Thursday, January 13, 2011

new year's resolutions

it's 2011. I thought we would all be flying around in Jetsons like paradise by now, or robots would have destroyed the world by now. It's funny watching movies where they reference the future, only to find yourself living there.

Having been in school up until basically last year I find it hard to think of January as the start; for me september holds the newness, september is when you are supposed to map out your plans and make your lists. It's hard to break that habit, but I am trying.... I've been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish this year. Some of them are big undertakings, while others are just little things that will change our lives (hopefully) for the better.

2011 is the year of the House. We bought a lovely 1860's house in late september. Right now there is still a half kitchen on the second floor, and no insulation left in any of the walls, oh and this very old electric wiring job that has our electric running on 2 meters and only 120 amps. So there is a fair amount of renovations that need to be done. But a significant lack of funds. We are doing the work ourselves; which basically translates into the hubby doing 99% of it himself.
The first resolution is for everyone in the house to have a room to sleep in where it is warm. A room to sleep in that has a closet. What the heck is with old houses? Where did people put their clothes back in the day? There is one closet on all of the second floor! And don't get me started on the upstairs bathroom. The shower looks like the previous owners found a bunch of seaglass, and just put it into the wet spackle on the walls...

In short the upstairs will be finished and presentable by this time next year.

2011 is the year of the Garden. I just ordered a bunch of stuff from the arbor day foundation to make this landscape a happy one. I stuck to plants I know will work, plants that remind me of my childhood home and plants that will look nice. There is a lot of work to be done in the yard. I have to pull up this really horrible hedge thing in between us and the neighbors, cover an eyesore of a back fence and do something in the existing beds of the front yard. I also want to have some sort of food garden.....I have a lot of digging to do

2011 is the year of the Hobbies. I knit and I am getting better at it every day. I have a list of 11 things that I want to finish this year. So far I am making decent progress. There are a few things for other's and a few ambitious projects for myself. I'd like to continue to can this year as well. We've been using our pantry cans to great success thus far and I am seeing savings in our food bill because of the homecooking.

2011 is the year of Health. I am actually going to get a doctor this year! I will have a dermatologist look me over for the inevitable melanomas, I will have my eyes checked and prescriptions for glasses renewed. The miscarriage was a wake up call. I don't know what is going on with my body and that needs to be remedied. The weight gain of two kids has thrown me out of whack, and I have no excuse not to get this under control. It is not like in college when I had no insurance and no money....So I joined a gym. I did a 2 year membership (it was cheapest), I have figured out a schedule that will allow me to go to the gym 4-5 times a week. I take 2 yoga classes, 2 pilates classes and I am searching for another class that makes me happy.

And lest it sound like this is all about me, 2011 is also the year of figuring out family. The hubby and I are not always on the same page when it comes to the kids. I spend so much time with them that it is hard to add another voice of authority in. So we both resolved to be better parents this year. Taking joy in the little things that make up our days, making the days that all four of us are together a little less stressful, a little more fun.

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