New year’s eve and day are a time of reflection. I returned home from the holidays ready to start the year doing a hundred things. Catch up on so many things. Start and finish a number of projects. Instead I slipped on the ice the first day back and haven’t been able to do much except make a list of the books I’d read in 2013.
While shopping on my first day back (before I slipped) we bought black eyed peas and ham hock – a southern tradition for ringing in the new year. We also bought corned beef and cabbage which seems to be some northern tradition. Since we are now transplants to the north we thought we’d give it a try (not bad, really). I hope that it actually does bring us luck – we need it!
Despite slipping on the ice and injuring my back, hip, shoulder, and elbow, I absolutely made sure to have all the laundry washed and put away. I couldn’t remember if it was New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day that you aren’t supposed to wash on, but I wasn’t taking any chances after I slipped. The tradition is, whichever day it is, if you wash clothes on that day then you’ll be spending your year washing clothes for the dead.
Usually I also have the Christmas decorations down by New Year’s Day as well. It’s not that I’m following any tradition especially. It’s more like I’d prefer to start the year with at least that part of my slate clean.. Not so much this year. Aside from the injuries, I also need to sort through it all before I put it away. Must downsize, consolidate, and conserve before letting go of the holidays due to the storage limitations. I’m hoping to get it all put away soon though.
I did write out a list of New Year’s resolutions and a list of New Year’s “to do” items. Lists I can make it seems. The mind continues when the body fails. I can only hope that this year will actually improve physically and otherwise.
BOOKS READ IN 2014
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead and Gone
Bedtime Stories for Children You Hate
The Ancient Alien Question
An Uninvited Ghost
How to Give a Cat a Bath
The Name of the Star
The Madness Underneath
A Secret Rage
The Ghosts of Kerfol
Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise
Dr. Who: Nothing O’Clock
Ghosts from the Past
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
In the Tall Grass
Night Stalks the Mansion
A Shade of Vampire
Twittering from the Circus of the Dead
Sandman Graphic Novels Volumns 1 - 6
There were also numerous books I started reading but didn’t get around to finishing.
2014 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
Spend more time creating than sleeping.
Keep the house clean.
Exercise for at least 1 hour a week.
Reduce the amount of clutter in house.
Get all paperwork filed for son’s assistance needs.