New Years

by Christopher Paul on December 30, 2005

Well, well, well. You’re still here. I am but barely able to post two words of late. Its partially because I’ve been very busy with things (which I won’t bore you in telling) and partially because I’m not as committed to the site as I wish I was. That is about to change, however.

See, like most people, I too, make new year’s resolutions. When I do, I usually keep them. I quit smoking that way, ate better the next year, went to the gym the year after that. And while I didn’t make losing weight a resolution those others helped me lose 65 pounds. But since I lost the weight through those other goals, I haven’t made resolutions. But I’ve found a new resolution to strive for and will report back every now and then on my progress.

My new year’s resolution for anno Domini 2006 is to be a better man. Its an all encompassing goal to be a better me. I’m not a bad guy by any means – most people think I’m a really nice guy who cares a lot about others and treats them well. Boy do I have them fooled! Seriously, though, I can still be a better person – to my wife, my family, and me. I’ll tell you a little about what I want to change and then you’ll understand what I mean by a better man.

First, I have to get back into a routine. I haven’t gone to the gym as of late and I’m not eating as well as I should. I haven’t started smoking – and won’t – but I need to return to these so I can focus on the next thing. I need to schedule my workouts ahead of time and plan the meals for that day or week in advance. If I don’t, I’ll never eat right and not have enough energy to go to the gym. I’ve joined a new gym that’s closer to home and while its not complete yet, I still have my other gym that is close by that I will go to while I wait for this one to be completed. Once I nail down the gym thing, I will work on the household chores.

I hate chores. Everyone does. I don’t mind working or even working hard. But I can’t stand doing household chores. I don’t like spending an hour or more of my night (I’m never home during the day – I work too hard for that) doing the dishes, sweeping the floor, pickup the dirty clothes, burning the evidence, er, junk mail. But this isn’t a good way to live. I don’t like mess just like most other people – including my wife. In the past, I wasn’t really good at doing what I should have been doing to keep the house in order but it would always make the two of us miserable. I’d have lots to clean and she’d be upset that it wasn’t done in the first place – both good reasons for me to do it everyday. To combat this, I actually want to try a little reverse psychology. I want to make my home a little more beautiful and invest in some nice furniture so I have an incentive to keep it nice (so my investment isn’t wasted). I also have and will continue to get rid of clutter and junk I don’t need; I can’t toss something on the floor if I never had it in the first place.

The last thing I want to resolve to do this new year is to blog more. Yeah, I know I’ve said it before but this time I mean it. I really do have a lot to say and will look for new ways to bring the blog with me so I can talk about things that interest me, confuse me, question me, or just piss me off. If I do get to tell you some of the things I’ve been dealing with lately, You’ll understand why it’s been tough. But I’m not going to let that stop me anymore. You’ll see why its come to this once more.

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