Aside from that I like to go into the New Year considering what I have and what I'm thankful for and the most obvious thing is that the computer guys recovered all the data off my failed hard drive.
I also realized my initial reason for deciding not to have a party was my inate fear that I will throw a party and no one will come; especially when it's last minute.
But now I face a larger party than expected, for which I am thankful, but then I worry I won't have enough food, drink, silly string, small exploding implements, s'more ingredients, salads and everything else that a party contains. The good thing is most of the party attendees are my neighbors so whatever I may not have they'll have right next door.
The other thing I worry about taking care of is the ground surrounding the fire pit. It's not level and I really don't want any adults tipping backward.
My youngest daughter had a birthday party with a campfire and I didn't worry about it when her friends were here. She asked me why I didn't care if kids tipped backward, and I told her because it's funny when kids tip backward, plus they bounce and since, in her words "we are decomposing at an alarming rate," adults could get more injured than kids.
So there is another New Year's resolution, to fix the perimeter of the fire pit. That New Year's resolution is one I can actually acheive; along with making sure I have an external hard drive on my new computer.
Otherwise, I try not to make New Year's resolutions, because when I don't acheive them it feels like failure. So I start the new year with thankful thoughts for my family, home, my husband's job, occasional clarity and compromise. This year I have a remodeled family room and netflix streamed through our wii, which helps bring our family together.
So along with all the above, good health, good friends and a party around the campfire, what else could a woman want?
Happy New Year's!