I love this time of year. Not the holidays, per se, but this week after Christmas and before New Year's Eve, when I use the brief respite from eating and drinking myself silly to work on my resolutions for the new year. Some people find resolutions tedious and morally crushing, but I love the hopefulness of resolving to change. Come on, who doesn't love hope and change? Oh. Right. I'll let you make your own joke about red states here.
But seriously, you know what I mean. A little self-reflection and planning for the future is fun, especially when the good behavior isn't scheduled to begin yet and you can do your planning while consuming a plateful of Pepperidge Farm and a large gin and tonic. So as I bite into another Sausalito, I'm looking back on last year's resolutions and seeing how I did...
Stop drinking Diet Coke.
I totally did this! I cut Diet Coke out completely, which is good, because the stuff is so bad for you it's essentially liquid poison. However, in 2008 I also started drinking sugar-free Red Bull, which is just as toxic but even more delicious. So I'm calling this one a wash.
Support pet charities.
What I intended to do was donate time and money to my three fave causes, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and SOS Children's Villages. What I actually did was bookmark each of their websites in the "My Favorites" folder of my web browser. Sorry, guys.
Go vegan and alcohol-free for the month of January.
We did this and liked it so much that we plan to do it again. We're also cutting out sugar and caffeine. So long, Red Bull. We had a good run.
This one is perennially on my list and will appear again on this year's list. But since I improve my French with every day that I live here, I'm still going to count it as a win. So yes, I'm going to hang a big "Mission Accomplished" sign on it and then, when no one's looking, I'll quietly take the sign down and keep working on it. I can do that! It's my list! I am the decider! Sorry, I don't know what happened there. Moving on...
Go to yoga class in the village.
Um... Maybe I should have been more specific with this goal. I mean, I DID GO to the yoga class in the village, but after discovering that the class started really early in the morning, it was hard to find a place to park and I was distracted by my hatred for the smell of yoga mats (they smell like getting smacked with dodgeballs), I stopped going and just did yoga at home by myself. This year I will suck it up and go anyway. But I'm going to bring my own mat from home and clean it with lavender-scented soap.
Lose weight and get in beach-ready shape.
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!! Beach-ready? Oh Lisa, you crack me up. Pass the Pepperidge Farm.
Clean out closet and donate unneeded clothing and shoes.
What? Has someone been messing with my list? "Unneeded shoes?" That doesn't sound like something I would write. But seriously, I did this and still don't have enough room for all my shoes. So more work needs to be done. I think I'll give myself about a C+ on this one.
Calculate carbon footprint and plant appropriate number of trees to offset the damage.
We actually did this, for the second year in a row, now. And we have a whole grove of olive trees in front of the house as proof. Want to do the same? Click here.
So, there you have the highlights of last year's resolutions. But lest you think that I don't seem to take them very seriously, rest assured that there are plenty of little things on my list that were accomplished easily, like composting, going to the opera at the Roman ampitheater in Orange, doing more hiking, having the shutters painted, finishing our outdoor terrace and sending Christmas cards out on time. So I'm making progress... Really! And now onto this year's list...