Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sans the Sparkle

As the post title insinuates, Matt and I had a quiet, somewhat dull new year's eve holiday this year.  We went out to eat, which was definitely not worth what we paid for it, and then stayed in the rest of the night.  That's about the gist of it.  I'd probably have more to say, except that Matt slept most of the evening, while I played World of Warcraft, listened to music, and nursed a toothache.  I won't lie, having a toothache and a husband who would rather sleep than spend New Year's Eve with me wasn't exactly an ideal way to ring in the holiday and both things left me a little grumpy.  Still, he managed to wake up in time to kiss me at midnight, by which time the toothache had gone away, so the night wasn't a total loss.

Since that stroke of midnight, when it became 1/1/11, I've been thinking about my new year's resolutions, which are always the first thing on my mind every new year.  I have to resolve to resolve before I can focus on anything else.  One year, I actually resolved to make no resolutions, and so failed my new year's resolutions instantly and was able to move on with my life without thinking about how I would fulfill my resolutions for the year.  Since then, I've come to the conclusion that that's cheating, and that for once in my life, I'd like to make resolutions and actually, oh, I don't know, keep them.  So, this year I have resolutions that I feel are completely achievable.

Here they are:

  1. Take more time out for myself this year -- wherein I'll stop doing everything everyone else wants me to do and start thinking more about what I want to do from time to time. Things I want to do with my "me time:" reading, sewing, playing World of Warcraft, blogging, writing, and baking.  Things not to be done during "me time:" studying, cooking, cleaning, and anything that requires group participation.  Me time is just that me time.

  2. Don't feel guilty about taking time for myself -- this is actually a huge problem for me.  I spend all of my "me time" worrying that I hurt someone's feelings by taking it.  Usually, that someone is Matt, and normally it's because he's moping.

  3. Stop putting everything off until the last second -- I'm the queen of procrastination, but where school and work are concerned that's a bad thing.  So, this year, I'm going to start doing my school work well before it's due... I hope.

  4. Simply, write -- this resolution is sort of cheating because it's something I know I can do.  Since I'm beginning my thesis this year, if I don't write, I don't graduate, simple as that.  That said, this resolution is actually aimed more toward creative writing.  Notice I'm not actually specifying?  That's because creative writing is more a luxury than anything else right now.

  5. Get more organized -- I really, really need this. I am hopelessly overcome by clutter, so even when the house is clean it feels like a mess.  I need more structure, less clutter, and more organization.  In the spirit of this resolution, I'm very soon going to buy a new bookshelf for my living room.  As an aside to this resolution, I resolved to get organized last year too... this year, I'm doing it!

There you have it, that's what I've resolved to resolve this new years.  Just like my resolution to resolve nothing caused instantly resolution failure, resolving to resolve something has caused immediate resolution success!!  That way, I start the new year have succeeded at something, however small.  It's still cheating, but it's cheating in my favor so I'm fine with it.

I just had one more thing before I go.  For New Year holiday, Betty Crocker sent me this little "Best of Betty Crocker - 2010" e-cookbook and I wanted to pass it along.  I love their newsletter, filled with recipes and the occasional download.  When I get them, I like to share.  It has about 20 recipes in all, divided into seasons.  For my part, I am absolutely dying to try the Key Lime Pie Poke Cake recipe!!

Enjoy and Happy New Year!