Of course the new year is a time of reflection, and in the past week or so of transit and recovery I’ve been thinking almost nonstop about my goals for the next few months, both big goals and kind of mundane ones. I’m almost halfway done with my time here in Voronezh, which on the one hand seems impossible because I feel like I’ve been here for much longer than four and half-ish months, but on the other hand feels just about right. The things I’m listing here are pretty general and mostly not very deep but I think will really improve quality of life and make me feel more like a real person (“adult”) in the next little bit.
1. Keep my apartment cleaner. As in, could-welcome-unexpected-guests-at-any-time clean
In the fall, about once every 3 weeks I would look around and notice that things had gotten really messy and subsequently take a whole morning and clean everything reallly well. This is stupid and time consuming. It would be better to keep things clean all the time. I really really mean it. My friends from school know that I tend to be on the messier side (not dirty – there is a difference) but I want to change. This all became painfully clear to me on Thursday when my landlady’s daughter and her husband had to come over to fix the curtains in my room and everything was messy. Terrible. Luckily I had an excuse – that I just arrived – but I don’t want to be that way anymore!!!!
2. Do the dishes more frequently
This is obviously part of resolution number 1, but I think it is so fundamental that it deserves its own resolution. I realized this year, while washing dishes in my little kitchen, that I hate hate hate washing dishes by hand. Next year I will have to have a dishwasher. I suddenly understand and respect the typical division of labor in the Perkins family where one person cooks dinner and the other person washes the dishes. Cooking and washing is too much for me.
3. Don’t be lazy about cooking
As it turns out, (wo)man cannot live on boiled brussel sprouts alone. I’m over it. Moving on to broccoli. But seriously, I want to spend more time cooking and enjoying it, despite the lengthy cleanup, because I know it will definitely make me feel like more of a real person. Also I noticed yesterday that they sell miso paste at the supermarket, so if nothing else I am going to start by making lots of miso soup to counteract the January cold.
4. Keep my shoes cleaner
Does anyone notice a trend? Not that my shoes are usually dirty, but shoes get dirty very quickly in the snow and slush and everyone else seems to have a handle on it. Whenever I’m about to leave the house and I notice that my shoes are not shining with polish my heart falls a bit. Must change. (I actually just got up from writing and went and polished my shoes. Well done.)
5. Say yes to invitations
I did pretty well with this one at first but by December I had fallen off the wagon a little bit. Just have to renew this one in my mind.
6. Read more (English and Russian)
Since I’ve been back, I finished Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro, which I never read, and am now in the process of re-reading for the billionth (fourth) time The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera. Reading, especially in English, is one of the few activities I’m really excellent at. But I’m planning on also reading more in Russian, particularly since I’m not going to be taking Russian lessons this semester. Suggestions of material, either English or Russian, are very welcome.
Well I kind of hate to stop there, because 6 is a weird number of resolutions, soo I do have one more important resolution, which is to post more pictures! Unfortunately, when I went home and installed the new software to my computer I failed to also install the software update, which means my evil little laptop will not let me open iPhoto. Hopefully I’ll get that fixed in the next week or so. My concrete resolution on this topic is to post at least one picture a week, which seems like so much to me but I know is totally doable.
So! Onwards 2011. I think it’s going to be a good year. I already have lots to look forward to.