Résolutions 2010

I have had resolutions every year. Some years it worked and others it didn’t. But I don’t know why. Maybe they were not precise enough. Here is a list of what and how for this year.

  • Go to the gym 3-4 times every week : I go between 2 and 4 times usually. If 4 times isn’t possible, I will walk. I will do zumba, toning, aerobics (if my knees don’t hurt) and pilates. If I can’t go on a certain day and hour, I will check other YMCAs for their schedule and go there instead.
  • I would like to lose 10 pounds. Although I go to the gym for fun and for my health, I would like this year to lose some weight…in inches. I have gained weight since going because I stopped my medication, I have eaten my emotions and by going 3-4 times a week I gained muscle mass. If I don’t lose weight…please let me stay the same. I will weigh myself weekly, on Saturday mornings before pilates.
  • I will blog about it. It will be called something like Fit Saturday.
  • I will do a Wordless Tuesday and a Grateful Monday every week plus the Wednesday Show and Tell.
  • I will participate in at least 10 Icomleavwe.
  • I will complete the program I registered in : study of personality. I will register for one class every semester. I will do at least one hour of reading and assignments daily.

Holiday Meme

Okay, here’s what you’re supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire post. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then post this on your blog.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Dollarama gift wrap from last year

2. Real tree or Artificial? None, I haven’t had a Christmas tree for…years and years because when I was single it just wasn’t worth it and now that I live with J-L we don’t have the money or space.

3. When do you put up the tree? If I had one, it would be at the start of December.

4. When do you take the tree down? If I had one it would probably be down by June. But my mom takes her tree down January 2nd so I would take my cue from her.

5. Do you like eggnog? I don’t know.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cindy Ballerina, I cried because I was soooo happy !!

7. Hardest person to buy for? My boyfriend. I don’t know what he wants and everything that I think he is going to like or that he needs ends up with a blah reaction.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My friends ! I know everything they like, everything they wish for.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Nope

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail !! And this year I sent them before I had received even one and I’m proud about it. But this year I received 9 cards and I’m astounded and pleased.

11. Worst Christmas ever? First Christmas without my ex. A nightmare. Then the first Christmas without my family because I had to distance myself from them.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie(s)? I almost always watch Anne of Green Gables during Christmas vacations and it’s good enough for any occasion.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In September. I start with little things I see for friends and my little sister. On special, with coupons, whatever, then I build up.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Hum

15 .Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pecan tarts, moist turkey with my homemade cranberry sauce.

16. Lights on the tree? If I had a tree, the lights would be white. I wanted some around my bed but J-L said no. Bouh.

17. Favorite Christmas song? None that I can think of

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Our parents live in different provinces so we travel a bit, by bus.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? No

(where did #20 go???)

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? From the start of December to January ! I exchange gifts with C. somewhere in December, and later in the month I receive a package from my friend in Nova Scotia, then I see my parents and grandma somewhere between December 24th and January 5th.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People everywhere and people who ask for lists. If you don’t know me enough to know what I like, well, too bad for you.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Anything and everything I have that is Christmassy is out somewhere, no favorites.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? When I was a kid I always asked for pâté chinois (steak, corn and potatoes). Now I’m just happy eating something I don’t eat every day.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? For everyone not too drink too much, have fun and be polite…and interesting. I already have my boyfriend, my cat, my health, a job and food. Oh maybe a new pair of jeans.

Now it’s your turn. If you play, please leave me the link so I can read your answers.

4. Échec

Je choisis ce mot de mon 100 words challenge post pour écrire un petit quelque chose.

C’est en vivant un échec qu’on apprend le plus. On voit ce qu’on pourrait faire différemment. Évidemment, si on répète toujours la même chose et qu’on apprend pas de ces échecs, qu’ils ne sont pas intégrés, eh bien…on répète, on répète et on répète encore.

J’ai vécu ma part d’échecs au travail, en amour, en famille…mais, éventuellement, j’ai réalisé qu’il y avait des choses qui ne marchaient pas et j’ai décidé de regarder ça de près et de changer.

Puis, je suis arrivée à être mieux avec moi-même, avec les solutions que j’ai trouvé, avec la vie. Je peux dire que mes échecs m’ont rendue heureuse !!

