Happy New Year, all!
It seems like a glorious time to write a blog post. And the New Year should start off on a positive note - so no complaints here. I love my life. And today I feel good - the mood is elevated, so I'm going with it.
I spoiled myself this Christmas. I have wanted a Kitchenaid mixer for a while now, and after my good friend Dale lent me hers over the Christmas holiday, the desire was solidified. So on Christmas Eve I came across the FutureShop web flyer for their Boxing Week sales (which began at 6pm on Christmas Eve - Yeesh!). They had the 600 series (professional) on sale for half price - a $700 machine for $350! I couldn't resist. I NEVER spend that much money on myself - and, quite frankly, I don't consider this spending the money on myself. It's an investment on home cooking for my entire family and circle of friends. $100 came from my Christmas money, so in reality, the dent to our bank account for a $700 machine was only $250. I think it's a bargain. And I can't wait to use it. It's silver - when I told one young friend that I'd ordered it, her first question was "what colour is it?". I hadn't even considered the colour - I could have bought black or white as well, but I was so exited about the sale I just clicked on the silver. And would likely have chosen that colour anyhow, even if I HAD known to choose. It arrived yesterday. Yay!
Last night my hubby and I went to see "The King's Speech". Excellent movie. I highly recommend to anyone - although most of the crowd at the 4:45 showing was over 55 for sure. Before the movie we went to Best Buy and Indigo and each bought ourselves a treat (the last one for a while, we are now on a spending freeze). After the movie we went to the Mongolie Grill. It was a lovely evening, and I was almost awake when I got my Happy New Year kiss at midnight after watching Arnold S. (I'd spell it out, but I'd spell it wrong) in True Lies from 10-12.
For me, it was the perfect New Year's Eve. I got to spend time with my favourite person (well, one of them - my son is tied, but don't tell him that - he thinks he's first - and often he is), buy a book, watch a couple of good movies, eat some really great food and just relax. The weather was cold, but no blowing snow or anything, so driving was a breeze. Thanks to my hubby for being the great guy he is and letting me be me. I could ask for nothing more.
Along with the New Year come the resolutions. With the turn of the calendar, reflection is natural, and goals are good, so I do have a couple. I am going to try my damnest to stop eating junk food. But I don't know how well that will work (actually, I have a pretty good idea that it won't work, so maybe I'll go with "reducing" instead of "stopping"). Noel and I have both agreed to try and lose 5 pounds. If I cut out the junk food, that should certainly help. But those aren't really New Year's resolutions. They are daily resolutions that I make and break on a regular cycle. My true New Year's resolution is to finish this article I've been trying to write. So, as of this moment, with all of you as my witnesses, I dedicate Friday mornings to the task. I tend to work best in the mornings - so from the time I drop Daniel off at school until at least noon, my main purpose on Friday morning will be to compile this article. Wish me luck. I want to have it finished by May, and if I dedicate those hours, it should be easy. Of course, if I get the contracts that I'm up for, it won't be possible. Oh well, we'll see what happens.
Now, I want to know yours. Support is key where resolutions are concerned. Share yours so you'll be more likely to stick to them ....