Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I read this crazy stat about how completely and utterly pointless New Year's resolutions are - something like 45% of them don't last a week...and another 20 to 25% are out the window by the end of the month. So...why bother, right?

I will admit that I am in that 20 - 25% that have given up on their resolutions by the end of the month. I don't know how many times I vowed to quit smoking...and then had a pack of cigarettes in my purse 2 days later. I have also vowed to remember to send birthday cards to everyone. I've vowed to drink more water. I've vowed to save money. I've probably promised to do just about every average resolution that there is.

Here's this years list -

1) Go to bed before 11pm on weeknights.
2) Start FLYing EVERYDAY - not just when I feel like it. I don't live in CHAOS - but I'm not happy with the way things are around here...I feel like I'm just hanging on.
3) Read my Simple Abundance book & my One Year Bible...plus keep my little journal going that I started.

There you go. Lame, I know...but I quit smoking almost 2 weeks ago - hopefully for good this time, so I can't use that one this year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Books I've Read this Year

So - a while ago Beth, @ so the fish said, wrote this post going over the books that she has read this year. I've been a big fan (mostly in the closet) of Beth's blog for some time now and I love to read so I actually really enjoyed the post. I even went so far as to suggest "The Memory of Running" to our book club - and it's January's selection! ;)

Inspired by Beth, I went back and looked at the books I've read in 2008. My list isn't nearly as long or exciting as Beth's...and most of them were for book club. I will add that I was getting my Master's Degree this semester - so that kind of threw a big old wrench in how much time I had to read for pleasure.

For One More Day - Mitch Albom

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

Tallgrass - Sandra Dallas

Angry Housewives Eating BonBons - Lorna Landvik

The House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus III

The Saving Graces - Patricia Gaffney

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyers

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch - Gregory Maguire

A Million Little Pieces - James Frey

High Noon - Nora Roberts

Currently, I'm reading Eat...Pray...Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Memory of Running by Ron Mclarty.

I also saw that they are making a movie of Eat...Pray...Love and have cast Julia Roberts as Elizabeth. Hmmm....interesting.

As a side note - can anyone explain to me why it is easier on the mornings my husband is working rather than the mornings he's home? You would think that he would help out...but all he really does is irritate me by asking me where things are and giving me extra things to get done when I'm trying to do my thing. It's just one of those mornings - so I thought I'd ask if I'm the only one who feels this way.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Withdraw Symptoms

I'm exhausted . . . but I can't sleep. I'm so tired that I don't know if I'll make it up the steps . . . but I can't sleep. It has to be a combination of my obsessive disorder when it comes to my new Christmas toys - for example, I feel this need to fill up all 120 GB on my IPod today, something that will take months to do - if I even ever do fill it up (it's something like 30,000 songs!) - and the fact that I am just so excited about all of the new things in our house. I don't want to step away from the laptop or put away my new things. I feel like I'm 10 again.

On top of that we ate the last 2 dinners again tonight in leftovers. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE holiday leftovers. However, neither meal is a "light" meal - and the one we had Christmas day was FULL of GARLIC! Mmmm...ugh. Yum yummy - but wow am I full.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us - and a busier week. We have a wedding to go to on Sunday - and a baptism. Same family. Mom and Dad are getting married and then little one is getting baptized. It's a twofer on the sacrament front. :) DH works Monday and then is off T/W/Th. In that time we have to get both our vehicles into the shop. His truck because it needs inspected and my Escape because it won't start. It decided not to start right after church on Christmas Eve...yeah, it was perfect timing...two cranky kids who have just sat through an hour and a half Catholic Mass...it was cold and raining...and we were due at the in laws asap. Oh well...everything worked out fine. Now let's just hope we don't bring in the new year with some bad news about a big repair.

Last but not least - I'm sorry that you have read this whole post. Truly I am bored...that is why I decided to write. I'm bored but can't sleep...which reminds me, I'm raising a 3 year-old going on 15 year-old son. Today I told him that I was making him Spiderman Mac n Cheese...which is his FAVORITE! He looked at me and rolled his eyes exclaiming, "Mom...Spiderman Mac n Cheese is sooo boring!" I have no idea where he got that! BTW - did I tell you I am bored? hehehe

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas - shall we talk reolutions?

I had an amazingly wonderful Christmas. It was surprisingly uneventful - for the most part. I got the most wonderful presents from DH and my parents! I am loving everything I got and all the great new toys the kids have to play with tomorrow...I'm sad that it is all over, but this was by far one of the best Christmases I've had in a while!

Alas, it is over and now I have to start thinking about the new year...and my new year resolutions. I am not good at keeping my new year resolutions - I can't think of one that has ever really stuck. I can't make my normal resolution to quit smoking...because I quit last week. I guess I will have to put some thought into this years. I'd like it to be something I can be successful in keeping, but not something that is going to be overwhelming. I'm thinking of a "FLYing" resolution...but I haven't worked it out yet. I have time. Any suggestions?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Eat . . . Pray . . . Love

So, I'm reading the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I borrowed it from someone at book club. This month we read High Noon by Nora Roberts at book club - easy read...not bad. So I needed a new book and picked up Eat, Pray, Love...now I want to learn how to speak Italian. Seriously...but I don't know if I'd be able to...I want to give it a try, though. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to go downstairs and try to dig up the "Learn Italian ~ the easy way" tapes my mom bought years ago and never used. I also hinted to Jerry that I'd like an Italian dictionary for Christmas...yes, I've lost my mind - but I've always been a little obsessive like that.

The other thing I've been doing a lot of because of reading the book is eating dark chocolate. I've been laying in bed, eating dark chocolate Hershey Kisses (actually letting them melt in my mouth) and reading this book. I wish I had more time to do it, but the 30 - 45 minutes a night have been so wonderful and relaxing. It's really an inspirational kind of book - because I feel inspired. The problem is I don't know what I am inspired to do...other than learn Italian. hehehe

Okay, enough rambling. I will let you know how I feel about it after I finish the book. Who knows - maybe I'll want to find myself a Guru, too. :)

Friday, December 12, 2008


Do you know who that is? Seriously - Do you?

It's Peter Billingsley. Who is Peter Billingsley you ask - let me put it to you this way... he obviously didn't shoot his eye out and I'd die to see him in a pair of pink bunny pajamas! :)

It's Ralphie from A Christmas Story! I came across an article about 12 little known facts about the movie and saw that Peter had some cameos in some recent movies...so I thought I'd look him up on IMDB. WOW! I was a little surprised he's so good looking. Not that it's that unbelievable...but they made him look like such a dork in the movie - with good reason.

Just had to share - keeping busy...more personal post soon!