Jen’s Initiatives (Why can’t I have resolutions?)

I don’t know what happened in his past to make him so jaded toward resolutions, but I guess my years from now on will be rung in with something called initiatives. So here are mine for the great year o’ 2011.

1. Become a wine connoisseur. My husband is tackling Columbia and the coffee industry, what’s to keep me from the vineyards in Italy? I often heard rumors of the wine tasting classes offered in college, but let’s face it: it was only an elective and no college students have developed a taste for wine anyway. It would have been a complete waste. This New York Times article might be against me, but I’m really thinking (budget allowing, of course) that a once weekly wine and cheese dinner is in store for this year. Artisan cheese shop and fancy Pinot something, here I come.

2. Take more classes. This could be somehow related to number one, though I’m thinking books will have to suffice in the world of vino. This year, I will be introduced to the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, and she and I will become something like soul mates, one class at a time. I’m thinking I’ll start with a refresher in ceramics and move up to the glass blowing class. Except that it requires the use of a direct flame and melted glass, so Kyle will probably make a few calls to get me expelled and save the center from burning down, but whatever. More classes it is.

3. Don’t read the bible in one year. This one sounds terrible, but I have a legitimate reason. I try and accomplish this every year, and I do great until about the tenth of February. Once I get behind, it becomes overwhelming to catch up, so I just stop. Right now, I feel like I’m reading consistently and learning a lot, so why mess with it? Genesis and I are finished with our meet and greets.

4. Figure out what we want our house to look like. And by we I mean I, because Kyle doesn’t really care. Project numero uno is to finish painting the kitchen before the painters tape becomes permanently fused to the woodwork. And there are about a thousand number twos. Oh the things I should have done when I was jobless.

Any suggestions from the crowd?

14 thoughts on “Jen’s Initiatives (Why can’t I have resolutions?)”

  1. A strange suggestion but what about reading one chapter of the OT and then one chapter of the NT. The other option is to go to this website (http://thebibleinoneyear.wordpress.com/) and start back with the Day 1 – that's was actually back in September that we started then you can read the blog posts to accompany your reading. What do you think?

    I am rubbish at making resolutions – I always make them then by Feb 1st I've forgotten them or given up on them.

  2. Great post Jen! I too have had meet n greets with Genesis in January the past couple years. I missed enough of the later meetings that I just threw my hands up (mainly because Party in the USA came on the radio). Chronological reading schedules take a lot of displine, which I lack when it comes to paperback. Maybe that needs to be my initiative. Trying to convince Kyra that I want the Steve Jobs translation of the bible (iPad + YouVersion) for my birthday. That won’t happen.

    Anyways, if you are interested in graduating from Fuzzy Navel U, check out today’s DFW Groupon.

    1. I think we all want the Steve Jobs translation. The unfortunate thing is that a paperback version works just as well, so it’s difficult to convince the spouses that we’re in desperate need. 🙂

  3. Whatever you're doing in the Bible, my advice is to include one Proverb and one Psalm each day, in addition to whatever else.

    And don't let Kyle tell you that you can't have resolutions. Jonathan Edwards had some of the most famous resolutions known to man, and they were fantastic.

  4. I actually took a strange kind of comfort in hearing that your mutual decorating strategy includes just you. Because I'm the same way. I simply have a large part of me that's challenged in noticing what color walls of rooms are, and cabinets, etc. Cannot tell you how many times my wife has asked me what color someone's house is, and I say, "I dunno."

    And there's absolutely no particular reason you should care at all… But if ya wanna read my personal take on reading the Bible, I actually already posted about it… http://kelybreez.com/post/2600029768/my-one-word-

  5. I actually took a strange kind of comfort in hearing that your mutual decorating strategy includes just you. Because I'm the same way. I simply have a large part of me that's challenged in noticing what color walls of rooms are, and cabinets, etc. Cannot tell you how many times my wife has asked me what color someone's house is, and I say, "I dunno."

    And though there's no particular reason why you'd want to, you're welcome to take a look at my own personal thoughts about reading the Bible, which also has nothing to do with a reading plan or the calendar… http://kelybreez.com/post/2600029768/my-one-word-

  6. "Genesis and I are finished with our meet and greets."

    I have been doing better myself lately but I just started a guide to help me have a stronger purpose in each quiet time to help my consistency. It's not necessarily the "bible in a year" deal but it's called Project 345+ from Youversion. They give various plans to reading your Bible and the one I've chosen (project 345) takes a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, and a Pslam and Proverb each day.

    link: http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/project-3… – in case you're ever interested.

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