I didn’t really do resolutions last year. I privately decided I would try to minimize the amount of trips I made to a certain Mart. This worked in the sense that I only went there twice in the year. This did not work in the sense that I sent my husband there instead (they are the only store in the area that carries our 100% recycled brand of toilet paper and paper towels, and the only one that consistently carries our type of cat litter) and also placed an online order for enough cat litter to get free shipping and have the FedEx guy hate me.
It also did not work because the 2nd trip was this past month when I had such a huge shopping to do and I was HAPPY to be shopping there. I had CHOICES. And some things were certainly cheaper. It also is two blocks from my favorite grocery store for bargains (Aldi) and 1/4 mile from my favorite Whole-Foods-Like store (Golden Harvest) so going there to finish up a grocery list means I can be done in one big trip versus one big trip and several smaller trips to closer-to-home (but still chains and therefore not a “better” use of my money) stores.
So I guess what I’m saying is one of my (a little less) private 2016 resolutions will be to NOT minimize the amount of trips I make to WalMart. I will continue to not plan out trips specifically around the store and possibly do more online ordering when we really, truly only need those 3 essentials so I am not tempted by bargains. But I will also not walk out of Aldi missing 4 ingredients for a recipe and trying to figure out when I can squeeze in another grocery trip that week.
Other random things I have decided to call resolutions for 2016:
- Get my teeth whitened. I will start with a home-whitening kit but if that fails and finances allow, I will pursue it further with my dentist. My teeth have never been very white. It’s a side effect of having those old-fashioned braces with full bands cemented onto my teeth. But since moving here, it has Gotten Worse. At first I blamed our well water. Then I blamed my smoothie, which I had changed from breakfast to snack and therefore wasn’t brushing right after. So my hygienist scraped and scraped and SCRAPED OUCH and I started brushing my teeth midday and things were OK for awhile. But I moved my smoothie back to breakfast and stopped that midday brushing and things have gone a bit grey again. So I guess either it is our well water or I really need that 3rd cleaning to keep stains at bay. I don’t really care if my teeth are white as pearls (which, um, they are whiter than some pearls I’ve seen so…?) but there are a few spots that noticeably stain to the point you might be distracted by it when talking to me up close.
- Become a vegetarian and lean more towards vegan. I’ve been a vegetarian before, and never ate a ton of meat anyway, but it definitely has been a staple in our lives since Tom and I met. In the past I’ve thought that moving away from meat, at least chicken, would be bad for me because I tend to not feel good if I don’t eat A LOT of protein and I have concerns about eating soy. But the reality is I haven’t felt great for over a year now anyway – soy free – so why not give it a try? It’s been over two weeks since I made the switch and so far so good. (Although I still haven’t eaten much soy.)
- Use my Bullet Journal consistently and effectively and messily. By “consistently” I mean, “Take some time at least every morning and evening to update to-dos, calendars, and other lists.” A Bullet Journal is very helpful for me when I use it. When I slip away from daily use it is not because I’m using something else – it’s because I feel too busy to take the time to write stuff down. Which is exactly the time I need to use it the most. “Effectively” and “Messily” actually go together although I know that doesn’t make sense. By “effectively” I mean that I need to tailor lists and pages to suit me better. And by “messily” I mean that if to use it effectively I need to change format half way through a book, I should do that. I also mean that I should have more fun with writing and doodling in general in my Bullet Journal and fight the urge to keep it some pristine, regimented style. It is a place for my thoughts, and they are definitely not either.
- Go for a Hike. Capitalized to emphasize a long hike. Ideally, I will take 3 weeks and hike the Superior Hiking Trail. I have been pseudo planing this for some time now and my job is aware and supportive of the idea. But there are a lot of possible obstacles so I won’t beat myself up if this doesn’t happen AND I will also hold myself accountable to find some other, shorter but still multi-day, trip. HIKING MUST HAPPEN.
- Care less about who reads here. I wrote two posts recently that I marked “private” and can only be seen by me. While I do think one of them should remain that way out of courtesy to someone else (my ex-husband), the other is private because my family, close friends, and in-laws have become semi-regularly readers since we blogged our Appalachian Trail hike in 2013. I LIKE that they read (hello people who know me in real life!), but I DON’T LIKE how my readership has censored me to the point that when I wish to complain that my husband is being an asshole (it happens, people) I end up spending 4/5 of the post trying to explain 1) I know he’s not an asshole all the time 2) this doesn’t mean anything significant in our marriage – we’re not divorcing or In Trouble 3) I’m aware I can be an asshole to at times. While all 3 of those concepts may be true, they detract from the purpose of the post – MY HUSBAND IS BEING AN ASSHOLE AND I MUST COMPLAIN MIGHTILY THIS IS WHY THE INTERWEBS WERE CREATED. (I will also take an ironic moment here to point out my husband is not – currently – being an asshole. He’s actually at home getting chores done and later on today we have plans for our first(!!) movie at a real theater in years. He also wasn’t an asshole yesterday. BUT THE DAY BEFORE THAT MAYBE AND I DON’T CARE HOW MANY WEIRD FAMILY TEXTS THIS SHOCKING REVELATION CAUSES.)
- Use caps lock less.