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7 Quick Takes Friday

January 1, 2010

A special New Year’s Edition featuring some resolutions and a couple best of 2009 lists.

1. Resolution #1: Become parents & be good at it. The holidays are over, State of Michigan. Please finish our paperwork & give us a call. We’re ready.

2. Resolution #2: Read through the Bible (as mentioned by D on Wednesday). Several of the girls in our high school youth group have committed to reading through the Bible this year with me. I’ve tried this before and have never been successful but the accountability of several teenage girls should help me out. I’ve promised to reward them if they complete it by January 15, 2011 (giving us all a little room for error). I’m already starting to think of ways to celebrate this accomplishment. I have always struggled with making consistent time for Bible reading and I was inspired by Pastor JR Vassar this week to make it intentional in 2010.

3. Resolution #3: Eat at home. This resolution is two fold: one, we eat better when we eat at home and, two, we eat cheaper when we eat at home. I’m thinking #1 is going to help us out with this. And, although it is months away, I am excited about the CSA share we purchased that will provide us with fresh & local fruits and veggies each Saturday in the summer and fall.

4. Resolution #4: Read five books. Five is not a lot but I’m planning to be busy. The five on my list right now (many of which I have started but haven’t finished): Adopted for Life, Parenting with Love & Logic, Parenting the Hurt Child, Same Kind of Different as Me (I already have the full audio on my iPod), and The Color of Water.

5. Resolution #5: Become reacquainted with my elliptical machine and the 30 Day Shred. A very cliché resolution but a good one. In order for this to happen though, D needs to accomplish one of his resolutions (Completing the basement project).

6. Five resolutions is enough. I know my limits. How about a list? My top five favorite episodes of This American Life in 2009 were:

  • Switched at Birth: Two women find out mid-life they were switched at birth and that one of their mothers knew it all along (originally aired in 2008, but I heard it in 2009).
  • More is Less & Someone Else’s Money: Technically two episodes but they go together. An awesome explanation of the American health care system that will make you think.
  • Rest Stop: Stories of people passing through.
  • Fear of Sleep: A favorite mostly because of Mike Birbiglia’s sleepwalking story.
  • #1 Party School: A new favorite (just aired a couple weeks ago). A look into the social life that was going on all around me when I was in college.

If you don’t already, make it a resolution to list to This American Life in 2010. You won’t be disappointed.

7. My CD player broke in my car earlier this year so I started listening to the radio again. Thus, my top three musical guilty pleasures of 2009:

  • Party in the USA (Miley Cyrus) – I put my hands up, their playin’ my song…
  • All of Taylor Swift’s songs – If only there had been a Taylor Swift in 1998/1999. I could have completely avoided my Alanis/Fiona phase by emotionally rocking out in a less angry manner. Sorry for all of you who lived through that.
  • Single Ladies (Beyoncé) – I may or may not have spent some of the time D was in class trying to teach myself this dance. And I definitely did not figure it out. I just don’t have the rhythm.

And, on that note, Happy New Year!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2010 12:36 am

    Good resolutions! I bought “The Color of Water” in the airport during a layover in 2000 (if I remember correctly). I enjoyed it. I started a Bible reading plan a few months ago, but fell out of the habit during the morning sickness/tired phase of pregnancy. Thanks for the reminder to pick it back up. I’ve tried a few times before, but never make it and would really like to read the whole Bible.

  2. January 4, 2010 4:26 pm

    I’m going to need to know more about this CSA Share…sounds interesting. When did you decide to do that? Is Dan going to eat all of those fruits and veggies, too? 🙂

  3. January 12, 2010 3:08 pm

    Ahh… I thought yall were cool already – but now that I know you listen to This American Life… your cool factor just jumped up even higher!
    Ahh… but then there are those music choices….. I may have to think on this before I come to a conclusion :-).


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