Noodle Arms on her first day of school in Adelaide. All shiny and new!
We all love shiny new things and new years are no different. Remember at school you'd get your brand new stationery at the start of the school year and you'd resolve to keep everything neat and draw your margins and whatever? The first half dozen pages of your exercise books would be laid out neatly and precisely, with your best handwriting... then the novelty wore off and the rest of it was filled with randomly scrawled notes and doodles in the corners that were block lettered, coloured-in words like "BORED BORED BORED STEVE NORMAN 4 EVA" written over and over. Or maybe that was just me.
I feel like I wasted a lot of last year because I wasn't well and I didn't do much of anything. I did watch a heck of a lot of TV though! This year I'd like to be a bit more adventurous and out there, but I haven't really decided what form that will take as yet, so I'll come back to that at another time. For now, here is my basic list of resolutions - I haven't included things like health and finances as they're ongoing goals that I intend to keep working on continually and will probably write about regularly.
1. Complete the 50 Book Challenge.
Since I wrote about 2011's failboat on that one, I have read one more book - Bossypants by Tina Fey. Not as funny as you'd think it would be, but it had its moments.
2. Disengage from work drama.
My work is a vortex of drama and there's always something going on. In the last couple of months I've been fairly successful in disengaging, but towards the end of the year things blew up in a big way and I was sucked right back in for a while. Enough of that. It's boring and stressful and since I have a fairly solitary job where I can hide away for big chunks of time if I need to, that's what I'll be doing. I'm going to be crazy busy too, so that will be a good excuse to not get involved.
3. Find a sewing class that Noodles and I can do together.
I asked her recently about doing something together like a cooking class, or yoga or even something like belly-dancing (to be honest, I was glad she said no to that one). She shot down most of my ideas so when I challenged her to come up with something she said she would like to learn how to sew. She is one of those girls who likes to 'tweak' her clothes to make them a bit more individual and she has a bit of an eye for fashion, so I am happy to encourage this interest. And it wouldn't hurt me to learn either - I can barely sew a button on a shirt.
4. Meet some of my favourite bloggers and internet people.
It's highly unlikely that I will be trekking overseas this year (unless I won that $31m lottery last night), but nI would really like do a few short trips and meet up with some people, such as Jade and Su in Sydney, Natalie in Melbourne, and pretty much all the WA girls, just to name a few. I don't do "events", which is why I've never gotten involved in the local blogging community, but individually there are quite a few people around the place I'd like to sit down and have a coffee or a cocktail with.
5. Stop reading the news.
Seriously, the news just makes me angry - mostly because of how utterly craptacular mainstream media is in this country. I just get riled up and ranty and it serves no purpose.
That's about it, really. I think they're all pretty doable. Now I'm off to read everyone else's resolution/New Year posts.
I call this one Bobby Hill.