Best Wishes for 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year to one and all. I won't be doing much celebrating this evening - I'm not one of those folks who can stay up until all hours of the night, partying until the sun rise. Or in this case until the ball drops. No big plans other than a movie and possibly Chinese food with the Admiral. I know that Heather will once again be celebrating the start of the new year with her own tradition - popping in a copy of Aliens and eating a big bowl of popcorn. Since that's one of my fave films of all time, it sounds like a perfect evening to me!

I'm not one to make a lot of resolutions, mainly because I never stick to them. If I can't stick to plans during the rest of the year, there's no way I will just because it's the start of a new calendar year. I only have a few things that I'm really hoping to accomplish in 2009 but I'm not going to call them "resolutions". Without further ado, here's what I'd like to do:

1. Kick the Coke habit.
Yes, I know, I've said this before. Numerous times. I've even claimed that I had drunk my last can and would never EVER drink another drop of this bubbly, acidic mmmmmmmmmmmmm liquid. It's an addiction. I admit it. Some folks have alcohol, others have cigarettes, others still use drugs. Me? It's soda. Sugar, caffeine and strong enough to clean a car battery. Nice. This is my number one, top of the list, must do. Do they have a 12-step program for folks like me?

2. Become more financially responsible.
I spend far too much money on crap. I don't even want to know how much money I spend in a year on soda alone - that could have been put towards paying off my credit card. Or towards my giant student loan. This year, I would like to start paying down some of my debts. Which I should have done this past year but, well, London's Calling. Once I get back though, save save save. Or rather extra payments, extra payments extra payments.

3. Cook more and eat less processed food.
Less prepackaged foods, more fresh, and trying some new, adventurous recipes. There's a whole world of food out there that I'm avoiding. This year I want to dive into the world of cooking and step out of the kitchen comfort zone. Heck I've got two great cookbooks (I'd like to get a great one of easy but delicious French recipes and one of Italian) and yet I never use them. I'd like to add 12 new recipes to my repetoire and will do my best to make something new of a cookbook (or recipes from friends such as Wandering Coyote) each month of the year (except for March).

Last year, I began 2008 with a month of veggieness. 2009 will be starting off the same way - no meat for me for the month of January. A good start I think. I won't be making the traditional "exercising more", "losing weight" etc resolutions because, let's face it, I'm just not going to do it. The three things I've listed though? Definately do-able.

I hope you all have a safe and prosperous New Year! All the best for you and your families. Go out and have fun tonight. However, please please PLEASE make sure you have a designated driver or take a cab. In Edmonton, you can call Operation Red Nose at 780-421-4444. Or call a friend or family member with a drivers licence and a car who might be at home fast asleep. Sure, they'll be super pissed that you woke them up, yelling drunkenly into the phone and claiming you love them, man. You really really love them, but if they're a true friend, they'll come get you and yell at you later, happy knowing you made it home safe and sound rather than drinking and driving.


Wandering Coyote said...

Well, instead of "resolutions" a good term might be new year's "intentions."

Anyways, have a good one tonight and all the best in 2009!

Tanya Espanya said...

I like that WC calls them intentions. I think that sounds more doable.

Quit coke?! I would have everything deep fried in coke if I could. Instead I have managed to move my addiction over to cherry coke zero, so at least I'm still getting my chemicals but no calories.

If you make it to Toronto, there's a can here waiting for you.

Happy New Year, doll!

sp said...

Those are great goals you've set for yourself. I hope you achieve them all.
Happy New Year.

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