Well. We are supposedly in a tizzy getting the house cleaned up today...I'm a little superstitious about New Year's Day, and the notion that how you spend Jan.1st sets the tone for the rest of the year. And I'd like to start off the New Year with a clean house, and lots of time to relax...rather than anticipate a year full of housework! However, we keep getting sidelined by such important distractions as coffee (with Bailey's) and naps (two, so far today!)
Oh well...we've got a few hours yet before we have to go anywhere! We're spending New Year's Eve with a small group of people, enjoying cheese and wine. These are folks that Mr.Q. knows well, and that I'm enjoying becoming better acquainted with. The kind of people that like potlucks, and passing around acoustic guitars for fun rather than for showing off. The kind of people that tell Mr.Q. to remind me to bring my knitting along to a party (or to a rock show at a seedy bar...!) What's not to like?
We walked down to The Neighbourhood for groceries last night, and walked home via Trinity Street, a section of our neighbourhood that has a Christmas lights competition every year, as a fundraiser for community service organizations. I forgot to bring my camera, so I'm going to try to get a pic or two tonight, since we saw the Best House Ever. It's still odd to see Christmas lights without snow...but it was awfully nice to be walking with only a fleece pullover, instead of a parka and huge boots!
The walk is a long-ish one with groceries, but manageable with some planning, a backpack and sturdy canvas grocery bags. Which I think we're going to do more often. I feel guilty every time we drive, unless we have to pick up huge, heavy things like laundry soap or cat litter. The recent adventures here with power outages and boil-water advisories have made me even more conscious of the precarious state of our environment.
I don't do "New Year's Resolutions" as such...still, a new year seems like a good time to start fresh. One thing I hope to do is continue to lighten our wee household's environmental impact. We're pretty good about recycling and taking short showers and all that stuff (though we could still improve!) but our unnecessary driving habits could stand some serious reduction. Walking to get groceries is one thing we can do - and has the added health benefit of the exercise!
I have a few other plans for 2007, mostly involving stuff I've been meaning to do but keep putting off. The knitting thing is delicious, and I will keep it up; it's relaxing, meditative, hugely satisfying for its tactile aspects, and keeps my brain working by learning new skills (and figuring out how to fix mistakes made while learning!). I start my sock knitting class next week, and can't wait for the summer to show off the results with my sandals.
I've also picked up a Spanish workbook...I have long regretted letting that go, and am going to start digging into it while Mr.Q's away at a band practice tomorrow afternoon. I was good at picking up languages in high school...I'm curious to see how it goes now, with some formal understanding of grammar. I'm betting it also helps my teaching, to have a student perspective of my own.
Blabbity-blab-blab. It's 2:00, and we want to go for an early dinner tonight - Indian food! - early enough that we'll have an appetite later for the Tasty Cheeses that will see us to the New Year. (And wine...I've also decided that I need to learn more about wine, and tonight seemed like a good time to start. I have two different kinds of Chardonnay to experiment with tonight....) So...I guess I should go get the dishes done. At least I don't have to do the bathroom, since that's the DH's job.
Happy New Year's Eve, and may all your celebrations be warm and safe!