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Resolution Update

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After two months, here is where I stand on my resolutions:

Visit Hawaii
Get my wisdom teeth out
Make chocolate anchors
Run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
See a few decent concerts
Visit my cousins in Las Vegas (and have Holly cut my hair while I’m there – February 17-22. Haircut with Holly, February 18 – I think it’s the best I’ve ever gotten. Took the little cousins to SkyZone to jump on the trampolines, February 21.
Go back to Weight Watchers to lose my last few pounds and become a Lifetime Member – Started going back to WW meetings, January 8
Write a book
Volunteer for the USO – Volunteered at the AMC Air Terminal, January 5
Start my own business
Work at least one waitressing job (even if it’s only for fun)- A.J. Gators, January 11-26. Kelly’s Tavern, February 8-12.
Make 10 new friends – Tom Valentine, Steve Robinson
Go on a road trip
Reread Hawaii by James Michener
Get my digital camera fixed – FedExed it to Olympus, January 20. Camera returned and fixed (for free!), February 8.
Go onboard a Navy ship – Tom took me to see his submarine, the USS Norfolk (SSN714), February 5.
Go surfing
Visit Nauticus and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk
Go to Busch Gardens
Eat more pineapples
Visit a few states I’ve never been to before
See Lifespeed at Bar A
Write a poem
Save some money
Visit my cousin Joelle in California
Sing karaoke at a bar
Drink more water
Do 20 push-ups in two minutes
Taste a food I’ve never had before – Lobster and sake at Sumo, January 29. Pasta para duros (some weird Mexican snack food) at work, February 11. Fried calamari at the Roadhouse in Vegas, February 18.
Get a massage and/or a facial
Take a picture in front of the VT bush at Virginia Tech
Get a new car
Grow my hair long again
Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year
Visit my long-lost stand partner on the Southern Coast of Oregon
Make one new resolution at the beginning of every month:
January: Beat my 13:28 mile and a half run – Ran a mile and a half in 12:36 at Gold’s Gym, January 27.
February: Watch the movie St. Elmo’s Fire – Watched it, February 3.
March:
Finish the book that Robbie loaned me in November

Resolution Update

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After one month, here is where I stand on my resolutions:

Visit Hawaii

Get my wisdom teeth out

Make chocolate anchors

Run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

See a few decent concerts

Visit my cousins in Las Vegas (and have Holly cut my hair while I’m there)

Go back to Weight Watchers to lose my last few pounds and become a Lifetime Member – Started going back to WW meetings, January 8

Write a book
Volunteer for the USO – Volunteered at the AMC Air Terminal, January 5

Start my own business

Work at least one waitressing job (even if it’s only for fun)- A.J. Gators, January 11-26

Make 10 new friends – Tom Valentine, Steve Robinson

Go on a road trip

Reread Hawaii by James Michener

Get my digital camera fixed – FedExed it to Olympus, January 20

Go onboard a Navy ship

Go surfing

Visit Nauticus and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk

Go to Busch Gardens
Eat more pineapples

Visit a few states I’ve never been to before

See Lifespeed at Bar A

Write a poem

Save some money

Visit my cousin Joelle in California

Sing karaoke at a bar

Drink more water

Do 20 push-ups in two minutes

Taste a food I’ve never had before – Lobster and sake at Sumo, January 29

Get a massage and/or a facial

Take a picture in front of the VT bush at Virginia Tech

Get a new car
Grow my hair long again

Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year

Visit my long-lost stand partner on the Southern Coast of Oregon

Make one new resolution at the beginning of every month:
January: Beat my 13:28 mile and a half run – Ran a mile and a half in 12:36 at Gold’s Gym, January 27.

February: Watch the movie St. Elmo’s Fire

The New Year

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So, I got the year off to a decent start. I partied it up at Waterside last night in a new pair of jeans and sequined shirt with some Navy boys and a champagne toast at midnight — I almost got the crap beat out of me by a couple of fat lesbians over a plastic party hat, so that was exciting. I spent the night at the Sheraton, had a lovely breakfast this afternoon at The Silver Diner, and went out for a run at Mount Trashmore to enjoy the 69-degree weather. I lost a bet to Allison, so I had to pay her a dollar.

I suppose if you want my thoughts on New Year’s, you can read this entry from last January because I still feel pretty much the same way and because it is 3:40 in the morning and I don’t feel like writing a profound article on the philosophical meaning of the beginning of a new year.

I guess it’s about time for those resolutions, huh? Here it goes.

In the year 2005, I will:
Visit Hawaii
Get my wisdom teeth out
Make chocolate anchors
Run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
See a few decent concerts
Visit my cousins in Las Vegas (and have Holly cut my hair while I’m there)
Go back to Weight Watchers to lose my last few pounds and become a Lifetime Member
Write a book
Volunteer for the USO
Start my own business
Work at least one waitressing job (even if it’s only for fun)
Make 10 new friends
Go on a road trip
Reread Hawaii by James Michener
Get my digital camera fixed
Go onboard a Navy ship
Go surfing
Visit Nauticus and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk
Go to Busch Gardens
Eat more pineapples
Visit a few states I’ve never been to before
See Lifespeed at Bar A
Write a poem
Save some money
Visit my cousin Joelle in California
Sing karaoke at a bar
Drink more water
Do 20 push-ups in two minutes
Taste a food I’ve never had before
Get a massage and/or a facial
Take a picture in front of the VT bush at Virginia Tech
Get a new car
Grow my hair long again
Continue writing in my LJ for another whole year
Visit my long-lost stand partner on the Southern Coast of Oregon
Make one new resolution at the beginning of every month

That sounds like a pretty decent list. Here’s to 2005!

