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To a Better Year

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Did you know that people have been making New Year’s Resolutions since 2000 BC?  It started with paying off debts and returning borrowed goods, and it evolved into vows of good conduct made to the Roman God Janus. 

You would think with all the practice, people would be better at fulfilling their New Year’s Resolutions.  But, I guess, if people were that good at fulfilling them, they wouldn’t really need them, since they would constantly be improving themselves throughout the year as they saw the need.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, and yet I tend to make some each year.  But I’ve given up the Resolutions that never get fulfilled, instead making those year-round goals, and I’ve started making resolutions that are actually fun and that I’m fully capable of doing.  It’s not about changing my life forever, it’s about doing something this year and this year only.  If it progresses past a year, great.  But it’s only about This Year.

Last year, I was determined to pay more attention to each day by taking a picture every day.  And I’ve done a fairly decent job at doing that, missing only 21 days over the year.  Of course, I had no idea when I decided to take a picture a day that my year was going to be…less than wonderful.  Regardless, I had a lot of fun doing it, and I learned a lot about myself in the process. 

I’m hoping that 2011 is a much better year for me.  I’m hosting an open house tomorrow, asking my friends to come over and help fill my home with good mojo.  I have some sage and will be doing a smudging ceremony.  I’m working on cleaning out and lightening the clutter.  But none of these are New Year’s Resolutions, they are simply things I want to do and am in the process of doing.

So, what are my New Year’s Resolutions?  You know, those Resolutions I don’t like to make.  I’ve listed them on my 2011 Goal Page, and will be tracking them there, if you have an inclination to follow along.  I may add some as the year progresses.

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?  What are they?  Or do you do something else, instead?

2010 Effigy

A few years ago my friend Jen introduced us to a new New Year’s Eve custom:  The making of an effigy, things you want to leave behind with the change of the year, and the burning of said effigy.

I am quite proud of my effigy this year.  I used my “Imaginary boyfriend” bumper sticker for the body, cards that The Pilot had given me for arms and legs, and, of course, a picture of him for his head.  Then I filled his body with other things I want to leave behind me (car troubles, sick kitty) and other bad things that happened this year (getting laid off).  There’s a penny I pressed in Tahoe for The Pilot in his hand.  I had a card I had bought him, that’s where the plane comes from. 

I can’t wait to burn this thing. 

See some other great effigies here.

(Edited to add:)

10 questions for 2010

I came across this little “Mad Lib” on CNN and thought it sounded fun.

As the year ends, it’s a time to look back and remember everything that you’ve seen and accomplished. CNN iReport is taking a look back at 2010, and we want you to help us.

We were doing some Mad Libs in the newsroom and got inspired to try an assignment in that vein, so we came up with a list of fill-in-the-blank prompts requesting information from you — to answer on camera.

Now, obviously I’m not going to do a video, but I thought it sounded fun.  So here we go:

1. 2010: How do you pronounce it? Two thousand ten

2. Make a facial expression that shows how you feel about the year. (eyes rolled back into head, tongue stuck out with open mouth)

3. The best thing I bought was my Acer mini.

4. For me, 2010 was tough to handle[Answer with three words]

5. I totally cringed this year when LSU quarterback Jefferson missed the snap with 2 seconds left in the game.

6. The best thing on the Internet by far was my blog. 😉

7. I’m pretty sure I overshared on Facebook this year when I said I was “freaking the hell out” on January 8th, the day I realized my “boyfriend” of a year and a half had changed his phone number.  I thought he was dead.  Then I wished he was.

8. The best day of the year was December 31.  This year is OVER!

9. The best place I visited was (sadly) Myrtle Beach, which is 175 miles from where I live.

10. Next year, I’m planning to make it a better year.

What about you?

See you next year!

Am I the only one who hates that expression this time of year?  Mostly, it’s said by completely un-witty people because they think it’s witty.  It’s not.  It’s really not.

“See you next year!” (har, har)

“Next year?”

“Yeah, you know, because next year is tomorrow.” (nudge nudge)

“Oh, yeah.  Funny.”  (not)

You know how they say the things that annoy you or that you find aggravating are things that you yourself actually do?  Yeah, well, apply that here.  I have to stop myself from saying it.  So here’s my (pre)New Year’s Resolution:  I’m NOT going to say “See you next year!”

Have a fun, happy, safe, and well rounded New Year.  See you soon – 😉