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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2010, friends!  I am a few days late on posting this, but the words have stewed in my head for the last few days.   The days have been filled with a lovely spa day (I realized that my ADD will only allow me  to relax with 2 services, not 4); a fancy night out with friends; a Rosebowl Victory (Go Bucks!) and spending the very first day in my pajamas....the ENTIRE day. I have thought about my resolutions for a while now.  Usually I just have one -- LOSE WEIGHT.  It's still on my list, but in a different form and with a different focus.

So, here goes:

 Align with the following priorities.  If something doesn't fit, JUST SAY NO.

1. Family

2. Fitness

3. Friends

4. Food

5. Focus

Family:  Of course I need to focus on my entire family, but mainly I mean my kids and husband.  It's not that I don't focus on them, but I don't think I slow down enough to give my kids the full attention they deserve.  Part of this stems from working full-time and then coming home to my second job where a million things need to be completed in a very short amount of time.  Being the type-A personality that I am, it is hard to sit and play Hi-Ho Cheerio while there are stacks of dishes,  piles of  laundry, and tumbleweeds of dog hair blowing by.  But, I have to push those Martha tendencies aside and give my kids the full attention they deserve.

Fitness:  I could have said "Lose Weight" again, but obviously that resolution is getting me nowhere.  In the past few months, I have focused on my fitness goals.  (Weight Training 3x/week & cardio 3x/ week).  Does that always happen?  Nope, but  I feel good if I get 4 sessions in a week.  However, what HAS  happened since I focused on fitness is that the scale didn't necessarily go down, but the compression marks in my gut from my jeans were not as deep. VICTORY!  At this point, I will take it.  

Friends:  There is nothing as better than getting together with my girlfriends.  I have so many special girlfriends in my life...seriously, some of the best women you have ever met.   It's so hard to find time to get together...especially with a few that live 5 minutes away!  This year, I would like to focus on getting together consistently with my friends.  It doesn't have to be anything grand or glam, just TOGETHER.  For those of us that have young kids, coffee on a weekend morning while the kids run around...huh?  Glorious?  Can I get an amen?!

Food:   Ah, food.  Fitness' mortal enemy (well, in my world it is).  My focus on food will be FUEL (is anyone else sensing the alliteration with all the F words?  Well, except for one f-word...that one didn't make the list).  My focus on food will be to view it as fuel that will allow me to do the things I need/want to do.   I had a co-worker ask me why I worked out all the time only to sabotage myself with food. OUCH.  But, she was right.  I make excellent choices most of the time and then ruin it with sugar, baked goods, or any processed food that releases large amounts of dopamine....So, this year, it is food choices that will FUEL my body.

Focus:  This probably should come first in the list, but I will use it last to sum up all the other choices.  FOCUS.  As a full-time working mother, I am the QUEEN of multi-taking.  I usually do about 5 things at once in an effort to squeeze out as many tasks in the least amount of time.  Sometimes  that leaves me with tasks that are about 85% complete, things hidden in places where they don't belong, and a frazzled state of mind.  In 2010, I am going to focus on the task at hand, complete it 100%,  and then move on to the next!  I may even try (gulp) yoga -- a meditative practice that requires mental and physical  focus.  Yoga has always been a little like kryptonite for those of us that have ADD...but my body is kindly asking me to stretch it.

There it goes.  My focus for 2010.  I know I will likely steer off path, but at least I have my thoughts in written form and I can rely on this post now and again to remind me.

What is your focus for the New Year?  Whatever it is, I hope 2010 brings much happiness and many blessings!

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Christmas Ponderings

It's December 28 and I am finally calming down a bit.  The cross-country travel is done, the presents are scattered to and fro, and 99.9% of the cookies are in my belly.    It was a whirlwind holiday season this year for the family and I haven't even had time to think.       I will start with our cross-country journey to the Bayou to see my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  We were worried about the 15 hour drive (one way), but I have to say....the trip was well worth it.  I have thought a couple of times in the last 2 weeks about how Christmas was so magical when we were kids and now it is just an endless amount of items to check off my list.  I have to admit, my time in the bayou was incredibly relaxing:  there was no to-do list and every minute was surrounded by my amazing family.  I really do think it was the best part of my holiday.  There was a lot of magic being together!     

 Who doesn't love matching jammies and chilaxing with your cousins while you ponder what Santa might bring?

Pondering if they have been naughty or nice
Pondering if they have been naughty or nice
Santa Anticipation
Santa Anticipation

Don't forget about all the delicious food...

Preparing and enjoying Disco pancakes with the family...

Disco Mood
Disco Mood
Hope_Pancakes
Hope_Pancakes

  Like Buckeyes the size of Texas....

Texas-sized Buckeyes
Texas-sized Buckeyes

Or your Brother's Andouille Sausage...

Andouille Sausage
Andouille Sausage
Janie's poundcake
Janie's poundcake

Enjoying the Sounds of the Season...

Either performed by the children...

Hope_Guitar
Hope_Guitar
Romy_Guitar
Romy_Guitar

 ...or the Holiday Carolers who magically appeared smack dab in the middle of present time...

Cajun Carolers
Cajun Carolers
Caroling Fun
Caroling Fun

... Or perhaps by the Rockband Video Game.

Fun at the Inflatable Indoor jumphouse -- always a holiday classic, right?

Playhouse Fun
Playhouse Fun

 Yuletide Pranks...such as wiring the Ohio State bird to a fence and watching your brother do bird calls waiting for it to move.    

Taking Walks with your cousins.

Romy & Ryanne
Romy & Ryanne

Contemplating the Simple Meaning of Christmas. 

Contemplating
Contemplating

And finally, Peace Among Enemies.

I truly hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed what really matters most.