Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Annual Painting of Oneself Into a Corner

Is it a bad sign when you lose the piece of paper on which you wrote down your New Year's Resolutions?  Probably it is.  But I shall try to reconstruct them here.  Like you care.

Today's Active Lifestyle

1) I had been thinking that my running goal was to cover 500 miles this year.  But then, with my legs in commission for only half of 2010, I still managed 386 miles.  So for 2011, 500 is, like, the basic goal and 600 is the advanced goal.

Subsidiary Goal: For each day of the month (1st through 31st) I want a 4 mile 2011 minimum.  

2) I mused about, but never really formulated, the goal of riding my bike 1000 miles last year.  That's actually a pretty modest goal, as I ended covering 439 without trying too hard.  This year it's official: I want to get back on the bike.  1000 miles the basic goal!  1200 the advanced!

Subsidiary Goals: By the end of the year, the all-time minimum for each day of the month should be at least 10 miles.  And I want "all-time" records for at least nine months.  (That's less ambitious than it sounds, since my "all-time" records refer to a spreadsheet that dates back to August 2009.  As of this writing, I've already picked off January.)

3) In 2011, I want to do to 190 pounds what I did to 200 pounds in 2010.

The Blogging Projects

1) I shall finish at least 12 Reading List books, the first of which shall be Crime and Punishment.

2) I shall get Michael Reads the Bible rolling again.

The Fiber Arts

I shall complete the seven quilting and sewing projects on the clipboard hanging over yonder by August 1.

I'll put something in at least five quilt shows.

The Boring Stuff

1) I'll do a good job at work.

2) I'll be kind to people.

The Anti-Resolution

I will allow myself to continue to indulge in an epic session of the somewhat old-school computer game Morrowind for the next few months.

If you would like to suggest additional resolutions for me, keep in mind that I do love me a well-defined goal.  Alternatively, feel free to share your own resolutions, or to explain why you feel that new year's resolutions are stupid!


Elaine said...

I'm jealous that you actually think you can complete 5 to 7 quilts in one year.
Maybe I could make a LIST of what is unfinished by the end of the year...yeah, that sounds like my speed.

I will walk 45 minutes at least 5 days a week. (Old joints do NOT like running. And I don't have a bike.)

Thom said...

I just had anohter copy of morrowind turn up in the post today :)

Nichim said...

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to make a county map like yours.

Michael5000 said...

Elaine: They're not all fauncy quilts.

Thom: You've gotta be kidding me. I assumed I was the last Nevaravine standing. House Hlaalu, yo.

Nichim: I totally can't wait.

Jenners said...

Only you have basic, advanced and subsidiary goals.

Do you accept quilt commissions?