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2021 New Years Resolutions

I like new years resolutions, but unlike most folks I like to be well into the new year before making them. I take time to reflect, and make them from a place of being IN the new year.

Here is how I did last year:

* get a backup key made for my car
didn't happen

* teach olive to read music
we attempted. then she got sick of it and refused to use her left hand. kid is stubborn as hell. if we weren't in pandemic times I might get her real piano lessons. but until then... God Bless her school teachers. And she knows middle C now.

* cook my family healthier food when marc is out of town
I didn't learn a whole cookbook of meals, but I did make them sweet potato tacos when Marc traveled! Then he stopped traveling, but at least I learned to cube and roast a sweet potato!

* keep the dining room table clear
We have been better at this, and eat at the table 4-6 nights a week.

* teach smarter, more technical makerspace classes
Makerspace shut down, moved buildings, then COVID. Not the year for this resolution.

* get my overdue doctor checkups done
I NAILED this, early in the year before COVID! Go me!

I would also like to give myself a pat on the back for setting up 529s for the kids college funds. that was a resolution from a lot of years back that I slacked on. I have a "no repeats" rule... if something didn't work as a resolution for a year, I need another way to do it. But this year it magically happened.

Resolutions for this year:

* Reduce & read up on ableist language. Especially when I read old LJ entries I am hit with how often I call things "crazy" or call somebody a "nut case" and now I am woke enough to know I shouldn't do that, but can't explain the reasons and probably use the language all the time at work where nobody's watching me. Hell, I might be still using it on lj and you friends are too nice to call me out on it. But you can help. Internet callout culture is much better than my workplace. But I'm not good enough yet. I even started to do a whole entry on it, but couldn't figure out how to write the entry in a non-offensive way. That's a sign.

* Get my COVID vaccine, obviously. Bonus points if I DON'T GET COVID.

* Core fitness. I wonder if I could get to hold an elbow plank for five minutes?

* Run a 10K in under 1 hour

* Maintain front yard landscaping


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Jan. 14th, 2021 02:39 pm (UTC)
It's too bad Olive refused to learn to read music. I think it's something every kid should learn, but it's difficult if they don't know an instrument. Even when they do it can be hard. My brother, who knows how to play several brass instruments had difficulty when he tried to learn the piano. So used to the treble clef, but not the bass.
Jan. 14th, 2021 03:26 pm (UTC)
How could it possibly be offensive for you to talk about language that you want to give up? I mean, I'm still pondering a conversation I had with a client about the N-word, in which I used the N-word to describe the N-word. They said, You can't ever say that word, and I was okay with them telling me that, but I still feel that it is very odd to talk about a thing that is so terrible you can't call it by its name. I mean, I have no particular need to say the N-word, but it's strange to me that it is so radioactive it can't be said, like "Voldemort."

The other question I have is one about the way words migrate. Is there any point at all in their lifespan when they are far enough away from their original, offensive source to be cleansed of the association? I grew up using the word "gyp" to mean "cheat;" it was child slang. I only noticed as an adult that it derived from "Gypsy" and therefore referred to the supposed dishonesty of the Roma people. I don't think "gyp" is even current slang, but is there any way it would ever just become a word on its own? I mean, I grew up in the 60s in New Jersey; there weren't any Roma people I could have been referring to in any case, so the word must have traveled a long way.

Likewise other pejoratives: "gay -" too recent, has to go; "maniac -" I think may be far enough away from its origin to be its own word, along with "lunatic;" but "insane" or "crazy," still too recent. "Retarded," way, way too recent to use. What do you think?
Jan. 14th, 2021 04:04 pm (UTC)
Running 10k in an hour… I hope I can manage that this year, too! I've come close…

I turned 40 in lockdown, so when it is okay again I should emulate you and get my routine maintenance done!

I wish you success in all your resolutions!
Jan. 14th, 2021 04:50 pm (UTC)
Those are great and you kept some from last year. I didn't make any for last year, I think I have stopped doing resolutions except for trying to write and journal more or work on art. A few of yours stand out for me: Keeping that blasted dining room table clean & Front Yard Landscaping, leaves leaves leaves.
Jan. 14th, 2021 08:34 pm (UTC)
if we can't say "crazy" what are we supposed to say when people act like that?
Jan. 15th, 2021 05:01 am (UTC)
I came here to say that same thing. Sometimes people act crazy.
Jan. 15th, 2021 01:23 am (UTC)
Great resolutions!
Jan. 15th, 2021 10:31 pm (UTC)
I like these resolutions you have set for yourself a lot. I only wish I could run a 10k, period. Cardio is like a literal definition of Hell for me.

That elbow plank might be something I try to work up to, too!
Jan. 23rd, 2021 07:25 pm (UTC)
I love that you check in with your prior year's resolutions. I do this too, though don't have a "no repeats" rule and probably give myself too many things to work on at once.

I am impressed that anyone managed to keep resolutions last year.
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