Friday, December 30, 2011

Those Resolution Things

I'm one of those "New Year Resolution" kind of people. Forgive me. A review of 2011's list :
  • Clean More : no change. Adam says I've accumulated more stuff, which makes it harder.
  • Try To Be Prettier : no noticeable progress. I did work on posture a bit over the summer, there was some exercise last winter and summer, and I have taken a couple stabs at shopping (REI for the win!).
  • Sketch Once A Week : negative progress. I draw less now then ever before. Have missed several Dr. Sketchy's. When I do draw, it's totally a mess- have lost my "style" it feels like and am randomly mimicking things I see (and like : Makani, Emily Carroll, Jen Wang, and Ray Frenden for example... I want clean lines and details apparently. And good costumes always)
  • Sew / Embroider More : success. 2011 is the year of the Settlers of Catan Quilt (even if I have to finish it in 2012). There was also Portal Turret embroidery and some cute little monsters made. I've got a pair of ideas to start 2012 with as well!
  • Socialize Less, But Make The Remaining Encounters More Meaningful : neutral. I've made more friends, I've lost touch with some friends that I'd like to keep. I like the people I know, but I need to be better at saying "not now" to some of the hanging outs (more as internal dialog for me) and be better about committing to the fun events (why am I so bad at replying to emails?). Major gains : continuing Mid Winter, the infrequent but fun girls craft get togethers, the D&D&D events, terrible movie nights with Andy and Ashley, and the art bitching hang outs with Mel
  • Read A Book Once a Month : Success! My favorite goal! See below for details
  • Show More Initiative At Work- Have a Project Worth Talking About Once I Leave : success. I took on a couple server side projects I feel I can talk about (nothing epic, but at least something) and we've recently been working on a HTML5 app that has really helped me grow
  • Wake Up Earlier, Sleep Less : neutral. Adam and I were definitely waking up earlier this fall- which was totally awesome. Tea and hanging out in the morning = fun times. Not so great on the sleeping less...
  • Save More Money : neutral, bordering on failure. However, I feel like I've got a healthy relationship with spending now- an improvement on years earlier. I've never had an issue with excess, but I'm not happy being a frugal person. At this point in my life I should be spending money to make myself happy. Time > Money. Given that Adam and I are currently lounging in Paris, I'll say no more.
  • No More Reddit : success. Easy enough to give up and I've no regrets. Google Reader was beginning to become a problem, but now that they gutted its functionality I barely check it once a day. I browse Hacker News frequently, but don't find it to be a problem. I'm sneering at the posts half the time, a fraction of the time they're actually quite useful, it keeps me abreast of new trends in my field, and it gives Adam and I something to talk about in the evenings.
Sketching full of fail... This was the last thing I drew and that was... two weeks and two days ago...? Sad times
I believe it was a bit overly ambitious... This year's will be smaller, more focused goals so that I can present a more positive report next December. As mentioned above (and earlier) I love the reading goal. Definitely had to work at it a couple times. The end results :
  • Jan : The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One (First Law 1)
  • Feb : The Name of the Wind
  • Mar : The Hunger Games
  • Apr : Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games Trilogy)
  • May : Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games Trilogy)
  • Jun : My Blood Approves
  • Jul : Hollowland
  • Aug : The Forever War
  • Sep : Lucifer's Hammer
  • Oct : Jenny Pox
  • Nov : Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  • Dec : The Demon's Lexicon
There are a number of other books read through the year in addition to these. These are just the ones that counted towards the resolution. Perhaps I should be embarrassed at the number of them that are Young Adult books, but I can't be bothered. I read for fun and escapism. The best book of the year was without question The Postman. Highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. What did you think of Demon's Lexicon? Was that the first or second? I got an advance unedited copy (I LOVE THOSE!!!). I followed the writer's blog for a long time before she wrote a book, and while I loved her fanfic, her story had about the same characters, but with no particular build up to their characteristics.