Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

I have another post in the works about where I've been for the past week, but it's full of photos and Blogger stubbornly refuses to upload them. So I'll do this post first instead!

I have a ridiculous amount of resolutions this year. Usually I only make one or maybe two. That's because my tiny brain can only focus on a few things at a time. This year, for some reason, I keep thinking of more things I "need" to fix or improve. Perhaps I am feeling a little bit out of control in my current life, and am overcorrecting a little? Let's not examine! On with the resolutions!

1. Get back to goal weight. (I probably could have gotten a lot more exercise this season if I'd had to deal with ONLY the baby OR the snow. Having to deal with both effectively killed any hope I had.)

2. Fix our family dinner situation. (We have been eating three separate meals at three separate times. This makes me crazy. We are on our way to fixing this!)

3. Feed my daughter more foods, more often. (This is also underway and is meeting with great success.)

4. Become a more responsible consumer. (To me this means that when I buy my daughter a toy or some clothes, I should be reasonably certain that said product was not made by children scarcely older than Gwen, working under slave labour conditions in a Third World Country.)

(Note: I have no idea how to accomplish this. There will probably be some learning involved.)

5. Say "please" more often.

6. Be less negative. (I don't know if you've noticed this? But I can be a bit of a party pooper. Sometimes my pragmatism gets the best of my whimsy. As evidence, I don't believe I've ever used the word "whimsy" before. Look out, 2009! I'm gonna be whimsying all over the place!)

I guess I could sum all of these up by saying that I want to set a better example for my daughter. I want her to be environmentally responsible, polite, kind, healthy, and, um, whimsical, so I have to learn how to be those things and then show her how. The one area where she sets a good example for me is in healthy eating. I make sure she gets veggies every day and doesn't eat junk food, and to this point she's had only a minute amount of sugar. I really noticed the disparity when we were sharing food over the weekend, and I was eating chips and sweets and feeding Gwen only veggies and whole grains. I thought, if there's no reason for her to eat this crap, there's no reason for me to eat it either. Flawless logic, but putting it into practice will be a challenge!

And now, since this blog is called Blogging for Two, this post just wouldn't be complete if I didn't include Gwen's resolutions. I'm pretty sure these are right.

1. Learn to walk. The parents may be all excited about me crawling, but I don't see them flopping around on a dusty floor all day. Walking on two feet is clearly where it's at.

2. Eat everything I can find. It's the only way to be sure.

3. Learn to talk. The parents can only be bent to my will if I clearly communicate what that will is.

4. After I learn to talk, I'm going to come up with a great comeback for the word "No". You bet I am!

5. Stop bonking my head so much. It frickin' hurts, and makes me look foolish. Can't dominate the world if I look like a dork!

6. Grow even cuter, to distract from my plan of world domination. Note: not sure if this is actually possible.

By the way, this is apparently National De-Lurking Week 2009, so leave me a comment! I'd love to know who's out there reading. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Delurking as ordered! My resolutions also comprise a long list. "Get out of pyjamas" was accomplished today.

Anonymous said...


Whimsy was on my list of resolutions a few years ago. I guess it didn't work out, because this year's resolutions are amazingly pedestrian. For example, to do my best at school. Snore!

Jen said...

I love Gwen's resolutions. I'm sure she'll be successful at all of them :)

I hear ya about over-correcting. I think I might have a wee bit of a tendency to do that do. But, I think all of your goals are great ones too. I have had the same conversation in my head about my food vs. Anderson's food!

Anyway, you know I'm around here almost every day!

Jenn said...

I followed Jen here through a link on her blog, and I love to read through your Gwen experiences. I'm gleaning any and all tips I can get from baby blogs around here...

Anonymous said...

Great list of resolutions - I think all of them are commendable and do-able ... especially since you have your friends in blog-land to hold you accountable ;)

OH, and I wonder about our food, too. Gwen goes to bed and we eat crap ... hmmm ... we're hoping to get it out of our system soon!


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