On the topic of kitchen resolutions, I’d say I’m 1 for 2: my drying rack has been very busy, trying to keep up with me as I keep my kitchen mess to a minimum. My sink is totally, gloriously empty right now, the perfect prelude to some Saturday night cooking. My freezer, however, has seen few of its tenants move out and welcomed half a chocolate cake this week, my attempt to preserve the remainder of the chocolate raspberry pudding cake. I’m having sort of a hard time figuring out how to deal with the freezer this month because I’m going out of town soon (11 days, to be precise!). I don’t know what to use now and what to keep. I suppose what I’m really lacking is a battle plan: I need a freezer inventory and a list of the recipes with which I’m going to tackle the freezer. Make freezer inventory. There! That’s my next kitchen resolution.
But this month, I thought it important to make some notes on the resolutions I will not be making. Writing a not-to-do list is a bit rebellious, but it’s also very reassuring. And I feel it can be useful for harnessing your resolution energy to make sure it’s aimed squarely in the direction you want to move. I find that I am sometimes vulnerable to the suggestions from other people’s to-do lists and resolutions, such that when someone talks about, for example, quitting alcohol, suddenly the idea that I should quit drinking takes root in my brain. But the thing is, I don’t drink much in the first place! And I like the occasional glass of wine! Writing my not-to-do list is a way of ferreting out all those unwanted ideas and saying to them, firmly but kindly, “NO.” Go ahead, try it: “No!” See? Like I said, it’s very reassuring.
For the month of September, I promise not to:
* Drink less coffee.
* Drink less wine.
* Ride my bike less often.
* Get up earlier.
* Worry about my job and my future.
* Spend less time feeling grateful for my wonderful friends, great colleagues, and good life.
* Feel less loved by the sweetest man I know.
* Spend more time being serious.
* Hurry up.
What are you planning not to do this month?