I never stick to resolutions made at the start of a new year, so I thought about trying something different. Since I love making lists, I thought I’d make a “to do” list for the remainder of the year. I’ll stuff in a few contenders that might have made a resolution list and see if I have more success in the month before year’s end than the month after it!
Here’s what I needed to do this year, but didn’t.
(Listed in no particular order; To be completed in no particular order, as well!)
- Put a new trashcan on the driver’s side area in the garage. This might lead to a less cluttered car. Might.
- Frame charcoal drawings of Jackson and John David. What’s the use in having great artwork done of your children when it’s still in a paper bag?
- Throw away everything in the junk drawer in the kitchen. Somehow I think some new junk will accumulate this year, so I shouldn’t miss any of it.
- Get rid of old shoes. I’m really not ever going to wear those boots with 5″ heels.
- Buy a container for dog/cat food. While our cat (totally not my favorite living creature) loves the random food strewn around the kitchen floor, I must remember that it’s my house and I can take it back.
- Go without television for a day. In fact, I should do this for a month. Without all of that noise, I will be able to hear all the crazy noise going on inside my head.
- Get back to nature. Well, I’m really not a tree-hugger, but I can go without my computer and my iphone for an entire Saturday. That would be good for lots of people, not just me.
- Drink hot chocolate. It’s always hot in the south, so now’s the time for hot chocolate and it’s just really tasty. No marshmallows, though. They mess up the consistency.
- Play with John David. My 8 year old needs to know I love him and this is the best way. Anything he chooses – uninterrupted play for an hour or until he gets tired of me.
- Listen to some exceptional music. A concert would be great. If not, I will listen to my amazing son, Jackson, play the piano. One day people will pay to hear that young man play. I must remember to enjoy it while it’s free. (“Ha!” she says, recalling exactly how much free really costs in lessons!)
- Watch a House marathon. OK, I’ve done this one this year, but I meant to do this more.
- Go to one of Al’s away games. My husband coaches high school basketball and always fusses that I never go to any away games. His team is always really great and since this is a “rebuilding year” I think I’d earn more points for going to an away game this year than all those years they made it to the playoffs. Maybe.
- Get a new watch battery. Since I’m over forty, I still use a watch. I know, that’s weird when I have a phone on me as well. We old folks are odd that way.
- Get rid of the clothes John David has outgrown. Someone somewhere needs 25 pair of jeans with holes in both knees.
- Buy some more storage containers. It makes undoing Christmas more fun.
- Listen to the Doobie Brothers. Maybe even download some from itunes and listen on the go. Such happy music.
- Send my husband a card. I bought one some time back. Maybe I’ll even write a little poem in it for him. He’s been so good to me this year.
- Decide on cabinet knobs for the kitchen. For a solid year, I’ve had four different knobs on my cabinets after a mini-remodel last January. It’s time to make a choice. After all, they’re just knobs.
- Drink coffee from a new Keurig coffeemaker. I know I’ll get this for Christmas since I bought in for myself. I’ll wrap it and act excited. I’ve wanted it for years.
- Change out my everyday dishes. I have enough of my grandmother’s dishes to swap them out. It’s been a difficult year for me and this would make me smile everyday. Don’t know why I haven’t already done this.
- Write a blog post with absolutely no intention of publishing. I need to write for myself. And totally be myself.
- Read at least one of the books I’ve set aside this year. I have nearly ten books on or near my nightstand that I’ve set aside this year. I can motor through one of them in December.
- Remember to forget about work when I’m with my family. Like many educators, work can easily consume me. I must reflect on that. What would I really like to have consume me? I’m more in favor of a great Mexican meal, a marathon of Harry Potter movies, creating tablescapes, or hanging out with my family. Certainly not work.
- Pray without ceasing. Only praying during my routine time has sort of made it routine. I need to break some rules.
- Cry some happy tears. Losing my mother on July 23rd of this year has been the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. I totally plan to keep on crying as this year closes, I just want to smile and laugh while I do it. She would have been the perfect person to ask for advice on how to do this.
I am actually a bit excited to try this new take on New Year’s resolutions. I’m not making any, but I do have a “to do” list that can be managed. It might be the kind of start to a new year that I really need. Now to print this list to put in my purse. I might buy a special pen for checking each one off this month. (Or just use something in that junk drawer before I chuck it all in the garbage!)
Merry Christmas and Happy Resolution/List Making to everyone!