Resolutions 2005

Ever since I began writing more, I’ve been making (and even keeping some) New Year’s resolutions. This is what I’d like to do in 2005.

1. Exercise more. I find that I only enjoy exercise when it doesn’t feel like exercise, so I’ll probably focus more on hiking, biking, and doing some swimming this year. Anything that involves the dog is worth doing, too.

2. Keep on knitting! I’d like to finish my Weekend Warrior Sweater (that’s been sitting around unseamed since last MARCH), my Klaralund, and then try to find neat projects for a lot of my stash yarn. That should keep me occupied for a while. Also, I’d like to give sock knitting a try.

3. Do selected home repair/improvement projects. 2005 is the year of the backyard, garage, and kitchen. Backyard plans have been drawn up for over a year, garage needs are simple (new door/opener, plus painting the whole outside), and the kitchen plans look *very* exciting in light of a few gifts I received for Christmas.

4. Keep making friends in the area. I met some wonderful folks in 2004, and can’t wait to develop those friendships more and make some new ones.

5. Make my teeth happy. My last dentist freaked me out so much, I haven’t gone in ages. Actually, I know who I’m going to go to, and just need to make the appointment. (Appointment made. Wahoo! One resolution down!)

6. Entertain more casually. This one is the hardest for me, as I tend to be a little on the obsessive side, and entertaining involves all sorts of DETAILS that I can OBSESS over for hours on end. I think that throwing a few potlucks this year wouldn’t be out of the question, to help out with my general sense of “I need to do it all (but know I shouldn’t.)”

7. Engage in activism. After November 2, 2004, I made a renewed effort to be the change I want to see in the world. 2004 brought some profound personal change and growth for me, and I’d like to see that I don’t become an outcast in the United States’ increasingly conservative society because of it.

And I think that’s enough for this year. Last year I made some of the same resolutions and kept them to varying degrees. I hope this year I can do better on keeping them, and on being the best ME possible.