New Year’s Eve and Day have already come and gone. How’s that New Year’s Resolution list working out for ya, eh? (Say this in Stewie Griffin’s voice like that scene in Family Guy when he’s mocking Brian for not publishing a book yet.)
Personally, it’s working out swell for me! That’s because I didn’t officially make any resolutions. And by official, I mean I didn’t post a Facebook status going on and on about my big plans for 2012. Unofficially, I did make a couple and only about five people tops know what they are. Even more unofficially, I made a couple of super secret private ones to myself that nobody but me knows about and I intend to keep it that way.
Historically, I have never been good with a resolution. Once I remember reading Karen’s New Year, a Babysitter’s Little Sister book which was a spinoff of The Babysitters Club series based off of BSB president Kristy Thomas’ little sister Karen Brewer. In this particular installment, Karen decides to make too many resolutions for herself to follow for the New Year and subsequently decides to hold the rest of her family to their resolutions too. Everybody breaks their resolutions within a week’s time and Karen gets way too upset at the fam for behaving like human beings. Meanwhile, I’m reading along and even at 7 years-old myself (same age as Karen), I’m like, Karen, calm down. You are way too into these pointless resolutions! And stop doing a million other things like going to pony camp and having snorkeling adventures every other week. You’re making me look bad.
Here are a few of the unofficial resolutions I’ve made for 2012. Don’t hunt me down and shame me for not keeping them, Karen.
Keep My Desk Drawer Clutter-Free
I accomplished this one yesterday, score one for me! The trick now is to keep it from spilling out papers and envelopes and cards and deodorant sticks throughout this entire year.
Sign Up For Yoga (For Real This Time)
I was this close to doing it last summer, I swear! On the day I was set to head up to my local Bikram yoga studio, there was a massive car accident on the 101 freeway. Police everywhere. Back roads were backed up as were the main roads. I took it as a sign to go home and use the free gym at my apartment. To date, I have used that gym rather sparingly. This year, I will do the yoga classes. I will, I will, I will. There is a Lululemon store across the street from my job so I have no excuse in not being able to hunt down a yoga mat.
Cook From Actual Recipes
Surprisingly, I have already begun doing this and have found I enjoy it. I’m now up to making my own healthy yogurt parfaits and bought something referred to as a “crescent refrigerated dough sheet” to create alterations of pizzas with. Not as time consuming as I thought it would be, either!
Hold a Boardwalk Empire Themed Party
Or I could throw a Prohibition-themed soiree for those of my friends who do not watch the HBO drama and wouldn’t have a clue who Nucky Thompson is. We could all dress up in full on lace and silk flapper gear, have a Make Your Own Moonshine contest, decorate the place to look like a giant speakeasy, dance until the sun came up and listen to jazz all night long. When I say “we” though, I don’t necessarily know where I would do this at or who I would invite anymore because this resolution moves straight into the next one I have for 2012…
… which is moving. To where? I don’t even know where to right now! Ideally, yes, I do have a few places in mind I’d like to reside in, but the events of the next two months will more or less determine many life-related things for me. I’ll speak no more of this resolution, for it may not happen if I dwell on the idea for too long.
But I will try to keep it, if none of the others pan out. I hope the recipe one sticks around though. That one’s pretty sweet.