Wrestling with resolutions

Editor's note: Duke junior Jessica Foley, a 6-foot guard from Australia, will share a diary with ESPN.com throughout the season.

Jan. 15, 2005

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all sticking to your New Year's resolutions. I know it has only been two weeks, but I am already struggling with mine.

My first resolution is to go to bed earlier and get more sleep this semester. That might be wishful thinking. My second resolution is to be more diligent in responding to e-mails. So far, so good. But I do have a great knack of ignoring e-mails until my friends are just about to give up on me ... so if you are reading this and that sounds like you, I am sorry.

One resolution that the team has come up with this semester is to have a dress up day every week. Yes, that's right ... we made a resolution just to look nice for class. Tuesday will be our dress up day and it will entail putting in a little extra effort. Minimum requirements for dress up day are jeans and nice shoes. There are strictly no sweatpants (or "trackies" for fellow Australians) and no sneakers ("runners"). My mother will be pleased.

Last night we arrived back from Virginia. On this particular trip we stayed at a new hotel. It was old-fashioned and full of antiques and, quite frankly, a little spooky. Mistie and I entered our room to find that it had nine antique mirrors on one small wall. We were both expecting to see the woman who appears in the mirror with long, dark hair out of the movie, The Ring. And then when we went downstairs for dinner, the bus driver tells us that the place is haunted and points out the lights on the ceiling that are making abnormal shadows. Now, I don't mind an occasional scare, but this year has been ridiculous. Between the haunted hotel in The Bahamas and the hotel in Virginia, my New Year's resolution to sleep more is going down the drain!

OK, now that I am back at school I need to stop procrastinating and get some work done. You people are bad for my work ...

Take care and I'll report back soon.