No Joy In '06

happy new year, Cliif!

i hope you had a joyous holiday season and have been properly ringing in the new year by being hungover.

note: i say "had" because i believe the season is over, seeing as i just came from rite-aid where i ran smack into a pile of valentine's day chocolates. so apparently even if my own christmas lights are still up, the outside world is ready to move on.

hate you, outside world.

anyway, i find the end of the season upsetting because i have spent the last six weeks fa la la la la-ing and such. and i go back to work tomorrow*, where it's back to the grindstone, back to life, back to reality, back to day-to-day being.

and not only that, but -- to the point** -- tomorrow begins the execution of my one, big resolution. the resolution i am dubbing: No Joy In '06.

now, before we get into the details and nuances of NJ06, let's consider 2005 for a moment.

in retrospect, i believe an apt title for last year would be Oh, Hey, Where'd The Time Go? (In '05). because i set out to do exactly TWO things.

that's two.

as in one, two.

and i did so thinking, wow, i'm sure being reasonable with what i want to accomplish this year. instead of making a list of a dozen or so things i might not do, let's keep it simple and achievable. let's list two things and then we'll be SURE to get 'em done.

and now it's 2006 and i've done how many of them?

that's right. one.

and only sort of.

so now, on the precipice of 2006, i feel i owe it to myself to review WHY i was only able to accomplish Sort Of One thing on my list of, yeslet'srestateforemphasis, two.

it is because i let eight hundred million other things get in the way.

and that is because this is what i do. (and what i'd like to try and fix a little this year.)

instead of cleaning my apartment, i will blog about soup stains. instead of doing my laundry (by which we know i mean WALK MY LAUNDRY ACROSS THE STREET) i will sip wine and watch an episode of sex and the city for the 49th time. instead of paying my bills on time, i will file my bills away in a drawer and forget about them for no good reason.

basically, instead of doing anything i am supposed to be doing, i will often find something else to do. not always, but much of the time.

thus, when i set out in 2005 to do two things -- lose weight and blog about it -- i found eight hundred billion other things to do.

of course, the upshot is that those eight hundred billion other things were pretty awesome! i mean, i sort of had the time of my life in 2005. i went out a lot and met new people and dated a lot and got to know some amazing women and took up knitting (KNITTING! DO YOU HEAR THAT YARN BLOG MAFIA? I'M BLOGGING ABOUT KNITTING! SEE! BLOG BLOG KNITTING BLOG KNITTING!) and got a new cool job and started going to the gym again and took a trip to disneyworld with my best friend and my sister had a baby and i met a comic who changed my life.

not bad, eh?


but but.

there are still those two goals. and sure, i did manage to blog fairly regularly. i'm pretty happy with my 270+ posts, yeah. but that part about blogging about weight loss?

or more specifically, that part about losing weight?


it is time now to tell you, Cliif, that at the conclusion of 2005, i have lost a whopping ten pounds.

and this is not okay.

and so, i present you with No Joy In '06.

2005 ended up being a whole lot of fun, but without much in the way of moderation. and for this i do not apologize...i simply know i need to reel it in if i'm going to get anything done in 2006.

so No Joy = reeling in the excess. not so many late nights. not so much eating. not so much drinking. not so much allowing myself to splurge for reasons such as "it's saturday." not so much spending. not so much time spent doing nothing -- absolutely nothing -- productive.

No Joy = employing a better personal work ethic. i'm never going to write my novel if all i do is carry around my laptop (and not ever actually open it). i'm not going to improve at stand-up comedy if all i do is *think* about doing another open mic but don't actually get up on stage. my closets aren't going to organize themselves. my finances aren't going to get in order if i only bother to pay my minimums.

No Joy = saying no more often.

No Joy = not allowing myself to obsess about boys to the detriment of figuring out what i want for myself, by myself.

so okay, sure. what i'm talking about isn't really being joy-less. but i needed to think about things in a dramatic way, at least to get jump-started. i mean, i'm sure i will have tons of fun in 2006. i'm just afraid that 2005 was my version of the grasshopper's summer. and if i don't become more ant-like in 2006, it's going to be a very fat winter. you know?

yes, i think you do.

so again, happy new year, Cliif. and here we go...!

*started this entry on monday night

**wow, talk about a great start to the new year -- i'm already to my point and i'm only like six sentences in. this has got to be a record.


  1. YEA!!!!!!!!!! She's back...thank GOD!!!! Dont be so hard on yourself...losing 10 is better than gaining 10!

    IIF in Fresno

  2. Bleh. It seems that Nancy Reagan is in your head ("Just say No"), and that can't be fun. Although Nancy has that alarming thinness.

    What about "Joy in Moderation - 2006"? Then you can have, say, three disgusting conversation hearts instead of the whole bag.

  3. I saw Spongebob Valentine candy yesterday in CVS. I had to resist the urge to throw it on the ground and stomp on it. But my Christmas tree is down now due to the guilt trip.

