Last year at this time, I resolved to get more sleep in 2008. Not quite remembering how much sleep I was getting in 2007 (probably because of the tired, blurry haze surrounding it) I am not altogether sure that I achieved it. However, I don’t feel that I’m lacking sleep in particular, so let’s say I improved upon it – that, or I simply got used to the sleep that seemed unsatisfactory in 2007, which is also a distinct possibility.
There are a few things on my resolutions list this year. I’ll share them here so that in a year I can come back and not remember if I’ve achieved those, either:
1. Thank you notes – I am a very grateful person. I swear this to you. But I cannot seem to get a thank you note out the door to save my life. At this point, there aren’t too many that I feel I need to send as an adult when I can make a call or send a special email note to thank people, but I do feel that I need to teach the kids to do them. I almost got them out after Lyle’s birthday party – I even had him write the word “THANKS” on a piece of paper, scanned it in and made cards out of the pages, enough for all of his gifts. And then did I find the time again to sit down and write them? No. I finally gave up on them around the time of Baxter’s birthday, three months later. I managed to work with Baxter to send a few critical ones before we ran into the holidays. If you have a good solution to kids’ thank you notes, I’m all ears.
2. Call My Grandparents – As I have mentioned, I am fortunate enough to still have all of my grandparents living on their own. Some of them even love to talk on the phone. I am well aware that as soon as I lose one of them, I will be acutely aware of how infrequently I managed to call them to say hello and chat. It can be tricky with some on the East Coast and one on the West Coast but I should be able to work around the time zones, it’s just not that hard.
3. Health and Well-Being – I was determined to improve this before the holidays and now I’m desperate to do so. I’ve already used my Wii My Fitness Coach program four times this week, getting up early in the morning to do a seriously challenging aerobics workout in my living room. I love it! I was already going to the gym very early in the morning, so I don’t mind setting my alarm and getting up to exercise; what’s amazing for me is just walking into the living room instead of going out into the cold, dark morning to drive to the gym. I’ll still go to the gym for Tuesday yoga and to do a weekly cardio work out with my friend, but I can add the home workout on the off-days and be quite happy. Further, Matt and I have cleared the cookies and pie out of the kitchen and are embarking on a hard-core food plan tomorrow. I don’t plan to report on this here, but if you want to know what we’re doing and how it’s going, feel free to email me. Suffice it to say, our fridge is seriously packed with produce.
So there you have it: the Big Three. What’s on your list this year?