It’s safe to say I had a fairly dismal New Year’s Eve. After a happy and healthy Christmas in Texas I thought I had managed to skip my annual holiday illness for a change, but it turns out it was only a week delayed. I rang in 2014 in bed — but not the fun way — shivering, sweating, and sneezing out whatever disease-of-the-season I picked up on the plane home. Ugh. Mired in mucus, I was not exactly in the brightest of spirits as I mentally ran through the inevitable New Year’s self-review. I found a long list of things to be dissatisfied with: I’m too fat; my house is a mess; I spend too much money; I don’t have any friends; nobody loves me. Everything is terrible, and it’s never going to change.

After a couple of days mostly spent firmly planted on the couch self-medicating with tea, Sudafed, and Doctor Who (aside from work of course, because there’s only two of us in the office), I got a little energy back. Enough to test out my meat grinder and make spicy pork noodle soup, which cleared my sinuses and my mind. My life is pretty great all things considered. I have a lot to be thankful for, and even more to look forward to. Sure, I have some things I’d like to change. Everyone does. But they are minor and completely fixable, if I put my mind to it.

I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, finding them mostly impractical and overblown. But what the hell. This year I will try:

  1. Eating breakfast. It’s supposed to do all kinds of good things for one’s health, but I’ve always been too lazy to bother. But how hard is it to scoop a handful of nuts into a container to eat at work? Not that hard. 
  2. Packing lunch. I used to do this all the time but lost the habit in Guinea. I think perhaps it’s time to get back into it and save myself from giant sandwiches and trays of take-out pasta.
  3. Getting out of the house more. It’s not THAT cold outside, and there are tons of fun things to do in Dublin if I just make slightly more of an effort to find them. 

Doesn’t sound too difficult or grandiose, right? Here’s hoping for an awesome 2014!