Sunday, January 6, 2013

10 Things I Have No Intention of Changing in 2013

Comfy cotton dress for a work Christmas party
This week's Listicles topic, from Stasha of Northwest Mommy, is Ten Things I Have No Intention of Changing in 2013. After reading post after post about resolutions--tis the season, right?--I love this topic. Definitely a good antidote to all this self-improvement hoo-hah.

So, without further ado, here is my list:
  1. Eating pretty much whatever I want. Oh, sure, I'll try to cram in my daily fruit & veggie quota, plus whole grains as I've been doing for years, but I have no intention of dieting this year. I'm still going to eat that cheesecake. & the poutine. Probably the chocolate too. 
  2. Using social media every day. I will keep posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Pinterest & sometimes even Google Plus. & I'll be doing it while I'm at the playground with my son or having lunch out with a friend. So ppphhhthhllt!
  3. Staying in my pyjamas & bathrobe well into the afternoon on lazy days. I don't do this every day--I wear normal clothes when I go out. But when it's chilly & raining (sadly this is from October through June in Vancouver) & I have nowhere I need to be, you'll be likely to find me in my jammies at lunch time.
  4. I'm going to keep trying to exercise an average of 40 minutes a day. Not more. I hate going to the gym & I'd much rather get my exercise with the occasional class (but it has to be social with people I know or I won't stick to it) but mainly just from walking & biking where I have to go. I've got no fitness or weight loss goals for this year. Just status quo in terms of my activity.
  5. My hair colour. It's been years since I've dyed my hair--nearly five, I think. I stopped out of concern for what the chemicals in the dyes might do to my health. As I get more grey hairs, I revisit this decision, but I'm still resolved to stick with my natural colour.
  6. Eating out.  I know we probably spend a lot of money each year at cafes, restaurants & for the occasional takeout meal. But I like going to restaurants. There is such a huge variety in my neighbourhood & so many of those places make things that I can't easily do well at home, like sushi, artisanal bread & poutine. We only eat a few meals a week out, including lunches & I don't see that changing anytime soon.
  7. Wearing whatever I feel like. Even when I dress up for events, I still wear things that are comfy (see above photo). As soon as the weather warms up a bit--usually in April or May--my Birkenstocks come out & don't go back into storage until at October. I like to look good, but what I wear has to be comfy. I'm no slave to fashion & I have no resolutions based on looking more stylish this year.
  8. Watching crappy reality TV. I consider nearly all reality TV to be crappy, but that won't stop me from watching a four-episode-straight run of HGTV home improvement/real estate shows on their website or my other guilty pleasure: Bones. Yes, it's soooo predictable. Yes, it's completely unrealistic forensics. But I don't care.
  9. Having a fairly disorganized house. I grew up in a home that was pretty neat & orderly, but I guess that trait isn't genetic, because my house is nothing like that. I have some intentions of divesting myself of a lot of old, unneeded clothing, kitchen stuff, games & other assorted crap. However, I don't plan to start any kind of campaign to turn our bungalow into a showpiece of orderliness. (See above photo background for evidence)
  10. Writing Listicles! I'm not going to make any promises that I'll do it every single week--been there, done that already--but I'll definitely write my fair share of them in 2013!
Disclaimer: this list is by no means a criticism of those of you who are resolving to change any of the above in 2013. Go for it! Good luck! More power to ya! I just won't be joining you. ;)




What are you NOT planning to change this year? Got any bad habits you just feel like keeping around? Share them with us in the comments!


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40 comments:

  1. Yes! More stay in your pj's days - I second that one.

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    1. Thanks for backing me up on this one! ;)

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  2. How could you ever deny yourself the pleasure of poutine? or cheesecake, chocolate ... Great list.

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    1. Thanks!

      Mmm... poutine... I really need to go out & get me some of that asap.

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  3. I was nodding along with your list. I love comfy days, PJ days and all of the delicious food you mentioned. You actually reminded me that it has been ages since I had poutine - I must remedy that soon!

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    1. Had a recent conversation on Twitter about this. 2013 has been declared the Year of Poutine. We even used a hashtag & everything: #yearofpoutine. ;)

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  4. I think that sometimes the best resolutions are the ones that don't change what's already working for you. Keep it up! If it ain't broke.... enjoy!

