Thursday, January 3, 2008


Here it is again, the first month of a new year, which is traditionally a time for people to evaluate their lives--to look at where they've been and where they're going.

Ella shared her vision of the future with me today from the back seat of the car.
"I'm going to have coffee when I grow up. And have real gum. And I'm going to shave."

Here I've been, distressed by the enormity of the life revisions I've been putting off for the past few years, and all she wants to do is chew some gum and shave. Yet she's pumped about her prospects, and I'm depressed by the looming responsibility of it all. I think it's time to reevaluate my plans for the future. Maybe I don't need to cleanmyhouse,stayaheadofthelaundry,startexercizing,writemore,

Maybe I can just start shaving my legs more than once a month.

Happy 2008, folks! Don't be too hard on yourselves with all of your resolutions this year--drink some coffee, chew some gum, and leave your bed unmade. I know I will.

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  1. I know exactly what you mean! Though I tried to make my resolution simple this year. Polish my furniture. It is my new addiction, and it's bad. I am obsessed with oils and sprays, anything that makes furniture smell good and glisten. I am strange...

  2. Oh yes, making your bed is a good N Y resolution. You could use it when you come home. xo Mom

  3. Can you drink coffee, chew gum and shave your legs at the same time??? :)

  4. I like your resolution to shave your legs more often.... I may have to steal that one, lol.