"I want to be my own design" Clive Barker - Imajica

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Year of the Sparrow

I had a damned good year this year (see previous post) but next year will be better. Because it can always be better right? It won't be handed to me and it will require effort on my part but all good things come from those who work their ass off for it. Or something like that.

I am sure there will be more, this is just the beginning of my list.

*Get a passport, I think I've been putting it off because I have not had any real plans to leave the country but I can't leave the country until I get a passport so first things first

*Go to DragonCon, this is going to be our (Mr. S and I) yearly excursion so this will be on my goal list every year. I love Dcon so much, there just isn't anything quite like it. Go Team Denver and all that

*Pay off my car, I have 10 payments left so this will definitely happen this year but my goal is to pay it off early because yay for being done with the shower of cunts that is Wells Fargo Dealer Services.

*Work on improving processes and procedures for my team at work, I've been working on these for awhile but one of the things my boss mentioned is that he wants me to be more creative and innovative. This I can do.

*Work with my minions to help them be more successful at our company, the better they do, the better I do after all

*Spend some time exercising, some time is better than no time. Even if I just go for a 10 minute walk every date it will be more than I am doing now. I still park farther out at stores, I try to always take the stairs when possible but I need to do more. I'm getting too old to be this lazy

*Get serious about cooking at home, do grown up shit like menu planning and grocery shopping, I used to be so good about it I know I can do it again. I have spent far too much this year on eating out and it's got to stop. It's cool to spend money on eating out when it's good food but if I am spending my grocery money on fast food, well that's unacceptable.

*Take better care of our little yard, try my hand at gardening and making stuff live instead of die. The lawn isn't really the problem, its the plants. I can do this, I has the internets.

I hate the word resolution. I prefer the word goal. Resolutions are meant to be broken, goals are meant to be reached for and accomplished.

It was a banner year at the Sparrow household this year

This was a good damned year for the Sparrow household. I've been working really hard and it paid off.

Mr. S, Heidicat and I moved into our own little house in January. We like this house so much we are going to stay here another year.

I got to go on a trip of firsts with my BFF. First time on a real road trip, first time to visit Arizona and California, first time seeing the ocean and the best part is that I spent 11 days in a car with a friend and we are still friends. I got to see Hearst Castle, The Getty, I spotted the Griffith Observatory from the road, I got to go to a taping of the Craig Ferguson show, it was a pretty awesome trip.

I got a promotion (who is your boss now, bitches!) and the opportunity to take over a team that I think is super important but that had been sorta pushed to the side, I was and still am excited to show what my team and I can accomplish.

ERMAHGERD DRAGONCON. Every year better and better. I even got to talk to Dominic Keating from Enterprise and smack Christopher Judge on the ass, not to mention a hilarious conversation with this Asian and this Australian outside of the Hilton. Sometimes it pays to be a social instigator.

All of the things that happened this year and in previous years stem from my hard work and determination and the support and love of my friends and family. I've worked really hard to get where I am and I genuinely appreciate everything in my life. Family, friends, co-workers and even Heidicat. Without these components I wouldn't be where I am and I wouldn't be headed where I am headed.

 Life, it is fucking good and I am grateful every day for the awesomeness that is my life.

So thanks for being a friend and here is hoping that your year has been kickass and that your next year is even better. *MWAH*

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

it's about the giving

When I was a kid I found this awesome gift for someone that I only sorta knew and my mom responded with "Why would you do that? They aren't going to get you anything" but for me the act of gift giving has never been about what I'd get in return, it's about the act of giving someone something you know they'd like or that would make them happy.

I don't do nice things for people because I expect them to give back to me. I do nice things because I like to make people happy. Most of the time it's little things, helping them out, buying them a drink, making them food, whatever the case may be. I do it because sometimes all it takes is that one little show of appreciation, of thanks, of thoughtfulness that can make someone's whole day.

So take a minute to show your appreciation to those around you. Say thank you, get them a card, give them a hug, whatever it is that will make them happy. It doesn't take much effort and it really can make the difference in someone's day.