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New Year, New Goals, New Kitchen

By January 2, 2009

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The New York Times ran one of those "rain on your parade" articles on New Year's Day, arguing that 80 percent of New Year's resolutions fail by Valentine's Day. If that's even close to the truth, then it's clear that a lot of people just don't take the notion of annual goal setting, which is all that resolutions amount to, very seriously.

I do take it seriously, and most years I do succeed with my resolutions. Perhaps that's because I keep my list short, and I fill it with realistic objectives. This year, two home improvement projects are on the short list. I want to finish drywalling my garage, then get it painted. That will be pretty easy.

The second project is to remodel my kitchen. I've already started tearing out the 50-year old cabinets and countertops (I'm putting up some temporary shelving units in the dining room to provide storage). But I haven't yet made a final decision about the new cabinets and countertops. Budget, personal taste and resale value all play big roles in this decision. I look forward to using this site to do some out-loud thinking on the subject in the months to come.

Photo Jeff Beneke


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