New new year’s resolutions

a hoover

I knew there was something wrong with my new year’s resolutions when I wrote them down, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Now I realise that they were all tasks with a fixed outcome, rather than vague promises to behave differently – a to-do list, not a set of resolutions. Which is fine, except that I’ve done them all, so now I need new ones. This time I will try to make them things I can keep up all year, rather than things I can check off and forget about.

1. I will hoover more. We have lived in this flat since June of last year, and I have hoovered twice. The beloved may have hoovered more times than that, but I suspect you could still count the total number of hooverings on one hand. We have dark carpets, but still.

2. I will blog more. It’s free and I enjoy it, and it makes me think, which I am not always inclined to do otherwise.

3. I will go to the cinema more. I had this one a couple of years ago but I didn’t really keep it up. I am thinking of buying a Cineworld membership, which gives you unlimited cinema visits for £17.99 a month. If I didn’t have to pay each time, except for popcorn and Pepsi (I am not really interested in cinema trips which don’t involve popcorn and Pepsi), I would go and see all the films I thought might be  good, rather than just the ones which feel like cast-iron certainties. I would go and see every new Woody Allen, rather than every second Woody Allen, and I’d see more animated and 3D films. And that would broaden my tastes and turn me into a more interesting person. All for £18 a month!

I think there was going to be a fourth one, but I got over-excited about the cinema one and forgot it, so three it is.

Update: Ben Barden points out on Twitter that unless I set targets for what “more” means in this context, I am doomed to fail. So I have set targets, but I’m not telling you what they are, in case they sound insane or make you think I’m a slattern.

New year’s resolutions for 2012

Looking back at last year’s resolutions, as I traditionally do at this time of year, I discover that I kept all of them, more or less. But it’s less impressive than that sounds, because there were only three and they were all kind of lame, apart from the first one which I am technically still working on, although I am definitely nearly finished.

Anyway, this year has needed no thought at all. I know exactly what I want to do, as well as the order I want to do it in. So without further preamble, my plans for 2012 are these:

1. Get the beloved to show me how to use Audacity.

2. Move Ella‘s two paintings out of the bedroom and into the front room, and hang the mirror we got from my sister over the mantelpiece (note: this will require the assistance of A Man. Not a man, but A Man, or quite possibly A Woman).

3. Hang up the paintings which are currently on the bedroom floor awaiting the removal of Ella’s paintings from the walls.

4. Upgrade to pro membership of the voice artists’ site to which I belong.

5. Throw away all the rusty old kitchen stuff that the previous occupants of our flat left behind, and;

6. Use the resultant cupboard space to reorganise our kitchen storage in such a way that we can find the things we need to use without having to empty whole cupboards at a time.

7. Audition for some voiceover jobs.

Seven is quite ambitious, I know, but only number 7 is anything but routine. It is also the most exciting one, so that’s OK. Oh, and number 8 is to finish writing that bloody story. It only needs about three more days’ work; I just can’t seem to get around to it. But I’m going to use a wedding, a house move and two changes of job as an excuse for not getting as far as I should have in 2011, and say that 2012 will absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt, be the year it happens. Hold me to that, please.

(And in case I don’t make it back here tomorrow, happy new year! 2011 was the funnest year of blogging for me so far, so I hope you enjoyed at least some of it too.)

New year’s resolutions for 2011

Phew, it feels good to ditch that red and green Christmas design and get back to the clean lines and no-nonsense layout of Kubrick. At some point over the weekend I might even do the same to the flat, metaphorically, although today I’m quite enjoying our cosy little tree.

Looking back at last year’s resolutions I am delighted to discover that one of them was to get the boiler fixed, which I did, at great expense and accompanied by a hefty dose of pain. I can’t remember now whether we got it fixed because it broke or just because we knew it needed fixing, but either way it’s a mission accomplished. I also did some good things that I wasn’t expecting to do, like leaving a job without another one to go to, learning how to make sausage rolls, and getting engaged.

But there are still things I need to do. Here are some of them.

  1. I will keep up with my writing course and actually finish the story I’ve been working on for the last year. It’s already the longest thing I’ve ever written, so it would be a shame to ditch it now.
  2. I will not become Bridezilla.
  3. I will find a better form of exercise than bloody Pilates.

Is three enough? I think three is enough.