Your New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolution
"We trained hard...but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized....I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization." Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C.

Some things change and some things don't. What's your New Year's Resolution?

Greetings all and Happy New Year! Well, this year's New Year's was a roaring success. People stood out in the cold all over the world and celebrated. In New York they watched the ball drop, in Florida they watched a drag queen in a shoe drop and in New Orleans they watched a huge pot of gumbo drop, all activities that apparently make a lot more sense when you're plastered. Bucking the international trend, Meghan and I simply dropped from exhaustion, opting to stay inside by the fireplace. Let everybody else enjoy the cold this year, we thought.

I got to wondering what people's New Year's Resolutions were, so I thought I'd ask. What are your New Year's Resolutions, guys? If you haven't made a New Year's Resolution before, they should be practical, reasonable, helpful and achievable. Here are a few of mine as examples:

  • Build that bomb shelter.
  • Just once, play chess with a Belgian transvestite.
  • Go to Chinatown and ask for a hamburger.
  • Learn to speak Gaelic.



So what are you resolving to do differently this year, folks? Share it with the class.

Until next time, keep your pen on the page and your resolutions rolling in.

Steve Sharam
Make it one of your New Years Resolutions to visit my blog, where you'll find the meaning of life and a kicking recipe for biscuits.
www.whenrealityknocks.com

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good resolutions

Nice resolutions Steve... very practical. I really do think you can combine all of these. You can go into Chinatown, locate the nearest bomb shelter-turned-to-hamburger stand and order up. I'm sure the person behind you will be a Belgian transvestite and they will be speaking gaelic. challenge them to a game of chess with them and learn to speak gaelic while playing the game.

As for my resolutions... i resolve to make none. ;)
/innowen

You have a way

Jaymi, you always have a way of bringing it all together for me:)

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

I resolved to be kinder to

I resolved to be kinder to myself when I slipped on any of my other resolutions.

No more beating myself up. Shrug, say "I'm only human", and get back on track the next day.

User my planner

While I don't really believe in resolutions, I resolve to:

1. Use my planner more.
2. Reduce the amount of procrastination that I do. (Notice that I didn't say stop procrastinating. I'm trying to keep it realistic.)
3. Work on being more patient.

Wish me luck. :-)
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Tim Foreman - http://timf.anansi-web.com/

That burger...

I know of a good Zen burger place where they will make you one with everything. :)

I resolve to be like white on rice for every straight line or joke setup (like that) I encounter. Talk about your really easy to keep resolutions !! ;)
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2007 goals

I resolved long ago not to make resolutions, because I only get depressed when I break them, which is inevitable. But I do have some things I want to accomplish this year like finally unpacking and sorting out all the boxes left over from my last move 5 years ago, losing weight, eating better, exercising more, writing regularly in my journal with my new fountain pen, trying not to switch planner formats more often than once a month...

-Sarah

Which Pen Did You Buy?

Sarah, prior to taking my vacation I seem to recall that you were contemplating a fountain pen purchase. It looks as though you have made the leap. Which one did you decide upon?

Acquisition: fountain pens

Hi Roberto! Yep, I have since acquired a retro51 and a Levenger truewriter. I like them both, although I find I reach for the truewriter more often. That could be because the ink I currently have in the truewriter is a really beautiful blue...

:)
-Sarah

Pen Details, Please

Sarah, hooray for you! Which color True Writer did you opt for? I have been eyeing up the blue one myself. It looks really snazzy in the Levenger catalog. Also, did it come with a converter so you can fill it yourself, or will you strictly use cartridges? I chose a black ink cartridge for my first go 'round, but have a blue one at the ready when the black runs dry. About the nib, is it fine or medium?

-Bob

Blue truewriter

Yep, I got the blue one. It's beautiful. It has the fine tip, which I find to be perfect on my beloved Clairefontaine paper. It flows smoothly, not scratchy, but is fine enough to be a pleasure to write with. The balance is really nice on this pen. For now, I'm using cartridges, but it does come with a converter, too.

Unfortunately, now I have an insane desire to collect all the colors of the truewriters. This is partly because I would like to have several ink colors available at any one time, and so of course, if I want red ink, that can't be put into a blue pen, now, can it? Or blue into red. It's just... wrong somehow.

Heh heh.
-Sarah

It's Frightening, but...

