Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

As we begin the new year, I'm trying to think of ways to look forward.  There are things I want to accomplish this year as we move forward with life.  I guess January first is as good a time as any to think of what those things will be.  I'm facing a lot of uncertainty in the very near future as we wait to see if the teachers and administration in the school district where I work will come to a resolution or if there will be a strike.  I greatly fear a strike for a lot of reasons.  A most pressing one is that if the teachers go on strike, the district will most likely shut down, meaning that none of us will get paid.  If they don't shut down, that brings about a bunch of other issues, such as will I be asked to do work that isn't what I'm supposed to be doing.  In any event, I'm finding that looking at some of these longer term goals are helping me to look past the immediate scary future and into where I want to be at this time next year.

One goal I have is to finally bite the bullet and take a therapy dog certification test with Bunny.  Treat was a certified TDI dog, but I'd like to test with Delta this time if at all possible.  I feel that they're better for us personally and I also want to be able to participate in READ, which TDI doesn't support.  If I'm really honest, Bunny won't be the one who has trouble passing the test.  It will be me.  I'm a terrible test taker and I freely admit that.  I have no doubt that Bunny will do wonderfully as long as I stay relaxed on the other end of the leash.  So, after we've saved up a bit of money to take the test, we'll be making ourselves official.

Another thing I have to do is start walking more often.  I imagine that Bunny will be more than happy to help me in this endeavor.  Treat hounded me to walk every day when she was alive and I got in pretty good shape walking with her.  Bunny wants to walk, as well, but I've gotten out of the habit.  I've had some health issues that make breathing difficult for me at times, but now that some of that seems to be settling down, I need to get back out there.  Bunny, I know you can get me out there!  As the weather improves, I will get out there and get moving.  I want to be a person who resembles her dog again.

I'm sure there are other things I should do, too, but realisitcally, I don't want to overwhelm myself and make it impossible.  If we can accomplish those two things, I'll be much happier.  Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope that I'll get to go back to work after our winter break is over!

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  1. Knowing you as well as I do gal you will do whatever you set your mind to with great class and wit as well!

    My good wishes are with you concerning the work situation, we know how scary a possible strike can be.

    May 2010 shine on ya Radiance! *Hugs*

  2. A very happy, safe and healthy 2010 and we're keeping our toes, fingers and paws crossed for you

    warm chikisses

  3. Fingers crossed on the strike - it wouldn't be good for anyone...

    And, your two goals sound great. I'm the same way - I try to make some small attainable goals rather than big overwhelming "resolutions".

    Happy New Year.

  4. LOL! I am already a person who resembles her dog, and believe me, in my case that is not a good thing!
    I think Bunny would be a wonderful therapy dog. And she would love it too I bet.

    Wishing you the very best in 2010.

    The Duchess

  5. Oh, you'll do great with the therapy dog testing. And don't forget you can always hit the bike trails with me.

  6. Happy new year! I am sure you will accomplish those goals this year!

  7. Happy New Year, May it be full of wonderful treats.

  8. Setting goals is a normal thing for January 1st. And I think setting just a couple reachable goals is a smart thing. I know Bunny will help you as much as she possibly can -- I do think she'll really be of assistance with the walking! I made a promise to myself to walk more this year as well. Hopefully I can soon find me a little girl who would be willing to walk with me. I went out myself just a bit ago for about 20 minutes. Every little bit helps! Happy New Years!!

  9. Somehow, a lot of our goals tend to be oriented around our furkids too :) I'm sure Bunny is looking forward to be TDI-certified.

  10. Keep us posted on that a retired teacher, I know your concern!
    Enjoy the doggie walkies!

  11. That is scary about your work place. I hope it goes OK for you.

    More walkies! Always a good thing to do.


  12. I think Bunny will do great as a therapy dog!! Maybe a nice long walk before the test would be a good thing to settle down - then that is both 2010 goals! :p

    Happy New Year!

  13. We are on that walkie always seems to help both Dory and I feel better!!

    I am sorry about your job and am hoping that all works out!!

    Happy New Year!

  14. Happy New Year
    Nice to meet new friends :-)
    Thanks for your visit ..

    Anya :-)
    Kareltje =^.^=


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