New Year Resolutions

MONDAY MORNING: New Year Resolutions Photo: Shutterstock

WORKED my way through the Christmas Card list and flinched at the postal costs, resolve next year to email everyone.
Start on wrapping all the presents. Discover that someone cleared away the wrapping paper rolls that I had cunningly bought in the January Sales and stashed for this Christmas.
Rush out and buy more. Start wrapping. As I wrap I am looking forward to Christmas and promising that I will not have that second or was it third helping of pudding this year?
Slowly as the ribbons and bows are applied to the parcels I start to think of the New Year. Resolve not to do the Sales, well not for Christmas wrapping paper anyway, there may be a bargain or two to be had on the High Street.
Obvious that the online retailers are stalking me to such an extent that the second time I look at an item the price has gone up. On the third look, it’s up again while on the fourth occasion its down a touch.
Feel annoyed and buy the wished for item from a different on-line retailer. Finished the wrapping and have a panic, have I addressed them all correctly. Get a little hot and bothered and finally have a cup of tea and relax.
Go through the lists of tasks and revise them all. Then the diaries, who is going to be where and when. Meal plans. No chance of running out of food, the challenge is to make sure I do not over buy and then waste it. Need recipe ideas for using up left over food.
Add garlic to the shopping lists. Puddings, need more puddings, this is England what would Christmas be without puddings. See a funny headline from chef and restauranteur Mark Hix, “S** Christmas pudding – make a Cheesecake”.
Great idea, add that to the meal plan, easy to make too. Revise lists and meal plans , again.
Take a sneaky look at post-Christmas plans. New Year’s Eve; resolve to stay home and may watch TV and early night and start the year without a hangover but with a long walk along the River Thames to enjoy fresh and probably freezing air to blow away the cobwebs and cabin fever.
Pencil that into the diary and resolve to resist the January Sales on-line or on the high street.  Take a look at the New Year’s Resolution List.
Wince as I look at the resolutions that I have made over the years that have evaporated away in weeks. Well to be frank in days usually. Resolve to try harder ; add to list. Make a list of ‘Candidate Resolutions for 2019’.
Discover that actually one resolution I made three years ago I did actually keep in a roundabout way, “to lose weight and get fitter”. Thing is it took three years rather than one.
Does that count as a success? Find that after much crossing out and revising of the list, Top of the List is “to stop making lists”.
Nick Horne, London , England

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