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Again, I have been a bad blogger. Alas, it is life I supposed. It has been weighing on my mind that I had owed you all and myself a post for a few weeks now. And when I got some flack from Niece #1 that she missed my blog, well that was the kick in the butt that I needed.

I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas. Mine was nice. I have realized that it is a little bittersweet being an adult with no children around Christmas. There is still the awe and wonder of the holiday, but the awe through a child’s eyes are missing.

I love this time of year, I get very excited. I love decorating, and yes I am one of those freaks that likes Christmas music. I make absolutely no apologies for it. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. I love my 4 foot Christmas tree. I love buying a couple new ornaments each year to add to my collection.

I notice that I am a little melancholy after Christmas. There are few surprises when you have no children and a joint checking account. Ed does manage to slip a few in here and there. Not that the holiday is about gifts.

Never the less, the Christmas holiday was lovely and I hope that the magic can last a while longer.

As I write this on New Years Eve, I am reflecting on 2013. It was a good year. There were ups and downs as with every year but it was overall a fairly good year. I am always grateful for the simple things; we are both employed, we can pay our mortgage each month, we have food, we are both healthy, as are the pups. There things that I can add to my list of things to feel good about. I survived the first year of my 40’s. I successfully completed my first major painting project on my own ( I am not a crafty person). I continue to play hockey. I made my first full turkey dinner (this is a big deal to me, and it was actually our New Year’s Eve dinner, so it is fresh in my memory.) I completed a certificate in Geriatric Social Work through Boston University through work. I had my first mammogram. I met my edited goal of reading 50 books this year, despite starting with a 75 book goal, but had to revisit that when Ed’s mom got sick. I got to spend another year with the one that I love. Things like that make me smile at the year gone by.

I have been thinking of my New Year’s Resolutions for the last couple weeks. I am not sure if resolutions are good or bad. I think that it is good to strive to be a better person, and I think that it is good to have goals. I think that many of us fail at our resolutions because they are lofty. For example for me losing weight is a good goal, and of course I would like that but I know that I am not a skinny girl, I have never been a skinny girl and will probably never be one, so it I try to be a little healthier that is a better goal for me.

This year my resolutions are:
1) Read more- in truth this is my resolution every year.
2) Blog weekly- I promise to try. It is nice to know that there are a few people out there that like my blog.
3) Drink more water- I am kind of horrible at this. I drink too much soda, and I would like to say that I will try to drink less, but I am a realist and adding more water is more likely to happen.
4) Wash my face every night- I know I am 40 years old, this should be a given. I recently read an article that French woman look at their skin care regime as a pleasure and I am trying to adapt to that mode of thinking.

So with that. I will close. I wish you all a continued Happy Holiday season. An amazing and blessed 2014. Much luck with your resolutions and goals, whatever those may be. And to thank you for your support and continuing to read my little blog.

Cheers! And TA DA!

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