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    1. I know, right? Though I tried to mainly fill the list with 'bad' habits... :)

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  5. Love you. I wish we could hang in our messy homes in our pjs together. And good for you for taking a social media stand. I think I will take the same one with you.

    Keep doing what you're doing because you look fabulous! Ellen

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    1. We'll have to have a PJs-in-the-daytime Tweetup or something.

      Thanks for the compliment! Just wait till the Birkenstock tan appears in the late spring... Nothing sexier than that! ;)

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  6. Love your list and definitely agree with many of them! Yes to eating pretty much whatever we want, eating out, PJs on lazy days - all of it!

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  7. Hooray for PJs (made my list too), comfy clothes, and disorganized households!!

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    1. I should really get some nicer PJs, considering how much time I spend in them... ;)

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  8. Ha! Love this, celebration of the good life. Which is not Roth living without chocolate ;) I like going to a nice caffe too. Food always tastes different when someone else prepares it and does the dishes afterwards ;)

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    1. The dishes part is really the key thing... :)

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  9. I love exploring good restaurants too.

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    1. We're SO spoiled here in Vancouver--the sheer diversity of cheap, decent eats is staggering. Almost makes up for the ridiculous real estate prices... almost...

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  10. yes to staying in her pj's! I love reality tv also and that was on my list.

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    1. I probably could have just summed up my list with: I intend to stay lazy in 2013! LOL

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  11. Great list! Pj's and crappy reality TV are the perfect combination in my opinion!

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  12. Oh boy do I love this list! You and I have very similar priorities!

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    1. Yes! Comfy moms unite! (virtually, of course, while on the couch in our PJs with reality TV playing in the background)

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  13. I love that you felt the need to add a disclaimer. :D Positively divine that you are perfectly happy with who you are. I wouldn't change any of those either! Especially the jammies at noon whenever possible!

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    1. Not sure if I'm really that happy with who I am, or more just lazy... ;)

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  14. Great list! I've got a few similar on my list, too. ;)

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    1. Yeah, we do have similar lists. Love that you included bike commuting to yours!

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  15. Comfy rules! I never spend all day in my PJs but I kind of wish I had days where I could. So cozy!

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    1. Yeah, I'm trying to enjoy it while I'm not working full-time & have the excuse that I'm sick...

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  16. I'm really encouraged by how many people on this week's listicle put staying in their pjs as a non-resolution! I thought I was the only one who did that...

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  17. We have several in common, YES! PJ days are the BEST. The hair coloring would be a no-go for me, though. I have SO much gray I just cannot.

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    1. I'm not saying I won't change my hair colouring stance in future, but not this year. It depends on if I can get the grey to stay at the temples where it seems to be concentrating so far... I wouldn't mind a couple of 'highlights'. :)

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  18. Good for you! I don't intend to stop eating out either - probably Mexican. every.time. Because I love it. So there. :)

    Staying in the pjs - yes! In fact, right now!

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    1. Mmm... Mexican... that reminds me, we need to go back to the newish Mexican place a couple blocks from here. Great food & family friendly too! (Sal y Limon, in Vancouver)

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  19. Yes to most of those. I love eating out. Fun for me and Theo and great to support our local cafes, and I've never dieted in my life. Hee haw! I do want to run a half marathon in May but that's not really a resolution more like a goal of sorts but I won't do it at the expense of my body.

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    1. I've seen marathons on a lot of people's lists this year. I should have added that to my list above--I have no intention of changing my stance on running: only for buses or if Sprout is in imminent danger. ;)

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  20. OK, I have to know - what is Poutine? I am curious & intrigued... :)

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    1. Poutine is a delicious concoction of fries topped with cheese curd & smothered in gravy. There are variations with meat on top as well, like the braised beef poutine at one of my favourite local restaurants (Habit, on Main, for the Vancouverites reading this). It's a dish that was invented in the 50s in Quebec & it's become popular all over Canada in the last 20 years. You can find it at a lot of fast food chains now too, like A&W, maybe McDonald's, KFC I think... though their versions usually don't do it justice.

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