Happy New Year! So I was kidding, I am not in fact going to wax philosophical. Suffice it to say that out of all the holidays, my favorites (in order) are Thanksgiving, New Year's, and the Fourth of July. The first because I love to cook for an appreciative audience and everyone is always very happy to sit and dine and linger over a meal on Thanksgiving. The eat and run thing we experience so many days isn't as inspiring for me in the kitchen. The other two have fireworks! I adore those big colorful splashes across the sky. For years I went downtown Reno with my grandmother. In the old days (love saying that but we are going back 20 years now so I think it actually qualifies), the casinos handed out many very nice party favors, we'd be wearing cool hats or tiaras, the funny glasses made in the shape of the new year's number, carrying noisemakers and a drink. We'd mill about in the crowd awaiting the big moment and then play slot machines and drink and talk for hours afterwards. My grandmother was one of the best friends I've had in my life. She was a woman who was always up for an adventure, rarely said no to any question that began with, "Do you want to....?" and she adored me. Of course she loved all of her grandkids but she had a way of making me feel like she and I had some special bond. It was a gift she had because I'm not alone in feeling like that. So here's to grandmothers and new years and fireworks.
Resolutions anyone? An acquaintance had a posting on their Facebook page encouraging everyone to do away with resolutions and just be happy with themselves the way they are. I say phooey to that. One of the best things about us humans in my opinion is our ability to begin anew over and over. Yes, I agree with the intent of the message; accepting ourselves as we are is a worthwhile goal. However, if there is something about yourself that you would like to change then jump in and do it. Isn't it nice that we can strive to ever be better people? So I resolve to continue to free myself from excess in all its forms and to nurture and guard carefully those things that are most precious to me: the relationships with the people I love. May 2011 bring you all things good.
On today's chopping block:
1. An alarm clock
2. A CD zip up case
3. A bell like you see on the front desk of hotels in movies. Kinda hate to let this go, very hand when you're sick in a big house.
4. A 5" tall Darth Vader figureine that makes the funny breathing sound when you press the button on his belly.
5. A small beaded bracelet