Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy *Early* New Year 10 in 2010


A little early?

I will be taking a one week blogging hiatus to go on vacation to the Dominican!!
Our bags are packed, and the hubby's mom will be house sitting. We are all set to go!! Our flight leaves at 9:45 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

I won't be able to blog or read blogs while I am away, but I promise I will do a photo-jammed recap and catch up on all your blogs when I return.

Breakfast this morning was some oats with almond butter, coconut, and a sprinkle of chocolate covered cranberries.

I went shopping with my dad this morning and he took me for lunch to Applebees. I had a small French onion soup and a side spinach and prawn salad. I didn't have my camera, but it was actually delicious - unexpected for a lame chain restaurant.

We were meeting a bunch of friends for a late dinner, so to hold me over I had a berry smoothie (with 2 berry amazing grass packs, almond breeze, almond butter and frozen mixed berries).

And the hubby and I shared this plate of mini quiche.

Dinner was at a local pub. I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs, and it was GINORMOUS!!

I clearly only ate half.

Because I will be away on New Years Eve, I have 2 matters of business to attend to.

First, is my LOVELY sister's 23rd Birthday!! She turns 23 on New Years Eve, and I won't be around to celebrate with her.

Happy Early Birthday Leah!!!!!

This is her with her beautiful boy:

(Yes sister face, this just happened). Welcome to my blog.

The second matter of business are my goals for 2010.
I am not big on New Years Resolutions, as who ever sticks to them anyway ... but I am big on making small/ attainable goals for the year.

Before I tell you my 10 goals for 2010, I want to do a mini recap of the past 10 years.

Let me take you back:

2000 - Graduated from High school!! (10 Year Reunion this year!!!)
- Started University (Bachelor of Education)

2001 - Bought my first car (a 1989 Cavalier)

2002 - Still in school ... working at DQ to pay tuition :-)

2003 - Internship in a grade 7/8 room.
- Got engaged on December 7th

2004 - Convocated from University with a BEd Degree
- Got Married
- Moved out of my parent's home for the first time
- Bought a new car
- Took a grad class
- Started my BA in Psychology

2005 - Went to Hawaii!!

2006 - Went to school, worked as a substitute teacher

2007 - Went to Mexico
- Went to Cuba
- Nephew was born!!!!
- Bought our first house, gutted and renovated it!!

2008 - Busy with school

2009 - Became a certified wedding planner/ coordinator
- Finished our basement
- Bought another car (the hubby and I lived with 1 car for 5 years)
- 5 Year Wedding Anniversary in Las Vegas
- Completed my BA Honours in Psychology
- Got a permanent teaching position
- New Years in the Dominican!!

As you can see, I haven't had a break from school in 10 years. Actually, I haven't had a break since I was 4 and starting kindergarten. This winter semester will be my FIRST semester off of school! I cannot wait!

No school and nothing to do with the house ... This year is going to be about doing things for me. I am going to try and take the time to do the things that I enjoy doing as often as possible!

10 in 2010

1) Learn to Run. I will start with the C25K training plan (from the couch to 5k in 9 weeks) this spring and I hope that I can learn to enjoy running.

2) Run a half marathon in September (I don't know if this is possible, but I am going to go for it anyway).

3) Read books for fun. I LOVE reading non-fiction books about a variety of topics (nutrition and food, philosophy, mathematics, religion etc.). I would like to make time to read about 10 - 15 really good books this year as a bare minimum.

4) Find some type of system to organize my recipes and all the pages I have ripped out of magazines over the past few years.

5) Travel to at least 2 new places (by plane).

6) Get accepted into Grad School (Masters in Educational Psychology). I wouldn't be starting until the fall.

7) Have dinner parties on a regular basis!! I absolutely LOVE entertaining and dinner parties are just so much fun!! I love to try new recipes, and have themed nights with friends. Makes for fun blogging too!

8) Learn to swim well. I am going to get the husband to help me with this one. Surprise husband!!

9) Take some sort of class just for me - not for "school." I am thinking of something along the lines of a cooking class, or hip-hop dancing, or yoga. Something for the spirit, not the mind.

10) Post operation beautiful notes in as many places as I can.

~~What are your goals for 2010?~~

See you in the New Year everyone!!

I will return with a BIG recap on January 6th.


Yelena said...

Wow, you have had a great 10 years! I'm inspired to do a post about it too- not nearly as exciting as yours!

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing vacation! It is very well deserved!

Devan said...

and have a blast!! you are going to have so much fun :)
Happy Birthday to your sissyy poo :)

Simply Life said...

have a WONDERFUL vacation!!!

Anonymous said...

can't wait to read about your run training! I'm trying to run as well (it's a secret SHHhh) and we can progress chat together! :) Can't wait for the new year to begin! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Have a GREAT trip! Can't wait to read all about it when you get back!

Toni @ Imperfect Pregnancy said...

Happy new Year to you! Your goals for the year sound wonderful. I did the C25K program. It is amazing.

Anais said...

These are some great goals you've set for yourself!! I definitely intend to try to tackle some sort of similar goals - such as doing a half-marathon :P

Have a GREAT time on your vacation!!! You obviously deserve to take a breather ;)

Amber said...

Have SO MUCH FUN in the Dominican! And those are great goals, you can TOTALLY train for and run a half by September!! I'm looking forward to following you along on your training plan if you decide to go for it :)

Low said...

Your sister is beautiful!

Love your goals! And have a blast on vacation!

Anonymous said...

Your smoothie looks just like the ones I make! Mmmm!!

I didn't know you did Operation Beautiful! Cool! Goals for 2010 also include running a half marathon and trying lots of new recipes!

sophia said...

Loved this post, and a recap of your last 9 years...I think 2010 will be a GREAT year for you! And new chapter in your life, definitely!
Have great fun in the Dominicans, and can't wait till you get back!

Penny said...

What great goals! I would also love to learn how to run. But I think I'm too chicken. I've tossed the idea around a bit and always find excuses not to do it.

Tricia said...

Enjoy your vacation!

Unknown said...

yah for you and running!! I used the C25k and it was awesome!! So totally do able!! :)

Hope you have an amazing trip and looking forward to seeing your pictures!!


Anonymous said...

Have a great time!!