Monday, January 27, 2014

2014, Oh My

So, my holiday season consisted of a lot of sloth and not a lot of blogging. I honestly have no excuse.  I don't do cards, bake cookies, travel--I didn't even put up a tree.  The only reason I have for being such a bloggy slacker is probably that really heavy lasagna I ate at the work holiday party.  Man, that was so tastey but it settled like a brick in my stomach and destroyed all ambition.

So, 2013 is done, and I could not be happier.  What a stupid year.  Yes, it did get better in the second half--for me and many of the people I love who were also having a shitty year, but still.  Perhaps I've gained perspective or something, but I'm still a bit cranky.

I've always hated the notion of New Year's resolutions, so I am loathe to say anything that sound like I'm making them, but I do have plans for 2014--better late than never.

1. Keep De-Cluttering
I'm doing well in this, and I intend to keep it up. I've reached the point where for some things in my house, they just have a place.  I don't have to think about cleaning up, because I just put things back where they go.  My mother always told me that life would ed be easier if you were organized and had less stuff, and I guess she was right.  Too bad it took me so long to believe it.

2. Keep Saving
I am a bit annoyed that my expenses seem to always be a too high to put as much money into regular savings as I'd like, but I am doing really well with putting money into retirement.  I'm going to scale that back a bit just so I have more liquid cash, and so I can still put money into my Roth IRA.
3. Move More
My new job is pretty sedentary, and also pretty overwhelming at times.  I've been in the habit, since I don't have a gym membership, of just doing running and yoga and that's it.  That means, when I'm sick of running or yoga, I really don't get any exercise.  Well, I finally decided to actually do something about that besides just whining.  I bought a Rodeo Core, which is a rather ridiculous machine that supposedly works your abs.  While I find that if I sit on it for longer than 20 minutes, I get a bit of a headache, it's also really handy in that it's pretty quiet, uses no power and I can do it while I'm watching tv.  I honestly do get tired using this thing, so it must be somewhat effective at something besides making me look like a total moron.

I also have a membership to the gym at the college where I work.  It's a bit intimidating to work out next to 18-21 year olds, but it's cheap and since I no longer have a treadmill in my house, it's necessary.  In addition to those two things, I have completely fallen in love with DailyBurn, which is a streaming exercise video service.  It costs $10/month, but they have videos for everything.  when I was housebound the other day after my car wouldn't start, I did some kettlebells with Coach Cody, and felt totally badass.

Hopefully as it continues to warm up and we get more and more day light, I can run outside more often and start biking again.

And I think that's it!  Maybe I'll think of something else later, but probably not.  What are your plans for the year?