Mighty Life List
Dec 31 2012

Resolved, 2013

Hey, 2013. Yeah, I see you making eyes.

Here’s what. I like the way you smile, and also? I like the way you make me smile. We both know what’s coming, so let’s ease into this. No stress, no pressure — say we have all the time in the world. What should we do with it?

See more movies.
Sometimes I just want popcorn for dinner. If I have time, I’ll pop it at home in olive oil and sneak it in, because a girl has preferences. And because I am above the law. I have some root beer in my bag too, do you want one? Hell yeah, you do. Shh. Previews. Cinema! 2013.

Image credit Claire L. Evans

Eat more dim sum.
You know what I wish? I wish I could have like 15 bite-sized meals at one go. Maybe chicken, then pork, then beef, then some veggies or whatever, a little tiny soup that I could eat like it’s a chicken nugget. Wait. What’s that you say? This culinary dreamscape is a reality? Snack dinner as mandated by one of the world’s earliest civilizations? Thanks, China! As though moveable type and the compass weren’t enough. Dim! Sum! 2013.

Image credit Darwin Bell

Own less crap.
College lit anthologies, a bag of noisemakers, three sub-par yoga mats, really good empty boxes should I choose to wrap something cleverly. Ugh, all this stuff. I don’t need all this stuff. Do you want it? Purge! 2013.

Invest in good pens.
I like to write things on paper. Paper smells good, I like the way my hand feels moving across the page, I like how my handwriting unfurls while I think. And I particularly like to write with a Pilot Precise V5 Rollerball, Fine — or Extra Fine. (Let’s not be sticklers.) Anyway, this is not a crazy expensive pen. Why do I own anything else? I hereby refuse to purchase any other pen. Up yours, inferior pens. Longhand! 2013.

Image credit Brandon Blattner

Make things shinier.
Disco balls! Lip gloss! Futuristic rockets with lens-flare sheen! Admit it. Shiny things are better than regular things. For one, they catch the light. Further, they distract stupid people so you no longer have to engage in conversation with them. Finally, they really pull a room together. In 2013 I am coating everything in glitter. You! Come here. Shiny things! 2013.

Happy New Year, my lovelies. Here’s to 2013, may it find you going easy on yourself and the people around you. Good things for everyone.

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13 Responses to “Resolved, 2013”

  • Amy Says:

    Amen to good pens, writing shit down and popcorn for dinner! I’ve also never been to dim sum. Dude, I know. Happy New Year, Maggie Mason!

  • Claire Says:

    Up yours, inferior pens.

    New motto acquired.

  • a. Says:

    Those are my absolute favorite pens, too. I’ve refused to buy any others for…wow, well, for half of my life now. I don’t even care that they explode in airplanes.

    Happy New Year!

  • Absquatulate Says:

    These are the kinds of resolutions I can get behind.

  • workroom Says:

    for you

    ^_______^ Happy New Year!

  • workroom Says:

    whups, here’s the link

  • Amy E. Says:

    More dim sum! Yes! If you have a favorite dim sum place in SF, please share. I’m down in Santa Cruz and we are in a no man’s land for Asian food. I would gladly drive up to the city just to get decent dim sum.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    My mother has a firmly held tradition of popcorn as a vegetable for dinner. So go forth and pop!

  • lora Says:

    I share your love of the Pilot Precise. I LOVE that pen, and writing long hand.

  • Roxanna Says:

    I’m with you with the shiny things and eating tons of little meals. Also, on owning less crap and movies. I’m with you on the pen too, so I think this means I approve of your 2013. Bravo.

  • Alexa Says:

    Amy E. – you have O’mei in Santa Cruz! Some of the best Chinese ever!

    And Maggie: YES on good pens. Essential, addictive, and they aid in creative flow.

  • Cassidy Says:

    Pilot Precise V5 Rollerballs are the best! I’ve used them since senior year of high school and they are fantastic.

  • Kelly Says:

    Maggie, we’re soul penpals! I adore Pilot V5 Precise Rollerball pens in Extra Fine. I actually don’t write with anything else (well, maybe checks? Sometimes? And ransom notes).

    This list is rad. Here’s to 2013!