I didn’t make any resolutions this year. What’s the point, right? I get all crazy ambitious at the end of December, make some sweeping declarations about the pathways that will get me to a better life, and then am done with them by January 3rd.
I thought that I would, however, share a list of ten things that I would really love to do in 2013. I guess they are resolutions, but let’s not call them that. Let’s call them goals. Let’s also know full well that some of them are just not going to happen. But, I can try anyway.
10 Things I Would Love to do in 2013
1. Lose 20 Pounds. What would a
resolution list, er, I mean goal list, be without a weight loss mention on it? I thought it would be best to just get it out of the way from the beginning.
Now, do I need to lose more than 20 pounds? Yes, I do. Would I be happy to lose 20 pounds though? Yes.
2. Learn to play a song on the guitar. This is my guitar. I can only currently play a couple of lines each from Ode to Joy, Skip to My Lou, Bobby Shaftoe, and Go Tell Aunt Rhody, as well as a chord or two. That makes my guitar sad. It wants me to play a whole song. (Incidentally, it also probably wishes I wouldn’t complain about my fingers hurting after I practice. It probably thinks that it doesn’t mean to hurt my fingers, and it’s just like I’m rubbing it in when I complain.)
3. Make a pie from scratch. I’ve only made pies twice, and both times were kind of ugly (and involved store bought pie crust). I’m not lying about this domestically challenged thing. For some reason, making a pie from scratch has just been one of those things that I would like to do. (Honestly, I think part of it was because of the movie Waitress and all of the amazing pies in it.)
4. Do one of the rugged trails at the state park that we camp at. This year, we are planning what has become an annual tradition (it will be the third year) of going to a particular state park in the fall and staying in one of the rustic family cabins. The first year we went, we did quite a bit of walking, but didn’t actually do any of the trails.
Last year, we did 2 1/2 of the trails and really enjoyed it. (The half trail was because it made more sense to do half a trail to get to the trail that we wanted to take rather than to drive there.) None of the trails that we’ve done have been the trails marked as “rugged.” While I am game to try this one, I am concerned about taking the kids along without knowing exactly why it’s classified as rugged.
5. Pay off Noah’s braces. We should have Noah’s braces paid off in early 2014, but I would love to see if I can manage to get them paid off by the end of 2013 (if not by the middle of 2013, which would actually really be my goal).
6. Take a family trip to somewhere we haven’t gone before. I’m not sure whether this will be a day trip or a full on trip trip (although nothing extravagant). But, I would really love to go somewhere that we haven’t been before. Or, at the very least, that the kids and at least one of the adults hasn’t been before.
7. Give up soda. This would suck. Believe me, I would hate it. But, I think it would be good. This is not to say that I would give up caffeine though. Me and caffeine, we go way back. We’re good buddies. I would say that maybe I should just say cut back on soda, but I think this is one of those relationships that has to be all or nothing.
Confession: This is the one that I think is the least likely to happen.
8. Read one classic book that I should have finished in high school but never did. Yeah, I was kind of bad like that (and I’ve mentioned it before). The irony is not lost on me that I was in honors English for four years and then took some of the advanced English classes in college.
It would be nice to actually read one of the books that I skimmed and/or skipped over large parts and read mostly the beginning and end instead. I will give myself permission, however, to pick a classic that I didn’t have to read in high school but that was along the same line of books that I got assigned in high school.
9. Make my own pasta. Yep, just another one of those things that sounds like it would be a great experience for this domestically challenged girl.
10. Create at least five new paintings. This blogging thing takes up a lot of my time that I’m not spending sleeping, making meals, homeschooling, and other necessities. So, as much as I love creating new paintings, I just don’t spend much time on it at all. Since I sold most of my original paintings at all the craft shows I did last fall, it would be good to have some new ones.
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