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02 January 2010 @ 10:49 pm
Revolutions?  

Know what my resolution last year was? To floss. It was probably the most achievable resolution I’ve ever set, and indeed, I achieved it. I established a habit which had escaped me through ten or more years of vaguely feeling it should be a habit.

Sadly, I can’t think of anything as absolutely simple and achievable for the upcoming year. I can think of plenty of things I’d like to do. Exercise, for example, that perennial resolution. Well, the taxi in the morning plan works brilliantly, so I don’t see that as being so much of a difficulty. Not quite sure utilizing somebody else’s arrival on the doorstep to make myself get up and exercise exactly counts as resolutionary type behavior, though. Smart, yes, resolutionary, eh, not so much.

Other things I’d like to do, without any particular expectation of *doing* them:

- study Spanish
- finish redesigning kitsnaps and turn it into a commercial site
- figure out how to advertise photography, for that matter
- draw a bit
- eat better (regular exercise tends to make me want to eat better, so the taxi scheme will probably actually help achieve that one)
- start practicing the tin whistle again, now that I’ve thoroughly forgotten anything I’d managed to learn :)
- oh yeah, also learn to knit a little more
- and make at least one of the long coats I have a pattern for

Thing is, though, none of that is stuff I feel like making a resolution about. It just all falls under “it’d be nice,” which is fine. It’s not like resolutions are a critical part of modern life, though if I could think of one as anti-climactic but useful as flossing, I’d probably make it. :)

Anybody out there in readerland made any good resolutions?

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on January 2nd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Resolutions, not particularly. Goals, yes. Mainly to weight train at least twice a week and do yoga 1-3 times a week. (Classes at the community college makes this pretty easy.) Do more firespinning. Get my own practice up and running so that I average at least 9 clients a week at whatever location I'm at. Keep volunteering. Continue to cook more at home. Cut down on processed food, white flour & sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup. Do a good job with my garden this summer. Get my life on more of a steady schedule to balance home, work, play, etc.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on January 2nd, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, learn to knit a little more so I can infect you with my sock yarn germs.
The Angel of Vengeance: Yarn!esmerel on January 3rd, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
They're dreadfully catching.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on January 3rd, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
They really are. *shakes fist some more*
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 2nd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
My resolution was more along the lines of a deal with myself -- I don't get a glass of wine unless I've exercised that day. It doesn't have to be a full gym workout, but muscles (beyond the typing ones) must be involved.
allaboutm_e: Arielallaboutm_e on January 2nd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
OMG, "floss more" was my NYR in ... 2006? And probably one of the best. :)
Jannejanne on January 2nd, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Mostly just resolved not to have any new resolutions, though I do hope I can manage to keep up the 'exercise at least once a week' that I started a month or so ago (puny goal, I know) as well as the actual menu planning I managed to keep up for a few weeks until Christmas ruined it. (Cat's been very happy to have what she terms 'real food' most days of the week as opposed to the 'ohgod forgot to shop do we have anything canned' I have resorted to a bit too often...)

Also, taxis in Ireland must be a *lot* cheaper than in Oslo if you can afford to use them that regularly!
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
It costs about 5-7 euro to go to the gym. Which we figure is the price of the gym membership again over six months, except for where we're actually *using* the membership instead of letting it founder, so it's really quite worth it. :)
Jannejanne on January 3rd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Definitely cheaper -- the minimum price for a taxi ride here is about 13 euro. While a bus ticket would be about a third of that.
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, there's no bus service worth mentioning in Longford, it's not big enough, but the taxis are pretty reasonable. Small town, not far to go in any direction. :)
Pamela: Mad-Eyejeditigger on January 3rd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Considering the last two years were Grim Reaper Visits on Parade, I'm happy if this year sees no grief on my part. That said, 2010 is going to be my year of taking care of me. :) I'm not very me-centric, but I'm going to try to change that.

Meanwhile, I'm listening to Moody chase a half-empty treat bag across the floor to try to figure out how to open it.
Tamijadzia325 on January 3rd, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
I received Rosetta Stone for Christmas! Latin American Spanish - it is brilliant! Absolutely in love with it! Plus, if you happen to not like it there is a six month guarantee (as long as you purchase from their website and not a retailer).

I swear to Pete (who's Pete anyway?) that two years in school compare little to nothing to four lessons of Rosetta Stone.
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Really, it's that good, huh? I've got an 'instant Spanish' learning thing, but it's not Rosetta Stone. Huh.

Pete, incidentally, is Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles. :)
Tamijadzia325 on January 4th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
The thing about Rosetta Stone is that they teach it from EVERY angle. Whether you are a visual/auditory/hands-on(writing) learner. By the end of the lessen everyone will get something out of it. They use voice recognition software to check your pronunciation, have you type out words, and do picture/word association. What is different is that you aren't translating as you go - which was what school was like for me. Instead you are training your brain just as you learned as a child - attaching a word to an image. (I hope that makes sense... LOL) I've just been very happy with it. You can download a lesson on their website to see how it all works. I've found that I retain when I hear something and then write it. I would never review my notes after they were written, but if I put the pen to paper it somehow became etched in my brain. (Same thing with typing it out.)

Ah..Pete...that would make sense. Do you know what a disadvantage being raised in a nonreligious home has been in terms of commonly used phrases? I can distinctly remember calling people after reading a term in one of your books - "jesus wept"- and asking about it. I went 25 years and thousands of novels having never heard it before! Amazingly, after that I read it in several books. I don't know if I glanced over it in other books or I honestly never saw it before. I kept trying to figure out if it was an invented phrase. LOL
madmiss on January 3rd, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
My resolution is- finish the story I started, no matter how long it turns out to be -
Then, edit it, and see if anyone likes it.

ie. 2010 is the year I see if I can write.

So this means WordWars from Wednesday when my exams are over...
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
What do I have to do to get you into the war room by 10am? :)
madmiss on January 3rd, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
I can be there until 1130 mondays and wednesdays... but I've got early lectures the rest of the week...

:(
kitmizkit on January 3rd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'll take that. :) *hugs*!