Every year I say I'm not going to do the whole resolution thing. Every year, I do the whole resolution thing.

So, since I've apparently waited all year to decide I wanted to act on these things, without further a due...

I now present 2008's New Year's Resolutions:
(or technically would it be 2009's since that's when I'm resolving to do it?)

To be more family & home centered
I always allow for outside interests to take over a lot of my time. Time to start making my home itself and the time my family spends in it a "big marble" in the jar of life. (more so than I am now, not that I'm neglectful or anything mind you!)

To be more active and enjoy being healthy
I hike, camp and kayak. That's active but some of those are easily considered "lazy" activities. Kayaking is hard work until you stop paddling. Camping can be rigorous, but hell, we just bought a travel trailer! And hiking, well let's just say my hiking doesn't consist of rock climbing so basically I might as well call it "walking in the woods".
I like my elliptical, I like volleyball, I like exercising. I'm already on the road to losing weight so why not try to enjoy the task a little instead of dreading it.

To do good
I'm a charitable person, I like to raise money for the March of Dimes and I have try to be active in other charitable events, but I rarely feel like I'm really doing any good. I think this year I'll find something to help feel more a part of doing something. Not sure what that will be but I will do it.

And last but not least...
To get more tattoos, to love my inner child and to generally have a good time
Those all fall under one last category which, for me, can't be ignored. I'm a big kid at heart and I shut that kid up entirely too much while at work. I am a mature, 33 (soon to be 34) year old and I can act my age. But seriously, who wants to?

PS... you gotta love blogger's Post Scheduling!

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Not too long ago I saw the movie The Bucket List and it inspired me. If you haven't seen the movie, Netflix it, rent it, whatever it is you do to watch movies, add this to your list of movies to see - it's that worth it. Basically, it's a movie about 2 guys who are diagnosed with terminal diseases and they go out and jump on their Bucket List of things they want to do before they die.

Previously, I had started a list of "99 Things I Want To Do Before I Die", after reading a post by @BuckDaddy when he posted his list. After that post I had all intentions of making my own list, I mean if he did, I could too! Well, not really. I got to 23 and was stuck ever since. I even stole a few from Buck himself! I mean, he said I could!

But as the New Year is approaching and another year seems to slip away, I've decided to make a few resolutions this year - which I've avoided the past few years. And, I've made a Bucket List of my own. I'm sure it will change as I mark things off and add new ones, but I'll try to keep it posted here. Maybe a widget of some sort, who knows.

But, come the New Year I'll not only have my Bucket List, but will hopefully be working on accomplishing a few within 2009!

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At least thevoiceofmom.com thinks I am! I forgot to mention this last week with all the chaos going on around my office!

Last week I was notified that I had won The Voice Of Mom’s National Influenza Vaccination Week Giveaway! And, just as they promised, I got my wonderful disinfecting wipes in the mail, just as promised! I love these things! Since I already have a few containers around the house I brought it into my office, because seriously, my office and the people that work in it are like a walking carrier for anything under the sun. I’m honestly surprised I’m not sick more.

But I just wanted to take a moment to thank The Voice Of Mom for hosting the Giveaway and for sending me some great stuff!

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve added a new widget to my sidebar over there.. see, over there.. look right.. yup, right there.

My family has been involved with the March of Dimes since 2004 after I lost a daughter due to premature birth. I was 20 weeks and 3 days pregnant when I lost her and it happened so fast that now I look back and wonder how there could have anyway been some way to prevent this. And as the doctors said, there wasn’t. I lost her due to a condition called Incompetent Cervix. Basically, my cervix was too weak to hold her weight as she grew.

I gave birth to her stillborn. Saying goodbye before I could ever say hello.

After her death I felt terribly alone and I was looking everywhere to find out what happened, what I could have done differently and how I could prevent it. I was looking for someone to talk to who knew what I was feeling. Luckily, I found www.shareyourstory.org which is a site ran by the March of Dimes. The next thing I knew I was reading stories of women who were going through losses like mine, some later in their pregnancy and some earlier. I was reading of survival stories and I knew there was hope. I wrote with hope and I wrote to heal. It was the first time I really shared publicly what had happened. I updated regularly then and each year around this time of year, the anniversary of her death, I wonder if I should continue to update that blog when my sadness hits.

That was the first year I walked in the March For Babies hosted by the March of Dimes (at that time known as WalkAmerica). It’s amazing what getting involved with the March of Dimes did for me. Not only did I raise over $1000 and win the Top Family awared, but it helped me to heal and it helped me to move forward from an experience I thought I would never move on from. It made me stronger as a person.

In 2005, I couldn’t walk in the March For Babies because I was pregnant again with my son, who now is almost 3 years old. But I still did fund raising and I still tried to get involved locally. And other than that year, I’ve walked every year since.

My son was born 7 weeks early and spent 14 days in the Greenville Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I received so much support from the March of Dimes, books on prematurity, things to look for and just general support from the community through them. My son’s very first valentine card was from a local school that donated them to the NICU through the March of Dimes.

The support and research that the March of Dimes provides is invaluable to thousands of families like mine. I was honored for my family to be the Spartanburg County Local Ambassador Family (Nikkos is in red) for two years because I felt like it was in some small way, giving back to them for what they had given me.

If you are interested in helping the March of Dimes, please, join a walk in your area. If you live in the Upstate South Carolina area, please feel free to join my family team that will be walking in Spartanburg on April 25th or if you’d rather, just donate… even a dollar can make a difference.

This is my story and if by sharing it I can raise just $1 or help inform just 1 person about the March of Dimes, then I feel my job is done.

I’m positive that the only reason that kids actually get sick is to give us Mommies a little cuddle time, without the force or bribery.

My munchkin has come down with a bacterial infection, which will be his 3rd in the last 4-5 months. I’m not sure what’s going on, but we’ll be visiting the specialist to figure it out.

As much as I hate to see him running fevers, coughing and generally not feeling well, I have to admit that I relish these times. These are the only times since he’s turned 2 that I can get cuddles from him that last longer than 2.5 seconds. And it’s the good kind of cuddles, you know where he snuggles up and holds on and I didn’t even have to mention cookies or candy!

But that was Friday.

And well, today the antibiotics have kicked in and basically I’m back to bribing and forcing. But I’ll take those moments anytime I can get them.

Freezer Burns combines two loves of mine. First, my love of microwaved food. Second, my love for watching online videos.

It's a better pair than red wine and chocolate!

I can't remember exactly how I found out about it, but I'm almost positive someone posted something about it on Twitter and so of course I had to check it out. Then, I found the Freezer Burns guy on Twitter too!

So, one day (about 13 days ago from today), I send a tweet to @FreezerBurns

And then guess what I see today in my tweet-stream?

So, of course, I had to check it out! Like you can too, if you just click here!

See, this is just yet another reason why I love the internet so very much. First, I find these ridiculously fun sites where people are doing things I'd love to be doing but just didn't know I'd love to be doing it, but then when I interact with them, guess what?

They interact BACK!

FreezerBurns.com has just jumped super high on my list of sites I love.

And no, he's not sending me boxes microwave food or even his cool shirts he wears for posting this.
Again, just part of the internet I love - passing on things I love by word of mouth... er, word of keys, hmm.. word of blog? Whatever.

Go check it out!