  4. I love it k - good luck! Those are awesome resolutions (or one big one, as you as say.)

  5. I think you should have a "No Joy In '06" Tour...

  6. i applaud the fact that you began writing post on Monday but didn't actually post anything till now. this is when your writing is at its best, i think. of course, your brief, witty, charming pieces are nice, as well, but...when you really commit to the process, the essence of *you* comes through, k.

    way to go, grasshopper *smile*

    so look, my middle name happens to be (drumroll.....), JOY and while i do, in fact, find pockets of bliss that are indeed my namesake in this life of mine on a day-to-day basis, i feel no obligation to BEING what it implies at all times.

    so your nojoyin06 might sound good, it might even play in toledo, but i think what you really gotta do is be ok with who you are in the mirror, with what you see reflecting right back at ya.

    goals are but metrics of measure by which we can quantify our live's happenings but what is really important is being ok with how you carry yourself, how you feel, how you might directly or indirectly affect and influence others.

    you have a good heart, k. the irony is, of course, this lass hears it.


  7. Ericha2@comcast.net9:51 AM, January 04, 2006

    Wow summed up my entire life in one post. Looks like you and I have almost identical resolution(s) for '06. As such, perhaps we can start an NJ06 know with T-shirts and Tote Bags and Protein Shakes. Oh-sorry, that's already been taken by joining Curves (my attempt to stick with my ONE 06 resolution).

    I'll look forward to reading about your escapades while conquering your resolution(s). It will defintely make conquering mine easier and more fun!

    Happy New Year! (And damn those retailers and their attempts to derail us only 3 days after making resolutions.)

  8. YAYAYAYAYAYAY, you're back. I hope that your NJ06 doesn't include blogging less often. I really enjoy your entries. Good luck, I think I had a similar revelation this new years so good luck to me too.

  9. Happy New Year! So glad you're back. Why is it that all the fun things in life are supposedly no good for us? I will also be spending 2006 reeling in the excess in hopes I will have enough by the end if the year to make my 2007 resolution to splurge more :)

  10. Good Luck! I'm sure 2006 will be just as awesome of a year...

  11. Ten pounds is good. Really. I tried to lose weight last year, and I gained three pounds. Ten is a lot. And the slower you lose it, the more likely it is to stay off.

    Also, stick with the "no joy" thing if it works for you, but you might consider a more positive motto. Like "2006: the year of joy of accomplishment." Because if you're like me, the procrastination and avoidance and overeating and all that doesn't actually feel that good. I'm not joyous when I'm watching bad movies instead of drawing or exercising or cleaning the house. I'm just feeling grumpy and self-indulgent.

    Good luck with your resolutions however you want to think about them.

  12. Right there with ya!!
    Looking forward to a 2006 filled with blogging, reading your blog, eating rabbit food, exercising, reading about your NJ06 program, etc, etc.

    good luck k.


  13. When are we goin' out drinkin' all night again? Just kidding. Welcome home, and have a great, fun year doing what ever brings joy into your little heart! N~

  14. What you need is flylady.
    It's a matter of spending 15 minutes a day. She actually recommends you use a timer. Of course, since I'm happy being a messy slob, I don't subscribe to this sort of thing, but I know people who think she's (despite being very ungroovy) the bee's knees.

  15. I am all for drama. No joy in '06, dammit!!

    And boys suck. :( I hate boys. No boys in '06.

  16. you should be proud of your self that you lost any. if you lose another 10 this year then you are 10 more down. they say if you lose slowly then you will keep it off. so congratulate your self. you made progress.

  17. Happy New Year, K!

    Good luck with your resolution... just keep in mind in your NJ06, as a wise lyricist once said:

    Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

  18. Actually, I have been looking for a good weight-loss blog, and haven't found any yet. So I'll look forward to the possibility that yours might take that direction.

  19. I had to laugh when I saw the title of this entry. After enduring a particularly tumultuous 2005, I declared 2006 to be the Year of Joy(TM) and resolved to post at least once every day about something that makes me smile.

    But my Year of Joy(TM) has a lot of things in common with your Year of No Joy, in that I am focusing on things that mean a lot to me--in my case, writing, playing music, and working on renovation/restoration of my house with my lovely wife Carolyn.

    So I hope that your year of no joy brings you happiness, and that you accomplish your very worthy goals. Especially this one:

    "not allowing myself to obsess about boys to the detriment of figuring out what i want for myself, by myself."

    Yay, you! Go, you!

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year,


  20. You have articulated my own feelings about my own 05 and 06. And losing ten pounds is more than acceptable, it's great!
    2005 was my own year of excess (but it was a lot of fun!) and your blog made me feel much better about embarking on my year of moderation. (which can also be fun!) And resolving to work on the novel-good idea, I need to get on that.
    Now time to resolve to take job more seriously...

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