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The New Year with all its hope and promise…………

I have been struggling to write down some resolutions this year – not that there isn’t more than plenty that I need to work on – but which ones? How do I narrow it all down to ensure success?

Let’s look at the clear front runners…

Lose weight – yeah – okay – but that’s been on the list for at least a decade.Past results are beginning to look strangely like a predictor of future non-success. 🙁

Get published – a new addition to the list but it comes with a ton ‘o pressure.

Be nicer – but the grumpy people on the planet are making this one harder and harder.

Be a better parent/spouse – I really am doing the best I can here folks. No, really, I am. At least most of the time.

See what I mean? I might really be doomed.

So, I decided to put a new twist on an old favorite. I am simply going to believe in myself more – in all things. That sounds good, right?

And with the help of Twitter, I found these little inspirational diddies…

1. Obvious to me, maybe – but to others, maybe not..

2. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing – there is some language not preferred by most in this post – but once you skip past it – the message is good – and by the by, it’s a lot easier to stop doing things than to start doing things, right? Just nod in agreement please.

3. And if all else fails, I can simply wait to enjoy the spoils of my flexible self in my retirement years – Professional Women and a Secure Retirement.

Maybe things are looking up for 2012 – and, apparently, beyond.

Thoughts for a New Year………

I am doing alright so far on my Thanksgiving resolution to not have an opinion about flippin’ everything. 

Okay, the reality of it is, I still very much have an opinion, but I am (doing a better job of) exercising constraint about when it is necessary to actually express it.

So, rather than being over-ambitious and trying to take on too many promises, I am going to offer a prayer that I hope to remember throughout the year.

I pray mostly for perspective, patience, peace, and a sense of humor.

Beyond that I pray that, as humans, we remember that this home of ours called earth is a gift and that we will learn to exist in it and not simply rule over it.

I hope to be more compassionate and generous, especially when it is hard.

I pray to care about myself enough to take care of myself.

I hope to make the most of my talents and share them graciously whenever possible.

I pray to forgive more and to need to be forgiven less.

I hope to celebrate the beauty in imperfection.

I want to do a better job of appreciating those who appreciate me and spend less energy on those who do not.

And I pray that I will continuously count my blessings and overcome my challenges and that I will do it with laughter, intelligence, and sincerity.

Lastly, I pray that those who are less fortunate or alone or scared will find comfort and it will be gladly given by those who have much to share.

Happy 2011.

17 years and counting (aka – the war of the roses)………..

This weekend, number one hubby and I “celebrated” our 17th wedding anniversary. Blink. When did that happen? Not really sure – but it’s been a good ride. I still like him a lot and he continues to put up with me. And ever since I started blogging he has officially recognized that I can be funny. We really make each other laugh and smile. We probably have at least another 17 years in us.

This is the song that makes me think of him – it’s I don’t want to miss a thing – by Aerosmith.

I say “celebrated” because number one hubby went to work, Bear had a track meet, we hosted two visiting athletes from Katmandu, Flower and Angel went with me to a craft fair – it was a little “un”anniversary like.

And if you know me at all, you’ll understand that I am not exactly all over hiring a babysitter in a foreign country to watch my kids so that hubby and I can pay way too much for a dinner out. Yeah, Laxmi made butter chicken for us and I am good with that.

There isn’t really much that either of us wanted, so gift giving pretty much went to the back burner, too. I am also good with that. I know the men are rolling their eyes here – but really – I don’t like gifts just for the sake of gifts. Hubby is generous anytime I want something – I don’t have to wait for anniversaries and birthdays. See how that works? It’s better that way.

Number One Hubby loves fresh flowers and he is especially fond of lillies. I did not want our day to go unnoticed so I got him these. They are from the flower stand in our neighborhood and they are really beautiful.

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And so began the parade of flowers and gifts. The war of the roses.

Number One Hubby’s office sent this cake. It came one day early, so I had to promise that we would cut it at midnight. We cut it and I am sure it was midnight (somewhere). It was delish.

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Then came this elephant pot from Number One Hubby’s assistant. It is tres cool. Number One Hubby had actually been looking at these – we love it! (Before you fall out of your chair, remember that the swastika here is an auspicious symbol – it has nothing to do with all that Nazi hate baloney. It is a lovely symbol here and it is often drawn out in fresh flowers. So, just to be clear, we are not joining the Third Reich – we are just being wished much love and happiness.)

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Then came these from our driver….

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and these from Ravi – the rock star who cleans our house….

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And then these from the travel group that coordinates number one hubby’s travel…..

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Deepak sent these……….

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Number One Hubby’s admin staff sent these – yep, we ran out of vases, glasses, and anything that could hold liquids, so these are in the blender.

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But before all of these arrived, hubby decided to surprise me. He ordered 17 vases and 17 dozen roses. Yep, you read that right. 17 of each. While, I was dropping off our visiting athletes and Bear for warmups at the track meet, Number One Hubby, the real Flower, and Angel worked their little florist fingers to the bone. They arranged 17 dozen roses all throughout the house.

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Some of the vases are lined with rice paper that creates this very artsy mosaic look. Hubby says the paper will eventually dissolve – but until then – fabulouso!

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These are just closeups of some of the other flowers – but I thought they were fun. So, you get to see them too.

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And yes, you are absolutely right, I am very lucky!