New Year’s Eve 2016: reflections and resolutions

Hey y’all! It’s been a year since I started this blog and I’ve managed not to let it go completely, so that’s good. How’s the holiday season going for you? Mine has been surprisingly great. The election continues to put an ominous gray haze over everything, but I decided to be jolly and balls-out festive for Christmas this year in spite of everything, and it was lovely. JD and I spent Christmas day with my mom and sister and her husband, and then the next several days in Hot Springs, Arkansas with my dad (and sister and her husband). It was honestly a better trip than I’d expected it to be. We even got the full thermal bath treatment that Hot Springs was famous for back in the 1930s and 40s. I recommend it. You haven’t lived until your naked body has been loofahed down in a 100-year-old bathtub by a stranger and then stuck in a “steam cabinet” to get all the polio sucked out of you, or whatever.

So I started this blog with a list of mild resolutions, and then I checked in on my progress in June, and I’m here to do one last look at those lofty goals. Here we go:

  • Find a more fulfilling job: DONE, we covered this.
  • Be more supportive of JD: I think this has reached a good point. I’m really trying. But I should probably ask him.
  • Exercise at least four days a week: This has stayed pretty solid recently. Nothing like a devastating election to make you want to get swole.
  • Write at least one blog post a week: HAHAHA, nope, but at least I’ve managed to post once each calendar month. That’s better than I’ve been in the past, when my goal was to write whenever I felt like it and as a result I have several defunct blogs floating around the Internet where I abandoned them after twelve and a half posts.
  • Pitch at least five pieces of writing for publication: Nope, and don’t care anymore.
  • Call my parents more: Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • Stop comparing myself to other people whose lives are not anything like mine: Kind of a futile goal, but a good thought exercise.
  • Get up to 200 followers on Twitter: I’m over 250 now, basically the queen of Twitter
  • Lose 15 pounds: I abandoned this pretty quickly, but I also went on a new acne medication that caused me to lose about 4 pounds of water weight, so that counts, kind of?

We all know that 2016 was terrible, and I’m not going to downplay that. The election results were tragic and frankly the worst thing that I’ve ever experienced. All of the cool celebrities are dead. But I’ve managed to get myself out of the worst of the fog, I think, and going forward into 2017, my only hope and resolution is to take good care of myself and my family and to be a better activist. It’ll take a lot out of me and I’m going to hate it a lot of the time. Hopefully it will make some kind of difference.

And now, a quick, pithy request: can we all agree to leave up our holiday lights at least through mid-February? It doesn’t have to be Christmas-themed. I’m just saying, shops and neighborhoods should leave some festive lights twinkling in windows and so forth until the worst of the winter passes. Every year, but this year especially, as we plunge into this new, scary territory. Take care of one another, stay warm, leave your lights on. Or don’t, because of climate change. I DON’T KNOW. IT’S All BAD.


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