New years eve was spent in south London in the company of very good friends. We ate a three course menu starting with delicious Jerusalem Artichoke soup with mixed mushrooms, thanks to Saga’s great cooking. The main was equally nice, potatoe wedges with pork filet in mushroom and cheese (and I think cream as well) with asparagus and salad on the side, cooked by the lovely host couple Åsa and Mattias. The dessert was pears in wine with ice cream and biscuits made by Johan, very nice as well but at this stage I had eaten to much and had no room left to put all in.
As we had some Finns amongst us we started to drink in the new year at 10.00 when it was 12.00 in Finland. Then just before 11.00 we listened to Jan Malmsjö’s rendition of Lord Tennyson’s poem Ring Out, Wild Bells (see post below for the poem) on Swedish television as is tradition in Sweden. Then we drank for the Swedish new year.
Just before 12.00 UK time we poured the champagne and went outside to see if we could catch a glimpse of some fireworks. It was freezing cold for being London and it even snowed a bit later on. After seeing a bit of fireworks we went in to defrost 😉
So did I give any new years resolutions? Yes I did several actually, well hrm more than several actually…
I know some are completely against new years resolutions saying none given, none broken, others say I can stop with things anytime of the year why promise on NYE? Studies have also shown that January is a bad time for starting/stopping things. But I have always done so and most of my resolutions I actually keep. The trick is don’t be too hard on yourself, to me a slight improvement on something I promised is a slight success and not a total failure as others might see it. Also throw in some fun promises and goals this makes it more fun and they are easier to achieve.
So here I’ll give you a few of my 2010 resolutions;
Get a new job.
Become fluent in French.
Take 2 diving courses, probably Rescue Diving and Dry Suit (dry suit to dive Swedish wrecks) just need a diving buddy to do the courses with to make it more fun. Do you dive? Want to join me?
Be more environmentally friendly.
Buy more fairtrade.
Sleep more and better.
Beat my PB in the London Marathon.
Get a tattoo.
Look forward, forgive and forget the past.
Change my hair colour and maybe a different hair cut.
Go to Greece and visit my friend there.
Save some money….hehehehe always fail on this one 😉
Keep on climbing, maybe even one or two more courses in climbing.
Travel somewhere properly, maybe Brazil, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia or Thailand…Sun, fun and diving.
So that was a few of them, not going to bore you with the whole list and some are too private to share. As you see some of them are fun and others are not difficult, more environmentally friendly for exampel is easy peasy, buy less, recycle more and use less plastic and whey-hey you’re on your way. I like having many because they give me goals, things to focus on and it feels nice when I have succeeded with a few of them.
Do you give resolutions? Why? Why not? And if you did what are they?