While talking with my husband the other day, he said to me, “2012 is gonna be our year, baby!” I believe him for two reasons. 1. I trust him. 2. He said it with an exclamation mark. Everything said with an exclamation mark comes true, right?
Not one to dismiss his enthusiasm for the pending year, I thought I’d throw in some resolutions that just might make that happen. Ready? (Click on pictures for links.)
1. Drink more water. Is it really that difficult? WHY do I struggle so much with this one? Never fear. It will happen.
2. Do laundry more often than once a month. I hate it. It hates me. We call each other bad names, and I’m quite alright with that. Perhaps our love will grow as my laundry pile shrinks.
3. Read a book? My best friends are laughing at me right now. Let’s pause while they compose themselves. Don’t worry. I read incessantly. I just can’t get my mind to focus on a book for more than…well, my record is 63 pages. I’m hoping my kids’ new my new Kindle Fire will help with that.
4. Buy a paint brush that I don’t end up throwing away. Just rinse it out, Chris. It’s not rocket science.
Believe me…the list could go ON. What about you? Resolutions? Hate resolutions? Perhaps your resolution is to come up with a resolution? Perhaps mine from last year can help.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
I’m with you on the laundry resolution! My bin currently resembles #6, I am sorry to say. :s
Chris, your resolutions could/should be my own! I struggle with the water thing too. WHY is it so hard?!? Don’t even get me started on the laundry. Laundry is my nemesis.
Yes! That’s exactly what I say, Jenny! I need to hire a cleaning lady JUST to do my laundry. I’ll pay her by the load instead of the hour. 🙂
these are great! i am always trying to tell myself to drink more water (and never quite succeeding! :))
i love the book one- i love to read! but if a book is not holding my interest, then peace out. have you tried the hunger games? not terribly long and has action, romance… and is easy to read. and it is the first of a series of 3, so if you like it, who knows…. maybe you will even read 3 books!!!!
and the paintbrush one i should also try,…. yikes.
That’s a great recommendation, Cassie. My son read them all and keeps telling me how much I’ll like them. As a matter of fact, Catching Fire is looking at me right now. 🙂
Even though my laundry only resembles a #5, i’m also with you on that one. I want it to be no more than a #2 at most. Fingers crossed. 🙂 Happy new year!!
P.s I’ve only just heard about Haven from your last post and it sounds pretty awesome. 🙂
Oh the water thing. I have decided that tea is water too. So I am going to try to substitute my latte addiction with tea. Quite good on the laundry part, thank you, but the ironing??? Euw big piles waiting for me always (can’t stop my love wearing shirts…).
I am actually contemplating not making any resolutions because I always go way over the top with them, but who am I kidding they are already dancing in my head for weeks.
Have a wonderful new year!!!!!!! (nb the exclamation marks :-))
Marianne! You’re funny! I wonder if I could consider coffee as water, too. I like the way you think! Happy New Year, my friend!
becky mercado says
Water ….ugh. That will definitely be mine. I live on Diet Coke. Paint brushes …. wow … me too. I’m just too lazy to wash or clean them. I keep thinking maybe if I buy an expensive one I’ll clean it … but probably not. Read a book….well I used to … I love certain types of books … but while working out of town for years I got used to audiobooks and … again… I guess I’ve become lazy and I want someone reading to me. How sad. I actually love laundry … weird . The soothing sound of the machine … the warmth … the OCD in me that loves to have things folded away. Amazing how you can be a bit OCD and lazy together. I’m soo with you on the others. One additional one that I always get bugged about … SALT. I use way to much salt. Even been told that by a waitress. How rude….haha. Great post. Now I’ve got to start thinking about my own list…. sigh.
What a great comment, Becky! I can certainly appreciate all those things about laundry. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make me want to do it. 🙂 I can’t believe a waitress said that to you!
Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life says
The paint brush one is so funny. I am terrible about cleaning up after my projects! I am just so ‘done’ when I am finished I don’t want to do the clean up! 🙂
My thoughts exactly, Laura. I’m finished! No clean-up for me! 🙂
Linda @ It All Started with Paintl says
I’m tracking with you on that water thing! Oh, and the tossing of the paint brush thing (though I do have a Purdy in the freezer covered in chalkboard paint since last Spring! That’s my solution to not throwing them away. I put them in a Ziploc and toss them into the freezer. Try explaining that to your husband and kids!)
Luckily my husband does the laundry. Twice a week. Whether it needs to be done or not.
Happy New Year!
Kristen @ More Than Mulberries says
The best thing I did last year was putting in a laundry room right next door to Dan’s office. He does almost ALL the laundry now for us! I throw away paint brushes also, who wants to stand there getting paint out? I’m good with the water…I used to read ALL the time. These days, I’m lucky to get my book club one done. (The Alchemist anyone? Snore….) I feel like the older I get the shorter my attention span becomes! I think blogging has made me that way, I’ve reverted back to “I NEED PICTURES!!!!”
