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Happy New Year to you. (And even to you.)

December 31st, 2017 · 7 Comments · Daily

I just spent about seven minutes reading through the past year of Fluid Pudding so I could put together a “hey Hey HEY! Look at how I’m changing the world over here!” post. Turns out, not so much world changing was accomplished by me in the past twelve months.

It looks like I maybe wore shorts once. I ate a lot of food. I sat in a piercing chair three times and a tattoo chair once. I took a writing class. I gave ten bucks to a homeless violin player even though he was playing Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” I cleaned up animal vomit. I started selling honey. I read some books.

Here are some of the books I read in 2017:

  1. Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
  3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  4. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  6. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  7. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  8. The Nix by Nathan Hill
  9. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  10. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

We met my parents for Chinese buffet today.Untitled


Normally my fortune says something like “Virtue is a journey and companions will lift your spirits higher than mountains before love will tear us apart.” This was better.

What I hope to accomplish in 2018:

  1. More church, fewer canned foods.
  2. More beans, less eye rolling.
  3. More yoga, less falling asleep in bad places.
  4. More glitter eyeliner, fewer migraines.
  5. More hygge, less Mariah Carey.

More listening. More kindness. More reaching out to help. More connections. More knitting and sewing and writing and reading and creating and enjoying. More spark than fizzle.

My 2017 was very much okay, and I have everything I need to whoosh into 2018. Let’s make this year a good one.Untitled

(More water. More deep breaths. More benefit of the doubt.)


7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Neil // Jan 1, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Happy New Year! What type of beans?

  • 2 Lynne aka gingermog // Jan 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Love you Ms Pudding and your accomplishment aims. Also I totally think you should fufil that Chinese cookie Xx

  • 3 Kam Congleton // Jan 1, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I so appreciate your post and all your “More of’s”…

    “More listening. More kindness. More reaching out to help. More connections…” Wow. I need those goals too, and pray that I can grow into them at least… And it encourages me that you write “more church” as it seems these days being vaguely “spiritual” is championed instead of participation in a church body… but a real church is just a fellowship more than it is place, and so my New Year’s “more ofs” resonate with yours–and my “less ofs” too…Because I am so done with migraines and canned food, Yeah!

  • 4 RzDrms // Jan 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    More sideways thinking for me. (I heard Condoleezza Rice speak and my perception of things went all perpendicular into my current beliefs and thoughts. It…changed me.)

  • 5 Kathy G. // Jan 2, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    “Carb Rangoon” may just be the most accurate and most terrifying label you can see at a Chinese buffet.

  • 6 Elizabeth // Jan 3, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I am about halfway through The Nix and I’m struggling with it. Is it worth finishing?

  • 7 Sharon // Jan 4, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I like the idea of “more” vs thinking in terms of “less.” Your posts make me smile. Your optimism makes me hopeful. May the new year bring all good things to you and yours~