Matt and I rarely celebrate too much for New Year's Eve. We prefer to stay home and have a few friends over to the loud and crazy New Year's parties and bars. This year we elected to listen to a live streaming Furthur concert on XM Radio. Matt signed up for a 7 day free trial of XM just for the occasion. (Which meant I got to groove along with the incredible 40's channel for a week too!) Derek came over to listen. We ate pomegranates and drank local beer. Matt got "dressed up" in a tie for the occasion. I worked on a piece of art which Matt had "commissioned." We played with magnets that Adam and Jen sent us for Christmas. We also played some cards when it seemed like I was going to fall asleep before the concert ended. (It WAS after midnight though, for the record.)
I rarely attempt to come up with or follow through on New Year's resolutions, but I surprised myself and came up with a few this year. Here they are:
#1 Write and mail at least one letter, card, or note to someone each month. (Everyone loves mail and I love to send it! Additionally, I have a weakness for things that seem like dying arts.)
#2 Try a new recipe every week. (I have a weakness for cookbooks, too, with the result that I have hundreds and hundreds of recipes to try. I shouldn't be allowed to read another cookbook until I've tried all the recipes I've clipped, copied, printed, and have in cookbooks of my own. But, I know that is too harsh of a resolution for me to follow, so a new recipe every week seems like a nice happy-medium.)
#3 Practice with a yoga video more often, ideally, once a week. (I stretch just about every day, but I rarely push myself to the sweating, red, muscle burning level that I reach with live classes and video recordings.)
#4 Stop reading the news--both print and online--unless it is a story about positivity. (No more getting sucked into celebrity gossip I really don't care about when I log in to my yahoo mail. No more news stories of violence, crime, and the wicked things we do to each other. Only news that highlight those making the world a more beautiful, better place to live.)
Nothing too major, but all the same I think they will do me good.