It was garbage day today and we are experiencing a torrential rain. There is water everywhere, my backyard always begins to resemble a small swamp when it rains, right except for a bit of lawn close to the house everything else is under water. I also have a small creek running down the middle of my driveway. When I got home tonight I dreaded going back out to get the trash and recycling bins, but I knew if I didn’t it would only be worse tomorrow morning, or probably tomorrow night. So I donned my gloves, wrapped up to keep the damp off and ran out to move my bins back to the house. It was so wet my boots got soaked and my gloves needed a bit of wringing out. I decided to hang them on a heater vent, which reminded of grade school when our teachers would let us put our shoes on the radiators so they could dry out.
At my elementary school very few children rode the bus, most of us walked. I loved walking to school when it rained because you could jump the puddles, play in the storm water ditches and splash each other for nearly a 1/4 of a mile before you got to school. Clearly we were out of our minds as children to behave this way, but we were young and the world was far more innocent. As a result of this close proximity and that there was a lot of water many children were soaked to the bone. Honestly I do not know how our teachers coped with us, the interesting side note is I don’t think any of us were ever that sick, we were a hardy little group. So while we sat eagerly in our desks learning, our shoes and perhaps gloves and hats all adorned the radiators drying through the day until lunch when we went down to the cafeteria to eat. We didn’t get to have recess outside in the rain so there was no chance of us getting our clothes or shoes wet once we were in the building for the day. We had our recess time in our classroom, and I looked forward to those days of spending time in the warm and slightly steamy classroom. For some reason it is memories like this which make me happy.
I rarely say I am making any New Year’s resolutions because it just seems like a cliché and because people so easily break them. Historically New Year’s resolutions is something that goes back as far as the time of Ancient Babylon when they would make promises to return borrowed items and pay off debts. Ancient Romans made promises to the god Janus and during the Medieval period knights reaffirmed their vow of chivalry. I rather prefer the term goal instead because for me it feels more realistic for me.
One year I set the goal of learning to rock climb and completing a half marathon before my 40th birthday, which was actually a year and a half away at that point. I did carry out both of those things before my 40th birthday. I would love to go rock climbing a bit more often, but I don’t have many friends who have the time to go with me. I am very proud of the year I spent training for my half marathon and the sense of accomplishment that December when I did complete the Kiawah Island race. I actually miss the training and I have put it back on my list for this year, I am not working towards any race goals this year yet but I might it all depends on how my body feels after a few hundred miles of training and if my hip and knee are still up for that kind of abuse. Another year I set out to buy myself a sewing machine so I could start sewing again.
My 2013 goals are ( I should point out they are subject to change based on economic issues and a few other things):
- Get a better handle on my finances; Now that I have a full-time job this should easily be accomplished.
- Make more of my own clothes
- Settle my mother’s estate – this isn’t entirely dependent on me but I would really like it all done by the end of the year
- Learn to read and speak Gaelic and Welsh – this is something I have wanted to do for a long time
- Start distance walking again
- Renew my passport – I just really need to do this
- Continue working on how I respond to people so I don’t sound so abrupt
- The over the top goal would be buying a new car.
Consider some of my goals for your own list. Let me know what you think. Have a great 2013!