Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

I still have one foot in 2007, as I haven’t finished cleaning up after the holidays. The village is still up and although the rest of the decorations are packed away, the dust is thick and pine needles are scattered along the edges and in the corners of the room. Today I’ll finish cleaning up. I’ll come up with some kind of dinner to celebrate the new year. I’ll pay my bills, clean off my desk, start WW (again), and write some thank you notes. Then, I’ll be ready to begin 2008. Which, ironically, will start off with a series of good-byes. Farewell to Matt whose deployment is set for January 9th. So long to Dad and Carol who leave on January 15th for 3 months in Texas. Hasta la vista to Joe, who will leave for the University of Puget Sound on January 19th. And lots of I-miss-you-already’s to Dan as he returns to a rigorous travel schedule for the first few months of the year.

In the meantime, my thoughts turn to the good-ole topic of New Year’s resolutions. Somebody said to call them “goals” as it sounds a lot friendlier and more attainable. I always have a hard time narrowing it down to just a few. I know that it’s self-defeating to put everything on my list. As much as I would like to focus on losing weight, keeping a menu plan, staying on a housekeeping schedule and adding regular exercise to my daily routine, I also want to keep my desk neat, stay in touch with all my friends, blog regularly, not eat fast food, and be faithful to my morning devotionals. Equally challenging and just as important I want to keep my checkbook balanced, the car vacuumed out, get my daughter to school on time, and make my home a warm and welcome haven for the rest of the family. On a personal note, I want to read more books, finish the socks I’m knitting for Dan (no, they didn’t get finished in time for Christmas) and set up a sewing area someplace in the house so that I can start teaching Emily. I want to kick my correspondence up a notch by writing real letters to those family members who will be away from home this year, and I really want to color code my work files.

As a former trainer for Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Dan is an ace at narrowing down the goals, and setting up a plan for achieving them. The problem is I hold my list tight to my chest and assure him, I’m fine, I can do ALL this, really I can. How stubborn is that?

In the meantime, just to shake things up a bit, I’ve added this to the mix.

I need this like I need another hole in my head. But he’s so dang cute. This morning, Em came into our bedroom, puppy in arms, saying “He woke me up and won’t go back to sleep.” I opened the eye that wasn’t smooshed into my pillow and mumbled, “Welcome to my world, 11 years ago.”

Do you ever feel like life just keeps repeating itself? Sometimes I feel like New Year’s Day is like the movie “Groundhog Day,” and I wake up, every January 1st, with so many of the same good intentions. In a hit or miss kind of way, I do achieve many of them. Three steps forward, two steps back kind of thing. Never the less, I love having the clean slate to start anew. It’s like going to confession and getting the clean white sheet.

So, when my chores are done for the day, I’ll get out a nice clean piece of paper and a newly sharpened pencil (with a good eraser) and make my list. I may not probably won't achieve it all. But I'm grateful for another chance to try.

18 comments:

Becky said...

Oh, my, that will spice up your life for sure. He is adorable though. And I love your comment to Em. That is hilarious.

Jen said...

I always say a new year a new chance another chance at getting right....or trying to at least. I enjoyed your post today. I look forward to reading you this year and getting to know you better.

annie said...

Happy happy new year Karen!
♥~
Annie

Tristi Pinkston said...

I hear you on the not eating fast food. But you know, you go out to run errands and you were in such a hurry to get out the door that you forgot to eat and you start to feel faint and there's food, right within your grasp . . . yeah, that's a hard one.

Happy New Year, and good luck with those goals! I'm looking at mine with a feeling of overwhelm . . .

kim said...

Adorable little addition to your family! (Just glad he was added to yours and not mine!!! :) )

I think your goals are great and attainable--just like mine--it just takes diligence and frankly there are just too many days where I don't feel diligent!

I have had this past week off from work and go back tomorrow--ugh! All my decorations are put away, except the tree--it is just so pretty that I have had a hard time going in that room and starting the process--plus...I dread the whole "taking off the ornament thing"!

The only thing I don't feel is ready for the starting of the work week is my laundry situation but heck...I can fold that while watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, right?

Happy New Year to you. Oh, and let me know more details about your trip up here with your son--even if I meet you at the airport for coffee it would be great fun. I only live about 20 minutes from the airport. :)

*smiles*
KIm

kim said...

Adorable little addition to your family! (Just glad he was added to yours and not mine!!! :) )

I think your goals are great and attainable--just like mine--it just takes diligence and frankly there are just too many days where I don't feel diligent!

I have had this past week off from work and go back tomorrow--ugh! All my decorations are put away, except the tree--it is just so pretty that I have had a hard time going in that room and starting the process--plus...I dread the whole "taking off the ornament thing"!

The only thing I don't feel is ready for the starting of the work week is my laundry situation but heck...I can fold that while watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, right?

Happy New Year to you. Oh, and let me know more details about your trip up here with your son--even if I meet you at the airport for coffee it would be great fun. I only live about 20 minutes from the airport. :)

*smiles*
KIm

Rick said...

Very cute photos - adorable face on both.

Happy New Year! I wanted to invite you over to my blog because I am having my very first give-away there to celebrate my one year anniversary of blogging. Come on by - I think that you will be glad that you did.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Lynne said...

The puppy is so cute. Was he a birthday present for Em?

Bill said...

Happy New Year, Karen!!! ...and remember that a new year begins every single day.

Enjoy that cute puppy!

Madeleine said...

Happy New Year!!!

I love puppies!! Even through the whining/chewing/pottie training/never sleep at the right time, and then eventually grow up stages. What kind of dog is it, and what is his name?

And my, my, you are a busy woman. I need lessons on time management & organization. I am also considering starting WW again. Specially since their registration is for free coupon came in the mail today.

We will see. :)

violetlady said...

Happy New Year, Karen. I seldom ever do New Year's resolutions. I really don't like to commit to things that I know I will never do. This isn't really negative, I just know myself pretty well at this point in my life. Such as - I will never attend another WW meeting -- I just don't keep up with it. I may do the diet, which I am about to start, but I will never commit to another meeting. But, I certainly respect you for making your resolutions.

Fresh Girl said...

Awww, what a sweet baby! What's his name?

I'm pulling myself back from the brink and getting back to the weight loss thing myself. Today I stupidly committed to posting every evening with what I had to eat that day. Uh oh.

Xandra said...

Karen,

When you get a chance, drop by and pick up your award!

Xandra

justabeachkat said...

Oh.My.Word! How adorable?! Good luck in training. They bring so much joy. I can't imagine life without Miss Daisy.

Happy New Year! I wish many many blessings for you in 2008.

Hugs!
Kat

BClark said...

As aways reading your blog is a pleasure, love the puppy and the family shots. Looks like Miss Em is on the right path to a full life.

I wish you the best in meeting your goals, the fun is in the trying to enjoy the journey.

Happy New Year, Barbara

Robin said...

Ahhhhh...what a cute little puppy!
I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas - and I love new beginnings too!
Good luck on your resolutions, uh, I mean goals!
I look forward to spending another year with you, my blogging buddy!

Jo and JD said...

Good luck with your resolutions. Mine was to not have any.

Pass along a huge happy birthday to Em...

:-)

gail@more than a song said...

I LOVE your comment to Em! So funny and so true.
Great post with goals, you write so eloquently. Happy New Year Karen!