Ah, the ritual greeting of the New Year. The calendar turns. You have to get used to writing a new date on checks (although who the hell writes many checks anymore what with e-banking). Celebrations are had – champagne popped, fireworks shot off, Auld Lang Syne is sung, etc. New laws are announced. And people make New Year’s Resolutions. That are promptly forgotten.
I put on my Facebook wall yesterday that I’m not much for New Year’s Resolutions. My feeling is if you’re going to commit to something, commit to it. Why do you need a big milestone to do so? That said, I made a rough list of things I want to do more and less of … that’s here:
– more guitar playing and singing. Perhaps some lessons too!
– more time spent on reading, less time on social media (yes, I said that.)
– more investment in learning to cook more inventively and more healthy cooking
– more eating healthy meals, less crap. Dabble in vegetarian/vegan meals.
– more talking and joking about bacon. Per above, less eating it.
– more exercise, less sloth.
– more time spent with friends I don’t see often
– more time spent with family I don’t see often
– less worrying, more positive planning, less stress, more action
– NO big DIY home improvement projects (three were enough for 2014 – sheesh!) instead, finish all the little details on things that I’ve been wanting to finish.
And as I hopped on the train this morning, I thought to myself … and more writing in my blog.
As you know, my muse has been sparse to visit me this past year. I think after the challenges of 2012 I had with health and all, and then my focus in spring of 2013 of making a career change – something that found me but nonetheless took a ton of energy and more than 5 months to close the deal, I was sort of out of topics. I hope that changes this year. I’m going to make much more use of the features of WordPress to be able to post interesting content – photos, quotations, reposting of other blogs and more. I’ll post more about food and cooking, and of course will use my observational capabilities to your enjoyment. There’s quite a few folks on my train still to introduce you to, plus I’m commuting by bus from the train station to the office right now and that’s a bit of it’s own trip. So, more “railroaded” posts to come. I’ll also be traveling a ton for biz, so that’s a good ripe topic to mine as well.
A quick bit of observation for you this morning – it started snowing in Chicago the day before yesterday and it hasn’t let up yet. That’s 36 hours of straight snowfall, and it might go all the way to 48 hours what with this lake effect thing that has kicked in and is just POURING snow from the sky. That observation on its own isn’t remarkable. We live in Chicago. Snow is what happens here in the winter and the lake effect is part of it.
But what is remarkable, always, is how Chicago just sucks it up and deals with it. Living in Iowa growing up, it snowed there too of course – and pretty much the streets were covered with packed ice and snow from mid-December through mid-February. Highways would often be “tracked” versus clear, and well, that’s how it was. They weren’t very effective in making it go away. Here in Chicago on the other hand, fates of Mayoral careers (hello, Michael Bilandic, it’s Jane Byrne calling!) have hung in the balance. It snows here, and by G-d the city just keeps on going. Plows are rolling by constantly and a dried ocean of salt is poured on the streets to keep them from icing up. Usually, within 4-6 hours of the end of a snow storm, the streets are completely clear of snow and ice from curb to curb. The expressways generally only get wet and slushy during a snow – only when it’s really cold and therefore, the salt isn’t working well, do they get badly snow packed. It takes an immense blizzard to stop this city.
And it just gets more beautiful with a layer of snow. I can’t wait to be downtown today and look out at the city from my office windows.
So … Happy New Year, my dear readers. Have a great day. Here in Chicago, we’re having a snow day, but it’s not a Snow Day.