I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. I know I did! Not only in the “stuff I got” department, but also because I got to see my family and everyone got along. Of course, Christmas gifts are always fun and I am incredibly happy with my haul this year. I must have been pretty specific when I was asked what I wanted from Santa, because I can’t think of one “WTF were YOU thinking?” gift… J I received several books from my Amazon wish list, mainly sewing and crafting books, but also the Farmer John seasonal cookbook! Yea! I also got enough Christmas cash to combine with a Hancock giftcard from the DH to buy a serger last night! Whoo-hoo! Merry Christmas to me!
Giving gifts is always fun too, of course. I wrapped up 4 calculators for the dog to give to the DH. Our last calculator finally died, so I picked up a bunch of replacements…it’s fun to watch someone upwrap the same gift over and over and over… For my mom, in addition to a massage gift certificate, we gave her an ornament from the Statue of Liberty while I was in NYC for the marathon… It took her a moment of closer inspection to realize where it came from and then her face just lit up – perfect! My nephew seemed to like the sock monkey I made him…not as much as the paper and ribbons from all his other gifts, but he’s only 8 months old, so what’d’ya do? I tried to convince my sister’s fiance that the golf course gift certificate we gave him expired at the end of January, but he caught on…eventually. J
We didn’t give anyone too much – 1 or 2 gifts apiece – but I think we put a lot of thought into each one and that made them more than enough. For an entirely mall-free Christmas expirience, I think we did quite well…
But Christmas has come and gone and it’s now time to focus on the New Year. Are you making resolutions? After cleaning out our pantry last night, and trashing about ¾ of my spice rack, I’m going to focus on being less wasteful with food! I can’t believe how much I threw away…it was quite disgusting… From now on, I’m not buying it if I don’t have a plan to eat it within the coming two weeks...which should have been my MO this entire time, I know… J
I’m also going to throw myself back into the the workout world – I’ve been slacking and it’s starting to show! No sense in outgrowing all the clothes I’ve made lately. I’m also going to push myself to dance everyday. This was one of my Best Year Yet goals and I did well for about a week… I love to belly dance, but practicing has never been something I can make a habit of… this is the year that changes!
Since my braces are going on in just under 2 weeks, my other new habit will be brushing and flossing multiple times a day…
Happy New Year everyone!