December 31st, 2002

Doug & Sheri

Whoever the "garden menehune" was...

...will be mighty upset with us. :( I swear we watered the ground cover, I swear we did. When I came home from work today I noticed that it was a wee bit...DEAD. :( Oh well, just got back from watering it just now and hopefully it'll revive itself...I was never really good with plants... and Mark....well, we won't even mention Mark since he had the whole day off and it didn't even occur to him to water it... :(

I'm off in a bit to go to the in-laws for a big family dinner (my Mom will be joining us for the first time this year). It's Julie's (Mark's sister) birthday tonight and so we got her a GC to Borders (I let Mark pick out her gift since he knows better what she'd appreciate). We usually don't stay too long there... once the fireworks in the neighborhood start getting a bit bad, we grab Sydney and head home. (She's somehow less afraid of the fireworks when she's in a familiar setting like our house).

We still have to put up our mochi and kadomatsu (the traditional Japanese things we set around our house for good luck). And we usually head over to eat a brunch at Orchids in Hale Kulani on New Year's Day, but this year we've decided to save some money since we'll be going to NYC in February... We'll still be heading over to my Mom's for dinner though and Sydney will get to spend time with the "crazy" dog (my Mom's Japanese Spitz - Yuki) :)

It's been a wonderful year - I was going to recap my best memories, but then they all involved traveling with Mark, friends, etc and seeing Kevin's shows so I thought I'd spare everyone all the "Kevin-isms" this time...:) Though I have to say that one of the best things (on the Kevin side of things) that happened all year was that the site became "official"... I have sooooo many other great memories that involve other aspects of my life, but because I put so much into the creation of his site, and it's something I love doing (more than anything) it was an extremely wonderful moment to hear Kevin say, "I'd love to make it official." :):):):):) **sigh**

Well, it's off to the in-laws... :) Happy New Year, everyone! Be safe!
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Doug & Sheri

Some New Year's resolutions before the stroke of midnight...

....Well, we're back from the in-laws and actually had a pretty good time. Sydney is the grandchild that they don't have, so among the many people there Sydney is often the center of attention. She's usually very tired and over-stimulated and by the time we bring her home she's ready for some serious sleep. Tonight, however she's wandering around under my computer barking at every little pop of fireworks outside... It's going to be a long night...

Thought about some New Year's Resolutions on the way home and wanted to write them down (so to speak) before midnight.

1. I'm determined to lose 20 pounds. I know that I say that every year, but this year I'm really going to do it. Which means dusting off my bank ID and heading down to the gym my company owns and making time to work out at least twice (if not more) times a week, going walking more, and eating better (which means bringing lunches and cutting out the quick run ins with fast food between errands at lunch).

2. Save money - to not shop carelessly. I've been able to stop my excessive shopping a bit recently, but my goal in 2003 is to stop the need to spend money on things I don't need and basically could do without. No more outrageous credit card bills...

3. I will try to update my other websites more frequently. I have no problem updating Kevin's....it's just Julie's and Cody's that I sometimes have to think about doing more frequently. I'll try to be better about it next year, though.

'Kay, I had more, but in reading through my list, I think that these will pretty much be taking up most of my time and energy next year. And being quite realistic about it all, I think there are only so many of these I can make and honestly expect to keep...

Well...we shall see, I guess. :) Better get off the computer, Sydney just jumped into my lap (scared from all the fireworks) so I'd better tend to her. Again, Happy New Year, everyone!
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