It’s that time of year again. The Christmas tree has been rudely stripped and tossed outside, waiting to hitch a ride on the next trash truck. The vacuum cleaner will continue to exude the scent of pine needles as a cruel reminder of the festivities now in the past. The candy canes are just a sweet memory. This is the first work day of the new year – a “Monday mourning” for sure. No day off this week; no office frivolity. Just five days of serious, keep-your-head-down work. Thoughts of new year resolutions dance through my head instead of sugar plums. This is where the rubber meets the road. I don’t usually make resolutions. As a result, my life seems to remain static year after year. Maybe 2011 will be different. From my little corner of the world, here is my stab at a few things I have the power to change.
- I WILL lose weight this year. This time, I really mean it.
- I will go to the gym more regularly. (See #1)
- I will use my treadmill for its intended purpose and not as a clothing rack and nifty place to store my tote bags full of quilting works-in-progress. (See #1)
- I will finish some of the many quilts I started – especially that Red Sox quilt that I started in my head. (A friend of mine likes to say, “It’s all done except the sewing…”)
- I will stop thinking of the Bruins as the ugly step-children of the Boston sports scene (but only if the Bruins stop thinking of themselves as such).
- I will not be a fair-weather fan of the Celtics. I really and truly believe in them this year. (Disclaimer: All bets are off if K.G. and Rondo miss too many games due to injuries.)
- I will try to come around to the local theory that Tom Brady is God. (Even though with the hair-thing he has going on, I’m kind of leaning towards the J.C. theory.)
- I will not get all over Big Papi if he has a bad April. (But, please David, don’t make it too hard for me to keep this resolution.)
- I will be patient with Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford if they have slow starts when they hit the spotlight of Boston. After all, they’re only human, despite what the press wants us to believe.
- I will try to forgive Theo Epstein for letting Victor Martinez get away in consideration of the whopping deals he made in the aftermath of The V-Mart Incident.
- I will not gloat [outwardly] to my New York, Yankee-loving cousins and will refrain from wise-ass comments about all the old guys on the field drooling on their pin stripes.
- This year I will live the dream and go to spring training instead of just dreaming about it. Fort Myers, here I come!
Happy new year! What will you do to make 2011 a “wicked good year”?