Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you, my dear friends and family, and friends of friends, and family of family. (I don't think my readers stretch far beyond that, but if they do-- Happy New Year to all.)

2009 ended up being a decent year, not one to brag about or write down for the books, but definitely not one we are joyous to see gone.  Life doesn't seem to get much easier in our neck of the woods, but we do seem to be happier and happier with our selves and with our lives.  So, lemonade out of lemons? Not that we even have lemons of a life.  I am sure many of you know what I mean. Anyhow.

This year, I feel like a lot of lessons were learned, some growing up was done, and now... drum roll!!  It's time for some New Year's Resolutions.  (I LOVE resolutions!)

1.  Plastic water bottles be gone!  My biggest concerted effort this year will be to STOP using, buying, ordering, or in any way shape or form supporting plastic water bottles. I carry a reusable bottle, but if I don't have it with me, I fall back on bottled water since water is my preferred drink.  Option A is of course to be better prepared and have my water bottle with me.  Option B is NOT to fall back on the plastic. Period.  Right now this is for water..  I need to monitor what else I can get rid of and then I may amend this post and resolution to be ALL plastic bottles.

2.  Dedicate one plastic clam for lunches.   At work they have these hard plastic to-go containers for salads, sandwiches and what not.  I don't regularly eat at the cafeteria, but when I do, I have to get the plastic "clam."  I have lately been bringing them home, rinsing them out, and then recycling them, but from now on my new game plan is to bring them home, WASH them, and then take the same one back to use again and again.  It's worth a shot. I think I'll even put my name on it.  Maybe even a star or two.

3. Sleep.  On a more personal note, I just plan need to sleep more. I don't know what it is about me, but I require immense amounts of sleep.  I feel that if I could get regular amounts of quality sleep, then I would on the whole be much more productive and happier.

4. Exercise.  Yuck. I mean really.  But I get these ideas in my head- these big lofty goals (like running a marathon) and now if I don't succeed then I have let myself down.  So in this case, regular exercise, 4x a week is a must. 

5. Renovation Resolution.  Last January I started renovating my orange room.  It's the room intended to be my new (only) studio.  And until I complete the project, everything else is on hold. MUST FINISH.

And 6. Get my new project off the ground.  I have a little something I've been working on for a while now that is getting closer and closer to fruition.  Eventually... I'll announce it, so keep checking back.  That's all for now, just know that this is the year.. 2010.

Again, Happy New Year to all of you!  May each of your years be filled with only the best that God has in store for you, and all the happiness that will fill your hearts. 

Merry Christmas... from above!

Right now, Northeastern Ohio is covered in snow. 

Some of it is beautiful and soft and other parts of it crusty and gray. No matter which type of snow you are getting here the cold blanket of winter has definitely set in. 

I was driving home from work the other day in this dreary after-Christmas-before-New-Years-no-man's-land. The roads were sooted and iced over, and the clouds were dark and threatening more snow, when I happened to look skyward and notice for the first time something that truly made me smile.

High above the whistling cars on the interstate, that towering windmill stood still (as it sometimes does,) and almost camouflaged white against the wintry sky.  But twinkling ever so quietly was a tiny green Christmas wreath complete with tiny colored lights strung along the topmost railing. 

I still haven't figured out the origins of the windmill, nor has there been any press.  But someone up there, or down here, and occasionally up there, was wishing me a Merry Christmas. 

I thought about the many cars zipping along beside me, in front of me, and behind me, and how many times a day we all take this road to and from wherever we are going, and I wondered how many of them happened to look up and see this wish of merriment in the sky, this sign of goodwill to the city and interstate below.  Seeing as I drive that road every day and had only just now seen it, I doubted that many others had. 

But for me, one tiny person in comparison to the traffic and numbers along 480, what a wonderful and surprising Christmas moment.