...I completely understand. Years ago I used to do quite a bit of bass fishing, and kept multiple rods with different rigs on each in my rented rowboat. No re-tying for me! Having several fountain pens with varying colored ink makes perfect sense to me.

--Bob

If I said you had a beautiful pen...

...would you hold it against me? :D

Hi Sarah, Blue ink you say? Quick share the details. ;)

The pen *is* beautiful

Nah, Sard, I wouldn't hold it against you. The pen is really nice!

I am currently using Levenger's Skies of Blue ink, and I love it. Not too dark, not too light, not dull.

As I try out new inks, I am keeping a piece of 24lb 118 bright white paper, and with each new ink I will add something to the paper. This should give a decent reference point for the colors, and eventually, when I have more than one color on there, I could put a photo up.
-Sarah

Inky Notes...

Quote: "I am keeping a piece of 24lb 118 bright white paper, and with each new ink I will add something to the paper".

What a fantastic idea. Thank you Sarah. I will write each days journal entry in a different colour then I will have a 'colourama' too. :)

Ink colors - opened cartridge storage

The problem, Sard, is that I don't wanna waste my cartridges. I shall have to use up one before I try another color. So my color chart project might take a while...

Unless someone knows a way to store cartridges that have been previously inserted into a pen?

-Sarah

Store them empty

Wash out and refill cartridges from bottled ink.
That way, when you want to change colors, you can either dump the unused ink back in the bottle, or just discard it as you have a whole bottle full.
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Resolutions

Hi.

DH and I resolve to shut off the TV in the bedroom at 10:30 every night.

I want more sleep!

shris

Umm hmm, riiiight

Right, "sleep", that's what you want more of. You must not think very much of us, Kristina. Me too. I want more "sleep".
Sometimes I'm kind of a jerk. Maybe I should work on that as a resolution:P

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

Yah, Steve, Sleep.

Hi Steve.

Yeah, I really mean sleep. DH and I both 'work' from home, and the twins go to daycare. Do the math. If I want to go to bed earlier, it's definitely sleep I'm after. :)

:)

shris

Wow!

Wow, those responses came in so fast. You guys were just dying for someone to ask, I can tell:) Any other ideas for resolutions?

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

Snap, Crackle and Pop!...

Quote: "Sometimes I'm kind of a jerk. Maybe I should work on that".

I thought 'jerk' is Americanese for an unpleasant male. Why would any one want to work on that? :S

Quote: "Any other ideas for resolutions?"

Yes, give up chess, transvestitism and discussing ancestry with inno. :P

Well, as the song goes

Well, as the old song goes [ahem],

You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd,
You can't can't play chess with a Dutch transvestite
Back up your hard drive and always play nice
And never trust a Scotsman playing tennis in a kilt.

Brings a tear to me eye, that.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

nothing special

My resolutions are pretty boring...(I wish I had something exciting like Climb Mount Everest or Swim with Sharks)
*journal regularly (including keeping track of my dreams)
*keeping up on my art... even if it is just a quick sketch before bed
*getting and staying organized
*sending out birthday cards for everyone (on time)
*keep an open mind

I'll continue to eat healthier, drink tons of water, stay decaffinated, avoid sodas, and try to walk every day or two.

It is fun to see what everyone is planning for this year :o) Best wishes for everyone in 07.

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Good stuff

Sara, good solid resolutions, I like them. One piece of advice, if I may. If you have a dream about your mother playing the ukelali in the London Symphony Orchestra while wearing a raincoat, experts advise that that means that you'll be hit by a van transporting cinnemon buns, but it won't hurt that much.

Steve Sharam
www.whenrealityknocks.com

mmm cinnibuns!

I've been dreaming a lot about school... grade school, high school, and college. I graduated college in 00 ... I wonder if my subconscious is telling me to go back...

I wouldn't mind being hit lightly by a cinnibun truck as long as I would get some free cinnibuns and some cashmoneymoney heheh ♥

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Direct the dreams properly

"If you have a dream about your mother playing the ukelali in the London Symphony Orchestra while wearing a raincoat"...

Fine. That's a dream about yo mama.

HOWEVER, if you have a dream about YOU playing the ukelali in the London Symphony Orchestra while wearing a raincoat, that's more the kind of goal setting we are talking about here.

Good luck.
(BTW, is there anything under the raincoat ?)

Ha, made you look !! :)
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)