Found your blog via Urban Cottage-and since we are just in PJ’s today enjoying doing nothing
( I am surfing the net, which I count as a cultural activity) I just wanted to say I am LOL @ the laundry statements!
We have a love hate relationship also…I don’t mind doing it.
I hate the after-party of folding/sorting /putting it away. Ugh.
As for the paintbrush dilemma, I keep a mason jar 3/4 full of water-and my working brush goes in there…I empty it once a year, LOL. Ok maybe twice; I use foam brushes whenever possible-those go straight to the landfill after I am finished.
Resolutions? I make a list of house things, work items, personal goals, and new this year is giving back. I usually do one thing for each category per month-makes it a bit easier to accomplish, IMHO. I am a list maker with a capital L so if I see it written down, I can usually get it finished.
I also don’t sweat it if something gets moved around or changes a bit-that’s life. Stuff happens.
Happy New Year! May all you laundry piles be small 🙂
My mom used to keep the iron pile so long that we outgrew the clothes before she ever got around to ironing them. Wish I was joking. I’m a little better than that and sure do enjoy the look of an empty laundry basket. Maybe I should take a picture of a job well done and frame it to keep myself motivated.
That’s funny, Vivian! My mom was spectacular at laundry. However, it seemed like she was always doing it! Blech!
Jeri Lunsford says
I’ve made the water resolution too. For some reason, I hate water. It’s just not good. At all. But the nice thing about resolving to drink “more” water? It’s subjective. More than none doesn’t have to be a whole lot more. It just has to be more. 🙂 My other resolution is to be more like the person described in the St. Francis prayer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Francis).
Hope you have a Happy 2012! I look forward to following your blog more!
I like the way you think, Jeri!
Minus the laundry thing (I do at least a load a day. Not that I love though. I still curse at it) I nodded to all of the above! Totally started laughing at the paint brush! I do the same thing! Happy NY to you! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2012!
Oh man. I really wish I could be so disciplined. A load a day–sounds so simple yet so difficult. 🙂 Thanks, Jen!
None here. Never accomplish them so why put myself in that situation.
I do have some goals for the year and I may do a post on them.
I have the same relationship with my laundry–hate it.
Hope you have a super year!
I see goals and resolutions as the same thing–either way you have to work to attain them, right? Just don’t set them too high. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I am right there with the paint brush thing. I put them in Ziplock bags in the fridge while I am working on the project, but throw them away after….too much effort to clean! I have to work on drinking more H2O in the winter. When I married my husband 10 yrs ago he did laundry on Monday, so I just went with that and it has worked. Just became a habit, but if I am sick or away from home that day…I go to the next day that week and start again on Monday the next. Now reading I love. Try just reading a chapter or a few pages before you go to sleep…that might get you started…reading can take you to so many places that the pc can not! Thanks for your fun post and Happy New Year and good luck with your goals.
Loving these resolutions. I’m definitely with you on the water…I NEED to drink more water. I live in the Caribbean where it’s super hot all the time…a girl can get pretty dehydrated if she doesn’t take care. 🙂
Best of luck with the others. 🙂 2012 is going to be a great year!
New follower. Happy that I found you. 🙂
I am dying over your paint brush resolution. I am RIDICULOUSLY guilty of this. And because of it, I buy really cheap brushes because I know that I will just toss them, which leave little hairs in everything I paint. Why can’t I do this? 🙂
I have trouble with laundry too. One product that changed my life is the lamper. They sell them at Target for about $10. They are simply tall laundry baskets. Each member of our family gets one and when it is full of dirty clothes, I take it to the machine clean it and bring it back to the room it came from. I then have to fold and put away all of the clothing so that we’ll have a place to put the dirties again. It forces me to work my laundry efficiently. I love them!
I also can’t stand laundry but have committed myself to doing one load a day. Then it won’t overwhelm. Best wishes for your New Year and those resolutions!
Shannah @ Just Us Four says
Oh the water thing is so difficult for me too! I find that adding fresh fruit to it helps sometimes because it gives it a non-water taste. Good luck!
rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray says
So just stumbled upon your blog and read this post and your most recent (the dog one). I’m pretty sure we’re the same person. Hah! Except you are WAY more clean than me with the dog stuff. Although I do have 70 lbs less to deal with. 🙂 Happy New Year! Now I’m off to browse around your blog…
It’s so good to hear that I’m not the only one who has the worst trouble with drinking water. I’ve tried apps on my phones to remind me, hydration water bottles that record how much I need to drink and how much I actually do drink, and a fiance always on me about it because I’m so dehydrated that I feel weak sometimes and have almost passed out a time or two in the summer. It’s not that I intentionally don’t drink water (because I’m sure you don’t not drink it on purpose either) but we must push ourselves! Good luck…lol! (Never thought I would have this much to say about a post that involved drinking water.)
That was funny, Erin! So in depth about the power of water. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!