Thursday, December 31, 2009

See how I go...

I've been thinking about resolutions. Usually I don't bother, because I'm not committed to making whatever change I think I need. This year is different. I'm not content to just exist. I want to make conscious choices. My sister and I watched 'It's A Wonderful Life' last night, which could be why I'm thinking about this.

I'll be 28 next year. That's a pretty grown-up age. I feel like I should be more responsible, start doing things to help others. Stop being selfish.

The last few months I've lost a bit of weight. This has made me proud that I achieved something and hopeful that I can do the same in other aspects of my life. I have a little more weight to lose, so that is one of my resolutions for twentyten.

Another one is to get fit. I would love to run the half marathon in the City to Surf in August. That's 21kms. Currently I can run about 4kms. I have a fair bit of work to do with this one and I've been thinking I should just be aiming to run the 12km fun run, but I want to aim higher. I refuse to be disappointed with any improvement over 4kms. 21kms would just be the icing on the cake....the running cake...

As I've already mentioned, we're going to NY for Christmas. I want to save as much money as I can for this. I've been saving since the end of June 09, trying not to spend money on anything unnecessary and making sure I put some money away each week. It's really hard to save and still pay bills! I want to be a super saver. I'll find joy in things that don't cost money, like good health, gardening and spending time with loved ones.

Those are a few of my resolutions. I have some other more personal ones, but I think it can all be summed up as being a better person to myself and to everyone around me.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

I love Christmas. I like the presents side of things, but mostly I like being with family and friends, consuming beautifully prepared food and drink.

This year I've found it difficult to get my Christmas cheer happening. I flew back to Perth a week ago and I've mostly been busy getting used to being back home.

Aside from that, I'm dead keen to cover our house in paper chains and other homemade decorations. My sister suggested a Bare Christmas next year. Homemade everything. Gifts, decorations, food. I love the idea, but it will have to wait for the year after because.....

next year we're spending Christmas in Nu Yawk. Look - I punked up the name, made it a little more edgy, more rock n roll.

I'm really looking forward to it, even though it's a year away and we have some fairly stern saving to do. There are so many things I want to do there and a lot of them involve food. I can see myself getting pudgy. But then again, maybe not. Court has picked up a book that is filled with different walks you can do around NY. Will it be too cold to walk around outside? It'll be a type of cold we N-E-V-E-R get in Perth.

Anyway, I've been dreaming about NY and all the things we can do, how long we can afford to stay there, if we could hire a car and drive up to Boston for a few days... I feel a little bit like the country kid visiting the Big Smoke for the first time. I suppose it's like that, because Perth isn't exactly known for its skyscrapers and nightlife. Perth is a good place to get a good night's sleep.

I will ooze Australian tourist fo' sho.

Do you know what else I love about Christmas? Christmas films. My favourite is Elf.