Let me start with the fact that I’ve only ever made 3 NYRs in my life, I think. When I was younger I thought it was dumb to do something because other people did them (“I’m not going to make a New Years Resolution, that’s so cliché”). When I got older I joined the “I don’t need some arbitrarily agreed on reason to start doing something new. I can do something whenever I want! I’m a free person!”

But sometimes you just do things because you should try everything in life at least once. This year I am not making just one NYR but several! Statistically speaking, my chances of following through with a NYR will be greatly higher if I just make more of them.

So here we go!

1. So I was thinking I will read 40 books by the end of the year. Now, I hadn’t actually thought about this until yesterday at work when someone suggested I go for the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. That was when I actually realized the rate I would need to be reading in order for me to actually pull off this 40 books/1 year idea. Instead, by this day next year I will be finishing the last few pages of my 24th books. This puts me at 2 books a month. Still a challenge but a much more manageable one especially for me since I am a slow reader. Comic books will not count for this project but audiobooks will because it takes just as long to listen as it does to read in my head.

2. I am also going to actually follow through with a 365 project which will consist of  some daily record of my life be it a photo, writing, audio or video. I imagine the toughest part of this will be remembering to post something. I assume I will probably go camping at some point which will keep me from being able to post on exactly the day but every day will still be accounted for at the end of the year. I’ll probably post these here.

3. Only one new article of clothing may be bought per month.  I think this will be THE hardest of the resolutions. Mostly because I’m terrible at knowing what will actually be the most loved item in my closet until at least a 3-4 month residency. This is going to take some research and no more impulse buys or boredom shopping. I think the less clothes I buy, the more I can spend on one piece and that one piece better be f*ckin worth it.

The rest of the rules for 2011 are general guidelines for living that don’t exactly apply to just a year of amusing tricks (the resolutions above are probably not going to continue for more than the one year – though #3 probably should stick around for as long as possible). The other rules will be things like no more making excuses for not working out. No more making excuses about eating when not hungry, just make sure you’re actually hungry when you eat. Clean your room, once every two weeks at least. Pursue things that you’re actually interested in. General year round “spring cleaning”, pair down your material things, get rid of things that you never use.

no more of this

2011 is looking to start off pretty good, starting a 401K next week, still got a job, took care of my car, starting to make exercise a part of my regular life (well, not since before Christmas but I will be going back to Bikram yoga soon and I still have my gym membership), family is well, got an excellent boy.


Non-Turkey Day

San Francisco was a fun trip. Though, it’s definitely different when I visit with someone vs visiting alone. I had a good time but a weekend is never enough time in the city. I do miss that place a lot.

boring update: I’ve finally decided the dishes that I will make for Thanksgiving this year. The menu is as follows:

Roast Duck with Butternut Squash, Shallots, Porcini mushrooms and Green Beans
Blowtorch Prime Rib Roast
Leek Bread Pudding
Crisped Smashed Roasted Marble Potatoes
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
Caesar Salad with Croutons and Shaved Parmesean
Cheaters Pillsboughry Dinner Rolls
and Tracy will be making dessert.


It’s Halloween weekend again! Yey!

This year's pumpkin theme is Star Trek

So this year I am once again going to Dave and Christie’s annual Halloween soiree. Patrick is coming with. That is tonight (Friday night) and tomorrow we are going to a little underground show called Sneaky Nietzsche. I’m actually not quite sure what happens at the show, but I suppose that is the appeal. It has something to do with live music and dance and painted faces.

And on Sunday I am staying at P’s to avoid any kind of interruption by children. Children with grabby hands expecting things.

Last weekend Jamie and I went to Lake Tahoe. It was the first time I had been and unfortunately it rained the whole time. Usually I enjoy staying in bed on rainy days and just watching movies but I was getting pretty restless during this trip. It was probably because I have never been to Tahoe before and wanted to explore. The weather wasn’t really permitting any exploring though. Jamie and I did get massages that weekend and I did get to use the sauna. W000t. I also got a pair of moccasins so I guess the trip wasn’t SO bad. We both agreed to return when the weather is nicer.

Jamie bought a new beanie in Tahoe

London Trip, Google Books, Universal Health Care

Quick and to the point update!

A health care bill was passed this weekend and was signed by President Barack Obama into law. There are a lot of things to work on and a long time before it’s going to work well but HOLY SHIT THIS IS, as VP Biden said, A BIG FUCKING DEAL.

One part of the health care bill that I particularly enjoy is that restaurants will now be required to print calorie counts on their menus. Pretty cool.

In related news, I don’t know what the fuck is up with elected officials nowadays. Republicans are being really offensive IN the House. I feel like the past 8 years democrats have been politely complaining, and certainly not calling for Bush’s assassination. I don’t get where these people get the idea that they can act like this. When did become acceptable behavior for people who are supposed to represent America? Could we take a step back and look at these people are doing? I wonder if governments of other first world countries act like this in legislative houses. I wonder if Canadians or the English are like this.

I guess I’ll get to find out later this year… ’cause I’m planning a trip to London! Woooooooo! Yeah so I’m finally in a place where I’m financially stable enough to save up money to go on a trip like this. I’ve gotten pretty excited looking at vacation packages and what not. I think I want to stay for a whole week. Eee! I also just found my passport tonight and luckily it doesn’t expire until next May so I don’t have to worry about paying for a renewal. Huzzah! In the meantime I have trips to SF and Seattle booked. I’ll also be going to Laughlin in August and Oregon in September for Sarah’s wedding.

Finally, I just discovered Google Books! Look how cool it is!