I really like Jennie’s idea of making a list of things to do in the new year instead of resolutions. The other day on twitter, Devan asked what the difference between the two are, and for me, I think the difference is that the list is more specific– actual items that can be accomplished and then crossed off– and resolutions are more abstract or vague. Devan’s right though, when it really comes down to it, there’s no real difference.
In any case, I’m going to approach this year with a To Do in 2011 list; things that I can cross off as I go. I’ve been asking myself what exactly it is I want to accomplish in the next
365 361 days. I may continue to add to the list (or edit the list) for a while. I’ll eventually put in on a sidebar or its own tab, as well as print a copy for my fridge.
To Do in 2011:
1. Cut sugar consumption in half (at least). (Evaluate monthly.)
2. Paint the family room and upstairs bathroom.
3. Fix our bed. (Or, more accurately, have David fix our bed.)
4. Get a new mattress.
5. Besides the book club book, read 2 other books per month.
6. Spend 1 afternoon each month alone with Kate and Joan (individually). (I already spend lots of time alone with Marin.)
7. Order my medical records and find out what exactly went on during my last C-section.
8. Print a photo I took on canvas.
9. Enter a photo I took into the State Fair.
10. Make exercise a habit. At the beginning of each month, set weekly exercise goals. (For January, my goal is 4x/week.)
11. Fence the yard.
12. Plant a vegetable garden.
13. Plant raspberries.
14. Visit East Coast Anne this spring.
15. Meet some of my blog friends.
16. Spend a weekend away with just David and me.
17. Re-cover the dining room chairs.
18. Earn an income greater than what I currently earn.
19. Take a hands-on photography class, either locally or online.
20. Have family game night 2x/month.
21. Publish something besides what I write on this blog.
22. Clean out my dresser and closet and get David to do the same with his clothes.
23. Clean and reorganize the home office.
24. Paint that dresser purple for Marin.
25. Paint/refinish the hutch from David’s grandparents’ house and move it from garage into dining room.
26. Find peace and closure in The Situation that I don’t have peace and closure about.
27. Clean out the freezer.
28. Create the habit of having a meal plan when I go grocery shopping.
29. Get Posie a cat tower so she can see out of the family room windows.
30. Write a letter to the editor.
31. Take Kate and Joan each to S.D. to stay (alone) with my grandma for a few days.
32. Pare down toys, magazines, books, and stuff in attic. Stop holding onto stuff we haven’t used or needed for years.
33. Decorate the walls in our bedroom.
34. Have a family day at the Science Museum.
35. Take the kids to Minnehaha Falls.
36. See Tea more often.
37. Be a better phone-friend to East Coast Anne and Seester. (I’ve been in phone-avoidance mode lately.)
38. Make a delicious Corn Chowder soup.
39. Take the kids to an indoor water park this winter to ward off the winter blah’s.
40. Shut the laptop when the kids are home/awake more often.
41. Install a clothes line.
42. Be in more photographs with my kids, including a great family picture and a picture of me, my grandma, and my girls that I love.
43. Sleep on the porch with the girls this summer.
44. Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
45. Through a class, book, or something, learn how to better use photoshop, including doing a collage and putting 2 photos side by side.
46. Spend 1 night a week with
Grant [Edit: that would be DAVID to ya’ll] after the kids go to bed (watching a movie, playing farkle, etc.)
47. Take the girls to a Nutcracker performance next December.
48. Take the girls to a theater production this year. (Like we did last summer when we saw High School Musical at MSU.)
49. Rearrange photos/wall decor to my satisfaction (specifically in dining room, living room, and family room).
50. Enroll the kids in a Jr. Ranger program at a national park. (Even if it’s just Mt. Rushmore this summer.)
51. Photograph my favorite tree in all four seasons.
52. Finish and order my Shutterfly book of 2010 for our family.
53. Enroll the girls in swimming lessons this summer.
54. Go to bed earlier, try to find a way to get up before the kids to enjoy some quiet time alone. (This doesn’t usually work; they hear me and come bouncing out of bed.)
55. Take a yoga class.
56. Host a summer solstice party in my yard/porch.
57. Grow a patch of wild flowers for cutting. Have bunches of flowers in vases all summer long.
58. Pay our library fines.
59. Try a new recipe every month.
60. Abstain from McDonald’s for the entire year. (Sounds easy, but it’s one of the only fast food places in town.)
61. Say thank you more often, even just for little things, even if it’s just a text or email.
62. Organize 1-2 other families to have “community dinners” on a regular basis (weekly or biweekly).
63. Explore getting a gas insert or some kind of fan for our fireplace, so that it can be used for heat, not just ambiance.
64. Stop swearing in front of the kids. Swear less in general.
65. Send a photo of me and my ceramic nativity scene to our elderly neighbor that gave me the nativity pieces when I was 3 years old.
66. Help David organize a BWCA trip with some of his friends.
67. Either start enjoying church again or switch churches.
68. Reorganize craft supplies and restore order to the family room.
69. Take the girls horseback riding. Invite Beautiful Neighbor’s daughter to come along.
70. Plant more clematis alongside the porch for privacy/color.
71. Host a board games/Just Dance party this winter.
72. Have David bring home the projector from the office and spend the weekend curled up watching movies in the attic.
73. Make homemade ice cream more often.
74. Get the girls new ice skates and take them skating.
Well, that’s a start. Now that I’ve typed that all out, I’m confident I’ll be editing, changing, deleting, and adding to it over the next few days…