Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Abby says:

It’s that time of year again. Time to ring in the New Year with New Year’s resolutions. This year, I’m in a better place than I’ve ever been, and I’m not making anymore resolutions. I’m done with that.

I cannot tell you how much time I’ve spent over the last several years composing ridiculous and unrealistic resolutions. And, of course, I never lived up to them – then felt guilty about it to boot. My favorite resolution is dieting and losing X number of pounds. It never happened! It never will!

My resolution for 2008 is to not have any resolutions. I went through a scary health bout with a family member last year. It made me look at things quite differently and treat every day as though it could be the last. I work hard. I have fun. I have wonderful friends and family. I try to help people along the way. I’m back in school, learning new things and meeting new people. My life so far has been an interesting journey with experiences I treasure. I am so grateful for what I have. I’m just going to keep doing what I do and enjoy each and every day as it comes.

Having said that, why make a resolution?

Sheri says:

Resolutions can be helpful. I made a number of them for 2007 and only succeeded in about half. The other half will roll over to 2008. I’m usually not willing to share my resolutions but I’ll share a few at the end.

Abby and I have been friends forever. I admire her and I think she has the same respect for me. But, we live very different lives.

Abby runs a thriving business and works harder than anyone I know. I am struggling to keep a business alive.

Abby is single. I juggle a household with a husband, grown children in and out, and my two in-laws who happen to live with us.

Abby is super smart. I’m muddling.

So, here are my resolutions (at least the ones I’m willing to share:)

Stop envying Abby.
Eat more.
Enjoy the little moments.

What are yours?

Abby says:

Give me a break Sheri, why do married people always think that “single people” have it easier? While I am single, I also have elderly parents to take care of. They don’t live with me but I am still responsible and do a lot for them.

My resolution for you is to stop talking and take action – think about what Sheri’s needs are instead of everyone else’s.

Sheri says:

I don’t believe Abby has it easier. Not for one second of any day. Nor would I believe that single people have it better or easier. Different does not mean better or easier – just different.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

What's on Your MP3 or iPod?

Abby says:

I use my iPod for two things: working out and kicking back. So, my song list is extremely eclectic. During my workouts, I like music that motivates me such as things with deep drum beats, strong guitar and great acoustics. Earth, Wind and Fire, Bozz Scaggs, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Melissa Ethridge are just a few I listen to while I run. There are some evenings after work when I feel like I cannot possibly work out. Then, I turn on my iPod. It’s amazing how music can motivate you to do something you don’t want to.

On the flip side when I’m relaxing, I like smooth, quiet music. Give me Elton John, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Seals & Crofts, Celine Dion, Basia and Gordon Lightfoot. It’s been fun to collect all these great CDs and put them in one place where you can enjoy them all at once.

Sheri says:

I want to be technologically proficient. I’m taking baby steps.

At first, my iPod seemed to have this limitless memory. Now I’m seriously close to running out. So, I’m in discard and clean-up mode. I’m very proud of myself that I know how to do that.

My first CD player allotted for five CDs and then you could put them on “shuffle.” This made me very happy. My iPod allows me to make play lists. (And then I can shuffle them.) This makes me giddy.

You can do the standard categories, i.e. rock, country, jazz, etc. But you can do other customized things like holidays or bad mood days. One of our mutual friends has titled one of her play lists, “Sing along songs.”

I’m very emotional these days so I’m considering a play list of “Cry along songs.” Who knows? It might prove very therapeutic.