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Another Year Over ... [Dec. 30th, 2003|08:20 am]
Young Geoffrey
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

... well, not quite, but close enough.

I've seldom been one to play the New Year's Resolution game - I think I've made one two or three times, but say "think" because I can't remember what they were or if I kept (any of) them.

But I need to make some changes and this seems as good a time as any.

As an experiment then, and as what I hope will prove to be a useful tool, I'm going to declare a few intentions here, in the dim glow of a tiny public's attention.

As a sop to my pride (I don't particularly enjoy indulging in cliches), and because my work-week starts on the 31st of December, the prep-work starts today; tomorrow, and New Year's Day itself, will see my making changes.

Today:

1) Post a To-Do List here;

2) Clean up this dump;

3) Organize my files (clippings, correspondence, periodicals and publications); and

4) Answer all outstanding letters.

Tomorrow:

1) Take my bike in to the shop; and

2) Write at least 1,000 words on the novel after work.

January 1:

1) Quit smoking;

2) Write; and

3) Have a nap before going out, if it turns out I will have made plans with Sue for a drinking-bout on The Big Night.

In General:

1) Stop drinking so much; no more stopping off at Rhino's or Mezzro's nearly every day after work;

2) Write every day, whether I feel like it or not;

3) Get something professionally published (or at least accepted) by the end of March, even if it's just something in the Globe and Mail's "Facts and Arguments" section;

4) Get my website updated by the end of January;

5) Be a more consistently "there" uncle to my niece; and

6) Play shinny at least twice a week; and

6) Work out regularly.

In other words, it's time to stop "wallowing in my own crapulence" (The Oxford English Reference Dictionary: "crapulent ... 1 given to indulging in alcohol.2drunk3resulting from drunkenness ..." - who knew it was a real word? Thank you, Mr. Burns.) and permitting that behaviour to feed my depressive tendencies (which encourages self-indulgence, &ct &ct). Enough of the vicious circle, enough self-pity. It's time to take control of my life, time to stop being an ironic commentator on my own affairs.

I believe I have some modicum of free will and it is time to put that belief to the test.
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From: patriarch420
2004-08-07 02:24 pm (UTC)
hhahahaha nice new year's resolutions. *snickers* Ive been bored and reading through random posts. Im only slightly better. My only resolution was to join a gym ... and i did do it...8 months later..heh. :)

Crapulent is an excellent word, by the way.

Xo, much love,

-laura-
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-08-08 07:17 am (UTC)
I've actually very seldom made new year's resolutions. And probably wouldn't have last year if I didn't have the livejournal into which to make them.

Not that it made much difference, did it? :)
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