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Happy New Year!

Graham is DJing a wedding today in Houston, but he's coming back to the ranch tonight to finish off our week here.

It's been quiet and relaxing and exactly the sort vacation that I need sometimes. We haven't really done much, but we've spent a lot of time with my family.

The puppies, of course, are in heaven. Crianza has been scratching a lot, and I think it may have something to do with her recovery from her mystery disease in November. She's removed a good hunk of the fur on her front shoulders, and with the shaved butt, tummy and arms, she looks rather pathetic. After much reluctance, Graham and I bought her a sweater right before Christmas, and she seems to not scratch as much when she's wearing it. The sweater is black, so it blends well with the rest of her look, but she does seem a bit odd. Celosa is her usual puppy self. Chicken is here for the holidays, so they've been playing up a storm. It's great to have good friends.

I don't really have any new year resolutions or anything. I am hoping that this is a good year. I think it may be, but who the hell knows. In some ways, I think I've been in a bit of a rut lately, not doing as much on the creative front as I usually like. I can't remember the last thing I knit or sewed or built or even written. I painted a picture for the puppies a few months ago, but creatively, I've been blank for awhile. I want to change that this year. I want to do more with my free time. I can start with the lessons my sister got me at Sew Crafty, a craft studio here in Houston.

I also want to spend more time outside doing things. Walking, running, taking the dogs to the park, riding my bike on the new bike path. I spend way too much time indoors and that needs to be remedied. My sister gave me a lovely hammock for my birthday last year, and I don't use it as much as I should. I can't do the MS 150 this year, because Graham's brother is getting married that weekend in Jamaica, but there are a lot of training rides for the big ride that I can do instead. I also want to run a lot more, too.

There are a few things I want to do this year that depend on a change in income somehow or another, either by me getting a new better paying job or Graham getting a new, better paying job or both. We'd really like to get started on the home expansion we've been talking about, and that will require a bit of capital or at least a nice looking balance sheet to show to a bank. Babies have to happen sooner or later, or we miss my fertility window, and they can be quite costly--if the puppies are any gauge. My car is nearly 12 years old, and with the aforementioned babies, it'd be a pain in the ass for car seats. And sooner or later, we probably should get hitched. I don't know how many of these things are 2011 things, but they're certainly on the table.

I also want to eat more healthy this year. I love vegetables and I don't get enough of them in my current diet. I also love seafood. These things have to be included more often, and I need to cut back a little on carbohydrates and red meat. I don't know how I'll do this given Graham's diet constraints (red meat and complex carbs only), but we'll figure it out.

None of these things are really "resolutions" but general ideas for where to head now that the stress of the holidays is over.

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tourogal
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
and may all of those things happen at the right time.

for the record, you never have enough money for kids. this i can tell you with certainty. and if you decide to go private, you may be looking at a new car's worth of tuition payments a year. my total tuition payments for all my kids' tuitions would net me a new lexus annually.
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