New Year’s Resolution

The history of making New Year’s resolution began with the Babylonians approximately 4,000 years ago. The Babylonians New Year’s Day was March 23rd. March was a logical time period for the New Year because spring begins and crops are planted. The Romans celebrated the New Year on March 1st, not January 1st.

New Years Day was changed to January 1st by Julius Caesar to honor Janus, the two-faced god who looks backwards into the old year and forward into the new. January 1st has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It was a random date selected by Julius Caesar. The vision of Janus started the custom of New Year’s resolutions. Most of the resolutions were based on moral favor.

Studies show that in the past 10 years, 40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top New Year’s resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to smoke. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction. Although many people fail to achieve their goals, or break their resolution before the year is up; you are always going to come closer to achieving your goal if you set one, than if you don’t even try.

With our wedding less than six months away, Matt and I are feeling the pressure. The pressure to get things in place, the pressure to start paying our bills, and the pressure to look good. Yes, we are joining the masses and making a New Year’s resolution to get in tip-top wedding shape.

After a wonderful week at home, Matt and I returned to New York to a mess slush and snow. We are tired but decided to make a trip to the gym. We kicked off “the new year” a week early with a solid work out and a healthy dinner. Later that night, Matt made a good point when he said, “we are starting our New Year’s resolution a week early. That means we will always be a week skinnier than everyone else.”

So to everyone else trying to get in shape during 2011, catch us if you can!

ND loves NYC

This past weekend, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame took over the city of New York when their football team played the first ever football game in the new Yankee Stadium on Saturday. They took on the team from West Point and celebrated a 27 – 3 victory. And while New York is known for a lot of things, a football town is not one of them. However, Notre Dame changed that.

The weekend started with a performance by the Notre Dame band, where else, but in the middle of Time Square.

The celebration was taken out of Manhattan and into the Bronx as thousands of fans filled Yankee Stadium. The field was transformed from a baseball diamond into a football grid iron for the occation.

The game ball was delivered by members of the special ops as they parachuted out of a plane and into the stadium. One carried the ball, another an American flag and a third, the flag of Notre Dame.

The half time show, performed by the band, was incredible.  Unfortunately, I can’t find a good video that captures just how impressive the show was; you will have to take my word for it.

The only thing that can top this game will be the Notre Dame vs. Navy game in 2012 held in Dublin, Ireland.

GO IRISH!