I don't usually make New Years' Resolutions, mostly because I'm not very successful at keeping them. This year, however, I have made two and am quietly confident!
My first resolution is to Say No. Not right across the board, you understand, but selectively. It's something I was rubbish at in 2010 and I ended the year with rubbish health as a result of not saying no to whatever I was asked to do. My chiropractor, a very calm man who normally reacts to whatever he finds with knowing nods and quiet sympathy and little else, exclaimed "what on earth have you been doing?" when he saw my back just before Christmas. I hadn't got far through my explanation before he just said, "You've obviously been over-doing it." My acupuncturist told me a couple of months ago that she was worried I would just become ill. I suppose I was worried too, but didn't manage to extract myself soon enough.
When Christmas turned into a non-event because I wasn't able to make presents, buy presents, wrap presents, visit friends or family or cook properly, I made my resolution and I am pleased to say that so far I am sticking to it. To assist me in my resolve, I have told many other people, including, now, you, so I will look even more of an idiot if I don't keep this one.
My second resolution is to learn CSS, which, for those who don't know, is a useful web-designing tool which will save me time in building web pages and save the viewer time in waiting for those pages to download. I've bought a book and will work through it methodically. It's not the way I do everything but it is a method I've used to learn things before and one I like and it's the one I've chosen this time. Building websites is something I'm hoping to move into even more in the future.
To encourage me on my way, and because it would be enjoyable, I wondered today if I could learn to make heart-shaped masks in Photoshop. I had an idea for the publicity of my next exhibition, of which more anon. In the meantime enjoy, or not, the fact that I was successful. More or less. If anyone knows why I get a white dot in the middle of some of my hearts, I'd be very grateful for advice for getting rid of it!