Sunday, December 30, 2007

So how did I do?

I just took a gander at this blog from this time last year. Wow, so much has changed. As for my new years resolutions for 2007, I did pretty well. I have become a much happier healthier individual. I exercise on a regular basis and I make wise and healthful food choices. Mentally, I'm the best I've been in a while, but still have a ways to go. I have become a better friend, sister and daughter. I was the best teacher I could have been, and now I'm the best Vet tech that I can be. I've made great strides in all areas of my life. Though the trials have been many, overall, its been a good year, I think. At the beginning of 2007, I could never have forseen the changes that were to happen in my life, or to this journal. We said Goodbye to Mocha, and hello to Sully. I moved to a different country. I decided not to start a family, in fact, never to start a family. I changed jobs. I changed my home, my friends, my priorities, my life. I survived it all. Now THAT is something to celebrate!

*Pops the cork on some sparkling cider*

Now for my 2008 New Years Resolutions

1) I will continue in the vein of last years goal to live a healthier lifestyle. This year I will go ahead and make a pledge to lose 100 pounds. I will exercise six days a week. I will weight train a minimum of twice a week, and I will work out at the gym a minimum of three times a week. I will stick to my Sparkpeople diet plan. I laid the groundwork for this last year, so I am ready to tackle the big problem now.

2) I will strengthen my relationship with the Lord. I will find a church home, I will attend bible study weekly. I will spend time in Prayer and in worship. I will seek His path for my life. Its clear that I cannot be trusted to steer this ship. Its time to let go, and let God.

3) I will cultivate deep, meaningful relationships with other people.

4) I will make important decisions about school, career and general direction of this next chapter of my life. I hope to have a plan mapped out by the end of the year, and a new set of goals for 2009.

I hope you all had a good 2007. I hope you met and exceeded all of your goals. Most of all, I hope that 2008 is better than you could ever imagine.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

I'm still here, still alive. I haven't posted much for two reasons. 1) Not much has happened of interest, and 2) my camera broke so I can't bless you with new pictures of my beautiful babies.

I have been saving up for a new camera, and I was going to buy it for Christmas, but I decided to spend half of it on a present for my Mom instead. I figure I can wait a couple more months, besides, seeing her open her present was well worth it.

Moxie got a new toy, a package of Greenies and a Bully stick for Christmas. I have never known Moxie to chew on anything for more than five minutes ever, but she sat down yesterday afternoon and ate the whole bully stick. It was a 12 incher. And as one might expect, she was puking this morning. I would have taken it away from her sooner, but I really didn't expect her to do that, its totally out of character. I'm going to take the excessive chewing to mean she's bored and has too much pent up energy so I need to work harder at wearing her out every day.

This year was Sully's first Christmas, so I tried to really do it up for him. We actually put up the Christmas tree, solely and entirely for his benefit, as neither my Mom or I care much about decorations. He's been amused by it. Since I shelled out a pretty penny for a new cat tree and scratching post this year already, I kept the presents light. I actually bought them a new feather attachment for their flying bird toy. I got it out and played with them with it a day or two before Christmas and Thurston destroyed it in a matter of minutes. So I went back to Petco and bought them out of feather flyer attachments. That should last this crew about a week or so.

Kobie has taken a turn for the strange in recent weeks. He's decided that he cannot eat alone. I must be in the room with him when he is eating his meals, or he will refuse to eat. At first I thought this was just him getting weird in his old age, but then the real reason for it came out. I've been nothing if not really busy of late. Between work and taking care of house and family and volunteering and cultivating friendships, I don't have much extra time to take care of me. Last week, I picked up an old journal, flipped to a fresh page and spent the twenty minutes I would usually pass doing nothing sitting in the room with Kobie, writing. So now I have daily built in journal time, to process my day, and set my goals for tomorrow. Its brought some much needed structure to my chaotic life, and I have my precious little neurotic orange cat to thank for it.

So thats the long and short of it now. Expect copious updates when the new camera comes in, featuring many pictures of the fuzzy beasts.