Out with the Old and In with the New!

How cliche! I don't usually write a new year entry because the Jewish new year is already in full swing. It is at that time that I write all of those idealistic entries for the future, reflect on my life, and do all of the personal inventory that the rest of the world is doing today or yesterday, or at all.

For me, it is really just another day and one that is a bit more special because of the sheer amount of food we lay out to munch on during the night until the wee hours...fruits, veggies, chips, dips, cookies, breads, cheeses...and the togetherness of moving furniture, laying down sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, and finally, staying up as late as we can watching movies (Cats and Dogs, Scooby Doo, Ponyo). On a scale of 1 to 10, this year would probably fall at about a 2. Not the greatest evening, but it was what it was.

Moving forward, I turn 42 on January 5.  I have NOTHING planned for my birthday other than taking my mom for the follow up doctor visit regarding her first chemo treatment. I used to have a yearly tradition of inviting my closest friends for Indian but we no longer have the cash to spring for such a thing.  Blame it on Day School tuition and preschool!  Last year, we had a sitter for Neviyah, and Chandler, Rob and Alia took me out to eat for dinner. Oh, and I got the best gift ever - Motek, my Great Pyranees/Anatolian Shephard mix.  Well, we didn't have her yet, but I did get a big dog kennel and we began the search for our new family member.

Motek at 6 months old

For all of you goal-makers out there, I hope you have a productive and successful 2012! For the rest of us, may our 2012 be better than our 2011, and may it also be productive and successful!  May we all remember to send love and kindness out into the world!