new year, new me?

well, not really. but it kind of feels like it. i've been sleeping rather consistently, for one. i think it involves the addition of more protein to my diet despite the allergist's recommendations of avoiding processed soy (i.e. tofu, tempeh, and the like). i have been accomplishing this by eating THE BEST SANDWICH EVER. bet you never thought i'd have a reuben again, did you? marinated tempeh substitutes for the roast beef, and avocado makes an excellent stand-in for the cheese. i made my own faux thousand island out of soy mayo, ketchup, onions, and pickles. i cannot stop gushing over how delicious this sandwich is. i seriously could eat it every day.

I PAID OFF ONE OF MY STUDENT LOANS TODAY! YEAH! it was the one through the school with 8% interest, so i am really happy that's over. i no longer owe ANYTHING to that God-forsaken place, and that's a great feeling. they have this stupid process where i still have to mail the check with a note saying how they should use it (duh) and make sure they get it, but the check is written and in the mail! i'm free... except for $14,000 on my other one. this is my last debt, and i would like to pay it off as soon as i can, so i'm cutting my nonessential purchases WAY down (i.e., i previously budgeted $300/month for "fun" and now budget $100).

i went back to indiana for xmas. it was awesome seeing all my relatives! i hope to visit everyone again soon. everyone is nice, and no one can give me crap now that i've moved out. MUAHAHAAAA!!!! just kidding, kind of. it was hard to stick to my diet with all the delicious temptation around, but i did a pretty good job considering, and i don't regret it. my family got a wii for xmas. we would like one next year (hint?). the other big purchase i would like to make once we move out of this apartment is a new tv + cable.

c and i were in missouri for new year's eve. we saw a band at the blue note, dropped by the pasta factory's employee party, and then went to one of the employees' apartments for another party. beyond that, i'm afraid i can't tell you more about the night. i woke up at noon new year's day fully clothed with an oatmeal cookie in my hand and the taste of rumpelmintz in my mouth, and i have no idea what happened.

but besides that night, we got to hang out with c's family. LOVE j&j's new baby, mason. he is SO CUTE and happy as a clam all the time! the older baby is also a real trip but is at the age when kids start coming to terms with the fact that the world does not revolve around them so is less pleasant sometimes.

it was back to work for me, but the company gave me an INCREDIBLE holiday bonus, so it's not that bad, i guess. i have an interview friday for a staff writing position.

my goals for the year are as follows:
1. get super-healthy.
2. get engaged. *ahem*
3. get a new job.
4. pay off my student loans (this one is kind of a pipe dream, but i'm already on my way).

i think garlic is the best smell in the world. if c smelled like garlic all the time, wild horses couldn't keep me away.

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