I have never been a New Year Resolution guy. I've never bought into the idea that a new year or new month or new week is when I should start (or stop) some part of my life. I get the idea of using it for measurement, to say it's been X days since I quit whatever, or I weight X pounds on X day, and now weight X pounds X days later...but without getting into the entire philosophical/existential argument about time being a social construct, I just always thought it was dumb to embrace the whole "new year, new me" mentality. You're the same lazy dummy you were on December 31st.


Here are some things I'd like to do, and maybe by putting it in writing I'll have a different outlook.


I pounded water during my vacation. I peed about 100 times a day, so hopefully my body will adapt to the influx of hydration, but I've been telling myself forever I need to drink more water, and I'm determined to stick to it.


I had started to feel like I was too old for concerts anymore. Even going to see artists I thought were in my generational wheelhouse, I was surrounded by imbeciles ruining my experience. I questioned How Old Was Too Old For A Music Festival?, then quickly ate my words when Sea.Hear.Now ended up being amazing. The thing is, almost every time I go to a concert, I leave with a surge of emotions...and I think I need to chase that high more often.


I was really into yoga for about 6 months a few years ago, until I hurt my back doing it. I was going along with DDP Yoga, but during one stretch I pulled something in my back. At the moment it just felt like something stretched that I wasn't used to stretching, but it ended up being one of those things that turned into waking up the next morning and barely being able to get out of bed. I probably should've just backed off the intensity and continued to stretch, but instead I got scared straight. I think getting back into it would be good for me.


Nah, just kidding, I don't even know what that BS new age phrase means.


Along with seeing more concerts, I'd love to be in a band again. It's been at least a decade since I've played with a regular old rock band, and it's even been a couple years since I was in a bagpipe band. Having a kid put a real wrench into my schedule, but now that Baby Varacchi is two, there may be a bit more freedom to take a few hours away here and there to jam.


Speaking of Baby Varacchi, it's time to really start her pop culture education. She's learning a ton, with exponential speed. Her speech and vocabulary are increasing, she's recognizing more people and animals and everything, and she's definitely picking up more of what I watch on TV (no more Quentin Tarantino movies until she's in bed). All that said, I think it's time to start form a curriculum. Introduce her to music other than Baby Shark, have her watch movies that aren't violent or vulgar but still more than Frozen & Moana twice a day. Just last night I was watching 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and she was super-interested, but got freaked out when Indy encountered the horde of rats in the tomb under Venice. I'll need to be careful what I choose, but I definitely think Baby V has the ability to sit and watch Star Wars with me now, and I'm incredibly excited for it.

Let's see how many of these I actually get done! Baby V, water, and yoga should be pretty easy...concerts will depend on who's touring (and my wallet), and the band thing is the most iffy.

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