New Year, Same Old?

awesomeYep, it’s that time of the year again when I take a notepad and scribble down some resolutions.

Looking back at the ones I’ve made over the years, I might as well just chuck my list in the bin; I still haven’t mastered the art of cooking rice and I haven’t learned how to play the guitar. I’m still single, still fat and still trying to work out what I want to do when I grow up.

Despite all this, I’m going to make some resolutions anyway just for the sheer novelty factor:

  • Experiment with wearing black clothes (slimming) and quirky jewellery (interesting).
  • Borrow my friend’s dog – exercise (gah) but a chance of bumping into a nice single man (note to self, must not be carrying a bag of dog poo).
  • Host dinner parties – with only three kitchen chairs. Perhaps supper parties? Or just skip the food and make some killer cocktails instead? Good chance to showcase black tops and big bead-y jewellery?
  • Come up with a book club choice my book club actually enjoys.
  • Be brave enough to take my laptop to the local arts cafe to work on My Novel, even though it’s not a Mac. Could be awkward. Maybe wear a big hat and dark glasses.
  • Give up any hope of becoming a poet.
  • Buy one of those big eye-shadow palettes and learn how to use it.


Maybe I should concentrate on what I’m grateful for, rather than my shortcomings. I may always be fat. And single. And I may never come up with a book-club-pleasing title. I might never get in to black clothes (I have a cat, she has fur).

So what do I have? A huge amount:

  • A brilliant, funny, intrepid Teenager.
  • A weird, funny cat.
  • A healthy appetite for life and all it has to offer.
  • A fantastic support network – thank you a million times.

As we put the horrendous year that has been 2016 behind us, I’m looking forward, not back.

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6 thoughts on “New Year, Same Old?

  1. Jane says:

    Hello. Love New Year. Not. Glad to be at work at midnight. Like your resolutions though. Black is good. No cat, but an elderly, poorly German Shepherd very keen on shedding. No obvious detritus on black clothing.
    Bags of dog poo while not exactly pleasant do show signs of responsibility.
    And I know you’ll now get bombarded by book selections, but I’ll jump in with 3 good books:
    Nick Harkaway – Angelmaker
    M.R. Carey – The Girl With All the Gifts
    Patricia Highsmith – Carol.
    And one definitely not family friendly book: Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven Killings. Hope all these wonderful suggestions help. 🙂

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you SO much for the book suggestions – really helpful 🙂
      I might just sleep through New Year lol. Here’s hoping 2017 is waaaay better than this one, but somehow I doubt it 🙁
      I’m in town tomorrow so will be perusing the black clothing section …

  2. Thought about as diet as I am getting a bit chubby but too onerous and I would miss the food and wine.

    Thinking about regular exercise. By exercise I mean walking 600 yards, is that exercise?. hopeless if its raining.

    Why bother , much happier as I am.

  3. Teresa McTernan says:

    Only want to say happy new year. Don’t know how you do all you do and remain upbeat and positive as well as maintaining your sense of humour…Respect…x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you so much, and the same to you!
      Hopefully I can still keep a healthy sense of humour next year 🙂 Could prove challenging what with The Teenager possibly heading off to Uni …

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