When I had my old website, I would make resolutions each year and show my progress toward them. With no website, resolutions went away. It's already August, but hey, I'll resurrect it anyway. Not today, but certainly by sometime next week.
The 2015 Resolutions of Shin
There is a slightly different approach this time. Resolutions will stem from values I profess to have. I try to review these monthly, writing them from scratch.
The most recent list (in alphabetical order):
RESOLVED: Be organized. Keep up the "Jen List". This is my monthly "to do" list that my friend Jennifer recommended I establish. Also, keep my finances in order. Keep house. Maintain the car. Always keep my house within an hour from being ready for company! A place for everything and everything in its place!
RESOLVED: Show Brain Activity. Write: rejoin the Tuesday writing group and contribute. Revisit autobiographical brain dump (including philosophies). Continue Spanish. Read at least half an hour each day. Try new things.
RESOLVED: Travel. Work on the 58 County Pledge. I have only 16 left, and should finish sometime in 2016. Nothing major planned for the rest of 2015.
RESOLVED: Socialize. Via both direct contact and computer (email, Facebook, etc.) Expand friendship circles. Be appropriate and positive in personal interactions (always an uphill struggle!) Smile.
RESOLVED: Be involved with the community. Seek and participate in community affairs. Attend and participate in church. Be socially responsible and involved.
RESOLVED: Honor commitments. Pay bills and other financial commitments on time. Show up on time and prepared as promised. Perform work I've promised. Keep up with family and participate in family events. Update this website at least monthly!
So How'm I Doin'?
RESOLVED: Be healthy. (Jan - Aug) So far in 2015 I've been consistently over 205, generally around 210. I've done great on fruits and okay on veggies. Between meal snacks have been a problem. Alcohol consumption is down. I'm not golfing as much as years past, only 23 rounds in the first 8 months, and need to walk more to bridge the exercise gap. I've been to both dental appointments (checkups) and saw both ologists (dermit and ur) but need to check on the status of my GP. Probably have missed only 5% of my meds (tamsulosin, nothing life threatening, and had no ill effects.)
(Sep) No dramatic changes good or bad. Found out I haven't had a general physical in over 2 years! (Scheduled one!) Still not golfing as much as in years past, but walking has been pretty regular. September weigh-in was 209.
(Oct) Weight at Nov. weigh-in was still 209. Had a routine doctor (GP) appointment with resulting lab tests (results not yet in) and had an x-ray for a knee problem. Negative.
(Nov) The test results are in. Decent, but my cholesterol is up a bit. No more whole eggs for Johnny. Weight is up to 211. Biggest issue? Figuring out Medicare!
(Dec) Weight up to 215! Curse Christmas. The colder, wetter weather hasn't helped. Did all my medical appointments, took my meds like a good boy. Not enough exercise, too much food, though pretty good with fruits & veggies.
The last formal resolutions were done in 2012, so I'm going to finish 2015 with them, tweeking as needed:
RESOLVED: Be healthy. Keep my weight reasonable. Right now I'm at 207 (Aug. 31) which is too much. 195 is okay, 185 probably better. Eat properly. Do routine doctor, dentist, eye exams and do specialist things. Adequate diet (fruits & veggies, no excessive junk food) and exercise (5 days a week either walking or golf or reasonable substitute). Take my meds.
RESOLVED: Be musical. Play music (not including performances) an average of 1/2 hour a day when at home or have access. Listen to music (at least 1 club or concert per month!)
RESOLVED: Be musical. (Jan - Aug) I've done well here. Surprisingly, I've kept up with flute, doing about a 10 minute routine 5 or 6 days a week to maintain my "skills". I also learned some slide but let it, well, slide a bit recently. I also played some keys when Void Where Prohibited toured Colorado and Utah! My main venture is Void which has been very active. I've also been working with an old friend of mine, Jim Schultz) working up a low volume duet thing. We've played a couple of open mics and my neighborhood block party. I'm also active in my church's band "Joyful Noise" as a guitarist and as needed bassist. Also played a couple of solos in church. As for seeing others perform, I've gotten out quite a bit, thinking back probably a little better than my once per month.
(Sep) No change.
(Oct) No change except that I have Sultans of Swing ready to perform with Void! (Very difficult piece.)
(Nov) No change. Not going to enough performances. Have worked up specific parts for the Church concert.
(Dec) Played the Church Concert reasonably well. The duo with J. Schultz is coming together. No Void gigs while breaking in new drummer.
