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Today’s Resolution: Play/Don’t Play a Video Game

First of all, this photo is hilarious, is it not? Secondly, this resolution could go both ways, but the rules are simple. If you play video games every day, don’t play them today. If you don’t play video games very often, get into them.

Here in our little Rhode Island boathouse, we have an original NES and the day I brought it home from my mom’s attic it was like being in first grade all over again. On the other hand, I got bored with Angry Birds after the first ten minutes. So, choose whatever suits you.

Cellphone games, NES emulators, actual console games and web games on AdultSwim are all acceptable. Patrick’s also a non video game dude (possibly my favorite trait about him), but is dying to play Skyrim. So… it shall be a day of games!

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Today’s Resolution: Donate Your Extra Clothes

There’s a plethora of places that want your old clothes. Maybe you got skinnier, or maybe you chubbed up over the holidays like I did. I know that you think you’re going to want to wear those clothes again when you lose the weight, but the truth is that you’re gonna want new clothes to show off your bodacious bod. And if you lost weight and are currently saving your fat clothes, for ***** sake, donate them already!

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Today’s Resolution: Grocery Shop Like a European

In many parts of Europe, (I’m making this up from heresy as I go along), folks don’t just go around spending $200 a week on groceries and then wasting half of it every seven days. No, instead they go shopping for food as they need it. Less food is wasted, and ingredients are a heck of a lot fresher. Today, instead of sticking with your usual dinner routine, take a trip to your local grocer or farmers market with one meal in mind: dinner. Shop for only, and exactly, what you plan on cooking for dinner.

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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!

Today’s Resolution: Don’t Watch the News

Watching the news is no different than reality television, it’s the ultimate reality television. Except, when you’re done watching the news you usually feel angry, sad, nervous or otherwise unpleasant. Because honestly, the world is not a positive place and hearing about local shootings, homes being robbed for Christmas and whatever hocus pocus your local politician is up to will do you no good in the mental health department.

You’ll worry, you’ll get angry, you’ll rant on Facebook, and while nothing will have changed in your own personal world (your mom still loves you, you still have a job, your favorite show is still on tonight, you’re still hanging out with your best friend tomorrow), you’re suddenly in a crap mood for no reason.

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Today’s Resolution: Remember Everyone’s Birthdays

Facebook makes it way too easy to remember the birthdays of those you love (and some that you don’t). The trouble with technology is that sometimes you get behind on using your own brain. So today, write down everyone’s birthday (yes, you can get them on Facebook if you want) and make a mental note.

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