Saturday, December 26, 2009

2010: Part 2 (Alternate Title: The Year of Random Resolutions)

Ok, so lets get down to the nitty-gritty of 2010. (Can I just say how much I love the word(s?) nitty-gritty? I love the sound. Just say them over and over... nittygritty nittygritty nittygritty. They're fun, yes?)So, the nitty-gritty of 2010. This is where the rubber meets the road, where we attempt to live out the things that God has put in our hearts over the past twelve months. It's a new beginning. Tabula Rasa. Blank Slate.

I luh-huv a new year. And 2010 promises a slew of resolutions:

1. Lose weight. Original, no? Seriously though, I have an appointment with good ol' Dr.Z on Monday where I will get the okay to begin my hormone therapy once again. Barring any unforeseen pregnancy (like last time), I plan on continuing the treatment for three months, which will (hopefully) kick off the rest of my weight-loss for the rest of the year.

2. Refresh the little wells. Kim Heinecke wrote a post about the little wells in her home. She reminded me that "What's in the well will come up in the bucket." While my little one has a lot of Mickey Mouse and Barbie Princess and Ariel in her well, I'm ashamed to say there's not a lot of Scripture. So we are adding "Verse of the Month" to her repertoire. Taking a cue from Aunt Martha, we have a tradition of saying/singing things while we brush Chloe's teeth. It helps her to learn things (songs, ABC's, counting) and provides for a great distraction while doing a task that she hates. So this year? We'll be quoting scripture during those times. One verse a month. So that, theoretically, she will have a new verse memorized at the end of every month. Genius, no?

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Among the principles we want our children to learn is the principle of stewardship. In money, of course, but also in managing the earth and its resources. We might not be able to reduce the use of fossil fuels or restore the demolished rain forests, but we can separate our paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass. And so we shall.

4. Avoid Stuffitis. Dave Ramsey says that many Americans suffer from a disease called Stuffitis - the need for more "stuff." In Korea, we lived with less "stuff" than I ever though possible. While I am thoroughly enjoying the comforts of American living, I would love to keep that Korean mentality of "less is more."

5. Jingle and Jangle and Change for Africa. More on this later...

6. Bake. I love to bake. Seriously, it might be my most favorite way to calm down after a long and difficult day. But I'm tired of the old stand-by's: chocolate chip cookies and apple pies. I want to learn yummy pastries and scrumptious tarts. I want to layer cakes and whip frosting. So my goal is to learn two new baking recipes a month. But... since I'm going to be working with Dr.Z and avoiding all things baked, I'll need some guinea pigs to tell me how everything tastes... any volunteers?

7. Cook a Goose. Yes, a goose. A whole, beautiful, goose. Like in the Charles Dickens novels. I just have to figure out where to buy one... and how to save up for it...

So. That's it. I wish I had 10 resolutions, just because that would make a nice, tidy blog post.

Se la vie.

Alrighty then... I might be out of touch for a few days because my sweet hubby has planned a little trip for us and because Christmas is not completely over for our immediate family and because I will have an entire day in the car heading back to Memphis. So, yeah.

I guess I'll see ya when I see ya... Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.


Debbie C. said...

Thanks for taking time to blog again. I always enjoy reading your insights. A couple of things that I thought of while reading your posts: 1. We read a Proverb everyday as a family when the kids were little. Still do it sometimes, and should do it more. A pastor friend of ours told us "A Proverb a day keeps the devil away." Kind of cheesy, I know, but that wisdom is so great for all of us and it helped hubby and I to stay on track too, plus, it showed our children that scripture was important for us not only as individuals but as a family. There are a couple of Proverbs that are PG-13 rated, but you could use a children's version or something. Very powerful stuff! 2. Also, in regards to baking, why not try some wheat bread, it's still baking and it's so healthy and delicious~ buy your fresh ground wheat from a health food store and away you go. Have a wonderful holiday!

Brandy Thixton said...

Oooo.... I will definitely try the wheat bread. I have a bread machine which I always use to make bread, but I'm definitely willing to try doing it the "real" way. :) Thanks for the insight on BOTH points.

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