Monday, September 10, 2007

Resolution Review 8

I originally wrote this on Friday. And then I tried to post it and BLOGGER ATE IT. Blogger is not supposed to eat posts anymore! I was bitter and angry. I am bitter and angry. But I'm also kind of obsessive and - seriously - could I go a month without updating you all on my resolutions? I think not.

1. Read 12 novels.
Currently holding at 9 novels in 2007.

Much like my prior struggle to get through John Irving's Until I Find You, I've been fighting my way through Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. It isn't a bad book, it just hasn't captured me. I'm reading it on strong recommendation from Lucy. Every time I tell her that I'm about to give up, she urges me to soldier on. And so I do.

2. Find a new job or go back to school. Or, ideally, find a new job AND go back to school.
I applied for graduate school in August. There was a slim chance that I would get in for the fall semester. I expected that it would be 2008 before I was in the classroom again.

My first class was on Tuesday.

3. Go to the gym with increased frequency.
Gym: I made it to the gym 13 times in July, which isn't all the bad considering that I was in Vegas and played a awful lot of soccer. I have made 92 trips to the gym in 2007; my lofty goal is 175.
Skating: Three. Which is truly sad.
Soccer: I played 7 games in July. The holiday helped keep the games to a reasonable amount, which my old joints really appreciate.

4. Not make a weight-related resolution.
I had a few weeks in August where I was a regular ol' piggy.
It pretty much took all I had not to break out Excel and make multiple charts (my weight and my food intake, not a chart of my many neuroses), which I would laminate and carry around with me so that I could study them obsessively every hour of the day.

5. Knit more.
I am a knitting loser.

6. Stop the incessant purchasing.
I have been in shopping rehab. I am starting to realize that if you stay away from the mall for long enough, you eventually get used to a life where shopping is not a major source of entertainment.

7. Visit with my grandparents more.
Quality time with the grandparents on Mom's birthday and the beginning of The Wedding From Hell, but I think that was it. I need to get back to carving time into my schedule to stop by their house just to chat.

8. Cut back on the coffee/hazelnut cappuccino mix that I feast on allfrickingdaylong at work. It’s as bad as sipping on a soda all day.
The significant reduction in my SugarCoffee intake as a result of this resolution is mostly smart and awesome and great. Quitting this crutch cannot be anything but positive for my health. I have a cup here and there, but nothing like how I drank it before.

9. Become a sweet-ass juggler.
Negligent juggler. Guilty as charged.

10. Allow myself to trust Colin.
I have thrown myself into the latest reincarnation of our relationship - Aly and Colin: Bigger, Better and Less Dysfunctional. I'm withholding approximately 5% of my trust, because I am guarded and cynical by nature, but I've invested the rest of it in him and us.

We'll see how it goes.

If you wouldn't mind crossing your fingers for us, that would be great. If this doesn't work out (again), I'm going to be awfully broken.

August’s resolution of the month: Floss my teeth...every day!
Better. Not perfect. What sort of lame-asses actually floss their teeth everyday, anyhow?

A pinch to grow an inch: September’s resolution of the month
Put together a damn photo album

Not just a photo album. A damn photo album. I have far too many really cute, really fun, really memorable photos to leave them stranded on my computer for the rest of eternity. In September, I will have them printed, I will slap them into some cute album and I will love it.

On 2007's resolutions:
The Original
Resolution Review 1
Resolution Review 2
Resolution Review 3
Resolution Review 4
Resolution Review 5
Resolution Review 6
Resolution Review 7


Kate said...


Go to Shutterfly and make a photo album. It is so easy, and then you don't have to arrange them with photo corners, cut-outs or any of that other junk. The photos print RIGHT ON THE PAGES and you can pick all kinds of backgrounds and layouts (okay, so I don't know how TIME-SAVING it is!) but they are easy to do and you could theme it and ship one to each of the girls.

It is what I did for my family (out of state) who didn't attend the White Coat Ceremony, just uploaded the 60-some pics to Shutterfly (you have to do it anyway to purchase them) and then played with them to get them into one of the 5x7 memory books (the ones that are $13).

After shipping they were $17 each which to me is a pretty good deal since it included the book, the pictures and the shipping. Just a thought from your favorite medical student.

Awesome work on your goals there--having a successful relationship doesn't mean you have to dangle yourself over the trust edge more than you are comfortable...keeping your own 5% is absolutely, TOTALLY understandable. And Sane.


A said...

I am completely in love with that idea, Kate. I am so doing that for...hmmm...The Girls, my Grandma (my cousin's wedding pictures), myself, my mommy and pretty much everyone I have ever met.

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