Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

As a celebration of our 100th post, the Expert Textperts decided that this year we are setting our resolutions here, where we may or may not actually stand accountable for them. January 1st is upon us, so we also decided it would be best to share our resolutions with anyone desperately looking for resolution ideas.

Brooke and Casey's joint resolutions:
  • Eat more awesome foods (maybe try Schwarma?).
  • Watch more movies (our Oscar prep this year has been dismal).
  • We should probably do better at FHE too.
  • Maintain our frankly laudable date-night record.
  • Finally, finally finish reading Sarah Vowel's Unfamiliar Fishes together (it's our designated "road trip" book, only we keep forgetting to bring and/or read it when we road trip, meaning our progress has been painfully slow).

Brooke's resolutions:
  • Bake more pies (other than Thanksgiving assistance, I didn't bake any this year)
  • Finish Gossip Girl (to get it out of my life, I swear it's an addiction)
  • Find a new addiction
  • Read at least 20 books
  • Graduate and/or win college
  • Eat just a little less candy
  • Wake up when the first alarm goes off, or even the 2nd, rather than waiting for the 5th
  • Eat all the fruit we buy
  • Pick an educational organization to join
  • Finish more homework ahead of time
  • Learn more Spanish history (that country has had issues since before writing was invented)
  • Figure out the history of France (it's seriously crazy)
  • Play more guitar/bass/piano
  • Buy a new ukulele
  • Play ukulele
  • Write more for this blog, my personal blog, and any other blogs that'll take me

Casey's resolutions:
  • Find the perfect set of sliders for NCAA Football '13.
  • Find my career/education path.
  • Finish The Wire.
  • Grow as a person.
  • Get paid to write something for someone.
  • Stop making veiled passive aggressive comments towards certain people, even if they deserve it and know exactly what I'm talking about.
  • Try not to link my self-esteem to how many people read the blog posts I've written.
  • Make my wife the happiest person in human history.
  • Help my wife understand that watching eight hours of college football is a sign of virility and not a character flaw.
  • Continue not debating politics with in-laws and family.
  • Run at least 2-3 miles per week once it's not so damned cold outside. In the mean time, store calories during the winter months.
  • Since somebody's got to, resolve the fiscal cliff situation.

Allan's resolutions:
  • Learn to read Spanish by April (haha...oh that I were joking)
  • Find a dissertation topic I want to work on for the next four years.
  • Take the amount of emotional crises that leave me collapsed in a fetal position in that small office across from the graduate student office wondering about the existential futility of everything and lower that down to 3 this year.
  • Avoid marathon-ing on yet another show I find on Netflix.
  • Write more for the blog.
  • Write something funny for the blog.
  • Help plan a national academic theatre conference.
  • Apply for internship(s) at the National Endowment for the Arts or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Prepare for, take, and pass my comprehensive exams by the end of the year.
  • Find a manic pixie dream girl to remind me that life is worth living.
  • Clean my house more regularly.
  • Get up to New York sometime this year.
  • Enjoy more theatre in the DC area.
  • Enjoy more non-theatre attractions in the DC area.
  • Develop my wardrobe.
  • Maintain participation in a power yoga class.
  • Help others find out what they want to do with their lives.
  • Find out what I want to do with my life.
  • Learn the words to Rusted Root's "Send Me On My Way"

Brett's resolutions:
  • Exercise more (oh gosh, how cliche is that?)
  • Don't just get through my new job, but attack it and subdue it
  • Write more; draw more; take more photographs; read more books; attend concerts and plays; basically, enjoy the finer things life can provide
  • Write and set down a manifesto of what it is I believe
  • There's a phrase in my patriarchal blessing that I really like where it says I'll treat my wife like the queen she is. I would love to make that my main priority
  • All of mine are so serious... um... more fart jokes in 2013!

Well, sports fans, that's what the Experts intend to get done in 2013. Have a great year and try to have fun. We certainly will.

Feel free to add your own resolutions in the comments; you probably have better ideas than we do anyway.