Tuesday, 30 December 2008

New Years Resolutions

The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back to the past and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

As with the Romans in our modern society New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. There are lots of common ones, to lose weight and get fit, spend more time with family and fiends, to quit smoking or drink less. Some people aim to organise finances and get out of debt others want to help others and get more out of life.

I plan to join a club and take up one or two new hobbies. Out here in the middle of nowhere there is not much to do, and I need to make some new friends as the old ones are so far away. (boy do I miss them all) Something I have recently tried and loved was shooting, Dave enjoys it too so we hope to join a gun club and get licensed together.

My official new year resolution is to make more of an effort with myself. Those who know me will know that I love fashion and clothes and often over dress for special events or nights out. In contrast most of the rest of the time I lounge about in the same old jeans with colour vest tops and plain V-neck jumpers, my hair is usually in a low ponytail and I wear minimum, if any, make up. I feel I'm lacking in variety and want to bring some of that beauty and glamour I love so much into my daily life.

Do you have any New Years Resolutions, if so what are they?

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Saturday, 27 December 2008

Bah Humbug

What did Santa bring you? We were very lucky, with a tumble dryer, a new car and I got a stunning designer cocktail dress. Despite this Dave and I have both felt that Christmas cheer this year seems a bit distant. We can't quite get that festive feeling. It might be because we are not enjoying Christmas with friends and family, because we are in a new house that doesn't quite feel like home yet or maybe because it has come so quickly after our wedding and honeymoon that we have had not time to build up excitement.

What ever the reason we do not have as much Christmas Spirit as there was before. The 25th felt like any other day really, we lounged around, watched TV, a couple of movies and played computer games. Boxing day was much better, we went to Caver Barracks to shoot clay pigeons on the old air field. It was great fun and definitely something I would like to do again : ) We have had a great week but not necessarially because it is Christmas.

I look forward to the weekend too, seeing family and going out for my brothers 21st birthday which is going to be a pretty big deal. Some of my friends have also had changes in their lives late this year, did any of you feel less than Christmassy this time round? Or is it just because as we get older Christmas is losing some of its magic? (which I personally do not believe!)

Next year wont be much different for me either cause Dave will probably be out on tour so I'll be lonesome. I'm still looking forward to a trip away when he does go though, probably Australia and New Zealand so its not all bad : )