Random Thursday: Random Resolutions

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Catchy alliteration aside, the following are not resolutions, just a brief, random collection of good ideas that I’ve been meaning to try out.  There’s a distinct difference . . . which I’ll explain as soon as a convincing argument comes to mind. Regardless, now seemed like a good time to put ’em out there so that my friends and family can call me on them a month from now.

If the only benefits I gain from this experiment are the opportunities to provide the joy of righteous nagging within the hearts of my loved ones and to hone my creative excuse-spinning skills, then I’ll consider it blogspace well spent.

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1.

Eat or pack breakfast every day.

A spoon containing breakfast cereal flakes, pa...

I’m usually the absolute opposite of hungry until mid-morning, when I’m suddenly ravenous and thinking seriously about eating pencils to keep my stomach from answering patron questions.

That’s tough on my stomach, the patrons, and the morale of  the library’s pencil population.

It’s one of my core beliefs that writing utensils should not have to live in fear, so I’ll be packing a little something to eat at my desk during break.  Possibly even something nutritional—the morale of the break room vending machine is not my responsibility*—but I wouldn’t want to sabotage myself by making too many rules right away.

Baby doughnuts steps . . .

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2.

Use this, until the weather stops with the homicidal glee, already:

Exercise Bike

I don’t actually own it, yet, but it will arrive early next week, which gives me time to take down the Christmas tree to make room.

This isn’t a new fitness goal—that’s resolution territory—but more a matter of survival; I break out in chilblains just thinking about taking a walk outside right now, and it’s even too cold in the garage to use the treadmill.

For the sake of my sanity, I need an exercise method that’s the next best thing to sitting on my rear end in a warm house, reading.  Something easy on the knees and on sale, with free shipping.

I already have a little plexiglass book rest thing to hook over the monitor—the treadmill is hibernating and won’t miss it until Spring—and I’ll bet, with practice, I could manage to surf the net write edit while I’m pedaling away.

Stop laughing.  It could happen.

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3.  

Kick Pigeons out of the nest again.

Pigeon Lost

I confess—the last few months of last year, I took a querycation.

It was time to take a step back and reassess what I was doing and how I was doing it, and to fix what wasn’t working.

Thanks to a generous, brilliant, and patient friend, I now have a solid query letter and a bit more confidence.  I’ve already worked up another list of agents that could be a good, mutual fit.

And as most of those agents will be reopening their inboxes to new queries next week, which is when I’m taking a week’s vacation from the library, the timing couldn’t be better to launch Pigeons back into the process.

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4.  

Drink more tea.  

About a year ago, I succumbed to the caffeinated seduction of coffee, and it’s been a blast, especially in the mornings, when a blast is most appreciated.

But I miss tea.  I miss the flavors, the ritual . . . and the relative ease of entering my sleep cycle.

Plus it’s that time of year when the combination of wind chill, heating systems, and static electricity starts giving me the Winter itchies, and a little more hydration couldn’t hurt.

Japanese teapot and cups

Does anyone around here know Japanese?  I’d like to know if these are real kanji or kana symbols, and if so, what they mean.  I have a sneaking suspicion the ones on the tea cups say, “tea cup,” but I can’t tell.

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5.  

A Low Daily Minimum Word Count

Counters

Maybe not THIS low…

This is the closest to a real resolution I have, which traditionally means I’m dooming myself to weight-loss goal levels of guilt-ridden failure.

But I’m happier  with a daily goal, not to mention more productive—as long as the goal fits reasonably into my schedule.

It’s no secret around here that I have the occasional problem with identifying reasonable schedules . . . So this is also going to be an exercise in curbing my All or Nothing tendencies.

I’ve heard arguments for higher word goals being better daily habits, but there’s a sustainability issue for me—most of it child-based—and I’ve learned this year that lower goals tend to prime my pump until the bucket overflows anyway.

And, yeah, I should probably add something about eliminating (HEY-o) unseemly metaphors, but we all know the odds of my success.

Baby steps, people.  Baby steps.

