On New Year's Day (evening) all of us but The Girl gathered to eat our traditional dinner of Swedish Ham Balls, cabbage, black-eyed peas, cornbread, and champagne. It was quite the feast!
And it got me to thinking that maybe this year I should consider making some sort of plan for how I want to move forward into 2014. Call them resolutions if you want.
I want to get a decent DSLR for me. I want people to see me with the camera and SMILE and act right. But mostly, I just want better picture quality. And I want to print up some of my blog - after all, it is a record of our life as a family - I want to look back at it in book form, on my lap. Maybe share it with grandkids someday.
I also want to get off my rear and get some of the projects done around the house that have been bugging me forever: Removing the carpet in the hallways and installing tile, repairing the ceiling in the den and repainting all of the ceilings in the house, repairing the deck and re-staining it, getting the garage cleared out enough to park at least one car in there. I hope to get Hubby on board with all this. Maybe he and I will have to start having lunch together now and again, and make some plans.
I miss The Girl. I want to find a way to connect with her on-on-one more often. She works full time and goes to college, but we should be able to carve a sliver of time out here and there - eat a meal together, just she and I, talk about life. By December she will graduate and who knows where she will find a job?
I've already started saving for next Christmas. I want to be in an even better situation with money this year. I'm not as tight-fisted as I once was, because we are making more than we once did. But I think it's true that if you watch the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves. Along with that, I want, at year's end, for Hubby and I to have had a vacation. Something, somewhere.
And lastly, I want to stop feeling wrecked by people outside of my immediate family - I don't want to stand for any more nonsense, either at work, or with my former family. Believe it or not, I seem to have a lot of that in my life. This has more to do with my sense of self-worth and deciding I will not let others get one over on me.
It's going to be a work in progress. But isn't every year like that?