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Posts from December 2007

Take Action

I've thought some more about my resolutions, and they can pretty much be summed up with one phrase:  take action.  I have some life goals, benchmarks I want to reach, behavior I'd like to change -- it can all be done by taking action -- taking concrete steps to get where I want to be.  Don't talk -- just do.

I've done some housecleaning/purging over the past few days, which feels wonderful, and I'd like to continue to do the same.  As soon as the dust from the closing clears and I have a better sense of my budget, I'm going to get to work painting, decorating, and replacing some furniture and light fixtures around this place.  I can't wait.  I am in dire need of a fresh start.

And as I look back over the new year, I just want to say how grateful I am for many things in my life.  My job and my home, for starters, but more importantly, the people in my life.  My family, who are always there with love and support, especially when things get rough, and my friends.  I have done a lot of thinking lately about who my real friends are, and I am so thankful to have many, many people who fall into this category.  People who I can call on in times of crisis, people who, when I am upset, are fierce protectors -- they not only help me feel better, but they are proactively angry at those who may have upset me in the first place.  They are the people who want to spend time with me, laugh and cry with me, share a meal or a glass of wine.  They understand the importance of communication if we hit ever hit a bump in the road of our friendship, and who will be there when the bump is smoothed over.  For those of you out there reading this, you know who you are. I am so thankful to have you in my life -- happy new year, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of you in 2008.

In the Blink of an Eye

Another year has gone by.  Today's my birthday -- I can hardly believe it!  I know it's been dreadfully quiet around here lately, and I apologize.  I was sick as a dog and trying desperately to work through it since I have this week off.  At the same time I've been running around trying to finalize everything for the closing on my apartment, which (fingers crossed) is happening tomorrow morning.  I've been laying pretty low, watching home decorating shows, and movies, but I've been slowly coming out of it.  I managed to do the "traditional" Jewish Christmas eve -- a movie and Chinese food -- and then celebrate Christmas with a run, a delicious dinner at Katie and Jeff's, topped off with karaoke courtesy of GirlyNYC.  Today I am relaxing, perhaps getting a mani/pedi, getting a few certified checks, and possibly even hitting the schvitz before this evening's birthday festivities.  And I promise to write more now that I'm back in the land of the living!

Pow! Right in the Kisser

Got the damn plague again.  Am trying to struggle through because I have an inordinate amount of crap to do, both work and personal, before the holidays.  Not a happy camper.  Sniffle.

Resolutions, or Lack Thereof

I must say, I was incredibly impressed with both Derek's resolutions and with his promise to update his readers regularly on his progress.  I still am not sure about my resolutions this year, although there's one from last year that needs to be on the list again.  At John's suggestion, I had resolved to spend two nights a week at home.  I have failed miserably on this front.  Now that I'm buying my place, my monthly housing expenses are actually going to go up -- I am already making changes in my spending habits to prepare.  I haven't bought any clothes, I have been bringing my lunch and/or breakfast to work almost every day, and am eating out less (believe it or not).  Also a while back (and somewhat more related to Apartment Therapy than anything else), I decided to start entertaining more.  Very low key -- brunches, Sunday dinners, and have been doing that as well, although not as often as I'd like.  So -- inspired by Derek, I'm going to think a bit more about my resolutions and post them here.  Any suggestions (the NYC triathlon is already on the list)?

The Word of the Week

is boxing.  In addition to my regular classes this week (Monday and Wednesday), I've got my one-on-one training session tonight.  Between that and a session with my trainer yesterday, I'm already pretty damn sore -- should be interesting.  Also this week was the Gothamist holiday party, and dinner last night with Joe at Kasadela (he's obsessed with Japanese food at the moment).  And, oh yes, now that I've gotten a signed contract for my apartment, all I can do is wait to find out about mortgage approval and my closing date.  Fingers crossed!

Catching Up

Let me just start out by saying that buying an apartment in a tight time frame is not something I would recommend if you can avoid it.  This week has been a bit over the top -- in between working, Gothamist, boxing, and everything else I do, I've had to find and hire a lawyer, apply for a mortgage, juggle around some financial stuff and make sure everything is done on schedule to close by year's end -- not a lot of wiggle room involved.  I have managed to have some fun as well -- Friday night a bunch of us went to Friday Night Fights, a night of amateur boxing and muy thai -- it was the first time I had ever seen a real live fight before and, I have to say, I enjoyed it more than I expected!  I ran into both of my boxing instructors as well as some friends from college, and all it all, it was a good time.  Saturday, Lauren and I had brunch at Silent H and had some outrageously tasty banh mi sandwiches and then Neil and Tara were kind enough to drive me and my bike back to Manhattan -- Lauren had been babysitting it since we got rained out on our last bike ride waaay back in September (thanks!!!).  Today I had Carlos, Karen, and David over for a relaxing brunch, and tonight is a wine club society reunion -- looking forward to it!  After that, back on the crazy train for the week . . .

Guess Who Is Slowly Becoming a Grownup?

That would be me.  Looks like I will be a homeowner before 2008 -- I'll be buying my apartment!  Brooklyn will have to wait until I have a family -- for now, I get to stay in my beloved Greenwich Village.  Now, who wants to help me paint?  And Apartment Therapy is back on!