Today’s Resolution: Appreciate the Internet

Today is a planned black-out for many of your favorite websites as a statement against the businesses (Walmart, Adidas, Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Coach, Comcast, CVS, Ford, Johnson & Johnson and so many more)  and politicians who supported the now extinct  Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Thankfully it was denied from the White House, but it’ll be back in another form, and Protect IP Act (PIPA – the Senate’s version of the act) is still being amended. More about those two.

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Today’s Resolution: Write a Haiku

A Haiku or /ˈhīˌko͞o/ is defined as “a poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.” I haven’t written a haiku since my creative writing class in college, and I’ve never been very good at them anyway, but I look at them as a fun sort of troubleshooting exercise.

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Today’s Resolution: Fake Plan Your Dream Vacation

Dreams are just things we haven’t done yet, and there’s no better way to do the things you dream of, than to start planning. So today your goal is to window-shop your dream vacation. Pretend that you’re leaving in six months and research flights, hotels you’d want to stay in, and excursions you’d want to do. Who knows, you might just find out that it’s not as far out of reach as you thought… or maybe it is. Either way, it’ll be fun to plan.

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Today’s Resolution: Eat a Vegetable

Nobody has more trouble eating cooked vegetables than I do. Give me a barrel of carrots and broccoli straight out of the garden and I’m good. Try to boil, grill, skewer, casserole, or Crockpot them and I’m like a one-year old trying pickles for the first time. So today’s resolution is to eat a vegetable. Easy for most I’m sure, so to add a little spice to this one, you might go out an discover a new veggie recipe.

In fact, you might just go all out and try to eat as many veggies as the Food Pyramid tells you to (that’s 3-5 servings per day). Also according to the pyramid, this is what’s considered a serving:

  • 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
  • 1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable juice

So, you know, do whatever challenges you.

Today’s Resolution: Watch a Movie From Your Childhood

One thing I miss from my childhood was heading to the local drive-in theater to watch a bunch of kick-butt 80’s movies all in a row. Unfortunately, I have it on good authority that Howard the Duck just isn’t as good as we all thought it was back in 1986. Still… it was still pretty rad, right? That chick from Caroline in the City was all “…oh Duckie…” and Howard was all, “…on my planet, we never say die, we say… NOT MY SHORTS!”

Good laughs all around.

So today your goal is to catch up on an old flick. You might be able to find it online using Netflix (they have a 1-month free trial) or Hulu, or even looking in the catalog of On-Demand movies that comes with your cable package. And then there’s always your local RedBox or Video Store.

When I was a kid I was obsessed with The Goonies, An American Tale, Fuzz Bucket, The Quest, My Girl, and Howard the Duck, just to name a few. Oddly enough, I was even so enthralled by Stephen King’s IT so much that I tried to dictate the entire 3-hour movie once entirely from memory. Patrick’s faves were The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Home Alone, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and The Toy. So needless to say, it should be a good, fun, nostalgic day!

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