Okay! Are we ready? It is time.
Last year I resolved to use my reusable bags more often, and even though I totally forgot I had resolved it, I nevertheless did it. I am now at Current Maximum Reusable Bag Usage for me, which means I use reusable bags at the use-percentage that still leaves me with enough plastic bags for my various plastic-bag-needing needs. I carry two fold-small reusable bags in my purse, and I take a big huge sack of reusable bags with me to the grocery store. I don't use a produce bag if I'm buying just one or two of some non-messy produce (like a green pepper) and/or I use reusable produce bags, and I say "Oh, I can just put it in this other bag" if I'm buying an item at the mall that can be put into a bag I already have. To sum up: mold a golden idol in my image.
I resolved last year to think more before buying something. Again, I forgot that the motivation for doing this was a resolution, but I still did SOME of this. I tried to think to myself, "Yes, $1.74 is a great deal for a shirt, but he does not actually NEED any more shirts," and "A whole bunch of $1.74s add up to extra sent to the mortgage" and "Won't it be nice for someone ELSE to find this deal?" and "You know, actually I need to get rid of some of the shirts he already has because there isn't room in the drawer on the rare occasions I get caught up on laundry." On the other hand, it led to several regrets, like when William grew into the same size of shirts and pajamas Rob is wearing, and now they each have half of the supply.
I forgot to drink champagne more often, and in fact I haven't had any since last New Year's Eve. I will see if I can cram a whole year's worth of champagne into this evening.
I resolved last year to at least open my Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Dummies to where I'd left off, and I did, and in fact I skimmed to the end, but I didn't find any other gems of insight. So actually I was right when I stopped reading it the first time.
I'd resolved to throw out the $5 giant bottle of lotion I hated and replace it with the $5 giant bottle of lotion I liked, and I did that.
Now! Time for 2011 resolutions! And I know this will seem CRAZY, but I'm going to ONCE AGAIN do resolutions that do NOT involve losing weight or exercising more! Not only do those sorts of resolutions tend to be extremely boring (especially when made year after year with no follow-though), there are many, MANY other parts of a human being that can be worked on!
1. I will try to be less of a self-conscious sissy about hair dye. I keep intending to go, say, burgundy, and then thinking, "Oh, wait, but there is a parent-teacher conference coming up!" or "Oh, but it'll be Christmas!" It seems totally reasonable to avoid going a crazy color right before a wedding in which I'm a member of the bridal party, or maybe before a childbirth where I want to look a certain way in new-baby photos, but there are very few other occasions that require this level of burgundy-avoidance.
2. I will try to be more caught up on trimming/editing digital photos. I tend to be three or four months behind, just chronically. And as I regularly think when someone is tailgating me: if you're going at a steady pace regardless, you might as well be at a more pleasant distance. For tailgating, that's FARTHER; for digital photos, that's CLOSER.
3. I'm going to try this fish tank thing enough to see if it's something I want to pursue or if it's something I want to give up.
4. I'm going to act with less inhibition on generous impulses. I'm going to spend less time wringing my hands wondering if my impulse to send someone a present is going to make them feel uncomfortable or obligated, or if a fun giveaway will make some people roll their eyes and write about how stupid they think blog giveaways are. What a stupid waste of hand-wringing.
5. I'm going to find more Bath & Body Works discontinued lavender-vanilla conditioner on eBay and see if it's worth buying. The ones I bought 2 years ago are almost used up. If it's too expensive or hard to find, I will try experiments such as mixing Bath & Body Works lavender-vanilla oil/lotion with unscented conditioner, or using the lotion directly. [Same-day follow-up: I researched on eBay and you would not believe what people think they can charge for this stuff. FORTY-ONE DOLLARS for four TRAVEL SIZE bottles. Bitch, please. So I'm moving right on to experimenting.]
6. I will no doubt add some sixth thing.
7. And probably a seventh thing. It happens every year, so I might as well add place-holders.
I'm also resolving to frame my resolutions and hang them on the wall, but I don't want to put that as one of the resolutions because that is too meta for my current fill-level of champagne.
If you still need some resolutions for your own list, perhaps you would like some of these others I've used in the past?
1. Try ONE cloth pad and see if it's something I like or something I can stop thinking of as "something I want to do someday."
2. Try ONE cloth napkin and see if it's something I like or something I can stop thinking of as "something I want to do someday."
3. Pretend to invest $1000 in the stock market. Choose stocks and follow them as if I'd bought them. At the end of the year, decide whether to invest real money or if it's something I can stop thinking of as "something I want to do someday."
4. Have a baby.
5. Learn to knit, enough to see if it's something I want to pursue or something I can stop thinking of as "something I want to do someday."
6. Try Postcrossing, enough to see if it's something I want to pursue or something I can stop thinking of as "something I want to do someday."
7. Pass along nice things I hear about someone.
8. Use reusable bags more often.
Happy New Year, everybody! I better post this before I start typing embarrassing songs.
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