Je me souhaite la même chose pour 2010 !

Ce que j’ai souhaité aux gens pour l’année 2008

This is what I wish to my readers for 2008 :

  • Zen-like attitude
  • Kids who say thanks and please
  • Functioning ovaries or great sperm count
  • No condom breaking
  • No furballs on your carpets
  • Light and fluffy snow
  • Great nails
  • Extraordinary bargains while shopping
  • Clothes that still fit in a couple of days
  • No major addictions
  • No visits in the hospital (genre pas d’accident ou de maladies qui te forcent à rester à l’hôpital)
  • Zero sniffles
  • Lots and lots of friends on facebook
  • Great and loyal friends in real life
  • Lots of readers
  • Superb story ideas
  • No computer trouble
  • All your points on your driver’s permit
  • Plenty of orgasms, self-induced or with help
  • Zero violence done to you or from you
  • A will of iron while you stop drinking, smoking, cheating, lying…
  • Lots of good coffee
  • Ability of digest all news
  • No pet poop on your bed
  • Self-changing diapers (pour les bébés…à moins que vous portiez des Attends)
  • No diarrhea
  • Regular periods
  • Capacity to digest food at incredible speed and with no belly ache
  • Loyal, nice and sweet lover
  • Loyal and fierce family members
  • Plenty of sick days playing hooky
  • Interest in life and plans
  • New haircut
  • Nose hair trim
  • No pimples
  • Disappearance of cellulite and varicose veins
  • Uncanny ability to walk for miles in high heels
  • Lots of fun

Pour 2008, je souhaite…

Hmmm. What could I wish for…

A new haircut
Plenty of money
No dandruff when Fall and Winter comes
No cat vomit on my carpet, on ANY carpet
Love, new and true love
To keep old friends and find new ones
No pimples
Regular periods
Painless PMS for me and those surrounding me
No more pills for 2008 and beyond
A trip not too far
Plenty of work
10 lbs less
The gift of invisibility at will
Beautiful skin that I don’t have to hydrate with avocado oil

Cher Père Noël

Yesterday, I watched a video called « Cher Père Noël » about a village in New Brunswick getting together to answer to Santa letters. It was very moving, I wish I hadn’t worn mascara and I almost sobbed at one point.

I remember when I was working with kids that one year I wrote to Santa asking that things get better in their lives, asking for a better budget, asking for patience, tolerance and mental health. I was around 28 or 29 at the time. I wrote with markers, sent it and forgot about it until last week at the announce that we were going to see that film.

When I was watching it I remembered how badly I wanted to believe in Santa. Even if I stopped believing when I was around 6 or 7 (I always knew somehow that he didn’t exist), I really needed to believe in Santa around 12. I needed to believe that my dreams could come through, that he would be there for me, I just needed to believe in something. I needed help and wasn’t getting any, my life was shit. I had my little sister that was 2 at the time and we all tried to make him come alive.

My mom always needed to believe in the magic of Christmas and she is the one that makes it all happen. We celebrate Valentine’s day, Halloween, Easter, Christmas, birthdays…everything has to be special. I like that about her even if I didn’t understand why she was making such a fuss about things.  I guess that it makes her happy to make things cheery and have a bubble of magic for a day. She likes having people around the table. She really misses me since I decided not to go there anymore.

I remember how Santa was so close to God in my mind and I thought that they were together in the same place and talked things over. Don’t we talk to God when we want things ? We ask for gifts to Santa but when we look inside our hearts, we wish for other things than ipods, computer games, snowboards, etc. We ask for peace, love, happiness…

I know I wish that My Sister comes to her senses. I wish that my mom doesn’t have anything bad when she goes to the doctor’s in a couple of weeks. I wish my favorite colleague stays with me at work for long and I wish for patience, tolerance and lots of courage. I wish my friend finds peace about her mom’s future death and that her grief just follows the « normal » path, that another friend finds in herself some self-esteem and stops thinking about herself through the eyes of others, that my little sister becomes famous and stays away from trouble. I wish for steady work.

I don’t care about ipods, computers, sweaters, more books. I just want to be safe, to be loved, to be heard and be happy.