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Well hello, 2012!

I LOVE the idea of New Year's resolutions. Just like I am the type of impulse buyer that store check-out lines are designed for, I am wholeheartedly the type of person who thrives on resolutions. I like having a fresh start with the best possible intentions to do things just right. I feel like at heart I am a compulsive perfectionist, but in real life I don't follow through as well as my heart plans (evidence includes: stacks of journals with, at most, 1 to 2 entries; piles of started, but never finished, craft projects, etc.) so I inevitably get frustrated and give things up. I just love having a blank slate and making plans to do things perfectly this time around. It doesn't matter that I may end up giving up once things go awry. There's always next year! So here is my complete list of 2012 New Year's resolutions:

1) Blog more. Look how awesome I am doing!

2) Write one handwritten letter per month. I read an article over on hellogiggles about how in our technology-ridden day and age, people don't write letters anymore. And the author of the article was jealous of her mother's huge boxes of memories tucked under the bed. I also have boxes of notes and whatnots from high school, but these thinned out in college, then finally starting fading away in my late 20's. I am a sentimental character with hoarding tendencies, so physical letters are a true treasure to me! Also, I have been reading "Dracula" and other 1800's-era lit, and there are always tons of letters featured in those books. Also, I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy getting real mail. So, my plan is to write one letter to one far-away friend of my choosing every month this year. Preferably on college-ruled notebook paper. My first letter to my dear friend in NYC was a total success. She wrote me back the same day, and I was overjoyed to receive REAL MAIL! I am assuming that husband was extremely jealous.

3) Be more adorable in general.
The first thing I saw early in the morning on January 1st was this video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve"? I had sent it to Aneil earlier in the week, and he was just then getting around to watching it. T'was so adorable, it was sort of intoxicating. But really, it wasn't anything too special. Just two (albeit extremely attractive) friends singing a tiny ditty in front of a computer camera. But there was something about the way they sang, and their clear regard for each other, and the simplicity of it all, that made our hearts swell. More about my efforts to be more adorable (Operation Zooey: Code Name: OZ) to follow in future posts.

I realize that it is already February, but I am still feeling good about these resolutions. A few other things I might try, but not necessarily resolve to do: watch less Real Housewives, read one book per month even if it is just a lame book club book, cook dinner at least twice a week, finally clean out my spare room, and eat fewer cookies. A few things I say I won't do, but probably will: obsess over Downton Abbey, eat Whataburger more than once per month, roll eyes at people, and procrastinate about cleaning out my spare room.


  1. There is no reason to be ashamed of obsessing over Downton Abbey!

    Book club book ... I tried to start a book club but no one joined D:

    I hate Zooey Deschanel but love Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


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