Yearly Archives: 2011

Early Resolutions

I have a confession: I really like New Year’s resolutions. I know that if you want to change something in your life, there’s no time like the present and January 1st really is just an arbitrary date, but there’s something about a new year, with it’s totally blank slate, that appeals to me.

If you read a lot of blogs, you’ll probably be annoyed with posts about resolutions come this time next week. That’s why I thought I’d get a little bit ahead of the game and post mine now. Normally, my resolutions have to do with workouts, weight loss or cooking and while I do want to set goals in those areas for the upcoming year, I wanted to make some resolutions that have absolutely nothing to do with health too. Though being healthy (eating well, running, etc) plays a big part in my life, it’s not the only part of it.

1. Keep the house cleaner. This is something that Jason and I have always really struggled with. I probably make this a resolution each year and don’t really keep up with it, but our house has started to really come together this past year and I hate that our home decor and everything that we’ve worked on is overshadowed by mess.


Ignore that ugly tv stand. We need to get a new one.

2. Dress better. This is also a recurring resolution for me. While I don’t think I’m going to be nominated for What Not To Wear any time soon, my style could use some work. I tend to buy most of my clothes from Target or Old Navy and while there is nothing wrong with shopping at those stores, I think that having a wardrobe that’s 90% composed of cheap pieces isn’t doing me any favors. I’m not going to go out and buy a bunch of designer stuff that I can’t afford, but I do want to incorporate some nicer items into my wardrobe. I also have a tendency to wear stuff that’s too big because it’s more comfortable (maybe I should be on WNTW after all). It’s hard not to do that when you’re not happy with your body, but again, I don’t think boxy sweaters and jeans that are saggy in the butt after a few hours are doing me any favors either.

The aforementioned saggy butt jeans:


So there you have it: my two non-health related resolutions. I suppose getting a job should be on there too, but I think of that as a given, not something that I need to strive for.

Jewish Christmas

When I was a kid, I didn’t like Christmas Day. It felt like the rest of the world was having a party and I wasn’t invited. If I was lucky, Hanukkah fell on Christmas (like it did this year) and I could open a present too, but if it wasn’t, the memories of opening my gifts (there weren’t always eight, by the way) had faded and I felt left out. Not many stores were open, adding to the glaring obviousness that I was different.

I know several Jewish friends who actually did celebrate Christmas as kids. I didn’t. I wished like hell that I did, but we just didn’t. I used to beg my mom for a Hanukkah bush, as if such a thing really exists. I would decorate it with blue and white lights to show that it was not a Christmas tree, but in fact, a Hanukkah bush. My wishes were shot down. We didn’t celebrate Christmas. As as adult, when I try to explain this to my friends, they don’t always get it. “Why don’t you just spend Christmas with your family anyway?” they ask. I do sometimes go to Maryland for Christmas, since I have time off. But the day would be filled with movies and Chinese food, not gifts and fancy dinners.

Now, it doesn’t bother me so much. I’ve learned to embrace the quiet calm of the roads, and now that presents aren’t such a big part of it, time with my family. You don’t have to have gifts under a tree or a big dinner to have a tradition. My Christmas Day tradition is similar to other Jews. (Jason was at work. If he was home, or if we had kids, I think it might be different.)

My mom came to visit me. We went to the movies…


went bowling (that was a fluke high score. I don’t think I broke 100 in any of the other games.)…


and got Chinese food.


It takes a long time to figure out that traditions can be different and not as extravagant but just as special.

All Murphy Wants for Christmas

…is to lick Jason’s face.




Merry Christmas!

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