It’s my last post of 2011, and what a year it’s been etc etc. But rather than look back at the rollercoaster ride of being a Reluctant Housedad, I’m going to look forward in the traditional way, by making some New Year’s Resolutions – hopefully ones I’ll be able to keep.
So here are my Top 5 Resolutions for 2012.
1. Stop ironing pants.
It will be hard, because I’ve got into the habit of ironing everything from pillowcases to pants (which I have written about before), but it’s time to g cold turkey and let my children and wife feel the cold, crumpled discomfort of a creased undergarment.
2. Cook a recipe a week from my cookbooks.
I was bought three for Christmas – Heston, Jamie and Nigel Slater – to add to my collection of 50-plus, ranging from everyone from Nigella to Ken Hom to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to Madhur Jaffrey. But I never use them, preferring instead to cook with instinct, using whatever’s in the cupboards. But I’m a bit tired of my repertoire now, so I’m going to devote this year’s Recipe Shed to a new adventure from one of my books.
3. Make Mondays Meat-Free
I’m never going to be a vegetarian, but my diet is far too meat-focused, so for one day a week I’m going to go meat-free. This will obviously be preceded by a super-duper carnivorous Sunday roast.
4. No-booze for 28 days
I did this for the whole of January a couple of years ago, but haven’t managed it since. This year, though, I’m motivated by the need to save some money and give my liver a break. If I can’t manage it, then I am officially an alcoholic, and I really don’t want to be.
5. Try to become a WFHD rather than a RHD
We’ve worked out all the finances of me going back to work in an office, and unless I land something very senior and very special after 18 months out of action, then it makes no financial sense because of the cost of childcare. Instead, I need to use the hours between 9am-3pm during school times to become a Working From Home Dad and earn a crust that takes the pressure off my wife’s income. But how? It’s time to get the drawing board out again.
• Are you making any resolutions for the year ahead? Or is it a total waste of time?