I did ok on keeping last year's resolutions. I tried to get my engagement ring fixed last week, but the jeweler I want to use is not taking new "cases" until after the holidays. (Totally understandable.) 2011 was pretty good to us. This year challenged us by making us consider some things we didn't think we'd be considering, but it also reinforced the fact that we're doing just fine on the path we're on. Dean started school and has blossomed into this amazing little person with an imagination as big as the sky. Marcus and I celebrated 5 years of marriage and 13 years (OMG) of knowing each other and dating and stuff. We counted our blessings, as well as our losses, and most of all, we loved each other. Our home is more comfortable now that we have a kitty of our very own. Our kitchen, though not always tidy, is never without tasty smells or creative concoctions, and our little boy goes to bed each night with the knowledge that he's warm, safe, loved and cherished.
2012 will be a big year for us no matter what. We'll have a four-year-old (hold me), Marcus will go up for tenure, and I got a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas, so there's no telling what's going to come flying out of our kitchen. On to the next adventure, my friends.
Here's my list of goals for the year:
- Have the time of my life at Type-A Parent Conference in June.
- Visit NYC with Marcus to see the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- See my best friend and spend no less than 4 hours sitting on her couch watching certain episodes of West Wing, Sports Night, and that classic film Coal Miner's Daughter.
- Visit my undergrad alma mater and finally see my brick. (They give each graduate a brick on the Centinneal Plaza. I graduated in 1999, but have never seen my brick.)
- Use every single piece of baking paraphenalia I received for Christmas. There's a LOT, y'all.
- Put down roots, either here or elsewhere. And I mean DEEP roots.
- Talk to my friends on the phone or Skype or Facetime or Google+ Hangout more. Email and Facebook are great, but nothing compares to hearing your friends' voices.
- Take Dean to a play. Or 3 or 4.
- Play the Kinect with Marcus at least twice a week. Look as dorky as possible.
- Find some boots to fit my annoyingly tiny feet.
- Eat less salt.
- Continue to volunteer at Dean's school.
- Push harder for the people who live here to help me keep the house neater.
- Have a real Christmas tree.
- Meet my fellow Food Lushes.
- Celebrate my 35th birthday with a day out with Dean and a night out with Marcus.
- Get my stupid tooth filled. (I haz a cavity.)
- Get my car detailed, then keep it cleaner.
- Go to the outlet mall.
- Send more letters.
- Teach Dean to read, at least a little.
- Cook for and host the holidays. I did Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, now I'm hooked.
Happy New Year, everyone!