Well, here we are. It’s 2012… The last year of the world (Yeah, right!) What are we going to do with it?
I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to set myself up to fail and that’s what I think New Year’s resolutions do for me. But I’ve been thinking about what I want for this upcoming year. Lot’s of things have come to mind of course. Yeah, I’d like to lose weight… again. Of course, I’d like to get back into the habit of going to the gym and get in better shape… again. I’d like to get back on the blogging bandwagon…. again. I don’t write here nearly as much as I should. Not as much as I would like to.
I read a while back on Jen Lancaster’s blog that writing is a muscle and like with any muscle, you have to keep exercising it or that muscle get’s weak. That makes perfect sense to me and I’ve experienced it first hand. If I don’t write regularly, I find it harder to get back into the habit. So I would like to write more. Ideally every day, though that may be easier said than done. I’m going to try though. If you’re looking for me to make a “resolution” to write more, forget it. I ain’t gonna do it! But keep checking back, hopefully you’ll see more writing more often in the new year. According to that fancy pants year-end review thing that WordPress put together and I posted yesterday, I had 69 new posts last year. Sixty-nine new posts out of 365 days… That seems kind of shameful to me. This year, I hope, will be better.
Anyway, thinking about 2012… I’d like to eat better. Cook more, learn to make new, healthy, but interesting recipes. I took some time during my stay-cation this past week to really clean up and reorganize my kitchen and I’m amazed. I should probably be ashamed to admit this, but whatever. When I looked at this apartment more than four and a half years ago, I liked it a lot. The guy who lived here before me didn’t have a ton of stuff and the apartment wasn’t terribly cluttered. I liked it (except for the inordinately small closet) and I was interested, but the thing that put me over the top, was the kitchen. It’s not large, by any means, but what put me over the top was this beautiful kitchen with the black marble slap counters, the stainless steel appliances, the gas range and oven and the over-sized sink. I didn’t notice until moving in that it didn’t have a microwave or a garbage disposal, but I owned my own microwave and I’ve managed to make do without the garbage disposal. Over the years, the kitchen counters became a dumping ground. I walk in the door with my mail in my hands and I walk straight into the kitchen where I dump everything on the counter. For months now, I’ve had so much clutter on my kitchen counters, that I had only one small section of counter space to do my chopping and mixing and plating. My kitchen was no longer my friend. The other day, I took some time to go through the stuff on the counters and put a lot of it away. I threw a lot of things away and some additional stuff that I haven’t used, but I’m not ready to part with, got boxed up and taken down to the garage. I now have a wide open and beautiful kitchen I’ve regained the ability to appreciate. Now it’s time to make proper use of it again! I’ve even been remarkably consistent about putting dishes in the dishwasher the moment I’m finished with them, instead of piling up dishes in the sink and on the counter before they finally get into the dishwasher. Yay me! 🙂
Like I said, I’ve been thinking a lot about the kinds of things I want to accomplish this year, and there’s one thing I keep coming back to more than anything else. I want my book to be published. So instead of a New Year’s Resolution, I’m making ONE 2012 New Year’s Declaration, by the end of this year, barring unforeseen, and very positive intervention, The Teacher, by Kevin Riggs, will be published in one form or another. (And that does not include matchbook sized Christmas Tree decorations.) I have very high hopes for some sort of successful deal with a real publishing company, but barring positive results of that endeavor, I will self publish this book before the year is out. Stay tuned!