Happy New Year

I wasn’t quite sure if it’s “New Year Resolutions” or “New Year’s Resolutions”. So I ran a web search and was slightly taken aback by the first hit: “50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them.” What offended me first was the capitalization of And, To, and Of. But once I got past that I wondered, who goes out looking for resolutions? “I want to better myself in some way this new year but damned if I have any ideas!”

Fortunately (or unfortunately) I don’t need to go searching. Fortunately (no, I’m going with unfortunately now) I already have a list. It’s the same one I had last year. And the year before that. And so on. For anyone who loves the time-hop concept and is extremely bored today, feel free to look them over:

Granted, each year varies slightly. And a couple of those years don’t have any resolutions at all (rare showing of wisdom on my part). But there’s definitely a theme.

Which is why I was on the fence about doing any such thing again this year. On the one hand: what’s the point? It’s pretty obvious I don’t have any control over anything. Sure, one year there was that whole dumb cancer thing. And last year, a house move. But the theme is: it’s always something. And after a while you realize that the one constant is one’s self.

But as I realized last year, a goal without a plan is just a wish. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how many times I fall short. I still have to try. So let’s turn that frown upside down and list them here! If nothing else, I’ll have fodder for a future blog post, right?

1. Weight Loss

Ha. I thought my weight got alarmingly high last year. That’s nothing compared to this year. Not only did I not lose the twenty-five pounds I promised one year ago, I went up about seven thousand. This year’s goal: take one year to lose the weight gained the last two years.

2. The House

Three big projects here: 1) landscaping, 2) junk removal, 3) topping things off. We still don’t have any sod or anything in the back. My dream of getting rid of all the junk before moving was just that: a dream. Plus about a hundred other projects, small to medium sized, before I feel like we’re “settled in.”

3. Writing

One bit of good news: the book I was working on a year ago is actually about 95% complete. I had intended to publish it last September, but then realized this year would be better, and purposefully set it aside. Look for it in . . . April?

4. Music

My home recording studio is still just a pile of boxes. I will unpack and reassemble these into a studio and finish Connections which is a project now entering its third year. Gah.

5. Cook

I have a kitchen. I should use it more.

That’s It

Or, I should say “That’s Plenty.” I feel like I’ve already set myself up for failure, but there you go. Tune in next week for an update on Resolution Number 1.

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