First and foremost may I wish you a most splendid New Year and on the matter of resolutions mine is very simple....I have resolved not to make any for I find them personally a negative, guilt inducing process at what already can be a difficult time of year. I shall be making some small tweaks and setting some achievable, modest goals but you can take your hair shirt and place it permanently in an orifice where the sun don't shine thanks all the same.
Nothing racy planned here just the decision to hopefully have learnt 6 new veggie main meals and 6 new puddings by the end of the year along with reading some of Ronald Hutton's books, a changing set up on my seasonal shelf when and as the mood takes me and finally to manage my anxiety/depression and to build upon the foundations I laid during 2013. Simples! What I shall not be doing is giving up anything that I enjoy doing so crisps will remain a firm favourite- in moderation but ooh the delight they give me!!
The making and breaking of resolutions is not a new phenomena as Pepys illustrated:
31 Dec 1661
"I have newly taken a solemn oath about abstaining from plays and wine, which I am resolved to keep"
20 Jan 1662
Pepys took delivery of "four gallons of Malaga wine; what it will stand us in I know not; but it is the first great quantity of wine that I ever bought"
Despite having a copy of Pepys diary in my reading pile I have oft opened it but erm may not as yet quite read any. This excerpt is thanks to Jane Struthers "The Book Of Christmas"
Now I'm sure that there is a tube of Pringles with my name on somewhere waiting for my undivided attention....