It’s almost mid-March, so it seems like a good time to check in on the New Year’s Resolutions and see how they are coming along (or how they mysteriously vanished from the mind).
1. Stop biting my nails.
I’m not kidding you. I’ve nailed this one. (Sorry.) This was my plan of action.
- Purchase Barielle No-Bite Pro Growth (a bitter tasting nail strengthener).
- Use it.
- Slowly wean myself off from it, but maintain a reasonable length of nails so that I’m less encouraged to gnaw on them.
I’m completely proud of myself for doing this (so far), but the flip side is that without my nails in my mouth I tend to rest my head in my hands more – in general, I have my hands on my face a lot still, which means my skin looks a lot worse. Great nails, mediocre skin. Always a trade off. Now I’m going to work on drinking more water – which might help the whole skin thing.
2. Floss better. Maybe I should say 2. Continue my rock star flossing.
I don’t think I’ve been as good about this. Like yesterday’s post, maybe doing really well in some areas means other areas suffer. I’m going to re-energize myself on this. I don’t want to slide backwards.
3. Fold clothes immediately upon removal from the dryer.
50/50. Not as good at it as I should be. Depends on the load I think. Some things are easier, more fun to fold then others. Folding kitchen towels and pairing up socks are my least favorite.
4. Put some curtains up in F’s room and get rid of the foam core at the windows.
I ordered the expensive fabric. Fabric came in after a week, completely water damaged and covered in dirt and grit. Returned damaged bolt to the store only to find out fabric is now on back order and I won’t get it until April. So, yes, I’ve accomplished this if you define “this” as: spent a ton of money and have absolutely nothing physical to show for it except a receipt. Or no, I’ve not accomplished this because I haven’t actually cut or hemmed anything so the really scary part (to me) isn’t done. Lucky for me, I can completely blame this failure on someone else.
5. Finish the bookshelves.
This was the smarty pants thing I wrote under this resolution back in January: Wait, I can’t make resolutions for my husband. Sorry.
Then he got the extreme flu and just as he emerged from that illness he broke his right hand, requiring surgery and actual pieces of metal protruding from his body for weeks on end. So I feel sort of bad for writing that. And I kicked up my A-game and got.them.done.
6. Practice patience (in parenting).
Hmmm…. some days.
7. Run three times a week, minimum.
Yeah, not so great. I did great, even through the cold and wind, for the first six weeks of the year, but then the last three or four weeks have been really crappy, weatherwise. Lots of ice and snow and rain and cold, and I refuse to run in slippery conditions because the last thing we need in this family is another broken bone and hospital bill. Plus, (the real truth) – I really don’t want to run when it’s that miserable outside.
I have run on the nicer days, and Friday and this weekend were awesome. I can still do three miles, so I haven’t slipped too much.
8. Organize the house files.
No change here. In fact, my desk looks even worse now than it did in January.
9. Go on more dates with M.
Woohoo! I wanted to make sure that at least once a month we got a baby sitter and went out together. Then we went a little overboard, because the last three weekends we went out (post-Valentine’s, a school fundraiser and then to see The Book of Mormon.) It’s all or nothing in our house, I guess.
10. Clean up more during the week to free up the weekends.
50/50. Except for the past two weeks when we’ve really let it slide. M told me to cut myself some slack, and he’s right. It’s not magazine ready, but we’re not living in filth here, so I guess that’s something.
There’s my follow-up, the good, the bad and the ugly. How are your resolutions going?