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In typical Adages fashion, we're over a week late with our New Year's resolutions. Mama Adages suggested we should resolve to drink less, but thanks to the handy replacement liver included in the Venables Bell & Partners holiday invite, we're set for at least six more months.

But we figured some of our favorite folks in the industry might have a resolution or two for the new year.

For example, Beth Brenner, VP-publisher of Domino, says she's "finally turning my unused New York City kitchen into a much-needed closet!"

The most common theme heading into 2006 seems to be seeking a proper work-life balance and freedom from electronic devices.

More Editor in Chief Peggy Northrop reveals perhaps a little too much with her resolution to "to stop using my Treo on the weekends and when I'm in the bathroom." Is nothing sacred? Weekends we can see, but the bathroom? That's reading time!

Kevin O'Malley, Esquire's VP-publisher, offered up these: "Try to give myself more time for airport check-in. Try to spend less time on the BlackBerry." (Word has it, he sent those two resolutions to his publicist via BlackBerry. So much for that.)

Tamara Conniff, co-executive editor of Billboard magazine, had a list which included "Not to take out my Sidekick during romantic meals with my boyfriend" and "Listen to more `80s metal."

Shari Anne Brill, VP-director of programming at Carat USA, resolved "not to contribute to the inbox-glut by sending unnecessary e-mails when a simple phone call would suffice." (Submitted by e-mail).

Carol Evans, CEO and founder of Working Mother Media has just finished writing her first book, "This is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto." Her resolution? "I resolve not to write a book this year ... because last year I lost all work-life balance by writing a book about work-life balance!"

But in all seriousness, we think Jay Goldberg, publishing director of Mansueto Ventures says it best with his resolution "to share the same energy and passion with family as shared during our working hours." Jay suggested, and Adages agrees, that the natural disasters of 2005, the carnage of war, the recent mining tragedy, should remind us to "treat each day as a miracle."

Battle of the bulges

Of course, no resolution list would be complete without a couple of weight-related vows.

Dan Kaercher, editor in chief of Midwest Living, resolved "to lose the 10 pounds I gained on my `Taste of the Midwest' road trip last summer." Chef Billy Strynkowski, executive chef for Cooking Light, says his New Years Resolution is to "eat slower."

"Like everyone else," writes Mignonne Wright, editor in chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine, "my plan for the New Year is to eat healthier and exercise. I'm trying to figure out a way to incorporate both into my daily routine. Possibly sprinkle some wheat germ on a Quarter Pounder. Maybe a brisk walk to Ben and Jerry's?"

Linda Shiner, executive editor, Air & Space magazine, writes: "Like the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, my new year's resolution is to lose weight."

But those looking to lose weight have to deal with Burger King Senior VP-Chief Concept Officer Denny Marie Post. She helped created the Triple Whopper, the Enormous Omelet Sandwich and Chicken Fries. Her resolution? "To ask for more forgiveness and even less permission in 2006. Nothing great is accomplished by being timid." We suggest figuring out a way to deep fry coffee.

Working stiffs

Some people, though, can't get their minds off of work.

Bryan Burns, VP-strategic business planning and development at ESPN, vows to "spread the word that accepting commercials 24/7 in HD is now reality at ESPN." Charlie Collier, exec VP-general manager of ad sales for Court TV, had this one: "In general support of cable, I will order no meal in 2006-not even sushi-a la carte."

AARP The Magazine Editor Steve Slon is trying to rewrite the dictionary. "My resolution for 2006 is to come up with a word to replace `senior' in the nation's vocabulary. ... I've already been through (and discarded): geezer, wrinkly (Brits like it), oldie (ditto), abbie (short for aging baby boomers-yuck), coots, codgers, fogeys, fossils, graybeards, blue-hairs, old-timers and a few others I can't remember. "

And, finally, Lori Rosen of PR firm The Rosen Group offers "to obey the restraining order that says I have to stop camping outside of Katie Couric's apartment demanding that she put my clients on the `Today Show."' Yes, Lori's the kind of woman who'll do anything for her clients, but lest you think she's a complete saint, she includes this resolution: "To stop making obscene gestures at my phone during conference calls."

We're pretty sure we'll never break that habit.

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