Back in January, I created a bucket list of sorts.
A resolution to all those resolutions lists we make at the beginning of each year.
Only mine was gonna stick.
I was going to OWN my list.
Tell my list who was boss.
Did I do it??
1- Put down the smart device
OK in fairness to me, NO ONE IS PUTTING DOWN THEIR SMART DEVICE.
There is therapy dedicated to putting away social media and the like.
I need an intervention.
I love being connected.
But at the same time, it is a chain around my ankle.
I saw a quote on Pinterest about putting away your phone, computer, tablet for a week and living in the moment and I pinned it.
I said aloud, ” YES! OMG YES I AM IMPLEMENTING THE CRAP OUTTA THIS”.
Then a week later looked at it, sniffed and laughed in muffled tones…ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME?? MUAH AH AH AH AH.
I am making a small step this fall by taking the Facebook app off of my smart device.
AM I CRAZY OR WHAT?!?!
I am doing it.
Because I think that if I do it, I might really like it.
And that, in turn, could lead to some really good changes.
Or that could be the week that John Cusack gets married and I miss all the coverage on E Online.
2- Feedback from my readers
I have to say, my comment volume has gone up since writing that post.
Maybe because I am writing better than ever??
I will say that all of you DID rally and I had like 14 comments on that single post because I guilt tripped you into doing so.
14 comments was a lot for me back then.
14 comments is still a lot for me now.
Which means I need to guilt trip all of you way more.
I do love the power of a good guilt trip.
Those nuns know what they are doing.
So I might have to either employ Sister Mary Anna Catherine Gallagher to put the rub on you.
Or hire Mike Knuckles Gallagher, Sister Mary Anna Catherine’s brother, to put the RUB on you.
Or just comment when you like something I have to say.
By the way, I dance a little when I get a comment from you.
That visual alone should make you want to write something like, “what shampoo do you use?”
I don’t need positive reinforcement.
Heck, you could even write “don’t forget to pick up toothpaste on your way home”.
I just like to hear your “voice” in my inbox.
That didn’t sound as Silence of the Lambs in my head as it did when I just wrote it.
3- Blog Dammit
OMG, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!
Because my friends Rebecca and Vikki did indeed start blogs this year!
I am so proud of them for doing it and I love reading what they have to say.
Head over and give them some blog juju for following through.
Because I am terrible at that.
Following through, that is.
Not the blog juju.
4- Watch a popular television series while it is popular
Netflix has helped me out with this a lot.
I started Parenthood a few months back and I love it.
Then I decided to live on the edge a little and watch a little Orange is the New Black.
WHOA WHOA WHOA.
Holy crap, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE WATCHING????
I couldn’t do more than two episodes and I was donezo.
I will stick with my Gilmore Girls.
This is proof that I am not cool enough to hang out with all y’all.
5- Try Nutella
After I wrote this, my friend Vikki sent me a couple mini packages of Nutella to try.
THIS IS WHY I LOVE ALL OF YOU.
Even when you don’t comment.
But I never got to try it.
Why do you ask?
Because the smaller people in my house have sonar radar built into their heads whenever a new or foreign food comes into our home.
BEEP is that BEEP some sort of BEEP chocolate treat BEEP??
The Nutella was gone within six hours of its arrival from Ohio.
Then in April, at the Erma conference in Ohio of all places, my friend Erin (who is from Chicago) gave me my first taste of Nutella.
If I buy a container of it, I am totally hiding it.
Or writing GREEN BEANS on the outside of the package.
6- Break up with Wal-Mart
For four months.
Then it came back to me with flowers.
And 99 cent cans of refried beans.
OMG PEOPLE, GROCERIES ARE EXPENSIVE.
I actually didn’t miss Wal-Mart.
But I did miss my money.
I did, however, switch Wal-Mart locations and am driving 10 minutes to one a little farther away because it is nicer.
The one close to my house is, I am sure of, the scene of the entire People Of Wal-Mart website.
Clean, nice employees, friendly customers and it has a good selection of EVERYTHING.
So I am unfortunately back to Wal-Mart.
Until I get a Meijer next year.
Then SAYONARA Wal- Mart.
7- Break up with brownies
I did do this.
Back in December when I wrote this, I was 25 pounds heavier and eating brownies every single Friday night.
After going on my diet, I switched out Friday night brownies for black bean brownies.
I was on the black bean brownie Friday night kick for a solid two months.
Then I got tired of it.
And I was gassy.
And no one wanted to be around me anymore.
Too many beans.
Not enough oil.
So I have swapped out brownies for low-fat versions of desserts that won’t break my diet bank.
And won’t make me smelly.
8- Work out more
I DID THIS!
I joined the scary gym and worked out three days a week from the beginning of February until mid-May and now that the kids are back in school, I am working out four days a week!
We are lucky that we have a gym near us that you can pay monthly and quit any time without a fee.
It is a great release for me, I feel better when I do it and there aren’t any mirrors.
Or sleazy guys.
Because I go during the day.
With the Grannies.
9- Make time for Bruce
Here is the backstory on the whole Bruce Hornsby thing I alluded to in January.
I like him.
I have been a huge fan since the ’80s.
I have all of his CD’s, I have visited his birthplace of Williamsburg, VA.
OK, in full disclosure, I didn’t plan both trips around Bruce.
In fact, the first trip I was like 10 so he didn’t even exist on my radar then because HELLO HE DIDN’T MAKE IT BIG UNTIL 1986.
In 1995, I was there for my honeymoon with my first husband.
And spent most of the time looking for/asking anyone for any Bruce insider tips.
Yes, it was THAT much fun.
Most people were like, “Uh Bruce Hornsby? Who the fresh hell is he?”
OR “I had no idea he lived here. Are you on something?”
OMG, I sound like someone who would sneak in his home and smell his socks.
And end up on Inside Edition.
I AM NOT A STALKER AND THIS HAS A POINT.
Anyhoo, I love his music and feel he is underrated.
That is it.
His music is my happy place music.
Wanna know something funny?
As I started working on this paragraph, a little diddy titled “Fields of Gray” by one Bruce Hornsby came on the iPod.
Because I have a playlist of all Bruce Hornsby all the time songs.
IN ADDITION TO a playlist of “relaxing 90s” in which one Bruce Hornsby does indeed fall into such category.
I am a music nerd.
HEY! EVERYONE HAS THEIR ” THING “.
I am shocked I even had to make a place in a bucket list for Bruce.
A day without Bruce is like a day without air.
And he is one sexy beast.
I AM NOT A STALKER.
I love you, Bruce.
10- Less Ronald
Somehow, I still lost 25 pounds this year AND went to McDonald’s almost every single Saturday for lunch with my girls.
But I did order differently.
It is the treat that the girls pick when we go out to lunch once a week.
Unless its Subway.
But mostly this.
It’s a tradition thing that has nothing to do with the golden arches and everything to do with the conversation that we have WHILE eating it.
And I don’t care how much pink foam or rubber tires are in my friggin’ hamburger.
My grandma loved her a hamburger and filet of fish from Mickey D’s and lived to be 102.
So I did pretty well with my list, don’t you think?
Not at all like my bucket list for my 25th high school reunion.
I think it has to do with Bruce.
Bruce brings good Karma.
And a little Mandolin rain.