What has happened to these first few weeks of January? Every year, this is a dark, depressing time for me, even if I have the most fun things planned. I am starting to suspect that the lack of light in winter really gets to me. The lack of fresh food does too. Lately my eating habits have been pretty bad.
I haven’t posted much on here lately, and I wish that I hadn’t become such a blog slacker. Maybe it’s because I haven’t committed to many projects lately. I need my weekly craft group to start up again so I can continue work on my sweater.
As the calendar turned from 2011 to 2012, I didn’t bother making any resolutions. I have a lot on my plate for 2012, and I’d rather NOT get too ambitious. I did want to reflect on my goals of last year and measure where I got by the end of December. It’s amazing to think that at the beginning of 2011 I was still on a part-time maternity leave. My ambitions for doing much went down the tubes after Nora became mobile: that’s when time disappeared.
- Travel with my family. Check that one off the list! Steve and I made it to Disney World, Boise, Ithaca, New York City, and the New Jersey shore in 2011. Though our travel slowed down a bit by the time Steve’s season began, I think our amount of travel was pretty respectable.
- Read twelve books. Errrr. I didn’t meet this goal. If I counted work-related books and parenting books I might be closer to the goal, but with a toddler taking over my bedroom in the evenings, reading has become something I have to push myself to do these days. I did read a few books, though, like The Help and A Year in Provence, so I am not a total reading loser. Plus, I am really enjoying On Home and hope to finish it soon.
- Sew a quilt. Again, not a goal I met. However, I think my sweater project counts as a big project, though it won’t be finished until we’re well into 2012. It’s hard to believe, but I haven’t sewn in MONTHS. After doing it every weekend for two or three years, it’s not something I have time to enjoy right now. I did want to learn a new craft skill this year, and, while it’s modest, I think my cupcake decorating for Nora’s birthday party counts as the skill learned. At least I can check that off the list!
- Lose the baby weight. I was doing great with this until this fall. I fit back into all my prepregnancy clothes, but I will keep this on the list (likely) for years to come.
- Carve out time for my friends. I am doing a fair job at this. I meet with some marvelous ladies every week and have tried to stay in touch with distant friends (and family) through social media, but I could still improve in this area. The whole working mom thing throws this balance off. Thank goodness some of my favorite people work with me, or I’d really be depressed!
- Spend quality time with Steve and Nora. I think this is where I excelled this year. Our family had a fun year and a lot of it was spent as just the three of us. We visited the zoo, the pumpkin patch, and nearby New Hope, among other places. Steve and I cheered Nora on in the Diaper Derby at a local Fourth of July celebration.
As I said, 2012 is going to be eventful and, I hope, full of adventures with my family, consuming culture, and working on projects. I’ll post more about that stuff later.