Monday, January 2, 2012

Kick off the New Year with Dear Abby

I remember reading Dear Abby in the newspaper at my Grandma's house when I was a young girl.  My grandparents sat at their breakfast table every morning in their swivel bar chairs and had their coffee and breakfast whole reading the local paper.

Today, after finally finding a Sunday paper from yesterday after the Austin Statesmen failed AGAIN at my prepaid Sunday only paper delivery, I sat down to read it after I put Mimi down for her afternoon nap.  The Dear Abby column caught my eye.  It was Dear Abby's list of New Year's Resolutions.  There were 6 in total, each one warrants its own day of being thought about, but I'll share two I really liked.

I will improve my mind.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.  I will not be a mental loafer.  

This is actually the reason I subscribed to the paper.  Reading the paper forces me to read about politics, economics, world news, and even local events, things I'm usually blissfully unaware of in my SAHM playground hopping world.

This one is so what I need....

I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable.  I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I"ll not speak ill of others.  I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

I sometimes catch myself getting wrapped up in the gossip and cattiness of the SAHM world, we can't help it really, I think it's all the estrogen and innate jealousy of each other.  I want to recognize when I'm getting pulled into the negatively and promptly retreat back to Switzerland and be nice and agreeable to everyone.

I also think I could improve my appearance.  Not in a vain way, but take pride in myself and represent myself and my family in a more put-together less SAHM looking manner.  Today I even blow-dried my hair even though we didn't go anywhere special.  You know what? It felt good.

Interrupting people is a trait I battle.  I know I do, I hear myself doing it!  My husband constantly corrects me because he knows I'm working on this problem too.  I will continue to tackle this fault in 2012!  My grammar and spelling could use a little improvement as well......sadly.

Anyway, kind of a lame post, just wanted to share!

Oh and the other reason I buy the Sunday paper.....


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