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2013 New Years resolutions

It's has become sort of a fun annual entry for me, where I review my resolutions from the previous year and make some new ones! Same rules always apply to new resolutions though: no carry-overs. If I failed at accomplishing something, obviously making it a resolution won't make it happen.

Anyway, here are things I wanted to do in 2012:

Eat less meat. I actually did pretty well on this, I made a concerted effort, especially at lunch when I'm on my own, to go vegetarian. And we worked some new recipes into our dinner routines like veggie burritos. But then I got pregnant and just wanted to eat freaking everything all the time every 45 minutes so it kinda went out the window, I'd eat grapes, apples, carrots, peanut butter and then be like fuck it I want a steak.

Write shorter lj entries. Normal people do not have an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Did not do this, but some of you commented that you don't think my long-winded yammering on is too much of an issue really so I decided it was okay.

Read more than 15 books. That's how many I think I read in 2011, it's just good to trend that number up. I reviewed 13 books in my lj but probably read more than that, it's just that the more you read the higher the bar is for "oh I must tell friends about this book!" I'm sure I made at least 15.

Ride my bike. It's been hanging in the garage since we moved! FAIL.

Get the baby to sleep in her own bed. CHECK. That was really not a big deal. Once we bought her a toddler bed and she had to make a conscious decision to go to sleep in it every night, she learned to quit bugging us. Now we read a few books, sing twinkle little star, and she goes on singing in the dark by herself until she's out. This is a child who was sleep-proof for the first 18 months of her life so it's nice that they outgrow that sort of thing. You know, so you don't kill them.

Carry no credit card balances. I'm not gonna say it didn't happen this year, but I think we kinda got slammed with some stuff, either way right this second I am not carrying any balances.

Replace the light bulbs we use a lot, like the ones in the living room, with CFLs I did this, not thrilled, wrote a whole entry about it a few days back.

2013 resolutions

1) Remember to use reusable shopping bags more often (maybe this has been a resolution before? I have no idea...)

2) Take more good staged photographs of the guinea pigs

3) Fix the screened in porch that the dog ruined

4) Keep etsy finances very very separate, to make taxes/accounting easier than they're gonna be this year, which is a total disaster.

5) Post in the etsycontest blog once a month

6) Keep the craft room a shade cleaner, get rid of fabric I'm not using

7) Reorganize our closets so our clothing seems to fit in our house


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 12th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yay for reusable shopping bags! I was on the leading edge of this trend, I got my first reusable bags years ago! It was always a novelty when I took them to the market.

In Los Angeles county they're a must. Any store that sells food cannot give out plastic bags. You can buy paper bags for a few cents, but unless you bring your own bags you're out of luck. I keep a box of them in my trunk, and I have a box inside the house. It's second nature for me to pick them up when I leave for the market now. I even went so far as to get reusable produce bags :)
Jan. 13th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
I love them too, own many, started using them way back before it was cool (checkers would be like "what?!")

But I just suck at remembering them these days! They get left in the house, or the car, and the stores here in kansas don't care so I'm just way out of the habit!
Jan. 14th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
When we moved to the Netherlands 7+ years ago, we found that no grocery store offered bags, other than the flimsy cheap plastic ones. It's like that here to in Germany (we moved two weeks ago). We've collected quite a few good sturdy canvas bags from going to conferences. They're great for groceries, and make me feel terribly erudite while I'm shopping.
Jan. 14th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, because after I posted my response I remembered this conversation I had with a woman who was a native of the Netherlands. She told me that when she moved here she automatically took her bags and boxes to the market, and they looked at her like she was crazy! Most people in the area grumbled 2 years ago when we switched to mandatory no plastic bags at the market, but she rejoiced!
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