Friday, August 31, 2012

It's Naughty New Year!


Yes, we know. To the rest of the world, the New Year is still a few months away, but let's be honest. Haven't most of us been imprinted since childhood with the idea of September being the start of a whole new year? In that spirit (and because some of us just wanted an excuse to use that very suggestive Champagne-popping gif up there) we bring you the Naughty New Year.

So sit back, pour some Champagne...or get someone to pour some for you. This guy, perhaps. And let's talk New Years...


Pop the cork on the champagne, it's a brand new year! Well a new school year anyway, but that's almost cause for a bigger celebration than January 1st. Back to school means back to routine, and while I will miss sleeping past seven and taking the kids to the park and the pool or just laying around watching a movie with them, I'm soooo ready for school days and having more time to write. There are new projects to dive into, new (and old) characters to put through the wringer, new parodies to brainstorm, new flavors of margarita to try. :)

But the best thing about a September New Year is no pressure to make resolutions we won't be able to keep more than a month, and that's being generous lol. 

I am definitely looking forward to the new year--and lots of naughty new releases. Last year was all about the writer's block (and a lot of other frustrating stuff) not this year! 








That's going to be my numero uno resolution for the new year:  The others include: Helping Kelly find a 12 step program for her shoe addiction (I figure she'll need a new pair for every step. That sounds reasonable, right?) and moving forward with the plans Erin and I have been discussing about starting our own coffee plantation in Hawaii. Mmm. Coffee. 


I love thinking of September as the new year. For me, with my kids at these ages still, it really is. And the weather is much nicer here in September than January! The new year/September also means a new FOOTBALL season and that in and of itself is worth celebrating!

In the fall I always get a new football game shirt, a new scent from Bath and Body works to use, new fall scented candles, new warmer jammies and start back on the warmer drinks-- hot coffees vs. iced, hot chocolates and all the fun things to put in them-- butterscotch schnapps, Bailey's, peppermint schnapps,etc. :)

I'm in for a party, I'm in for a 12-step shoe program for Kelly and I'm IN for a coffee plantation in Hawaii-- this would require in person visits at least every three months or so, yes? And be a write-off?

Oops I just Tweeted my newest shoe acquisition. Addiction? What?

I'm going back to school shopping even though I'm not in school and my kids are in university and don't need much in the way of school supplies. 











I love school/office supplies and at this time of year stores like Staples have all kinds of cool stuff. I need some fun new post it notes and one of those whiteout pens and a new black Sharpie marker (left the lid off mine and it dried up). And I will check out fun colored file folders and binders and maybe pick up cheap looseleaf paper that I use for making notes. And having some new file folders and binders will inspire me to tidy up and organize my office to start the "new year" off right!




It wouldn't be New Year's without a diet resolution, right? Have I got a weird one for you! When I was in San Diego I met with a Tibetan doctor who put me on a Wind Heat Disorder diet. In our medical lingo, that means I have inflammation and too much stress. So goodbye to sugar, wheat products, dairy, potatoes, alcohol, caffeine, and a few other random items like radishes and peanut butter. So far so good. But ask me if I intend to stick with it during the Naughty Nine retreat in New Orleans. HELL NO!! Then I plan to get naughty with beignets and gumbo. And wine. 



Okay, the grinch here. As a former teacher, I grew to dread September almost as much as my students did. After three months of reading and writing and basically enjoying life as an independent scholar, I had to go back to work. When I started teaching I felt excited but after twenty years, I mainly felt tired. Yeah, it got better after a week or so, but that first week was a killer (particularly before registration was totally automated and I had to sit at the table and give people stickers for freshman English--talk about nasty encounters!). Now that I'm writing full time I no longer think of beginnings and endings of years, just the beginnings and endings of projects. And believe me, I'm a lot happier that way!




So now it's your turn. We want to hear your Naughty New Year's resolutions. Post them in the comment section and you'll be entered to win a Party On! shower jelly from LUSH Cosmetics. 



7 comments:

Moira said...

My resolution is to finish a couple of books, survive another round of college classes, and of course finally meet the kilted hottie of my dreams!

Much success ladies and I love the blog!

Kate Davies said...

I'm jumping in here because I missed the NNN deadline for this post - because it's the start of the school year! I work in education as my day job, and my life is extra-crazy right now as we prepare for the first day of school (and beyond). But no matter how crazy it gets, I love those first days and weeks - the fresh new school supplies, the anxious and excited students, the teachers eager to make a difference.

And my "new years" resolution? To do a better job tracking these group posts so I don't miss out! :)

Jane said...

One of my resolutions will be to stop dwelling on the small stuff and be more optimistic.

Kelly Jamieson said...

Mwah Moira!
Kate - good resolution!
Jane - being optimistic is always a good resolution! I need to work on not sweating the small stuff too!

Kim B said...

Like Meg, I am starting to dread September. I figured it up, this will be my 37th first day of school. The end of my summer freedom! But like Erin, I love Fall. I love the temperature, I love the smells, everything. And like Kelly I love me some school supplies. When all the other parents are complaining about it, I am secretly jumping up and down. I love the hunt for the best price as well.

Kim B said...

Like Meg, I am starting to dread September. I figured it up, this will be my 37th first day of school. The end of my summer freedom! But like Erin, I love Fall. I love the temperature, I love the smells, everything. And like Kelly I love me some school supplies. When all the other parents are complaining about it, I am secretly jumping up and down. I love the hunt for the best price as well.

Kim B said...

Don't ask me why that keeps happening. But I forgot to ask, Juniper, what can you eat? I think I have the same problem, but giving up all those foods would cause me even more stress. (Fingers crossed this only shows up once)