As you read this, I'll be winging the wrong way across the pond in an airplane for eleven hours, but Victoria and I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one a very happy and healthy New Year and to share our resolutions with you . . . .
Kristine's Resolutions - Honest to gawd, I can't think of a single thing I'm willing to make a resolution about. It appears that I'm a truly horrible person. But really, why bother making resolutions that you know at the outset you'll never keep? I'm not going to stop smoking. Or drinking. I've already given up Haagen-Dazs strawberry and rum raisin ice cream - I am not prepared to give up mani's, pedi's, massages or Botox. Or Ralph Lauren. Or red meat.
Or Grey Goose martini's with blue cheese olives. Which is completely different from the aforementioned drinking, which referred to rum, which you drink. Rather than maritini's, which you sip. I'm not going to stop watching reality shows like Real Housewives (all cities), the Kardashians, Salon Takeover, Hoarders, Pawn Stars, etc. Won't stop buying Artie-facts. Or books. Hmmmmm . . . Oh, I know! I know! I resolve to try and have more patience with annoying people, to wait at least a month after my last trip to England in order to start planning the next and to regularly buy an extra large bag of pet food at the supermarket to leave in the animal shelter donation box by the exit. Phew! Redemption at the very last moment . . . . for a second there I sounded like the female version of Daniel Cleaver. Or (possibly worse yet) Prinny.
Of course I have a well-ordered, neat list with carefully-researched waypoints to measure my progress.
2011 WILL NOT BE THE YEAR I REFORM.
More's the pity.
I am working on at least four book projects, not to mention organizing all the 35-mm slides my family took for so many years. And researching genealogy. And thinking (Note: not doing) about finishing the dozen or so quilt tops I pieced years ago.
And imprinting the grandchildren with all the things I find necessary for their eventual brilliance!
Well, I do have a few specifics, like a cruise from Lisbon to Dover, stopping at several spots in Spain and France before landing in England and putting in some time in at libraries across the southern section of the country.
And speaking at the 2011 JASNA AGM in Fort Worth, TX in October. And hoping the Sir Thomas Lawrence exhibition comes to New Haven. And....and...and...
Well, Kristine and I are obviously not cut out for this discipline deal! Hope you are -- but only if you want to be. I know that as soon as I establish a specific goal, I try to think of a way to sabotage it. Sigh. There's such a contrary person under my meek exterior.
Seriously, we wish a year of peace and love and satisfaction to all of us. That should take care of about everything. Oh yeah, and prosperity (wish I could keep that closer to the top of the list someday). And lots of books. And people you love. And happiness, which to us are Ed and Greg. And future trips to England. Funny the way things always comes back around to England . . . .
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