January 5th, 2010


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And so I'm back.

I can't say I've done much in the two weeks since my last substantive post. We went to the ranch for four days of bliss at Christmastime, and that was lovely. My family, Graham, and five dogs spent the days cooking, reading, watching a few movies, and generally relaxing. We came back to Houston, and saw a movie or two with friends. We went to a New Year's Eve party that we ended up regretting. We saw my sister Olivia for various meals and a few outtings. We went to one of the best Texans games we've ever seen. But otherwise, I slept a lot, I read a lot, I saw a lot on the TV, and I spent a lot of time with my puppies and Graham.

It was nice. I didn't really plan for such an uneventful almost-two-weeks, but it ended up happening that way.

I feel a bit re-energized now. I can't say I'm more focused, but I think I have more determination than I did before. It was nice to unplug for a while and let myself just be.

I'm headed to the gym for the first time in 2010 and for the first time in two weeks today. I missed my regular work out this morning due to a rescheduled meeting, but I'll be at spin class. I'd like to get back in the habit of going to the gym every day. Nothing feels wrong with my various body parts, and the MS150 calls. I'm disappointed in my lack of follow through with the half-marathon this year, and one of my goals for 2010 is to remedy that.

I'm trying to be healthier in my food choices too this year, though that may be difficult. Graham got a lot of nice cookbooks for Christmas, and he's dying to try them out. I think we're having Thomas Keller's fried chicken tonight, from the new Ad Hoc at Home cookbook he got for Christmas. Still, I packed a healthy lunch today, and I'm hoping to stay on that track for awhile.

I'm also hoping to spend more time here on this journal and elsewhere writing. I don't know if that's an uphill battle or not, but I'll put in an honest effort.

In the world, I'm irritated that the Texans didn't make the playoffs, though I acknowledge that it's their own damned fault for not winning a few more games. Still, it was an odd and pleasurable feeling to be "in the hunt" for the first time in team history. And I will wish the Colts and Bengals a much longer period to rest their players' weary butts.

I don't have any plane travel scheduled for quite some time, especially internationally, so I can't offer great insight or observations on international terrorism targeting airplanes. I do, however, think that the US population is a very jumpy bunch. As in all things, I blame the media. They're as useful a scapegoat as anything.

I'm hopeful for this year. I don't know what it is about January that requires such cleansing, but I suppose I like it. I know that most of the determinations and resolutions fail, but sometimes they don't. And it's nice, every now and then to take stock of where you are and where you'd like to be.