What Are You Looking At?

2010 in Review

I was going to do a year-end report on the blog before the new year. But I didn’t and I’m over it. For those who are wondering what happened with the Santa debate, we essentially punted for another year. Santa is ubiquitous, and with songs sung at daycare and pictures of him everywhere, there’s no escaping Santa. So we acknowledged him at appropriate times, but he didn’t come to our house and no gifts bore his name. Like lots of religions, no?

EC wrote a lovely tribute the week of Christmas, about motherhood and the season. It’s worth reading or re-reading.

If you’re wondering what the top post of 2010 was, I thank Summer Pierre for letting me share her birth story “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Birth Center.”

Happy New Year

I Resolve…

And many people have made resolutions. Some people think it’s hooey, but I actually enjoy resolutions since I had a baby. What my husband and I realized after having a child is that you can pretty much live your life the way you want, more or less, but introducing new items takes effort. So choosing one new interest becomes a narrow focus, but is also more realistic. For example, last year I resolved to learn how to sew. Thanks to EC, her neighbor and Meg from Elsie Marley, I’m now about a “C+” on the sewing machine. I’ve made some terrible clothing items that I would never put on my unknowing daughter, but also some stuff that I’m really proud of, no matter how wonky.

In an ideal world I would have three resolutions: one for mind, one for body and one for spirit. But there’s that whole kid and time thing and I don’t want to feel even more frazzled, so I have one: do sit-ups every day. Yes, good old fashioned sit-ups. My goal is to eventually do 100 each day, but for now I’m starting with 20 or 25 and working my way up. And I’ve done them the past two days, so I’m on the path towards something.

But something else has been nagging me, and that’s how I can make this blog better. I was out celebrating ALW’s birthday at her favorite home-away-from-home, Dexter’s, and we both expressed interest in making it *more.* I’m not sure what that means, so I ask you, “What would you like to see more of on the blog?” I want to make it more attractive. I changed the layout, but I’m already not a huge fan. Jill from Good Life for Less suggested that I add more photos. I agree. I’m working on that. But what else do you recommend? What changes, if any, would you make? Any additions or subtractions?

– MD

    • Melissa
    • January 3rd, 2011

    I would highly suggest doing the sit ups on an exercise ball if you don’t already, BIG difference for me in how effective they are.

    I always enjoy the blog posts but I agree, it would be nice to see more pictures. If you are looking more along the lines of a blog makeover as far as look I would highly recommend Franchesca at http://smallbirdstudio.blogspot.com/, she redesigned my blog and does beautiful work.

    • firstsmilesandtears
    • January 3rd, 2011

    Thanks, Melissa! I do have an exercise ball in the basement I can dust off. Good idea. And I really like the look of that blog. Good stuff, and I’ll look into that.
    – Marlena

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