I’ve decided the problem with resolutions is that they’re not specific enough. Things like “lose weight” and “get in shape” or even “read more” are absolutely ridiculous. They’re too vague to really even sound worth doing. I think it’s time to take the Mary Poppins approach and find the element of fun.
Some new goals for 2011 (and beyond):
Exhibit A: eight years ago in high school, when the shirt was "new"
-Try Zumba. Consider this my last-stitch effort to get in shape. It’s the first health craze in a big long while that I’ve been excited about, and by-goly I’m gonna go with that feeling as long as I can.
-Try the shake weight. Yes, I asked for one for Christmas and yes, I know how wrong it looks. But I’ve heard it does wonders for the arm flab.
-Jog around my apartment complex nightly. The inner circle driveway around the mailboxes is approximately half a mile. Baby steps.
-Learn to silk screen. Mostly so that I can make exact copies of my favorite shirt (pictured to the left and below) and continue to wear it until the end of time. I’ve owned it for a little over eight years, and when I bought it, it wasn’t even new (thank you, Buffalo Exchange). Now it’s pretty thread-bare, and I’m pretty sure it would take museum flag-restoration people to keep it going much longer.
Exhibit B: Two and a half years ago, honeymoon.
-Learn to sew. Although I’ve been resisting such anti-feminist activity, going to a tailor to hem pants feels like highway robbery. And it would be nice to replace all those missing buttons on my clothes…
-Learn to quilt. With the right fabrics, I’m convinced I could out-do Anthropologie.
–Make at least 10 recipes from my new Jamie Oliver book. I’m not real big on cook books… or cooking for that matter, but this one has nice, beautiful step-by-step photography that makes it look just a little bit easier.
-Start another furniture-painting project. I found this beauty below on Craigslist tonight and am SO in love. Although I think it might be cruel to paint over all that gorgeous oak… either way, I want it.