Monday, January 5, 2009

The New Year

Greetings all and Happy New Year to everyone out there. I know it's the fifth already, but I mostly took the long weekend off of the Internets. I tend not to be on the Internet too much when I'm at home. I have other stuff to do, and after being on the computer nearly all day at work, I don't care to spend much time on the computer when I get home.

So what's happened in my life recently?

~I failed to mention earlier that Brandi did an excellent job of baking all of the Christmas cookies, pretty much single-handedly. We had chocolate chip, peanut butter, peanut butter with the Hershey kisses in them, and sugar cookies. Sugar cookies, being my favorite, disappeared the quickest.

~Due to freak weather, Des Plaines has once again cememented it's stance as flood capital of the Midwest. On Saturday, Dec., 27 we had temperatures near 60F and steady hard rain all day. Add to that the frozen ground, and we had water in the basement again. We were ready though and had picked up Logan's toys off the floor. When I left for work that morning there was very little water, it could have been cleaned up with a mop. During the day, the mini-fuse thingie on the sump pump tripped and, since no one heard the pump running all day, they assumed that meant no water. When I got home there was 2-3 inches of water in the basement. It was cold. I almost fell on my face when I hit a slick spot in front of the freezer trying to get to the sump pump to flick the switch. It's all been cleaned up now. Except for the throw rug, which is now a frozen sheet out in the garage. Next time I'll pick that up too.

~We got a Wii Fit for Christmas, which Brandi and I have been very good about using for at least 20 minutes every night. We've both lost a couple pounds so far according to the game.

~Apparently, there's been some big kerfuffle (I love that word) out on the Internets with the UCF. Janiece has got the goods on that, check it out here.

~Logan's just obsessed with Wall-E. And he's learning to use please more often, as in "Wall-E please." It also takes the form of "candy please." Previously it would be "Logan, say please." to which he would respond a very enthusiastic "Yes."


I've never been one for keeping resolutions for that long. So instead, I'll just talk about the things I'd like to do in 2009.

*Thank's to Kate's totally brave and inspirational post, I'm very determined to lose weight this year. Also thanks to the Wii Fit we got for Chirstmas, I think that will be a more realistic goal than it would have been without something to keep me exercising. I had to thank my mother-in-law for getting us a present that tells me just how much of a fat ass I am. As of last night's weigh in, I'm at 260 and change. My ultimate goal for the year is to get down to 200. I've been carrying around too much weight for too long and I really need to do something about it.

*I really want to try and blog more. I don't guarantee that I'll be blogging every day. I know that wont happen, but I would like to try and blog more often. It won't always be substantial and it wont always be good, I'm sure, but I'll try and get some more content out there.

*I need to write more. I've got my NaNoWriMo novel to work on the revision, and there's talk in the UCF of doing a similar writing thing. So we'll see. If I'm going to be serious about trying to make it as an author, then I really need to work at it. This also includes updating the Piecemeal blog, which I'll get to eventually.

I think that's about all for now. I hope everyone has a safe/happy/healthy 2009!


vince said...

I resolve to work in the word "kerfuffle" more. What a great word.

A number of us are working on becoming more fit/losing weight this year, me among them. I had already considered doing so, and Kate's post hardened that resolve. The Wii Fit sounds like a good idea - exercise that's a) fun and b) at home.

The cookies sound scrumptious. I can make cookies, but I was far too busy to actually attempt to do so this past Christmas.

Ilya said...

Happy New Year, Matt! I'll be very keen to see how the Wii Fit thing works out!

mattw said...

The Wii Fit is nice in that there's a variety of activities: Yoga, Balance Games, Strength Training, and Areobic Exercise. It also lists all the top scores for each "game" so there's a little healthy competition going on between us. The more you use it, the more you unlock, to a point, and when you don't use it, it's sure to remind you when you come back to it.