Monday, January 4, 2010

A Belated Welcoming of 2010

Are you saying 'twenty ten' or 'two thousand ten?' I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning towards two thousand ten, mainly because next year, I don't want to have to say 'twenty eleven.' That just sounds stupid. Ahh, I love making a decision. It's a sort of rare occurrence you know.

I haven't made a New Year's Resolution since I graduated from elementary school because everyone knows you only make those to break 'em, right? All right, I might be exaggerating. I remember one year in college resolving to stop biting my nails. Still biting, and you know what? It's not a nervous habit, or an unconscious twitch or something crazy like that. I bite my nails for the same reason I eat an entire bag of Cheetos in one sitting- because I LIKE TO. So there.

So do I have any goals for two thousand ten? Not resolutions, because as you know I am far too cool for that, but just a few goals, maybe, things I'd like to start shifting towards this year? Maybe a few.

First up, something I've actually been working on since about September. Watching less TV. I know, I know, you can't believe your eyes! It's no secret that I love TV. I love love love love it. I've always loved getting wrapped up in 'pretend' world, and what better, easier way than TV? Sure, books are better, but more work. And movies are great, but you have to get out and get all the way to the theater, or else get out of the recliner and put in the Netflix. I can't even say watching TV is a guilty pleasure, because I never feel/felt guilty about it. I like it, I'm a grown woman, I watched it.

But I watched a lot. Like, seriously. I don't do reality, or the CW (although I watched most of the first season of Gossip Girl, and that I did feel guilty about) but I watched all the basic run of the mill crap- the CSIs, Heroes, Law and Orders...I could go on. And on. And then this fall, I just sort of trickled to a stop. Not a stop, but a slow down. Every few days, I started to think "This show used to be better. It's sort of a waste of time now. I could have spent this hour scrapbooking, or reading...weird." And then I would give it another week before I thought "That's it. Not worth it. I think I'm maturing!" And I do think that!

So I still watch CSI (duh) and SVU, but that's about it. And of course Nick and I like How I Met Your Mother, and Modern Family. But for the first time in my entire life, the TV is black for most of the day. Isn't that crazy? And I really don't miss it! I don't get it, how can something I loved and cherished for all those years be gone from my life, and I don't even feel a need to grieve? I feel like I need to talk this over with CDR Ward. She's the one who talked me off the ledge when Professor Snape died.

So with the TV off, I have time for some of my other 2010 goals. Scrapbooking. Uhh, remember four years ago when I brought home a tiny wrinkled pink mess named Ava Nichole? I also brought home her baby scrapbook, and here it sits, less than finished. Scott's is hurtin, and Warren's...well you can imagine what sort of shape Warren's is in. Not to mention the regular old Engelbrecht Scrapbook. I'm hoping this year to finish the book for 2007 :)

Reading. I know, I read more than most people, but I want to read even MORE. There are so many good books out there! I'm almost done rereading The Stand on my new Sony EReader (which I love!) and then I'm gonna start going through a tall stack that my dad has always wanted me to read. There's a lot of Kurt Vonegut in that stack (which isn't really a stack anymore, just a tiny bit of binary code or something that Nick sucks through the computer onto my delicious pink Reader) so it'll probably take a while. And there's a literal stack of flesh and bone books that Nick and I went crazy for at Lifeway in MS last week, the top most being a book on marriage. Now, don't get me wrong, our marriage is better than most (no offense, but I can think of very few people who have a better relationship than we do) but we figured a little bit of God guided advice could never hurt, right? And naturally, there's a few parenting books in that stack too. And we all know I need all the help I can get in that category.

By the way, I also just finished The Lovely Bones, and I'm not sure what all the hype is about. I'll go see the movie just because it's Peter Jackson, but seriously, when was the last time a crappy book made a fantastic movie? I mean, you saw The Time Traveler's Wife, right? Ugh.

So those are my measly little goals for two thousand ten. I feel like I should vow to lose weight like every other woman in America, but you know what? I lost almost thirty five pounds last year, and I'm pretty hungry. So I'm probably gonna just keep trudging along on WW and only lose about five more pounds total. And I don't even want to stop biting my nails anymore, so I can't vow that...guess that's it. Did you set any goals for two thousand ten?

PS: All that not-watching-TV crap is totally out the window starting Feb 2! I'm not missing Lost for ANYTHING!!! And as long as we're talking Lost, I'm almost finished rewatching Season Four, so I can FINALLY start rewatching Season Five, which my dear mother bought me for Christmas. Thanks mom! What an awesome show! Hoorary!

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