On this last day of the year 2007, it's a time of reflection and of anticipation. For those of us who made resolutions for changes we wanted to make in our lives in 2007 - we'd better work fast! Not that many hours remain to accomplish them all! 🙂
Maybe it's because I'm a teacher and have lots of "new beginnings" in my life - new school years, new semesters, etc., but for some reason I'm not actully one for making "new year's resolutions," but I know that some people just love them.
As the new year brings a new month, I resolve to get more points this month than in December. I resolve also to eliminate as many items as possible from the "honey-do list" before the new semester begins on January 9, 2008.
I'd enjoy reading resolutions for 2007 that you kept or some of your resolutions for 2008.
I've seen some really funny lists of resolutions online. One motif went something like this:
2004: I will see my dentist this year.
2005: I will have my cavities filled this year.
2006: I will have my root canal work done this year.
2007: I will get rid of my denture breath this year.
Now on to some other unique lists of New Year's Resolutions...
Senior Citizens' New Year's Resolutions...
Be awake more than asleep
STOP USING ALL CAPS IN MY E-MAILS
>> try and prune >>> all these >> chevrons
>> when forwarding jokes >>>, urban legends >>> spam >> false virus alerts >>> recipes and
pathetic >>> inspirational thoughts >>>> and chain
>>> letters >>>>>>
Remember the names of my kids and grandkids
See my family more often than my doctor
Learn a new game besides Bingo
Learn NOT to say "Whipper Snapper"
Learn NOT to say "In my day..."
Spend more time on the computer than the toilet
Attend all the meetings of Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous, where I shall take verbatim notes and then check them for spelling, syntax, and grammar
Learn to pronounce the names of all medications I have to take
Try to take things seriously, once in a while. (Note: I said "things" not people!)
Household Pets' New Year's Resolutions...
Dog: Try to understand that the cat is from Venus and I am from Mars.
Cat: I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.
Dog or Cat: Call PETA and tell them what that surgical mask-wearing monster does to us when no one is around.
Fish: Swim counter-clockwise this year.
Dog: Take time from busy schedule to stop and smell other dogs.
Cat: I will not perch on my human's chest in the middle of the night and stare into his eyes until he wakes up.
Hamster: Don't let them figure out I'm just a rat on 'roids, or they'll flush me for sure!
Dog or Cat: Always scoot before licking
Cat: Just because I hear voices in my head, I do not have to answer them.
Dog: Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is *too* much.
Fish: Get out of the castle more
Dog: January 1 - Kill the sock! Must kill the sock! January 2 - December 31 Relive victory over the sock.
Cat: When the humans play darts, I will not leap into the air and attempt to catch them.
Dog: I will NOT chase the stupid stick unless I see it LEAVE HIS HAND!
Cat: When my human is typing at the computer, I will remember two things - my human's forearms are not a hammock, and I must not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emio gnaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a.
It's been a while since I posted - we were all too busy and fulfilled for blogging! We thoroughly enjoyed this last week with many good family times together. It was a nice, restful week of doing things together that we all enjoy. It was especially nice to have everyone together several times. We didn't get to do our family Christmas celebration until we were all in town and together, on Thursday. We all went out to our son Mark and daughter-in-law Katie's house Saturday evening for a cookout. The picture below is from that evening.
Of course, one of the things we enjoyed most was our grandson Drew's first Christmas. He is big enough to enjoy what's going on, although he has no real comprehension of it all. Below are some pictures we'd like to share.
Here's Drew being handed a gift to try to open...
Just sitting on the couch was too boring, so here he is getting at the presents under the tree...
Drew is on the verge of crawling - he rocks on all fours, goes in circles, and scoots backwards. Here he is "almost crawling" to get to a toy....
He also loves to stand, though attempts at walking have yet to be exhibited. Here he is at Mark and Katie's...
Grandma and I had a great time playing with little Drew! Here's a picture of Grandma reading to our little guy...
Our Christmas gifts involved a lot of things we made for loved ones ourselves. One of the really fun gifts this year was cornhole boards and bags  that Jim and Megan made, one set for our son Mark and one set for our daughter Nora's boyfriend Aron. We all went outdoors for a while to try them out. Here's a picture of Becka and Megan trying their hand at tossing the bags to the board at Nora and Katie's end of the yard.
wellness challenge update...
Many of the faculty and staff at BJU are participating in a wellness challenge for one full year - from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008. Rather than my repeating all the details of the wellness challenge here, if you want to know more, you can read about it by clicking on "wellness" under Tags in the sidebar on my blog. The end of November marked the end of the first quarter of the challenge. My wife and I both had accumulated enough points to be in the "gold" category. We could each choose between a nice cash prize or an iPod Nano. Becka chose the cash, and I chose the iPod. I'm enjoying it very much and listening to some of my favorite music as I put this blog post together. Its capacity is 4 GB, and though I put over 200 songs on it, I've not even used up 1/4 of the space. I'll have to explore putting some of my favorite pictures on the iPod.
It's a good thing the first quarter ended on November 30 instead of today! This past couple of weeks the wellness challenge has been ... well, a challenge! 'Nuff said....
"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." - unknown
In the new year ... First things first! But not necessarily in that order.