Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The New Year's Resolutions, Yet Again

Year after year come and go in a snap. We welcome each year with hopes that it will bring more happy times than the previous one, we talk about our new year's resolutions thinking that this year we'll actually follow through...

Last year my new year resolution was... was... Yikes, I don't remember what it was...

Since I don't remember what was so important to me just a year ago, I decided to put the new one in writing so I don't forget.

Hmm, what should it be? Should I manage stress better, or learn something new, or lose weight, or exercise more, or get out of debt?.. I think I just named the most popular New Years resolutions that usually stand along with quitting smoking and drinking and exercising. And the unfortunate news is that  about 88% of the new resolutions fail each year.

So how to beat the odds? Should I even bother? I know I really hoped to get better with my money, but I slipped close to the holiday shopping time. I also wanted to learn to not be too hard on myself... And I think I am doing the opposite right now...

Okay, I am not the kind of girl who gives up easily. After all, life is a process, right? We live and learn and improve every day. And if we fail, we try again even harder the next time... right?

In order to figure out what should be my 2014 resolution, I started looking back as to what I've done this year that I want to improve. But what I found really surprised me - and you will see why in just a minute:

Things I did in 2013:

Clearly, I baked lots of cupcakes,

Grew tomatos,
Beautified my garden,
Made the best pancakes ever!
Celebrated Robby's graduation! I am such a proud mom!
Class of UCSC 2013
 Flew 75000 miles to many amazing destinations,
South Beach Miami
Georgetown Washington
Central Park, NYC
Seattle, WA, my favorite cafe at the corner of 4th and Seneca
 Drank great drinks!
Bloody Mary at the Beachcombers Cafe, in Newport Beach
Margarita at Los Brissos in Corona Del Mar
Green Juice in Whole Foods
Raced for the cure,
Checked out Rene Magritte's exhibit @ MoMa
Visited the Endeavor,
 Watched Wicked at the Gershwin Theater in New York,
Ate and drank at great restaurants,
Spent time with the people I love,
Sang songs with my dad,
 Joined a horse riding school,
with Teddy
Took lots of selfies,
with a random cow
with Grinch's dog Max
With my cutie Lucy
Gave a hug to a chicken,
 Picked a pumpkin,
Got splashed by a wave,
 Celebrated lots of birthdays!
 Been silly with my kids,
 Ate a billion calorie Cinnabon. Yum!
 Been kissed by a bird,
 Shopped for shoes,
And shopped for toys,
 Got a gift from Santa himself! (I've obviously been a good girl)
Okay, I will stop now.

I see clearly now that I did not have such a bad year. And according to all these picture, I had a great year!

I was surprised - I kind of forgot the good times and remembered the long working hours, stress, frustration - I just didn't take pictures of those moments...

I laid down at night thinking that if this was not a good year, what would be? While I had a good dose of not-so-good days, I had so many wonderful days, filled with love, adventure, challenge. I just shouldn't forget it. Luckily, I've got pictures to remind me! And, instead of being hard on myself, all I need to do is work hard, take each day at a time, love and be loved, and repeat the same the next day. And that should be my new year's resolution for 2014! It is in writing, and I better follow through!

Tonight we'll be opening Champagne to celebrate the New Year and the New Me. What a special occasion! Cheers!

Zuma A.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Day At Universal Studious Hollywood

Last April, we took advantage of the yearly pass promotion at the Universal Studious Hollywood (buy one day and get a year free) and have gone there a few times throughout the year. So when, yesterday, Varuzh offered to tag along with our friends and go to Universal Studious, I was torn. I love hanging out with my friends, and I love the fantasy land, but  I cannot stand the drive there, and I also had so much to do - work (yes, I do work on Sundays sometimes), plan a dinner party (Christmas eve is only 2 days away), go to the market, clean the house... I had no time for fun! Seriously! So I said "no."

But then, besides feeling responsible for taking away everyone's excitement, I thought of what I would be missing if I stayed home... then I looked at the files waiting on my dinner table where I place them for visibility and annoyance... and then I decided that on Monday I could do all the things I was supposed to do on Sunday in addition to the things I am supposed to do on Monday... What can I say, reason prevails!

Have you been to the Universal Studious during the winter holidays? If you haven't, then you should, especially since they still have the promotion for the year pass.

This is what we saw when we got in - Whoville!

Met the Who's!
With Cindy Lou and friends
And of course the Grinch!
You bad bad Grinch!
Took a selfie with the Grinch!
 And with Max!
How do I look as the Grinch?
After visiting Whoville, while the boys went on the rides, my girlfriend and I went on to hang out with the New Yorkers, Dancing Christmas Dolls and the Blues Brothers. And we danced and danced and danced...

At night we watched the tree light up, and took lots of pictures together.
My precious treasure!

 What a beautiful day it was! And I'm sure I will pay for it tomorrow... but I'll think about it... tomorrow...

Happy Holidays!

With love always, 
xo Zuma A.