I hope that everyone who celebrates had a lovely Hanukkah/Christmas and I wish a Happy New Year to you all! Since it’s been a while, I have loads to catch you up on:

  • First off, the re-boot. I’ve changed the theme of the blog. I was sick of the old theme, and wanted something fresh for the New Year. The header’s probably temporary: I plan to ask my aspiring graphic artist of a brother to design something for me the next time I see him. [Hi Eric!] I’ve also eliminated my woefully outdated blogroll in favor of simply linking to Cindy’s awesome site, which is what I (and everybody else in ET adoption blogland) now use to keep up to date on my reading.
  • I’m still waiting for a referral. My waitaversary is 18 months tomorrow. For the most part, I’ve been sticking to my resolution to be Zen about the wait. Except for a maudlin moment here and there, I’ve been able to stay upbeat and positive, and focused on the light at the end of the tunnel rather than on the tunnel itself. The holidays were a little tough – I am never so lonely as when I’m surrounded by people – but nowhere near as bad as last year, when I really struggled to keep my chin up.
  • I will definitely become a mommy this year. It may be a touch premature, but I’ve started the cell phone vigil: my trusty Droid never leaves my side, just in case. Referrals at my agency have been coming in large batches lately, a dozen at a time, so it’s definitely possible that the next wave of referrals could include my child. I’m just saying. Seriously, I’m that close.

Now for my resolutions. I know some people think New Years’ resolutions are cheesy, but I love them. For me this time of year is always a time of reflection, getting things done, and curbing my procrastination tendencies for as long as possible. Sometimes my resolutions stick, sometimes they don’t, but i’m never so motivated as I am on January 1st! So here goes.

I, Elizabeth, hereby resolve to:

  1. Blog every day once a week for the entirety of 2011. In order to achieve even this modest goal, this blog will have to, by necessity, transform into more than an adoption blog. Namely, I will be forced to write about the baking of cookies*, the sewing of garments, and the running of marathons.** And eventually I’ll resort to just posting a bunch of baby pictures for people to coo over <grin>.
    * whole foods recipes, of course 😉
    ** technically a half marathon, but still. That’s 13.1 miles, people, which is kind of a lot.
  2. De-clutter the future nursery. I’ve lived here for nearly 6 years now (really?) and my spare bedroom-slash-storage is just plain full of crap. I am such a pack rat OMG. Over the past week, I’ve donated 7 huge trash bags and 4 big boxes full o’ stuff to the local Goodwill and it should have been more. Now it’s time to organize and find new homes for all the stuff I’m keeping. My particular method of organizing involves making large piles of stuff in the approximate location of where said stuff will eventually go, then sorting through it and organizing everything into its proper place, typically interspersed with trips to Target for new storage totes and to the liquor store for some alcohol (jk). Right now I’m at the piles stage. I swear to God it looks like an episode of Hoarders up in here today. Since I’m a slow worker and take lots of breaks, I think it might look this way for a few days. If I know you IRL, this is not a good week to stop by for a visit, I mean that sincerely.
  3. Get the baby’s room ready. Once I’ve accomplished #2, I’ll start getting the nursery ready. I know, right? Yay! Here’s my inspiration room:

If it’s a girl, I’m going to add big splashes of pink and purple daisies, for a disco-trippy 70s flower power vibe:

If it’s a boy, I’m going to add lots of primary colors for a kind of a crayon theme feel whatever:

And oh yeah, I’m totally making this quilt, my first ever:

The Girl Version

The Boy Version:

Whaddaya think about the room? Too bright? Not bright enough?

4.  Run a half marathon. This comes straight from my bucket list, namely to run a marathon before I turn 40. A half marathon this year, a full one next year – 11 months ahead of schedule! Since the race isn’t until November, I have plenty of time to get ready for it thank goodness. I hope the kiddo likes chilling in a jogging stroller, because s/he’ll be spending a lot of time there!

5.  Lose those pesky last 10 lbs. If I manage to accomplish #4, I doubt this will be a tough resolution to keep. Although it’s more like 15 lbs after the past couple of weeks. Between the holiday, being on vacation and PMS (TMI, sorry!), um, yeah, I haven’t been doing so hot in the nutrition department. Or the fitness department. Yeah.  Moving on.

6.  Keep my camera in an accessible location, with a charged battery and an empty memory card, at all times. You know, so that I actually use the darn thing to take actual pictures with. To, you know, post on my blog, for example.

7.  Learn to sew really, really well. I have a brand new sewing machine and I’m not afraid to use it! I’m totally obsessed with my new hobby. I can’t seem to stop buying fabric, even though I’ve only actually finished like 3 things. And I want a dress form so bad you don’t even know. Anyway, I want to make a wool coat this year, possibly this one:

which means I need to practice practice practice, because a wool coat is not a beginner’s project.

I have 3 more resolutions to make it an even 10, but those are private, so I can’t share. For the most part 2010 wasn’t a bad year, but I’m glad it’s over and I’m very much looking forward to 2011!

In honor of the Bole2Concord’s new look, here’s some Bole2Harlem for y’all.

Frohes Neues, Everybody!