New Year’s resolutions…

I gave up on New Year’s resolutions several years ago, about ’99 or so. 
At that time, my New Year’s resolution was to not make any more New Year’s resolutions.  It’s been the only one I’ve ever been able to stick with.  That one, and to eat more chocolate.
This year, instead of resolutions, I am making changes for the good.  For the good of whom remains to be seen, but let’s hope for me:
1. Firm up, trim down.  I don’t mean lose weight and exercise, although I have put in place methods to do both, and am working to achieve those lofty goals.  What I mean is, get rid of bloat, excess, and drains.  Bloat from lack of resolve to eliminate waste.  I waste too much stuff, especially money.  Excess from having too much useless stuff.  Especially baggage.  And shoes.  Drains on my time, energy and life force.  Get rid of the vampires (now where did I leave that wooden stake?).
2. Be more cognizant of and vigilant about the amount of money I spend.  I spend too much, and save too little, like most people.  My 401k is okay, but I could be putting away more money, and I am going to need as much as I can soon.  By the end of this year I expect to be unable to work full-time, and I cannot afford to live part-time-ing it without having something stashed away for important things, like food and car payments.  I WILL NOT BUY SHOES WHEN HUNGRY OR DEPRESSED, I WILL NOT BUY SHOES WHEN HUNGRY OR DEPRESSED.

3. Learn more about the stock market, and understand what I learn.  I’m fascinated by the stuff I see on television and read, but don’t understand enough about it to use it to my advantage.

4. Get that A in BioChem.  Even if it’s an A-.  And get a new lab partner.  The same with Physics.
5. Figure out what I’m going to do with the extra time when I quit work.  I better do that now, or I won’t get anything accomplished when the time comes.
6.  Keep the promises I make.  Especially the promises I make to myself.
7. Let the people who matter to me know they matter.  Especially the kids.  I know already that I’m never going to be one of those aunts who writes letters and sends stuff all the time, but I could do a better job of letting them know that the people they are and will become is very important to me.
8. Learn to ski.  And swim.  I live less than 20 miles away from an excellent ski resort (Snow Summit), and no longer have an excuse to not go skiing, except that I do not have the foggiest notion of how to ski.  And, considering how hard it’s been raining all day, I may need to swim down the mountain to work Wednesday, so I need to learn quickly.  Besides, I would love to see the kids in the snow.  Most of them have never seen snow, and it would be silly to take them to an area I don’t know how to use properly.  Also, I would look pretty bad as a role model if I didn’t have "cool skills" to show off to them.
That’s it for now.  As I think of more to put here, I will do so.  I’m sure there’s more, and putting it here is the only way I’m ever going to remember it all, so I’ll reserve this space for later.

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