And here's the last of the list -- how I did overall. I missed 21 items on the list.
In the grand scheme of things, that's not too bad. Especially, I may add, in a year that began with a lot of noise and mess, then moved on to one temporary relocation, nine weeks of using an outhouse, twelve weeks of working two jobs, two yard sales, a cross-country wedding reception, and roughly 570 hours spent in the car driving 14,630 miles prior to my job switch.
Did y'all have lists or resolutions? How did you do?
1-52: Read a book a week. Note what I've read on this site so I don't stand there in the library, wondering, Does this seem so familiar because I read it, or because I read reviews of it? 53-65: Complete at least one fixer-upper project around the house per month.
66-78: Pitch 2 editors on freelance ideas monthly. -- For six months this year, I was cranking out a couple thousand words a day for different employers, and the idea of asking people to let me write more made me want to cry. However, that doesn't excuse the other six months.
79-83: Run a 5K every 3 months. -- Oh, this started off so well with the Q1 5K around Lake Merritt. Then things got nutso with work and the house and the lifeguarding class, and in Q3, I actually worked a road race where some of the non-running people were so thoroughly unpleasant, it put me off 5Ks. And in Q4, I learned that my beloved Run to the Far Side was no more. Fie on you, road racing! I got one out of four here.
84-86: Swim 100 miles by my birthday; swim another 100 miles by my wedding anniversary; swim another 100 miles by Christmas. -- Every year, I make some resolution that's totally disconnected from reality, and this was the 2006 entrant. On the plus side: I'm now swimming anywhere between 4-7 miles each week, so I'll do somewhere between 200-350 next year,
87: Give up sugar and dessert-y things for Lent. Again. 88-100: Make one modest donation to a different nonprofit each month.
When Web surfing, do so with some focus and not because it's fun to see what fresh trainwrecks are out there. -- This actually worked this year! I am shocked too.
102: Do not, under any circumstances, walk out of a grocery store or airport newsstand with a copy of In Style, Real Simple, Us or any other magazine that purports to be entertainment but is really just a tasty little prelude to brain damage. -- Oh, I might as well give in and admit it: I like flipping through US when getting pedicures. I went Real Simple-free and In Style-free, but holy cow, does viewing, "Celebrities -- They're Just Like Us!" distract me from how much exfoliation tickles. Also, the salon I go to loves it when I leave them the magazine afterward.
103: Decorate the house for Christmas -- inside AND outside.
104: Find a local volunteer commitment that lets me meet more people in Alameda. -- I sort of did this one: I got a seasonal job with the parks & rec department, and that went a long way toward getting more involved in civic life. However, it was not volunteer, so back on the list for 2007.
105: Get the cats microchipped. -- The vet refused to do the procedure on Zito when boarding him in February, saying, "The cat's already traumatized enough being here." Zito is a big, fat faker, and he wil be chipped in 2007. Oh, yes, he will.
106: Quit resolving to take a CPR/first aid course and the lifeguarding course -- and just do it already.