Chick Literal New Year's Resolutions a la Bridget Jones Andrea Greb

So, I’ll admit: I’m pretty tardy to the awesome New Year’s resolution party that’s been happening around here. This is mostly because I, like Bridget Jones, believe that you can’t really expect resolutions to start on New Year’s Day. Her explanation of why is far better than anything I can come up with: “Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight… Also, dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”

So, now that New Year’s Day has come and gone, it’s resolution time. I hear the secret to these resolution things is accountability, and what better way to be accountable than posting them on the internet! Like Bridget, I’m also a fan of lengthy resolution lists, so here are mine for 2013:

Eat better. This is going to maybe make me sound like a hypocrite, since I made such a big deal about not dieting. But, it turns out there’s a fine line a large football field between “not dieting” and “eating half of every batch of brownies I make, the night they’re made.” I would like to get somewhere back to the middle of that football field, the place where I recognize that maybe M&Ms aren’t something I can eat for lunch, and where my daily Flintstones vitamin isn’t the only thing standing between me and scurvy.

Get up straight away when I wake up in the morning. Okay, I stole this one from Bridget, but it’s a good one. But this isn’t a productivity thing.  This is merely so I can get in and out of my gym before the high school girls show up. I know that at the age of 26 I should be over this, but somehow having to overhear conversations about who did what with Joey in the bathroom at winter formal throws me back into insecure highschooler mode, and I want no part of that.

Become conversant in some political subject. I know I said I was going to get better at this way earlier this year. I watched…one of the Presidential debates, so that counts for something, right? But seriously, I know nothing about things like the fiscal cliff, other than it’s not an actual cliff you can jump off (I think). I’m currently gaining political insight by watching The West Wing on Netflix, because there’s no better way to learn about politics than studying fictional politics from ten years ago. The fact that everyone on the show is a genius has made me want to actually sound smart when talking current events, so I’d like to start reading about those. If anyone has suggestions on non-biased-ish news sources, I’d love to hear them.

Spend less time rewatching the same TV shows over and over. There are some places where my encyclopedic knowledge of 30 Rock comes in handy, but when I’ve gotten to the point where I have most of the episodes memorized, I need to stop wasting time watching them yet again. Aside from maybe rewatching Gossip Girl to see if the plot still holds up now that we know who GG is, I need to diversify my TV watching. If  you have suggestions that aren’t Breaking Bad, Mad Men, or The Wire, which I keep hearing are good but I know I won’t watch, I’ll take ‘em.

Read at least one book a month. Maybe even one that isn’t chick lit. Maybe one about politics!

Be open to having a functional relationship with a responsible adult. I also stole this one from Bridget. So, no more dating weird guys who are clearly not right for me, and maybe attempting to find a grownup with whom I have something in common. I hear that’s how this works.

Volunteer once a month. And not just because I hear this is a way you can meet guys, but because helping people is good. If you’re interested in doing some volunteering yourself, I’m a big fan of One Brick, which lets you sign up for volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule.

Floss. Because I’m tired of my dentist yelling at me ever year.

Turn off my computer at least half an hour before I go to bed. I’ll be honest. I”m not that into this one. I don’t have a problem with the light disrupting my sleep patterns or whatever, but the entire internet is always like “OMG turn off your devices or your brain will turn into a pile of mush!” So I’m going to try it. Plus I guess this will help with the whole “read more books” thing.

So, in the spirit of that last resolution, I’m calling that a list. Here’s hoping I can keep at least one of these.

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  1. Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! So much reading and watching to do now!

    Andrea Greb | 1/08/2013 08:01 pm
  2. Moone Boy is a brilliant new series. It’s Irish and hilarious. Its only just finished its first series so loads of time to catch up on the whole six episodes!

  3. you should try secret diary of a call girl. it’s a british tv-show and it’s really good. and the title is self-explanatory.
    a really gorgeous british tv-show is Misfits. it’s about five teenagers getting superpowers in a storm while doing their probation work. but they are getting not the standard superpowers but really weird and funny ones.
    as mentioned above Revenge is really addicting! and it must be on your watchlist!

  4. I’m a very big political junkie. It’s basically my life. So some suggestions to make your new years resolution happen are:
    1. Subscribe to NY times app, sometimes when really important things are happening in the world, it sends you an automatic banner, just like receiving a text message, so when congress finally reached a deal on the whole fiscal cliff situation, I was finishing watching Les Miz and I felt informed, back into the 21st century.
    2. Watch your local news. When I was working on the Campaign this past election, when I went to talk to people on the doors, many older people watched their local news, and/or subscribe to their local newspaper. However, when you ask young people, It’s a whole different story. It’s sad to think that most of the key important decisions are happening on a much smaller scale but young people might not be as informed, especially when they can make such a huge impact.
    3. Twilight of the Elites, the end of meritocracy: This is a great book to read! The whole premise of the book is to talk about this very big problem we have with Americans being separated so much from these systems that we “trust” that have failed us in this new century. It’s a great book because it also talks about this whole idea of “meritocracy”, we think these people are smarter than us that are making such important decisions but sometimes they are all so alike and have no diversity in their experiences or themselves, that they all make really bad decisions together.

  5. You should try watching Portlandia! I’ve recently started watching it, very very funny.

  6. I agree 100% about the difference between eating right and dieting. I despise the concept of dieting, but eating better is also on my resolutions list this year.
    Watch Revenge! It’s a great soapy drama with the high society bit thrown in. Not overly serious and very addicting!

  7. Gilmore Girls, and by the same creator, Bunheads, which season two starts next week, How I Met Your Mother, Monk, and Switched at Birth are all good. I’m sure there are more, but these, aside from Downton Abbey, New Girl, Big Bang mentioned above are good. Oh and Mindy Project and New Normal are good shows that are mid-season now.

  8. I have a way to knock two resolutions off your list: check out “Scandal”. Season 1 is available on Netflix streaming, and season 2 is… ugh… mid-season. It’s a little more fictionally current politically than “West Wing”, and you’re guaranteed to be on the edge of the couch.

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  10. this is pretty much my life. p.s. read Freedom and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen if you haven’t already.

    Gina Vaynshteyn | 1/04/2013 11:01 am
  11. The flossing one is by far the easiest. My dentist broke it to me in that polite, yet secretly laughing at me fashion that I have weak teeth and if I hate having sharp pieces of metal prodded around in my mouth so much that maybe I should get flossing. There was something else that clearly scared me into doing it because I floss daily now! You get faster and your gums stop bleeding after a week or two, and I like to do it while watching television or something in the morning.

  12. I love the Big Bang Theory, and I tend to re-watch them alot. So I highly recommed it. Criminal Minds is really great too!

  13. This one might seem obvious but HBO Girls if you’re not already watching. Season 2 starts soon and Season 1 is only 10 epis! Also I totally experimented with flossing EVERY day between dentist visits and it worked, they didn’t give me the “you should floss more” reprimand. Happy New Year!

  14. I highly recommend Freaks & Geeks if you haven’t seen it, and it’s “sister show” UnDeclared.

    I accidentally started re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer over the weekend, and recently finished an Entire Series In 3 Weeks marathon of Sons of Anarchy.

  15. Good luck with everything! :)
    These are my suggestions for tv shows: Once upon a time, new girl, downton abbey and pushing daisies.