Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year Old Year

With the New Year upon us, I think of the happenings of the last year. Plus it is a joyous time of reflection as it is my son's birthday. He said he was very happy with his party at the bounce-o-rama yesterday. Today was playing with toys, playing in the park and dinner out at his choice - Ruby's using the coupon from the Dinosaur Dash!

For the review of the year, I think of the the things that changed and the things that stayed the same. At the start of last year, my partner and I made a bet to lose 10% of our body. While I watched my weight go up and down daily, I've come to fully understand that health and weight do not match. Specifically, I have watched my ribs appear, my thighs bulge (and sculpt) and my breathing remain steady when racing my son. However, my weight has not changed. I must have lost an inch around my waist and gained an inch in each thigh (really, it's flipping me out that my jeans are looser in the muffing top and tight in the thighs) but the number on the scale is pretty much the same (plus or minus 2 pounds). So, I conclude, and this is hard for my analytical brain, numbers are meaningless. It's how you feel that matters. And I feel fit and good. So the resolution for this year is to continue as I am, exploring my body's capabilities and seeing where it will take me.

Dick and I finally married. It was worth it all the way, a fabulous day, but kind of a "yeah, so" all around. Great pictures of all and a beautiful day.

I've lost touch with some friends and haven't gained others. That is a resolution for this year - to open myself to others friendship.

Family is changing greatly and I don't know how to feel about it. One brother is expecting his first child. One is moved from AZ to OR. One sister is off to another state (as yet undecided). As a family we've remained in contact but I cannot say we are close, so these departures leave me nonplussed. I am sad, but happy for the opportunity to visit new places.

I look forward to the changes life will bring in the coming year - college applications, gymnastics academy (not little kid classes), ballet classes, work opportunites, travel choices, celebrations and joy.

Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Uncle Jay's Annual Summary

Uncle Jay Explains the News

Dick discovered Uncle Jay this year. He does a weekly blog-video about the weeks news. It is a fine blend of "truth", fair and balanced as a newspaper. It's entertaining. His year-end summary is the best! I recommend looking at last week's blogisode before looking at the current to get a flavor of it to best appreciate. But, man, creative, well edited, spectacular and, well, just the right blend of honesty and cinicism.

so, if you enjoy this type of comedy (Christmas Geeky), you'll get Uncle Jay.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Opportunities Abound

running the race (results).
Sunday, 12/14, I ran in the Make Room For Santa 5k. I've been walking and starting to run all year, so I thought it fitting - plus the race course circled my house. This is not the start of massive change - I won't be racing every week. But I've completed it to the pride of my husband and pride of my son. And then watch my son in the kids race. I hope that, in about four years, all five of us will complete a race, together.

I have options at work - to join the corporate team on a data definition project that, while highly valuable, will be most frustrating. Really, how often are manuals used? In IT, defining "master data" is the ultimate instruction document that will be used by no one. Or, I can join an operations team, made up primarily of women. I would be truly a translator for the operation. Not really where my passions lie.

In January, the Chinese calendar ushers in the year of the Ox. Being an Ox, I anticipate stable forward movement from all, so I need to make change to then carry th plough forward.