Monday, January 4, 2016

Question of the Month with Michael D'Agostino


Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 
What are some New Year’s resolutions you’ve had in the past?


Ah, sweet Michael...the wheels in my brain box are turning. A more appropriate question might be "what are some New Year's resolutions I've NOT had in the past?" Fortunately, my purpose on Earth is not to revise your great bloghop.

January resolutions appeal to me. Naysayers might balk at the whole premise of resolving to change or improve, but not me! There's plenty of room for improvement and I just love the idea of picking a day where you say to yourself, "now it begins!" 

Anyone with any life experience under their belt will tell you that life is full of failures and successes. Unless you are the rare bear that always succeeds, you'll probably have more failure than success. Don't be so hard on yourself 'cause honey, the folks that never try need all your sympathy. They might be the poster children for "failure." So, write those resolutions and give it your best shot, I always say!

Resolutions I've Made in the Past:
  • Jan. 1, 1959: Finding myself "in utero," pretty cramped, and longing for a decent meal, I resolved to break free within 30 days. Failed by eight days but ultimately reached my goal. 
Too early? Let's go forward a few (cough, cough) years...

Adult Resolutions, in order of popularity (I recycle, people):
  • Lose Weight: (YES...AND NO...AND YES...OOPS, NO...YES...NO). Winner of the 2016 Most Popular Cherdo Resolution Award.
  • Learn something new: I usually achieve this goal, especially when I'm specific about what I want to learn.
  • Wear make up every day: Failed. I start out good and go full on fabulous but then I get the burny eyes and cut way back on painting my mug.
  • Never to wear make up: More successful, but unwilling to totally give up. A girl gotta have the lipstick and a little sumpthin' to be presentable. A salute to Mother Nature (but if she was really my mother, she'd send me back for the make up, no joke).
  • Read _____: Just fill in the blank. I always nail this one. No reason necessary to read.
  • Tan: Yep, that was a resolution one year; I "fake and baked" my way to success because I thought I would look more presentable on a cruise. I'm not sure anyone really cares what shade of human I am, in retrospect.
  • Break free of a bad relationship: I've actually had to use this one more than once and not necessarily for a romantic attachment. Friendships are not always good; we've all had that friend that is more enemy than pal (haven't we, or am I just a target?). The older I get, the less willing I am to put up with shenanigans that cause grief. Period. I actually think I'm at the age where I wouldn't even wait for New Year's day and I'd shout out a heartfelt Charlie Sheen "winning!"
  • Play an instrument: A teenaged dream (nailed it).
What does this tell us? Should I be discouraged to see that some of these goals repeatedly appear? Nawwww...I'm still optimistic. There are worse things in life than hope, believe me.

Thanks, Michael, for a great bloghop idea! Keep 'em coming. Visit other participants on The Question of the Month:







43 comments:

  1. I made a New Year's resolution years ago and have kept it ever since. 'Never make another New Year's resolution.'

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  2. I'm not one to make resolutions, but my 1957 resolution was probably a lot like yours of 1959, although I succeed and entered the real world within 30 days...

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    1. I've always known that you were a much better person than I...right from the start. And I don't begrudge you at all, sage! Ha ha ha.

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  3. All of these look familiar :). I gave up making resolutions a long time ago because I never kept them, especially the health and fitness ones. Those lasted each time maybe two weeks and I'm being generous!

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    1. What's wrong with us, Catherine? LOL. At least we still hope and attempt, right?

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  4. What instrument did you learn to play?
    Bad friendships are draining. Dump those quickly.

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    1. Guitar, what else? I've been messing with that thing since the 70s and I've also given lessons to a slew of kids. Two of my boys are super good at it, no thanks to me. They were naturals. The other son was a drummer.

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  5. I think "lose weight" has been on my list every year for 10 years! Some years I succeed, most I fail.

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  6. You are not alone in those bad relationship issues. I get sucked in and feel sorry for someone, when I should be telling them to pull it together and get on with it! I'm also curious about the instrument you are playing. I love my piano.

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    1. Those are the kind I attract, too! Pretty soon, I feel like they are sucking the life out of me with their "issues" and they never progress. AHHHHHHH!

      I'm a guitar "affictionado." That makes me sound like I actually know something.

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  7. To be honest, I don't remember any New Year's resolutions from the past because I haven't made them in years! However, that having been said, I try to work on myself daily.

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    1. And it shows - you're one of the most thoughtful people I know and you have a great attitude. And you're my buddy! Yay!

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  8. To be honest, I don't remember any New Year's resolutions from the past because I haven't made them in years! However, that having been said, I try to work on myself daily.

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    1. Hey, I still feel the same as above (ha ha ha).

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  9. I made a resolution on January 1st, 2015 to wake up on January 1st, 2016.
    WINNING!
    By the way, that not wearing make-up thing?
    WINNING!
    (except for a very confusing time in my life in 1985)

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    1. If you're having trouble with number 2 resolution, let go and follow your heart, Al.

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  10. I made a resolution each January: work on fitness. Less successful at resolving to read great, serious books.

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    1. Classic literature is awesome! Go for it. Stack it up and do crazy fitness moves with it between books. WINNING!

