Are you over New Year's resolutions? Be of good courage. I made a resolution either at the beginning of 2009 or 2010 to get a shelf up in our guest bathroom. And here it is...done at the beginning of 2012.
Sometimes New Year's resolutions just need to be looked upon as long term goals! And be helped along by a husband for the drilling bits...ie. for most of the project except taking the plastic off the kit and painting it!!
2011 was supposed to be The Year of Five New Things. I think when I settled on that theme for the year I had in mind bold new ventures to keep my synapses well connected (you know...learning a new musical instrument, mastering a foreign language, reading a well written book every week...) and other bold new ventures to keep my conversation at dinner parties scintillating (going on safari and camping in those beautiful, almost-a-house tents with sumptuous dinners by candlelight on the savannah) to avoid dining out on last
year's decade's stories. Even stories from two or THREE decades ago...
Well, I can't really vouch for the synapses but I will say that it is lucky I don't attend very many dinner parties because after "new thing #1" alongside the stuff of normal life, I just didn't have time or head space to take on "new things 2,3,4 and 5." And growing a pot of thyme on my kitchen window sill, whilst new, doesn't really seem sufficiently grand to rate a mention...
And I am anticipating that this year will be more of the same. But in the enthusiasm of a new year, I do have a few new plans to replace the shelf project.
In 2012 I plan to...
Widen my repetoire of evening meals and the repetoire of my family's tastebuds. We seem to have been rotating around pasta (bolognese and lasagne mostly), teriakyi chicken and rice, burritos and meat/chicken/fish and salad/veg for the last year. Desperately needing some expansion there. And during the winter months I cook in bulk (two or three kilos of pasta sauce, curry or casserole at a time) and this year I would also like to explore doing some trading with friends - swapping portions of my frozen bulk cooking for theirs, again to explore some different tastes. Local friends, let me know if you are in.
Approach my Bible reading differently. As previously posted, I am going to study the Prophets hard during the first half of the year - the part of the year when I have more enthusiasm and energy - and then use the second half of the year to do the first half of my old faithful Bible reading plan to get through the first half of the Old Testamant (most of it other than the Prophets), the New Testament and the Psalms once.
And pray for a dear friend of mine and her dear family every single day of 2012. Because ones close to my heart are travelling to Kiribati to do development work there for a year. And I have promised to pray for them each day this year.
And that is why I have called 2012 "The Year of Praying for my Friends" - because "The Year of Thyme, Mint and Basil on my Kitchen Window Sill" sounds perfectly ridiculous.
Happy New Year.