>Resolved – No resolutions

>I don’t make resolutions in the new year, because I always feel terrible when I don’t keep them – and I never do. However, there are things I’d like to do (or do differently) in 2009.

My brother – in -law challenged me to make a list of nine ‘things to do in 2009’. Not sure I can come up with the whole nine right now, but here’s what I’ve got so far:

  1. More me, less B – Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom (most of the time), but it’s sort of become my whole identity. There was a time when I was soooo scornful of women who talked constantly about their kids , and defined themselves by what kind of “mommies” they were. Now, though, I am realizing that the kind of parent you are says a lot about the kind of person you are. It’s telling in so many ways. I want to be a good mother, sure, but I think part of that is being a good person, which sometimes necessitates being less of a mommy … if you know what I mean..
  2. Exercise more!! Not the most original, but no less important for being the ubiquitous resolution.
  3. Be nicer. To everyone. Which will be facilitated by #1 and #2.
  4. Cook more. More home cooking, less take out. Not only is it ridiculously expensive ($100 for one night of Chinese delivery??), it’s not particularly healthy. My best friend gave me a fantastic vegetarian cookbook (Sarah Palin & the turkey really turned me off – I don’t want to talk about it) and we’ve made two recipes out of it so far. The New Year’s Day mussels were deee-lish.
  5. CUT BACK. WAY BACK. See #1, 2, and 4, above. It’s not only the recession, although that certainly made me pick up my head and take stock of the seven pairs of black heels in my closet… Less stuff in, more stuff out. Organize! Give away! Pare down! Reduce, Reuse, etc….

Whew. Introspection is exhausting. Up next, more pictures of my cute kid. Much easier than self reflection.

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