Today’s Resolution: Memorize a Limerick

Limericks are nonsensical, entertaining, rhythmic, and clever. They are 4 or 5 line poems that fulfill several criteria: the first line is usually about a person or place (“There was an old man with a beard” ), there is a rhyme pattern, and they have a sing-song rhythm. Find a few to memorize; Edward Lear and Ogden Nash may provide some good examples. Better yet, write one about yourself. Caution: Watch out for the naughty ones!

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Today’s Resolution: Survey Shady Specs

Conduct a shade inspection on your sunglasses. During the summer months, sunscreen to protect our skin is a must. However, how much thought do we give to protecting our eyes from the sun? While dark lenses in sunglasses prevent us from squinting, are they keeping out damaging UV rays? Expensive or dark lens glasses do not guarantee protection. If you are not sure about the UV level of protection, most optical stores can check this for you.

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Today’s Resolution: Take a Time Out for Tool Time

Depending on your “Do It Yourself” (DIY) quotient, the inventory of tools in your tool box may be limited or on epic professional levels. If you are in the category of novice, consider some basics and a place to put them. In fact, if the kitchen drawer is your stronghold for spare nails, screws, a screwdriver, and hammer, you should really swing by your local hardware store and buy yourself a tool box. Make sure you have a couple of different sizes for screwdrivers and have both a Phillips head and a flat head. If you are a master tool technician, try to help someone who is wandering the aisles of the hardware store looking for that tool box!

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Today’s Resolution: Use the Write Stuff

Writing utensils seem to be plentiful throughout the house, but I can’t seem to find just what I need all the time. Gather up all of the pens, pencils, and markers (maybe even crayons!) and put into an old shoebox or large jar. Keep in a convenient location. Make sure everything you place in there works; I hate going for one pen after another that is out of ink just to sign a check! If you have enough, separate into containers by type. It’s a good idea to keep a few crayons or colored pencils around too for guests who have children. Paper and a writing utensil can be a great toy!

Image source: These cute chalkboard labels on Etsy.

Today’s Resolution: Make a Plan “B”

Backing up our precious electronic files seems like an easy act to execute, so why don’t we do it? Technology has given us the tools to make this process a snap. There are portable hard drives, online services, and the ever-popular thumb drives to house our precious electronic nuggets. What if a deadly virus caught you off-guard? Would you be backed-up? Don’t procrastinate on this one!

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