Time for some last minute ramblings before I hunker down for some New Year's Eve fun and frivolity. That is definitely one of the advantages of being an old married lady - I don't have to do a blessed thing on New Year's Eve! Which is fine by me - I've been at work and frankly, I am pooped. As a native Noo Yawker, can I call it a night at 9:00 p.m. PST, since the ball has dropped in Times Square, hopefully atop the Clintons?
I'll know when it's midnight - the sound of gun fire in Santa Ana will wake me.
Do I have any resolutions? I don't see how I could, given as nearly perfect as I am. Besides, are we talking resolutions or are we talking goals? In 2009, I want to: (a) grow older, because it beats the alternative; (b) find a perfect tea cart for my office on which to place a lovely cut glass decanter of Abelour A'bunadh; (c) learn how to properly skeet shoot; and (d) run a mile, maybe even more than once. Always keep your expectations low and disappointment is rare to follow.
A lot happened this past year, and there is a lot more to come. I was listening to a radio program (The Catholics Next Door on The Catholic Channel) and they were talking about the top stories of 2008. You know what I think was one? The death of the credibility of the mainstream media. Not only did their bias shine through, but whereas politicians have always been fair game in the past, the viciousness of the media against Sarah Palin was staggering.
Bravo to the Israeli Defense Force! I will keep them in my prayers.
The DigiSon is excited as 2009 will bring the second "Transformers" movie. I must admit, I escaped having to take him to the first one, when the father of Patrick's best friend offered to take both boys. This is one of those occasions, like learning to pee standing up, that must come under the aegis of the DigiHusband.
I miss my Ma.
It doesn't look like the economy will improve any, so I guess that means we are staying put for the time being in Southern California. Pam and John, you got your wish. Well, time to put some money into the homestead - get the pipes redone, replace the tile counters in the kitchen, upgrade the HVAC system so this summer we can have some real air conditioning. Other than that, I don't want to spend much and, in fact, focus on frugality and savings. Economy is too rough and I liked scaling back this Christmas - made it more simple and more enjoyable. I think I want my life that way.
May you live in interesting times. That is supposed to be a curse but I think it is a reality of everyone's lives. The difference is how a person handles the situations. I remind myself that I am fortunate - God loves me and I can count on Him for His grace, and I have my health, so why worry? And I am not alone - I have a great family and I have great friends and to those out there who fall in one of those two categories, including the family and friends yet to be met - Happy New Year! God bless and keep you all safe, and I will see you next year!