Monday, December 31, 2007

Slackers, Inspirations & New Year’s Resolutions

Just a brief note to wish everyone a Happy New Year… Something tells me that I should have been less of a slacker and had some profound epiphany in which to usher in the new year and post. But, alas, I am at somewhat at a disadvantage since I have been away from my DIs–that’s Darling Inspirations not Divine Inspirations (although I suppose that is a debatable point)–for 11 days, 9 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds…but hey, who’s counting?

So, yes, I have been somewhat of a slacker and not touched one yearbook page, one lesson plan, one paper, one red pen…although a purple politically correct grading pen did sort of blow up in my hand en route to the Colorado mountains. At which point, I considered that a divine sign not to think about school for the entire duration of my holiday trip.

But now that the re-start of school looms ominously less than 48 hours away, I face two choices… Choice #1–Begin a frantic frenzy of grading, yearbook page proofing, lesson planning and school organization or Choice #2 –Procrastinate a bit longer and devise a New Year’s Resolution list.

I pick Choice #2.

So here it is… drum roll pah-leese… my Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions…

#5…The perennial favorite… Lose Some Weight… Of course this goal isn’t helped by the fact that I just purchased four bags of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Caramel for a mere 74 cents a bag. Sigh.

#4…Stress less about deadlines (which should be helped by those four bags of chocolate mentioned in #5). Those deadlines hang heavy like an albatross around my neck…

#3…Banish cliches from writing… although I’m not willing to abandon the cliche finder. It’s just too much f-u-n.

#2…OK, after reading #3, perhaps I should work at finding a life.

And here, my friends, is my #1 New Year’s resolution…Can we have a drum roll pah-leese?…

#1…Work at a kinder, gentler me… but wait a minute… where’s the fun in that? OK… so let’s inject a bit of realism here. Let’s see how many days I can go this year without calling anyone a big fat stupid head. Ladies and gentlemen, start your counters!

8 comments:

Father Ronaldus said...

Richie, you're like school over Christmas Break: no class. (I never knew that cliche thing even existed!)

mybellringers said...

What do you mean "no class"?! I've got lots of class. You're just trying to egg me on to say "big, fat stupid head," but I won't.

EHT said...

I have been taking a break from all things education as well so I had nothing wonderful to offer myself today, however, you did very well. I enjoyed your post very much...probably because you were dead on in how I have felt during the holidays. :)

loonyhiker said...

Your #1 needs to go in my book! LOL

M H Bonham said...

You know you're mixing metaphors with the "Albatross hanging over you" and the "heavy weight around one's neck."

Spouse says I always do that, which means it's genetic, except we both know I was switched at birth.

Which means you need to add a third cliche to keep this original. Such as "Having an albatross weigh heavily on your back."

Kind of catchy, don't you think?

Oh, and if you buy dark chocolate on sale, the amount of calories is reduced by the percentage of the sale. So, 50% off, means only half the calories.

mybellringers said...

Well, Maggie, I had to chew the fat over that mixed metaphor thing…but I finally saw the light…

and, since the chocolate was 75 percent off, that's even MORE off the caloric intake. And it was dark chocolate too.

Life is good.

LaurenH said...

ok richie hows the last resolution going? the kinder more gentle you? haha

I feel as though i must discourage it!!

you can't go soft after I graduate...

thats why I loved you so much... I mean you did give me a 50 because tecnically that was the lowest you can give me on my report card... haha and I still love you!

mybellringers said...

Me? Soft? Hardly… Sure do miss having you. I hated giving you that grade, but you started turning in your work, didn't you?