Monday, January 4, 2010

Bench Talk: New Year's Resolutions


Here we sit at the start of a brand new year. Do you start each new year in the same way? Do you make resolutions? Do you make promises to yourself (and try to keep them)?

(Cathy) Hi everyone! Happy January, before we know it it will be summer! Someone at work yesterday pointed out that time flies by quickly while the kids are at home, however, she said that time slowed down again when the kids moved out! Hmmmmmmmm! As for New Year's I do not make resolutions as I will just disappoint myself and break them. I do make lists of things I would like to get done at the start of the year. I look back at the end of the year and check out how I did. It's usually pretty good. I don't kick myself if the list is not completed, I just carry it on to the next year.

I do have 'repeat' items on my list. For example, I always try to make more time for tending to my indoor plants and also spending more time organizing my indoor plant room. I also try to declutter! I still have boxes of stuff from my childhood that I have not looked at in years. Do I still need to keep it, or should I just take pictures of the 'stuff' for the memories and get rid of the boxes. I always give myself a goal for advancing my learning of the piano and classical guitar. I start planning what I would like to do with the garden outside. I have tons of photographs. They are all in a bin. I have thought about scrapbooking but I know I would never finish and I know I couldn't use them all. So, what do I do with them all??? Any ideas???

Have I mentioned exercise? I remember a blog post a few months back where I promised to exercise for 30 minutes each day. Well, uh..... mmmmm..... ok, ok.... I promise not to make a promise about exercise again! The more I make it a big deal, the more I decide not to! How juvenile of me! Let's just say that I will try to live a healthier lifestyle. So now I have in writing my list for the new year. I move forward with a smile on my face!

(Carolin) Happy New Year All, I too am not a resolution maker. But I have made a small list of areas where I would like to see improvement. One was to get the Teenager (who is 18 as of the 2nd of January!) to make dinner one night a week, including the clean up. We set it for Monday night and she made dinner tonight. It was ready for when we got home. She made pasta (not a big surprise there) and homemade sauce in which she added some left over steak. As we were eating dinner we realized that starting next week she would be back helping the senior band practise there music till 4:45 pm on Mondays. So we talked about moving her dinner night to Fridays. Hmm... I wonder if we should start that this week and get her to cook dinner two nights this week.

Another thing on my list was to be more organized at work so I didn't have to spend every evening prepping for the next day. Well we will see how that goes.


  1. Hi everyone, sorry that I missed this post. I was doning great until Sunday afternoon when I seddenly got knocked down with what I assume to be some kind of stomach flu. I had barelly enough strength to pull my four and a half hour shift at work the last two days and came home and went stright to bed after work. This is the first time that I have had eonough energy to get out of bed unless I absolutelly had to in the last two days. New Years Reloulitons, 1. I would love for my family and friends to stay healthy.
    2, I would love for all of my family and freinds to be happy.
    3. I would like to be a better person and to do more of what God would like me to do.

  2. Sounds like you got Mr. Sunshines bug. Way to much New Years Kissing if you ask me.

    Hope you are feeling better soon. :)

  3. Next year, hand bumping only! lol!