Happy New Year! 
Friday, 2 January, 2009, 19:17
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2009 has arrived. Hopefully it'll be easier than 2008 ... could do without flooding, power outages, and so on.

Julie and I have not made New Year's Resolutions. We figure that they're frequently broken and, therefore, worthless. However, we've set some goals. We want to get in better shape so we can go biking again in the summer. The main problem is maintaining motivation, and this appears to be the problem with a lot of people. The motivation may exist at the beginning of the year, but it falls off later on down the line. If either Julie or I were to undertake the plans we had discussed on the way home yesterday, we'd probably stop doing these things because the motivation just wouldn't be there; we're going to work together to reach our goal. It's going to take a lot more than just motivation, obviously, but we'll see how it works out.

Julie commented that our house is a lot warmer than it used to be when we got home from her mom's yesterday. The funny thing is that the thermostat was set on the exact same setting as before -- it's just running the standard weekday program -- so it looks like our new windows are doing their job quite well :)

Despite the fall in gas prices, I am still not experiencing any buyer's remorse. It's been 10 months since I traded in the RAV4 for a Civic Hybrid, and buying gas half as often as I used to still feels just as nice. I don't know if I'll ever get used to the brake feel, though, as I still haven't gotten used to it. It's the regenerative braking that makes it feel strange.

So ... first post of the year, and I didn't wait until February to make it :) Julie's birthday is coming up on the 17th, and The Melting Pot in Villa Park is closed (they're moving to Zed 451's former location in Downers Grove) so I guess that's out of the question.
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