_Thus far, my 2012 has been characterized by two rounds of pancakes and four episodes of "Breaking Bad" (we're halfway through season 4). This has been typical of the past week (just add Bananagrams, cookies, and friends, and you'll get the picture). And although I'm a tad embarrassed to own up to this orgy of gluttony and sloth, it's been a wonderful relief to give myself permission to take some time off.
I'm not much on New Year's resolutions. I make resolutions all the time. Sometimes I stick with them, sometimes not. For example, I was once a vegetarian for a month and a vegan for a different month. For three weeks, I wrote every day. When my resolve peters out, I tend not to feel bad, but look at the resolutions more as experiments. "Interesting that I no longer feel so compelled to keep vegan," I might think to myself while chowing down on a buffalo burger.
Maybe my approach has been too forgiving. In any case, I usually keep my resolutions to myself. I don't want anyone bothering me about them, and to be totally honest, I don't want to be embarrassed in front of other people if I fail. But this year, I've decided not only to make some resolutions for 2012, but to post them here. Maybe y'all will help keep me honest (and maybe my attempt to stick to these will produce some interesting fodder for the blog).
RESOLUTION #1: Post something (basically) every day. I love writing Butch Wonders and would love to reach more readers. So I'm committing to writing 300 posts in 2012. Sure, I may sometimes cop out and just post a sentence or two, but still. 300. Big commitment. Because I love you.
RESOLUTION #2: Finish various writing projects. I won't bore you with the details, since it's not related to BW, but it includes some articles, a novel, and a creative nonfiction piece. I've got my work cut out for me.
RESOLUTION #3: Support my DGF through the remaining five months of her new job's probationary period, even when it is hard and various circumstances compromise my support abilities. My DGF had the courage to start a new career post-40 (she's a little older than me), and I really admire her for it. Plus, she is awesome and totally worth it!
RESOLUTION #4: See my parents about once a month. They only live two hours away from me, and I want to see them more, even if it's just to meet halfway for a quick lunch on a weekend. My life is pretty different from theirs, and I think sometimes that makes it easier for people to grow apart. But I'm committed to not letting that happen.
RESOLUTION #5: Lose 20 lbs, in part by trail running. Being overweight zaps your energy and is bad for your heart. My body hangs onto weight about as tightly as Marcus Bachmann hangs onto his heterosexuality. Plus I'm not willing to completely give up Ben and Jerry's. So this one will be a challenge. I should probably lose more than 20, but it's a start. (Also the least imaginative resolution ever.) Trail running will help me with this goal. It will also make my dog reeeeally happy.
Hm. That's all I can think of now, though I'm sure there are others. I'd like to list things that are wackier and more exciting: Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro! Become a hand model! Learn to play the Didgeridoo! But I suppose this is a list of resolutions, not a bucket list, so I'm allowed to keep it pedestrian.
Did you make any resolutions for 2012?