Saturday, January 02, 2010

so this is the new year...

I'm not very good at making resolutions. Scratch that. I'm REALLY good at making resolutions, but not so good at keeping them. I feel no shame in admitting this, because who is good at keeping resolutions? I mean, I suppose if you set tiny resolutions, like, I don't know, buying a new set of curtains, it's pretty easy to keep them, so maybe that's the way to go?

I'm fairly certain that my main problem is making my resolutions too broad. Also, calling them resolutions totally bites, so I'm going to call them goals instead. That seems much healthier, really, because aren't we all supposed to have goals? Or, like, a five year plan? I need to get one of those, too. So here are some of my goals for 2010. Specific goals, not generic goals like to lose weight and save money because DUH those are great goals but how will I do that? Oh, wait, here's how SUCKERS! Sorry. Anyway.
  1. Get up earlier before work. This will be difficult because of my new work schedule, which gives me every other Friday off, but in return, I have to get to the office earlier every day. I think I can do it, though. Does anyone know how to disable the snooze button on an alarm clock?
  2. Work out in the mornings. I have done this several times in the past, and even though I always want to die when I'm dragging myself out of bed, I feel so much better all day when I work out in the morning. PLUS I get the satisfaction of knowing that I can come home from work and do nothing, or better yet...
  3. Cook a healthy dinner. I actually really like doing this, when I do it. This means I'll need to:
  4. Go to the grocery more often. I hate going to the grocery. HATE IT. But I like having food in the apartment. CONUNDRUM. Actually, no, it's not a conundrum, I just need to go to the grocery more than once a month.
  5. Plan more meals so I don't walk back and forth from the cupboards to the fridge to the freezer for half an hour, trying to decide what to make for dinner, and then end up ordering pizza because I can't figure out what else to do.
  6. Pay more attention to how much I'm spending at the grocery store, rather than throwing things haphazardly in the cart and then wondering at checkout how I just spent $95 on a week's worth of groceries.
  7. Don't go out to eat during the week. NO! Just don't. Unless it's a special occasion, like someone's birthday.
  8. Watch less TV. This might be difficult, as I haven't been watching all that much anyway, but I think it can be done.
  9. Spend less time dicking around on the Internets when I'm at home. That's what work is for.
  10. Revise that pile of crap I wrote in November. Set aside 20 or 30 minutes a day to work on it, even if I really don't want to, because that's how it got written in the first place, DUH, Jennie, you're an idiot.
  11. Join the Biggest Loser competition that the apartment complex is organizing (check!) and actually, I don't know, try instead of flaking out halfway through.
  12. Run a 5K.
  13. Write more thank you notes.
  14. Go to the library more, instead of buying books all the time.
  15. Drink more milk, eat more fruits and veggies.
  16. Don't procrastinate so much. HAHAHAHAHA. But no, seriously, otherwise I'll end up sending wedding invitations two days before the wedding.
  17. Eat breakfast before work, so I'm not starving when I get there because then I make bad choices. Like, chocolate donut with chocolate icing and sprinkles bad choices.
  18. Dude, that's totally enough goals, STOP NOW.


  1. so the thing about the grocery store is that the more often you go, the less time you actually spend in it. i always go with a list, and buy enough for 3-4 days' worth of meals. this way, i can load up on fruits and veggies and not worry about them spoiling before i get around to eating them. (of course, you have to plan what you're going to eat ahead of time, but it totally eliminates the wandering around the kitchen wondering what to make thing.)

    wow. i feel like an adult now.

  2. I agree with Kat about the store thing, although I went a couple days ago and bought some green onions for something I was going to make the next day, but I failed to make it and now I have wilted green onions sitting in my refrigerator reminding me of how I failed and how life is just relentlessly disappointing.

    So, yeah, you have to be careful.

    As for working out in the morning, I find that it's the best option and once you get in a groove of getting up early, you're able to do it pretty easily. The winter complicates things a little, but it's important to focus on the benefits instead of the stinging cold.

  3. Thank you so much, Jennie, for completing my resolutions list for me!

    Well, 10 and 11 don't really apply to me, but the rest is spot on. Nice work.

  4. #5 is the story of my every meal. If I think of something to make, we don't have the ingredients for it. If we have the ingredients for it, I do not feel like eating it. "Let me open the refrigerator again, in case something yummy has magically appeared since I closed the door. Damn it all: where are the menus?"

  5. I'm pretty sure I've recommended it before, but you should get a wife who loves to a) shop, b) keep the house completely stocked, and c) cook.

    As for the disabling the snooze button, it's been years since I set an alarm. I just decided I should get up without drama and so I do. However, if you've not got such a friendly mind-body connection, setting the alarm clock on the other side of the room works great. By the time you're up and in the cold, might as well just pull on some sweats and exercise.

    Morning exercise is the only thing almost as good as sleeping in.

  6. kat, you totally sound like an adult, too. That's a really good idea, though. I'm forever buying tons of fruit and veggies and most of them go bad. Wah wah.

    Sir, my problem is I wake up and am all, "waaaaah, no one else is up right now, I don't want to be either!" because I'm a big whiner. But yeah, I just need to suck it up.

    Julie, no problem! We should work on them together, since they're the same. Hee.

    NTE, this is why we need personal chefs, I think.

    'mouse, that's it, I'm moving the alarm clock across the room today. And getting one of those wife things you were talking about.

  7. I want that alarm clock that jumps off your nightstand and rolls across the room and hides under furniture. I feel like that would be effective. Or just scare the shit out of the cats. Either way, win win.

  8. I think you're going to regret the goal about the thank you notes. I mean, on one hand, you'll totally accomplish your goal what with your impending nuptials. But on the other hand, next year, you'll probably have a goal like "Write less thank you notes!" cause your hand will hurt so much.

    Seriously, lessons learned from getting married and having a baby within a year. I think I wrote over 300 thank you notes between August 2008 (bridal shower) and December 2009 (finishing baby thank yous).