Where does the time go?
Down the drain faster than the egg nog.
I called Cody, just after hitting the road for work:
Me: YUCK! I'm going to PUKE! I just took the last of the milk for breakfast and I took a big gulp of it as I pulled onto the highway - IT WAS SOUR! And I couldn't spit it out because I was on the highway. BLAH! I need a toothbrush!
Him: It's funny you called. I saw that you took the last of the milk so I just chugged some egg nog on my way out the door. Definitely bad. DEFINITELY. BAD.
I laughed - and gagged - all the way to the office.
That sums up 2014 for us. Week days drag on, then all of the sudden sour milk makes you realize just how quickly time moves: Faster than the egg nog.
I'm generally not one for annual resolutions because...well, they're a part of my life only until March. But in 2015 I feel compelled to share a few big things I'd like to accomplish, ongoing throughout the year.
1. Take Care
I'm committing to taking better care of myself. Not only does this include eating better, it also entails flossing and not popping my knuckles. Also, exercising if there is time. Baby steps.
I'm committing to taking better care of this house. I mopped with my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser this week and was so embarrassed by the dirt found on the sponge by the end of the task that I removed the eraser and wrapped it in a plastic bag then disposed of it, as if to hide evidence. It was as though I was disposing of a smoking gun. Momma would have been mortified.
I'm committing to taking better care of my husband. No husband should be left to suffer through a breakfast of sour egg nog. I could have at least offered him some of that Dollar General Wonder Bread he kindly provided me................
2. Find Beauty
My friend Laramie (remember the gal who - for once in her life - was on time and it saved her life?) is my best example of finding beauty in every day. I don't know how much time in a day she spends taking photos, but if I had to guess I'd say it may account for a second job. But she's damn good at it, and I'm grateful. Sunrise to sunset: She has a great eye and a trigger finger. Her ability to see things reminds me to open my own eyes.
Photo by Laramie Smith
How does she do that?
In 2015 I'm committing to finding beauty in the strange world around me. Everyday: To finding, studying and appreciating the beauty.
As practice, I took these two shots as I wrapped up my evening:
I call the left one "Toothpaste on Faucet" and the right one "Dirty Dishes"
Move over, Laramie.
There's a new Beauty Finder in town.
In 2015, I commit to writing again.
Not for work (though I will because my livelihood depends on it).
Not for this blog (though I will because my sanity depends on it).
But for the sake of connecting. Or, reconnecting.
And to keep my handwriting in tact. I wrote a check two weeks ago and could barely decipher my own script.
I'd hate for someone to try to cash my check for "Two Hungry and Fifty Six Daubers".
58 Daubers are just too many.
In My Life, B.C. (Before Cody) I wrote one letter a week to friends or family across the country without second thought. With an ink pen. The kind with no backspace.
It was natural.
It was easy.
It was fun.
I had time.
I did laundry occasionally because I had four closets and no one questioned it.
I didn't have a husband...or cows.
But now I have grand responsibility and even bigger love.
In 2015 I commit to starting again, to writing one hand-written note a week. The kind of letter - that - three decades from us will find in a shoebox tied with string. And they'd read in it in awe, trying to match my handwriting with a font. And they'll wonder what a New Years Resolution was.
My Goals for 2015 Summarized
(see, you could have skipped to the bottom and saved some time)
1. Take Care
What have you neglected?
2. Find Beauty
What have you overlooked?
What words do you need to speak?
I hope that when I awake from the holiday haze in February I've stuck to my written words. I wish the same for September, when I'll wonder where the summer went. And next December, when I sit down to reflect again, I hope you can hold me accountable by thinking to yourself: I saw one of her letters.
Or, you could think: She definitely looked
thinner when I saw her in June.
Whatever comes to your mind first.