So it's a new year, that time when I make resolutions I have no intention of keeping and plan to be a better person. This year will be different, right? Not so much.
So with the idea in mind that I probably won't keep them anyway, here are my ten resolutions for 2016:
1. Try to be less adorable. It's hard. As I get older, it's a natural progression that I get more precious. I'm too old to be beautiful or sexy or even really pretty, so I'll take adorable. But since I probably won't keep this resolution anyway, I'm going to pretend to try.
2. Pay off my bills. I can barely write that with a straight face. I'll go right from this blog to some online shopping trying to catch New Year's deals. I just cleaned out my closet from last year, and it is looking hungry.
3. Lose weight. Okay, this one I probably will keep, the most difficult one, the one no one keeps. Because I lost 30 pounds in 2015. Really, since September 22, which is when I started walking on a tread climber to rehab my legs from a head on collision in 2008. Yes, it has taken me that long to decide I was ready. I hate to write down how much I've lost, although I'm kind of proud of it, because anyone who actually knows me will then realize how fat I was because they can see how much weight I still have to lose. But I lost another pound during Thanksgiving and managed to maintain during Christmas, even with being out of town, so I think I'll keep this one going.
4. Quit cursing. Like hell I will. I am a lawyer. I am a writer. I am a good person. I feed stray cats and all three of my dogs and my two cats were rescues. I was the PTO president at my daughters' school for a year and on the board a bunch of years. I give bums dollars. Sometimes fives. I over tip, even when the service is crappy. I pray for strangers on Facebook even though I am completely not religious. If I want to curse, I'm going to curse. Even good people need a stress outlet.
5. Quit treating driving like a competition. I'm a Sagittarius. Everything is a competition.
6. Finish writing book three and four of my series with Oak Tree Press. This is another one I'll actually do. Chocolate City Justice Part 1, The Party, has a July release date, and Part Two, The Storm, a December release. Not finishing isn't an option.
7. Organize my office. Nah. I prefer working in the living room anyway.
8. Make the hubby finish renovating the bathroom he started in 1999. If it hasn't happened yet, it probably won't.
9. Walk the dogs. We have a big back yard, I'm not sure why that's even a thing.
10. Be a better person. This one I always try. I don't know if it's really fair to call it a resolution. I mean, who really tries to be a worse person?
January of 2017 I'll look back and check my progress. Wish me luck.