The Year in Review – Part 1

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With only one week of 2004 remaining, it’s time to reflect on the year and start planning for 2005.  Remember those New Year’s resolutions?  Let’s see how we did.

1. Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean – ACCOMPLISHED – January 10

2. Work in a Las Vegas hotel – ACCOMPLISHED – February 23 (House of Blues Las Vegas in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino)

3. Visit Hawaii – FAILED

4. Run 5 miles without stopping – ALMOST – September 24 (finished the Neptune Festival 8K in 49:31.85 — but I walked some of it)

5. Join the Navy – FAILED – Got my rejection letter in March.  However, I did find a real job instead and I work for an engineering firm that does a lot of work with the government and the military, especially the Navy.

6. Go surfing – FAILED

7. See Reel Big Fish in concert – ACCOMPLISHED (Twice!) – I saw them March 27 at eXtremething at Desert Breeze Skate Park in Las Vegas with Kristin.  I also went with Stephen and Shaine to see them play this summer at Ramapo College with Streetlight Manifesto.

8.  Make all my payments on time – ACCOMPLISHED – For the most part.

9. Do 25 push-ups in two minutes – ALMOST – I think the most I did was 21 in two minutes, but that’s pretty damn close!

10. Make at least 10 new friends – ACCOMPLISHED – Allison, Robbie, Jenny, Sharon K., Megan M., Kristi, Rich (from Woody’s), Rich H., Chris G., Chris S., Corinne, Jennifer Y., and Jacky.  (I don’t necessarily still keep in touch with all of them, but they were definitely “new friends” at the time that I met them – meaning that I hung out with each of them more than three times.)

11. Get a new digital camera – ACCOMPLISHED – April 10

12. Write a book – ALMOST – I wrote in this LJ and perhaps someday it will be a book!

13. Save up some money – ALMOST – I saved some up over the summer, but most of it is gone now because of my move to Virginia Beach.

14. Get a new computer – ACCOMPLISHED – January 13

15. Do better at keeping in touch with old friends – ACCOMPLISHED – I definitely did better at keeping in touch with Andrea this year, and Mike and I even salvaged a little bit of a friendship for a little while.  Kristy and I try to talk on the phone a few times a week, I talk to Jamie once or twice a week, Rich calls me from Japan and we write long e-mails, and I also use IM a lot more than I used to to have meaningful conversations with people.

16. Find a productive hobby that I enjoy – ACCOMPLISHED – Writing!

17. Be more organized – ACCOMPLISHED – My apartment is immaculate, and so is my desk at work.

18. Continue losing weight – ACCOMPLISHED – I have probably lost about eight pounds since this time last year.

FINAL COUNT:  3 FAILED, 4 ALMOST, and 11 ACCOMPLISHED.  That’s not too shabby if you ask me.

Starting all over again…

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So here’s the thing about starting a new year.  People seem to think that just because we’ve turned over the last page on the calendar and hung a new one on the wall, we can start from scratch.  We’re going to be healthier, skinnier, prettier, and way more organized.  We’ll spend more time reading and being productive and less time watching TV and sleeping.  We’ll break all of our bad habits, fix all of our mistakes, and refrain from making any new ones.  We’ll have more fun, make more friends, and go to more parties.  We’ll get better jobs, make more money, and save more of it than we’ll spend.  The list goes on and on.

Reality check.  Let’s be honest here.  There’s no way.  First of all, most of us probably spent the better part of the first day of the year hung over, bloated, and overweight from all that holiday food we’ve been eating since November.  This next week will go by and we’ll try as hard as we can to exercise some self-control and keep all of our New Year’s Resolutions, so help us God.  By January 6th, we’ll be totally fed up and decide we only really had one resolution — to lose weight.  We’ll swarm into Weight Watchers and Barnes & Noble (for the Atkins’ book, of course) and starve ourselves until we can’t take it anymore and eat a bag of Doritos, 12 Oreos and a huge slice of cheesecake.  By mid-February, we’ll be depressed because we’re still fat, we’re sick of winter, and dammit, we have no Valentine (which will lead us into a never-ending, downward spiral of binging on cookies, ice cream and other such comfort foods sitting around watching cheesy romantic comedies, all the while hating ourselves for not going to the gym).  Spring will come and go in the blink of an eye, and by May we’ll all be crash-dieting again to soften the blow of bathing suit shopping, wondering if becoming a bulimic really is such a bad idea.

On June 1st, we’ll think, “Wow, the year is half over!  It went by so fast and I still haven’t organized my Tupperware cabinet…” 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — we’ll be right back where we started on December 28th — popping Advil and leftover Christmas cookies like they’re going out of style, wondering if our size 4 pants will still fit in the morning, and deciding we’d better make a damn good list of resolutions for 2005.

Perhaps we should give up the resolutions–just this once.  Because let’s face it.  We are too tired, we don’t really care that it’s fattening, and spending money is more fun than saving it.

If we can’t give the resolutions up, let’s at least make some cooler, more exciting ones this year.  For example:

In the year 2004, I will:  put my feet in the Pacific Ocean, work in a Las Vegas hotel, visit Hawaii, run 5 miles without stopping, join the Navy, go surfing, see Reel Big Fish in concert, make all my payments on time, do 25 pushups in 2 minutes, make at least ten new friends, get a new digital camera, write a book, save up some money, get a new computer, do better at keeping in touch with old friends, find a productive hobby that I enjoy, and, well… bemoreorganizedandcontinuelosingweight.

I guess there are some things you just can’t change…  Happy New Year!