Monday, December 28, 2009

Whats your goal?

We here in the midwest are still digging out of a record-breaking blizzard much like what pounded the east coast last week, so beautiful coming down, but I felt so much better when my oldest son and his girlfriend made it home safely. We shipped out the 4-wheel drive and packed up the grannies with their jammies and had them stay with us for two days and while the blizzard raged around us, we were cozy and content inside. The power went out a couple of times , so was prepared on Saturday night as we'd just started a delayed holiday dinner and the lights went out. Christmas dinner by lantern light is admittedly kind of fun;)

Best Gift: Having everyone home safe & sound. The sound of laughter among them all.

Worst gift: there wasn't a single one!

We played games and of course the Xbox got a work  out among the male teens in the house;) But a great trivia game that my daughter gave her brother was great fun. Called "Smart Ass" it is found a B &N and "game" type stores. "Catch Phrase" and a game where you continue in a circle to roll doubles in dice and vy for a chance to open a present with oven mitts on was a hoot! Whoever gets it open, wins the gift-no teeth allowed!

I can hear snowblowers in the neighborhood this morning and the sun is shining brilliantly outside. Those voices that got squelched for a few days in the din of my family's laughter are beckoning to me to come back and tell their stories. Rome, London and a medieval castle all await my return.

It's been a year of blessings both professionally and personally , and I look forward to the year ahead with its promise of potential and possibility. I'm setting my goals and aside from the usual--pay attention to my health, go more green, be more thankful, be more gracious--I am setting other, more practical goals as well.

Do you follow the tradition of  goal-setting for the New Year?  If so, what types of goals have you thought of for yourself?

One of mine is to simplify my life --disburse and organize and experience some things that I've not tried before.

How about you?


Anonymous said...

Hi again Amanda,
here's wishing you a blessed New Year, a super 2010! best, Cheryl in Pittsburgh PA

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey Cheryl! The same to you! I'll see you in Columbus!


Unknown said...

Hi Amanda!

I used to set goal, I really did, but I was always so disappointed when I did follow there. I don't know how many times I promised myself I'd lose weight, spend less, etc... and list goes on and on. So, this year I'm trying to be realistic, instead of promising to lose weight, I'm making a deal with myself to not put anymore weight on, watch my diet, eat fewer calories. I'm always striving to be Greener, environmental issues are important to me, last year I switched to fluorescent lights, this year, trying to leave things unpulled that aren't being used. So, I'm working on it.

We didn't get the horrible blizzard that you did, only four inches fell and it waited until yesterday to come, Christmas was icy and cold.

I hope you had a beautiful Christmas and a fantastic New Year! Blessings to you and your family!

Dottie :)

Amanda McIntyre said...

HI Dottie!
always great to hear from you, Tink! I was called that as a child because (they tell me now) its because I wore out the toes of my shoes before the heel, walking on my tip-toes;)

So its fun calling someone else that;)

I think that the will to "try" is what may be THE most important component of New Years goals.

Indeed, I'm with you that I likely will never wear a size 12 again. But I discover as I grow older that I'm okay with that. Balance is the buzz word, I think.

Blessings to you as well and peace for the new year!


Genella deGrey said...

When I was younger, I made New Year's Resolutions. Once I got out of Azkaban, I stopped - I was so tired of the disappointment. I might make a few this year, as I now have a Real Life Hero who encourages me every moment of the day.

I wish you many blessings in the coming year and always -
Hugs to you.

Amy C said...

Hi Amanda,

Your Christmas weekend sounded like you all had a great time! I love playing games with Devin, but he's not old enough to play the more adult games. Someday! And that present opening with the dice, that sounds like great fun! How exactly do you play that? That would be fun to incorporate that into our Christmas next year maybe!

I don't really set goals for the new year. But of course, I would hope that our luck continues and my husband is able to make good use of his time in school, that it pays off when he graduates in May!

May your new year be just as rewarding as this past one has been for you!


Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey G,
I hear you! I think getting older (and I speak for myself here) that you get wiser about such things. Still, I think reflection is good and healthy anytime- being kinder to yourself and others, being more gracious, laugh more, say thanks a bit more, try things you've never tried..seems those are better than "I'm going to lose X number of pounds."...or maybe thats just my excuse! LOL


Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey Amy!
We played Catch Phrase as hot potato where anyone can yell out the answer and then you pass it on, the one holding it when it buzzes is out and it continues on until there is a winner. and you know in a pinch, Charades is still a fun "no batteries required" game!;)

The oven mit game could even be utilized for birthday or other time when you have a group of people over as well. you need two old-fashioned glove style oven mitts (dollar general) three small gifts wrapped in a box, then paper, then to make it fun with ribbons and bows! Apply tape liberally!

Make sure the gifts cannot break, refrain from liquid. Bagged candy, a fun scarf, a small toy,a deck of UNO cards, stuff like that can be used.

then everyone rolls one set of dice, the first to roll doubles, gets the first go at the box. While they are trying to unwrap the box, the dice continue in the circle (except for the ovenmitt player) until the next set of doubles. Everything stops until that playe gets on the mitts and starts in on the present. Until the next doubles roll and then everything stops and you switch gloves to that player. It continues like this until one person gets it open. You cannot stomp on it or use other objects to open or your teeth;)

Its is an absolute riot, trust me! You'll laugh hard!

Happy New Year to you all!

JennJ said...

Hi Amanda I'm glad to hear you had a great Christmas even with all the cold and snow! It's been very unusually cold even here in TN this year big time though we didn't get any snow but a small dusting.

I wish you the very best for this coming New Year may it be the best one ever! I'm hoping to get a lot of things straightened back out in my on RL and hoping this year is much less stressful than 2009 lol.

Genella deGrey said...

I've heard a lot of people say the want to be more "green" in the coming year. Not a bad idea.