home today and i hardly know where to begin. It is the day to bring down the tree and remove the last vestiges of Christmas....
time for the penguins to stop their chorus for another year...
the wreaths on the chandalier must go ... and copious dusting must ensue...
the ornaments must be wrapped and stored...
the little tree, once lush and fragrant is now dry and eerily combustible seeming! it appears cramped in its little corner, sans brightly wrapped gifts beneath it's boughs, now dropping needles and begging to be returned to the earth in the annual "Kelly family" ceremony ... the burning of the tree (before it burns us, of course!)... we, a secret band of pyromaniacs, watch enthralled as the first match is tossed and it goes up in flames with a gasp ... that could've been our living room, we each consider wide-eyed! Still ... always a sad day this! (You're not convinced)
out my window, the cedar is still green and the hazelnut bare... the sky is a dusky grey, the landscape blurred by the rising mist from the earth...
another year begins for us all.
And then there's Mr. R... the imperious green conure, for whom this....
is just another day to make trouble!
With that... i begin the list:
learn to play an instrument -- number one son has offered to teach me guitar! i begin by learning a strange rock riff he feels will 'limber me up' ... sore fingers and tennis elbow later ... ouch?
make three new pieces of jewelry each week ... oh, that one's easy! Right?
take a photography class to shoot my jewelry better
take a class on birds nest rings (the ones with the big, fat gemstones wrapped in silver wire)
learn one excellent vegetarian recipe a month. (Oh, I must've forgotten to mention i went veggie this summer ... for the LAST time!) Not so easy when one must cook meat for the natives. But my thinking is, a good palatable vege dish will perhaps replace meat for the natives, too!
lose weight ... i shall say no more!
exercise 4 x weekly! (good heavens! who's writing this list, anyway?)
write one paragraph per day, whether it be poetry or prose
complete daily studies of A Course in Miracles
take 1/2 hour to read my favorite books each day!!!
take time to have fun with my friends WEEKLY! Go to breakfast, dinner, drinks, dogwalking or laughing over the phone
go to the stables once weekly to be around my favorite animals in the world
invite a friend to dinner at least once a month!
volunteer ... the humane society?
toss out all non-essential things in my home ... give them to the Good Will ... simplify!
purchase a good, sturdy bike and stop driving to the grocery store ... use pedal power!
do the 21 day Master Cleanse! Gaaahhhhh ... this will most certainly be the subject of many blogs entries!
Sign up for the Masters in HR Certification at UW in September
Sit for the SPHR certification exam by summer
get a pedicure before summer
have more fun....