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Adopting in Ashburn

What began in France moved to Washington, DC and then the suburbs. Let the adventures in Ashburn continue.

Friday, January 02, 2015

A decade (almost)

As it is officially 2015, and this blog got it's start in 2005, it will be turning ten this year. When I think about the last ten years and how tumultuously, terrifically, different now is than then, it makes me curious about what I'll be writing about ten years from now. However, we can't live in the past and the future is a ways off, so I'm sticking right here. 

Right now, I am getting sweet kisses from Raleigh. 

Upstairs, RJ is taking a nap with HGTV on in the background (recovering from gallbladder surgery and pneumonia). 

I'm thinking about resolutions while I type my first blogpost from my phone (both odd and behind the times?). 

My only goal this year is to end the year grateful and happy for the year that passed. Of course, any good goal should have some sub goals; so let's call those my resolutions. 

1. Focus on saving more so we can travel more. 

The cruise last summer was relaxing - as were visits to family. But we have a lot more family, friends, national parks, and countries on our bucket list. 

2. Find even more ways to like my job. 

Making the course packs this year and having the students write letters to scientists was awesome and already more successful than I imagined. It's time to not just hone in on making those great, but adding to the ways that will make science education exciting. 

3. Donate, upcycle, and/or recycle more stuff than we "get" this year.  

We already recycle more each week than we throw in the trash (about 50% more!), but that can go beyond packaging and grocery related items to clothing, books, movies, and all the random stuff. 

4. Have more parties. 

There was a time when I was hosting some kind of social gathering at home two or three times a month. Socializing with friends is incredibly important; it takes a village to be a grown up too!

5. Remember (daily?) that me time is not a waste of time. 

I love creating magnificent meals, but dread the time it takes to cook and clean up so much I talk myself out of it. I pretend (that's what it is!) that I don't have time to take a walk or sit on a park bench or just play MarioKart until I blast my records. I avoid cleaning up the house and putting away laundry. But, the fact is, spending time on things for me is good for my whole family. And while dishes aren't really a thing for me, a clean sink is, and clothes in a closet make it easier to get ready for work, and yoga on Thursday nights makes the weekend more relaxing, and even science says sitting on a park bench for ten minutes a day will lower your blood pressure. Grading papers, checking email, skimming Facebook, watching reruns of TV I don't like are a waste if I don't end smiling. 

6. Give more rubs. 

At least that's what Raleigh would type if he had thumbs. :)

Happy New Year!

Love always, Heather

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