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It’s that very annoying time of year again. No, I’m not talking about snow and 3,000-calorie-a-day cookie diets. I’m refering to New Year’s resolution time.

I’ve never been much of one to make resolutions. Too many people fill themselves with unreasonable expectations and end only with disappointment and self-loathing. I need no special time of year to accomplish those things. The closest I’ve ever come to a formal, declared resolution is to think of something I’d like to accomplish, but then I remember my hatred of the ritual and abandon the idea.

This year I’m going another way. I’ve had one heck of a year, so nothing is staying the same. As I’ve told my family several times, nothing can return to the way it was; things can only be better or worse, and we get to make the decision which it will be. As part of that decision I am making New Year’s resolutions this year.

These then are my resolutions:

  1. Learn Irish. This will be accomplished using duolingo and the software I have at home. I will schedule myself at least 3 sessions per week and let my oldest (who is using duolingo to study German) goad me into compliance.
  2. Give my wife flowers every month. This could be tricky budget-wise, but proper planning prevents [expletive] poor performance. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but lacked the dedication to accomplish.
  3. Walk. Yes, I know it sounds silly, I walk all the time…from the computer chair to the latest batch of cookies. During my ordeal this year I spent a bit of time wearing out my hiking boots, and I thoroughly enjoyed both the exercise and the effect. I live in a beautiful part of the world, so there is no reason I should spend all of my time and attention on computer games and Netflix. I’ve got dogs that need walking, children that need time with me, and the added motivation of losing some weight to keep my medical certification for work.

What about the rest of the Ricochetti: do you make resolutions or hate the practice? If you have made them in the past and kept them what were your secrets to success?

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  1. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    See here and here. You are late to the game KP.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:17 AM PST
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  2. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Ah, I see. Christmas week was spent mostly off of Ricochet. I wonder what else I missed.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:22 AM PST
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  3. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    All three of the posts are different: Mine: giving people some ideas; TrueWest: how do you keep ’em; and this/yours: what are you going to do.

    What a team of Resolutionaries!

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:29 AM PST
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  4. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    I think your toughest challenge will be learning Irish Gaelic. As for the flowers: one is oft times enough (maybe one you pick out on your walk).

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:32 AM PST
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  5. Mike Rapkoch Moderator

    I figure that this time of year, the season of gluttony, sloth, and avarice, is a terrible time to resolve to do much of anything. I’ll just pick a date at random, say March 14 or September 29, resolve to do or not do such and such, then fail while no one is looking.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:33 AM PST
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  6. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    MLH

    I think your toughest challenge will be learning Irish Gaelic. As for the flowers: one is oft times enough (maybe one you pick out on your walk).

    One of the best parts about living where I do is that I can pick wild sweetpeas during the summer.

    As for the Irish, I have an affinity for language (or so said my German teacher many moons ago), but I struggle with commitment to hobbies. I’ve owned the software for a few years, but without someone to practice with it can be a challenge.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:45 AM PST
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  7. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    The King Prawn:

    I think your toughest challenge will be learning Irish Gaelic. As for the flowers: one is oft times enough (maybe one you pick out on your walk).

    One of the best parts about living where I do is that I can pick wild sweetpeas during the summer.

    As for the Irish, I have an affinity for language (or so said my German teacher many moons ago), but I struggle with commitment to hobbies. I’ve owned the software for a few years, but without someone to practice with it can be a challenge.

    Two people came forward to help me with my “usual” resolution to be a better correspondent. Perhaps some one here will volunteer.

    And since you live in Fungus Corners, where walking is almost as wet as swimming, feel free to join us over here to stay on track.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:51 AM PST
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  8. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The King Prawn:Ah, I see. Christmas week was spent mostly off of Ricochet. I wonder what else I missed.

    ditto.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 12:22 PM PST
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  9. MBF Member
    MBF Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Flower suggestion: go to Trader Joe’s (if there is one in your area). Surprisingly high quality selection at very reasonable prices.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 1:58 PM PST
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  10. GiveMeLiberty Inactive

    Re #7: I will volunteer to correspond.

    As for resolutions, we have the walking thing down: four-mile walks several times a week. If winter weather doesn’t cooperate, then we go to the stationary bike.

    Where I want to improve is to read more — as in finishing a book a week. I love biographies and will kick off the year with Mary Soames biography of her mother, Clementine Churchill.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 2:26 PM PST
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  11. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Reagan
    GLDIII Temporarily Essential Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Prawn

    One of the wife’s co workers is a transplant from Ireland, and goes home frequently to family which keeps her fluent. After listening to her for about ten minute in her Gaelic patois, which has a familiar patter, but is ultimately unintelligible.

