We all do it, those new year resolutions, and I’m probably late (by social media standards) in declaring the ubiquitous January objectives. I prefer goals instead, they sound less demanding, and makes me think of a nice reward at the end which can be the aspiration itself AND something else to sweeten the deal.
Okay, so much for the current wordpress Block Editor where you can embiggen the first letter, change both font and post-background colors, have free use of images at your disposal, and a bunch of other bells and whistles. I couldn’t figure out how to get the text to align on both sides and found out soon enough that it involved more than I was willing to do and pay for.
That said, my ideals for 2019 are these 3: read 19 books, attend 5 sagre to complete my page 100 Ways to Celebrate Italy, and being more conscientious about the needless use of plastic in the household. By now I think all of us have seen those plastic pollution videos that have gone viral on the internet, and even if it’s a little thing like bringing reusable shopping bags to the market, every gesture counts toward helping the environment.
Exercise, eating right, enough sleep. Oh and maybe throw in the inevitable list that comes about when a new year is born. I don’t think much of new year resolutions but love the idea of attainable goals to make the most of the next 365 days. As Harvie Krumpet said, “Fakt 1034: Life is like a cigarette, smoke it to the butt”. With 2 high-energy dogs and a garden to maintain, I do not need a lot to keep busy.
#1 Read a new book every month, 4 of which must be in italian.
#2 Spend less time on the internet (so that I can finish reading that book).
Regarding this month, it has been the warmest that we have ever had in the chestnut forest. January is typically very cold, with snow, and dull. It is also the time for filling up on northern italian comfort dishes, not stripping down to your tshirt because it’s 20°C/68°F on a walk with the dynamic duo and you forgot the water bottle. Today it felt like early summer and the primulas are already in bloom. A good sign for things to come? Apparently it put someone in the mood for a little new year graffiti.
Look closely – notice the red paint on the road leading up to the stop sign?