The holidays were very nice with the exception that both Chris and I had colds the entire time. However, we did our best not to let it keep us down, so we had a nice time with family and friends, went to Chicago to visit the Perrys there, went on a double date to see Wicked, and played quite a bit of Battlelore, Blokus, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and a new game given by the Milazzos, Prophecy.
I was reviewing my resolutions from last year, and I think I did pretty well. The Year in Pictures project is complete - I didn't quite do a picture a day, but I averaged at least 4-5 pictures a week, so I feel pretty good about it. I did enjoy this project, but not enough to renew it for this next year. I run out of subjects pretty quickly - as you can see, most of the pictures consist of either my cats or a sunset. My other resolution was to have a more positive attitude about my job, and I really think I've accomplished this as well. I think that it's just taken me a while to adjust to a new department, new responsibilities, and figure out just what it is that I am supposed to do. I really feel like I'm settling in pretty well these days, and I have some very positive feelings about what the upcoming year will bring.
For 2008, I have a couple of new resolutions:
- Learn how to make really good pancakes (and, by extension, improve my breakfast repertoire). Chris does most of the cooking around our place, but I am responsible for breakfast on Saturdays. We both love pancakes, but my pancake making skills have always been lacking. It's time I buckled down and figured this out. I've already received lots of great advice from friends, and definitely appreciate any tips or links from others.
- This year, I'm doing the Book a Month Challenge, as I mentioned before. This is more of a fun project than a resolution, but I'm looking forward to it, especially since so many of my friends are joining in! The first theme is 'time', and I think I'm going to read The Time Machine by H.G.Wells. I've never read it! So look for a review by the end of the month.
- Finally, Chris and I have a joint resolution to go for at least a 2-hour hike at least once a month. Again, we both love to hike, but just never get out and do it. I'll probably have to sit down and schedule them all out for the year, but that'll be fun - I'll pick different trails in different locations both near and far (probably up north in the summer). Arizona is just full of wonderful places to hike, so it will be a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the state we love. Local friends will be welcome to join us!