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  11. I love the make-up one-hahaha-so true! Actually when I was a teen-I couldn't wait to wear make-up (Mom thought I was too young). 20's-wore make-up and tried different things. 30's wore make-up but sometimes went out without. 40's-put the damm stuff on for work...same for early 50's. The last resolution I made was that i was no longer making any more and I have stuck to that:)

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    1. Dare I admit I felt compelled to put on make up again today and now I have the dreaded burny-eye once more.

      Actually, your timeline of diminishing make up looks very much like mine.

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  12. Hi, Cherdo,

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Hope you enjoyed the holidays....

    For me... My biggest resolution is to get my new puppy trained and obedient.... he is a Westie with MAJOR Westitude.... 12 weeks old and thinks he's top dog... he's in for a rude awakening. LOL.

    He's too adorable for his own good. But I know once he has all his shots and I can get him out of the house he'll be a much better companion and friend. He's frustrated. Loves people and loves to be the center of attention. He was so good the first week I had him because I took him everywhere with me. Now his vet insists I stop doing so until he's properly vaccinated. Poor, little guy doesn't understand it's for his own good...

    Anyway. Good luck on your resolutions~ You're one determined lady, so I know he will succeed...

    ALL THE BEST!

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    1. Westies are so adorable. I don't think I could train one. I would give in on everything. My daughter adopted a Labradoodle when she was in high school. Every time she gave Emma a command, which Emma promptly disobeyed, my daughter giggled. Emma was the winner. Now we miss her.

      Love,
      Janie

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    2. Your dog is super cute, Michael!! I have a toy poodle, Coco, that would show your delightfully dog all the dominate, irritating things a dog can do to gain control of the room, ha ha. She's way too smart.

      What's up with the remodel? I need more pictures, my friend! I bet it's awesome by now. Chi-town, here I come...start the coffee...

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    3. Hi, Cherdo...

      I posted pics YESTERDAY... Please STOP BY... I still have Christmas up... lol

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    4. Westies are adorable, Janie, BUT.... They have MAJOR WESTITUDE... Need I say more. LOL

      Happy New Year!

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  13. You make me laugh. I never try to tan. I've spent most of my life outdoors and my skins knows it. And like you, I don't have to resolve to read. I never had to resolve to break up a relationship. Been pretty lucky there.

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    1. I'm an avowed "sun blocker" most of the time and I am pale. I can even freckle at will, not that I include that on my resume.

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  14. I lost the make-up routine when I worked at a zoo. When you drop a hose and get blasted in the face before 9 a.m., the concept of make-up goes right out the window.

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    1. Tamara, I think I totally see your point! Face it, zebra's don't appreciate your efforts anyway. Relax and leave that make up at home!

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  15. I guess there are some things we must continually resolve to do as some battles seem to never end. I've never had the make-up dilemma. Oddly I was just thinking about the tanning thing yesterday. After looking in a mirror I appeared so pasty that I thought I should get out in the sun more, but I think my paleness right now is mostly due to my current illness. Though I probably should get out in the sun more.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  16. But these ARE the droids I'm looking for! Your resolutions are great and funny. Does the first one mean we're both February babies? As for make-up, I wear it if I'm going out--usually. I don't bother with eye make-up most of the time because I have to take off my glasses to put it on, rendering me virtually blind. So I put on a light foundation and brush on some powder. I have very blotchy skin. I like it to be one color when possible. I love learning. Documentaries and non-fiction books help with this goal. The best thing I've learned during the last couple of years was that the doctor who took care of President Garfield when he was shot was named Doctor. Therefore, he was Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss. However, the first doctor to provide care to the president was African-American. He happened to be on the scene and, thus, became the first black doctor to care for a president. I've had to break free of more than one bad relationship. One former friend still tries to get in touch with me four years after I ended the friendship. As for an instrument, I was born tickling the ivories. My mom had quite a few complaints about that because we had a parlor grand piano. Very large. She got over it, but maybe it's the reason I was the sixth and final baby.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. You've had some good resolutions. Shows you're constantly evolving.

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  18. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Great post, kiddo. Heaven knows, I've got lots of room for improvement, but I can't remember ever making any "formal" new year's resolutions. I think of each new year as a fresh start filled with endless opportunities, and do "think" of things to do or change, goals I'd like to meet, that sort of thing, but I don't think of them as resolutions. (Less chance for failure that way!)

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  19. I have one word for New Year's resolutions: POOF.
    Should we try mid-March vows?

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  20. At least you try and let them fly

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  21. Happy New Year! I buy so many makeup palettes and I've yet to finish one. I haven't tried fake tans yet, but I've broken away from the wrong type of friends.

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  22. Interesting to read your resolutions. Glad to see you've learned to play an instrument. Which one?

    (I wear makeup all the time. I wouldn't feel dressed without it!)

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  23. Great post. I just do what I need/want to do when I need/want to do it. I do not use a date as an incentive. Anyone who does, I commend 100%

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  24. Ah Cherdo, I love your sense of humor (I spelled it without the "u" out of respect).

    What instrument do you play?

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  25. LOL those New Years resolutions. Isn't it crazy how quickly they can change from one year to the next? I don't have any resolutions per se, more like goals. We'll see how things go. :)
    Hope you had a fantastic New Years!

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  26. I made a lot of New Year resolutions while being a child. Lot's of broken promises. What a bad person I am.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo