Have I posted before about how much I hate the song "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"? About the choir director who announced enthusiastically (as if I did not hate the song enough already) that we would be doing choreography, because what is schlocky music without bad hand motions from a bunch of embarrassed college students? About how I tried to muster the nerve to raise my hand in rehearsal and say to the director, "Please, please can the stupid choreography, and perhaps the stupid song too"? About how I almost blew off the performance because I hated the song so much? About how we were performing with the primo choral ensemble on campus, who sang a stunning and understated Christmas hymn next to which we sounded like clowns who had drunk too freely of the eggnog?
Wait, what was I talking about?
New Year's resolutions, that's what! I love the idea of an unspotted year in which to make new plans and try new things. I never start them until Epiphany, but here are a couple I wanted to share.
1. Go to bed earlier. No excuses. From this (I hope) will flow a bunch of good things: more productive mornings, less stressed out evenings. Can I teach my kids to wipe down the stovetop as part of kitchen-cleaning? Set up a roster of kitchen-cleaning duties? Set up an evening prayer routine or read-aloud practice that actually sticks? We shall see.
2. Tend the body. Aim for a diet that's about 80% paleo for the next six weeks, and report back on how that works out. Start the half-marathon training program from Train Like A Mother, and see how the long runs feel.
Curfew! Time to hit post. I think I will mostly put my resolutions in Evernote for my own reference, but LMK if you're interested in seeing them here.