Just unboxed my new desk calendar, so it’s official- 2022 is here!!
I don’t feel totally ready for the new year, meaning that I don’t have my planner all set up and my goals list is still a work in progress (with question marks, circles, asterisks, cross outs all over the scratch paper I started on). My house is still full of Christmas stuff and even some holiday “messes” that need to be dealt with (e.g. soda and beer boxes behind the bar).
That is okay. As much as I love the fresh new start idea, I also don’t generally get TOO obsessed with everything needing to happen at 12:01 a.m. as the clock turns over. I feel like if I get my thoughts organized basically this weekend/ in these first few days, I’m good. Anyway, it’s not like the New Years Resolution police will be stopping by to inspect.
(I have long said that I don’t understand why “resolutions” are supposed to start on January 1st, anyway, after many people spend the 31st: a) up way too late b) out drinking (some folks, anyway). That seems like a terrible way to kick off any new healthy habits! Hung over/ tired/dehydrated? The partying in the new year is all fine- no judgment here. But then I think the 1st should just be like, a transition day. And then the REAL new year should start on the 2nd. Or maybe even the 3rd. No?)
Saw this and loved it though- let’s go plant some flowers. 🙂
New Years Eve 2021
We had a nice little New Years Eve. Asher was invited to a friend’s house, and since we didn’t really have any solid plans anyway, we let him go. Later, I felt a little sad that he wasn’t with us, but it was fine. I know he was having a blast.
Ethan, Ivan and I made some last minute plans and bought 8 pm movie tickets to see Sing 2. We hadn’t been to a movie in a while, so that was fun. Before that, we stopped at a nice restaurant near the theater and just got a drink and shared an appetizer in the bar area. It was really nice! And, the 1:1 time with Ethan felt special- and rare.
After the movie, it was ~10:30 or so by the time we got home. We basically just flipped on the fireplace and then watched the TV coverage of NYC’s Time Square celebrations. (We are central time, so by 11 pm our time the ball was dropping in NYC.)
Toasting with Ethan at 12 a.m. Central time (watching the New Orleans coverage):
We stayed up a little past midnight and watched a bit more of the (very bad…IMO….) musical performances at the various live celebrations.
All in all- a fun night!! I enjoyed it. 🙂 Happy New Year!!!!
***In lieu of my normal gratitude prompts, I’m going to try something new for these first 30 days of the new year. A blog reader (thanks, Eric!) sent me a really cool “30 Day Gratitude Challenge” a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wanting to try it. Might as well use the new year! I’m not the best at deciding on/ narrowing down answers on complex questions…but I’ll try. Feel free to join me in the comments… 🙂
Day 1: Name 3 Things that Make you Special (ooh, tough one, right out of the gate…)
1- I am very empathetic and generally am quite good at considering other people’s feelings/ situation/ viewpoint.
2- I am interested in many different things! I think I find life to be pretty amazing and fascinating, which not all people seem to. I find wonder in small, everyday things, like a pretty sky, or watching a bird sitting on a tree branch.
3- I had a real knack for learning Spanish. My college professors were amazed at how fast I learned it, and people in Mexico often marvel at how authentic sounding my accent is. I don’t really feel like I am overly “naturally skilled” at a large number of things in life (lol), so this always feels like kind of a special gift to me.