Resolutions for 2009.

Happy New Year! Time once again for new resolutions and renewed resolve. I kept 8 of my 12 resolutions from aught-seven, let’s see how I did in aught-eight:

1. I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda, pop, and sweet tea. Kept, but once again, I need to go for a bigger margin between the good and the bad.

2. At the end of this year, I will weigh less than 192 pounds. Nope. I was down to 202 at the end of September, the clothes were fitting better again, and then I damn-near broke my foot playing soccer. I went to clear the ball out and the bad guy deadlegged me. I missed most of the rest of that game, two of the last three games of the season, and wore a brace part-time. Didn’t help. Anyhow, boom, right back up to 212.

3. I shall put all the books I’ve bought but not yet read on a particular shelf, and I shall either read, sell or give away more than half of them. Nope. I may give up on this one. There’s just too many of them, and I keep getting more.

4. I shall practice signing my name right-handed. Kept. The signature is almost totally illegible, but I did pratice.

5. I shall cook puerco pibil at least once and then fine-tune the recipe. Kept. I cooked it exactly once, and it was my best yet. I made some minor changes: I replaced one of the lemons with a lime and I used only one habanero pepper (two peppers overpower the other flavors).

6. For those occasions when people switch to a foreign tongue in my presence, I shall learn to say, “What makes you think I don’t speak _________?” in three languages. Still a nope. I’m going to get rid of this one, and perhaps look into relearning a language.

7. I shall submit my National Board Portfolio before the March 31st deadline. Kept, and it paid off. I am a National Board Certificated Teacherer.

8. I shall replace my computer this summer. Kept, a few months earlier than expected. My old laptop took its final bow back in February, and I replaced it with a MacBook. I like it.

9. I shall write a journal entry at least once per week. Nope. I ended up with fifty entries, so I was two short if I were going for an average.

10. I shall fix the power lock button on my car. Kept. Well, “kept” in the sense that it’s fixed. Dad fixed it.

11. I shall get the rest of my old journal into the Archives. Kept, though now I think I should add a “2008 Archives” page.

12. I shall make a real twelfth resolution before June 30th. Kept, and it was a good one: “If a task or chore will take less than one minute to accomplish, I shall do it immediately.” Now, have I kept that? I’ve been getting better at it, and it’s led to less clutter, less procrastination, and less forgetfulness.

Once again, eight of twelve kept. Here we go again, starting with the holdovers from last year:

1. I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda, pop, and sweet tea.

2. At the end of this year, I will weigh less than 192 pounds.

3. I shall put all the books I’ve bought but not yet read on a particular shelf, and I shall either read, sell or give away more than half of them.

4. I shall cook something I’ve never cooked before, and cook it at least three times to fine-tune the recipe.

5. I shall write at least one journal entry each week. I will not go seven days without posting an entry.

6. I shall archive my 2008 journal entries in the same manner as the 2005-07 entries, and write “On Dilbert, Part Two,” and write “How to make everything perfect forever, Part Two.”

7. If a task or chore will take less than one minute to accomplish, I shall do it immediately.

Now I need some new ones…

8. On weekends and days off, I shall awaken and get out of bed before 9:30 AM.

9. I shall fly on an airplane for the first time in my conscious memory, in order to attend Captain Patton’s wedding.

10. I shall visit Chicagoland, and feast on real hot dogs, and real pizza, and real beef sammiches. And see friends and family along the way.

11. I shall put my U.S. history powerpoint presentations back online, in hopes that doing so will make a difference.

12. I shall make a real twelfth resolution before May 30th, 2009, and shall keep at least nine of these resolutions (inclusive).

Here goes.

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future-Missus-V

12 January 2009 10:56 pm

You shall also make a resolution to find your future wife. That is a command.

My real twelfth resolution.

In my “Resolutions for 2008,” #12 was “I shall make a real twelfth resolution before June 30th.” I finally have a good one, which, if I remember correctly, I first heard from a co-worker.

I have a habit (as I suspect many others do) of looking at Minor Task X or Simple Chore Y and thinking, “That will take so little time that I can do it any old time. I’ll do it later.” This is usually followed by rationalization about minimizing the total effort spent on several similar tasks—which lasts longer than the task itself would’ve taken—followed a week or two later by a sink full of dishes, a stack of books waiting to be re-shelved or a desk covered in “To Do” notes. The dinky little tasks that I deem unworthy of immediate attention invariably combine into a Voltronesque megatask that no man dare face alone.

