They say that if you want to accomplish something you should write it down and/or tell someone about it.  Doing this creates the accountability that just does not exist when we keep all of our big plans bottled up inside our heads.  I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I know there are some things I’d like to accomplish.  And if for nothing else, I am posting them here to give myself the accountability I need to get them done.   Here I go:

1. Go to the gym 2x a week
Might as well get the cliche one out of the way first.  I have a gym membership, but I don’t use it very often. I am not resolving to go to the gym 7 days a week because, well, that’s just ridiculous and never going to happen. But I am not getting any younger and I could use a little more exercise in my life. Probably could use more than just 2x a week, but I am being realistic and making these resolutions as attainable as possible.  I don’t want to set myself up for failure!  And remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

2. Write every day
I want to get in the habit of writing every day.  It could be here, it could be a letter to a friend, a thank you note, or just some thoughts I write down for myself.

3. Declutter
I have been obsessed lately with decluttering all aspects of my life–everything from clothing to Facebook friends. My wardrobe could use an intervention and although I did put a TON of clothes into a storage container, I need to either sell or donate those items.  And there are still things in my closet that could go too. My desk is rather cluttered, and I have papers and notebooks that could be recycled. My husband and I have enough books to fill a library, so I am thinking some could be sold via Ebay/Amazon or donated. There is also just a ton of junk that can be thrown out.   My goal is to spend 10 minutes every day decluttering a small area of my house/life.

4. Cook dinner 3x a week
I have a spacious kitchen and more appliances than I need, but my husband and I order out several times a week. Not only is ordering out unhealthy, its expensive and unnecessary. Three days a week sounds like a good start. Right?

5. Visit the museum
I have been a member of the Museum of Fine Arts for two years now. I absolutely love museums, and the MFA is one of my favorites. However, I don’t visit as often as I should! I’d love to visit at least once a month to keep up on the visiting exhibits and explore more of the permanent exhibits.

Here’s to a new year of successful resolutions!


Christmas in the City

My husband and I spent a few days in New York right before Christmas. Living in Boston I don’t get a chance to visit the Big Apple very often so I was thrilled to be there for an entire weekend. A few highlights of our trip:

Matisse exhibit at the Met
Chicago on Broadway
Christmas shops at Columbus Circle
Drinks at the Bull and Bear
Waffles in Central Park
Shopping at C.Wonder
Dinner with friends at Celsius
Watching the ice skaters at Bryant Park
Staying at the beautiful Waldorf=Astoria
Seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center
Brunch at Lexington Brass


Just a few snaps from our NYC weekend!

A political post

I am not much for talking politics.  I do not care to participate in heated debates and I would never run for any sort of town/state, etc. office position.  However, I do like to have an idea of what is going on in the world.  For this reason, I tuned into last night’s Presidential debate.  Like I said, I don’t really like talking politics. But, last night’s debate was quite memorable (I will let you decide how to read that), so I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from the night, in no particular order:

Obama: Governor Romney says he’s a big coal guy.

Romney:  I’ve got binders full of women!

Obama:  My pension is not as big as yours.

Romney: This has not been Mr Oil, or Mr Gas, or Mr Coal.

Obama:  We haven’t heard any specifics from the Governor besides Big Bird…

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For those wondering, I am registered to vote, but I am registered as “unenrolled”, which means I am not affiliated with any political party.  I do this for 2 reasons. 

1) I don’t exactly feel that I fit into one party or the other.  I have always been able to see both sides of many arguments, which is probably why my dad thought I should’ve become a lawyer!  Because I can agree with (or disagree with) items on both sides, I can’t support one party 100%.

2) Anyone can look up your political party status in public records and I don’t think that anyone should know my business or my vote. So even though the main reason is because I don’t fit the mold for one party or the other, I like that there is an option to keep your political preferences secret. 

For the record, I have voted in every Presidential election that I have been eligible to vote in, and this year’s will be my third.  Happy voting and don’t forget to register.  Today is the last day!