Happy New Year's Eve!
This is my last post of the year. I haven't actually posted a photo a day this year, as I had intended. I don't know if I've really learned a lot about photography or improved my skills all that much, but I have enjoyed posting to this blog. I am going to continue it into next year.
These prints were part of our hanukkah presents for the girls. I found them on Etsy - a woman in Minnesota makes them and they are just adorable. The zebra is for 'H', since she is so taken with zebras (ever since our safari in Florida last month) and the giraffe is for 'A', since she "helped" Jeff feed them.
It's snowing here today. We are laying low for New Year's Eve this year. We have traditionally done something different each year, so laying low is a continuation of that theme. We're planning a late dinner, to enjoy after the girls go to bed. It will NOT be a repeat of one of our most memorable New Year's Eve celebrations yet - the one where we made a late dinner with Jennifer and Bill and consumed at least 2 bottles of wine each, and then I decided to deal with my drunkeness by throwing it all up. Classy.
Tomorrow we get to move the bulk of our things out of the attic so that the exterminators can come and lay traps for all of our "friends" who live in the walls. Within a week, the house will be sealed, the "friends" will be gone, and everything will be sterilized!
I am so happy that Jeff and I made the priority list last week. It's really helped me make some decisions that I otherwise wouldn't have considered. For instance, we realized that we both want to contribute more to our retirement. Jeff goes through his plan at work. I have an account with TIAA-CREF that I've had forever. I could just put more into that, but there is another item on the priority list that deserves attention, and that is "respecting the environment." So I am going to open an IRA that invests in socially responsible funds, primarily environmentally-friendly companies. I probably never would have thought to do that unless I had made the list and had some space to think about it.
While I've been focusing on our priority list and running all the numbers this week, I've done only minimal work on my "active" stuff - usually this all fits into a file folder, but somehow it grew into a basket this week! Oh my!
Have a wonderful start to your New Year! If you are thinking of starting a regular exercise program, that is fantastic! If you are already a regular at your gym, then know that my sympathies are with you this coming month as the number of members swells and you can't find an open piece of equipment. Luckily, it all goes back to normal by February. We'll deal.