Therefore, in the interest of reducing clutter, fighting procrastination, and getting my final resolution in at the last minute, I hereby resolve that:

12. If a task or chore will take less than one minute to accomplish, I shall do it immediately.

They had a Star Trek marathon on one of the cable channels. The crew was trying to contact Picard, but his comm-badge had been taken away. They couldn’t get hold of him and assumed the worst. Long story short: they found him anyways and eventually saved the day.

As the calls to the captain went unanswered, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Why don’t these communicators have voicemail? Or texting?”

They can overcome all the known laws of physics and chemistry by traveling thousands of times faster than the speed of light, by breaking matter down into energy and reassembling it elsewhere exactly as it’d been before, by taking the ship’s refuse and “replicating” it into the ship’s food and fuel, but nobody thought to spend five bucks a month on voicemail. Unreal.

2 COMMENTS

Doctor Hmnahmna Says:

You realize that the reason why voice mail doesn’t exist in Star Trek is because the society has become moneyless. There’s no incentive to provide a free service.

And if you’re looking for other time-saving tips . . .
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5784740380335567758

July 2nd, 2008 at 8:32 am

Vincent Viscariello Says:

Ah yes, the “economics of the future.” The least realistic and least consistent element of that show.

July 2nd, 2008 at 10:46 am

Resolutions for 2008.

Time for new resolutions and renewed resolve. First, let’s review last year’s resolutions:

1. “I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda, pop, and sweet tea.” Kept, though I this year I should probably strive for a larger margin between the healthy stuff and the flavored sugarwater.

2. “I shall lose thirty twenty pounds.” Nope. Not even close. In fact, I recently went to Dad’s house, and he said I needed to go on a diet. I dragged out the scale, made him stand on it. 212. Then I stepped on it. 212. I need to go on a diet.

3. “I shall put all the books I’ve bought but not yet read on a particular shelf, and I shall read at least half of them.” Nope and nope.

4. “I shall purchase a new pair of glasses.” I purchased two new pairs of glasses. Since I fulfilled this resolution twice, can I treat the extra pair of glasses as the fulfillment of a different resolution?

5. “I shall learn to sign my name right-handed.” Kept, technically. I didn’t specify how well I had to sign it.

6. “I shall replace my serpentine engine belt, and clean out my glove compartment.”Done.

7. “I shall continue to lose touch with popular culture.” Done, thankfully.

8. “I shall play in a six- or seven-a-side league.” I played on five teams in four leagues, thus kept.

9. “I shall hang up the framed map that is leaning up against my wall.” Said map doth adorn my wall.

10. “I shall fine-tune my recipe for puerco pibil.” I completely forgot about this one. I didn’t make this dish even once.

11. “I shall purchase the second season of Twin Peaks on DVD.” Done… but now there’s word of a special edition box set with the whole show. I may have to look into it.

12. “For those occasions when people switch to a foreign tongue in my presence, I shall learn to say, ‘What makes you think I don’t speak _________?, in as many languages as possible.” Nope.

So, let’s see: eight of twelve kept. See what lowered expectations can accomplish? Time now to continue the tradition of easier resolutions. In the New Year 2008:

1. I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda, pop, and sweet tea.

2. At the end of this year, I will weigh less than 192 pounds.

3. I shall put all the books I’ve bought but not yet read on a particular shelf, and I shall either read, sell or give away more than half of them.

4. I shall practice signing my name right-handed.

5. I shall cook puerco pibil at least once and then fine-tune the recipe.

6. For those occasions when people switch to a foreign tongue in my presence, I shall learn to say, “What makes you think I don’t speak _________?” in three languages.

7. I shall submit my National Board Portfolio before the March 31st deadline.

8. I shall replace my computer this summer.

9. I shall write a journal entry at least once per week.

10. I shall fix the power lock button on my car.

11. I shall get the rest of my old journal into the Archives.

12. I shall make a real twelfth resolution before June 30th.

2 Comments

Doctor Hmnahmna Says:

I realize that there are regional differences in referring to soft drinks. However, isn’t referring to drinking less “soda, pop” redundant?

There is always the universal catchall in the Deep South, CoCola. For the uninitiated and Yankees, CoCola applies to all brands.

January 13th, 2008 at 8:10 am

Vincent Viscariello Says:
It was both redundant and deliberate.
January 13th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Resolutions for 2007.

First let’s review last year’s resolutions:

1. “I shall procrastinate less.” Kept, believe it or not.

2. “I shall be a better friend to my friends, and better enemy to my enemies.” I’ll have to ask my friends. My enemies are not currently in a position to answer.

