Thursday, December 31, 2009


I tell you people, 2010 is my year. I can feel it!

2010 is the year the Captain comes home safely from Afghanistan. 2010 is the year I take my very first warm-weather winter vacation. 2010 is the year that Rosemary's Baby and I have our first back-and-forth conversation. I am already counting down the minutes to midnight. I am entering the new year ROARING!

My resolutions are the most unimaginitive things ever. Like everyone else on the planet, I need to step up the exercise a notch. For a long while there, I was a runner. In fact, after losing my baby weight when Firstborn was a wee one, I went on to lose another 30 lbs and three dress sizes. It was exhilarating. But last year when I started having a little knee pain (due entirely to my half-assed stretching regime), I took the workout down a little. And then a little more. Now, I take the treadmill at a leisurely senior-citizen's pace, sometimes while eating chocolate. Even the music on my ipod has taken a downturn. FYI, REO Speedwagon can really not be considered motivational workout music. So, back to running--and stretching properly--it is.

My next resolution is to be the best advocate for my kids that I can be. To be truthful, Firstborn doesn't need me to do a lot of advocating for him. But when he does need me, for any reason, I will of course be just as dedicated to him as I am to Rosemary's Baby. Because I have two kids, and when one child has special needs, that's a very important thing to remember. For now, the majority of advocating has to be done on behalf of my little one. I won't get into a full-fledged rant here, but I will say this. My child has a neurological disorder. That is a MEDICAL condition, and the fact that the expert who diagnosed him promptly handed us off to a social worker and washed her hands of us is a freaking TRAVESTY. In 2010, my child's disorder will be treated both with traditional therapy, and with proper biomedical interventions. Because if this was epilepsy, or MS, there'd be no question that the doctors would want to do something. I will not accept a lesser standard of care for my child just because they don't know enough about his disorder. End of rant.

And finally, my most fun resolution! I've been reading a lot of Trinny and Susannah because their books have been discounted at the last few times I've placed orders there. I cannot tell you how much I have learned about my body shape and the clothes that flatter me! So, in 2010, I'm going to dedicate myself to dressing well. I will follow the rules of dressing for my shape, which for me means no more high-necked tops, no hip-hugger jeans and nothing baggy and mom-like. I plan to pare down my wardrobe and love what I have instead of always wanting more. I did really well for the last 1/3 of this year in my quest not to make any more impulse purchases, and I hope to continue that trend, now having a better understanding of what makes me look curvy and cute, and what makes me look like an overstuffed schoolbus barrelling out of control towards the scrap yard.

And I think my resolutions need to stop there. Having too many is just setting myself up for failure. New Year's Eve is my favourite holiday of the entire year, hands down. I love looking forward to a new year and a new beginning, and I love hearing other people's plans to change their lives, so do let me in on your resolutions as well.

Next year is going to kick 2009's sorry butt. Bring it on, 2010!


Lisa Kind said...

I've read several of your posts, and you really should submit these to a newspaper as a feature writer! These are hilarious! I love your tongue-in-cheek humor! So entertaining!

Suburban Princess said...

You have a great year planned!
Happy New Year!

Caroline said...

Happy New Year, and BLESS YOU for vowing to be an advocate for your children!!!

In Real Life said...

I like the part about being an advocate for your children. That is a skill that I am working on as well. And seeing as how the scale and I are not on speaking terms today, I need to step up my work out routine too.
Happy New Year!

Stephanie Faris said...

The Body Shape Bible. I went and looked it up. I need that! I'm going to go find it.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

I wish you well on your quest for a fab wardrobe, a more funky tune for the treadmill and for continuing to be a great mum. And here's to the Captain coming home soon.

Enjoy 2010 and all the joys it brings you!

laterg8r said...

i hope all your resolutions stick :D

happy new year :D

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a wonderful new year! And if you take up running, you can eat all the hello duckies you want at 11 p.m. and not feel guilty at all!

Not that I've ever done that...

Kiki said...

Best of luck in the new year!

Alissa said...

Those are some good resolutions. I hope you can achieve them all, and that you have a great year!

RebeccaFlys said...

I officially love you.

May I suggest Pink's song "This used to be a fun house, but now it's full of evil clowns" song for your new workout routine music?

I lost 40 lbs this summer and I'm back up 10. It makes me want to beat myself with one of my barbells that the dog has eaten the pleasant plastic coating off of.

Much love sent to you in Canada over your child's sitch. I have a chronically ill kid myself. (there is a piece in my blog but it's wicked long) I have battled schools, doctors, family... You name it.

It makes you potatoes, (this is my way of saying fried, mashed up or diced. Also, when the Irish had the potato famine many of them lost everything and many of them {like my great granny and her family} left their old lives behind forever.)

Best of luck and best wishes,

Deb Neerman said...

Best wishes for a super-terrific, fun-filled, calorie-and-guilt-free 2010!

~Big hugs, Deb

Angie Muresan said...

I like all of your resolutions. Dressing well and being skinny are on my mind daily. However, my favorite is your desire to be an advocate for your child. I love that sort of passion! I love that you won't accept mediocrity from anyone when it comes to your babies.
Happy 2010!!!

Anya said...

Happy New Year
or in Dutch we say
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar :-)

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :-)

Janine said...

Hey girlfriend... All my company and family have left the building!! Laundry here I come... Hope you are well and enjoying the day!!

Jenn said...

Hey I think we need to add a resolution for this year. When the Captain comes home, I will force my Crypt Keeper to take time off. You drive a bit this way and I'll drive a bit that way and we'll see if we can crash into each other?

I'm sure there'd be much giggling, insanity, idiotic games, and mad running about. Plus our kids could play together!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Monday!

Tater Tot Mom said...

Awesome resolutions! Especially about being your kid's advocate. He'll never have a better one than you!

In my old age (okay, I'm not THAT old yet...) I'm coming to the realization that I should dress in what looks good on me not what looks good on a model or in a magazine or what's cheap. I'm so with you on paring down and getting things I just really love, even if that means spending more on specific items.

Happy New Year!

Diggestive said...

Go for it.

Great post

Kelly L said...

Love your positive attitude! 2010 is going to rock.

Love to you.