Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy New Year

So far here are my new years resolutions:

1. Sit down one night and write some New Years resolutions. Choose a night when you can be alone, just you and your quest for resolutions, and maybe a nice cup of hot cocoa (use that new recipe that you just invented that uses chocolate pudding and melted symphony bars). Get your room all cleaned up for this (laundry IN the baskets), because you can't set goals in a mess. Choose the goals that will really make your life better, stretch you and get you going. Make them meaningful yet not overly sombre. Really spend some time with this, I mean this is your year, but at the same time don't get to serious. Make them attainable yet ambitious (you don't need another year of "become an astronaut" to haunt you the year through, and you know "eat a tuna fish sandwich once a month" only leaves but the hollowest of victories). Use some nice paper for this and keep it in a special place so that you won't lose it, but also keep it in a place so you can review it often. Share the goal with someone important so they will make you accountable, but no one that is going to be a jerk about it when you don't do enough push-ups or haven't really been that good at keeping your room clean (to their standards). Maybe have a theme, like you do for summers. Have a couple of noble-sounding goals that you can tell other people about so they will thing you are noble and a couple of flippant ones that will make you seem delightfully insouciant. Set goals to use words that will impress/intimidate others. Make this year about other people, and how you can get other people to do stuff for you. Write these down with an elegant pen (maybe first draft in pencil). Use one of those micron pigment pens that don't fade so that you can always remember them or maybe just a Bic roundstick so you can write them fast. Either way remember the good paper, or better yet, put them in the front of a book. Nothing says "permanent" like a blank book (except diamonds, but c'mon, I don't have a lazer pen). Don't put it at the front, because when you are in church and doodling a picture of the bishop shooting lazers and that cute girl wants to look at your other sketches flips through and sees one of your goals is "Catch up on Battlestar Gallactica, figure out how to get number 6's phone number", so maybe write that in code, or Klingon. When you are done with the writing, sign and date it.

2. take a nap (from all the resolution making)


bex said...

shoot. i'll bet i would have had a greater chance for resolution sucess had i followed this set of rules.

you should have resolved to get this to us sooner, before all 1st of the year resolution purists already made thier re-solutions.

Manfoom said...

well that's the problem with reSolutions, they never get done. But don't think of them as rules, but as guidelines.

The way I approach the new year is to just enjoy the last of that old year, and then really let the new year sink in before really deciding what I want out of it. So you are not to late. You can always redo your resolutions ('cept now they will be called reresolutions).

sugarcube said...

I find no shame in publicly proclaiming this to be a great blog. Way to drop one, Damien.

Manfoom said...

I just wanted to point out that I just read a comment from you, that said good things about me.

and then I proudly clicked the "publish comment" button. It felt so self congratulatory.

marshall p said...

that was too long for me to read. I have a shorter and shorter attention span every day of my life. did you notice my end of the year report on my resolutions? I thought it was pretty good, but I didn't do any of the shit you suggested. Let's make out. Joke.


marshall p said...

this is a secret you want to know... how my grandma used to read all my private and personal journals so I started writing them in Spanish and/or backwards (because let's face it, I don't really know Spanish.)

sugarcube said...

Your self deserved congratulations.

marshall p said...

I love myself. I want you to love me.