- Children–More present and in the moment with our boys and more letters and visits with our daughter.
- Communication–I want to be in better touch with people and I don't mean via email or Facebook: a letter or note, visit, tea, lunch, dinner party, or phone call (will take some work as I hate the phone). Consolidate: two basic cell phones and no land line more practical? (especially with satellite internet expense)
- Computer–I will try to be on the computer for work or play only when my children are at school or asleep.
- Cupcakes–Be a better book group (and blog) participant!
- Exercise–More of it. Enough said. And let's start with walking all over this beautiful farm of ours as much as possible.
- Family/Friends–See Communication, above.
- Farm–Develop a working plan with my husband. What are we doing and when? A girl's gotta know these things.
- Farmhouse–Same deal, even if it will be on paper for a while.
- Food–Continue to eat only when hungry, not depriving myself but not going overboard, either. Balance indulgences with sprees of great health and limits. Be more proactive about menu planning.
- Garden–Plan what can easily be tended and managed and remember the bounty in the next county. [No, I did not intend for that to rhyme!]
- Hormones–Need I say more? Can't live with them, can't kill them. Continue to explore this new realm of sight and sound.
- Houses-in-Order–This is a literal as much as figurative goal of mine...and on-going, always. Pick up, put away or pitch. Repeat. Clean often (yes, more often than I think).
- Laundry–Laundry, laundry, LAUNDRY! And while we're on the subject, how about those two baskets full of ironing? (I should see it as a chance to catch up on all of those taped Barefoot Contessa and Dr. Oz episodes...)
- Marriage–More time to pause and plan together.
- Past Issues–Burn 'em or bury 'em; reconcile 'em or write about 'em.
- Photos–Organize, copy, scan, duplicate, share (same with all family archives).
- Recreation–Literally, "recreate": more reading and day trips and family pauses together.
- Restaurants–Once in a while, like once a month in Lexington. Really. Home cooking so much better (and cheaper) and we have all of those freezers and stuff.
- Sleep–While I seem to require less these days, no one is well served by my regular 2-4am bedtimes. So, I will try to be more of a morning person by going to sleep before midnight!
- Song–Join the Pleasant Hill Shaker Singers in March and sing my little heart out several times a year, and maybe dance a bit, too (even if in costume).
- Spirit–More "morning time" and find a church that moves and inspires and is good for the family.
- Volunteer–Do more for others and more often. Find a niche and commit to it.
- Writing-for-Blogs–More often or when inspired, but don't let it get in the way of other writing, too. Be more bloggy, if possible, and less of an essayist! (Save that for the books.)
- Writing-in-General–Pick a project and work on it. Make a year plan. Prioritize. Enough of these ADD-driven snippets. Follow through!
- Writing-for-Hire–Generate regular articles in a variety of new and old media and while we're at it, let's market those cases of books that are in storage to some museums and gift shops.
Thank you, always, for visiting me here in the pantry!
Happy New Year to you and yours and may 2010 be all that you hope and dream.
Enjoy the rare New Year's Eve "Blue Moon" wherever you are. A great way to start a new decade and by New Year's Day it will already be waning again.