Dear 2013

Dear 2013,

Welcome! I thought in these early days we ought to take a moment to coordinate our plans. It helps stave off disappointment if we work together. I had HUGE plans last January, but your sister 2012 thought it “funny” to derail most of them. I’m sure you and I can avoid that, right?

Once again, I’ve got lots and lots of plans and projects. Heck, I have to-do lists for my to-do lists, not to mention the ever-growing macro DIY project chart. Try not to look at those directly — it’s a little frightening, even to me.

I thought I’d pare it down for you, 2013 — you know, to be manageable. Here’s my short list of resolutions that I’m sure we can accomplish together:

1.  Read more. I thought I was a page-burner — and then I realized that I haven’t really finished any leisure reading in a while. The New York Times and nonfiction have been my friends lately, but I need to get back to feeding my soul with novels and short stories.

2.  Eat better. In other words, find more recipes for cooking at home. In 2012, I got stuck in the same ol’ supper rotation of pizza — chicken something —  soup — black bean and corn dip with chips — repeat. So I’m counting on the kindness of fellow bloggers (and there are so many I follow who share their wonderful recipes) to help me find a new dinner groove.

3.  Get organized. Don’t laugh, 2013. I know I mention this every single January, but I have a really good feeling about it this time. And I’m starting with that wreck of a room we call an office. Roll up your sleeves — we’re going to start mucking it out right after we officially “de-Christmas” the house.

4.  Knit faster. Or at least knit more consistently. Last year, I only finished a short list of items — socks for my mom and E, a few hats, random scarves and gloves and cowls and headbands. I did deconstruct a sweater, but I have yet to rework it.

In theory, I’d like to have hand knits ready to wrap for everyone on my list next Christmas. (Why yes, 2013, I am talking about December in January. Don’t judge.) I’ve seen other knitters who think ahead, knit their Christmas gifts at a normal pace throughout the year, and set them aside for their recipients. Every year, I marvel at how logically they’ve approached the holiday madness. So, 2013 my friend, you and I are going to give it a whirl. Besides, I think it goes hand-in-hand with #3 above.

dog sweaterI do have a jump on this item, although it’s more about a current need than for a gift next Christmas. I started a quick dog sweater for Louie. I’m cobbling together a pattern-on-the-go, inspired by Knit and Bake’s Linus sweater. Personally, I’d love to figure out the now out-of-print Dogosaurus Rex sweater (Ravelry link here) because it’s just too cute for words. We’ll see how it goes. All I know is Lou is C-O-L-D on his daily walk (and he hates the little dog coat that I bought him — the velcro straps get tangled in his fur), so this knit needs to skip to the head of the line.

5.  Sleep more. Yeah, I laughed at that one too. It’s good to dream big, though, isn’t it?

I know we can accomplish these few goals, 2013, if we just work together. I pledge to stay on task if you promise to not throw too many curveballs my way. Deal?



What are your goals/resolutions for this new year?

About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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28 Responses to Dear 2013

  1. Leah says:

    Haha, excellent post! What a clever way to share your resolutions. 🙂 Cheers to 2013!

    • Thanks, Leah! Now that I’ve put them out there, I feel like I have to be responsible and do them. Of course, I’m not sure how that sleep one is going to work….

      Best to you and Jon in 2013 — can’t wait to read more about the Paleo challenge you’re working on.

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    I know people who knit for Christmas gifts do start in January. Good luck with your goals 🙂 Judy

    • Hi Judy, thanks for stopping by! I admire those knitters who get right on the ball and start making gifts right after the first of the year. It only makes sense — it’s still dark outside early, it’s freezing cold, and I’ll be parked on the couch each evening watching bad TV. Might as well knit and take the stress out of the holidays in December! 🙂

  3. I like your resolutions — and share several of them 🙂 Here’s to us both keeping them!

  4. jgann22 says:

    Oh , how I would love to sleep more & get organized. That is my biggest problem. I just hope it doesn’t cause my blog to fail !

