Hi, The point (if there is a point) of this blog is to post liner notes and playlists of mix CDs originating from moi and hopefully fanning out into a chain of mix CDs. If you get a CD from me, make me and a friend one, and email me some liner notes and I'll post them. Then your friend should make you and someone else a mix CD etc etc. Maybe it will work PS If you want to be on my knit list, let me know what you want and I'll see what I can do!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Really Happy New Year

I feel like the first week of the New Year doesn't quite feel like a fresh start yet, more like wrapping up the Kwanukahmas season. And it's hard to start any resolutions while you still have leftovers and/or hangovers. Rather than think of January 1 as New Year's, I think I'll think of it as the circumcision of Jesus, and the New Year can begin on Epiphany.

Once the holiday tree or bush gets tossed, though - then it feels like a new year. And in that spirit, I make public my resolutions, and the rationale behind them. I've already shared them with some of you, but I might have a better shot of sticking to them if they're even more public:

I resolve not to resolve to lose weight, which I do almost every year. And I do lose weight almost every year, and then put it on again. I'm your classic yo-yo dieter. So this year, I'm going to strive to live more healthfully, eat better (five servings of fruit and veggies a day, less refined food) and continue to exercise at least three times a week, which is one good habit I kept up with last year.

I resolve to spend more time in nature (not au naturel but in natural settings). Whenever I do this, I'm glad I carved out the time. Going for a walk in the woods or canoeing or even just having a picnic can de-stress you like no amount of alcohol or sleep or eating chocolate can.

I resolve to knit stuff people have asked me to knit in the order they asked me (sorry Stewie - I know you've been waiting a long time for that hedgehog!). I have quite a long list but I'm afraid I've forgotten a lot, so put in your requests! Time related (i.e. baby) items trump anything on the list, and I can see at least one of those on the horizon, so that's my only caveat.

I resolve to be more accepting of my size and my looks in general, whilst living the healthiest way that is practical (sort of the emotional component of my first resolution). I'm not going to get any younger, and while I may or may not get thinner, I'll still be me-shaped, which is not a fashionable shape.

I resolve to continue to expand my social life independantly of my son, but kindly and slowly, for both him and me.

I resolve to reduce my feelings of guilt (about every area of my life!), and treat myself like I would treat a friend instead of beating myself up. I have really struggled with this in the past, but this past year, I feel like I've at least become more aware of it. I can literally lie awake all night feeling guilty about my job, money, my son, my parents, my nephew, my old age, my weight - it goes on and on. And what does that accomplish - nothing!

I resolve to be grateful for the many wonderful things I have in my life; health, a beautiful, smart, kind son, a cozy house, fantastic friends, a job I really love, and a comfortable, if modest life. Though I absolutely refuse to call them "blessings". Is it indicative of anything that clicking that last link brings up an empty page for me?


At 5:21 PM, Blogger Marianne said...


Let us commemorate his memory by buying 10 packets of Ramen for a dollar and making one of these:

At 11:33 PM, Anonymous myküll said...

i hope one of your new year's resolutions is dropping less dokers in 2007.

At 12:57 AM, Anonymous minty said...

Happy Circumcision of Jesus Day! Woooo! Party!

(If this comment posts 3 times I blame the merger of Google and Blogger!!)

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

Mykull - do the math

5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day plus less refined food plus a key to your house =

Find the doker!

At 11:29 AM, Anonymous myküll said...

Oh no, I fear there will be at least two dokers a day! I might have to change my locks . . .

At 5:19 PM, Blogger pinky pinkerson said...

do y'all poo at each other's houses? now THAT is true closeness.

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Phil said...

True closeness is in the wiping, I think. Ewww! I just grossed myself out!

BTW -- remind me what keeps the young one from knowing about this blog?

At 4:13 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

Not a thing, and indeed, he provides much of the scatological inspiration contained therein.

Wiping is much, much too close. Unless you are under three or over eighty-five, in which case I can see the necessity. But those other 82 years? No.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Bill said...

No au naturel Marianne? I'm disappointed.

It is very freeing, but you've got to be super-accepting of your body, and not give a crap what others think about you. It takes a lot of hard work to get to that point.

Much love!


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