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2014 Resolutions

Well, here we go.  It is time for another list of things that I am going to try to do this year.  I hope that I am being realistic this year and making my goals acheivable, but I guess only time will tell.  5 goals seemed like a good number from last year, so that is what I am going with again this year.  Wish me luck!

 

Blog More

Isn't this a required resolution for every blogger?  If you blog enough, don't you want to improve your writting or comunity or something?  So, this year, instead of putting a set number of required posts to this resolution, I am just going to leave it as an ephereal "more".  With a baby on the way, I don't know how much time I am going to have to blog, but if I do even one more post this year, over last year, I will consider this a win.  I would like to do more, but as I remember from L's newborn stage, setting the bar low is essential to maintaining my sanity.

 

Eat More Family Meals

I think this is going to be something that I struggle with for years to come.  L eats dinner at 5:30 when J picks him up from daycare.  I get home at 6:30 and I play with L for an hour before the bedtime routine starts.  L is in bed by 8 and then J and I make and eat our usually unhealthy yet fast dinner.  I would love to have a family dinner night in the future, but as long as L demands food before I get home, I don't foresee that in the future.  So for this goal, I am going to focus on weekend meals.  Eating even a sandwich for lunch, all of us together.  Most days it is just easier to feel L and then J and I eat later (if at all), but we need to work on L's eating habits.  He needs to learn to be more patient at the table and let other people eat their food too.  A tall order for a 2.5 year old, but I think he has the capability within him.

 

Write Thank You Notes

I was horrible at writting thank you notes in 2013.  I wrote them for Christmas the year before, and then the notes just kept piling up on the desk.  I never even got L's birthday thank you's written and sent out.  A bummer because they were really cute, in my opinion.  So this year, I want to write thank you's for Christmas, L's birthday, any baby gifts I get, and my birthday.  J can write his own birthday thank yous.

 

Re-Read Books

I have been horrid about this recently.  I used to pride myself on how I could re-read so many of my books and enjoy them just as much the 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th time around.  Some books I have read more than 15 times!  Unfortunately, with the purchase of my Nook, I am too easily able to just buy a new book with the tap of a finger.  No credit card to enter because it is stored in there, no sales people to deal with, and no negotiating with J about how many books we can afford for me to buy.  I hesitate to determine how -much I have spent on books in 2013; I already know it is too much.  So in 2014 I am going to re-read more books.  I am going to re-read a minimum of 3 books for every 1 that I purchase.  Well, that was my goal at first but I think I need to change it to a 5:1 ratio.  I have already re-read 2 books and it is only 9 days into the new year…

 

Go To 10 New PlacesI liked this resolution so much from last year that I am putting it in this year again.  This time, I hope to have less cop-out locations (like parks) on the list and more real ones.  With 2 kids I think this will be a real challenge for me.  I am already planning on taking L to the Tech Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum, and maybe (strong maybe) to his first movie.  Other than those two, I don't have anything new planned as of yet.  I am hoping that I will be inspired as the year progresses.

A Hard Copy of my Digital Life

I love reading books.  Real books with pages, smells, and the complete tactile experience of reading.  I also have way too many books (last count was around 800+).  Since realizing that my book collection would likely take over the house if I did not do something different, I have been reading some books on my eReader (Nook). Previously   I had only been buying the novels that are quick reads that require little thought to absorb the story.  I like to call them “airplane novels”.  Recently I started purchasing books that I will want to read multiple times on my Nook, mostly books with higher page counts.  Too many times have I been smacked in the face by a Tad Williams novel because I fell asleep while reading.  Getting hit in the face with a Nook hurts considerably less and you don’t lose your page.

This is all well and good, but I still feel the need to have paper copies of these massive books that I love.  I am so afraid of having the digital copy get lost or destroyed that I find it unnecessary to have a hard copy of it as well.  Totally not saving any money here.  I have the same fear of the pictures that I take getting lost as well.  This fear is well founded as all of the digitals of my color wedding photos are now gone due to a hard drive malfunction in our NAS (network attached storage).  All I have now are the wedding albums that were printed for us.  This is all anyone had before we entered the digital era, I guess.

Due to this fear, I have been making a family yearbook each year with my favorite pictures of the past year.  It makes a great coffee table book and gives me the feeling of security that I need.  To go one step further, I have started making a bound book of each year of blogging on my other blog.  That blog is a just for family one (too many personal details to be public) and is a chronicle of life with L.  It is basically his baby book with more pictures than you can put in the pre-made ones.  I cannot trust that our blogs will be around forever, so I want hard copies of my words and thoughts.  Maybe it is just my ego expressing a need for me to make something lasting in this world.  Maybe I just like to make things I can show people.  Maybe I just like to spend money needlessly.

Whatever the reason, I will keep making my paper copies of my digital life.