Resolutions and all that

Yes, it’s that time again where we all sit down and write out a bunch of stuff that we want to accomplish this year. For some of us, it’s really a retelling of things we didn’t get done last year, but we’re really really sure we’ll get done this year.
I am no exception.
In past years I’ve made lists, plans, goals, you name it. And sometimes it works out. But for some goals, it really doesn’t.
The usual goal for me is the weight loss. It’s a struggle at the best of times and this year will be no different. However, I think the reason of the goal will be a little different this year, and therefor might actually get done. See, we want another child this year, but need to get ourselves a little healthier in order to do this. So it’s not just for us, it’s actually for someone else, and that might make it work.
Another goal is to read more. I had this goal a few years back but made it too ambitious for myself. And I had no plan. This year I’ll make it a little easier and have a better plan. I want to read 4 books this year. Doesn’t seem like much, but for me it is. I managed to read two last year, and it felt good. I have two tiles picked out already:

  • World War Z
  • Anathem

I know, I still haven’t read WWZ but I really meant to 😉
But if you have suggestions for two more books, please feel free to suggest. I’ll be honest when I say I’m more likely to read sci-fi and horror than fantasy, but I’ll take all suggestions. And since the plan is to read on the phone, I don’t think I’ll do any graphic novels. Not that they count for this goal 🙂

There are other things that I want to get done this year, some are more creative than others. I’m trying to broaden myself(as he mentions loosing weight *ba doom boom*) and live a little more. Get out of the house some more, get everyone out of the house some more. We’ve freed up some finances so that opens a few more doors for us.

I’m also(like many) to kill some bad habits and create some new good ones. One way to do this, at least I hope, is through HabitRPG and it looks both simple and fun. It’s a basic RPG, and when you get things done, you get XP and gold(in which you can buy rewards) and if you do a bad habit, or delay things, then you loose HP and eventually die. Not sure what happens when you eventually die, but it looks fun(not the dying, the overall thing).

So that’s it for now, I’ll try to keep up with how my habits and everything are forming, but let’s be honest, I’ve said that in the past 😉

5 thoughts on “Resolutions and all that

  1. Hey!

    Good to see some folks making resolutions… I’m firmly on the fence about that one (despite probably being a position where I should be making some…)

    As to books, I recommend…

    – Seven Princes by John R. Fultz — reviewed here: (took me a bit to get into it, but I got there)

    – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman — if you haven’t read it, just do it… —

    – American Gods by Neil Gaiman (then maybe Anansi Boys) —

    – Boneshaker by Cherie Priest is also an interesting read, though might feel a little less grand than some of the others I’ve listed — still a good read though (and part of a series) —

    I also now kind of want to read Black Dog by K.V. Johansen (reviewed here:

    As to Anathem… Good luck! I tried, but got thrown early on in… Too much crazy vocab, etc. Then again, it took me several tries and several years to get through Cryptonomicon (which was good just the same).

    Keep us posted!

    1. Thanks for the input!
      I’ve been wanting to read Boneshaker, but can never find the dang thing locally 😦
      And I’ll look into the rest, so thanks again!

      1. Got my copy of Boneshaker from Amazon. Decently priced (all things considered). Redistributed in my great library clean-out of 2012 unfortunately… Will likely pick up more of her stuff in future though.

      2. I could have picked it up on the Kindle(not that I have one, but the app also works) as I have an gift card.
        That’s how I got Seven Princes($3!) and Ready Player One. I was about to pirate it, but I kinda want to go easy on that as it’s just as easy(and a whole lot less frustrating) to get legit.
        Mind you, I have a pirate copy of Anathem, but I don’t feel so bad as I have a huge hard cover version sitting next to my bed…

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