    I get the impression that this is what the world is going to sound like if I had a stroke. At least it is more pleasant to listen too than either German or Dutch. Good Luck.

    III

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    • December 30, 2014, at 3:05 PM PST
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  12. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    B. Hugh Mann:Re #7:I will volunteer to correspond.

    As for resolutions, we have the walking thing down:four-mile walks several times a week.If winter weather doesn’t cooperate, then we go to the stationary bike.

    Where I want to improve is to read more — as in finishing a book a week. I love biographies and will kick off the year with Mary Soames biography of her mother, Clementine Churchill.

    That, to seems, like a lot of reading. Have you a valet, cook and maid. Is there a minimum number of pages the book must have? Do you have piles of unfinished books on the shelf (I do)?

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    • December 30, 2014, at 3:21 PM PST
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  13. GiveMeLiberty Inactive

    MLH:

    That, to seems, like a lot of reading. Have you a valet, cook and maid. Is there a minimum number of pages the book must have? Do you have piles of unfinished books on the shelf (I do)?

    Have I a valet, cook, and maid? Probably not this year. ;)

    No minimum number of pages are required. Finishing the books in my unfinished piles would get me at least two-thirds through the year. My son is urging me to finish GEB: an Eternal Golden Braid by Hofstadter but I’d like to finish a few before finishing that.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 4:04 PM PST
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  14. MarciN Member

    MBF:Flower suggestion: go to Trader Joe’s (if there is one in your area). Surprisingly high quality selection at very reasonable prices.

    And something I learned last month in the Trader Joe’s flyer: The reason roses are so cheap at Christmas time is because the growers have to pick them at that moment if there are to be roses for Valentine’s Day.

    So get roses this week! :)

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    • December 30, 2014, at 4:40 PM PST
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  15. Merina Smith Inactive

    My standard NY resolutions:

    Lose weight and tone up–been doing that for the past few months so should be able to keep going. It’s a nice time of year for morning walks with my sweetie too.

    Read the scriptures for 10-15 minutes every day–I have a hard time doing anything consistently every day, but mean to make good on this one!

    Practice the harp 3 or 4 times a week. You have to tune the darn thing every time you practice, but it is divine once you get going.

    Spend less time arguing with libertarians on Rico and more working on research and writing.

    Will publicly declaring these good intentions help me to keep them? Maybe we need a check-up/confessional post every few months…..

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    • December 30, 2014, at 5:29 PM PST
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  16. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    GLDIII: I get the impression that this is what the world is going to sound like if I had a stroke.

    It’s even worse reading it. I’ve already determined the most important thing to learn is which letters don’t count and when.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 6:22 PM PST
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  17. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor

    The King Prawn: Learn Irish.

    Now there’s an idea. Not specifically the Irish part.

    iWc talks about the difference between experiencing something and accomplishing something. What if, instead of the make-believe New Year’s Resolutions where you aspire to be a better person come next January, what if we resolve to do something interesting before then instead.

    All and sundry can tell you I could stand to lose some weight. But instead of losing weight, I resolve that by this time next year I will have built a robot.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 7:49 PM PST
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  18. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Last year I resolved to write a book, and I actually did it. In 2015, I will get it published. But the resolution of a lifetime? In 2015 I will marry my best friend, the lady I thought existed only in my dreams.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:07 PM PST
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  19. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Dave Carter:Last year I resolved to write a book, and I actually did it. In 2015, I will get it published. But the resolution of a lifetime? In 2015 I will marry my best friend, the lady I thought existed only in my dreams.

    I share in your joy with every Facebook post and picture.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:31 PM PST
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  20. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    I don’t normally make NY resolutions, since they’re so easy to ignore. In 2015, I do want to have more Ricochet meetups out here in Fungus Corners. KP, I want to have a Spring get-together at Tumwater Falls Park, one of Ray’s favorite places.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:44 PM PST
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  21. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    RushBabe49: I do want to have more Ricochet meetups out here in Fungus Corners.

    Now that my life is a little less chaotic I’m in. I’m still peeved I missed the Or/Wa meetup last Summer.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:48 PM PST
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  22. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    RushBabe49:I don’t normally make NY resolutions, since they’re so easy to ignore. In 2015, I do want to have more Ricochet meetups out here in Fungus Corners. KP, I want to have a Spring get-together at Tumwater Falls Park, one of Ray’s favorite places.

    As in Olympia beer’s “It’s the water”?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 4:42 AM PST
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