Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year, and some resolutions

I haven't posted for a while, but I'd like to take this opportunity to wish both of my readers a very happy new year! AND a very happy new decade! But how are we going to refer to this year? The choices seem to be:

  • Two thousand and ten - mathematically correct with regards to reading numbers based on decimal place value systems, but a bit of a mouthful especially when you've had a few;
  • Two thousand ten - Not strictly speaking wrong, but a hideous travesty against the English language all the same;
  • Twenty ten - lazy but effective, which is a state of being that I aspire to*. This is therefore my chosen method of vocalisation.
What's your preference?

The start of a new year is traditionally a time for making resolutions, so I've come up with a few of my own: I'd love to hear yours! Better still, are there any that you think I should make, but have left off? Be nice...

1. Lose the weight I've inevitably gained over the Christmas hols.
I have no idea how much this is, but I expect I'll have to bite the bullet and let Wii Fit tell me sometime soon. I'm thinking some time next week, just as I start back to school, when it can have maximum impact on my personal happiness.
2. Lose some more weight after that, to the tune of around two stones.
That should put me fairly comfortably in the 'ideal' weight range as far as Wii Fit is concerned. I lost almost two stones since buying the Wii Fit in March and starting to celebrate the festive season in December, so two more by the end of this year shouldn't be too much of a chore using the methods I've employed so far. I might post about it, and if I do it'll probably end up under the weight loss tag.
3. Get back into playing the guitar as part of a band.
To varying degrees throughout 2009 I was in three bands- No Verdict, Chimes at Midnight, and an unnamed, one-off staff band. The staff band was, as stated, a one-off, but a few people want to re-light that particular candle. It must be done. The other two bands folded up and died for various reasons. I want to play some classic rock; my real passion with regards to playing the guitar. I also want to dabble in some kind of acoustic project. I'm not really sure how I want to go about achieving these, however.
4. Meet some new people and develop some kind of social life.
If anyone's doubtful as to whether this is really necessary, consider this: I'm sitting here in the early hours of new year's day writing a blog post that very few people will read; it's entirely possible that nobody at all will read this far. I'm not doing it after having got in from a wild party. Far from it: I've been here all evening, moving away from Facebook only to prod the fire and eat a Chinese takeaway. I need a life.
5. Take less to heart; care less what people think of me.
This is an ongoing resolution, rolling over from the past ten years or so. I have made considerable advances in this field, but there's still a little way to go. On the whole I'm fairly good at brushing off deliberate nastiness, but I still have some schooling to undergo in the ways of not seeing slights that probably aren't even there.

* I have so far managed to achieve 50% of this aspiration.