Thursday, March 13, 2014

Y.O.A!




Feeling listless?  Restless?  At loose ends with your life?  Is the thrill of spinning around in your office chair gone?  

Do your ears hang low?  Is your hair limp and lifeless?  

Is your once sudsy bar of Zest for life down to a pathetic cardboard-like sliver?   

Well, my darlings, look up and look around at that blue light flashing in Betty’s head.  You see, none of this is your fault.  It is mine!  

It occurred to me the other day that I had neglected to tell you this year’s theme!  Yes!  And you all were too polite to beg me for it!  

You poor things have been waiting beside your closets, ready to base your wardrobe choices on my Theme of the Year and I have been negligent in my duty.  For this, apologize. 

(Trumpets, please.)  It is Year of Action.  YOA!  Hear our battle cry “YOA!”

Some of you may remember my past themes of “Year of Service” and “Year of Organization” and who can forget “Year of Grains”?  (I think many of you are still recovering from that.) 

So what are the guidelines for YOA?  Simply that when there is a choice between action and non-action, we take action!  (Except of course, when the action may be, well, stupid or rash.) 

This means when there is a medical appointment to be made, I make that call.  When there are house repairs that need to be made, I get on it.  When it is time to go to lunch with the gal pals, I text them and get their buttocks to the nearest padded booth so we can have a much-needed confab. 

(One of my buddies has suggested that next year be Year of Overreaction. He notes I would be good at it and he is correct.  Now whenever I get too wound up about something, he says, “Hold on until next year then you can overreact!” Since I will be planning a wedding next year, I think the theme of overreacting would be perfect! Don’t you?)

Since January, except for a couple of lazy days, I have been able to stay true to YOA.  

A few highlights:  Getting a lot of medical appointments taken care of, getting all three pets to the vet and getting their little bodies attended to, getting engaged (woooooooooo!), firing Jesus-the Gardener and finding a great replacement (the second coming, if you will), and planning and going on a three-week vay-cay to New Zealand and Australia. 

So, now you know what this year’s theme is.  

Finally, your life has meaning and direction.  

Get on those crushed velvet track suits you’ve saved from the 1980’s and get going!  It’s YOA!!

So tell me in your comments, watcha gonna do first?  Huh?  Huh?

Yours in YOA,
Betty


33 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - that is such good news: a wedding to plan for ... brilliant and congratulations to you both.

YOA - sounds good 2014's theme and 2015's theme ...

I'm going to grab me my little purse and buy me some new tracksuits and get me butt out into our Spring sunshine.

Yeah -life has meaning and direction .. lots to do this year ... and such fun times for you - happy Betty's YOA ..

Cheers and lots of flowers coming with it ... Hilary

Shelly said...

I love the YOA. For mine, we are taking a long talked about trip to Israel in a couple of weeks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great motto for this year! And if you're planning a wedding, there will be lots of action needed.

Olga said...

Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

Leah J. Utas said...

Yes, Year Of Action. I will get right on getting it done.

YrHmblHst said...

I wondered who to blame...

Jane Jazz said...

First I'm going to send huge wedding congrats to Bubbly Betty, then I'm going to close my study window quickly... as the farmer's tractor has just started muck-spreading right outside!

Chasing Rainbows said...

Just the incentive I need right now Betty, Thanks for your Y.O.A

Yvonne.

Madi and Mom said...

BB you crack us up. Y.O.A.
I, Madi, will thoroughly contemplate this challenge as any feline would do.
Mom, says right this very minute she is going to toast some bread, slather it with peanut butter. Make a cup of Bigelow Lemon Lift tea (cause it is 43 degrees). She'll get back to you
Hugs madi and mom

Brian said...

Hooray for a wedding coming up! Hey, I am much better at inaction than action!

Hilary said...

Actually, I'm more prepared for the YOO.. so I'm ahead of you on this one. I guess it's the YOA after all.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Brian Miller said...

woot on getting engaged! that is awesome...i like your theme for the year...you start to feel momentum....

Alison said...

Somehow, I just don't picture you being able to pull of the Bridezilla thing.

As for me, my first Action will be to find a new job, hopefully changing careers in the process to something more meaningful than sitting at a desk making money for The Bank. I might even write a blog post about this new ambition...once I break the news to Ma and Pa of my impending layoff .

Ms. A said...

My plan is to rest and recuperate from all the "Action" last year. I'm exhausted!

Gigi said...

Year of Action, you say? *sigh* and here I was hoping for a Year of Relaxation.

Oh well. *dusting off my notebook* I guess I better get started on my lists of To-Do's.

Ann said...

Apparently you must have sent me a memo via mental telepathy because this has been a year of action sort of for me. I got off my butt and started working out and changing my diet. Now that it's officially out I can thank you :)

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jenny_o said...

As sad as it makes me to admit, I cannot find my 1980's sweatband and therefore I will not be able to join you in YOA'ing. No, no, that's all right, keep yours, no need to send it to me, you're going to need it yourself :)

Out on the prairie said...

I knew there was something missing in my life

Lin said...

I'm gonna sit back and live vicariously through you. Your life has been very exciting in the past couple of years...I can't wait to see what happens next!

Baby Sister said...

So that is what's wrong with my year. :) I like your theme. I think I'd do better at next years though. :) My actions...eating more fruits and veggies in my diet and being more active. Now that my health is cooperating for the most part, it's time to kick it into high gear. :)

R Bella said...

YES! I am on board with YOA! Great choice, BB.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Holy smokes! That is fantastic news! CONGRATS on your engagement!!!

Pat Tillett said...

First off, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

I'll try to keep the year open (because you didn't mention a date). Am into this Y.O.A. or what?

Daisy said...

The first thing I'm going to do is campaign for next year being the year of goofing off to make up for this year being the year of action! :D

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding, Betty! Doing a happy dance for you here.

Empty Nester said...

Just been catching up on your photos- they are wonderful! Looks like you're taking your theme to heart. :)

Retired English Teacher said...

This is a great theme, and it seems to be working for you quite well. I like have themes, Bible verses, or words for my year focus. This year I chose Ecclesiastes 3. For everything there is a season. This is your season for making some great new memories, Betty. I love that you are mindfully taking action on those things that would be easily left undone.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

YOA I am in. I'm an actiony kind of woman.

Slamdunk said...

I like your theme Betty. My current action is being grounded by taxes--darn things. Soon I can think more profoundly though.

Catherine said...

This is truly 'your year' my friend! You go girl! We look forward to your inspiration. :)
xo Catherine

annie said...

First I have to get rid of the old girl scout song that is now replaying over and over in my head thanks to you Betty!
"do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro, can you tie them in a knot,can you tie them in a bow? Can you toss them over your shoulder like a Continental soldier? Do your ears hang low?"
First action:
Remove song from brain!

Que Merrill said...

So I take it that Year of Action means that you are too busy to ever post again? I guess I'd better get busy so I get over it.