Since I was flying home on New Year’s Eve, I started thinking about what I wanted this new year to be. Or what *I* wanted to be in this new year. Last year was a pretty dramatic year for me. Not really how I would choose to live. I like things to be on a more even keel. And when I look at the notes I jotted on the plane, I see that they are just the small things that comprise daily life and make it enjoyable.
Here’s the things I wrote down. Not too exciting, I guess. But they please me.
- Back to losing mode. (I got out the Bobay plan and am back to following it. With a tweak or two–want to eat a little more dairy, so am including my homemade yogurt.)
- Cook new stuff. Minimize wheat and sugar.
- Eat fruit plain and enjoy it. (I got in the habit of having fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt or something extra.)
- Eat more vegetables.
- Continue to exercise 5-6 days/week, 1 hour per day. This is the exercise regime that most previously overweight people maintain.
- Back to quilting 4 hours/day.
- ORGANIZE HAITI. Our sponsorship program for the children of Carrfourpoy, Haiti has been more successful than we imagined. So at each juncture, we have to figure out what to do next. My latest challenge is basically to learn how to navigate Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excell. These programs seem to have conspired against me. But I am excited by the prospect of being able to help these darling children.
- Call Lisa–volunteer. Lisa works with a mission for the inner city kids in Stockton, and I would like to try and help out down there.
- Train Noah to come. Oh, my. This is the one I am most excited about. Noah knows exactly what come means. He comes perfectly off leash IN THE YARD. But twice in the last month or so I have left the back door open, and he is GONE. And he acts like he never heard the word Come before. And then I get panicky (the opposite of calm-assertive) and that doesn’t help. I asked his trainer about this when I picked him up, and she was well-aware of his habits. So we will be having her make a house call in the next month or so.
- Read my Bible more (I have the New Living Translation on my Kindle Fire, and I am finally learning how to navigate it. Fun!) And memorize a new chapter in the Bible. I was doing pretty good on this for a while. And then I stopped. So I am looking forward to picking out a chapter that I find particularly meaningful.
- Live within my budget. Give more.
- Read more classic books. My friend was telling me that a lot of classic books are free to download on the Kindle! Score!
So today was a very nice start to the new year. Oh, I have to tell you about a new product I found!! Its an instant oatmeal, only its not that ground up instant stuff. Its multi-grain, and includes guinoa, flax, barley, oats and some other stuff. You make it in the microwave, and it is so good! I cannot tell you how wonderful I think it is. And you know I am quite the connoisseur of oatmeal, right? Anyway, the brand is Good Oats, and the multigrain stuff is called Abundance. You must try it. Plus, two minutes in the microwave with no pan to clean afterwards? So this morning I started the day with this oatmeal. I got in a little blog reading and emailing, and Bible reading, and got dressed and headed out the door with all three doggies. And when we got back, I did quite a few stomach crunches and stretches. I didn’t list those things above, but those are two exercise components that have been lacking lately, and I want to make sure I add them back into the rotation. On to the post-travel laundry, and I actually had some time to do some serious quilting–I made a cover for my Kindle Fire!