On the first day of 2012, I posted on my regular Facebook profile:
My main New Year’s Resolution for 2012 is keeping track of how quickly it will take to break all of my New Year’s Resolutions
It’s been difficult tallying.
Now, let’s make it clear. I think the idea of New Year’s Resolutions is a bit dumb. I understand that some people see the first day of the year as a time for new beginnings. I view New Year’s Day as just another day (realist, not grump). I am a bit annoyed by all of the people who suddenly flood my gym during the month of January. I wonder how much resolve that they will have (grumpy and judgmental, admittedly). I notice that the church parking lots are at high occupancy in January (smug and sacrilegious).
But this year, I sincerely thought about some things that I would like to change in my life:
· Stop smoking. After puffing on cigarettes since the age of fourteen or so, I’m certain that I have permanently damaged my lungs, clogged my arteries, and jacked up my senses of smell and taste. It’s four days into the New Year, and I can report that I am still smoking.
· Gripe about work and my management staff less. What’s the point? Work is work. I have to work to pay bills. I enjoy our house and have to pay the mortgage. I like to travel. I need to feed my menagerie, etc. I can report that yesterday was my first day in the office for the year, and I was only mildly successful at keeping my grumbling to a minimum (not regarding my projects, but management was going the extra mile to break this resolution for me).
· Allocate my home time more reasonably. As I reported in early December, a new video game was released. As I reported, the game would probably swallow my life. I can now report that it did. Completely. As you might note, my last post was that December one. I spend most waking hours either playing the game or thinking of strategies for playing the game. I even spend my “should-be” sleeping hours in that other fabricated world. Last night all it took was a couple of snores from The Man and then Luke whimpering loudly in a dream (we must have played fetch too long yesterday), and I was jolted awake. 12:33 AM. And what do I do? Head to the living room and jump on the couch. After playing the game for a while in the dark, I turned on the light to check the time…3:35 AM. Perfect. Up at my regular time of 6:00 AM. I almost face-planted in the shower this morning.
· Keep a better track of finances. The Man and I both have our separate bank accounts and one house account. I maintain my own and the house account. I can report that there is a stack of receipts on my desk. We recently switched telephone carriers, but we are still paying both companies. Duh. We have a movie service (you know, the one that sends you DVDs by mail and allows you to stream movies through the Net), we NEVER use that. There are other countless ways to shave off fat in our budget.
I think that’s about it for my resolutions. Off to a stellar start in 2012. I guess I can reload.
2013 is practically around the corner.