2013 :: A Year for Putting in the Work

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[The Kid's Lunar Phase Calendar, waiting on his dada to make a little frame so that we can hang it tomorrow.]

Some years are about arriving.  About cresting the final peak of a hill and enjoying the view; about crossing the finish line and enjoying the spoils.  Even though it hasn't officially begun yet, I can already tell you that 2013 isn't going to be one of those years.  

Nope, 2013 is going to be about slogging through the first two-thirds of a marathon; of taking gen-ed courses before you can move on to the more interesting classes in your major.  It's not particularly inspiring, but if we do it right, my hope is that by this time next year we'll be that much closer to our long-term-y goals.

But, of course, it wouldn't be a proper New Year's Eve without some resolutions, so here are a few:

1. To "move that bus", as our Dear Running Friends have taught the Kid to say.  I did one half-marathon last year, so this year why not try for two?  My plan is to do one in the Spring and one in the Fall, with a "for fun" triathlon with my co-workers in June, as well.  I used to tease Sweet Husband about always wanting to run races, but the truth is, knowing that you have to be able to run 13 miles by a certain date is extremely motivating.

2. To write my tushie off.  More freelancing stuff, a little children's story I've been puttering at forever, some behind-the-scenes bits for this blog, and hopefully some kick-ass work for my "day-job" as well.

3. To make things for my boys.  It came up in Christmas conversation that I've never knitted Sweet Husband anything more than hats and scarves.  I think that was him officially requesting consideration for next year's Christmas sweater.  Also, my baby is getting a bit tall for his baby quilt.  It's time to start work on a new one.  (This pattern, I think?  Or this one?)

4. To see the great outdoors.  One of my resolutions from last year that didn't really get done was to get out on more hikes, even if the weather wasn't great.  After reading Wild, I'm even more bursting to just go.  For Christmas this year, one of my presents from Sweet Husband was the plans for a weekend hike, with a note that we can borrow the equipment we need from some friends.  I've already marked out a sacrosanct long weekend in early May, and we're going to make it happen come hell or high water.

What about you all?  Any New Year's Resolutions you care to share?