Amanda and Patrick

Today’s Resolution: Get to Know Yourself

With the revitalized interest in genealogy brought to the public’s doorstep by popular websites such as ancestry.com and television shows such as “Who Do Think You Are?” discovering more about your ancestral roots is becoming easier. In many cases, someone else has taken care of the digging for you and is more than willing to share their family heritage.

Sometimes it’s pure curiosity that drives people to seek more about themselves. For others, they might need vital medical history. Perhaps you are an adoptee seeking more information to understand your heredity.  Whatever it is that drives your interest, brainstorm a list of what you want to know. Talk with people in your family especially older family members. Utilize free search websites and databases. It might only take one small detail to open up a whole new world to who you are!

Today’s Resolution: Be a Yankee Doodle

Do you know the answers to “What was the name of the boundary that separated the Middle Colonies from the Southern Colonies?” or “Who was Anne Hutchinson?”

How much do you really know about the history of the USA? We celebrate the birthday of the United States with fireworks, cookouts, and social gatherings. Adding a little trivia to your 4th of July or testing if you are smarter than a 5th grader might be fun. There are numerous apps and websites to access for easy to challenging questions about America. You might learn something while adding a little relish to your hot dog.

Today’s Resolution: Achieve Match, Point, Game!

Today's Resolution: Achieve match, Point Game
Photo: We don’t always match, but when we do, we take photos and post them on the interwebs.

No, we’re not talking about Wimbledon. We’re talking about that black hole that seems to absorb our matches whether it is from our sock drawer or jewelry boxes. Instead of just overlooking and ignoring those singletons, make a concerted effort to gather up the forlorn socks, earrings, gloves, etc. Put them all in a box or other central location.

Explore all rooms, closets, drawers, and even the car. When you are done “excavating,” you might get lucky and find some matches in your box. If you aren’t so fortunate, make the hard decision to get rid of the leftover items or re-use them. Cotton socks make great glass cleaning rags!

Today’s Resolution: Infuse the Water Works!

Are your plants looking a little brown around the leaves? Sometimes it’s a challenge to remember to water household plants or garden greens. Designate a day each week to be your “Water Works Day” and take care of several water-related tasks at once. If you have a pet, check the water dish (of course, do this every day, but you can add it in to your “Water Works Day” too!).

Have a swimming pool? Check the water level to be sure it is high enough for the filter to work efficiently. Have you had your 8 glasses of water for the day? Fish bowl looking a little cloudy? You get the idea. Get out the hose, the watering can, or a bucket and make a splash with the H20.

Daily Resolution: Investigate Urban Legends

Whether you have lived in an area for 10 days or 10 years, you can likely discover some interesting and sometimes frightening urban legends if you inquire about the local area. An urban legend does not actually refer to an urban environment but rather implies local stories and folklore that have been handed down without much documentation. Older children seem to be aware of these tales and often recant them around campfires or sleepovers. Many of these stories involve bridges, murders, woods, or strange creatures. Challenge yourself to discover an urban legend of your locale. If you know some, then share a few.

Today’s Resolution: Have Some Fun for One

Solitaire is a basic game that comes loaded on most computers for passing the time or real strategizing. Instead of letting the mouse do all of the work, get yourself a real deck of playing cards and set up a game on the kitchen table, the floor, or on your desk (only if the boss is out of the office). In an age where everything is going electronic, sometimes it is good to do some things the old-fashioned way.

Today’s Resolution: Write a “Letter to the Editor”

Today's Resolution: Write a “Letter to the Editor”

Need to vent? Feeling appreciative? Just need to be heard? Consider writing a “letter to the editor” for a local newspaper or online forum/blog.  If you are writing to complain, be sure to propose a feasible solution. If you are writing to thank an individual or organization, be specific about what actions were taken and who benefited. Chances are you will feel better afterward and someone will be reassured they are not the only ones with similar feelings or grateful you took the time to thank someone deserving.

Today’s Resolution: Find the Frayed & Flammable

There are all too frequently stories on the news of house fires without a specific known cause. Take some preventive measures today and take notice of electrical outlets (particularly those that do not work) and any frayed cords that are plugged in. Replace cords if necessary. Be sure flammable items are away from possible heat sources. An ounce of prevention…

Today’s Resolution: Load Up

Some grocery stores are now allowing customers to pre-load  their member cards with coupons before they even step out the door.  For those who hate to clip coupons, this is a great way to add to your grocery savings. If you don’t have a member card for your local grocery store, get one. Check the website for additional savings programs. Many sites also offer bonuses to customers who fill out a simple survey.

Today’s Resolution: Learn About DIY for Dummies

Changing the oil on a car, unclogging a toilet, tiling a bathroom…what do these have in common? They are Do It Yourself activities that may or may not come easily to you. Paying an expert to do a job effectively is worth it to many, but sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone to learn to do something handy yourself can be very satisfying. Decide on a DIY task; don’t be a dummy.

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