December 31, 2000
Ive never been one to make new years resolutions.
Im the sort of person who breaks them before lunch on January 1. But its a new
year, a new millennium (really the new millennium, all the hoopla of last year
notwithstanding), and there are things Id really like to accomplish in the coming
year, so Im gonna put them down.
Of course there was that little diet thing I tried a few months ago,
thinking that going public with it would help keep me on track and...you probably
guessed...it didnt. I did lose about 20-25 lbs, and have gained it all back. So
But lets give this new years resolution thing a try.
1. Design a new look for Funny The World.
I'll be working on that. I had hoped to have it up by January 1, but that ain't
2. Work with Walt on our finances
Ive been very fortunate for the past 35 years that Walt has taken over
handling our finances. Ive let him. Before we got married, I was terrible about
money, and it was very comforting to have someone who would take care of it for me. But
Ive realized that if he gets hit by a bus tomorrow, Id be one of those silly
wives who havent a clue what we have or how its organized. Im a grown up
now and its time for me to take the responsibility to inform myself about our
Yeah. Right. I can hear chortling all over the globe. But Im serious.
Nowhere in my wildest dreams do I imagine that I will ever get this house uncluttered. If
I live here to age 150, I will never have it decluttered. Were both
"savers" and "scavengers" and we both have problems throwing stuff
away. But even with that, there are some things that can be tossed. Its
time to start going through piles and deciding if I really am ever going to look
at, much less use such-and-such ever again. If the answer is no, out it goes.
Ive actually started doing that already, though even with the sacks of stuff
Ive tossed, its still impossible to see that Ive done anything. But if I
give it a bit of time each week, I should be able to make some sort of a dent in the next
4. Get Serious about Writing
This journal has been a wonderful ego-booster for me. I dont have a huge
list of readers, but those I do have (about 60-100 of you) have been very complimentary. A
few entries have been won diarest awards, which is a great affirmation that I can put
words to screen. Ive been hired to write theatre reviews and the feedback has been
positive. I really want to try to get serious about submitting things for publication somewhere.
Im armed with "The Idiots Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles" and
advice from friends and Ive already made a start, submitting a couple of short
pieces. Theyve had initial positive feedback, so hold he good thought. I want to do
more of that in the coming months.
5. Keep up with work
In the last few months, I've become an even worse procrastinator than I have always been.
I've put a big push on in the last couple of days and am caught up, finally. I'm going to
work on keeping caught up.
6. Continue walking program
This means getting back on track again, walking an hour at least three times a
week (more if possible). And also, along with that, forget the diet, but just start eating
more sensibly. Ive shown I can do it. Let me show it again.
7. Bite the Bullet
It's time for a full physical. I haven't had one since I left work and I'm way overdue. I
hate it that Kaiser makes you stand on a scale in the middle of all the activity and
announces your weight to the world, but it's time I do it anyway.
8. Especially for Steve....de-dog the house
Oh, I dont mean get rid of the dog (though that is a tempting suggestion),
but apparently my olfactory senses are dead because Im not aware that the house
smells of dog. Steve was the first to point it out to me. I went and asked other friends,
and they all tell me that theyve been uncomfortable letting me know. Well...now I
know. So its time to work on getting rid of the dog odor. Of course Im not
sure how Ill know if its gone or not, but Ill do my best for ya, Steve.
9. Continue to let the people I love know how much they are
Its the thing I try to do all the time anyway, but make a renewed effort to
let people know that no matter what happens in our lives, they are loved and cared about.
Walt and I will spend New Years Eve here in Davis with people
weve known the longest (hosted by the psychiatrist I work for). Its generally
a low key evening, with music and camaraderie, hot soup at midnight and then home before 1
a.m.. January first will bring a new year open for change, improvement, and following
At midnight, hold those you love close in your heart and may all our
dreams come true in the year to come.