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New Year's 'Tude

Saturday, December 29, 2018

OK. So I picked up this word "Tude" a few years back when my favorite news show listed the latest entries for the Urban Dictionary. If ithe word 'tude is new to you, let me give you the definition found in the ever-popular Urban Dictionary:

’tude, ****pronouce t(y)o͞od, ***noun, informal, ***short for attitude.
"the song bristles with lotsa 'tude"

Seriously? This person used the example that a song "bristles with lotsa 'tude"? I don't hang much (at all) in the hood, but I'm absolutely certain that no one with ANY 'tude at all would use that sentence. I'm thinking that before I utter the word 'tude, I should sag my pants . . . but with my ample hips, my pants are either at the waist or around the ankles. No sagging for this hipster. (OK. I know that hipster is from the sixties . . . I was cool then; now not so much.)

There is a point to this blog that really has nothing to do with grammar, English, or the Urban Dictionary. This is more about hope . . . and faith . . . and wishes . . . and dreams . . . all for 2019, who will arrive in about 48 hours from the time I'm writing this.

I'm by nature a hopeful person. I almost always see the up side and the joy in most everything. The bottom line of this is that I am a person of New Year's Resolutions. Why-oh-why do I always-always feel so excited at the thought of a new year approaching. After all, I could make resolutions (which I believe is a fancy word for goals) any-day any-time of the year. Making January 1st special is just artificial and based on a calendar that most people follow to count the circles around the sun. Even thinking about how ancient a practice this is reminds me of people linked to age old calendar creation . . . namely Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory. I'm sure they didn't worry about the one resolution that has topped my list for the past 58 years: to "lose weight" . . . and why would they worry? They all wore robes. If I could march around the hood in a robe or a muu-muu, folks would think, "There goes Jane. That girl has some serious 'tude." (I imagine the people making that statement are either in robes as well or may be sagging their pants.) Besides both calendar boys had bigger problems than weight loss . . . The Julian calendar was off the actual solar movements by 11 minutes, which doesn't seem like much but as years passed . . . well, do the math! Eventually things were upside down with Easter coming at an unacceptable time for Pope Gregory. Julius made his calendar in 46 BC. Gregory brought his to the table in 1582. His was off by 11 seconds, but what him worry? He wouldn't be alive when things got out of whack and needed Leap Days to fix it all. Now that's a guy with 'tude.

So I now feel that old old 'tude rising up in me . . . the delicious thought of a new year, a new chance, a new start for some very old goals. I have not made my list yet, but based on the myriad of answers from so many of you to my blog "My Name Is Jane" I have already decided to cast away my age-old first resolution, Lose Weight. This year my #1 is to . . . (drum roll please) . . . . Be Happy!

Knowing myself fairly well, as I've been observing Jane for 71 years, there will be a longer list than just Be Happy . . . but for once I think my priorities are healthier.

I will see you again here, dear friends and supporters/encouragers of my journey. I will be back on Tuesday and share my list. Let me just say, that sharing my list is difficult and risky for me . . . but Hey! I got this. This year I have 'tude!
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  • no profile photo CD22518161

    Cowabunga, dude! LOL
    Happy New Year!! emoticon
    660 days ago
  • KAIMAGUS22
    What an awesome 'tude! Go get that happy!
    660 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Love having a friend with 'tude!!

    Great resolution. Couldn't be better. Wishing you Happiest Year Ever, 2019!! Me, too!!!
    661 days ago
  • SMULLINS4
    What can I say?? A retro yellow Be Happy Mug was purchased in your honor in Nov 2018 at an antique shop in DeLand but made its was to a fried in Jax when you had the crud! I'll be on the lookout for another,,,someone gave me a bag last week ..it said,,,Stay Classy, Stay Sassy, and be a bit Bad Assy!
    Ha ---could relate. Be happy is a good one Jane. I am perculating...miss ya! Enjoyed the blog!
    661 days ago
  • AQUAGIRL08
    Great blog Jane! It resonates with many of us. I think everyday we get up on the right side of the grass, we get a new chance to achieve our goals. I know that happiness is a choice. When I get up, I say to myself, "Cyndi, today is a great day. Today I'm going to be happy." Most of the time it works like magic! I'm a firm believer that nurturing ones self begins with your emotions and self love. It has nothing to do with weight and everything to do with self love and acceptance. I know that 2019 will be a happy year for you! Remember you are beautiful!
    661 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2018 10:15:11 AM
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    662 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Your posts are always so delightful!! You truly have a talent for humorous writing! The history lesson was interesting and informative and learning something new completes my day. For me, the new year is almost as exciting as the first day of school. New book bag, new book covers (I'm dating myself), new lunch box, and a new notebook that held new pencils. The new notebook had a package of college ruled notebook paper, none of that wide-lined stuff for me. That was for the "little" kids. The first words written on that pristine paper with a freshly sharpened pencil. Does it get any better than that? When I became a teacher, the same thrill came in August with new kids, new classes, and some new rules.

    My goals are always the same. To be a better person in the new year than I have been this year. To have more healthy days in a week/month than not so healthy.

    So looking forward to your list and your 'tude on Tuesday. Until then... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    662 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/29/2018 9:10:04 PM
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Awesome that happy is #1, because that is what is so important in life.

    Anyhow, love your 'tude. You had me @ sagging the pants. LOL Never understood the point (is there one?) for that particular habit, but. Oh well.

    HUGS and good luck in 2019.
    662 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    I LOVE "Be Happy" as #1 on the list!! Yeah!! Not just my goal . . . it's my resolution!! I RESOLVE to "Be Happy" in 2019 and in fact I'm not waiting a second. I resolve to Be Happy right here, right now!!
    662 days ago
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