It’s a cliche but…

..the New Year is on us again and despite resolutions to never make any more resolutions, I find I am looking at resolutions. I have read all the stuff about mid-winter not being a good time to do this kind of thing because it’s dark and cold but, I can’t seem to stop myself. Firstly, all the Thornton’s chocolates, Pringles and Roast Potatoes have all left their mark on my waistline and something will need to be done about that immediately. It’s no good waiting until the nights are shorter. I need to deal with these dig in marks my jeans are making now!
Also, there’s not very much on the telly now. Christmas has exhausted the meagre supply of fairly decent stuff (except Sherlock is back…Sherlock is back… *does little happiness jig in kitchen*) and I would rather spend this time being a bit more introspective than sitting through “When Naked Celebrities Buy Cheese” or something similar.
And.. well it just feels right to be re-assessing a bit. It’s the turn of the year- it’s changed it’s name –  we call this one 2012. I feel the least I can do is have a glance over the year that just went and have a think about what I wanted to change.
So – what to do? Apart from the aforementioned waistline issues, which, to be frank, usually resolve themselves when we run out of Thorntons and I am back walking to work and walking dogs and getting Fruit of Womb Two to bus stop on time and dealing with unsatisfactory cleanliness state of bathroom on a more regular basis etc etc.
I think I would sum it up by thinking about moving from thoughts to action. I read v interesting blog that sums it up well here . Lucy talks about moving from dreaming into action. That doesn’t mean we give up dreaming but, for me, I should be looking at what I can actually do something about – rather than just hoping or praying that it will change – and then actually doing it. I find I waste a lot of time/energy thinking about things I would like to change on a personal/household/local/national/international/cosmic/hyper-space level and then struggle to summon up the motivation to switch the laptop on and actually write something.
So, what would I like to be doing in twelve months’ time or this time next week? How much of is it up to me to actually do it? Looking at it from another level – maybe it’s a bit like “Faith without works is dead.” I’m not sharing any personal lofty ambitions with you. T’ain’t nothing you need to worry your pretty heads about but I wanted to share the principle.
Thanks for coming back and reading this after Christmas absence. Decided to spend as much of Christmas break with whole family as possible while everyone was here. We did miss the boy and now we are about to send him back. Will miss him again. Will not miss stupid digital time clock sound from “24” which we can hear at all times of day and night as he is trying to make his way through the box set before he goes back.
Have a great week. Hope the change of posting day hasn’t discombobulated you too much. Like to keep you on your toes…
Happy New Year from all at Hargreaves Towers



  1. January 3, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Hi Lesley, absolutely fine to link to my post – thanks for asking! Great to read your thoughts.

  2. January 4, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    Sherlock – yes, much awaited and celebrated in our house too!!

  3. January 4, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    Ahh yes forgot to mention mutual love of Sherlock!

  4. David
    January 5, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    Happy New Year Lesley, the first of many more, Martha's of course, not Resolutions! I enjoyed Sherlock, as you'd expect but found it to be a little too enigmatic at times, even for my Sherlockian Brain honed by my Uncle's multiple holiday readings in the erm 0's [Secret Squirrel]!

    Also enjoyed George, Kennedyish, which one though I wonder, certainly not a Bush clone or even Clinton, but won't give anything further away just enjoy the back room shenagigans [is that the word I wonder?] it is worth it!

    Looking forward to the imminent release of the Blu-Ray Tinker, Tailor …… and the Sherlock Holmes [American Style, is there any other?]!

  5. January 6, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    I forgot to add, cliche or not there a lots of people who would give their eye teeth, if they're young enough to still have them of course, to have that!

    Also, I continue reading SH and this informs my viewing of TV and Movie representations and I'd go for CD any day of the week [Uncles you know]!

  6. January 7, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    I love reading Sherlock Holmes, but have never watched it. Maybe I should try to pry the remote from my husband 🙂

    That is one thing about New Year's Resolutions, that it's easy to think about what we want to do, but a lot harder to do it! I'm a lot like you, doing all the useless stuff in the kitchen while the interesting stuff is happening in the living room. I think we need to have more of the American style homes where the kitchen is part of the living room, then we wouldn't have that problem! Thank you for linking up 🙂

  7. January 8, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Rhoda – I think that if the kitchen was in the middle of the living room, most things would still pass me by! Linking up is a great idea.
    David -too enigmatic for you?! Impossible I would have thought 🙂

  8. January 9, 2012 / 9:14 pm

    Martha: I give the impression but I think you're taking a "Positive Liberty" by ascribing me with a "moral simplicity of humanity". I do consider myself an Existentialist [well almost], I believe in The Absurd and therefore you could very well be right [almost]. %-D

  9. January 10, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    I watched Endeavour, not expecting anything special but was surprised to find that it was actually very clever and whilst not answering all of those sticky conundrums [not to mention palindromes etc.]left at the departure, it went a long way! Fred Thursday in particular was very good!

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