Saturday, December 31, 2011

The industrial resolution

Some people don't make New Year's resolutions at all.  Some people make resolutions they'll drop mid-January.  Some people are entirely reasonable, setting down resolutions that are largely attainable and that motivate even when they're not perfectly reached.  And some people write down painstakingly detailed resolutions with time-tables and subcategories in a list that goes on for three pages, and they do this twice a year.  If you were in any doubt, I'm in Category D.  I love making lists.  Oog.

There are the Financial Resolutions (summary: pay off the House Loan in 2 years, while still funding our upcoming adoption, while still flinging a bunch of money at charities local and global).

There are the Family Resolutions, carried over year-to-year, and which I fall embarrassingly short of.  Examples:  Kiss the husband every day.  Hug my kids every day.  Have a 10-minute conversation with at least one son each day.  Now seriously, what kind of a mom am I that I don't actually do that?  Sheesh.  But I write the resolutions down, and I read them over periodically, and I remind myself, "oh, yeah, I'd better get off my butt and go hug my kid now.  Sigh."

There's the Health and Fitness resolutions (like, exercise gregariously and eat healthy meals).   These bleed over into the Fun and Food resolutions, including the family Special Dinners [footnote: with a meatloaf mummy at Halloween! Awesome!]  There are the House-and-Home resolutions:  Build shelves for the boys. Expand the garden. Do something about that bathroom.  Finish building the Visible Engine we got one year ago.

There are also Professional Resolutions:  research, committee service, and other such academic endeavors.  (Most people reading this blog don't want to know more, but for those who care or those who dare, I'm planning to get deep into compositions of harmonic homologies.  It's cool.  Trust me).

A new category of resolutions this year are the Trash Resolutions.  As in, I want to make less of it.  I want other people to stop sending it to me (seriously, our paper recycling bin is 70% unsolicited mail).  I want to stop storing things (like wrapping paper) that take up valuable closet real estate, but that we're just going to toss in the trash eventually.  I've been reading the Zero Waste Home blog, and it has me just a little bit obsessed.

Is this Trash Resolution category measurable?  I think we're up to Thing 14 of our 100-thing-challenge; giving away 100 things we don't need would be nifty.  I'd say we'll have made serious progress in the trash reduction habit if we get down to one grocery bag (canvas, of course) of paper per month, and one large garbage can of trash per fortnight.  That would about halve our current trash output.  Given that I'm currently one-fifth of the occupants of the home, this will require some ingenuity and finesse on my part.

This is the short version of the industrial resolution list.  I'm stopping here to go on a Bling Run with my friends.  Happy Old Year, one and all!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a man of Year's First Day resolutions. I take them all along the year if I think they are worthy.
    From all your resolutions, I'd say the most important ones are the Family ones. All the others are, IMHO, second rank, even if they seem very attractive.
    Just saying.