Happy New Year! We are sick and tired and sick of that, but eh.
We got through our triage list okay - I’m doing the interior organizing that makes cleaning the house easier, Patrick started the backyard drainage/leveling project that has to precede all of our backyard projects this year. I got sick so I didn’t make my planned dinner, but will before Patrick heads out to CES (knocks wood).
Because it is January first, and because I love a good cliché, I have a list of stuff to work on. I’ll try to revisit it each month and update the status of each item. In no particular order, though I may categorize them later:
- Stop eating food that triggers my binge eating. This is not a diet, but it’s going to look a LOT like one. I can’t stop eating certain foods once I start, whether it’s making them my go to for lunches and snacks during the day, or evening-long binge eating. I know them all at this point, so it’s time to let them go before I nosh myself into one of the conditions that plagued my grandparents later in life, namely Type II diabetes and heart disease.
- Move more. I may schlep around more than many Americans, but it’s not enough for me to make those sweet, sweet endorphins that I need so very badly, nor is it enough to wear out the boys. This is not about going to the gym, or for designated runs, which are great personal time activities when you have personal time. I want to start the day with a kids’ yoga video, take the dog out on a long walk in the mornings, and maintain our bicycle commute. I want to show them that being active can be a structural part of their day-to-day.
- Stay on top of the house. The more we unpack, the easier this gets. Seamus give us a lot of push back on his chores these days, so i think staying on top of the rest of the house will provide a better model for him. We all dislike housework, child, but taking care of your space is a core competency.
- Make less trash. I want to reduce the amount of waste we generate. While the diapers will be with us a while longer, we have a stunning amount of packaging waste, and not all of it can be reused or recycled. I want to focus on eliminating soft plastics, which can’t be recycled.
- Tweak our food supply. This means more bulk shopping, more making instead of buying, more farmers markets, gardening, and possible foraging. I have a deep fascination with foraging. Seamus wants to learn to fish, Patrick wants to get a hunting license.
- Make more things. For Patrick and the boys and the house, but I’d also like to make myself something this year. I never have.
- Finish Seamus’ school library infrastructure. We have a catalog, but now we need a LOT of documentation, which I’m drafting, and processing of the collections. If I can finish this before the next school year, I’ll be happy.
- Build more community. After two years in this house, I finally feel okay with letting people see it in all its “before” glory. While we didn’t entertain much in that time, we did try to invite people on our adventures, which was met with mixed results. I’d like to provide a base camp again and rebuild our tribe. I know some friends are lost to us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make new ones.
That should keep me busy enough. I’ll check in on those in a month.