Saturday, December 31, 2011

Things to Do in 2012

...Or Not.

After extended deliberation, I have compiled my annual list of actions to make the upcoming year extra-awesome.

Note: Over the years, I've found it helpful not to include overreaching items such as "Be a nice person" and "Live within budget." No one tells you this, but these kinds of vague, pie-in-the-sky goals are basically impossible to achieve.

(I can tell you from personal experience that it's a real buzzkill to wake up on January 3rd only to realize you've already blown items 1-14 on your yearly to-do list. Let's just say some lessons were learned.)

Anyway, I'm happy to share my 2012 list with you, and feel free to peel a few items off for yourself!

Here goes:

In 2012, I will:

...bring back the phrase "in full effect." For example, when dinner is ready, I will say something like, "The tuna noodle casserole is in full effect."

...perform a set of lunges thrice a day - at 9:00, noon, and 4:00 - no matter where I am.

...use the word "thrice," like, all the time.

...perform some kind of community service. And, by the way, just because it's court-ordered doesn't mean I'm not feelin' it. my best when either of my children says, "Guess what?" not to respond with "Chicken butt!"

...get that thing with the stuff looked at.

...knock off the flute jazz.

There you have it, folks - wish me luck!

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of YOU a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

And, as always,
thank you for stopping by here week after week - that truly means the world to me.



Unknown said...

Worth ambitions all! Thank you for setting high but realistic standards. (LOL @ "chicken butt.")

Unknown said...

Make that "Worthy ambitions all!" In 2012 I will prooffread more carrefully.

Laura BurgandyIce said...

*snark* Hilarious. "Thrice". Cheerin' ya on!!

Harley May said...

Wonderful list. Personally, I'd love to be in the check out line in the grocery store and see the woman in front of me breakout into a set of lunges. It would make me happy face.


Jayne Martin said...

I kinda like the jazz flute thing. If I saw you playing it at an offramp I 'd totally give you money.

Furtheron said...

Think I'll look for ways to use tuppence or thrupence and other Dickensian phrases said...

I like the idea of using "thrice" a lot. I think I shall add it to my list, too. I know it is something that will make a difference in my life...and the lives of those around me (and it just sounds so fancy).

MommyTime said...

Hmmm... While I fully support the lunges goal, I'm not sure about giving up the flute, which seems like it would be a great thrice daily accompaniment to the lunges. Just a thought.

Cheryl said...

I think I can manage saying thrice at least thrice a day. I never make resolutions so saying or writing thrice daily should be a snap. (I'm done for today.)

Alexandra said...

I thought "This post was in full effect" no less than thrice.

also: be nice to people? You got that gig in the bag, lady.

You are one of the nicest.

A true class act.

Happy New Year and much joy to you in 2012, Anna.

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

love to you, anna, as we start this new year.

BragonDorn said...

The New Year is now in full effect.

meleah rebeccah said...

Happy New Year! I will totally help bring back the phrase "In Full Effect". And I might even use the word thrice. But you're on your own with those lunges 3 times a day!

Julie said...

Good luck enjoying your tuna noodle casserole without flute jazz...

It's more difficult than being nice.


writingdianet said...

...perform a set of lunges thrice a day - at 9:00, noon, and 4:00 - no matter where I am.

...use the word "thrice," like, all the time.

Those were my favorites! You seriously crack me up:) Now I wanna go do a New Year post too. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that:)

HermanTurnip said...

As for resolutions in the year 2012, I swear to:

- Wear my Kango on a daily basis (represent!)
- Perfect my Care Bear stare
- Finally figure out how to use the "defrost" button on my microwave
- Drink that can of Pepsi Clear that I've been saving for a special occasion

larainydays said...

My new phrase is "What, what?" delivered in a British accent, not thrice, but twice.

Anne Flournoy said...

I loved this post and your very very dry humor every time I read it.

jb said...

Just wanted to drop by, see what's new, and to wish you all the best for 2012. Good luck with those resolutions!


A Musing Mother said...

I can't NOT say "Chicken Butt!" Yet they never learn! Pavlov's dogs were smarter than my kids, bless their hearts. Every time they say, "Guess what!" I will respond with "Chicken butt!"

Every time they put their hands over my eyes and say, "Guess who!" I will say "Chicken poo!"


K A B L O O E Y said...

When you say "jazz flute," that's a euphemism for using a vibrator, right? I gotta go check my Chicktionary...