Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Happy New Year
I hope you all survived New Year's Eve. This was the first year in probably 10 years we didn't do anything. It was so nice to just be at home and veg. I'm actually surprised that we even stayed awake until midnight. We watched the countdown from the Space Needle. I felt bad for the pyro guys because halfway during the show everything stopped. The local news folks who were covering the event said, "I bet the fireworks guys are really freaking out now, I wonder if Jim can get word with them." Yeah, right. Like they are going to want to chit chat in the middle of trying to get the show back up and running. Kind of funny.
Yesterday, I spent chipping away at the house. Cleaning, organizing, making piles for goodwill. My kitchen counters are cleaned off and that always feels really good. I was also able to do most of the laundry. I would have gotten more done, but Joji and Matt were building shelves for the preschool and I got recruited to stain. Today I will finish putting away the Christmas stuff and then it is off to Joji's mom's house for dinner. New Year's Day is a big deal in Japan. BaChan and Auntie cook for days and there is always a TON of food. I'm really hoping they make Gyoza. They are my favorite. I'm not a huge sushi person, so it is nice to be able to eat other things. My contribution will be Hot Wings. Akiko brought some home after our Christmas party and BaChan really liked them. Sushi and hot wings, quite the combo.
Ben and Sam don't go back to school until Thursday which is nice. I'm such a little kid when it comes to school vacations. I really enjoy them and it is a drag when they are over. There is just too much to keep track of sometimes. Although on the flip side, I need a little structure so school is nice for that. Structure always seems to be the theme of my new year's resolutions.
Here are mine
1. Take better care of myself (watching what I eat and working out more regularly)
2. Saying "no" to things I really don't want to do
3. Taming the clutter.
My plan is to start small and then each month, kick it up a notch. We'll see how it goes. Hope 2008 is a wonderful year for everyone.