Going back and looking at my goals for 2009 (in light green) and refining for 2010...
Get Organized - which really means that we have to purge all corners of this house. Why two people can't live comfortably in 1700 sq ft is beyond me. But it is hard when both of us work from home and we use every room in the house. I did some major purging in 2008 so I am pretty happy with what I accomplished! But there is always more to do - this is always going to be on the list, constantly purging!
Simplify - I haven't really determined the details of this yet, but
I think with purging above and having the right 'tools' around it will
simplify my life. I
think this was the overall theme for 2008. Invest in good technology
that would simplify my life and not complicate it. That would have been
the iPhone. I don't travel with my laptop on vacations - I just take my
iPhone. Santa brought me a new camera which will definitely make photography a lot easier. Having a camera that shoots full frame and high ISO is going to simplify the process. Now what I would like to do for 2010 is figure out the details of SIMPLIFY...for example we no longer have a house cleaner since I am home most of the time - but is this really simplifying our life? or adding to it?
Organize the Closet - Yes, this should go under the 'get organized'
goal, but you haven't seen our closets. Both hubby and I LOVE clothes,
shoes, jackets, etc. This warrants to be singled out as a goal. I was
lucky enough to have a stylist
come in last year, so my closet isn't so bad. Oh and we can't forget
about the downstairs closet - you know the one that is under the
stairs, the endless pit... Kirk's
closet is completed and we just need to do one more part. My closet is
now organized so I only have the current season displayed. Downstairs
closet - you can now walk through to the back! Kirk is definitely still working on this but made a huge purge before his parents visit over Christmas. I really want to tackle my craft/catch all closet in 2010
Go (half) Organic - I need to take baby steps here. But I am going
to start buying more organic food products this year. Dairy and meat to
start with. We are totally organic on all the dairy and the meat that we buy. Still not totally there with the vegetables and such. Still organic with dairy and meat...
Recycle more - trying to get on the GO GREEN bandwagon. I am sure
any thing that you can do helps. We already do our basic recycling of
newspaper, glass, cans, office paper and cardboard. Sent
all the accumulating not using anymore electronics around this house to
various non profit organizations that recycle them. We have a new system in Vancouver now and it makes it even easier to recycle. But I really want to be conscious in 2010 about all the plastic we throw out
Learn something NEW - I am going to recycle my old goal from A Year to Remember class and learn Spanish. I also want to take a class in letterpress. Didn't do either of these. Spanish is still on my list but letterpress class is not. I want to add a new one: Kite surfing. LOL! I really did laugh out loud at this one. Spanish is still on the list, but no kite surfing as of yet. So Spanish remains for 2010
Get Fit - does this ever come off the list? This year it means yoga
4 to 5 times a week, running, walking and eating better. I am going to
have a nutritionist come in and analyze everything. She is going to do
a body assessment, kitchen inventory, etc. Hubby is not to stoked about
this one... I
would say I maintained - I now have a personal trainer two days a week
and I am in the process of finding a used exercise bike so I can at
least get some exercise in this inclement weather! Loved 2009 for getting fit! 2010 is hopefully going to be better - my BIL are planning on running in the Portland Marathon so I need to start my training next week! Also who is ready for a Commit 2 Fit Challenge?? My weight has gone up over the last two months so I need to get back on track - all this holiday food, I just went crazy!
Cook more - with the above help I am hoping that I will be motivated to cook more. I am aiming for at least 4 times a week. Totally
missed the boat on this one - i think this year I am going to have a
more realistic goal of cook every Sunday and one week day. Definitely sticking to the Sunday and one day week - right now it
Travel locally more - this is going to be hard as I look at my
travel schedule for the first 5 months. But I miss seeing the amazing
Pacific NW area that I live in. Spent more time at the Oregon Coast, Eugene, but didn't do as much as I would have liked. We really need to work on this, but I want to go to the coast more this year.
A picture a Day - Take a picture a day, I might even set up another blog like Lisa. I
don't even want to comment on this one. I have the pictures I just need
to upload them to the site. Still want to continue this! Still haven't uploaded all the photos from 2008 or 2009... the plan for 2010 is 365 days of Jesse. The will be posted on www.doxzenpetphotos.com
Adding for 2010...
Have a wonderful New Year celebration - c ya in 2010!
I can't believe it was just Christmas - whirlwind of family and friends! Now the house is quiet and a mess, but I have no energy to start the clean up. The decor will stay up until the first weekend in January, we are enjoying the festive look (at least that is what I am telling myself!). Here are a few photos of Christmas 2009....
