January 4th, 2008 at 1:49 pm (yadayadayada)
New Years’ Resolutions: I usually don’t do it, thinking (in advance) that I shouldn’t make promises I won’t keep. So after mulling it over and waiting until January 4th, I am making a few, public resolutions that I have good intentions of keeping. Here goes:
1. Lose 10 pounds by making better choices and exercise. No earth-shaking goal here, just a reasonable one that I really need to do for my own self-esteem, comfort and health.
2. Feed my family more vegetarian meals.
3. Waste less, especially food. I have a bad habit of buying too much and then we get distracted, end up getting take out or eating out and then there’s icky food to chuck or compost. We are not doing CSA veggies this year, so that will immediately help us not have weird veggies around that we don’t like and are too difficult to use (like how much freakin’ KALE do they think an average household eats? Blech). Otherwise, I just need to learn to use the big chest freezer we have better…if we’re not gonna eat it, freeze it asap. Then make sure to use the frozen goodies within a month. Just takes some better planning, really. I can do this!!!
4. Be a better friend. Just make an occasional phone call and be more accountable with thank you cards in a reasonable time. This should be easy but I hate hate hate the phone and have been really bad with birthdays and thank you’s for the past year and a half or so. Having a new baby was an excuse but he’s 1yo now and that is wearing thin, so I will try. I also want to get in touch with a few “long lost” friends. After going to my 20 year high school reunion in November and having a really good time, it hit me that I need to reel some old friends back into the fold.
5. Patience and kindness..with others, especially with little A who is so lovable and yet so hard to understand, with energy I never had and never will have, with her unusual issues, sensitivities, and strong will to boot. Gotta be more patient with her and I know she will respond well.
6. Make our home liveable again. It’s not dirt, it’s not too cluttered (more than most, but still reasonable), it’s just in need of decorating style work, really. I am going to bite off small “feel good” projects and make progress on this disaster of a house. We are dying from the non-renovated, “old and yucky” style and some minor work will make it 50% better. This is a “do what I can, on my own” attempt and hopefully will lead us to get the big projects worked on (like the back room that’s been under construction for 3+ years now). I want to be able to invite friends over without being embarrassed by this place. I started by getting a new beautiful lampshade for our antique lamp to replace the old, stained one, and ordering a few light fixtures that need to be replaced….good progress already, gotta keep it up.
And fiber resolutions…wouldn’t be right without em:
7. Shop from my stash first. I am a sucker for pretty hand dyed fibers from certain vendors on etsy/on-line, and just keep stashing fiber away. I don’t have a ton of yarn (yet), but loose fiber is building up around here and I just need to use my drum carder and either blend it and spin/felt it, or start to liquidate a bit by selling some batts. I am NOT going on a fiber diet, just vowing to slim down how much I have stored here, and also plan to wash and dye the couple of fleeces I bought in the fall at Rhinebeck.
8. Fibery resolution #2: Make more gifts in 2008. Craig is always telling me he’d prefer that I give things away that I make instead of selling my stuff, and while this resolution is not for his sake, he’s really right. The few things I did manage to make and give away were hits at Christmas, and I need to do more of this. I’m not gonna stop selling as I can’t shake the entrepreneur bug, but I am going to use my talents to make friends and family some nice unique gifts.
9. Finish some needlework UFO’s. For a while I was going strong on this, and lately I am much better at seeing projects from start to finish, but I need to go back to my “finish an old before I can start a new” item diet, which worked for me for a while.
10. Learn new techniques and do as much knitting-spinning-felting-weaving-crochet as possible in 2008! This is my easy goal, thrown in to make an even 10.
There, I’ve made a public list, now I hope I can live up to much of it in 2008!
Happy New Year to all!