It is the 14th and I am still thinking about my resolutions so maybe I am on the right track. I have added another layer of accountability by inserting the list you now see on the sidebar. Each time I complete a book I am going to list it up there and the goal is to have 20 on there before 2011 is up! I have been ridiculously excited about reading over the last few weeks and have a plan to read a bit of everything this year. I always have several books going at the same time so it shouldn’t be too long before I get to add another one to the list!
The only sour note is that the first book I read was AWFUL. Many times when an author has a new book coming out, companies will put certain books in the author’s backlog on sale in order to generate interest in the new book. Amazon put it on as a free download for the Kindle; I should have known. It was a spy/conspiracy theory type novel and I am a sucker for a good chase scene and a reluctant hero. I should have known on the first page when I read that the would-be-hero’s name was Cotton Malone that I was going to be disappointed. I was. Lesson learned.
Mike and I have also had long meetings with our Excel spreadsheet and created the 2011 Budget that may as well be called the Stop Buying Crap and Save Something Already Spending Plan of 2011. I am really excited about it- like over the moon happy that we have done this. Parts of it are going to really suck, but I have no problems scrimping and making hard choices as long as there is a goal and a plan. But in true Mike and Andrea fashion, we had to make one final purchase before the budget kicks in (end of Jan) and bought a proper vacuum. We had been using one that we bought for £17 at Sainsbury when we moved and it spewed more dust than it picked up! We have been planning for this purchase for a while and knew from experience that they went on sale in January. We got a small cylinder all floor Dyson because it will be easy to store despite our limited space. Also, for any other UK/US movers, Dyson will replace the motor in your vacuum for $50 if you are moving to a different country with different electrical needs so that you don’t have to replace the whole vacuum!
In some ways all our plans and things seem goofy and full of unnecessary rules and regulations. On one blog I was reading had a list of the author’s resolutions and my favorite one was live fearlessly. It made me laugh. Maybe some people work better in the abstract like that but as for me and my house we will resolve with plans.