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Revisiting Old New Year’s Resolutions

Ever look back on really old New Year’s resolutions and reflect on whether you actually did them?

In an effort to find mention of a major purchase I made about six years ago, I called up the earliest posts of which WordPress still has a record — far from the site’s first post, but all the way back to 2007. What should I find but this post from the end of December in that year.

I called it a “to-do” list because the usual broad “resolutions” seemed too vague to lead to any meaningful action. What became of all those?

1. Three days a week, add bicycling or mountain park hiking to exercise routine

Har har! Not a chance!!

2. Lose five to ten pounds by

a) staying off the sauce,
b) increasing exercise as above, and
c) continuing to eat lots of whole foods and less sugar & refined grain

Now there’s a righteous concept.

a) nope
b) give me a break!
c) did that, but only because that was already my habit

3. Bring food to the office instead of ponying up $8 for the miserable restaurant fodder that passes as lunch

Well, actually… what happened there is I just quit eating on or near the campus. As things went from bad to worse with the annoying woman I’d stupidly hired as my secretary, I took to leaving earlier and earlier in the day and doing most of my work out of my home office. This meant I started eating lunch around 3 in the afternoon.

4. Drink tea, not coffee, and less of it

Whatever made me imagine I could shuck off my beloved daily coffee fix?

5. Learn to put widgets on iWeb pages

My goodness. I was still using iWeb in 2007? Well, no. You can’t put widgets in iWeb. Or couldn’t. The program doesn’t even exist anymore.

6. Join four social networking sites

Sure, I joined four social networking sites. Hardly ever use them. Facebook annoys more with every new revelation of its privacy-invading habits and Borg-like ambitions, and the public passion for Twitter continues to mystify me. You can take the horse to water...

7. Aim for two no-purchase days a week

These days it’s more like two do-purchase days a week. While I was still working? I expect two no-buy days was reasonable, but don’t recall.

8. Snowflake the Renovation Loan principal down by $1,000 (that’s $83.30 a month)

In 2009, when I realized the university was going to shutter our office and can all five of us — I had nine months’ notice — I started “noonlighting” by taking on face-to-face community college and online GDU courses. One semester I taught the equivalent of four online sections — the same workload I had when I taught full-time for the university — while holding down my full-time editorial job. It was a killer, but it allowed me to pay off the loan before I was laid off.

9. Invest $250 a month in an interest-bearing account to build liquid savings and to provide the option of paying off Renovation Loan within five years

Don’t recall whether I did this specifically, but something along these lines was going on. See below.

10. Invest net income from side job (approx. $3500 a semester) in the same interest-bearing account

Substantial amounts were going into a money-market account at the credit union. Before the Recession-That-Was-Not-a-Depression hit, that account returned a little interest (certainly better than an ordinary savings account). And by the time I was laid off, the loan was paid and some $28,000 had accrued. I’m still living on the remains of that stash.

11. Wear better clothes to the office, using the wardrobe now expanded by after-Christmas clothing purchases

Heeee! Hilarious!!

When I do have “office”-style clothing, I don’t wear it. I find that stuff uncomfortable, and I’m past the point in life where it’s worth making myself uncomfortable to please strangers and passers-by. I continued to wear my favorite Costco jeans to work, and the fancy clothes bought on sale gathered dust in the closet.

12. Try to wangle a Power Mac from the university

That didn’t work.

13. Build cross-campus collaboration by trying to land another research assistantship to be staffed by grad students in the publishing program

Did that.

14. Build new ways to mentor graduate students and reinforce editorial training

Mmhhh…well. We started having weekly editorial meetings, during which we discussed what had been done and what needed to be done. After awhile, though, La Morona’s presence became so annoying that none of us wanted to meet with her interfering, and so that idea petered out.

15. Make new friends

a) through Meetup.com
b) rejoin the choir

I did join Meetup.com. Joined a hiking group, and within a week fell down the stairs at M’hijito’s apartment building, sustaining a severe ankle strain. That put the eefus on my hiking schemes. Another Meetup.com group proved to be an agglomeration of fruitcakes and nerds even more hopeless than me. I lost interest.

And eventually, after an interlude with the Unitarians, I did rejoin the choir. That was good.

LOL! How hilarious.

Do you recall any New Year’s Resolutions of yore? Did any of them ever work out?

8 thoughts on “Revisiting Old New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. I have absolutely no problem coming up with my resolutions from last year, the year before and 30 years back. It is always the same one.

    Lose that %$#@ extra 10 (15, 20) pounds and keep it off all year.

    What does that say about me that the same issue keeps cropping up? I’ll tell you, it’s that I treat chocolate like it was crack cocaine.

  2. I think the only new year resolution I’ve ever kept is to stop drinking soda/ pop. I made this in high school and still keep it a bazillion years later.

    But is still like to make them. Thanks for the flash back.

    • Yeah…I also kinda lost interest in soda pop around in there. Once I learned to drink coffee, I much preferred coffee and iced tea. So much more delicious to drink when munching on CHOOOCOLATE. 😉

  3. Not really, I dont’ usually do resolutions. I guess i have one this year about making my kids my #1 priority.

    So many of your resolutions were things that sound like they were unreasonable for you. Is that true? Do you still make unreasonable solutions that don’t truly fit you?

    • Hi, TB–

      Annoying Akismet (well, OK, only intermittently annoying, like now) decided your comment was spam. Just de-spammed it, but if comments aren’t showing up on other sites, you may want to ask blogger friends to check their spamcathers’ files.

      Yesh, what? Do I make unreasonable demands of myself? Hm. Well. You may have something there.

      Most of the things on the 2007 self-improvement list were really not unreasonable, except for staying off the sauce, which seems not to be in my cards. The particular potable with which I’m turbocharging today’s blogging spate, for example, is rich in vitamins G and T (for gin and tonic), which obviously are good for you…

      My former boss, also known as The Dean, once gave me a bit of advice about the stupid goals we used to have to write into the in-flicking-TERMINABLE annual review documents GDU made us do. She said, “Always state as a goal something that you’re doing right now. Then, at the end of next year, you can say you’ve done that.”

      Godlmighty. There’s nothing like an uber-bureaucrat to shine a light on these stupid little exercises, is there? Management…ya gotta love them. Theirs is to lead, ours is to, uhm, follow.

  4. One of the cool things about keeping an updated blog is the ability to check these types of posts out. I was pretty bummed when I went through them this year to see how I have failed in my health goals for the better part of 4 years!

    • @ Evan: Yeah, that’s for sure! It’s like a time machine. Problem is, when you switch servers (and sometimes themes), you’re apt to lose data. I never notice missing posts until it’s way too late.

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