2010 resolutions, revisited.

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Jan 10, 2011

2011, it seems, is hell bent on keeping me from getting stuff done. Last week I was waylaid by a wicked cold. I was determined to catch up this weekend, posting like a mad woman, but the internet has been down for the last 24 hours.

I know that doesn’t sound like a long time, but during that disconnected day, Rand and I nearly went Lord of the Flies on eachother (remember the SNL sketch Wake up and Smile, where the teleprompter breaks and Will Ferrell eats the weatherman? It’s kinda like that.) I am pleased to say that the internet returned before I decapitated my husband. So, we’ll file that in the win category.

The downtime (due to illness and Comcast’s incompetence) has given me plenty of time to reflect on 2010. In particular, the 10 resolutions and predictions that I made in 2010, and that (I won’t lie her) I basically forgot about until just a few weeks ago. At the risk of being way too meta, here they are, with some updates … 

  1. Resolution: I will improve my Italian.
    Reality: I’ve been making more of effort to speak Italian, and for a while I was even taking class. But those of you who know me well are familiar with my terrible attention span. I easily get distracted by … DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL LIKE BROWNIES?
  2. Resolution: I will eat one entirely new and unusual food.
    Reality: Two words – haggis pakoras.
  3. Resolution: My camera will not be lost.
    Reality: I didn’t lose either of my cameras. Though I, personally, got miserably lost on numerous occassions.
  4. Resolution: I will get at least 250 blog posts up in 2010.
    Reality: I got 244 posts up on the Everywhereist this year (including guest posts from awesome contributors). I was really satisfied with that number, until I realized that I was forgetting all the guest blogging I had done for other sites. If I only count the travel-related ones, I hit a grand total of  … 250. Exactly. HOLY CRAP.
  5. Resolution: I will appear in more photos (since most of them are of other people and random crap. Besides, it’s not like I’m getting cuter as the years go by).
    Reality: This counts, right?
  6. Resolution: I will get my EU passport.
    Reality: Um … no. Put simply, Italian bureacracies put ours to shame.
  7. Resolution: Yoga will be attempted, by me, in a country that is not the U.S.
    Reality: Portland counts as another country, right?
  8. Reality: I will teach my husband Italian. Sort of. A little, at least.
    Resolution: He picked me up, said, “Troppo pesante!” and put me down. When I started yelling at him, he swore he had no idea what he had said. Right.
  9. Resolution: I will stop over-packing.
    Reality: I never said “I will stop over-shopping.”
  10. Resolution: I will stop pouting when I don’t get upgraded.
    Reality: I had no intention of doing this. I can admit that now.

 All in all, a pretty shockingly productive year, with the exception of completely failing to get my Italian citizenship (more on that later, but the story, I promise, is delightful). Oh, and one thing I said last year which is so prophetic, I still kind of can’t believe it … Regarding my resolution to pack less:

“In my attempt to not over-pack, I will freak out that I did not bring enough (or enough appropriate) clothing for a trip, will proceed to shop with abandon, and ensuring that my bag, at least upon my return, will be over-packed.”

Naturally, I was amazed at my precognizance on that front, but Rand wasn’t. He made this clear to me when we were out to dinner last night. “You predicted you would shop a lot? That’s like me predicting that when we are going to finish this meal, get a bill, pay it, and then walk home.”

He also suggested I man-up for my resolutions and predictions for 2011. Sigh. Okay, Fishkin. Challenge accepted. I promise my resolutions for 2011 will be more exciting … I just need a little help coming up with them. I’m utterly stumped. I don’t know what I want to do this year, besides “eat a donut with bacon on it,” and that just doesn’t sound all that ambitious. So, what do you say, folks? Care to help me out? Help me think of some fantastic things to do in the new year, and I’ll add them to my list for 2011. And if it happens to involve bacon or shopping, well, that’s just fine by me.

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  • You should take the high road and appear shocked that anyone wants you to do resolutions because ZOMG, don’t you know if you are going to do ANYTHING you should simply DO it and not WAIT for stupid specific DAYS or the NEW YEAR to actually start achieving your goals!??!?!?!

    That’s what my husband does. I have done some pretty awesome resolutions, namely my awesome one three years ago that I would cook three times a week and I totally achieved it and continued it! WIN!

    This year I am concentrating on my health, my kids health, and my new job and I’m pretty happy where I am so I actually didn’t do any resolutions.

    One should really be stop cramming brownies in my face but honestly, I just did that this morning and again last night. Damn. Can’t resist those brownies.

    Also, why is my text SO SMALL when I’m typing it in this little box? It comes out normal!

    • Everywhereist

      Oh, god, I know – I hate the small text in the comments box. Perhaps fixing that will be one of my resolutions. 🙂

      And girl, I know you didn’t tell me to stop eating brownies.

      • No no, that was me to stop eating brownies. You? You please go ahead and tell me all about it! Sadly, I have to stop eating sugar and wheat, somewhat permanently for my health. Joy of joys. I keep putting it off day by day. I think I want ot make those brownie, marshmallow, peanut butter things you tweeted about a few days ago. I’m STILL dreaming of them.

  • That kinda read wrong, btw. I’m not happy as I am, I totally need to work on me. I just didn’t do a resolution cause I’m already doing the stuff I need to do. I just need to keep doing it. ha

    • Everywhereist

      Aw, you are lovely.

  • You like theater, perhaps there’s a production you’ve been dying to see that you simply haven’t yet?

    Or you could try to see the Spiderman Musical before it’s shut down completely.

    Perhaps try live blogging a portion of a trip or a site-seeing tour?

    For whatever reason my text looks fine now, before I was suffering the tiny text syndrome as well. Did you already fix that? If so, put it on your list, cross it off. One down!

    • Everywhereist

      I’m kind of hoping to stage my own version of Spiderman, the Musical. I need to start on a script.

  • Colleen Collins

    Ok. Someone needs to do it. If not your mother, than I will. Are you ready for it darling? Revise Resolution: I will get at least 250 blog posts up in 2010.to Resolution: I will turn 250 blog posts of 2010 into a book. There you go. I said it. 🙂 xoxo

    • Everywhereist

      Damn, girl. I like that you go straight for it. 🙂

      Yesterday, Rand said of this same topic, “If you don’t say it, I will.” But it looks like someone beat him to it. I guess I have to add this to the list. 🙂

      • Colleen Collins

        Super,super proud of you. You know there is only one thing standing in between you and that book: you. I only know because I suffer from the same disease. :0)

  • I’m loving the “write a book” idea. It’s just big enough that if you do it, you can brag and everyone will be impressed and if you don’t, you can play it off as one of those, “whoops, overshot on that one” or “well, that totally wasn’t going to happen” goals and nobody will argue, haha.

  • Ooh, we should have a write a book pact. Didn’t we first talk (and by talk I mean email) about this…um….6 years ago or something?

    • Everywhereist

      Laura – I am so up for that. Email me if you want to discuss further, otherwise all I can hold you to is this one blog comment, which I don’t think is legally binding.

  • Somewhere on your list of resolutions I hope you’ll put “Write a guest blog post for TWE to show other travel writers that travel can be funny…..really, it can”……

    I’ll be looking forward to your update on 2011 resolutions next January 🙂

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