2010! It's a new year (though, some might argue, not a new decade quite yet...), and we're looking forward to a great one. We had a great time visiting the family and triplets at Mom and Dad's house on New Year's Eve, where we participated in a favorite family activity, the Boys vs. Girls puzzle (which victory the girls took this year, which was exciting for Julie's first time), as well as delicious food (of which I consumed way too much). We spent our first married New Year's Eve at home, where Seacrest was really smarmy and the ball didn't really seem to drop, but there were fireworks just down the street. We carried on the Barrett tradition of leaving out shoes for the New Year's Baby to fill (which included, among other things, the awesome drawing above, drawn and digitally painted by my lovely wife), and spent many happy hours introducing The Wife to the eerie depths of the Twilight Zone annual marathon (thanks to which we continue to learn a lot about our DVR). Not long after we officially closed Christmas for the year by throwing out our lovely tree, which lasted quite a while, but was ready to be retired. Some people don't really believe in New Year's resolutions, but I don't really have anything against them. I think the start of a new year is a good opportunity to think about goals and how to achieve them, though I think it's also good to make and think about goals throughout the year. So, here are just a few I've been thinking about for this year.
- I hope to acquire new employment, which will occur hopefully sooner than later. I won't bore you with the details, but this needs to happen soon. Hopefully said employment will involve my field of study in some way, though at this point I'm happy to settle for anything remotely art-related, especially as it may help to build my resume and bulk up my portfolio. It's always hard to find new work, but we have a couple of ideas and try to remain optimistic.
- I would like to purchase a new car. It doesn't have to be new, but you know, new to me. I don't have high demands for an automobile, especially since I know relatively little about them in the first place. (Incidentally, I'm trying to sell my BMW. Email or comment your interest and we can talk.)
- I want to get into a regular-ish schedule of scripture reading and family prayer. I don't want to admit publicly how my scripture reading has slacked since I returned from Wisconsin, but suffice it to say that there's room for improvement.
- I hope to visit the temple more often.
- I want to try to wean myself off of (at least) one or two of the shows I used to spend too many hours of my life watching. Be sure, there are some that I still must see (yes, I'm looking at you, LOST, Survivor and The Office), and there are a few I would like to watch casually (that would be 24 and hopefully V), and of course the new shows that I've been introduced to by The Wife (who could foresee my interest in the likes of Project Runway?), but there are a couple I'm glad to walk away from, including one that premiered this very night which I was not too sorry to miss.
- I would like to keep running, as Julie said on her blog, and participate in some 5Ks and at least on 10K.
- Go to Disneyland!!! (... World?...) At least once! Hopefully around one of the holidays so I can finally see the festivities and decorations.
- Celebrate our one-year anniversary with style.
- I think I might like to do a little more reading. Julie is a really good inspiration in this department, as she is always in the middle of some book or other (which means she should also be a really good source for suggestions as to what to next read).
I will now end by displaying another piece by my very talented spouse, designed to celebrate the New Year, and as response to Elise and Jeff's Christmas card.