3. “I shall pass Illinois’s’s Assessment of Professional Teaching.” Kept, easily.

4. “I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda and pop.” Nope.

5. “I shall pretend that Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III simply never happened.” I’m not sure what movies this refers to, so I’ll assume it was kept.

6. “I shall lose thirty pounds—that may be three pounds ten times, or six pounds five times, or some such combination, but it will come to thirty pounds.” Nope, not even technically.

7. “I shall strive to embiggen more people, except for those who I think don’t deserve it.” Strived, yes, thus kept. Succeeded? Unknown.

8. “I shall attend a Cubs game and a Bears game.” Nope. This was my greatest failure of the last year.

9. “I shall be a shiny, happy person on the inside, and the usual on the outside.” Kept.

10. “I shall force the release date of the next James Bond film, Casino Royale, back to 2007, for what I would think is an obvious reason.” Nope, but I’m no longer broken up about it.

11. “I shall read every book I that have bought but not yet read.” Not even close. Probably not even possible.

12. “I shall keep at least fifty percent of my resolutions.” Five kept, five not, one undecided… so nope. Oh well.

This year, I’ll need one of two things: stronger resolve, or easier resolutions. With that in mind, my resolutions for the New Year 2007:

I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda, pop, and sweet tea.

I shall lose thirty twenty pounds.

I shall put all the books I’ve bought but not yet read on a particular shelf, and I shall read at least half of them.

I shall purchase a new pair of glasses.

I shall learn to sign my name right-handed.

I shall replace my serpentine engine belt, and clean out my glove compartment.

I shall continue to lose touch with popular culture.

I shall play in a six- or seven-a-side league.

I shall hang up the framed map that is leaning up against my wall.

I shall fine-tune my recipe for puerco pibil.

I shall purchase the second season of Twin Peaks on DVD.

For those occasions when people switch to a foreign tongue in my presence, I shall learn to say, “What makes you think I don’t speak _________?” in as many languages as possible.


Update on resolutions.

This just in: I passed Illinois’s’s Assessment for Professional Teaching with a 92% score, and the Social Studies/Economics content area exam with a 96%. Considering that I fell asleep during the APT and that roughly 45% of the questions on the “Economics” exam were about psychology, sociology, and world history, I am greatly relieved. Yea for me.

This fulfils 2006 Resolution #3, “I shall pass Illinois’s’s Assessment of Professional Teaching.” One down, several more to go.

4 Responses to “Update on Resolutions.”

  1. aabrock Says:
    April 7th, 2006 at 4:36 PM

Congratulations Dom!

And thanks for removing the picture of that possessed dog from your webpage header!

  1. donnimikk Says:
    April 8th, 2006 at 1:21 PM

Congrats!

  1. PaxonGator Says:
    April 9th, 2006 at 5:26 PM

Congrats Mr.V

  1. Vincent Viscariello Says:
    April 12th, 2006 at 12:47 AM

Thank you.

Resolutions.

My resolutions for the New Year 2006:

I shall procrastinate less.

I shall be a better friend to my friends, and better enemy to my enemies.

I shall pass Illinois’s’s Assessment of Professional Teaching.

I shall drink more water and milk, and less soda and pop.

I shall pretend that Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III simply never happened.

I shall lose thirty pounds—that may be three pounds ten times, or six pounds five times, or some such combination, but it will come to thirty pounds.

I shall strive to embiggen more people, except for those who I think don’t deserve it.

I shall attend a Cubs game and a Bears game.

I shall be a shiny, happy person on the inside, and the usual on the outside.

I shall force the release date of the next James Bond film, Casino Royale, back to 2007, for what I would think is an obvious reason.

I shall read every book I that have bought but not yet read.

I shall keep at least fifty percent of my resolutions.

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2006 at 7:35 PM.

3 Responses to “Resolutions.”

  1. jmanpc Says:
    January 12th, 2006 at 9:17 PM

embiggen.

i like it.

  1. aabrock Says:
    January 14th, 2006 at 6:35 PM

Dom, drink more tea. I too have completely stopped drinking all soda and having real tea (not Lipton tea bags, I mean loose-leaf tea like Rishi Tea) really helped. Some of the fruitier teas can be iced and drank without any kind of sweetener. Which reminds me…no more artificial sweeteners either!

  1. Vincent Viscariello Says:
    January 14th, 2006 at 8:21 PM

Since when do Lipton tea bags not count as “real tea”? Didn’t “y’all” lose that war?

Seriously, though, I’ll have my staff look into your suggestion and we’ll take it into consideration.