There are few things I love more than a good party, even if that party is as simple as a couple of friends over for dinner, or a party of just Chris and me watching a movie after the kids are in bed. It seems like the past few weeks have been filled with parties, both big and small, and I've had such fun that it's been a little tough getting back into my real life routine. I can certainly see the allure in a celebrity lifestyle-- it's like one big party all the time, right?
Well, here we are: January 3, 2008, and things are back to normal. All of the Christmas decorations have been packed and stowed, and my little living room, which seemed so cramped with all of the stuff, now appears open and barren, and just a touch gloomy. Our beautiful tree, which lasted famously through the whole season, now sits outside in the corner of a parking lot, waiting for whoever picks up trees to come and get it. And today, I woke up to the sound of my alarm clock at a freakishly early hour, rather than the pleasing sounds of children and guests lazily rolling out of their beds. It's all a little depressing, if you ask me.
But! Good news on the horizon: I am excited about 2008! I have big hopes, plans, and aspirations for this year and I anticipate that it will be one of the best in Hansen History. A few weeks ago, I hinted at some changes that would bring some much-needed time to my life (and whoever asked if I was preggers was wrong-- has a baby ever brought extra time into anyone's life?), and I'm excited to announce that as of the middle of this month, I will be a part-time, rather than a full-time, employee at Harris Research. I love my work, but with the increasing demands of other, much more important things and people, I decided that something needed to be trimmed down and work was the best answer. Okay, so not so much financially, but if there is one thing that I am confident of, it's that things always manage to work out when you listen to your heart. Anyway, I'm excited for more time to play dinosaurs with Gordon, read with Thomas, and eat lunch with Chris without having to hurry back to the office. I also hope that by whittling down my hours and responsibilities at my job, I'll be able to provide a better focus to my work. Hopefully this change will be a good thing all around.
I haven't really written out any major resolutions yet, though I do have some specific goals that I would like to accomplish this year. Mainly, though, I want to focus on living a love-filled life this year by giving and receiving love more fully. Its a broad goal, I know, and hardly measurable, yet it feels like the exact right sentiment for me to focus on. Of course, I'll be sure to share any advancements with you!
So, bring on the reality, but let's be sure to throw a few parties in between! Cheers to 2008!