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Okay—if I made a real resolution, it would look like this:

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Anyone else resolute in their non-resolutions?

Care to share?

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*I did not just feel a pang of guilt over that.  I’m . . . digesting.  Yeah.

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24 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Random Resolutions

  1. I resolved years ago never to make another New Years’ resolution. So far, it’s working. I’m kind of like you in the breakfast department. That’s why I bake a batch of muffins and freeze them individually. Then I can grab one on the way out the door, and by the time I’m ready to eat, it has thawed.

    • Hi, Dee!

      You mentioned your muffin strategy the last time I tried to figure out breakfast, I think. I tried it and it worked really well . . . until I ran out of muffins and for whatever reason (cough, laziness, cough) never made more.

      Keep working on me, Dee—I’ll learn eventually! 😀

  2. Why does calling our goals “resolutions” make them bad?
    I resolve to say “thanks” more often this year.
    And good luck on all of your resolutions.

    • I think it’s a superstition based on negative association with a traditional 98.9% failure rate . . .But maybe that’s just me?

      Thanks, Nancy, 😉

  3. I don’t usually get hungry until the mid morning either but my husband is adamant that we all sit down to breakfast together (as he is usually missing at dinnertime.) It does me well in the long run because I don’t crave anything until lunch time. Try it. It may be just what your body needs.

    I’m not big on resolutions. I’d like to lighten up a bit, read more, and maybe make a date with an old, out of touch, friend.

    Happy new year, Sarah. Sorry I haven’t stopped by much but you’re always in my heart. I hope you know that.

    • You’re probably right, MSB, but pushing past the nausea is a rough business—it’s like morning sickness, without the excuse, sometimes. Waiting until I’m hungry seems a safer bet, but I’ll think about it!

      I like your ideas, MSB. 🙂

      And you’re in my heart, too. ❤

      Happy New Year!

  4. Love. You know, being a like-minded creature, maybe what will work is just picking one thing. For instance, I wanted to sign up for a marathon because quite frankly I feel a midlife crisis coming on. Now I’ve been under a doctor’s care for months and my back has an issue that no amount of will can cure. Instead of my normal all or nothing, I decided the goal was to do something anything, everyday. So back exercises which will prevent me from going under the knife? Counts. Walking down 7 flights of steps to get morning coffee? Yup. Walking up 3 then taking elevator? All good. Parking further away from library to add a tiny walk? Yep. Anything that we could have done an easier way and didn’t counts toward one thing a day.

    • That’s exactly it, Lyra—I’ve been trying to walk a little every day, even if it’s only around the library’s mezzanine before I clock in I’ve also been using the stairs when possible (book carts provide a valid elevator excuse!)..

      Mom gave me a pedometer at Thanksgiving—it’s a reminder that every step counts . . . if i’d just remember to wear it . . . 😉

      • Let me know how the pedometer works for you. I’m curious if it will be encouraging or another way to feel less than, you know? A woman I work with has one and loves it, but as an observer, I’m starting to see obsessive quirks when she talks about it. Post something after you’ve worn it a bit?

  5. I don’t do the resolution thing. I just attempt to adopt good habits throughout the year. Some stick, some don’t. The exercise thing worked for me, but now that the weather is dreadful, I am considering exercise equipment to keep in the habit. I could go for that treadmill with a book stand, I must say.

    • I find it easier to plan for good habits, and this happened to be a good time to plan to start some of them.

      The tea one is already in the bag (ahem). 😀

      I adore my treadmill, but he doesn’t fit anywhere inside the house . . . when the kids leave, there will be changes around here.

  6. I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year I decided to give it a shot. I came up with mostly small ones–one of which is ‘write every day.’ I’m not putting a word count on it, so I think I might be able to do it.

  7. I can’t eat early in the morning, either. But I don’t have to be to work until 1:00, so the office pencils are safe with me.

    I’m jonesing for a new project where I can throw down my daily dose of wordage. I resolve (yeah, I said it) to get an outline in place for book three so I have a project on the burner.

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