22:59 – There are tons of New Year’s Resolution lists out and about in the blogosphere and to be honest, this year, I wasn’t even going to make any resolutions. It just seems that we all have these lofty plans and nothing ever comes of them. But I thought it would make for an interesting blog post, so here I am. Though instead of awful, laborious goals that I know won’t be accomplished, my list is mostly of things I really do want to do because they will be fun! But just as sweet and salty go together so does the serious with the whimsical, so I do have a few “mature” goals thrown in there too for good measure.
1. Host a Festa dei Sette Pesci next Christmas Eve. Also known as the Feast of Seven Fishes, it is a Southern Italian tradition involving a dinner that includes seven types of seafood. It would be amazing to have friends and family over for a fancy meal, everyone would dress up, a fire would be roaring in the fireplace, champagne toasted, and food shared. I’d do it all up, personal invitations and everything!
2. Host a themed party, perhaps 1920′s flapper and jazz style? I’m always looking at pictures of these fabulous parties and wish that I could go to one, so instead I’ve decided to host one! Seriously, who doesn’t want to dress up all glamorous like and pretend that they’re from another era? Besides I want an excuse to buy a gorgeous flapper dress and red lipstick! If not a 1920′s party maybe a murder mystery party, or a Mad Men themed soiree, or a masked ball!
3. Regularly eat clean & exercise. It goes without saying that I should be doing this all the time but I’m not. In 2012 I will make more of an effort to eat clean and fresh and maybe actually amazingly possibly (???) finish the P90X workouts? Whaaaaattt??? I’ve been wanting abs since high school and I ain’t getting any younger.
4. Walk the pups on a more regular basis. It’s so good for them and they love it, what else is there? Oh, it’s healthy for me to walk on a daily basis, it helps me to clear my mind, and its what a good dog owner should do. Who knows where Martin and I will be living next year, we might be walking them all the time if we don’t have a backyard.
p.s. and can I please look that stylish when I walk the dogs??
5. Become better at visually expressing my ideas. I have so many spaces, rooms, vignettes, buildings, spacial layouts stuck in my mind and one of the most frustrating things is trying to get it out on paper. When I do try it usually looks like crap compared to what is in my imagination. In my head its rich and full of detail; you can ask me what is on the wall in the corner of the room near the chair and I just zoom into my imagination and see it. But on paper the detail isn’t there, the mood isn’t there, the lighting isn’t the same, colors and textures refuse to come to life. And it drives me bonkers!!!!!! It’s probably going to take an excruciating amount of “mess ups” before I figure out what works for me but dang it, I’m gonna do it!
6. Start my master’s in architecture. This one is pretty self explanatory but a goal nonetheless. I’ll know in the March/April time frame where I got in and then I’ll decide from there. It’s been a rather stressful time for me as Martin decides to stay in or get out of the Army. If he gets out he’ll be headed to Cambridge, because my stud of a husband got into Harvard’s Business School!! Way to put the pressure on me deary. :) But yea, in the fall I plan on beginning my Masters of Architecture and I can’t wait! If going to school was a full time job that someone actually paid you to do, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
7. Be a better wife. I think I’m a pretty good wife but you know those silly words? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness? Yeah those, I can always work toward being a little more of those. Especially when it comes to being with the man who is part of the most important relationship of my life. In case anyone was worried, I already have faithful in the bag. :)
8. Be more of a fashionista! And on the cheap. Go bold or go home! As Coco said, “Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway!” Every oddly wonderful item of clothing at Goodwill calls out to me, “Megan…buy me…take me home….I am wildly fabulous (maybe a little ugly)…but I am only 4.99!” My closet is full of crazy finds that I don’t have the guts to wear out.
9. Embrace the imperfect perfection of my home. I spend…more time than I care to admit…looking at home interior blogs, and although that is mostly a good thing there is one negative side affect. It causes me to compare the “perfect” homes I see online and in magazines to my own very-less-than-perfectly decorated home. Which then causes feelings of anxiety, lust, and a desire to shop. I start to look at the nice things we do own with a less than appreciative eye. I worry too much that people, our friends for crying out loud, are judging my house because our baseboards need painting or the pillows don’t match! It’s madness! So this year I am going to embrace our home, its wabi sabi nature, and that it will always be a lot more Selby than Veranda.
10. Survive this deployment and tell it “Get the hell out of here!” Or farewell, adieu, au revoir, adios, scat, scram, sayonara sucker, peace out, tootles, ta ta FOREVER, ciao, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya! I’m ready for some of this you all:
(Lots and lots of this!)
That’s more than I thought I’d come up with, good thing I have all year!