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11 Things I’m Really, No Seriously, Going to Do in 2011 Even If It Kills Me and It Probably Will

My Unfinished Dining Room Table

I’m not having resolutions this year, I’m having “Things.” “Things” make me feel like my resolution list is less about some out there goal and more like an awesome checklist that I can mark off as I accomplish them.
1. Have a Baby
Yes, I’m expecting a baby. From what I understand (and the experience of two older children) this baby will be born. It’s inevitable, so I might as well put it on the list. Call it a mulligan if you must.

Navy paint on my pink walls

2. Paint My Bedroom
When I told my mom I’ll be painting my bedroom navy she asked if I was insane. The answer to that question is, “The voices in my head say I’m not.” It so happens that the voices in my head sound a lot like Candace Olsen from Divine Design. I’ve had paint swatches on the rosy pink walls for four months, 2011 is the year of No More Pink Bedrooms. Why is my bedroom pink? Because neither you nor I used to live here.
3. Finish my Dining Room Table
I built a dining table last fall. Yes, I really did. OK, I started it, and when my arms were unable to hold the 2X6s square enough to screw into each other, my husband helped. This is the year when I sand, stain, and seal the table. And stabilize it so that it doesn’t wobble. Swearsies.
4. Honest to Goodness Wardrobe Change-outs
It’s been said that a lady puts away her summer wardrobe after Labor Day and puts her winter wardrobe away after Memorial Day. I want to be better at doing the clothing switch-out, not just for me but for my kids. No more taking up valuable dresser drawer space with shorts in January.
5. So Help Me, Clear Off My Desk
6. Mending Clothes
My 7-year-old’s pants are for single use only–or at least that’s how he treats them. The knees come back ripped out within a couple days; it’s ridiculous. I’m going to be thriftier by patching those suckers. I think we might toss good clothes away too quickly, so I’ll do a better job of mending their tears and missing buttons.
7. Potty Train my Three-Year-Old
Guys. This is really going to kill me. It IS killing me. My stars. He owes me so big time. He better grow up to be a Noble prize winner, or Justin Bieber, or something.
8. Start Some Seeds
I bought seeds, dirt, and bio-degradable containers for starting plants! I bought them…last year. This year I will actually start those plants.
9. Plant those Plants
I know myself, unless I’m accountable, I will absolutely start my seeds and then leave them in the little containers until they root-bind, rot, and die. For the love of Gaia, I will plant those seeds in an actual patch.
10. Get The Pumpkin Off My Porch.
It’s January. It’s the END of January. By the hammer of Thor…
11. Watch More TV
Oh, come on, that’s an awesome goal. You’re jealous you didn’t think of it first.

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  2. Amy W 02/01/2011 at 7:08 am

    I so love that list! I can relate to some of those. I love the pumpkin on the porch. (However, this year I actually threw mine away before it melted into the ground.) My pumpkin this time around are the Christmas lights on the house. I finally unplugged the timer, so my son couldn’t keep turning them on. It was a bit embarrassing to have them on a month after Christmas.

  3. Erica Fehrman 01/25/2011 at 6:06 am

    By the power of Thor! LOL! So glad to have you here 🙂

  4. Barbara 01/25/2011 at 1:18 am

    Your bedroom is pink because your house is in Utah! I never saw so many pink bedrooms until I househunted in Utah.

  5. Amy Allen Johnson 01/24/2011 at 10:42 pm

    A wise neighbor told me- “you either have a baby or a lovely garden, but not both in the same year” If you insist on #8 & #9 give your garden a fightin’ chance by buying new seeds. Tried to defy the wise saying myself in 2010. I was with child, thought I’d pre-pay in my gardening time by planting indoors, only I planted seeds circa 2004-7, scrawny starts and dead as a dingo once in the dirt. My daughter’s science fair garden fared better than mine!

  6. annie 01/24/2011 at 9:25 pm

    i still have pumpkins on my sil. it seems a shame to take them down. they’re still going strong – who am i to end it all?

  7. Erin Oltmanns 01/24/2011 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve been wanting to build a table. Wanna come help me?

    • Carina Wytiaz 01/24/2011 at 9:27 pm

      Erin, I used the plans I found on Knock-Off Wood for a modern farmhouse table. I did modify them a bit: I used full 2x10s for the length of the table instead of 2x6s because I needed a really big table. Between you and your husband you could build it in an afternoon. No kidding.

  8. vanessa 01/24/2011 at 6:56 pm

    Umm listen I HAVE added more TV to my list. And it’s happening and I am quite proud of me. And it is all trash TV. What? It’s fine, I deserve it.

  9. Rachael Herrscher 01/24/2011 at 4:16 pm

    I’m know adding “Watch More TV” to my goals list. I thought about taking it off. It’s on for good! 😀

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  11. Jenny 01/24/2011 at 3:55 pm

    when you finish your list, I vote you come over and do mine. My friend says that Sears will replace your kids’ pants if they get holes in them before they out grow them. I’ve never been in Sears but she is in love with their denim policy.