Friday, February 11, 2011

new year resolutions and other stuff

-Remember that time when it was New Year's Day? Well, I made myself a resolution here and there. Let's get it down in type form to solidify my commitment to a better 2011.

1. be more punctual
2. go to bed earlier
3. get me and kids into a daily household chore routine

A short and practical list, right? Number one is pretty heavy, though. It's going to take allllll year to make some headway on that one.

-Ellie's sporting a new smile for the next couple of years.

Don't feel too sorry for her. She was ecstatic to get a visit from the tooth fairy, complete with eight quarters and a hand-written note. Turns out the tooth fairy's fancy handwriting strikes a resemblance to my own chicken scratch... (how does a five-year-old notice that?)

The other front tooth is loose, but was salvageable. For now. That girl is quite the little putz so it's only a matter of time before the next collision finishes it off.

-Busy week over here, but good and productive. On Wednesday I threw a little Valentine's Day shindig for Thunderkids and fams. As of late, I'm in charge of weekly activities for Thunderbird students' kids and the moms. It's been a challenge to forego indulgence in all those party planning details that make me giddy, but I'm determined to make this a manageable responsibility. Actually, for the first time in a very long time, I don't think I have an unhealthy obsession with some corner of domesticity right now.

-I mean, I'm still going strong on the plant food business, but that's around to stay, and it's not taking any extra time. Except for this past week, that is. Last night I hosted a mini-class on healthy eating for ladies in my ward. I spent a few too many [hundred] hours perusing recipes in preparation for this class. I was actually quite nervous about the whole ordeal. It's not easy to make meat-less, dairy-less food look and sound appetizing to omnivores!

Of course, the only type of person who would show up to such an event is a bit more primed to the idea of vegetarianism than your average Kyle, for instance. So, I think it went well. I still likely came off extreme in my dietary philosophy, but there was some good discussion and taste-testing and the regular hullabaloo that makes a social event worthwhile.

And I remain just as convinced as I was six months ago that this will be a permanent lifestyle for me. I just can't imagine going back to my previous diet ever again. Not now that I feel as good as I do.


Karrot Soup said...

Yay for you and your food stuff that's sticking...what exactly DID you choose to show carnivores that might appeal to them? I'm trying to figure out how to bring more meals to people/invite more people over without grossing them all out OR just caving and cooking them burgers or whatever...

And I really think it IS possible for you to switch at least some of your natural night owl habits, I believe in you! You go!

Mary said...

I always love your commentary, and yes, I do read it. Sounds like Christmas was fun with all the fam, and I'm glad that Ellie's tooth situation is going to be...manageable.

Way to go on your New Year's Resolutions and on being all healthy and stuff. I can't wait until I'm you.

Amy said...

Wow! I wish I could have come to your class. And, I will definitely visit you when I come to visit my family. I'm just getting to know the lay of the land in Arizona. Are you near Tuscon? Good luck with your resolutions. But, I think you should just embrace your tardy, night-life loving, free spirited self.

One of my friends is late for everything on purpose. And, I find myself pondering the wisdom in that decision every time I show up to something 5 minutes early only to wait around until 15 minutes past the starting time because whoever is in charge wants to hold off for latecomers. I don't think being late is so bad.

And, here I am at 11:30 p.m. thinking how great it is to have a quiet moment all to myself.

I've already accepted that I will never be a routine person, even though I can see that my kids would benefit from it and I admire people who are. Just celebrate you Tif!

You're wonderful.