Resolutions sound like such a good idea, but who really keeps them, anyway? I believe that people who make drastic changes in their lives do it when the mood strikes, you know, when the iron is hot. I can think of a few things I hope to do in 2011, but I didn't have an official list for midnight last night.
Instead, today, I made a list of things I'm looking forward to in 2011.
1. Playing more video games with my kids. We played Wii (Sports, and Just Dance 2) today, and it was a lot of fun. Why don't I do this more often?
2. Going to see the play, Mary Poppins, in the city with some of the best buddies in the world. Again, what took us so long?
3. Drinking good coffee, and eating great chocolate.
4. Starting a garden again. Every year I think I'll have a terrific garden, but then other things get in the way. In January, the dream is still waiting. My perfect, deer un-chewed garden still beckons in my dreams...
5. Irritating my dad at dinnertime. When I say irritating, I mean it in only the finest, "I love you" sense of the word. Maybe "ranking on, with love" is a better description.
6. Designing the set for Alice In Wonderland (the play at the school where I work), even though I've never done this before. I have paper mache mushrooms in my head that just won't go away.
7. Tolerating stress better. An everlasting challenge for me.
which brings me me to...
8. Laughing with my husband. Life really stinks sometimes, but it can be so much better when you can perform uneditted comedy in the privacy of your own home with your biggest fan.
9. Making new friends. When we're young in and in school, there are so many opportunities for making new friends, but as we get older, there are fewer opportunities for finding friends (you're no longer changing classes once a year) so when you do find a good one, it's like finding a gold coin in the sand.
10. Seeing the last Harry Potter movie. Sad for the story to be over, but I really just can't wait to the big finale in action.
11. Writing more. It's fun, but slightly painful. Like crunches. No, more fun than crunches, but you get the idea.
12. Becoming more efficient. I don't know how I'm going to do that, but it sure seems like a good idea.
13. Getting the kids to participate in the housecleaning. This is really not a totally self-serving idea. I want them to know how to clean house when they move out some day. How are they going to know if I don't make them practice? A lot.
14. Ditch some unnecessary things. Be they inanimate objects around the house or... not.
15. Laugh, and make other people laugh.
16. Spend a little less time playing Farmville. Don't tell my husband I'm admitting to this one. I take a lot of ribbing as it is.
17. Listen to more books on CD or Playaways. LOVE them!
18. Take more, and better pictures.
19. Scrapbook with my mom.
20. Always keep my glass half full.