John and I aren’t observant… we don’t observe Easter (or any other religious holiday), but we do celebrate it. If a holiday has
Happy New Year!
I have had a pretty good thing going the past couple of years with a retrospective on the year that just came to a close via a look-see on how I did with my year-long, high-level to-do list. So I see no reason to not continue with that trend.
Let’s begin, shall we?
1. Keep on with the exercising, but mix it up a little more.
I did so-so with this. Mostly I just kept up with the keeping up… kept doing the same-old-same old, with the addition of adding in long, hilly walks (while listening to books-on-tape… I am currently going through the Bond series by Ian Flemming). I never managed to work in any focus on weight training, however.
2. Garden 4.0
Again, so-so. The parts of the garden where we had the plants that we traditionally do very well with – tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs – did very well indeed. The zucchini all died again, so I don’t think that we will mess around with them any more, and the peas and beans didn’t do all that well either.
3. Weed the library
Haha! Well, we started. John and I both find it very difficult to let go of books. We went through the books in the library bookshelves, and sorted those out into “keep” and “find a new home for” (aka “take to half-price books”) sections… but we haven’t gotten any further than that yet. Like I said… we never meet a book we didn’t like.
4. Crock pot cooking
This went well! There are a lot (not very surprising) of great sources for crock pot recipes online, and we have gotten to have several favorite recipes that are now a permanent part of our go-to dinner selections. And we keep trying new ones…. in fact, I have two new crock-pot recipes that I plan on trying out this week.
5. Improve my communication
I think that I did pretty well here. There were a couple of points where things started to fall behind a bit, but overall, I think that I did all right with staying in touch with folks.
6. I am not very crafty, and I often admire John his ability to just make things. So I am going to work on just making things also… maybe I will give knitting a try again, maybe I will get back to making Ukranian eggs. At the very least I will finish that embroidery project that I started at the beginning of last summer!
Fail! Well, I finished the embroidery project. And I realized that at heart I am just not a very crafty person, and I think that I am just fine with that.
7. Update this site
I updated the underlying code, but not the overall design. I still like the current design just fine.
8. Photograph, identify, and catalog all of the china and glassware in my collection
Ehhh… started this, but still haven’t finished it.
9. Kick up my photography a notch in general
Did a couple of (online) classes and also went to a very interesting workshop on working creatively with light by a couple of National Geographic photographers. But didn’t end up doing much beyond that, really.
10. Get authorized for (heavy weapons) combat archery. Between that and the fencing, I figure that I will be able to ironman (i.e. participate in all point battles that I am eligible for) at Pennsic this summer.
Win! I am now a combat archer, and can now participate in heavy weapons melees by shooting people (safely) in the head. And I did Ironman at Pennsic this past summer. Which was both a lot of fun and very very tiring. Fencing tournaments in the morning, and then straight into gearing up for heavy tournaments in the afternoon with scant time for a lunch break in between was exhausting.
11. Work on German longsword techniques outside of official fencing practices
Other than cutting practice (occasionally) in the back yard, I didn’t really get much done here. There are only so many hours in a day. I did end up co-teaching a class at KWAR (Known World Academy of the Rapier) with John back in November, but it wasn’t focused on longsword.
12. Mobile design and development
This site now has a responsive layout (try it out and see! Take a look at it in different browser sizes and even on your smartphone.) and I have been doing a lot with responsive design and mobile development projects at work, so I this that I will count this as a success as well.
So this year was a pretty mixed bag as far as the overall goals went. Some I did really well on, some only so-so, and some I completely bombed out on. That’s okay, there is always 2013,