Christmas snowglobes safe and sound
Experiencing her first Christmas cracker
My MIL from the South. Can't you tell? She has a stick of butter in her hand!
Hope you all had wonderful holiday celebrations!
38 - Donate Blood
There is no substitute for human blood. Human blood is precious and can’t be manufactured outside of the body. If you gave blood 4 times a year for the next 10 years, you would save 120 lives. Think of how many lives you could save if you gave blood for the rest of your life! Saving just one life should be convincing enough.
37 - Mentor a Child
Children are just as capable of doing great things as any other person, but many times they are not equipped with the right foundation, knowledge, encouragement, and tools to make the right choices. The decisions they make can change the entire course of their future. You may not know what to say or do, but you will quickly realize that what matters most to them is that you care. When one teaches, two learn.
Here are some photographs of some of my favorite pieces in my Christmas collection...
Silver Balls - a tradition started a long time ago that my mom carries on. You receive a silver engraved ball from your first year marriage and there after. I had this re-bar tree made for display purposes and now I use it to display these balls at Christmas time. As you can see some of my balls need polishing but it may have to wait until next year!
Red cinnamon wreath - these were made as a fundraiser to raise funds to buy feed for horses in need. I have had it for two years and it still smells wonderful! I hang it on the inside of the front door.
This is how one of my Christmas trees starts out - yes, I have artificial. I am sure there are plenty of arguments out there but this is what we have chosen. We have three, white, champagne and traditional green. This year the white one was the only one that made it out...
I am VERY picky about my branches - they have to be unscrunched and laid out so they are flat. Most of my ornaments are vignettes and the items need to sit into the tree not hang...this takes me several hours to do.
The ornament above is from one of my favorite illustrators Patience Brewster. I adore her Krinkles line.
Here is our finished room. This is the first year that I haven't gone mono-chromatic with the white tree - I usually do silver and white. While it makes for a very elegant tree - I thought I would try some color since I wasn't setting up the others. As you can see on my coffee table I also have a collection of snow globes - I receive one for Christmas almost every year. I need to find the rest of them - I think a box is still in storage...check back tomorrow for more photos!
After spending the time to prep/prime the rooms the Tapestry Beige color turned out even better than I expected.
We have very dark floors and furniture so this neutral color let those features SHINE! Above is a picture of our 'travel' wall. As we travel around the world I bring back small pieces to feature in this area.
Here is the back wall of the kitchen (galley style) and the door is to the pantry/laundry. The crow painting is by Eli Halpin and it is done on an old window. She is one of my favorite artists - she used to live in Portland, but has since moved to the East coast. My dream would be to commission her to do the furbabies!
Yes, on my to do list before Christmas was to paint the kitchen/dining/tv room. A friend of mine turned me on to this neutral color - when I first saw it I just loved the simplicity. Tapestry Beige is by Benjamin Moore, color number OC-32. But let's start from the beginning!
These rooms were painted a very deep orange for about six years. When I first picked this color everyone was appalled, Kirk was apprehensive - I LOVED it. But over time everyone warmed up to the color - of course this happened as the orange color came into style for home decor. But after six years I was ready for a change.
But that meant I was going to have to prep/prime the walls with Kilz - a whole extra day of painting. I only had to do one coat of Kilz, this just took the edge off of having to cover the orange paint with the new color.
This one is a little tough for me because I really don't like our neighborhood board. You know the group of neighbors that are supposed to enforce, with common sense, the CCRs??!! Example would be a neighbor had to put a No Solicitors sign up underneath his door bell. (We get an extreme amount of door to door sales people.) He is a police officer and worked nights - the ringing during the day was keeping him up. Well in our CCRs there is a "no signage rule" so they started to fine him on a daily basis. Not really neighborly of the board was it? Then he had to attend a board meeting so they could discuss for an hour if No Solicitors signs would be appropriate signage.
Situations like this is just the tip of the iceberg with this CCR board. I believe that they cause the non-neighborly behavior that exists in our sub-division.
Does your mailman know your neighbors better than you do? It’s not enough to just drive by and wave to neighbors from your car window. To get to know your neighbors, you need to have personal interaction with them. But these days, people spend more time indoors watching TV and surfing the Internet than they do outside playing catch, taking walks, and talking to their neighbors. Change that pattern…Be counterculture. You will be amazed when you discover what’s right outside your front door.