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Ten resolutions:

  1. Make less commitments to do stuff I know I won't have the time or energy to do, thus disappointing less people. I am really bad for this. My brain is relentlessly optimistic about what I will have the spoons for, and I say to people I can do that! and then other commitments or a bad day of depression get in the way, and then I feel guilty, and then I beat myself up... It's not a good cycle.

  2. Join the gym at the bottom of the road as soon as health and finances permit, and get back to some reasonable standard of fitness. Also make progress at karate, once I am allowed to go back to doing it. I hate being enfeebled so much. It makes me grumpy, and that's not good for my mental health.

  3. Clean out my various messages, inboxes, and such at least once per week. Also tag lists and f-lists on a regular basis. My gmail inbox, for example, is currently at 355 unread messages and over 1000 total. This is not sensible or healthy, and it adds to my stress needlessly.

  4. Finalise the design for, and get Bob to tattoo my sci-fi sleeve. I have a picture in my head what this should look like, but I need to get it on paper. And then on flesh.

  5. Sort out and stick to a cleaning rota. I know I say this every year, but it really needs doing. I think I am going to have to timetable myself, but I'll have to be careful about doing it so as to not transgress 1.

  6. Schedule at least one hour of total downtime every day. If I don't have time where I am not doing ANYTHING my brain frazzles very quickly. I need to have a period where I am not committed to cleaning or work or blog posting or everything, when I can just relax.

  7. Book an Actual Holiday. For the last few years my only holiday time has been for conferences or for the FFW, and then odd weekends here and there. This year I want to have at least a week where I go away and am not committed to do anything while I am away.

  8. Leave the house at least once per day, if only to walk the dogs. I have a tendency, especially on my day off, to not get out of bed at all. This is almost certainly not healthy.

  9. Keep on top of finances. Yes, I say this every year too. But things are so tight at the moment that if I don't keep on top of them there is a serious risk of the problems becoming insurmountable.

  10. Spend more time with the people I love. I need to make more effort to schedule quality time with Holly, and Mat, and James, and all my friends, and spend less time sitting in bed and wishing I was spending time with the people I love.
You may have noticed that there's a pattern to my resolutions this year: they mostly involve things which will improve my mental health. This is important: I have spent a lot of the last couple of years feeling stressed, embattled, and run down. I need to do something(s) about that, for my own sanity and the sanity of those I live with.

Ten Predictions:

  1. The coalition will still be together at the end of the year. I think we're in this for the long haul.

  2. Clegg and Cameron will still be leaders of their respective parties, but Milli(E) will be ousted. Slightly Pink Ed is a rubbish leader, the PLP don't like him, and there are rumblings of discontent from activists too. He doesn't seem able to lead in the fashion that a party constructed in the way the Labour party is needs. I'll be amazed if he lasts.

  3. The AV referendum will be won by the Yes campaign, but by a very narrow margin. And there will be wranglings about it for a very long time.

  4. Lib Dems will continue to slide in the opinion polls until after the AV referendum. This will be mainly due to the continued and continual misrepresentation of us and everything about us by the media, especially the Daily Fail. Such misrepresentation will continue after the referendum, but if the Yes campaign win then the public will further recognise that actually there is a point to us and we can achieve things, even in the teeth of total opposition from all segments of the MSM.

  5. We'll see the first proper companion death in Doctor Who since Adric. But will it be Rory or Amy? My money is on Rory.

  6. One of the big free internet services will totally collapse. Given the events of recent days, I'll say Skype, but it could be twitter or even Faceache.

  7. Colin Firth will win the best actor Oscar for The King's Speech. And even though he's slagging off the party now, I don't begrudge him it.

  8. The second series of Sherlock will be awesome. Yeah, I know, but I had to put in one total no-brainer.

  9. I will fail to keep at least half of my resolutions above, but that won't matter, because...

  10. [personal profile] magister and [personal profile] matgb and I are going to find a nice house we can all live in together. And it will have a garden, with a shed. And we can all look after each other and it will be ace.



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Date: Friday, December 31st, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
ext_550458: (Clegg checks the omens)
From: [identity profile] strange-complex.livejournal.com
I'm liking all your predictions, except for no. 5, which I know in my heart is inevitable and must be accepted. Here's to a great new year, and good luck with your resolutions!

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
lizw: photo of Blake with text: "reality is a dangerous concept" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizw
I would love to help with resolutions 7 and 10, and I suspect the same goes for [livejournal.com profile] djm4. For instance, does a small Scottish island off the west coast appeal at all?

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
lizw: photo of Blake with text: "reality is a dangerous concept" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizw
The place we stay doesn't allow pets, but I will Do Some Research. The town is small enough that anywhere you stayed would be a short walk from us.

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
lizw: photo of me looking windswept (Ben Nevis)
From: [personal profile] lizw
This place, for instance, is less than 5 mins from us. It says "pets by arrangement" and is currently free the week that we'll be going (the late May Bank Holiday week) - obviously that's peak season, though, so it does mean prices are a bit higher than usual. Anyway, have a think and a chat with Mat and let us know if you want to pursue it!
Edited (broken html) Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
leoniedelt: pd caves grimace (pd caves grimace)
From: [personal profile] leoniedelt
sounds very healthy and productive. And i like the sound of the Kings Speech - first movie that's come out recently that i've even been remotely interested in seeing.

i want to say, though, to take it easy on yourself and be kind to yourself. my 'resolutions' list sounds similar but at the same time i have to be realistic, that i'm not going to have the time or energy to join a gym and lose 3 stone even thoguh i need to - i walk 4-6 miles a day 5 days a week but the weight doesnt go anywhere. maybe its not going to. maybe there's something holding it up that i cannot help - thyroid, genes, metabolism, medication side fx like raising blood sugar, etc? junk food intake i can help, though. and i can add jogging behind the pushchair sometimes when i would normally walk...

in any case, you've had a majour surgery and you need to take it slow and easy. what you dont want is a set-back.

*massive hugs*

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
leoniedelt: dunno whose this is (alexis rawr)
From: [personal profile] leoniedelt
with this spare michelin-man around my middle, i completely understand. !!

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
daweaver:   (Default)
From: [personal profile] daweaver
These are, perhaps, the most sensible and coherent resolutions I've seen from anyone in a long time. Mazel ton for all of them, and count only your successes.

I'm not going to touch the political predictions, but on prediction 6, is Yahoo prepared to suffer a hostile takeover?

Happy new year to all the Bs.

Date: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Cool news on the new housing hunt!

And good luck on reducing your expectations of yourself. Not easy, but so worthwhile.

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