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Jan '10

New Year’s Gripes

I know it’s January and everyone’s making New Year’s Resolutions. But frankly I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I look at my life and see a lot of fantastic things I’m really happy with. But I also see what’s lacking. Instead of determining to change these things I’m just going to gripe about them for a minute.

1. I wish toys and clutter and dishes didn’t multiply faster than rabbits in my house. I feel so awesome when my house is clean, but it lasts about five seconds and then it’s gone. Cleaning and re-cleaning gets exhausting day after day.

2. I feel jealous sometimes of other wives and moms who effortlessly make meals every night for their families that involve actual cooking rather than warming and that feature vegetables that get eaten. I do prepare every meal for everyone in my house every day, but I am no cook. And vegetables are not a frequent visitor at our table. If my family dies early of poor nutrition it will be all my fault.

3. Teaching aerobics and Zumba is one of my great joys and accomplishments in life, but the fact is that it requires hours and hours in prep time, travel time, and teaching time that adds up to 10+ hours outside the home every week in addition to hours spent at home working on aerobics-related stuff that takes the place of more domestic-type things. Which likely partially accounts for my frustrations with #1 and #2.

4. My car is never clean and I wish it were. It accumulates tissues (from me) and pretzels (from Wes) and other random things that I don’t have enough time/hands/patience to deal with when I’m removing Wes and/or groceries and/or other things from the car.

5. My garage door is broken and I really wish it would close on its own without me having to get out of my car and go back in to manually shut it every time. I also wish new garage door motors weren’t $300. But inconvenience is cheaper than a new motor.

6. I wish I ate perfectly all the time. And that it was easy and natural like it seems to be for some people. Like, “Of course I eat broiled salmon and raw spinach for lunch and fruit for dessert and never crave the taste of sugar. Doesn’t everyone?”

7. I wish I felt like reading the scriptures for longer than 10 minutes a day. But I am happy I open them every day, period, regardless of how long I read. It brings every uncertain thing into quick perspective.

8. Sometimes I think I should be more interested in reading the type of “deep” books I read in college as an English major. But honestly, I like a quick, pleasurable read that makes me laugh and feel fuzzy inside and that’s pure entertainment.

9. I wish the news didn’t make me sad. I would watch/read it more if it didn’t.

10. I hope in spite of all these things I’m still a decent person that leaves a positive impact on some of the people I meet. I think happiness doesn’t require perfection–thankfully.


3 Responses to “New Year’s Gripes”

  1. katrinajr Says:

    As regards to #4: I know! I shudder every time I glance at the floor of our car. So now, I just don’t look because it is impossible to keep up with. Embrace the filthiness, I say.

    I can relate to so many of these! I wish you could come over for a gripefest. I’ll make the brownies.

  2. alicia Says:

    oh my goodness, I think I relate to every single one of these, every one of them except the zumba (but i have different stuff that could take the place of that), instead of the garage door it is the leaks at my house, and I think that is it. Otherwise, I am with you on every point. Wow! I was just thinking the other day I really wish I could live a day with someone who keeps a clean house so I can see how the heck they do it! It seems impossible to me. I think I’m going to go get a piece of cake now. :)

    It is easy to see all the frustrating things in your life but just concentrate on the things you do well cuz there is a ton! I have decided I won’t ever make resolutions again, only intentions. Then I won’t feel like a failure.

  3. brozy Says:

    I’m so with you on #6. On most of these, actually, but especially #6. I’m so envious of people who don’t crave sugar.

    And on #10–you’re a great person. It takes someone unusual to be a good boss, and you were a fantastic boss.

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