So, despite not achieving any of my goals last year (largely - though not entirely - because of the small person) I do have a few for the next 12 months.
First up, I'm not going to live the way anyone else tells me (unless I actually know them, and then I might consider it). Because if you add all the advice up, all the layers of rules and checklists and intentions and schedules, you will spontaneously implode.
A quick example; here's how an (edited) two-hour segment of Christmas day might have looked had I paid heed to Nigella Lawson's turkey dinner schedule and Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby regime. Let's call it the expert mash-up of doom-laiden stress.
- Peel and cut potatoes, then leave in cold water. Take bacon-wrapped chipolatas out of the fridge.10.30am
- Baby must be fully awake regardless of how long he has slept. Encourage him to have a good kick under his playgym or take him on an outing. (Who wrapped the chipolatas? Do we have chipolatas? Bugger it. Take the baby for an outing - I don't CARE if you're still in your pyjamas, IT'S WHAT THE BOOK SAYS.)
- Take turkey out of brine, sit it on a rack in the sink and leave to drip, drain and come to room temperature. Preheat 1st oven to 200*C. Trim Brussels sprouts and leave in colander. Take prepared stuffing out of the fridge. (On the day everyone's most scared of food poisoning, I can't wash my hands because there's a turkey in the sink. Hmm.)10.40am
- Put chipolatas in oven, Infuse milk for bread sauce. Measure out ingredients for chocolate pudding and set aside. (Bread sauce? Chocolate pudding? I think not.)11am
- He should be given a full breast-feed or full bottle-feed.11.10am
- Put prepared potatoes in pan on heat to parboil. (Hang on, I'm breastfeeding.)
- Take chipolatas out of oven and leave wrapped in foil (still breastfeeding...)11.20am
- Melt basting liquid for turkey (yup, still breastfeeding...)11.30am
- Baste turkey with half the liquid and put in first oven. Potatoes should be parboiling so keep an eye on them, then drain, dredge and leave in pan. (Sod the tatties, I've fed him now so I'm allowed a glass of something dry and fizzy aren't I? Geez.)11.50am
- Change his nappy, close curtains and settle drowsy baby, half swaddled in the dark with the door shut no later than 12 noon. (Chance would be a fine thing. Put him in a pram and pass me the cooking sherry.)
You see? I suggest paying scant attention to them, for that way madness lies. Even if you have two ovens and pre-prepared stuffing.
So, good on you Cami Walker you generous soul, glad you're teaching the world to grin Gretchen Rubin, and Kim John Payne I agree with all your parenting ideas. But this year I'm going to shuffle through under my own steam if it's all the same to you. Advice is good. But you can have too much of a good thing, and "shuffling through" worked for me on Christmas day.
There's another change afoot in 2013: I'm gently embracing my inner geek. I've realised that no simple or wholesome creative activity is complete without an app or a preparatory session in front of the computer screen.
Not that I'm complaining, it's totally brilliant. I've planned the veg patch for this year, proven that I'm making progress with the post-baby weight loss, lost hours to Ravelry, and completed the first week of an Illustrator course (which I hope will lead to my being able to design things pretty enough to sell...).
Happy New Year one and all. Here's to a geeky one.
|growVeg is a very cool tool to draw and plan your veg garden.|
you tell it your location and it tells you when to do what
based on your frost dates.
|my random recipe for January, chosen by random number generator, |
was totally delicious. update coming soon.
|pregnancy: plotted. |
the NHS BMI Tracker app is so simple, and thoroughly motivational.
I'm getting there... gradually.
|the fabulous Nicole's Classes (they of the dotty freebie pattern |
you see in my background!) are going to keep me very
busy the first half of 2013, kicking off with a month of
Adobe Illustrator. Here's my first week's homework.
|a new blanket idea is hatching - maybe I could use Illustrator to design a |
gorgeous pattern sheet to sell on Ravelry? That's my resolution...