A year ago, I posted my New Year's resolutions. I thought I would do the annual review, now because in-between the cookie-gorging and the wine guzzling, I'm not going to do much improving before 2010.
Thus, here are my 2009 resolutions, with updated commentary:
1. I will take a shower almost every day.
I really aimed high with this one, with the word "almost." So, yes, if you count showering five days out of seven "almost" than I met this goal. Grade: D
2. I will read books, occasionally even challenging ones.
As a person who considers reading her lifelong constant, I feel like I've slacked quite a bit in this regard. I've been reading blogs with greater frequency, which has been good in many ways, but all things come at a cost.... Good books I've read this year include: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell. I've read a lot of other books, but, as always happens when people ask me to make recommendations, I freeze up and can't remember anything. Grade: C
3. Paul and I will go on four dates this year.
Done and done. Thanks to Miss Candace, the wonder babysitter, we're making this happen. (As a side note, both of my boys are IN LOVE with their babsitter. She lives five minutes from us, and as we're driving home, I'll say to Owen, "There's Miss Candace's house!" He will then SQUEAL with pure, unadulterated JOY.) Grade: A
4. I will continue this blog and enter four writing contests/submit four entries for publication.
The blog continues. I've submitted some stuff. Since I didn't say anything about actually winning or getting published, I'm calling this a WIN by loophole. Grade: A
5. I will run three days a week.
Didn't happen--not my best year for running. But, I've been taking classes called "Body Combat" and "Body Pump." They are loud and stupid and include a Taylor Swift-Kings of Leon-AC/DC soundtrack. That's gotta be worth something.... Grade: C
6. I will lose the baby weight. Damn it.
I did it, by a magical diet called surviving on my kids' leftover scraps as sustenance. I do not recommend this plan. Grade: A
7. I will do something cool with Paul when we celebrate our ten year anniversary (June 12th)
We went to one of our favorite restaurants and had a wonderful meal. My friend happened to be our waitress and we had a long conversation about the NICU and the PICU and "OMG my kid was on a ventilator too!" Paul just let us blather.
We then walked to the Tiki Bar and had Mai Tais. Exceedingly strong Mai Tais. It wasn't fancy, it wasn't exotic, but I was with Paul, and he's what makes me happy. Grade: A
8. I will learn something new.
I learned that Frank Lloyd Wright was a bit of an asshole.
I also learned that you can take your spare change to the Coinstar machines and they will give you gift certificates to iTunes or Starbucks without taking a percentage of your money. Consider that my Christmas gift to you. Grade: B
9. I will eat more eggplant (they're just so pretty).
I made eggplant parmigiana once and it was like eating olive oil-soaked hockey pucks. Grade: FAIL
10. I will cut myself some slack. Given the high number of "A" grades, I would say I've done well in this department. Grade: B
So, what about you? How did you do with your resolutions?