Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Setting the Bar High

So the New Year is upon us and this means new beginnings and new resolutions. Normally I do not set resolutions because I find like most people, I never full fill them. Though from this past years resolutions, Eat better and dress nicely one a week has ebbed and flowed but has probably been the most successful out of my 24 years of resolutions...Hmm, now that I think about it. I probably have only been setting resolutions for about 10 years. Interesting...

Back to the point, this year I have set the following:
Only eat one sugary thing per day
Do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day
Read all the books you have not read but are sitting on your bookshelf.

Now, doing the 30 minutes of exercise and eating less sugar are probably going to be easy (except for that time of the month, oh boy that is going to be difficult) but I realized today when I did my inventory of my books that I have 84 books I have not read on my bookshelves. I really think this is going to be the hardest thing to do. I have a list of the books I need to read on my List of Books Read page.

Have a Wonderful New Year everyone! :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


The shortest day of the year is upon us! Which means that the sun will become more prominent as each day passes! The Oak King has defeated the Holly King, and with his defeat the Oak King brings light and hope. So light a candle, be thankful and celebrate the coming of the light as the wheel turns to start another year.

My Yule Tree

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Brrrr....It is cold outside!

Today was a day of adventures. The car got a flat tire which ended up not having any problems with it other then low air. Weird, but I was cold this morning when the weather was bitterly cold at negative nine degree Fahrenheit. This afternoon as I walked to pick my car up from the garage down the street, it was ten degrees Fahrenheit...Whoa it was warm!! :) Tomorrow will feel hot at twenty three degrees Fahrenheit!! I am so excited. I love winter in Wisconsin, especially when you can say twenty three degrees is warm! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter's Loving Embrace

Snow, ice, wind and cold. The elements which bring everyone's memories of sweat dripping from their bodies from the hot and humid weather of summer into mind and longs for those days. I always find it funny, for I do the same, when in the depths of winter, we long for the hot days of summer. Then when summer comes the joys of winter, like Broomball, skiing and hockey are missed but not the weather which allows for the winter fun. But yesterday as I was wandering around the city obtaining the gifts for my loved ones for the Holiday Season, I watched the cars make their way along the slick and slippery roadways. I thought how a fawn or any young long legged animal taking their first steps or watching an animal walk across ice. The awkward movements and slow pace was a vision which cheered me up as I waited in traffic for three quarters of an hour.

The tree outside my window has most of the snow fallen off of smaller branches but small ice globs encase the tips causing the light to reflect off of the small ice drops. The tree looks like small lights are shining off the ends of the branches. Even though the trees are sleeping, I enjoy the winter days. The sleeping earth awaiting its shift to bring the warmth of the sun back and allow all the trees and small plants to awaken and make the world green again. Spring will be wonderful. But for now I will enjoy the crisp mornings and the enjoyment of skidding across the sidewalk as the ice forms every morning.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Wheel Turns

The year ages and soon the days will be equal with light and dark. The birth of the sun will give all hope that the spring will be near. The light will start to linger longer before he sets in the west. Yule is upon us, rejoice!

Our first snow fell last night and within six minutes of being awake and out of bed, I was out side playing. A snow angel was made and snow fights ensued. Now the neighbors are awake and the landlord is moving snow. The clean, pristine snow land I woke up too is no more. The tree in front of my apartment is nearly undisturbed. I feel that I should name the maple in the front yard. I sit and look upon the maple every day. He bore beautiful golden leaves this fall and I did not take a picture, I regret my laziness at capturing the beauty of autumn.

I hope people say home or spend the day with friends and family. Today is not the day to spend shopping, but a day to be happy for who you are with. I am missing my alumni track meet today because of the holiday shopping season. I was angry but I understand sacrifices must be made for others to have a good day. I hope UW-Platteville Track members and alumni have a good day. I am reliving the old days...

Go Runners!!