Thursday, January 01, 2009

Good Riddance, 2008!

Looking back, I have to say that 2008 was not exactly a banner year. We had a break in and robbery, both cars broke down and had to be replaced, lots of pregnancy-related ill health, grandma going crazy and then dying - not to mention the economy going to hell and all kinds of political craziness. There were good things, of course - getting back in touch with old friends, my sister having her first baby, the Hatchling getting more and more interesting and fun(ny), satisfying projects around the house, etc. But overall, I'm not really sad to see the year go, you know?

Lately I try not to make uber-specific New Year's resolutions on the principle that they just make me feel like a wanker when I don't achieve them, but here are my sort of generalized ones:

1. Write more. In any area (blogging, academic, personal, etc.)
2. Keep working on being a more chill, zen-type person instead of the anxiety-ridden freakazoid that my genetic background wants me to be.
3. Find ways to enjoy being healthier.
4. Learn to say no without feeling guilty.
5. Breathe deeper and enjoy the ride.

Frankly, I'll be happy if I can achieve (1) at any level. The rest is just gravy. How about you?

Oh, and a little post-Christmas cheer: here's the Hatchling opening presents on Christmas Eve.

Opening Presents - Yo Gabba Gabba (Xmas 2008) from Squab on Vimeo.