I have 3 days a week that are very sacred to me.
Working 4 days a week at a normal job leaves me less time to keep house and attend to domestic business. So my day off has become one of my sacred days. A catch up day to do laundry, clean house etc. If I use this day for the housewifey stuff, then I'm left with weekends free for fun stuff.
Trouble is, friends keep trying to get me to take time out and do something else on that day which irks me.
Because there is no other time during the week I can allocate for those jobs, and by the weekend I end up with dog hair everywhere, and a daughter screaming for school uniforms, and I end up spending my other two sacred days doing the domestic chores.
Then I am irritated with the well meaning friend who just wanted to spend time with me.
Where am I going with this?
Well the above passage is just an incredibly long segue into my 3rd resolution - I mean change - for 2014.
Spend a bit more time on friendships.
I'm still keeping myhouse-clean-and-catch-up Tuesdays - but I'm going to have friends around on weekends more than I have been in the past. Dinner parties once a month perhaps? Or catch up with a friend over coffee once a fortnight?
I've been reaping the benefits of making more time for my loved ones and that will continue, and I still treasure my time alone, but friendships need nurturing too.
And possibly my social skills need a wee bit of tweaking..........................
Drawings done by me goodness knows how many years ago. Copied from one of my favourite artists on Note Couture.
Like the simple farmhand who shut the gate after the horse had bolted, I thought I'd write about a bit of Sydney history almost a year after the event.
Just for a change from talking about the weather.
The unusual looking tube above is what's left of our old Monorail system.
This particular section was once a station at Darling Harbour.
After 25 years and countless problems, the NSW Government decided to pull the monorail down, and it was decommissioned in July 2013.
Lots of commuters rode the monorail in it's final days. A lot more than it's usual load.
I decided to give that experience a miss after being trapped on one many years back. It was only for about 10 minutes but the heat and claustrophobia made it feel much much longer. (Strangely I didn't seem to be as concerned when I was trapped in a lift about 12 years ago - not as much as the young man with me anyway. Must have had something to do with the fact that I was very heavily pregnant and declared that I really needed a bathroom. He practically pushed me through the back of the elevator and leapt out before me when the doors eventually opened - how ungentlemanly!)
I had mixed feelings about it being pulled down. Nostalgia made me think that I would miss seeing it around, while sense dictated that the roads would be a little less cluttered and a little more sunny with it gone.
Then I stopped thinking about it altogether.
Taken outside The Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour, November 2013
We're well into February now so it's time I let you in on the second of my 12 changes for 2014.
The B word.
I can hear my credit card fainting as I type.
After half of the Christmas holidays spent with absolutely no money in the bank at the end of each week I decided I needed to change.
From now on, if it's not essential and I don't have the cash for it, it's not meant to be mine (well at least until my next pay and then I will re-evaluate - a girl can go without shoe buying for only so long).
The credit card is for emergencies only (OK, now I'm sure I can hear it sobbing).
I started the month extremely well - No NoNO I said to all the great specials sent to my inbox.
And then I went shoe shopping with hubby.
I needed new sandals, my old faithfuls having finally given up the ghost.
I had $100 left after bills.
Hubby knew exactly where to go, and I found 4 pairs of sandals for $60.
Then I spied a pair of ultra cool boots - costing more than all my sandals put together.
Hubby takes out his credit card and buys me the boots.
And I don't stop him.
Seems I'm great at sticking to my budget - and also great at spending other people's money.
(Completely random and unrelated photo of my foot - showing one of the sandals that has now gone to the Great Garbage Bin - taken Feb 2013)