New Year’s Day brings out the grandest and most noble ideas in all of us. We will lose weight this year. Or get out of debt. Or finally cross number 5 off our bucket lists!
But for me, the New Year has brought a realization that I just can’t ignore any longer – I need glasses.
Yes, dear readers, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting less and less over the past two months. At first I thought it was my new job.
Different hours and experiences left me more tired, and by the time I got around to blogging, I just couldn’t do it. And then there was reading recipes. Do you know how small the type can be on those things? I haven’t made anything new in ages (or posted about it), because I just didn’t enjoy it anymore. I never realized it was because I couldn’t see!
And don’t get me started on reading books. My favorite past time left me tired beyond belief. Every time I sat down to read, I could barely make it through two paragraphs before the words started swimming before my eyes. Again, I thought I was just really tired. Who knew?
The final straw came a few days ago. I was cooking for my parents, who were visiting from out of town. As I adjusted my arm several times to get a recipe into focus, my mom asked me if I needed glasses. The thought never even crossed my mind. You see, I’ve had 20/20 vision forever, the only one in my family, and have been very proud of that fact. Of course everyone told me that after age 40 I would need glasses. But I didn’t believe them.
Well, I’m a few years past that milestone, and yep, I need glasses! My mom loaned me her reading glasses, and I could see! I am embarrassed and relieved all at the same time. So yours truly bought her first pair of reading glasses this week, and I plan to visit the optometrist soon. I should be back to blogging, and cooking, and reading in no time!
With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions. There are definitely some things I’ve been missing lately and can’t wait to get back to them.
This year I resolve to:
1. Read more books. It’s time to turn off the television and get back into the written word. I may even visit the library – oh joy!
2. Explore Meatless Mondays. This is a movement that I can really appreciate – saving money, calories, and the environment with one simple change. Look out recipe books and blogs, here I come!
3. Learn how to take better photos. I’ve seen several Groupons for digital photo classes. It’s time I learned how to use my fancy camera. Besides, I don’t want to miss the beauty that is all around me.
4. Breathe, as in “take time to.” I’m a jumper, someone who leaps before she looks. I jump into projects or situations before I really take the time to think them through. I also tend to judge (and yell at those I love) before I learn the facts. My first reaction should be to stop and breathe. This one will take a lot of work…
5. Laugh loudly and often. If we’ve learned anything from 2012, it’s that life can be difficult and fleeting. I want to revel in the day-to-day activities and enjoy every moment I’ve been given!
And my blogging promise to you:
I will continue to search for the best in food, family, and fun in South Jersey and bring it to you right here. But this year I’m looking for quality over quantity. I don’t have a rigorous posting schedule. Instead, I want to work on writing well and serving up information that you can really use.
Stay tuned for another great year. I’m so glad you’re along for the ride!