December 31 12

I have high hopes for 2013.

First on the agenda is to see the second half of Les Miserables. There pre-ordered tickets, masses of popcorn, and in-my-head singing in my future. All was lovely in the world. Until it wasn’t. The stomach gnomes attacked and I took out the first line of defense—Gravol, Zantac, Tums, Tic Tacs, water. I assumed my normal stomach remedies would work. I made it through the wait for the movie to start, I made it through the previews (The Great Gatsby, OH MY!), I made it all the way through Fantine’s death (spoiler alert!) and then I had to finally give in. “Take me home,” I whispered to my husband, who suddenly wished he hadn’t chauffeured me on this particular evening. I gave in, got into bed, and haven’t gotten out of it since Saturday evening. At this rate I’ll be ringing in the New Year toasting with toast instead of champagne.

2013 will be the year that I finally change my passwords to something that doesn’t require a cheat sheet glued to my computer monitor.

And it will be the year that I find some cardio that I love. Zumba, maybe? Step? Maybe I’ll take another stab at running, for the 63rd time. Who knows?!?

And it will be the year that I finally get a handle on the laundry situation. It will be done in a timely fashion, it will not end up in clean piles all over the floor in my bedroom and hot damn I will stop shrinking everything, even though Emily’s wardrobe seems to not be complaining at all.

This year I will get a kitchen table and chairs that I don’t despise.

This year there will be more photography—more classes, more photos taken, more hours spent working on my brand-new website and Facebook page.

This will be the year that I unscubscribe from all of the crap e-mails that I get several times daily. Looking at you Old Navy. And LivingSocial. And zulily.

In 2013, I won’t let the gas tank get down to less than empty.

This year, Emily and I are going to learn that Pitch Perfect cup trick no matter how many tries it takes. (I know we aren’t the only ones...)

I will call my three mothers more. And my sister. And my sisters-in-law.

Media Kit. I will make one this year.

This year will be the year of the blunt bangs, even though, well, this.

Ali Martell Blunt Bangs


What about you? Do you make resolutions? Think they are lame? Think they are too lofty?

  1. New kitchen table and chairs for me, too! I’m sick of Windexing my glass table (bought pre-kids, of course!) Have you tried spinning? (Probably.) It’s my favorite! Happy New Year, Ali! Love you.


    ali replied on


    Happy New Year, lovely. I miss your pretty face.


    Comment by Loukia on December 31, 2012
  2. I used to do that cup trick at camp! I wonder if I can still do it … We’d sit in a circle at a circular table and all do it in unison, passing the cups one to the … right? left? every time. We were pretty awesome, I must say. (Or, as I remember it from when I was 11.)

    I’m guilty of the gas tank and unsubscribing and laundry things, too. And I want to take more photos.

    And WHY did you not tell me that you used to have red hair? I’m a big fan.


    ali replied on

    Remind me to make you show it to me the next time I see you!!!

    I don’t know if it was red exactly…reddishblondishbrownish?


    Mrs. Wilson replied on

    It’s a deal. :)


    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on December 31, 2012
  3. I said to my mom that 2013 is the year I get a kitchen table and chairs!

    Other than that, I’m getting back to Paleo and working out again. I miss running.


    ali replied on

    We can shop for tables TOGETHER!!


    Comment by Kristabella on December 31, 2012
  4. speaking of cup tricks, might I suggest this one for you & your girls to learn?


    Comment by kelly. on December 31, 2012
  5. I made a few. I think I need to add the gas tank one to mine. It’s an important one.


    Comment by Issa on December 31, 2012
  6. Happy New Year!! I hope it’s a great one. :) I didn’t know you were a photographer – best of luck! Feel free to pass along some wisdom.

    Thanks for a great blog to read!


    Comment by Katie on December 31, 2012
  7. I did the blunt bangs. I grew out the blunt bangs. I re-cut the blunt bangs. I regrew the blunt bangs. And then last night thanks to some wine and a forehead pimple, I now have blunt bangs again.


    Comment by Sharon on December 31, 2012
  8. This is the year I will learn to set goals. I’m no good at this resolving stuff.

    Love the new website. Love! (What theme did you use?) The photos are gorgeous. I’m so happy to have somewhere to point my friends to now. Congrats and happy new year!


    Comment by Tamara on December 31, 2012
  9. A previous post of yours inspired my resolution. Read 12 books this year. One a month. I love to read, so should do it more.



    Comment by Jenn on January 1, 2013
  10. I need to create a proper office space. Boring, but true. And my bangs have seen many bobby pins in my effort to pretend they aren’t there.
    Happy New Year.
    PS. Your photos are beautiful.


    Comment by Kat on January 1, 2013
  11. I do, and I *try* not to set myself up for failure. I tend to make my resolutions around rosh hashanah, they tend to be the ones, less grounded in Ego. I only have 2 resolutions for the western calender. Finish my Urban Fantasy novel, get back into running shape. I let a combination of meds and an injury screw up my fitness.


    Comment by Corey Feldman on January 2, 2013
  12. oh good one…must put a stop to all those annoying daily spam emails too.
    Banana Republic, JCrew, Cole Haan,Tory Burch and can suck it.

    happy new year!


    alimartell replied on

    Happy new year to you too!!

    I have unsubscribed from at least twenty things. Each one felt like a victory.


    Comment by petitegourmand on January 5, 2013

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