    • A little secret: every year I pledge to get organized and get more sleep, but it never seems to materialize. Now that I’ve written down and sent it out into the blogo-ether, I figure I’ll really have to give it a go. Right? 🙂

      • jgann22 says:

        We have the same mind set. Because I thought since I was blogging about my exercise & weight loss that I would have to stick with it 🙂 LOL ! I have been trying ever since my daughter was born ! And I never seem to do it ! That is just shameful 🙂 I hope you get plenty rest & get organized. Good Luck !

  5. alenaslife says:

    I think they’re all doable other than that sleep idea. I can’t see that happening.

    • Yeah, that sleep one was a little pie-in-the-sky. I tell myself I’m going to do it every year, but it never quite happens. Now that I’ve written it down and shared it with you, I’m hoping that I’ll suddenly sleep like a tired puppy.

  6. I hope cute Louis doesn’t eat his dog sweater…didn’t he just eat one of your mittens?!! LOL!

    • Yeah, that little stinker did just chomp through one of my gloves. Sigh. I’m trying to put that down to yarn-envy, which will be resolved by knitting him his own little sweater. If nothing else, he’s really small so his little sweater is like knitting for a baby — easy and quick. But man, I hope he doesn’t eat it too!

  7. amyp22 says:

    Love your posts.

    I’ve finished four gifts for 2013 Christmas this week. Making slippers so they stitch quick.

    • Amy — you are the crafter I aspire to be. So smart to make the gifts now when it’s cold and dark out and I can while away the hours in front of the TV with a little knitting. Do you have a special spot where you keep all your gifts for the next Christmas? I’m so worried that I’ll forget where I hid them and end up tearing apart the house on December 24th. 🙂 I almost forgot that we bought a Lego Advent Calendar on clearance last January for the kids to do this past December. Found that by accident when my husband was pulling out the stash of lights in mid-November. Whew.

      • amyp22 says:

        I have a weird walk-in closet which happens to have enough room for one of those big metal shelving units. I keep them there. I call it the gift shelf…I also buy stuff on clearance from time to time and store it there as well. This way, we are ready for any of those surprise birthday parties.

        I felt kind of cheesy about my homemade gifts but then I started checking out stuff on etsy and decided I’m quite happy with my homemade stuff…some of those things are really expensive.

      • I’m going to have to carve out a little extra room in the office closet to store them. Either that or I’m going to have to put little reminders in my phone’s calendar on December 15th like — “Hey, look in the storage room behind the Christmas tree! You put gifts there. Go wrap them!” That may make me feel like an idiot, but at least I won’t lose them.

        The stuff that gets me is the super expensive knitted gifts from the retailers. Last year, I think it was one of the catalogue companies that had a knitted polar bear toy for kids. It was like $150. Really. That has a way of making me feel crazy clever. 🙂

  8. Love this letter¡ My main goal for 2013 is to step a little more outside my comfort zone and push the boundary a little both inside and outside the craft room. I do have some specific named challenges, but most are little ideas floating around in my head. -Nizzy

    • Thanks, Nizzy! You’ve made such cute crafts on your blog, I can’t wait to see what you’ll make by “pushing your crafting boundaries.”

      And as an aside — I’ve got to clean up my office so I have a little extra space for crafting. Between you and me, I’d love to have a space for my poor neglected sewing machine in there too — just don’t tell my husband! 🙂

  9. Cul de Sac says:

    Love your letter, that was clever! Wish you good luck with your goals, i’m sure you will achieve them!!! Go girlll!

  10. timewiththea says:

    Thank you for another giggle moment. My goals are the same as your except for the knitting one because I am not much of a knitter. I have to admit the one about sleeping more is the one that is a priority for me. Happy New Year! ~Thea

    • Thea — it’s so good to see you with your new photo and new blog name! Here’s to achieving our goals in 2013 — especially the one about sleep (not that I have a lot of hope for that one, but I’m game to try!).

      • timewiththea says:

        I am going to try the good night sleep but I will be happy with what I can get. Happy New Year!

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