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The new site is live, so this is my last post here. I’ll be leaving this site up, but all the new and exciting stuff will be happening over at Lean Green Suburban Machine. I hope to see you there!

Okay, I was going to wait until tomorrow, but I’m just so excited about how things are looking that I wanted to share the new site with you now. Please take a few moments to check out my new online home, and maybe leave a comment there to let me know what you think:

Lean Green Suburban Machine

Your thoughts on the new site would be very greatly appreciated!

For the new year I had intended to treat my blog to a new spiffy url, it’s own domain name. turns out that someone just barely beat me to it, and The Suburban Homestead as a domain is flat out not available, nor is anything comfortably similar. Boo-hoo.

This little frustration set in motion a lot of other things…and in short this blog will be moving soon and taking a new name (complete with a unique domain) and getting a total makeover and some fun new features! It’s sort of like the witness protection program…only I’m going to be telling everyone what our new name is and where we’re moving too.

I’m still hard at work handling the move and redesign, but check back here soon for a new address announcement. In the meantime, if there’s anything specific you would like to see added to the new site, let me know in the comment section here.

A few years ago I stopped making resolutions at the start of the New Year. Instead, I now pick a few skills to develop and a few projects to undertake over the next year. Last year I learned to brew beer, the year before I learned the basics of knitting, and the year before that I began to learn how to play the guitar. I also pick a few areas of my life that need work, and plan on given them some extra attention and developing good habits in those areas, such as tracking my work time more efficiently or replacing our home cleaning products with greener (and cheaper) alternatives.

This year for my new skills I have decided to master making home made pasta (Thing 1 gave me a hand cranked pasta machine for Christmas!) and also to learn to shoot billiards (Hubby and I gave the whole family a pool table for Christmas). The first one will be fairly easy, I hope, and the second will require a lot of practice and patience. The pool table was installed yesterday, and I have learned that I do not play as well as I remember myself playing in college.

My big project for the year will be to transform the basement play room into a family game room featuring, of course, the new pool table. Hubby and I have decided to decorate the room using photos from our trips to Ireland, and the traditional Irish pub will be guiding our choices in furniture (new end tables, bookcases, and tv stand are part of the plan).

Another project I wish to tackle is finishing my nanowrimo novel, which I hope to do by the end of January, and then seeing about getting it published.

Lastly, then, would be choosing the areas of my life that need attention. This year, I will be focusing on my career and my health. For my career, I plan to take some courses in LEED neighborhood design and see about getting myself LEED certified. For my health, I need to ramp up the fitness and meditation routine, clean up the eating plan, and get myself a round of physicals and annual tests (and maybe, just maybe to the dentist, thought I really despise the pain they cause me).

What plans have you made for the new year?

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is wrapping up. I don’t know if they accomplished much, but I hope something comes of it. The time for discussion is long past, and the window of time for meaningful action is closing.

As the start of the new year approaches, I am asking myself and my family what new things we can do in the coming year to make a difference, just like the people in this video:

What will you do?

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About me

I am on a personal and professional quest to find a happier, healthier, greener and more cost effective way to live life in the suburbs.