Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years Fun!

We celebrated New Years with a neighborhood gathering at our house on New Years Eve. Talk about a bountiful feast! Another highlight (other than fattening food we all promised to give up starting the next day) was a game we played where guests wrote something personal about themselves and we had to guess who the card belonged to. What a hoot! Neighbors wrote things like: “I was expelled in the sixth grade” and “At one time my family owned seven VW bugs” and my personal favorite, “I crashed my car into a tree during my driving test…and still passed!”

We all guessed, and joked, and laughed. Which inspired me to write “laugh more” on my list of resolutions for 2011. I think we forget how important laughter is to the body, mind and spirit. We all had a great time and felt a little closer to our neighbors after the night was over.

Resolutions are an interesting topic. We tend to make some pretty tough ones and a year later find we haven’t lost the 15 pounds and didn’t work exercise into our daily routine. But in my opinion, it’s still worth setting those kinds of goals. They remind us to take care of ourselves and focus on what’s important.

For me, important resolutions for 2011 include:
-- Laugh more!
-- Check e-mail 3 x a day (not 37 )
-- Call my parents and mother-in-law more frequently
-- Set up a “date night” with my husband (we’re empty nesters) at least once a month
-- See more upbeat movies (I’m a big movie fan)
-- Focus on eating healthier foods, as opposed to focusing on what junk food I’m trying to avoid
-- Give the kitty more attention (He got sick over the holidays and the vet said it was stress-related. He’s looking so much better above, don’t you think?)

That’s a good start, and somewhat realistic. I think the key to achieving goals is working them into your routine, so I’ll set certain days to call the parents, and figure out my meals for the next day the night before. As far as the kitty goes, I bought a book called “Psycho Kitty” (I’m not kidding) written by a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant to help me figure out how to de-stress his environment. Maybe I’ll learn something to help the rest of our family!

What are some of your resolutions this year? And since I’ve got “more upbeat movies” on my list, do you have any recommendations?


Hope White


Terri Reed said...

Cute kitty. I didn't know cats got stressed. They seem so content to just lie around and eat. Glad to you see you here, Hope.

Linda said...

Gray cats are so pretty. I have a black cat with three toes on each back foot that are white. He's a polydactal--extra toes.

My Toby is all 'mama's' boy. When gone for 2-3 days, he is distraught when we get home. I have to hold him for a couple hours before he settles down again. No one else can comfort him.

PamelaTracy said...

How cool, the guess who we are, that is something we craftie ladies could do!!

Ramona Richards said...

The New Year's party I went to wound up having a similar conversation, althugh the question on the table was "What's the most bizarre thing anyone's ever asked you on a first date?" (The group was mostly divorced women in their 40s and 50s.) We laughed until we cried. You're right about how great laughter is for the body, mind, and soul.

Great resolutions!