Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday's Top Five - Things I'm Looking Forward to This Year

In keeping with our motivational / staying positive / being grateful theme this year, Divulge with Dani and I are trying to remain positive and upbeat in this week's post......

Friday's Top Five - Things I'm Looking Forward to This Year:

5. Improved health

For the first time in a long time, I'm actually feeling really good and am looking forward to improving my health and just being in a better place overall.

I've set some goals for myself this year, and I'll try not to freak out if I don't reach them as scheduled. But at least I have hope, and that's what keeps me going.

By this time tomorrow, I'll be in an even better place in my life. The same can be said for the day after that, and the day after that......

Here's hoping that, by this time next year, I'll be able to look back on this as an enjoyable and memorable journey.

4. Potential baseball season

Speaking of having hope.... here's hoping we actually have a baseball season this year in E-town!

I won't bore you with the details, but last year we had a greedy billionaire cancel our local team's season in an effort to save some money. Which of course made for a very long and deprived summer for those of us who enjoy nothing more than a night out at the ballpark.

I haven't heard any news about the baseball season yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to being able to root, root, root for the home team this year.

And here's to also hoping that they bring back Wiener Wednesdays.....!

Just sayin.

3. Vacations

Yeah, I'm one of those people who immediately begins searching for the next bargain vacation the minute I return from a current vacation.

And, yeah, I went ahead and booked another cruise for next month even though it feels like we just barely returned from our last one.

And, yeah, I'm totally looking forward to it.

In addition to our annual jaunts to the Caribbean, we're also planning a trip to Ottawa and my husband's hometown in Upstate New York for my sister-in-law's wedding.

I don't know that I'd classify that trip as a vacation so much, simply because it's going to be a crazy and rushed time out east, but I can't complain.

It's still time off from work and from my real life, so bring it on, I say!

2. Garage sales

Isn't it funny that I would rank garage sales ahead of going on vacation?? (I know, I should probably be committed....)

The beauty of garage sales for me is two-fold:

First, despite the fact that my house is plenty cluttered and I should probably have a sale of my own, I love the idea that I can casually find a new-to-me item for relatively cheap and use it to reinvent our house.

Oh, you're selling that vintage seaside painting for 98% less than what you originally paid for it? 

The other thing I love about garage sales is that they're synonymous with the start of spring and summer. And let's face it, when you live in the frozen tundra, you'll go out of your way looking for signs of a reprieve.

In our house, we don't ask a Groundhog about how much longer winter will last. Instead, we turn to the first garage sale advertisement as an error-proof indicator that winter is officially over and garage-sale season has begun.

Now who WOULDN'T look forward to that?

1. The melting of the snow

Yes, the thing I'm looking forward to most this year is the melting of all this snow we've accumulated.

Sure, it certainly looks beautiful outside right now -- even my cold and hardened heart can concede to that -- but I do long to see the grass again.

When all the snow is gone, so many more opportunities are opened up for us; in addition to baseball season and garage sales, we can also do other even simpler things.

Things like going to the park. Or to the beach for a day. Or walking though the neighbourhood without having to be bundled up like Nanook of the North.

There's also the ability to sit outside around the fire late at night.

And the endless hours of daylight that allow us to pack as much (or as little) into the day as we wish.

So, yeah, even though we're deep in the heart of winter right now, at least I know there's still something more wonderful to look forward to this year.

Aww, poor snowmen. 
Don't worry, winter will be back before you know it!

All right, peeps. My list is really simple, as per usual, but that's how I roll.

Mosey over to Divulge with Dani to see what she's got cooking for this year!


  1. I'm looking forward to more travel too this year! Going on lots of little surfing trips around the west coast and hopefully one big trip this summer.

  2. This seriously could have been my blog too. I am SO. EFFING. TIRED. OF. WINTER.

    I can't wait for our vacation.