Happy New Year, y’all! I hope everyone had a safe and fabulous time ringing in 2015! My friends and I have attended the same party for a couple of years. Last year it was a Roaring 20’s party which was super fun (I attended this party newly brunette, which I will get into another day)!
Since NYE 2015 was awkwardly in the middle of the work week, the weather was freezing, and the public transportation system in Austin makes it impossible to get home safely, we opted to do something
boring quiet. I was also up with the stock market yesterday and wasn’t even sure I would make it until midnight!
My boyfriend and I ended up making a reservation at Fogo de Chao for a fancy NYE dinner. Holy food coma Batman. If I had any concerns about not making it to midnight, it was now because of this meal. There were also many women at the restaurant in sparkly, tight dresses. I want to know how they get away with this. Anyway, it was a fun, delicious way to do something low key for the evening.
We decided to high tail it away from downtown and settle in by the fire at home with a glass of wine to ring in the New Year. I actually watched the ball drop in my pajamas, which is not something I have done since I was a kid. It was wonderful and perfect! It was also very nice to wake up on New Year’s Day hangover free! Getting old is fun, I tell you!
A new year is always a time for reflection on how you can make improvements to yourself and your life in the coming year. I am not always the best at making resolutions. The one resolution I proudly stuck to was in 2009.
My entire life, I had always hated fish. I decided that in order for me to learn to like fish, I would have to stop eating meat. That way, when I was faced with the choice, I could only choose one. Ah, the mind of a 22 year old. When my mom ordered pizza for my friend and I on New Year’s Day that year, I had never wanted a triple meat pizza so badly in my life. I suppose that is just how this works. After 5 months of eating way more carbs and cheese than one should ever consume (and a little bit of fish), it worked! Once I started enjoying fish more, I went back to eating meat as well.
I have not given a lot of thought to my resolutions for this coming year, but I suppose it is time to sit down and contemplate how I can improve for the coming year.
Isn’t everyone’s initial resolution to lose weight? It is for me every year. And every year, I fail. From 2005-2008, I lost a tremendous amount of weight with Weight Watchers. As a college student living the college life, this was a huge achievement. Between life, grad school, moving out of state, moving back home, some health issues, and pure laziness, all of the weight has come back.
If I tell myself that my resolution is just to purely “lose weight” this year, I will fail again. Therefore, my resolution is to be more active. I am hoping the new Fitbit I purchased this past week will help me with this. I will cook and eat in more. I will find physical activities I enjoy rather than ones I do because I know they are good for me. I will become stronger. My coworker and I will take two quick laps around our building per day. Since I will be moving next month and will no longer be going home for lunch, I will go to the gym on my lunch break at least three times per week. Mind you, I am writing this from my kitchen table as I drink Dunkin Donuts coffee and enjoy a nice New Year’s Day donut. Last one, I promise.
My New Home
As I mentioned above, I will be moving very soon. My boyfriend reminded me last night at dinner that I am moving in exactly one month. I am not moving to another apartment, but into the duplex my brother used to live in. This move marks the end of something very special my dad and I were able to create together. He and I, and our extremely limited knowledge on how to rehab a home, managed to remodel this condo into a beautiful home that I will be lucky enough to live in. From countertops to cabinets to toilets to the laundry room light fixture, we basically started each room from scratch again. The usual time we spent together going to dinner and a movie turned into numerous Tuesday night trips to Home Depot and/or Ikea and maybe dinner if anything was still open. It was exciting, stressful, and rewarding all at the same time. 7 months and 2 contractors later, the project is just about done. It is beautiful. And Olive and I are so excited to call it our new home.
My New Addition
Hopefully sometime in late March, Olive and I will be welcoming a new addition to our family. A beautiful, sweet, wonderful Golden Retriever named Zita will be joining us. I am so so so excited to squeeze, spoil, and love on another furry dogchild. I know Olive is also very anxious to have a sister. Zita can commiserate with Olive in what it is like to have a super annoying mom that wants to cuddle all the time and changes words to Meghan Trainor songs to make them about a her:
“Cause every inch of you is perfect
from your wet nose to your paw!”
I resolve to strive to be a better friend, sister, daughter, and girlfriend in the coming year. I resolve to spend more time with my family, which is something I have made a point to do since I moved back from Arkansas out of pure homesickness.
I resolve to keep writing in this blog. This really started out as a silly little hobby. Knowing there are people out there who actually take the time out of their busy lives to read my rambling thoughts on life, makeup, attempted crafting, and burgers means more to me than you could ever know. To those of you out there reading this, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks for stopping by! See y’all next time…