Since we’ll be in a foreign land when we usher in the New Year, I decided to make my resolutions today, the 11th of November, 2011, exactly one month (30 days) before we leave for Cambodia. (Not that I can even remember the last New Year’s Resolution I made, let alone kept.)
These are the things I aim to accomplish before I set foot on the plane that will take us from Columbus, OH to Chicago, IL en route to Phnom Penh, Cambodia via Seoul, South Korea on December 11th:
(You will be tempted to shake your head and roll your eyes at the absurd idealism of these resolutions. Go ahead. I’ve lost my mind.)
In the next 30 days, I resolve to:
1. Exercise every day for 30 minutes (including, but not limited to, running). I jogged 2.8 miles today after about a year of zero exercise. I know! I don’t anticipate being able to get out of bed in the morning. Gabe will have to put his anti-embolism stockings on all by himself.
2. Lose 5 pounds. So that my capris from last summer will fit me more like a modest, middle-aged “missionary” and less like a pants-painted-on hoochie mama (which is what I’ve currently got going on when I squeeze into them). And you might think that the exercise will help me toward this goal, but nope. The more I exercise, the more my already-voracious appetite increases. Bah.
3. De-clutter our house once and for all, for the very last and final time. (Did you hear that, no-light-at-the-end-of-the-purging-tunnel Gabe?)
4. Become a buff body-builder, so that my husband (who isn’t supposed to lift more than 10 pounds) doesn’t have to touch any of our ten 50-pound suitcases (or their somewhat lighter carry-on counterparts).
5. Get really good at cooking delicious meals with hardly any sodium, fat, or sugar (my three love languages).
6. Get rid of the rest of my Blushing Bride stash (you can have 1, 2, or 3 for the cost of shipping only–e-mail me).
7. Conquer my anger problem for good (namely with a certain home-schooled daughter I spend every waking moment with).
8. Read my toppling pile of my 40+ library/to-be-reviewed books (actually, they’re stored neatly on a bookcase, but if they were in a pile, they’d be toppling).
9. Schedule (and actually make it to) five dentist appointments (one for each of us, not all for me). Even after almost two years of health insurance, I keep forgetting to take advantage of it.
10. Publish my next e-book (which still doesn’t have a title, but it’s “finished” and I’ve got three critique partners looking at it right now, so that’s something).
11. Fit everything we want to take into our suitcases without going over our allotted 50 pounds each, not forget anything at home, and have a delightful 30-hour trip with no squabbling, boredom, achy muscles, or grouchiness.
Any bets on how many (if any) of these I’ll be able to check off before we leave? (Be nice.) Any resolutions I should add (besides cleaning my bathrooms–boo!)?