Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Came across this quote recently...

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Martin Luther King 1967

2009 Goals or Resolutions

I'm only about 26 or so days late on writing these up, but I have been more or less working on them.
  • Get housework done earlier in the day. I'm pretty good about making beds, emptying the dishwasher, etc., but it doesn't get done until about 4 p.m. when the kids are home from school. Because the routine work isn't done, special projects don't get started and lots of time is lost goofing on the computer.
  • Knit, sew, craft from stash. No more quick trips to Michaels, Joanne's, & the yarn store just to see what's out there. There is probably enough yarn in this house to keep me knitting for the next 10 years.
  • Finish or frog UFOs. I've already made a good start on this finishing one afghan in 2009.
  • Declutter by recycling, donating, or throwing out one bag every week.
  • Eat out less, especially fast food.
  • Stick to the budget. We actually have a budget set for this year. It also means keeping up with Quicken, which I've spent the last week getting completely caught up. (Of course, this was a bit depressing looking at IRA & 401K losses from last year.)
  • Be more patient with the kids, hubby, & myself.
  • Take time to do things I enjoy, like knitting, playing the piano, etc.
  • Buy less junk.
  • Keep in better touch with old friends and make some new ones. (hmm, an excuse to use Facebook?)
  • Finish Nick's potty training.