Saturday, January 02, 2010


Last year I resolved not to set up myself up for failure by making resolutions I could not meet. Let us review, then, whether this plan worked or not:

Maintain my current (over)weight

No problem! With a bonus 5 pounds, for a safety cushion (ahem)...

Studiously ignore my children at least 2 hours every day


Make sure to have a minimum of 10 knitting projects started at all times, with fully half of them not findable at any given moment. Finish projects only when absolutely necessary.

Whoops - I only managed to have 3 or 4 on the needles at one time. But some of them have been started since 2008, so I claim success on this one also. Also, I took advantage of every opportunity to order items from Knitpicks. Bonus points.

Take thousands more pictures, but only edit a minimal number (say, when a small child asks, "What does Grandma look like again?")

What can I say? I'm prescient.

Breathe loudly near my teen daughter. She likes that.

I continued to annoy Anna this year, without even trying. I know - amazing.

Refuse to number lists properly. If Blogger wants me to count to 4 and then start over again, who am I to argue?

Goes without saying...


Observed religiously

Waste time blogging

I'm still here, am I not?

In other words, last year's resolutions turned out to be a resounding success. Tune in tomorrow to see how far I can lower the bar with the 2010 version of "Fail Safe - Resolutions You Can Keep."


In the meantime, y'all can discuss in the comments whether I am justified in teaching a fellow Starbuck's laptop tapper about that miracle of courtesy known as earbuds. Or maybe I should just have him killed...

I'm trying to work here, people. Really.


  1. I say, kill him, if he is that obnoxious, I am sure you are not the only annoyed person there!

  2. The holiday season really seems to bring out the inconsiderate in some people. Like the guy at IKEA that stood next to his open trunk, leaning on his cart and talking on his cellphone for 5 minutes before deciding to say, "I'm not leaving."

  3. Looking forward to tomorrow!

  4. Buy him a pair of earbuds. Say, "I bought you these." and then kill him with the cord on the ear buds. Congrats on sticking to your resolutions. Although annoying our teenage daughter is a bit of a gimmee.

  5. Does the amazing ability to annoy a teenage daughter run in the family? Perhaps?

    I don't think it's the sort of thing that's passed in the male genetic line? Evidence in my family is either lacking or tending to negate the proposition.

  6. happy new one and congrats on achieving your resolutions! looking forward to reading yours for 2010, i'm still working on mine.


  7. Now those are my kind of resolutions... and yes, definitely kill him! Why do people think everyone else wants to hear what they are hearing. I especially love that in cars with radios up so load I can't hear my radio.

  8. It's always good to stay within your limits. I also love to knit and recently picked up an unfinished project form 2005. But after working it for awhile, I no why I never finished it. Boring!!

  9. I admire you and your success. You're making the rest of us look like such failures!

    Thank you, and I'm looking forward to another more and messier year!

  10. Way to go! Keep it up in the next year! Or is it this year? I guess I kept my resolution to procrastinate as much as possible.

  11. these are my kinda goals!


  12. I admire your sticktoitiveness! You're amazingly dedicated!

  13. Someone actually gave me tiny speakers for my laptop for Christmas.

  14. I've got a cross-stitch project started in 1997. It's around here somewhere... no big deal, it was just a 10th, er 20th ... heck, it's a 25th anniversary gift for my husband. Or not.

    Only 5 pounds gained? That makes you above average (or below average, depending how you look at it)! Many people gain 10 pounds per year. Don't ask me how I know this...

  15. Are you exhausted after so much success? I would be.

  16. Just do what I do: turn your ears off! (Hey, works for me! But then I once showered through the fire alarm at the Y, oblivious. Greaaaaat...)