Archive for January, 2011


 I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. If you read my blog, you know that endeavor is a daily resolution with me. However, the new year does offer an opportunity to look back, and forward at the same time. My resolutions are not grand this year. They are actually very simple. Still, it is my resolve to see them in action, and to be able to look back on them in 2012 as accomplished.

 This year, I will read more books to my six-year old. The reason I don’t read enough now is that I work too much, and sleep too little. By the time I am putting him into bed at night, either I have had less than four hours sleep in approximately 30 hours, and my mouth and brain simply cannot face the thought of any more work, or we have been to church or somewhere that has kept us out much later than his bedtime. But I am resolved to work less, sleep less if needed, or read at less orthodox times in order to read to him more. Soon he will have outgrown the desire to have me read to him. He’s in a very talkative stage, as well, and I want to enjoy that before he grows into a teenager who quits talking to me.

This year, I will use less plastic in my kitchen. Now, before you attribute this to any altruistic “save the planet” ideas, let it be known that it is entirely a selfish resolve. I believe heated plastics are bad for you, and I’d like to eliminate them from our food. This means replacing plastic storage ware with glass…a somewhat expensive undertaking, but I have the whole year to get it done!

This year, I will play an instrument more. I miss playing the piano and the violin, and there are a couple of instruments I would love to learn. Things have been so busy the last four years that musicianship has had to go by the wayside. Not sure yet how I’m going to work this one in. I am hoping to work a lot less this year, which may allow me to dust off the instruments.

 So, there you have it. Nothing grand and glorious. Just trying to improve the quality of life around my house…. If you are like me, you would rather pick a few little things to change rather than grand, inaccessible ideas. After all, I’ve found that it’s the little changes that stick….


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