I’ve never been a big fan of the New Year’s resolution and as we kick 2008 out the back door in preparation for 2009, I find myself resolving to not resolve. The Holiday season typically lasts about 2 months beginning in November. We have Thanksgiving, a day we celebrate all things good in our lives and Christmas where we continue to add to what we’ve already given thanks for. But then there’s New Year’s…the Eve of which we dedicate to drinking (heavily in most cases) to forget that past year and blur into the new one, followed by the Day where we begin to try to forget the previous night.
For the most part, I enjoy the evening, which has to this date consisted of cheap champagne, sparkling top-hats, new friends, and midnight snogging. I like watching the ball-drop in Times Square (which, though an actual event, reminds me of the phrase whose meaning when someone “drops the ball”, they make a mistake, most often by doing something in a stupid or careless fashion) and counting down to midnight and toasting with friends to a new year.
With all that’s happened this past year, I hope next year lets me catch my breath. I guess I do have some resolutions, but it seems this year I have more for which I’m thankful…perhaps I should have written this post on Thanksgiving because here’s just a bit about 2008 and my role in it…what I did and what I’m grateful for:
* A year in Manhattan—from 2007-2008
* Quit my job
* Moved out of NYC—thanks to those who hired me in DC.
* New Job! (Jeans and jerseys days, happy hours, and potluck lunches)
*…and new friends.
* A 2009 Ford Focus with heated seats as my first car!
* Met Tom Jones at a reggae bar in AC—won $250 buck on penny slots
* Expensive champagne at the Ritz Carlton (classically attired in my Gburg College hoodie.)
* Soph’s bridesmaid and all the responsibilities that came with that…
* Tampa 3 times—participating in Ibor’s St. Patty’s Parade…
* Walked 5K for a Cure
* Friends I left and friends I found again.
* Zumba and the Latin mafia.
* Stayed healthy and happy
* Made a valiant effort to keep the economy afloat through copious investments in various retail establishments
* Made up for lost time with three little boys who always keep the force close-by
* My first NFL game—while it wasn’t the Redskins…the Ravens do have a pretty cool stadium, especially on Club Level
* Philly trips
* Expired licenses and the adventures that caused (Manyunk).
* Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea
* My Family
* Guitar Hero
* Dinners, drinks, and nights with friends.
So here on Day 2 of 2009, I hope you’ll take a second to also reflect and catch your breath. Go put up your 2009 Family Guy/Anne Geddes/Disgustingly Cuddly Creature calendars. Make an effort to harrumph off of your couch to purchase a gym membership. Throw out the bags of red and green candies, greasy chips, and anti-depressants. And prepare yourself to be miserable for at least the first 4 weeks of 2009 as you resolve to deny yourself all the basic/simple pleasures of life in a concentrated effort to better yourself for the coming year. Because that’s the true meaning of the New Year resolution…to make that “lifestyle change” through a masochistic self-denial of all things wonderful. I definitely like Thanksgiving better. But in any case…Happy New Year!
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