Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I don't need permission, make my own decisions. That's my prerogative.

I think it is safe to say this will be the only time I ever take a post title (much less any life advice or inspiration) from a Bobby Brown lyric. Unfortunately, when I decided to ignore what I wrote yesterday about not making any silly resolutions, that old late 80s gem was the first thing to come to mind.

The thing is, when I perused my archives to recap what I did in 2007, I realized just how much I've come to rely on this blog to keep track of what I'm thinking or struggling with or enjoying at any given time. I haven't written in an old fashioned paper journal more than a handful of times since I started blogging, so if there's something I want to remember, this is probably the place to put it. So for my benefit and reference, if not for yours, here is my list. Shit I need to do, dammit, New Year or not. Wish me luck.

  • Get fucking organized already. Banish the clutter I am drowning in throughout my house and purge the crap I really no longer need. I think there may be something to those claims that a cluttered space creates a cluttered mind and a cluttered life, and my head could definitely use some clarity and clean-sweeping. So I'll start with my home and hopefully peace of mind will follow.

  • Revisit the budget I created (and subsequently mostly ignored) three years ago. Figure out how much money I'm supposed to have left after all my bills are paid each month and where the hell that money is actually going. Make sincere (sincere!) efforts to spend and not-spend accordingly.

  • Take a vitamin and a calcium supplement EVERY day. I did better at this after resolving to do it last year, but the result still probably averaged out to only once every three or four days. Starting now, I'm going to take my friend Jamie's advice and implement a calendar marking-off system to remind me, and I am going to finally DO this simple thing, dammit. It's that or start eating my vegetables, and frankly, we all know that's not going to happen.

  • Meet Lara in real life and in person. Of course, I would also love to meet all my other fabulous real and semi-imaginary blog friends, but Lara is the one I've been in contact with most closely and consistently, so she's the one I'll specify. There are some weeks when Lara actually knows more about what's going on in my life than the good friends in my own area code do, and while that means many things, one important thing it means is that we really must share a bottle (or two) of wine and play Boggle together. Soon.

  • Get more sleep. This one will be particularly laughable to any of my aforementioned real-life, same-area-code friends--the people who know better than to call me before 10:00 on weekend mornings because they know sleeping late (very late, by most of their standards) is the one thing that reliably makes me happier than any other thing in my life. The fact is I do not get enough sleep, though... not on weeknights, anyway, and if I actually turned off my TV or computer or put down my book at a reasonable hour on nights when I have to set an alarm, I'd probably be much more likely to get up when the hour's in the single digits on days when I don't.

It seems I'm already off to a bad start on that last one, as it's creeping up towards midnight, and putting on my flannel pants when I got home from work several hours ago is the only thing I've done that qualifies as getting ready for bed at this point. Better luck on that tomorrow, I suppose. Yawn.


shelleycoughlin said...

I like that you're taking a page from Aaron's book with the swearing in this post. :)

Also, I think 2008 should be the year of the Great Blogger Get-Together. We'll pick somewhere central to all of us... where can we go... oooh yeah! Boston! :)

3carnations said...

I need to do the unclutter thing...But sad to say, I probably won't.

I DO take my multivitamin everyday. It's just part of my bedtime routine. Brush teeth, wash face, floss (or not), take vitamin. I don't even think about it. :)

Poppy said...

I take a vitamin every day. I got trained when I was taking the birth control pills that you really just don't wanna skip. :D

I went to bed at 10pm last night but couldn't fall asleep until at least 1am. So much for the sleep thing.

lizgwiz said...

I forced myself to de-clutter when I moved three years ago. Sadly, the clutter is starting to creep back. Damn those packrat genes I inherited from my grandmother.

I need to be better with my vitamin taking, as well. Why is it so hard? I've managed to become a regular flosser...maybe vitamin taker is next. ;)

Jess said...

The one thing that sucks about living with someone is the clutter. At least in my case, because Torsten is not any neater than I am, and so now instead of just one of us having to get motivated to de-clutter, we both have to, or else any de-cluttering efforts get shot to shit within a few days.

Anonymous said...

Those seem like some good attainable resolutions. I can tell you all about the getting up early thing. It's so ingrained in me now, I have to work at sleeping in.

-R- said...

Good resolutions! I was just thinking last night that I need to go through the closets in our office and guest bedroom and get rid of things that are not even unpacked from when we moved in over 2 years ago.

Aaron said...

I don't know what the fuck NPW is on about.

Listen: Any time I open up my Google Reader and someone has titled a post after some Bobby Brown lyrics, it's a good day. So thank you for that.

Stefanie said...

NPW--I was actually thinking the same thing, and wondering just how difficult it would be to organize our own mini BlogHer/Him (minus the conference, of course--just chatting, drinking, and Boggle/Balderdash). :-) So many of you are on the east coast, so Boston does make sense... can we all stay with you and Chris?? :-) (Just kidding.)

3Cs--I am DETERMINED to declutter, if not entirely, then at least in three to five areas of my house that agitate me no end. Seriously, I am making a list and I am going to DO this! (You know, unless something good is on TV...) ;-)

Poppy--I should be trained because of BC, but for long and detailed reasons I won't bother explaining in a comment, I don't take those at the same time, and therefore, remembering one doesn't guarantee I remember the other. Sigh.

Liz--You inherited those genes too, huh? Mine came from my parents more than my grandparents. They're even worse than I am, so I'm hoping this isn't something that gets worse as I get older!

Jess--I imagine it would be even harder to stay tidy when you live with someone. Then again, you also have someone else to blame it on! :-)

Noelle--Oh, you're one of those people... the "I can't even sleep in anymore!" folks. Yeah, I don't get that. I never, EVER have trouble sleeping in!

R--I've got some boxes like that in my spare room upstairs, and I moved in FOUR years ago. Sad, really.

Aaron--Glad you enjoyed it. I actually sort of hated myself for doing it, as I've had that damn song stuck in my head ever since I posted this!

Anonymous said...

I particularly like resolution #4, as that's on my list, too! (Well, not "meet Lara", as I AM Lara, but "meet Stefanie". Ahem.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and PS, who says we should stop at two bottles?

metalia said...

Having had the opportunity to have met the lovely Lara already, I can say with a degree of certainty that doing so is something that belongs on everyone's list! :)