Nothing new but the year

There probably won't any new house news till the New Year, unless something major breaks. So let's hope there's nothing new till the New Year.

Our house itself can't have resolutions (being a house and all), but I have resolutions for it.

1) Only bring in beautiful things.
This mainly applies to the furniture and the like. We're at the point in our lives/home ownership where we don't need to buy more items, we have everything we need, some things just aren't the right style or aren't built to last. Any new or replacement items should be both.

That being said, my definition of beautiful might be a bit different than most. For example, this piece of art was shipped our way today. And for my birthday I asked for a glass jellyfish – Rachel vetoed it (I didn't know you could veto birthday presents).

2) Be a good place for a dinner party.
I want to give a go at being dinner party people. This is totally against my introvert nature and, honestly, I'm a pretty terrible host. And a pretty terrible cook. But I want to make sure that we stay connected to friends, ex-coworkers, etc and I think the best way to go about that would be to become awesome dinner party people.

3) Become more handy.
Admittedly this is more for me than the house. I plan on being handier in the New Year. Home Depot gift cards has been my standard reply when asked about holiday gifts and I plan to buy a miter saw and drill (and maybe a nail gun). I've got a few ideas that I was going to have our contractor do, but I think I'll be able to handle them myself with the right tools.

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