As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins, I feel an urge, usually alcohol induced, to make resolutions for the coming year. This would be a good time for me to say that when it comes to resolutions, I’m pretty much a failure.
The great majority of my best intentions for the new year get tossed to the wayside by April, sometimes March.
This is not to say that the entirety of my resolutions all go up in smoke. In years past, and trust me there have been decades of resolutions, a few have worked out.
One year I resolved to give up diet soda and because I actually do not like diet soda, that stuck. A resolution that same year to give up Half ‘n’ Half didn’t even make it to February 1. Several years ago I resolved to shrink my rather ridiculous herd of pets (at the time there was a pony, two cats and three dogs) through attrition, which actually worked, but then we got Lucy the min-pin. So much for my stated goal of having just one dog.
When I was much younger, in my teens and twenties, I didn’t see the point of New Year’s resolutions, which at the time seemed all about curbing some behavior, like alcohol or reckless sex. Since I was healthy and hadn’t suffered any serious consequences from my dating life, I felt there wasn’t much to curb.
These days I have many vices, starting with gluten and candy. In a perfect world for 2019 I’d give up both, at least through February. A friend in California told me her resolution this year is to eat nothing that has a face, but since I cannot give up bacon, I can’t make the same commitment.
My New Year’s resolution this year is to spend more time fussing with my teeth. That means I fully intend to brush them longer, use floss daily, and poke around between them with those special brushy picks. I’m also going to renew last year’s resolution to drink more water and cut back on dairy. I swear as soon as I run out of Half ‘n’ Half, I’m going to try Califa Farms Dairy Free Better Half Coconut Cream and Almond Milk. I’ll look for it in the Fresh Foods in Cannon Beach refrigerated nondairy case.