I have occasionally bragged about how well I tend to do at my list of New Year’s Resolutions. Well, as they say “pride goes before the fall”. This year really, really kicked my ‘boom-boom’ as we say in this house. But the list still served to point me in the right direction so I’m glad I made these plans, even if it’s now a little embarrassing to share my (lack of) progress here.
So how did I do?
First the Hall of Shame:
- See a dermatologist - I saw plenty of health care providers, but no dermatologists. As predicted, it has been increasingly difficult to do things for myself now that there are three little ones demanding love and attention at home. And since we were social distancing for much of 2020 anyway I didn’t actually make much of an effort.
- Blog once/month - oops. No real excuse here. I just didn’t do it.
- Write 100 pages - I am sad about this one. I actually really enjoy writing and would happily have done more if I had more time to focus. Maybe 2021 will be different. (Ha!)
- Eat 90% of our meals at the table - total mom fail. Not only did we not achieve this goal, there was actually a 2-3 month period in there where I’m pretty sure my two year old didn’t eat a single vegetable and maybe took a bath once. He’s gone full cave-man and is only just now re-emerging into the civilized world. I blame covid.
Ok - that’s enough of the confessional. Here are the things I did get checked off the list:
- Complete duolingo Arabic (level 3) - I modified this part-way through the year since they’ve been adding some lessons and finishing the entire course was a bit of a moving target. I realize that this doesn’t make me able to speak Arabic… at all. But it does lay a foundation, particularly for reading, if I ever get to take a full Arabic course in the future. As it is I can sound out words - slowly and with many errors - and say some extremely simple sentences in whatever version of Arabic they are using (MSA?). I am proud to have stuck with something intellectually challenging through the early baby days and I’d like to keep it up at a manageable pace.
- Learn to make tomato sauce and stir fry without a recipe - yes. I have a great tomato sauce that I make now from a New York Times piece. I didn’t make stir fry quite as often, but I think I now have the gist down.
- Solve Rubix cube - yes, but… not on my own. After working through a couple of strategy books/webpages I have solved it but I am convinced I would NEVER have done so on my own. My brain does not work that way and even with instructions in front of me it took many tries to get it right.
- Finish Suzuki book 1 - Yes! I finished learning the last few pieces from my back-up keyboard in the US.
- Make bagels from scratch - as part of our office baking challenge I made a recipe I found on YouTube. It was so easy and so great. I highly recommend a try.
- Take one international trip - glad I got this done in February! I visited Argentina (again) and Uruguay (first time) on the cruise with my parents. I wish we would have seen more, but the little guy made it hard. In any case I really liked what I did see and I will have to come back someday.
- Watch the AFI top 90 films - done. They weren’t all good (in fact, several were stinkers) but I sat through them all.
- Take one Brazil trip - Yes! To Iguacu falls. One of my favorite vacations ever. So glad I can say I did at least this one trip within Brazil. (Especially since covid might mean I won’t get the chance to do any more.)
And now for the new set!
New Year’s Resolutions 2021
- Finish the second Suzuki piano book
- Complete duolingo Arabic (levels 4 and 5) or levels 1-3 in Hindi
- Make homemade pasta
- Visit one new country OR Rio - depends how things are looking by the time we’re set to leave post
- Finish the AFI top 100 films (there are six remaining)
- Make two extra (10k) mortgage payments
- Complete any of my unfinished writing-related goals from the past few years (write 100 pages, get an article published, submit two articles for publication, blog once a month)
- Host something, anything, that would qualify as a “large gathering”, the moment we’re allowed