The Long Island Expressway and a Jar of Good Things

Happy New Year everyone!

Over at On The Homefront, LouAnn is hosting her second New Year’s Eve blog party, yay! As we did last year, Neil and I have again recorded a little song especially for the party. I’m posting our song here too, called Long Island Expressway, but do hop over to On The Homefront and join in with the party there! I’m only really joining in the singing on the chorus, but in between you can watch my moves…

I would also like to share a lovely idea I heard about recently, as an alternative to those pesky New Year’s resolutions. Get yourself a jar…

Empty jar

…and then starting on January 1 and throughout the year, every time something good happens to you, write it on a little piece of paper, date it, and put it in the jar. Think broadly about what constitutes good things:

- The achievement of a goal.
- Something that made you laugh hysterically.
- An unexpected phone call or visit from an old friend.
- A fun day out.
- Something great your kids said or did.
- A nice compliment you received.
- A moment of clarity.
- The pleasure you felt when someone close to you had something great happen.
- The discovery that scientists have developed a new kind of chocolate that looks, feels, and tastes exactly like the real thing but is actually just made of air and water.

So fill your jar with all these good things, and then on December 31, open it up and read them all. I know this idea is a little sappy for me, but I always tend to get a little sappy around New Year’s Eve.

Wishing you all a jar full of good things for 2014!

jar photo credit: algo_rojo via photopin cc

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60 responses to “The Long Island Expressway and a Jar of Good Things

  1. love this idea and love the song–provide a link to my blog with this–it is so great!

  2. This jar idea is great – I am definately going to do it – just hope that like some New Year resolutions in the past, I don’t fizzle out after a couple of months. Please keep reminding your readers to fill their jars!
    Xin nian kuaile! Happy New Year!

  3. I love that song/ Neil had already introduced me to it on FB!
    Btw, I figured out my WP commenting problems, but now I’m going to show up as “termitespeaker.” Same dumb mug shot, though.
    Happy New Year to both you, Vanessa, and Neil!

    • Oh yes, I remember Neil saying he had shared that song with you! Termitespeaker is fine, but it’s still not linking to your blog though – you should be able to update your gravatar profile so that it includes a link to your blog, like mine does if you click on my photo to bring up my gravatar profile.

      • Sigh. I know. So I just took time to update the Gravatar thing and I’ve made it TermiteWriter and I do believe it will give you my blogs now! Try it!

  4. Love the jar idea, but like you, it’s probably a bit sappy for me, and after the first few slips of paper, I’d promptly forget about it. Maybe there’s an electronic version? I’d be better at that. ;)

    Loved your singing AND your moves! Happy New Year!

    • Yes, that jar idea is definitely one of those things that I like the idea of but would be unlikely to maintain! I think it would be a nice thing to do with small children, to get them in the habit of noticing and appreciating the little good things that happen. Happy New Year to you Carrie!

  5. Cool idea. It would also make writing the annual Christmas letter much easier. :-)

  6. Oh, I loved the song! That was great. Vanessa, you do have the moves. I love the jar idea, too. I can put it in my writing nook. Happy New Year!

  7. I loved loved loved the song! Well done both of you. Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year to you, as well! Lovely chapeaus. The L.I.E. has put many good men and women in the ground. Beware! Can he do a follow-up about the New Jersey Turnpike? What if I wind up with an empty jar come next December? Call me Eeyore.

  9. Great moves, Vanessa, and thumbs up, Neil, on the song. You two are cute together. Happy new year. I love the idea of the jar, but would probably be more like Carrie and do it electronically if I was to keep it up for very long.

  10. That empty jar idea is brilliant, Vanessa. So my wish to you is that you end up getting crates of these bottle to fill in 2014!!! Happy New Year! :-)

  11. I also love the idea of the jar. Maybe I’ll try it out and see how long I can keep it going. Your duet with Neil is splendid. Next time I find myself on the Long Island Expressway, I’ll think of you. Happy New Year to you both!

    • Thanks Weebs! There’s probably something a bit odd about a pair of Brits singing about a road in the States that they’ve never been on isn’t there! His friend actually asked him if he could write a song about it though for him to play when he was sitting on it!

  12. You make me smile. What a nice way to end 2013 and begin 2014. Thank you.

  13. Loved the song and watching you two perform. You are so cute together. Happy New Year.
    The jar idea isn’t that sappy. I’ll try it and suggest it to my almost 10-year-old granddaughter. Might teach her some humility…and me too.

  14. Haha great song and you most definitely have killer moves– it’s not easy to stand there and wait for the chorus to come round! You killed it, Fudge Woman.
    I like the jar idea! I’m a sucker for remembrances and all of that.
    Have a great New Year!

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  16. You are so brave, sending a clip of you and Neil singing out to the blogosphere…and you can sing! Love your sappy jar idea…I’m going to do it! Have a terrific New Year…and party!

  17. Loved and amused that you performed the song here.You are unabashedly yourself and that is sooo sexy. Not that I’m attracted to you that way. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Perhaps your guitar playing friend. But no happy moments inside the jar about you.Sorry.
    Happy New Year, Jane and Family.

  18. Another great song post!

    I like the idea of the jar. Might be a bit demoralising if you didn’t have anything in the jar by Easter, or Halloween :)

    All the best for 2014 :)

  19. What Pete said :) But definitely, you have something you can always fall back on–backup singing and dancing. You just need a pair of white go-go boots. As coincidences go, I have a FB “friend” who lives on LawnGuyland (as she puts it) but she takes the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) into the city. That LIE sounds like a soul-killer! Plus my friend gets mini-videos of these amazing musicians in the subway stations, and I doubt you see much of that on the LIE. Happy New Year to you!

  20. Delicious chocolate with no fat or calories? Ah, that would be a wonderful invention, indeed! Have a fabulous New Year, and the song is great! :)

  21. No resolutions for me, but I will eat fudge for free … Happy New Year Vanessa!

  22. Happy New Year Vanessa you sexy back up singer… love your moves… we needed you at our party that started at 12.30 on 31 and ended late last night… with moves like that we would all have stood around and watched you… like the bottle idea… but it would take me too long deciding if the item should be add to the bottle or not… I would be debating them all… have a good year…

    • Haha, well next time you have a party, invite me and I’ll come and do my moves! Or failing that, I’ll make a video of my moves just for you and send you the link, hehe. Happy New Year to you, hope it’s a good’un for you and Linda.

  23. I love the jar idea, but I’m so terrible at maintaining things like that. The jar would stand empty for months, and then I’d feel guilty for letting it go! Happy New Year!!

    • Me too – I posted it here because I liked the idea, and I knew that some people might want to try it, but I know that I would be extremely unlikely to keep it up for long myself! I think it would be a good thing to do with young children, or even in a school classroom, for all the kids to contribute to throughout the year.

  24. Oh, you two are adorable.

    Life prevented me from attending the blog party, but at least I got the song. Here’s hoping your holidays were hap-hap-happy!

  25. What a wonderful idea! I might do it for funny things that happen or that I’ve heard…

    Vanessa, you are a great person to know. I’m so happy I “met” you! :)

  26. Oh my gosh! This idea must be gaining in popularity. I’m seeing it EVERYWHERE. I just started mine yesterday and my first blessing? Quitting my job. Blessing number two? Starting my memoir.

    I’m excited to read all of them on Dec. 31.

    Happy 2014 ahead!

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