Firstly, a hearty and sincere thank you to those who shared your sympathy and kind words with me on the passing of my great aunt. I really appreciated all of them. It was a beautiful funeral for a beautiful person, and a really sweet time with family that I don’t get to see very often. I’m really so grateful. I had a few hundred funny, delightful, endearing stories of her in my own memory, and learned a few hundred more it seemed as I gathered with family and reminisced. She was loved and admired indeed.
Despite having a few quiet days at home this last weekend, I am feeling a little behind on life and still coming down from the busyness that holiday hosting and (unexpected) travel can cause.
I’m glad for the “reset” that January always seems to offer. You know I’m a New Year’s resolution junkie (any reason for a list, I say!), and this year feels no different: I’m ready to shake the holiday bustle and the proverbial dust from 2017 off and embrace the fresh start that a new year provides. I have been considering my New Year’s resolutions and intentions, but haven’t had a chance to actually put them down in writing. Perhaps I’ll get to that here, or perhaps not. Instead, I thought I just share a little stream of conscious of things I’ve been doing, mulling, and hoping for as we turn the page to a new year.
I’ve unsubscribed. From a variety of email promotions lately. Hitting that “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of emails is so satisfying. A virtual purge that takes mere seconds.
I’m reading books, not screens. Thanks to my beloved book club, I’ve spent more time in actual, non-cyber pages this year than in years past. And, due to some phone issues (that have since been resolved), I was essentially without a phone or cell services for a handful of days last week and it felt amazing!
I’m going to move everyday. The weather has been dangerously frigid here the last week and a half, and I am SO OVER IT. Too cold to even take the dog on a walk. This is the time of year when I ferociously research fitness centers and gyms nearby and weigh the cost and the time commitment such an investment would require. I’ve decided for now to forgo any formal gym membership and instead stick to the basement basics: a treadmill, free weights, and internet-inspired HIIT workouts (and dog walks and outdoor runs as the weather and daylight allow). So far, so good. I even got up this morning before coming into the office and I was reminded once again how I never regret a morning workout. I don’t intend to run marathons this year, but I would like to make exercise and fitness a more regular part of my routine. And, in case you were wondering: I do intend to count “laundry” as that day’s movement requirement given the two flights of stairs I must climb to do it and the heavy lifting (of laundry baskets) it requires.
I’m tidying up. The Christmas decorations and tree came down last week, and I am glad to have our apartment back to normal. We’re still feeling a little crowded though, on account of some new Christmas presents (ie: TOYS!) taking up space, so I’m hoping to organize Eamon’s toys and books and collect a basket-full to set aside. I hear some families rotate toys on the regular to keep things fresh, and this sounds like the perfect thing for winter.
The freezer is stocked. Or, it will be this week as the third (or is it fourth?) installment of Freezer Meal Swap is happening! I’ve already made my Virtuous Vegetarian Chili (adapted from this recipe – where I added mushrooms and opted out of vegetarian burger crumbles) and am excited to see what I get to take home. I call this “Virtuous” vegetarian chili not only for the sake of the alliteration, but also because you really will feel virtuous eating all the vegetables it contains.
Wishing you a gentle start back to your “regular” routine, if that’s where this week finds you.