Week-end: links & life {vol. 7}

It’s the New Year, y’all!

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

I don’t necessarily make resolutions for the new year; I’m more of a make-changes-as-needed sort of girl. But the new year does feel like a clean slate, and I like that. It’s like a big version of the delight I get from a tidy desk and a brand new calendar.

great links from around the web:

highlights from here at home:

Christmas with Lindsey

Lindsey wasn’t able to come the same day Diane and Brandon came, so we celebrated Christmas with her on Sunday. Since that was the last of the year’s Christmasing, I took down the tree and put away all our Christmas decor later than evening. Some years — like this year — I’m just ready to move on. Goodbye Christmas; Hello, New Year!

After feeling like a slug from last week’s dietary indulgences, I am making a point of getting back to my usual healthier fare. And (prepare to cheer, y’all!), I’ve completed five weeks of PiYo and I’m happy to be continuing on, getting a little bit stronger every day.

You know you’re a cleaning nerd when you get super excited about a new vacuum cleaner. My Dyson has been a dutiful friend for nine years. Bought reconditioned, we definitely got our money’s worth out if it — but now it’s held together with duct tape and not working like it used to. So, I bought myself a Shark Navigator, and of course took it for a test drive as soon as it arrived. Although I’ll have to get used to how it handles, it sucked up more dog hair than the old one has in years. And it’s only about 1/3 the price of a new Dyson. Happy New Year to me!

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