Saturday, January 05, 2008

Holy crap, it's 2008!

The new year has once again arrived, and once again I am caught by surprise. Even though every year, January 1 tends to come on the same day. You know, the one right after December 31.

Same thing, every year. “What? How can it be 2000-whatever already?!”

New Years is not like Easter, which can be sneaky. The first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox? That’s sneaky. Even for those of us who read the almanac every single morning and make announcements nobody cares about (“Hey! Happy Epiphany Eve!!”), it’s sneaky.

But New Years is always January 1, which is always the day after December 31, which is easily calculated and hard to miss.

Having been caught flat-footed by the whole ‘now I need to put 2008 on my checks’ thing, you can imagine how far behind I am on such things as Resolutions.


I got nothin’.

Well. Actually, I’m lying. I have got a very short list of things. I’ve got the usual grousing about wanting to lose a little weight, although not for the usual reasons. I’m perfectly (or at least ‘mostly’) happy with how I look, but if I could get those last fifteen pounds off it might help my low back pain. Shoot, I’ve done everything but drink snake oil, I might as well try the one thing medically recommended for the condition. And by “last” I do mean “last” – I’ve already shaved 46 pounds since I realized I had a not-so-small problem back in 2002.

I’d like to do more charity knitting this year. I had a few good bursts last year, but found myself hopelessly sidetracked by other things. I’m thinking a “one for me, one for charity” method would be good. Also I’m going to be doing the knit-alongs and showers sponsored by the Knitting4Children group on Yahoo. This is a nice group of people, and I haven’t been nearly as active in the group as I’d like.

And, finally, I’d like to take on a Living Below Your Means challenge. That’s a whole post in and of itself; in a nutshell, I think I’d like to take the first nine months of the year and work my angles and exercise my self-restraint and see just how little money I can part with (and how much headway I can make on other goals) from now through the end of September. And then, I can relax on through the holidays – not go hog-wild and overspend and undo all the work I’ve done the first nine months, but not worry about eating on the cheap and how to create “charming” Christmas presents out of my dumpster-diving finds.

I’ll try to put together something a little more coherent on that whole thing later. For right now…well. Happy New Year, a little late and rather disjointedly. I’m looking forward to another year of getting to know y’all. I still maintain I’ve got the best reader-friends in the whole Internet, and I appreciate your support and your comments and the giggles and snorts and belly-laughs you give me throughout the year.



Anonymous said...

Happy 2008!

I don't get the feeling of the new year sneaking up on me so much as it feels like a climb up Everest getting from Thanksgiving to New Year, and after it just feels like a downhill slog into reality. Back to work, back to routines, back to zzzzz....

It's also the time we can no longer put things off 'til next year. It's here! Guess I better get going on that grad school app. June will be here before I know it! ---sigh---

PipneyJane said...

Happy New Year Tama!

As you may have read on my blog, I've got a couple of things in the pipeline for 2008. First though, I'm slaying a dragon from 2007 - tonight (drum roll please) I'm joining my first serious choir since 1989!

- Pam

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

Yeah, it sneaks up on me too. Or maybe it's not so much that it sneaks up as that I try desperately to ignore it, like a little kid playing hide-and-seek. "My eyes are closed, you can't see me!" Never works, though, does it? But hey, 2008 is going to be the Year That Rocks! Right? Right! Hold that thought!

Umm...I think I need more coffee again....

Very Herodotus said...

Happy New Year Tamarian! How are you weathering the weather out there??

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in your living below your means challenge. Is there a book or something?

Science PhD Mom said...

Happy New Year! Belated, of course, because that's how I accomplish anything these days. Hopefully this will not carry over to my new, onerous, 3 hours per week job teaching at the local college. Yah, get behind on paper grading and the students will probably protest more than my kids and husband when the housework is not done. To borrow a phrase of yours, "Onward!"