2009: A New Chance to Drop the Ball

Last year I made a list of resolutions.
Last year I broke all those resolutions.
I am thinking that maybe resolutions aren’t really for me…

I don’t have anything against improvement.
I don’t have anything against goals.
I am anti-list.

I am just not a list person.

Is she really going to blame her lack of resolution-keeping on not liking lists?

I have tried to make lists.
I have made fabulous lists.
I have followed lists…

for a moment, for a day, for a week.

And then the list is forgotten.

All the super important information detailed on the very crucial list is gone.

And the list becomes a pile.

A pile of lists.

And then I walk by and see the pile.

And then I freak out about the pile.

And then I go through the pile.

And see all the very important lists.

And then I freak out about the list.

Since I am working toward a lower stress level in 2009

My resolution is to stop making lists.

Please note that this resolution is not in list-form.


  1. The Stiletto Mom says:

    My resolution was similar…just vague enough that I can’t get pinned on it when I eventually have a resolution FAIL.

    Happy New Year and good luck on that stress level!

  2. i confess…..
    i make lists.
    i live by lists.
    i forget to breathe if it’s not on a list.
    i type up lists and then text them to myself.
    1 need help…..

  3. the planet of janet says:

    i like lists. cuz then i can cross stuff off. and when i do something that’s not on the list, i put it ON the list.

    just so i can cross it off.

  4. I think that is the most perfect resolution. My resolution this year was not to make any resolutions. I also fail at keeping them.

  5. My resolution is to be completely honest with my friends….So here goes…
    This is the dumbest resolution I have ever heard of. Whew. I said it. I expect a list of your resolutions by the end of the day.

  6. well… I can’t live without lists, so there…

  7. Valarie Lea says:

    You and me both Sister! I am so not a list person, and then I feel bad that I am not a list person. Everyone around me is a list person. Shouldn’t I be a list person to?

    Its so bad that I let my BF keep up with my schedule, because I forget where I left it. She will get a call like this, “Am I supposed to be doing something today? I feel like I am supposed to do something and can’t remember what it is.”

  8. Lisa@verybusymomwith4 says:

    I have to do lists. I am lost without lists. I am a bit neurotic.

    Enjoy the freedom from THE LIST 🙂

  9. Headless Mom says:

    I love the dropping the ball metaphor. Mostly because if it’s not on a list, I drop the ball.

    And, I really could care less about a big glass ball somewhere. Hmph. Bah Humbug much?

  10. That looked a lot like a list. Just add a number and, whammo, a list. A list of one . . .

    I have never been a list person either. Maybe one, at the beginning of the day of the really important things that MUST be done before I hit the rack, but that’s it.

    Nice list. I mean, resolution. I mean . . . whatever . . .

  11. Weaselmomma says:

    Thank God that you just have a pile and not ‘piles’. They really hurt and are way more embarrassing than broken resolutions.

  12. great idea. 🙂 i love lists, but don’t always do what is on them. i feel it is much better, for me at least, to make lists of what i have already done, not what i have to do. lol 🙂

    have a great year in 2009, i can’t wait to read more about you and your family here.


  13. Elaine A. says:

    You’re so witty – love the title of this post! Good luck with your non-list making in the new year!

  14. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    If you took my lists away I would start hyperventilating.

  15. Jenni Jiggety says:

    I would never remember anything if I didn’t make a list. And although I do lose my list 50% of the time… that leaves me with remembering things 30% of the time.

    20% of the time I have my list but I don’t feel like doing or getting anything on it so I throw it away. 😀

  16. Manic Mommy says:

    I looove lists. My lists have little check boxes next to them so I can mark the tasks as I complete them. Sometimes my lists are in Excel, sometimes color-coded, sometimes both.

  17. I like lists, I just don’t read them. 🙂 Hope your 2009 is wonderful!

  18. Threeboys1mommy says:

    Nuh uh, no lists here either. A close friend of mine gave list making kits out for Christmas… I am sooo re-gifting it 😉

  19. Threeundertwo says:

    1. I totally got the pun in the title
    2. I would die if I had to go a day without making lists.
    3. My resolution is to floss more. I think I’ve already achieved it.

  20. 2nd Cup of Coffee says:

    First time here, came because I saw the title somewhere else and wanted to read the Pun-Meister blog. Great stuff here.

  21. Auds at Barking Mad says:

    I LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT!!!!! Love it!

    Here’s to an awesome 2009 with NO lists!
    Happy New Year!

  22. i love lists! i have lists running in my head and on paper all the time. when we got back to the states i found a list from before we moved to turkey. it was a list of all our antique furniture and who was holding it for us. i was happy to have it! now i know who to go to to beg for my stuff back! yeah lists!

  23. lists stress me too much. too much pressure to perform. i love your new layout…i thought i was lost for a minute. very cool!

  24. I need a 12 step program for lists. I hate them, but I don’t have the strength to stop relying on them. When I make a new list, I add the unfinished stuff from the old list, and I avoid the piles. That’s just my tip for you.

  25. I gotta have a list. I wouldn’t get a thing done otherwise.

  26. frogpondsrock says:

    I get a lot of satisfaction out of writing a good list. Because in my imagination I am very organised and a good list keeps that fantasy ticking along…

  27. I make lists all the time, but I almost always end up losing them. If I could keep track of where my list was at I would probably be better at following it.

  28. On a limb with Claudia says:

    Ah well… lists are just recyclables anyway. Unless you are talking about todoist.com <–great site.


    Happy New Year, Miss Holly

  29. Connie Weiss says:

    I think I made some pretty DO ABLE resolutions this year.

    And Lists are my LIFE! Love them!

    And you!

  30. anglophilefootballfanatic.com says:

    DesignHer Gals is doing a buy 1 get 1 on their tablets of paper and to do lists….

  31. Trannyhead says:

    Lists suck. Unless they’re lists of stuff my husband should buy me.

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