I don't set New Years Resolutions.
I am actually quite goal-oriented, but there's something about New Years Resolutions that are so....trendy. Like, everyone else is doing it, so why don't I? And in years past, when I did set resolutions, I'd quickly forget about them anyway. So why bother? In retrospect, given my affinity for list-making, it's now kind of humorous that I'd actually forget my resolutions. Hah.
I haven't blogged since Christmas. Not humorous. So I briefly entertained the idea of bringing back the New Years Resolution and vowing to be a better blogger in 2011. But then I remembered the promise I made to myself when I began my blog about never thinking of it as a job. While I love and respect those who blog on a regular schedule, that's not me. I don't like feeling like I have to do something so I have something to blog about. So that's out.
Then for an even briefer moment, I ruminated over the idea of giving up sugar for a whole year. Just to see if I could. Then I came to my senses and that was the end of that. Besides, if you've ever had the salted caramels from V Chocolates, you'd never even consider giving up sugar for 365 whole days. And if you haven't, and you live in Utah, make haste to Fashion Place Mall and go in the side door by The Cheesecake Factory. There's a little V Chocolates kiosk there right by Eddie Bauer. You can thank me later, once the distant choruses stop singing Hallelujah and your eyes have rolled back to the front of your head.
So that left my mounding UFO pile. Let's call it a collection. It sounds less forlorn that way. I've decided, resolutions aside, that 2011 will be THE year of UFOs. I declare. Now at first, in all the excitement of arriving at this decision, I wanted to plow forward like a bull in a china shop, and attack The List with an extremist's fervor. Crazy ideas started forming, like wiping out the entire list in a whole year. Can you imagine? The List currently has 62 projects on it. I can't call them works in progress, because some of them are so old, it's going to take a crystal ball to even locate them. All of them, with the exception of #62, are genuine UFOs that were started in a moment of heated quilter's ADD, and abandoned in a moment just as hot. Number 62 is actually a round robin center that will be started with four other friends in a couple weeks. Since I know it will not be done anytime soon, I am putting it on the list for fairness sake.
My intention is not to set forth and finish all my UFO's this year. That's a lofty goal that I'm sure some people could accomplish. But then again, those type of people wouldn't have 62 UFOs to begin with. I'd like to say I'm not going to start any new projects this year, but that's not going to happen either. How do you think this list got to be this long in the first place? But I am going to be mindful of what I start, and basically, concentrate on The List until it's at least whittled down to one page.
I think it'll be fun to revisit them one by one, see how and why I started, what my intentions were and how I plan to finish it. Some will be like cherished and true friends, and I will be happy to pick up right where I left off. Others will no doubt prove to be mortal enemies, as I wonder what the heck I was thinking with that shade of green. Maybe part of the challenge will then be to turn it into something more appealing. But all in all, if I persevere, and not only do it, but do it NOW, in a year or two, I will have a bevy of treasures to behold. And as an added benefit, I will have a substantial vacancy in my sewing room. I win all around.
PS. This is what happens when a man stuffs your stocking for Christmas. I think he'd have put a blender in there if it would have fit.