First Tsh posted three things she wasn’t doing this year, then Anne followed with three more and I was like, hell, I’ve got at least seven things I shouldn’t do this year. Let’s make this a Quick Takes.
1.No sleepovers. I will happily drop my children at other kid’s houses, but no one except blood relatives in town for a funeral or hobos who’ve fixed my picket fence are sleeping under this roof, eating my food, slopping up my table with sticky lemonade and giggling at Facebook videos until midnight outside my bedroom door. Not. this. year.
2. Cutting my hair on a whim. I chopped my hair this summer. Immediately upon exiting the salon and entering my car, I glanced at my new shorter tresses and thought “Well, eventually it will grow back.” Why I thought the stylist and I were on the same page when I hadn’t even shown her the pictures on my phone is beyond me. “Layered messy bob” is a loaded, confusing description only one letter away from BLOB. Proper enunciation is crucial.
3. Believing everything I see on Pinterest. I’m a sucker for a great photo paired with a stylish font duo. I think you could convince me to put both kidneys on the black market with a well designed Pin button. But often Pinterest lets me down. While I’ll never give it up (it’s the best for recipes and giant squid crafts), I’m going to stick with testing all the beauty recipes on my daughters first, or maybe the dog, before myself.
4. Go shopping without a list. Normally I always plan all my meals and snacks, and carry a list for all my shopping trips, but I got out of the habit a bit and wound up making more quick trips to the store by the end of 2015. This always inflates the budget and means we end up eating meals like leftover white meat take two with questionable green beans found at the back of the crisper and two blocks of cheddar cheese with bread ends. It also means we become dangerously low on wine and I wind up trying things like dry vermouth in seltzer or cooking sherry in my cereal.
5. Not checking Facebook 9,375 times a day. 9,374 times is more than adequate.
6.Pretending to be a lousy tooth fairy. I’m tired of writing out teeny notes to explain why, once again, there’s 73 cents in loose change (dug from the bottom of my purse at 11:30 p.m.) under a child’s pillow 234 days late.
7.Following the Gregorian calendar. I’m switching to the Coptic calendar, which means I get an extra month each year! Think of everything I could do with an extra month! Especially if I inadvertently miss all my other prior commitments. “Oh did you say June 2nd? I was thinking you meant the 3rd of Pashons! Mea culpa! Can we reschedule for the 6th of Epip?”
You’ve got your 2016 “To Dos” but what about some “To Don’ts”? Write ’em down and link ’em up! Don’t forget to include a link back to this post so your readers can find the rest of the Quick Takes. I look forward to reading your posts!