Resolutions: Q2 results and Q3 resolutions

A quick recap of the Q2 results (Q2 Resolutions here):

  • fish more: Ha! I don’t even want to talk about it.
  • Write more: Ha! Didn’t even think about this one after writing the resolution. 0 for 2
  • Cook more: Ha! Mostly derailed by the kitchen remodel taking, um, I think we’re at week 16 or so now. I HAVE been cooking more since the kitchen’s been functional, and I’m really enjoying it. 1 for 3.
  • Clean more: Ha! You can’t clean a house that you’re remodeling. Now that we’re coming down to the finish line (God, I hope so, anyway!), this one should be achievable soon. 1 for 4.

Okay, now that that’s over, maybe some Q3 resolutions just for fun:

  • Cook more: startin’ with a winner here. A little confidence booster, as I’m enjoying the hell out of cooking in my new 97% completed kitchen (more pics soon!). This’ll help with the eating healthier, too. I can already tell.
  • Sleep more: I average 5-6 hours per night. By the end of the week, I’m in serious sleep deprivation territory. I usually catch back up a little on the weekends, but it’s not enough.
  • Exercise…um…some (I can’t really call it “more” when I don’t do it at all now): The Wife up and signed us up at the gym last month. She’s been going regularly, but I’ve just started. I’m feeling confident, though. We’ll see how it’s going in three months.
  • Listen more: While I’ve spent a lot of time recently working on MAKING music, I’d like to spend more time just LISTENING to music. I don’t mean having music on in the background when I’m doing other things. I mean JUST listening. While sitting and doing nothing much else. I need to slow down in general, but this is something specific I want to do.

Well, folks, there they are. They’re more ambitious than I had planned (especially the exercise part). I know that sleeping and sitting around listening to music don’t seem like much to get resolved to do, but with all that I have going on, it’ll be tough.

See ya next quarter.

EDIT 2007.07.20: Things are going pretty well so far. And, in response to Luke’s comment below: I didn’t so much need a Resolution about roleplaying (esp. Burning Wheel) as I get in at least one session (and WAY too much forum reading/posting time) per week!

Q2 Resolutions

As the Q1 resolution results were a little disappointing, Q2’s resolutions will be a bit more manageable. So, to get right to the resolutions:

  • Fish more: Went fishing today. It was windy. We didn’t catch many. The ones we did catch were smallish. It was a freakin’ blast. I feel much better physically (though I’ll be a bit sore tomorrow, as we did a lot of hiking in river gravel and some bank crawling and sliding, plus a load of double-hauling into the wind) and mentally (fishing and exericise always make me feel better in the head). It’s a win-win.
  • Write more: In college I wrote a lot of fiction. As a reporter, I wrote a lot of non-fiction (of a particular kind). While I don’t really miss being a reporter, I do miss the writing. For several years now, a friend and I have said we were going to writing and photograph (he’s the photographer) some flyfishing articles. Well, we finally got off our asses and did it. We submitted some ideas and some work and ended up (so far) with assignments for two short pieces and a feature-length piece. Our trip today was for the first short one, due in about six weeks. I’ll update on this as events warrant. But, I have actual, real impetus to write more. So, I’m going to write every day for at least a half hour. There’s a good chance a lot of it will be blogging, too.
  • Cook more: This might get derailed somewhat by our ongoing kitchen remodel, but I want to do more cooking. A lot of the cooking for the next four to six weeks will be grilling and/or salads. Sure, I “cook” most nights (well, all the ones we don’t eat out or get take-out), but lately it’s been more about assembling sustenance rather than cooking. Tonight, I made Ginger Tamari Grilled Flank Steak, Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, and Sesame Soy Green Beans. It was Gooo-ood. I should really do more of that.
  • Clean more: We sometimes have a tendency to let the housework go in the face of busy lives and a busy three-year-old. It really affects my mental health to do that, though. I get stressed-out when things are messy. I’m going to try to take the time to clean things up each evening, and do at least one “big” cleaning job per day.

That’s it. I think it covers a lot of aspects of my personal life, though. On re-reading the list, it looks like I seriously need to de-stress. So, I’ve made it a goal, too. See you in three months for the results.

Q1 Resolution results are mixed

I’ll say right off the top that my Q1 resolutions were way too ambitious. That being said, I made a little headway. I’ll have the Q2 resolutions up by April 1st.

  • eat better:: eh. I did technically eat better, but I need to do better still. I lost about 5 lbs. in the first quarter. I plan to lose 20 lbs in Q2, mostly by eating better. We’ll see how it goes. I’m getting back on the whole grains – fruits – vegetables – lean meats bandwagon. We’re about to start remodeling our kitchen, so maybe I’ll eat more salads (since I won’t have a working stove).
  • exercise more: yeah, right. I can blame it on the bad weather all day, but the truth is that I’m just lazy. I’ve stepped it up a little, though, and I hope to continue that. I’m shooting for 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
  • read more good stuff: Sorta happened. I read six novels in Q1, though only one or two might qualify as “literature.” Still, I’d call this one a success.
  • get offline more: I got at least one “computer-free” weekend in, and reduced my time online on other weekends. Weekdays were still pretty busy, though.
  • sleep more: Not enough.
  • Go fishing!: Not NEARLY enough. But, I did spend more time tying flies and at least THINKING about fishing. I should be able to achieve this goal in Q2, so it’s staying on the list.
  • make some music: Didn’t happen, but I’m okay with it. I got to express some creativity via some other outlets, so I’m okay with it. Not a focus for Q2, either.

So, overall, I’d give myself a D+ for Q1. Let’s see if I can improve in Q2. Those resolutions coming up soon.

Q1 2006 Resolutions

My good friend Wheatbread recently brought up the idea of “quarterly resolutions” — as opposed to “New Year’s Resolutions.” For Wheat, the concept is that a resolution that you intend to hold to for an entire year is just too daunting, like losing 100 lbs. (more on that in a minute), but a quarterly or seasonal resolution is much more realistic and doable.

I’ve held off making any resolutions — New Year’s or otherwise — because I’m notoriously bad at keeping them. Why bother if I know I’m going to fail? But, I’ve come to a few realizations or decisions that have put me in the mind to make some resolutions. And resolutions tend to stick better if you announce them publicly.

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