--picked up extra shifts at the bookstore to pay for gifts
--late, crazy Christmas Eve dinner (seriously, too many "new" people and the most overcooked crabcakes, ever) which led to wrapping gifts until 3 a.m.
--spending the past week fighting off whatever cold bug came my way courtesy of aforementioned overcrowded dinner
--dealing with inevitable post-Christmas/pre-New Year career/dating/homelife/whatever status evaluation and subsequent sadness/ambivalence/acceptance
--best one of all:
Getting carded at the casino last night.
I came out $10 ahead after about 90 minute of slots, but the getting carded business made me feel like a WINNER from the start!
("ID checked" bracelet depicted. I treasured it so much, I wore it to bed.)
While I am enjoying my libations (depicted at end of post) and watching a couple of rentals to occupy myself--and congratulating myself for not being out in the miserable, rainy weather--I will be toasting my "UnResolutions," as inspired by author and hilarious local newspaper columnist Lisa Scottline in this past Sunday's column. Below are the five UnResolutions, good things that I have done for 2009 that I plan to keep on doing in 2010:
1. Cooking experimentation. Hopefully, this will extend to the slow cookier I received, but have yet to use.
2. Growing in my new profession. I am learning a ton, and doing a bunch of things I've never done before. It's challenging at times--and oftentimes rewarding. And, hey, if the long term sub position I'm in right now turns permanent for the coming school year, all the better.
3. Staying in one place. I didn't move in 2009, and don't plan to in 2010. As a matter of fact, I plan to do as much as I can to make this place truly my home. (As much as I really can't stand the people who moved in upstairs.)
4. This one might sound a little weird and superficial, but. . . maintaining my hairstyle. I started getting my hair cut a certain way this summer, and it has really suited me. For the past few years, I hadn't been spending a lot of time and money on my hair--between grad school and battles with a head of hair that was thinning for no discernible reason for several years, it just hadn't been worth it. But, God bless whoever did Mandy Moore's hair for the July/Aug issue of Women's Health. This cut works, wavy or straight. I might go a little darker in color in a few weeks, just for kicks, but the style is staying. (Uh, attention all my beloved guy blogreaders: that's it for the girly talk. You can come back now.)
5. Blogging. I may not be the most prolific or profound blogger out there by a longshot, but it has benefited me greatly to have this little ol' blog here. I've enjoyed a lot of great exchanges of ideas, and I love all you readers who come here and put up with my angst, blather, and rants.
A toast to health, joy, and love in 2010!