Tuesday, January 1, 2013

You say you want a resolution...

OK, I know some of you will think it is a sacrilege to twist the Beatles' Lyrics...I say it is just a witty blog title.   It is New Year's Day.  Time to make a big resolution...declaring you will change your life in some big dramatic fashion; lose weight, exercise everyday, stop smoking, etc, etc.  Then about 2 weeks in (if you last that long) you will fall off the wagon and feel like a total and utter failure.  It is kind of bold to think that you can change your life at the stroke of midnight.  A few years ago I stopped making such grand resolutions.  I hated feeling like a chump on or around January 14th.  Instead I make one small, little resolution that should I fail at really won't make me feel all the bad about myself.  Surprisingly the past two years I have been able to stick to them.  In 2010 I decided to make my bed every day.  I know many of you may do that already...it is not a huge chore but for me it was.  I would either just leave it all crumpled up or just  halfheartedly throw the covers up.  There have only been a handful of days over the past 2 years that I have not made my bed.  See, a simple change that really does bring a sense of satisfaction...there is something comforting about crawling into a crisp made bed at the end of the day, however, if for some reason I don't get to it my world is not going to end.  2012 brought the "one minute rule".  In an effort to keep my house from falling to pieces, if something will take a minute or less to do I do it right then and there.  Socks on the floor...I put them in the hamper.  The floor needs to be swept I just do it.  Stuff like that.  It has been working well.  So what is on tap for this year you ask?  Well, I have been thinking about it a lot.  If I were to go the traditional route of getting healthy or working on my own personal happiness it would be a set up for instant failure.  You see, those two things are working against each other.  My personal happiness would include risotto, cream sauce and sitting on the couch watching trash TV...not so healthy.  So I guess happiness is out this year.  Fear not, for I have come up with a resolution.  I was really struggling with this the other day.  I was walking into work thinking about this very issue when I had to walk past a group of smokers.  WTF?  Then it hit me.  I am not a pirate...there is no reason I should talk like one.  This is not something I am proud of but I do have a bit of a potty mouth.  Truth be told I sometimes sound like a truck driver....and yes, I do kiss my children with that mouth.  Chuck hates it and comments on it all the time.  He doesn't want the kids to pick up the habit.  I agree, it is a disgusting habit to have...however, in my defense, I lived on my own for a long time before I had children.  Swearing just became part of my of my daily vocab.  I get junk mail and I may comment about the sh*t they are sending me.  What the hell is that?  Is a question often asked.  Again, not proud of it...just being honest.  Here is the ironic part...since it is part of my daily conversation the kids don't really notice.  I guess since it is kind of used in appropriate context they don't really pick up on it.  The other day Chuck was driving and called someone a jackass.  Anna grabbed onto that one right away.  Hey daddy, what is a jackass?  Ha-Ha!!!  It wasn't me they learned that one from!!!  Back to my resolution...I am going to try really hard to not swear as much this year.  I am not going to do anything crazy like make a swear jar that I have to put a quarter in with each infraction because, sh*t, we know that will be full in no time!!  I am just going to try and temper myself...I think this may just be my biggest effing challenge yet!!  Wish me luck!!

Happy New Year everyone!!


  1. Good luck! Never easy to change things that are so ingrained.

  2. This is one that I should do too....maybe we need to start a Swear Watchers support group or something!