Amanda

Daily Resolution: Do 15 Sit-Ups (Or More, If You Can)

They say that this small little exercise can give a big boost to your self image and sense of accomplishment. If you did it every day, you’d be working towards some great abs. But today this goal, especially if you don’t usually do sit-ups, should put a little hop in your step. If you do sit-ups every day, then today do 15 more!

Today’s Resolution: Celebrate World Whiskey Day!

Pour a glass, or make a cocktail. And in celebration, we’ll share our favorite Sazerac recipe (although we do know the very original was made with Cognac):

Sazarac Cocktail Recipe from Esquire

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • absinthe
  • lemon peel

Glass Type: old-fashioned glass

Instructions

In an Old-Fashioned glass (not a mixing glass; it’s part of the ritual), muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water. Add several small ice cubes and the rye whiskey, the Peychaud’s bitters, and the Angostura bitters.

Stir well and strain into a second, chilled, Old-Fashioned glass in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe (no substitute really works, but you can try either a mix of Pernod and green Chartreuse, or Absente) until its inside is thoroughly coated, pouring off the excess. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel (some insist that this be squeezed over the drink and discarded).

Today’s Resolution: Go People Watching and Create Imaginary Backstories

Everyone has a story. Even you. Yet in a crowd of people, everyone has one story and that’s the direction they’re headed in or out of the crowd. Today, take some time to people watch. You don’t need to go far, though. Find a bench, or sit at your desk and observe. Then, if you feel so inclined, imagine a backstory for these strangers as if you’re a detective in a spy film. Hey, it’s Monday. You need a little silly in your life today!

Today’s Resolution: Be Creative

Today’s Resolution: Mind Your Own Business

Today’s Resolution: Confess Something

Today’s Resolution: Print Out Your Phone Photos

Time to take those digital works of art and turn them into print masterpieces. If you’re one of the many who are replacing your digital camera with heaps of cellphone photos, send a few to your local (or online) photobooth today. In my old apartment, I covered an entire wall with photos from my cellphone and it was pretty spectacular if I do say so myself.

Today’s Resolution: Write Somebody a Letter

We’ve already practiced our penmanship and written someone a (disposable) love letter on Valentine’s Day. Now it’s time for a real letter. One you’ll send in the mail and all that.

Today’s Resolution: Give Something Away

Make a bag of clothes, fill a bag of books, whatever. Find a bin and fill it, or find a cause and support it.

Today’s Resolution: Think About Your Dream Home

Everybody has a dream house. Mine has a couch from Restoration Hardware, a waterfall pool in the backyard, an outdoor pizza oven, a wall of glass windows facing something pretty, and a badass garden. Oh and also a homebed theatre couch thing or even this. Also, some neat bookcases built into random things like you see on Pinterest. And a fireplace. Like, a big one. And there’s more. So today’s resolution is to think about your dream home.

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