Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Resolutions: 2010 Edition

Happy Twenty Ten!!

Despite being sick (I've had a fever for a week now and have been feeling pretty crummy these last few days...) I made it 'til midnight to ring in the new year with Stephen and Anne and my beautiful baby girl who woke up about 15 minutes before we tossed the confetti. Ok 'toss' might be a strong was really more like 'sprinkled it from one hand to the other'. Stephen had to keep me in check this year, since I am notorious for making a horrifying mess of our living room on new years eve. Twice, the National Guard had to be called in to bulldoze a path through the paper litter. True story. (It helped that our paper shredder died earlier in the week...)

You may have noticed my new years resolution list on the left side of my blog has been growing. Here's the scoop:

1. Read 24 books.

Reading used to be hands-down, my all time favorite hobby. Growing up, I was one of those nerdy kids who ALWAYS had their nose stuck in a book, who begged to stay up 5 more minutes to keep reading, and who kept a hidden flashlight under their pillow to read under the covers once mom had shut the door. Then one day, I just stopped. I'm not sure how it happened, but I don't remember the last time I made it through an entire book. I think it's probably been years.

24 books really isn't that many, but honestly - the idea of trying to complete 2 books a month is sounding pretty daunting to me right now. I have a few books in mind that I'd like to read, but I think for the most part I'm just going to wing it. I do have my first book picked out - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Ok, technically this is a collection of short stories. I'm not going to count them individually, don't worry :) I've never read any Sherlock Holmes, and I'm interested in seeing the new movie. Maybe a movie date night with Stephen will have to be my reward for getting through my first book of the new year...

2. Run a 5k

Several years ago, I attempted to run a marathon through Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and promptly got hit with mono as I began my training. Running a marathon is still definitely on my to-do list, but I did have the revelation in my first few running sessions before getting sick that maybe I should have started off a little smaller...after all, I am the ultimate couch potato.

I don't have a particular event in mind that I'm training for right now, I thought I should make sure I can actually walk 5k first. I've gone to the gym a handful of times since having Ava, and 30 minutes of walking is about my limit (I make it approximately 1 mile in that 30 minutes. Yeah, yeah...cut me some slack, here! I was on bed rest for 2 months.)

3. Learn to do something new

To be fair, being a mom requires learning something new just about every day: How to feed your baby rice cereal without getting it stuck in her eyelashes and behind her ears, how to shave both legs in the shower before your baby wakes up, how to stack your groceries in a pile around the car seat in the back of the shopping cart without having them all collapse on her head...these kind of skills aren't what I'm talking about, though. I would like to learn a skill that I'm interested in that is not simply one that is necessary for my day-to-day survival as a mother. I haven't officially decided, but one thing that is definitely on my top ten list is debate. I would love to find some sort of debate class in the area, but so far I haven't had much luck. I'll keep you posted on this one...

4. Get dressed. Every day.

Ok, day 1 and this one's already busted. You're going to have to give me a break, though...I'm sick!! The point is, I've been wearing yoga pants every day for nearly a year now and IT'S GOT TO STOP. I'm breaking the cycle...starting tomorrow. Probably.

So what are your resolutions?


  1. I think my New Year's resolution will be to check your blog everyday and find out what else you did as a child that I didn't know about! (I am going to have to check for flash lights in the girls' rooms!) Just don't tell me you ran with scissors....I don't even want to know!

  2. Hahahaha...oh mom...running with scissors is only the you know how many times I went to bed without brushing my teeth??? :)

  3. Jamie I love your posts!!!! You are a super blogger - I don't know how I can keep up with you. Maybe I'll make a resolution to blog at least 3 times a week... to start with. I want to do a 5k with you too!

  4. Oooh Anne I didn't even think of a resolution to blog!! That's a good one!! I love reading your blog too and I can't WAIT to do a 5k with you!! I'm pretty sure you'll beat me easily, although I am highly competetive.... :)

  5. I love your blog Jame! good jarb!!!!! =)

  6. I love your blog too, Em!! I want more posts on that new history blog so I can learn something!! :)