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Happy New-ish Year! January 6, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Home.

Yes, ok 5 days late or whatever.  Y’all should be used to this sort of thing by now.

So for the next couple weeks we get to look forward to writing the wrong year on checks and whatnot.  That’s always fun.

Here’s something I would like to see getting phased out in the coming year- using the word “Douche” as the default insult of choice.  And of course we need to get rid of all the variations thereof: douchy, douchbag, dbag, etc.  I’ve never cared much for it and I think over the course of 2010 it really got overused.  I don’t really have a suggestion for a replacement as I’m not very good at the insult game.  I always liked “sphincter” but of course it had it’s own heyday in the 90’s so it’s a no-go.  Put on your thinking caps people and come up with something better!

On the flip-side of douche was the habit of shoving a computer chip up the squeakhole of some product and calling it the “Smart” version of said product.  Smart phones, smart cars, smart refrigerators, smart thisthatandeverything.  Ok, can we all just acknowledge the fact that adding a computerized component to otherwise common product is no longer a new or remarkable thing anymore?   We’ve been at this game for quite some time now and I think it’s time we stop making a special note of it.  Right?


Yes, I still make these.  No, I’m still not very good at keeping them, but I’m gonna do it anyway.

  1. Get back on the diet and exercise wagon.  Of course most people make this one and the gyms get real crowded for the first few weeks.  I dropped off the wagon sometime at the end of last summer and made a bit of a mess of things.  I packed on a fair chunkage of the weight that I’d dropped so I have lost ground to make up.  I started this week.
  2. Eat less, but eat better.  Kind of a sub-resolution of #1.  To that end:
  3. Grill more.  I bought a spiffy grill last summer and I’ve hardly used it.  But grilling means turning off WoW and going outside.  I generally don’t do outside.
  4. Go outside more.  I understand that there are actually interesting things to do that do not involve sitting in front of the TV and playing WoW.  Supposedly some of these things are outside.  I will investigate this concept.
  5. Play WoW less.  In support of the previous resolutions I will have to find some time to do so.   Short of creating some sort of time-compression device or switching to a 28-hour day cycle I can’t think of any other significant time resource from which to obtain more time.
  6. Save more / spend less.  Yes, I didn’t do very well on this one last year.  I really do have to be a lot better and I really don’t need more stuff.  I need to better manage and enjoy the stuff I have.
  7. Read more books / less internet.  I have many stacks of books awaiting my perusal.  More like as not this will also eat into WoW time.
  8. Do more creative stuff: art, knitting & crochet, and whatnot.  I really need to be more active in real world stuff.  Poor WoW!  I’m already signed up for Drawing II for Thursday nights so this is already in the works.  I just got the pattern for my Mom’s shawl in the mail so I need to start practicing that too.
  9. Cultivate some sort of a semblance of a social life.  I have none.  I understand that some people are known to enjoy doing things with other people.  I’m not entirely certain, but I strongly suspect that this will necessitate going outside.
  10. Update this blog and comment more at other sites.  I’m really bad about this and I’ll definitely do better this year.
  11. Drink more tea.  Drink better tea.  I get pretty good stuff at Teavana but the stuff I got from Shang Tea as suggested by Nicole is definitely better.  I need to place another order here pretty quick.

Well that’s it for tonight!   Any resolutions y’all would like to share?



1. LC Aggie Sith - January 6, 2011

Something tells me you have issues with going outside.

I resolve to not make resolutions that would go too far in one direction. Yes, I’m going to lose a bit of weight, but not go overboard 😉

I also plan on being more creative with my scrapbooking stuff. Yeah, I do cards and layouts and tags, but I want to do bigger stuff. Nicole owns an example, and soon maybe you will too, if I get off my derriere 😀

2. Mitchell - January 6, 2011

The “going outside” it’s partial self-mockery Aggie. I don’t have a phobia, but dang if it would be difficult to tell from my behavior sometimes. 😀 I really need to stop cocooning in my house and get out more is all.

As for the weight, I REALLY need to get back on task. Unfortunately my scale has gone wonky so I’m not really sure exactly where I’m at. A long ways to go to be sure though.

Well get going girl!

3. cmblake6 - January 7, 2011

Hippy Nude Yarn! And a joyous Beltaine!

4. Nicole - January 8, 2011

I should take a picture of Aggie’s lovely handiwork. 🙂

Totally agree with “douche.” I’ve never been fond of it as an insult. It’s not very creative, really.

As to resolution #4, I’ve done the whole WoW vs outside. Outside is often overrated. As are social lives. ;P

5. Steamboat McGoo - January 9, 2011

On the flip-side of douche was the habit of shoving a computer chip up the squeakhole of some product and calling it the “Smart” version of said product.

It’s all a mis-understanding, Mitchell. The designers actually meant, “We hate the product, so we shoved some new computer chip up our products squeakhole to make it sting!”

6. LC Aggie Sith - January 11, 2011

Douche does get on my nerves. It’s French for “shower”, and in Spanish, its derivative, “ducha” also means “shower”. To me, you are basically calling out a person for cleanliness, which makes no sense.

I do know what it is here in the USA, don’t misunderstand. Just that it’s hardwired to mean something else for me 🙂

7. geoff - January 12, 2011

I kinda like saying douche. Douche. Dooosshh. Dooooooooooossssssshhhhhhh!!!!!

Not quite trippingly off the tongue, but it’ll do.

8. Mitchell - January 12, 2011

It does have a certain “flow” Geoff, I’ll give you that. 😉

In other news I think my $uper pricy yarn is on it’s way. Yay! Also, ouch. I’m gonna be paying for this Christmas for a while.

9. Mitchell - January 12, 2011

I need to update the ol’ gravitar.

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