A New Year

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Happy New Year!

Last night, as Eric and I were drinking champagne and toasting to the New Year ahead, I asked him if he would like to make a list of things that we wanted to do in 2012. The list could be anything we wanted that was feasibly within our financial and physical reach. So far we only have five things on the list but it’s a start.

1. Get Pregnant – we are making this priority number one. We both agreed, this is the year. We tried unsuccessfully to get there in 2011 but this year we’re “feelin it.” On top of going forward with Intrauterine Insemination and possibly In-Vitro Fertilization we are planning to have lots of sex. (Yes! 2012 will be a good year.)

2. See an opera – can you believe Eric picked this one? I have never seen an opera but it sounds interesting!

3. Visit Chicago’s Planetarium – last night we looked at the stars as we walked the dog. We both wondered about constellations and “light years” and what stars were really made of. We realized neither of us had ever been to the Planetarium and decided 2012 was the year to go.

4. Picnic in Grant Park – this sounds like a good idea now. We’ll see if it really comes true. My fantasy is to pack a light dinner or snacks, pick up a bottle of wine, hop the train and walk to Grant Park for a sunset picnic next summer.

5. Join a health club – This one will happen! We received a circular in the mail about a new outfit called Blast Fitness. For $21 per month I can get unlimited access to the cardio and weight equipment as well as group classes (spinning, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, etc.) and half off all drinks. The other great piece? I can bring a friend FREE every day for life. Eric is my friend. I’ll bring him. The only catch is that he won’t be able to join the group classes. He’s not really a “joiner” so this will work out perfect for us. No contracts. No brainer.

This is all we’ve come up with so far. Not bad considering it is only January 1st.

Starting today we have 366 days (Remember this is Leap Year!) to deepen our relationships, to make new friends, to try new things, to become better people. This comes out to 8,784 hours to make a difference in the life of someone else, to lose weight, to hug more. The clock resets and 527,040 minutes are now laid out before us.

31,622,400 seconds to make lasting change.

What will your year look like?  🙂

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