Thursday, December 31, 2009


Unbelievably, today is New Year's Eve (day). 2009 is officially the fastest year I've had thus far. People say that as you get older, the years go quicker, but I think that this year went especially fast for several reasons. For starters, the first 5 months of 2008 were so brutal that it dragged, so by contrast, 2009 flew. I also think the difference in my schedule made it fly too. It seemed like I was only in Albany every other week. Between training, vacations, and weekend getaways, there was never time to be in the moment- every moment was spent planning for the next.

I started my new jopb about 3 weeks ago and one of the main perks is that I will no longer be travelling all over the state. Of course, the work atmosphere and the pay doesn't hurt either. :) Even though the job comes with more responsibility, and will require that I learn quite a bit of new info, I still think I will be more relaxed, and so with that, there are a few things in 2010 that I would like to work on, or, resume.

I have an annual ritual at the end of each year, where I write down the things from the year that I would like not to bring with me into the new year. I write them on flash paper, light them on fire, throw them into the air, and poof, they're gone. This year I let go of control and perfection. Nothing like starting the new year off with a challenge.

In addition to letting go of some things, there are some things I want to add.

Prior to having the travel at my last job take over my life I took dance classes, and I would like to start doing that again.

I would like to spend at least one evening, at least ever other week, painting, making jewelry or other crafts.

I will open a bank account to start saving for having a baby.

And I think I'd like to start getting more involved with politics again. Nothing involved, but making more phone calls and sending more letters rather than just signing petitions.

I also think that giving up control and perfection will be a huge challenge, but if I can do it, it will ultimately lead to a slower, more present, and more enjoyable new year. :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trial Run

For years I've been wanting to remember to journal at least once a week. It shouldn't be that hard- I have plenty on my mind. I read too much and feel too strongly about what I read to not have something to say.

Despite this, I never end up journaling as often as I'd like, because life gets in the way. Recently it was Thanksgiving- so much prep work, even for the non-hosting vegetarians. Then it was leaving my job and starting a new one. Did I mention I'm buying a house? And then Christmas. Finally time to breathe, just in time for our New Year's Party.

New Year's is just a few days a way and then I leave for Florida. After that, I will close on the house and be moving. You get the idea. There's never time to write. But, there's no time to keep putting it off.

So I created a blogger account, and here I am, writing the most dry blog entry ever. You gotta start somewhere, right?

Last night I went to AIR- Albany's indoor rock gym. It's not my gym, it's more of a bouldering gym, I'm a climber. My gym is Electric City, in Schenectady. And my gym is closed. Which means my climbing life has come to a rather abrupt slow down as it's gotten colder out. My climbing partner, Rachel, and I made the most of the outdoors over the summer, but as the sun went down earlier and earlier and it just got colder and colder, we caved and went to AIR.

If you're boulderer, I'm sure AIR is great, but it's just not my thing. If I miss a move, I end up on the floor and walk away. When I'm climbing on a rope, 20 feet in the air, I'm not coming down till my belayer lets me down- which is not till I at least put in some effort.

Anyway, we went last night- it's so different from E-City. You're supposed to sign in. Really? Bizarre. We worked though, I am very sore this morning and made some progress on a bouldering problem that wraps around the gym. It's a good thing that I worked as hard as I did- Rachel also brought me homemade chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips. I should mention here, I don't really like chocolate. I should also mention that Rachel's not just my climbing partner, she's a really good friend. :)