New Year’s Progress Report.

30 Apr

The mule and I share an uncanny resemblance. Four months ago I decided against resolutions, but I made a list of statements I hoped that over the course of the year I would come to accept and implement in my daily life. How these are different from resolutions I don’t quite recall.

But let’s check in, shall we?

1. I will not permanently damage any friendships if I utter any variation of the following phrase: “I can’t tonight, I’m a little burnt out and I think I just need an evening to myself.”

The one evening I had to myself last week was spent listening to a friend tell me for two hours what a fantastic wedding planner she’d be and aren’t her future in-laws just the worst? So, nope.

2. Uttering any variation of the following phrase: “I can’t come home this weekend, I’ve had a lot going on and I’d rather take it easy up here” will not permanently sever ties with my family.

I rearranged my surprise birthday party I was not supposed to know about because my mother was offended that my friends wouldn’t assume I was spending my birthday at home. (Take some time to unravel those double negatives.) Then I spent my birthday at home.

3. Prescribing strict or unreasonable diets for myself is unnecessary, but do stop making entire meals out of cheese.

Things I ate today: Nonfat yogurt, an apple, carrots, exactly 10 almonds, two hard-boiled egg whites, an undressed salad. No cheese meals, sure, but I fail on the impossible to maintain strict diet front. I’M STARVING. 0 for 3. (Ed. Note: This was written before dinner, at which time I ate a few more things.)

4. It is absolutely fine to write at home instead of in-between tasks at work. Except for right now because I already started this post. So tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll write at home.

The time of writing is 20 minutes before my work day ends.

5. Nothing will explode if I put off non-immediate tasks until the next day. Sometimes I don’t need to refurbish furniture at 3 am. Sometimes that second coat of polyurethane can wait.

Last week, after working an hour and a half overtime, I decided it was absolutely urgent to drive 45 minutes into another state to purchase a couch. This couch. For reasons I can’t figure out right now, this could not have waited til Saturday.

 I am officially too stubborn to do good things for myself that don’t involve impulse decor purchases.

5 Responses to “New Year’s Progress Report.”

  1. Sotorya (Tory) May 3, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I’m going to force you to relax and have fun this summer. Just so we’re clear.

  2. Molpadia (Molly) May 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    I love you and I can’t wait to drink a pitcher of sangria with you tomorrow.

  3. Helen May 5, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    If it helps at all, that’s a very nice couch…

    • Hippolyta (Polly) May 6, 2013 at 8:31 am #

      Right?! I don’t feel like it was an outrageously irresponsible purchase. I think I’ve reached an age where I need furniture that isn’t assembled with an allen wrench. And it’s a sleeper so my family will be happy the next time a devastating hurricane hits and they need to bunk with me until their power comes back. Plus it’s blue!

      • Sotorya (Tory) May 6, 2013 at 8:33 am #

        Hey now, hey now, furniture from Ikea is very nice furniture!!

        However, it’s a LOVELY couch.

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