....cool, comfy and natural most of the time but clean up like one hot diva when I want to!
6. Grow my nails back out...another consequence of this farm life!
7. Cardio hard core 3 days a week, and 3 moderate exercise days.....and I have put off until the new year getting back into Pilate's.
8 I have to start structuring my days. I hate schedules but have a personality that needs them. With my toes dipping in so many different pools now I will never prosper in anything if I don't manage my time. Now that I am volunteering at the gallery and the clothes closet I am not going to have anything to put IN the gallery if I don't start setting aside days to actually work on photography and nothing else.
9. Eat less meat and more veggies....Know any good veggie dishes? Send them to me please! I rarely eat red meat anyway but I am tired of all the hormones in chicken too. And since I can't find "free-range" here, I am thinking of giving it up entirely.
10. Keep having fun, enjoying life and being thankful to God for every single moment of it!
In summary: The best of the year:
2006 meant turning 40!
2006 meant a new porch/deck on our house that has brought me unimaginable joy. There isn't a morning I don't sit for just a few minutes and look out on it and the little birds. (and squirrels)
2006 meant bonding for me and Spirit....riding lessons was one of the smartest choices I've ever made.
2006 meant adventures all summer with my nephew Caleb. 2006 allowed me the time and energy and health to do so many fun things with all the kids....movies, concerts, fairs, vacations, shopping trips, sleepovers!
2006 meant watching my baby Labs, Earl and Eudora, grow into the beautiful Thugs they are now.
2006 has made me love, love, love marriage. And appreciate and love Toonces even more.
This year I have traveled twice to Atlantic City, to the Bahamas, to Memphis for my 40th birthday, to Niagara, to Montana (2006 brought a trophy fish), to the beach, to the mountains. I have enjoyed music, friends, love and laughter. I have made friendships in the blog world that I treasure. It was a good year.
The worst of 2006:
I turned 40!
I was humiliated by the Price is Right fiasco.
George W. Bush became an even worse president.
We lost one of our best friends..(she is still so dearly missed).
Happy New Year Everyone! May 2007 be the year of your dreams!
Don't forget your black eyed peas and collard greens!!!