To get in shape
Old faithful resolution, how do you always sneak to the top of our lists? Forget the time restraints and the no-finance factors and try incorporating exercise into your weekly routine. We promise you'll barely realise you're actually getting into shape.
* Join a sporting group and get your mates involved. Summer is the perfect time to soak up the sunshine outdoors so what about beach volleyball? Eva Longoria Parker is a fan.
The Dee Why beach volleyball league kicks off in a couple of weeks, depending on what division you play. There's an information evening at Henry Afrikas bar (42 North Steyne, Manly) on January 13 at 8pm and you need to sign up by then. Phone 1300 865 539 or see beachvolleyball.com.au for pricing and information (including details of a league at Maroubra).
* Rather than indulging in those heavy weekend lunches, opt to take your meal away and stroll one of Sydney's many gorgeous coastal walks. The Harbour Circle Walk clocks in at a mammoth 26 kilometres and stretches from Hunters Hill to the Harbour Bridge. It may sound impossible but if you free up a good chunk of your day and some great company, this walk is a breeze. See walkingcoastalsydney.com.au for maps and other popular paths.
To stop worrying so much
Britney Spears feels your pain on this one, telling MTV recently that her No. 1 resolution for this year is to learn how to be happier. Although Spears's hopes probably lie in kicking that awful ex-husband of hers to the kerb, our own recipes for happiness differ from person to person.
* Laughter yoga may sound like a bit of a hippie way to force a smile on that dial, however devotees say it's guaranteed to bring out the child in everyone and help to dissolve lingering woes. A laughter club has formed in Bondi and it stages half-hour sessions every Sunday at 10am, starting today. The jolly locals can be found on the southern end of the Bondi Pavilion, in the middle of the grass near the picnic huts. It's free to take part so what have you got to lose? Phone 0412 404 944.
* Book yourself in for regular massages to help break down any pent-up tension you may be storing from last year. If regular indulgence sounds too pricey, invest in some quality massage oil and grab a loved one to help out. Foot massages are another great de-stresser and the Four Seasons Hotel does a particularly lovely one. Half an hour of its fancy footwork will set you back $80. Phone (02) 9238 0000 to book an appointment.
To quit smoking
Again, one of those resolutions that keeps creeping back onto our lists; smoking is undoubtedly a tough habit to blast. Even Ashton Kutcher, who famously chatted to Jay Leno two years ago about kicking the habit for good, is rumoured to be sucking down on the death sticks once again.
The Cancer Council of New South Wales recommends these tips:
* Avoid places that attract smokers so steer clear of designated smoking areas at pubs and clubs and sit indoors when you're out dining.
* In fact, avoid alcohol altogether. We know it's tough, particularly at this time of the year, but alcohol is a smoker's greatest kryptonite. Try limiting your boozing to two nights a week rather than downing "just a couple" of drinks most nights.
To be a better friend
We've all been so busy all year so how about a bit of quality time with your besties in the new year? As J-Lo likes to put it, love don't cost a thing. But if you do have the spare change lying round ...
* Organise a girls' lunch once a week. Whether it's a long and lazy afternoon effort or a quick catch-up over lunch breaks, make sure you get all your girls involved and turn it into a regular event. If Saturday is doable, book a spot at Gazebo Wine Garden's Girls' Picnic, which runs from noon to 3pm and costs $35 a head.
A glass of bubbly is included on top of the tiered platters of seafood, antipasto, dips and salad that come with the deal. Phone (02) 9357 5333 to book a table.
To quit swearing
Our greatest tip for potty-mouths is to tell the world about this resolution. You'll find that friends, family, colleagues, anyone really, love the excuse to give you a good slap on the wrist and the pain and annoyance do eventually get on your nerves. If you're still cursing like a trooper, try an old-fashioned swear jar.
It'll soon become a total pain to empty out your wallet into a jar you've vowed not to touch. Trust us, we've been there: if you're stuck without change, the ATM's broken and you're famished for lunch one day you will change.
To read more
Ease yourself in with light beach reads and slowly work your way up to the heavy stuff. The Olsen twins' new fashion book, Influence, is now available from Borders for $43.99 and biographies are always addictive reading so check out Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' biography, Scar Tissue. It costs $38.50. Our favourite serial killer features in Dexter: An Omnibus, which incorporates the first three Dexter books. You can get it from Borders for $24.95. (For other reads see borders.com.au.)
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!
Next year will not be so many things but hopefully all good ones (I didn't agree with some of these noms).
Amibition for the current holidays is to catch up on films, on the big screen, hopefully without having to go 'shhh' too much.
Suggestions for Do Not Miss films graciously accepted.
edit: more best n worst
which gate to enter to get to the Clancy Auditorium
Who will be on site in case I can't find any friends at my massive conference tomorrow to have lunch catch-ups with? Prolly on 20 mins but by then I may need a friendly face
So we went to the pub last night for Sparkley's finished uni year drinks however I was a bit lame so went home early.
About 30 mins later I was asleep on the lounge in my flannies. Got up this morning to take my inflamed tonsil to the dr for 'biotics.
Wow, shortest wait in Dr's office ever. Now to remember only 1 drink ..... They are talking to (UK) Squeeze on ABC right now - my first bf played them for me all the time *weepy* I was 18 and so in love with the romance ..... (and liked him too, nice lad ended up marrying another ex-catholic-school-girl).
now kids, rezedew has moved and needs your spare stuff - any house things, clothes, tech, books, maybe some foods for the pantry even (got 2 lots of spices for example) they are just near reverse garbage in 'ville. post here please provide :)
off to get my hair done at HairGal's.
then to spin in circles wondering what to wear tonight
a definitive list of style esentialsI think if I ever got right through my wardrobe I have most of these things already
but yanno, I'm starting to think of what to replace some of these with much more glam versions ...
nice things sometimes make all the difference, be it a new pair of tights or a pretty scarf - I just have to remember to get rid of old things first.
except for this
I want .
I have a spare ticket for the Belvoir play Scorched at Belvoir St theatre today - starts at 5pm.
Anyone want to come along?
GET is too coughy to sit in the theatre and Robot can't make it so my fl is next in line.
Anyone? reply by 4pm here or sms me to meet in the foyer