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Your New Year’s resolutions

Published 2:12pm Monday, December 31, 2012

With another year drawing to a close, the Suffolk News-Herald spoke to shoppers outside Harbour View’s Harris Teeter about their New Year’s resolutions, plans for ringing in 2013, and reflections on 2012. The importance of family and faith and spending the evening at home were common responses.

Curtis Ridley, 41

Ridley

I’ve never really thought about (New Year’s resolutions). It’s just one of those things. You make a mistake today, just try not to make the same mistake tomorrow. That’s what it’s all about.

I’ll be sitting at the house, maybe watching some Netflix, (play some) Xbox or something. It all depends on what my wife lets me do.

Sheila Doane, 58

Doane

No major resolutions this year. We went to Florida for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday, and we’re going to have a quiet night at home on New Year’s Eve. We’re not going anywhere. In the past we have, but this year we’re just going to stay at home. (I’ll be in bed by) 1 or 2 (a.m.), probably. We have a lot of Christmas decorations to take down. I teach and go back to school on Wednesday, so we have to get everything done by then.

Amanda Hight, 31

Hight

(My New Year’s resolution is) getting healthy, I guess like everyone else. That’s basically it right now; I haven’t thought of any more. (I’m going to start) tomorrow, actually. I’ll probably start eating better (and) exercising more. I’ll make more time for everything I need to do. Not to make the same mistakes I made last year (could be another resolution).

It was pretty good (the year of 2012). Cooking out with me and my sister and my nephew (are our plans for New Year’s Eve). More than likely (we’ll be staying up to see the New Year in); we usually do.

Judy Owens, 68

Owens

I pray and ask God to help me accomplish certain things, and He’s going to help me to do it. My husband and I just started a business, and it’s been very successful, and I’d just like to continue doing that. It’s more like a ministry — it’s a business and a ministry together.

(We’ll) go to church (to see in the New Year). It’s from 10 (p.m.) until midnight. We have a worship service, prayer, usually communion.

It’s (2012) been a fast year. It’s been a good year, but a fast year and a lot of stuff going on.

Judith Taylor, 47

Taylor

I have boring resolutions: To eat less chocolate and do more exercise. I’m probably a typical person who lasts two or three months then wanes a bit. This time I’ll try to go a bit longer.

It’s (2012) been an interesting year; it’s been a good year.

Dom DePolo, 67

I’m the family cook, so I’m here to get the items to do the special preparation for my family. My daughter came in to visit from Wilmington with my granddaughter, so she put in her request. It’ll be a special meal cooked by “Papa” tonight. We’ll have dinner and we’ll open a bottle of bubbly wine and enjoy it in the hot tub at midnight.

Just take care of my family (is my version of a New Year’s resolution). When everything else is gone, the only thing you have left is family, so take care of them now and they’ll take care of you when you need it. I’ve never seen anybody able to keep their resolutions; I’ve always viewed that as a bit of folly. You never know what’s going to happen (so) you have to take one day at a time.

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