Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

Just a few New Year's Resolutions. Trying to make it fun this year. I don't generally make them, and when I do, like most of us, I don't keep them. Outside of my 2001 resolution to stop handling snakes for religious reasons, last year's "No Fast Food" lasted about three months (tough to keep for my work schedule, but I did eat less fast food last year than in previous years--still working to keep it to a minimum).

Anyway, there are a couple involving discipline:

1.) Make time to write. I don't know why this involves as much discipline, considering there's not much that makes me feel more like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing when I'm writing well. But, laziness is a tempting beast. I did a good job of setting up a routine from July through October or so. I wrote more sporadically in November and December, due to my work scheduling turning asshole for the holidays. I'm making an hour a day to put words on paper, right now.

2.) Make time to read actual books. I've read less in the past couple of years than just about any time in my life. I'm spending too much time goofing off on the computer. That last sentence isn't necessarily the goal, but I figure it's been the big time-consumer, for what would previously have been used reading. I don't have a number goal in mind as a finish line, necessarily. That said, to completely contradict my previous sentence, I'd like to read 50 books this year.

3.) I want to find a new restaurant to try every month. This is brought on by a couple of things. First, I enjoy finding new places, but time being what it is, I wander toward the familiar. Wanna try to wander away from that in 2011. Once a month.

4.) This might be the most ambitious one: I want to try a new beer a week in 2011. Just something that popped into my head at work yesterday. I try new beers pretty regularly. Don't do it at a pace of 1 a week though....


Blogger Newscoma said...

Is there a Flying Saucer in your neck of the woods? A beer a week can be done there.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Tommy said...

No. In fact, in my immediate neck of the woods, out here, it's a tall order. But there are enough fine beers on tap between Chattanooga and Knoxville that I can keep up the goal, I think.

2:44 PM  

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