No resolutions around here.

I have very little willpower and even less when faced with a large glass of Merlot. So there'll be no hard and fast resolutions around here.  I've set myself what I like to think of as goals, plans and dreams for 2011 instead:

  • Get some sunshine and visit the homeland. According to the doctor I am actually quite deficient in Vitamin D and because you need Vitamin D to absorb calcium I’m lacking in that too. So what better excuse for a trip home. Hurrah, flights to New Zealand are booked for February – four weeks of sun, family and friends. And introducing Mr Ukulele to a New Zealand summer. We're stopping over in Tokyo for four nights on the way back to London (and to break the 28 hour plane flights ugh). I can hardly contain my excitement. Yippee!
  • See my friends more. 2010 was great but I often felt I didn’t see my friends as much I’d have liked, mostly due to tiredness, work and other commitments. 2011 I will be more sociable. I promise.
  • Discover Italy. I’ve only been to Venice and I’m hankering for a short Italian holiday. Perhaps for my birthday. Or I after I've paid off our big trip first!
  • Not let things get on top of me. Work is, well work. I'm planning on liking that more this year. And house sharing is always a barrel of laughs, love the girls but not necessarily all the other bollocks that comes with a full busy household, like bills, leaking showers, broken boilers, dirty dishes, and mess…
  • …which leads me to the plan to move in with the Mr Ukulele properly after our five weeks away. I’m sure the joys of trying to find a cute one-bedroom flat to rent in London (which doesn’t cost the earth and isn’t a dump) will be endless but still I can’t wait.
  • Make the most of my fabulous new Christmas present – a KitchenAid mixer! I will be christening it this weekend by doing some baking, probably something from the recipe book Chocolate Heartache. But made vegan for my afternoon tea party with friends. This year I will be baking machine.
  • Drink less but drink better. Nicer wine, preferably vegetarian and no dodgy bottles from the offie. (Unless it’s been a really god awful day) Cut out the beer all together, unless it extremely hot, like when we’re in NZ in February… uh-oh I can see myself failing that one.
  • Cut out dairy where at all possible. As a vegetarian I find myself often craving and eating too much cheese. And I’m not sure it’s particularly good for me. I’m halfway through reading ‘Eating Animals’ and I think cheese is ruined for me forever.
  • Walk more. I like walking around and observing, thinking. It's obviously good for the hips too. So I'm going to ignore the cold and wrap up warm and walk whenever I can and when I'm not commuting great distances for work.
  • Get the Mr to teach me how to play the ukulele that he gave me as a bit of a joke for Christmas last year. Failing that, I gave him a gorgeous vintage tambourine as one of his Christmas presents this year. Perhaps I'll just give that a bash. It's complete with tatty old ribbons I'm going to replace. I’m thinking I'll be channelling Stevie Nicks circa 1977.
  • Be a better blogger, write more frequently and get a better camera.
  • And finally, and perhaps most importantly, I’m going to start making more stuff. Make some space for the sewing machine, make some Liberty print cushions, frame some pictures, do some embroidery and sew myself a dress. I haven’t really made much or sewn much since I came to London and I miss it.

Not sure how each will relate to each other, and if indeed they are all possible. Not eating cheese will be challenge and not drinking beer in the NZ sunshine perhaps even harder! What are the challenges you’ve set for yourself this year and can you give me any advice for achieving mine? What do you have in store for us 2011?