RESOLVED: Cut down on brainless computer games. This has been a problem for years. What a waste of my time. Some is fine but if I average over an hour a day, that's a problem.
RESOLVED: Cut down on brainless computer games. (Jan - Aug) Disaster. It's either borderline pathological or nowhere NEAR that fine line. This has been going on for years. Probably over 4 hours per day.
(Sep) About the same.
(Oct) If possible, worse.
(Nov) Got somewhat better. Reinstitution of the Jen List rechanneled my energies!
(Dec) Still a problem.
RESOLVED: Be organized. (Jan - Aug) I've done pretty well. Must re-institute the Jen List in September. Finances have been well tracked. Housekeeping has been okay, and I did a couple of major things in August to free up some room. Did most maintenance on the car but need to take it in ASAP for next routine thing. It's now by far the longest I've had one car! The house is in pretty good shape for company.
(Sep) About the same. I developed a list of routine daily chores to supplement the Jen list. Mixed results there.
(Oct) Still pretty good, but I haven't been good with either the Jen List or the Daily list which I will hereby drop.
(Nov) Did well with the Jen List. It really helps. The house was getting pretty bad, but it's okay now.
(Dec) Strong finish after returning home from Christmas trip. Overall in good shape.
RESOLVED: Show Brain Activity. (Jan - Aug) Thanks to grand nephew Wesley, I'm learning the Wix website building routines! (He recommended this platform you see before you!) I'm also taking Spanish lessons. I wanted to go to Peru this year but wanted to learn to speak Spanish better before I went. If I cut back on brainless computer games, this will be one beneficiary! I need to rejoin the Tuesday writing group and also review what I want to add to my autobiography. BTW, since my last website went down I've read a biography on each president through Carter. I haven't found a suitable Reagan bio, and it may be too soon for the others.
(Sep) Still good. FINALLY found the Reagan bio! I did rejoin the writing group and have kept up. Taking a DVD chemistry course.
(Oct) Still good. Halfway through Reagan, the chemistry DVD went well (a subsequent Higgs Boson DVD, not so much, but at least I tried!) Recently dropped Spanish tutoring, but still self-studying. Writing class is over until January.
(Nov) Still good except Spanish. I want to do it, but have gone back to reading in the a.m. Good progress on Reagan, should finish this month. At the urging of my writing group leader, I sent in one of my essays to the SF Chronicle.
(Dec) Heard nothing from the Chronicle. At tag end of the year I got back into Spanish. Finished Reagan. Good overall.
RESOLVED: Travel. (Jan - Aug) I haven't done much. This year I've gone to Michigan but had a "Circumnavigation Tour" get hosed due to weather and other scheduling problems. I may re-do it in 2016. I also took my annual trip to Colorado with the band, but that's not really anything new. I thought I was going to go somewhere "south of the border", either Peru or Central America, but that's not happening. This year I will resurrect my 58 County Pledge. That's about it.
(Sep) Nothing new except I'm ready to get back to "The Pledge."
(Oct) Nothing, which is not good.)
(Nov) Found a somewhat combined tour of Peru / Gallapagos. I've requested info. Christmas in Washington this year!
(Dec) Have to follow up on the Peru thing! Bad year for travel.
RESOLVED: Socialize. (Jan - Aug) I've been okay. I've kept up with my Facebook friends pretty well, generally recognizing birthdays and posts I've enjoyed. Church has helped in this regard, and I've widened my range of musical contacts. I still need to get out more.
(Sep) No significant change.
(Oct) No change which is not good.
(Nov) Still a bit of a hermit.
(Dec) Still need to get out more!
RESOLVED: Be involved with the community. (Jan - Aug) This has been okay. Earlier this year I helped at the local library with a filing project. I also performed with my friend Jim at a neighborhood block party. I've been active in the church and wrote a letter to the minister regarding social concerns.
(Sep) Started picking up trash on the street as part of my walking routine! Volunteered to perform at Church function.
(Oct) No change which is not good.
(Nov) Still no change.
(Dec) No change.
RESOLVED: Honor commitments. (Jan - Aug) Good so far. All financial commitments have been met. Missed a time change on a church band commitment but was able to perform on time. I promised four family visits this year and have made two, which is good.
(Sep) Been too long since my last family visit.
(Oct) Thanksgiving and Christmas plans made.
(Nov) Thanksgiving with family happened - low key, good fun!
(Dec) Christmas happened, got all my visits in. Bills and other financial commitments done. Success!