Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ringing in 2006 and New Year's Resolutions!

How did you ring in the New Year? "We had a picnic on the coffee table" is how Allison would describe it. This is our 3rd year of doing this and now our family tradition. We just sit around in our comfortable clothes or p.j.'s, watch a new movie that Santa brought and enjoy each other's company. We all have a job in our preparations. I throw a vinyl tablecloth down, make finger foods and Shirley Temples. Allison is my helper and carries everything into the living room and sets the table. Curtis is in charge of putting in the movie. It's a wonderful time and something I look forward to every year.
Before I move on, I have to share this other picture with you. It's of Allison eating potato chips and french onion dip. Can you see the pleasure on her face? She is definately a Dokish and this picture proves it! Dokish is my Mother's maiden name and it's no secret that is where the love of potato chips and dip come from! Aunt Carole was the worst. She LOVED it! There used to be a picture around of her and I laying on the floor in front of the television when I was about 6 years old or so. She has a big bag of potato chips in front of her and I have a little bag in front of me. It's so cute and says so much. I've looked for that picture since she died and I can't find it. Maybe it will show up this year during my clean sweeping of this of my goals for 2006.
Speaking of goals, there is something refreshing about a new year. Along with a chance for new beginnings and new goals, it offers us a chance to reflect on the past and look to the coming year and see where we want to make changes and improvements. I don't have just one goal that I have set for myself but a whole list. Today I will write those goals down and hopefully by writing them down, I will have a better chance to achieve those goals. Along with putting them on paper, I want to write a plan on some of them on how I am going to achieve those goals. It's real easy to say "I'm going to _______." but I need a plan to help me with some of them or I'll never accomplish what I set out to do. I think it is also important not to set too many. This is something that I struggle with as I am an overachiever and when it comes to lists I always make mine bigger than it is humanly possible to complete. This year I will limit mine to 5. Whew, just thinking about putting a limit on it just panicked me! Oh well, maybe that should be one of my goals...not to do too much! Anyway, I found this list of Top Ten New Year's Resolutions on the web and I thought I would share. Are yours on there?
1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
2. Fit in Fitness
3. Tame the Bulge
4. Quit Smoking
5. Enjoy Life More
6. Quit Drinking
7. Get Out of Debt
8. Learn Something New
9. Help Others
10. Get Organized
Have Fun!
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