Note to self: When tearing computer apart looking for document written in first half of January, look under previous year's date. I wonder how many 2012 files I saved with titles like "20110102 Post About Something," considering how many 2013 files I've already saved with titles like "20120102 Post About Something"?
Well! We were certainly ready for everyone to go back to school/work today! Or, I was. Do you know what is difficult to do with five children and a spouse in the house? EVERYTHING. But especially anything involving putting thoughts into a more solid form.
I didn't make any resolutions this year, even though I always do. I was getting a little agitated about that, and then I heard Temerity Jane in my head saying, "There's no rule." It would be another matter if I were agitated because I WANTED to make resolutions and hadn't---but in this case, I don't feel like it this year, and all I'm agitating about is that I don't feel like it. But that matters not one whit. So I won't do it this year! It is okay not to do all the same things all the same way every single year! It doesn't BREAK anything to not be utterly, persistently, relentlessly, unnecessarily consistent!
It is odd how difficult this can be to remember. If I were going to do one of those "pick a concept to meditate upon for the whole year" things, that would be my concept. It's okay not to make resolutions this year, even though I USUALLY want to. It was okay not to write in the Christmas cards this year, even though I USUALLY want to. It was okay not to get out the special dishes for Thanksgiving, even though I USUALLY want to. There is no need to think of it as starting over at square one after ruining an important unbroken record, or as the first year of a permanent new way of doing things; it is nothing more than "not doing it this year."
In fact, if I were going to make a resolution, it could be "Skip some things that have been allowed to build up into feeling like an important unbroken record, to alleviate the unnecessary pressure caused by such build-up." That's a little bulky for a resolution. "Skip some things." That's better.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...