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January 25, 2009

Well, inspired by a friend of mine, I’ve decided to start my very own blog. And (oh dear, I’ve already started badly through beginning a sentence with a conjunction) again borrowing from my friend, I’m going to start by posting my new year’s resolutions. So, without further adieu, here they are:

Start a Blog— Woo Hoo! I think it’s always best to start with something easy to accomplish, then you can check it off right away. Go me, one down!

Pick a word for the One Little Word Project— Did I forget to mention that the copying hasn’t stopped yet? Well it hasn’t, and once again inspired by the lovely Andrea, I want to take part in this fantastic project during 2009. The only problem is that there are a lot of words out there, and I want to choose one that is meaningful…I have an inclination, but as the site suggests, I’m going to let it stew for a bit.

Bake a Battenburg Cake— This is the most beautiful cake I have ever seen. Just looking at it sends me into daydreams of teatime and aprons and makes the little homemaker in me go swirling off into dizzy spins of joy. It’s also not an easy cake to make, or rather; I find the idea of marzipan very daunting. Let’s go 2009!

Have my DNA charted through 23andme.com— Genetics is a fascinating and expanding field, and I really like that it now available to be put to use outside of a laboratory. It’s $300 for the service, which completely maps your chromosomes, lets you know if you carry any potential for genetic diseases such as Parkinson’s and sickle cell anemia, tells you where in the world your ancestors originated (thanks to the human genome project), and gives you family tree information.

Buy the Rosetta Stone for Japanese (and use it)— I was a skeptic at first, but after I did the sample on their website I was won over. I’ve studied languages and linguistics, and I think the set-up of this is pretty cool and innovative. More than just buying it though, I’d like to actually use it to regain confidence in my Japanese speaking abilities. It’s a fun and wonderful language, and one that I’ve wanted to speak ever since Mrs. Bacon read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes to me back in third grade.

Get back into regular Yoga practice— Nothing feels better than getting in shape as a consequence of getting centered. Yoga is such a fantastic form of exercise and meditation and I miss feeling at one with my physical and spiritual self.

Go on a couple weekend trips with my Love— He and I could definitely use some romance and R&R this year, and it looks like we may actually have the time now. Plus, there are some places I’ve been aching to go, including: The Lincoln City/Depoe Bay/Newport area, Wind River, Cougar, & Breitenbush Hot Springs, The Sylvia Beach Hotel, and the  Walkingman Brewing Co. in Stevenson, Wa.

Improve my credit score— This was my last year’s one and only resolution, but since I still have a ways to go before I’m satisfied thus; it rears its ugly head for another year. It’s such a boring one too, but someday I’d like to buy (or maybe build!) a house, and I think this is probably the first big step (Or so my financial mentor Suze Orman says)

Finally, I’d like to get back to writing— Hopefully blogging regularly will help with this. Writing can be such a joy (a frustration as well), and I miss doing it. I don’t want to limit myself to just one form, but I’d especially like to work on more poetry and short fiction (maybe then I’ll even submit some). Hopefully this will help keep me accountable and responsible with making posts to my writing group’s blog as well. Reading more will help I think, and wouldn’t you know it, I have a lovely library copy of Behind My Eyes by my ever adored Li Young-Lee just waiting to be read in a sunny chair. And would ya look at that, the suns out, which means I must say goodbye for now!

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*special thanks to Andrea, for the inspiration!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 1:04 am

    yaaaay! i’m so very flattered, dear. and so excited that you have blog. good luck with the resolutions–we’ll have to keep each other accountable now, of course. 🙂

  2. trisha permalink
    January 31, 2009 8:05 pm

    i’m so excited for your blog! i really enjoy your writing, and i really enjoy you. even though baking the battenburg cake is totally your resolution, i hope we can tackle marzipan together. yay aprons!!

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