Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Happy New Year 2015We are almost at the end of the year, and await the start of a new year with both anticipation and dread.   This time of year always puts me in a contemplative mood as I take stock of what kind of year it was.  There was surgery, healing, a bad case of food poisoning, a wonderful cruise, fun meals with friends, a relaxing trip to Cambria, festivals, birthdays,  my elderly cat’s broken leg, and my  daughter and son-in-law’s joyous homecoming after almost a year and a half away. And these are just a few events in this past year. Everyone in my family is relatively healthy and for that I am truly thankful.  On balance, I would say this past year has been pretty good to me.

I can only hope that 2015 will be a good year. I don’t believe in making resolutions, since they will probably be broken, but I do have some wishes. As I turn another year older in March, I wish and hope that I can age gracefully,  stay active and healthy.  After several surgeries in the past few years, I hope this is a no-surgery year! I hope my friends and family will have a good year, and if not, that I will be there to give them support in whatever they go through.

And, as a librarian, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that coming up in the New Year, the library has more programs, both entertaining and educational, planned for all ages. We also still have books, CDs, magazines, CD Books, and DVDs to be checked out. And for those of you with Kindles, or Ipad’s or the like,  we are happy to provide you with eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines, and many fantastic databases, such as Mango, and Universal class for your learning pleasure. All our programs and databases are free, as is everything you check out, unless you lose or damage an item or return it late. All of our programs are advertised via flyer, paper calendar and our event calendar online.  Make it a part of your routine to check and see what is going on at  your local library.  I think you’ll be pleased at the breadth and depth of what we offer.

We can put this year behind us, whether it was good or bad, and have the opportunity to start over again. The world will go on, as it always does, with events that astound us, make us happy or maybe, sadly, horrify us.  What we can do, is to try to make our little corner of the world a little happier, safer and kinder for those around us.

In closing I give you this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.  Happy New Year, everyone!

“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”


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San Francisco

Disney California Adventure

New York

London, England

Shanghai, China

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Moscow, Russia

Taipei, Taiwan

Sydney, Australia

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Well here we are again at the beginning of a brand new year, 2012 is here! Have you made any New Year resolutions? It’s the perfect time to think about any changes you might want to make to become a healthier, happier, better you! I had a few broad goals in mind when thinking about the changes I wanted to make for myself in the New Year. Here is my list: eat healthier, exercise more, meet new people and try new things. I decided to start with one goal first and then work my way through the rest of the list.

I have made the resolution to eat healthier every year for the past few years. Somewhere along the line I would always give up thinking it was too difficult because of junk food cravings and too time-consuming to prepare meals at home. However this year I was serious about this change and found that tackling the first item on my list was actually much easier and more enjoyable than I had anticipated.

I already started putting the first of my resolutions into practice a couple of months before the New Year began, so I’m committed to it now.  I started slowly by first keeping track of what I was eating in a normal day and then thinking about what changes I could make to my diet. I realized I was eating way too much fast food, and drinking too much soda. My next step was to reduce the amount of fast food and soda in my diet. I decided to start cooking more meals at home and start taking a packed lunch to work. Preparing my meals at home help me eat healthy and save money! I dumped the soda for water and incorporated more fruit and veggie snacks into my diet in place of chips, cookies and other unhealthy junk food I was eating before.

One of the things that has really helped me keep my junk food cravings under control is finding healthier alternative recipes for foods I love, like pizza and brownies. Here are a couple of links to blogs with recipes I have been using to help quash those cravings:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Black Bean Brownies

Another thing I have been doing is allowing myself some of those junk food items, but in moderation. The point isn’t to deny myself completely, but to train myself to eat better on a regular basis. I find that since I started working on eating better I don’t really crave those items as much, and when I do allow myself to eat or drink them they do feel like a special treat instead of a regular part of my diet.

Here are a few cookbooks that I have been using to find ways to make healthier meals at home:

Click on the books to see their availability at the Library and to place them on hold.

Here are a couple of new cookbooks that I currently have holds on and am eagerly awaiting their arrival:

If you are interested in the Happy Herbivore cookbook there is also a website with a blog by the author and a list of recipes for you to take a look at:

Happy Herbivore Recipes

You can also check out the Taste of Home website to find great recipes.

The Alameda County Library has a wonderful collection of cookbooks here. You can refine the search by adding terms like any of the following:

healthy, low-carb, gluten-free, diabetic, vegetarian and vegan, .

If losing weight or eating healthier is on your resolution list keep in mind that it’s extremely important to make sure you are eating the right amount of calories and getting the proper nutrition when making any changes to your daily diet. Also, remember that making some small changes initially will help you transition into better eating habits long term.

So far the first of my resolutions is sticking, now it’s time to start working on resolution number 2: exercising more. Wish me luck, and good luck to all of you who are setting out to accomplish new goals this year!

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13 Things to Try in the New Year


Thursday Thirteen #100

I can’t believe it! I’ve reached my 100th Thursday Thirteen. So, I’m celebrating with some ideas on things to try in this New Year. What are you trying this year?

13 Things to Try in the New Year:
1. Learn a new Language.
2. Exercise more.
3. Take up a new sport.
4. Organize your house.
5. Say “no” more often to new commitments.
6. Try reading in a different genre than your usual.
7. Try a new craft.
8. Start a new correspondence.
9. Join a club.
10. Start scheduling some time for yourself.
11. Try some new music.
12. Take a class.
13. Make friends with your camera.

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