2007 was the year of the rat and I have to admit that I'm happy to say "Adios Mo-Fo!"
Not that 2007 was terrible or full of doom and gloom. No, 2007 was pretty all right.
We traveled a lot in 2007 (some might argue too much based on my experiences with TSA). I finally put up some window treatments in the living room - which totally transformed it by the way. (I highly recommend window treatments folks.)
No, I am happy to say good-bye to 2007 because I've always liked new beginnings. So, I present to you my goals (not resolutions) for 2008.
Keep up with the blogging more
I started this blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family since I obviously can't call each of you every week and give you the skinny. Lately I've been lax. I'm trying to be better at finding nuggets of fun in each day. Because besides giving me blog fodder, it helps me to find moments of hilarity in each day. And that's just gotta be healthy.
I had about six weeks in 2007 where I planned what we're going to eat each week, purchased the groceries and then actually made the meals.
I know, isn't that totally amazing that I did that for six whole weeks? I would like to do more of that. It's healthy, it's economical and mostly, it's healthy. Healthy is good.
Minimize our Environmental Impact
I'm no tree hugger (heck, I support using dynamite to remove problem trees), but I know that I can do a lot more to, you know, be a
democrat environmentally conscious person.
For starters I purchased some of these lovely bags to put my groceries and other purchased items in. They roll up to a ridiculously tiny size to keep in my purse, they're totally cute and they have the added bonus of making me feel incredibly superior to everyone else at the store when I say "Can you please put the groceries in these bags?"
Another thing is that our recycle bin is currently in the back yard and full of rocks. Yes, rocks.
It's been that way since before I met Chris and I am not exactly sure how the recycle bin turned into "rock storage bin" but we're going to change that. We will start recycling.
I am aware that I'm about 20 years late to the party on that one but better late than never, right? Besides the obvious benefits we will reap the added bonus of having less volume in the garbage bin which is always an issue at our house. It's full every week and we have no idea why. Only two people live here!
Also, I've replaced most of the bulbs in the house with compact fluorescents. Any other ideas for me on simple ways to be a better human? Because, uh, I might be out of ideas.
Own Less Stuff
We are by no means a pair of pack rats but I feel that we could stand to, ahem, thin out our belongings.
In a house with very little storage this has always been a problem. We'll try to say goodbye sooner to some of our things and find them new homes.
How about you? Any interesting things you'd like to do in 2008?